Gift Exchange Panic

Today, I face a major problem. Tomorrow is my work gift exchange. Not the whole business, just my department. Trouble with this is that we did a Angel/Earthling type thing.

I’m panicking because my ‘earthling’ is difficult to shop for given the budget we are to confine ourselves to, TT$250. Now, that amount would give a decent enough gift, given that this person isn’t a close friend. BUT, he has expensive taste, and everything I could think of buying him is outside this budget.

Now I could do The Ultimate Cop Out Giftbut I’d look like the lazy, anti-social a$$hole. SO for my limited budget and for a picky, classy guy, I am just plain ole, stuck. Maybe I’ll just make a basket with Ponche de creme, black cake and cookies.

5 Silly Things That Really Should Not Bring Me As Much Joy As It Does:

We all have those little moments where we feel joy, or should I say pride, in the most silly of things. Things you know it’s actually kind of wrong to feel good about. Things that may make you realise just why PRIDE is one of the deadly sins. But in my attempt to keep it 100, I’m going to delve a little into the deep dark world that is my mind, and I’m going to share a few of my own secret conceited bitch moments.

And 5 of the silliest things I take pride in are:

  • Unlimited Data Baby!!!! – I actually just love when people ask if I have wi-fi where I am and I can say “No I have: Unlimited Data Baby (*in Austin Powers voice*)”. I don’t even use my internet that often, I don’t carry on constant chats on whatsapp or tweet or am on instagram…..nope I just like being able to search for information when I need it…and the look of envy from non-data having peeps.
  • Having an Engineering Degree – Ok the reality is that I’m not making the kind of money you expect Engineers to make (hey I’m now starting out) and my general finances not great yet either, my bank account not fat (yet). I have no husband/boyfriend and none in sight for the near future, and I have no children, I don’t own my own home or my own car, I don’t have land or a great wardrobe. In fact, I pretty much live like I did at university. So when I’m in those awkward situations where everyone seems to have a great perfect life and doing so much better than I am, I whip out the only real arsenal I have: My engineering degree. Mind you this only works well with non-engineers. In fact with none professionals – not doctors, lawyers and the like. So you’re getting married next month and have 3 cars and 2 kids and you just signed the lease on a house. That’s nice. Oh what am I doing? I’m an Engineer! —HA! Take that!…lmao. It’s conceited I know, and while I don’t think having an engineering degree makes me better than anyone, the fact that they think it makes me better than them is a definite plus for me.
  • Spitting Bullshit (and having people believe it) – Now I know you all agree with me on this one. When you know you spitting the world of BS but you’re doing it so well you not only convince the people you’re telling it to but almost even convince yourself. Now that is something to smile about. Conversely I also enjoy listening to other people spitting bullshit and having them think I buy that shit.
  • Booty Jumping – so I won’t go to the club and split and bounce and jiggle each side of my bumcee but it really causes me to smirk just knowing that hey, I can do that too….probably even better. HA! (ok so maybe not that great but I’m good enough for me)  But I’m sure most women out there love jumping their booties in private 🙂
  • Making bad things sound like a God-sendThis almost goes back to Spitting Bullshit. But it’s a finer art…..Friend feeling down about having a shitty job….you convince her that the job is just what she needs in her life to get to where she needs to be in life. Technically it might be true, hey as long as it makes her feel better, you’re good! I personally love to see the brighter side to bad situations and I feel really good when I can make other people do the same (even when I don’t believe it myself).

So there it is 5 really silly things I find joy in. What’s some of yours?

T&T Women Devastated Despite Showcase of Skill

Last evening the T&T Women’s Football Team met with Ecuador for their last attempt at qualifying for the 2015 Canada Women’s World Cup. The encounter resulted in the T&T side suffering a 1 – 0 defeat to the Ecuadorians.  The Women Soca Warriors thrilled the sold out crowd to a scintillating display of football that could easily rival their male counterparts.

The game was fierce and fought with heart. Many of the spectators came for the hype or the lime but left as true and genuine fans of this dynamic team. Forbes made the fatal error or a misjudged attempt at saving a free kick that led to the Ecuadorians win. However, it is doubtful any of the fans could be angry with her after her superb performances leading up to the crucial game.

Disappointingly Tasha St Louis was substituted early due to injury, thankfully however the coach was able to re-fortify the team with Mariah Shade who had a commendable performance on the night. Ahkeela Mollon and Kennya Cordner thrilled, absolutely THRILLED the crowd. Hearts were on edge with at least three (3) shots deflecting off the goal posts (side or cross).

The team came out to win. The passion was clear from the start until that final whistle was blown. The stadium was sold out. The fans brought the ‘vibes’, music and energy. The result disappointed, but the team did not. The entire team played extremely well. Coach Waldrum did an excellent job with the team. A lot of work has to be done but with the kind of passion and creativity they have shown, they should not lose faith.

Congratulations to the Ecuador team, who had a good defense on the night.

The Christmas Party Dress Code Conundrum

So my work is having a Christmas Dinner/Party and every one in my department decided that we would go. My problem however is the wording chosen for the dress code: ELEGANTLY CASUAL.

GRRRRRR!!! I hate hate HATE when people choose to describe the dress code in that fashion. I mean, what the hell is elegantly casual? And my problem is not so much deciphering what is appropriate for me to wear because I usually just ignore the dress code and use my good judgement with what would be appropriate given the setting and context of the event. My problem is when you have some people dressing appropriately and others, not so much.

Now this is all my opinion so you can go ahead and believe and do what you please, I’m just venting.

Now, THE ISSUE:

Two of my female co-workers said they would wear jeans. Yes you saw that correctly JEANS! now in their defense under different circumstances jeans and a nice top with great accessories would work. But this a WORK, DINNER! (more on that later)

A male co-worker also wanted to wear jeans, however his choice was much better with jeans and a blazer. But men’s dress is a whole lot easier (in my opinion)

So I pulled some pictures from Google so you could see what it would be likely that they would have worn. Granted Caribbean fashion is different so it would probably be a whole lot more stylish.

possible outfit 1 possible outfit 2 Possible outfit 3 ec 4

Now, you may be wondering why I would be against this (I hope most of you aren’t). So here it is:

This is a WORK DINNER. As in the dress should be Business Casual, but its also a Christmas party so, again in my opinion, we should be looking at COCKTAIL WEAR. Lets also keep in mind, its in the evening at a restaurant.

So here are some of my choices, again just images pulled from google.

yes 5 yes 6  yes 3 yes 2

Again these are just my views, share yours.

I Waited Until My Wedding Night To Lose My Virginity And I Wish I Hadn’t

I’m not encouraging girls to lose their virginity before marriage but I am encouraging women to think first about why they are doing things. Don’t let someone else’s mindset or beliefs dictate your actions. That includes institutions like the church. At the same time don’t infringe on the rights of anyone else to make their own decisions about their lives.

This post stimulates thought and forces you to question the influence social institutions have on your life. Don’t break the mold for breaking the mold’s sake, but look within yourself and find and live life to your own moral compass, even if it lines up perfectly with that of the church, or any other body/institution.

Enjoy the read and post your thoughts.