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#WeekendCoffeeShare – The Waiting Game

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If we were having coffee, I’d ask you what you preferred, as I have many options. As for me, I’ll be having something strong as I want to stay awake for our chat.  I shall explain in a bit.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you what was left of my week was nice and normal!

One walk worth mentioning with Zeke.

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Oh!  And I almost forgot.  My bad.  On Thursday I got a surprise in the mail.  Janet, sweetheart that she is, sent me this lovely bracelet as a gift!  Thank you so much, you shouldn’t have…. but I totally appreciate that you did!  How lucky am I?

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that come Saturday, it was the engagement celebration brunch of my lovely neighbour/former babysitter Aalia and her finacé, Fahad.  As a hip young couple, they have been dubbed Fahaalia – how cute is that?  An insanely gorgeous couple… The invitation said 10:30 am.  I set my alarm, got ready and was there for 10:30 a.m.  And realised that, besides the groom-to-be and a couple of friends helping with the set-up, I was ridiculously early.  Hmmm.  I received a text from Aalia’s sister, Fhameeda telling me:  Aalia says 11:30 is fine!!  Uh huh. Right.  My response was: Shit, shit, shit.  I rushed to get here.   Fhum (her nickname) apologised and invited me to join her at her home which is a mere 500-600 m away.  Not that far except, of course, I was wearing high-heeled boots.   And very not-friendly walking boots, I might add.  Give a great leg, though!   I wasn’t going to take my car (I had prime real estate in my parking, paid for – should have been my first clue that I was really early when I found a spot directly in front of the restaurant!)  So, I stayed.  While I waited, I sat at a table near the entrance, while enjoying a cappuccino.   And watched as one group after another arrived, knowing a whole lot of no one!  It was wonderful to watch all the lovely Indian and Pakistani women arrive in their beautiful saris and sparkly sandals – they are not fans of nylons or tights, no matter how cold it is!  Everyone was dressed to the nines.  So refreshing in today’s day to see people making an effort to dress really nicely.

Finally people I knew!  Parvin and Hussein, Aalia’s parents, her brother Na’eem with Abeille and their son, Zayne, and finally her sister Fhameeda, Mike and 3-week-old Sofia.  Phew!  I was officially introduced to some of Aalia’s co-workers and ended up sitting with them.  What fun we had getting to know each other!  The brunch was delicious and great fun was had by all.

I got home fairly late in the afternoon with a bunch of their gifts and such in my car as the grand-parents were bringing Zayne with them to babysit and didn’t have enough room.  When Aalia came to pick up her stuff she told me she was so sorry about my being there early.  She made me laugh as she said she would have to send out two invitations for the wedding itself.  One for the “brown” people and one for the “non-brown” members (her words, not mine)!  Apparently we don’t all have the same concept of time!  She said they are notorious for arriving a good hour late which is why the invitation said 10:30 instead of 11:30!!!  Now I know.  Won’t be making that mistake again!  All good.  As I said, it was fun to watch them all parade in.

Later on in the afternoon, I got started on some chicken parmigiana.  Just as I put the spaghetti into the boiling water, I got a phone call from Alex of Le Barbù, Iain’s place of work.  I knew there was a problem immediately.  Alex told me that Iain had cut himself quite badly.  I left instructions for Aidan and hightailed it out of there to pick up Iain.  It is a mere kilometre away so there was no wasting of time.  We had to come back for Iain’s wallet and made our way to the hospital.  I could gross you out and show you pictures – yeah, we’re weird like that and take pics of  these things, but I shall spare you.  Suffice it to say that he chopped a good chunk of his thumb, through the nail, but not all the way.  After SEVEN HOURS WAIT, we were finally seen by the doctor who decided to sew him up rather than just cut it off.  Blech.  Can I just say that my son is one tough cookie?  I think the worst part was the freezing of said thumb.  Dr. Vincent was very nice and Iain had him laughing – definitely his father’s son – with his comments and such.  We got home at 4:00 a.m.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’ve been on slo-mo all day and have been barely functional.  Thank goodness for leftovers!

I hope I didn’t cause your tummies to do too many flip-flops in the describing of my son’s injury!

I do wish you have a most wonderful week and thank you for stopping by.  You know you are always welcome.  There is nothing I like better than sitting and chatting with a friend.

Thank you to Diana at Part-Time Monster for hosting this every week.  If you would like to read about other shares, just click on the box at the top!

 

46 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare – The Waiting Game

  1. Hi I will have a hot black coffee please. The engagement party sounds lovely and I know what you mean about being early and not knowing anyone.
    Sorry about Ian’s thumb I hope he is okay! Sounds like you have long waits in A&E like we do here! I hope your week goes smoothly! Xxx

  2. Dear Dale,

    I’m reading, having my coffee and trying to wake up. I’ve come to look forward to sharing my coffee with you each week. I hope Iain’s thumb heals quickly.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  3. Oh my goodness, what an experience!! Glad that your son is alright, and the wedding looks beautiful! Hope the rest of your week was restful, though. 🙂

  4. Oh my goodness! I am so glad he is ok and on the mend. You have a stronger stomach than I do, that’s for sure:). And the invitation bit–that made me laugh. I have a Jewish friend who tells me her family thinks of event times as approximate–and they’re usually 20 mins. to an hour late. So I understand the concept completely! She walked into my wedding 45 minutes after it started:).

    • I have to… Between all the guys in my life, I have spent innumerable hours in the hospital. I was hoping those days were done, frankly. Oh well…
      Never mind, I just got off the phone with her mother who kept apologising for this situation! I told her not to worry. I enjoyed myself immensely!

  5. You certainly had a busy weekend. The party looks and sounds like it was a lot of fun–once everyone arrived. 🙂 Your new bracelet is very pretty. I hope your son’s thumb heals quickly!

  6. Bummer about Iain’s injury – but seems he took it in stride. Gotta love the way Indian and Pakistani women dress. Classy … love the colors. … and thanks for not showing the lipstick. … Good morning!

    • Yeah, he really is a mix of his father and mother (father for being able to handle pain sans medication and mother for taking things in stride).
      They were simply gorgeous – and this, even though they were told to dress semi-formally otherwise there would have been way more shiny!
      Awww.. c’mon, Frank. It’s a cool colour, no?
      Good morning , Signore!

  7. Hi Dale, I had problems with WP all last week and couldn’t leave comments on other blogs. I left one on your previous coffee chat but it didn’t show 😦 It’s sorted now, so here I am. Been a strange time. Anyway, what a wonderful family celebration for you to share with your friends, but so, so sorry about your son’s horrid accident. So glad he’s okay. These things throw us out of whack and then we find our way back on track, even if a little later than planned. Huge relief though. Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll catch up with you soon 🙂 xo

    • Oh thankfully it is sorted! You could have ended up in my Spam folder (WP is funny like that… decides to throw some people into the trash without a notice! Has happened to me and some of my readers in the past. grrr.)
      Have a lovely week-end you too! xo

  8. Realized from your latest post that I missed something. Had to come over here and find out what happened to son’s thumb. Horrible thing. Hope he’s wrong and that he does manage to keep it all intact……will look forward to more updates!

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