This has been a week of coffees and chats. Catching up after all the madness and limbo-land of the holiday period.
Friends who are Mums are suddenly reappearing from the woodwork. Kids back at school or nursery and at last a moment appears for that cuppa and catch-up.
Where did the time go? Was it just a few weeks ago that we were all chatting madly about Christmas stockings, what are you cooking and who's coming round?
Now it's all 'God I feel fat', 'Must join the gym', 'must be a new me' and 'how many calories are in that?'.
The whole fit/gym/calorie thing will last anther few weeks I reckon before it starts to run out of steam in favour of 'Wonder where we can go on holidays this year' and things like that.
Of course the holiday plans then pop up that thorny question of weather/fashion and yes you guessed it, back to the diet and calories yet again. Can you really plan on a 30 degree basking by the beach break and have the thermals, scarf and comfort food mindset?
While pondering over the cappuccino the other day a friend asked me where I want to go on holiday this summer. 'Oh I'll go see friends in France' I said. 'Sounds nice, but what's your dream holiday?'.
Well this got me thinking.
A ranch holiday in Montana, with cowboys, gorgeous horses, sunshine and great scenery. There are picnics and BBQs, there is even dancing involved and fabulous sunsets, and cowboys, did I mention those? Always had a yen for a cowboy…..
A hot air balloon ride, at sunrise over amazing countryside. I'm thinking maybe a warm climate here and maybe a glass of champagne…..
A cruise down the Nile, but no scaffolding and crowds of tourists at the pyramids etc. It's very much an Agatha Christie scene but without the murders….. Same applies to The Orient Express.
A tropical beach, white sand, palm trees dancing in the breeze, and a slim gorgeous tanned creature lying in the sun – aha you spotted me!
Stepping off a plane at an amazing destination. Warm air on your face and hope in your heart…
Meanwhile back at the ranch…..
Those pastries look stripily tempting. Oh but think of the calories, the gym, that fubulous holiday. Sod it, cowboys like a curvy girl…….