I’m standing in a certain kind of light, that’s never shone on me before (Sophie)
The last week off has been great but incredibly busy (when is it not though?!). I’ve managed to get quite a bit of study in but it always seems there is never enough time for absolutely everything you could ‘possibly’ do.
Currently I’m at home and have just enjoyed a delectable dinner of Cajun-spiced salmon done on the BBQ, Nina Simone playing in the background and a CAMP FIRE in the backyard made especially for my younger brother by my father -we toasted marshmallows!!!!
So what are some of the things I have been up to amongst all the boring hours of study?
Well, last Wednesday I was very lucky to have the opportunity to meet up with an investment banker from a very famous European-based bank.
I was so nervous before the meeting…going up in the lift to the offices this man in the lift with me asked if I was off to a job interview because I “looked nervous”! I explained and he wished me luck saying I would be fine which made me feel a lot better. The kindness of random strangers is such a great feeling. In the end I had no need to worry as the investment banker I met with was so friendly and easy-going (while being amazingly intelligent and successful!). I guess I had this expectation that all IBs would be stuffy, snobby and look down on me but he was so completely different! He gave me some amazing advice on my future career plans which I really appreciated. Now more than ever, I am so certain that investment banking is what I want to do with my life.
Saturday night J drove over to surprise me with company while I enjoyed the formidable task of babysitting my 3 younger brothers! My youngest brother (9) insisted on doing absolutely EVERYTHING with us which was adorably amusing. We watched Goodnight and Goodluck which I’ve wanted to see for a long time. (How can anyone not adore George Clooney?!) Halfway through I had to pause the film and explain the whole concept of Communism and the 1950s era McCarthyism in the US to Mr Nine. His ability to understand things at such a young age never ceases to amaze me!
Goodnight and Goodluck was absolutely fantastic. So deeply reminiscent of today’s ‘War on Terror’ -the parallels are frightening. It brings so many questions to mind about the current state of the world.
The usual weekend activities consumed my time work at Target, work at the Tennis club and of course, my Sunday afternoon match at Uni. I must applaud our team’s win (the opposition simply didn’t show up!!).
Last night I went to darling little house party with my best friend M, at the house of a new friend of mine – B whom I met through tennis. B is English and very charming. It was a delightful night. Everyone was very friendly despite M and I being probably the youngest people there (the age group was mid-20s and up) so I was thankful for that. One of the highlights of the night was having my Tarot cards read by this sweet Canadian girl, J! She was amazing! I have never had them read before and being the cynic I am at times, was thoroughly shocked at how spot-on the reading was. M had her cards read too and found it a similarly enlightening experience! I think I could easily get obsessed with getting Tarot readings…but at $40 a time if you have to pay, it’s not something I can afford!
I made a new friend!…he is doing first year Engineering at Melbourne (though is 20 after deferring for two years), he is also learning French AND Chinese!!! I was utterly awe-struck! I wish I had a gift for languages!!! He was very sweet to ask for M and my numbers to catch up when we ended up leaving around 1am. I am usually the person who makes the effort to ask for phone numbers so I always appreciate when someone else makes the effort for once. He messaged me this morning so I am looking forward to seeing him again soon! His sense of humor can only be described as hard hitting!!! I love it!
The funniest part of the night was M and I realising that the theme ‘Traffic light’ had a whole other meaning other than what we thought. Us being the naive, innocent young women we are laughed at what we thought was a hilarious theme…I mean, TRAFFIC LIGHT?! We thought someone thought up the theme while half drunk or on some kind of non-natural substance!
So anyhow back on Saturday night, I told J I was attending the party. I tell him the theme and say I will go in red (as that is my favorite colour). He says nothing (thinking I understand the theme).
At the last minute however I end up wearing my green dress as M wants us to wear dresses.
After a few comments towards my colour green which didn’t quite make sense and left me slightly confused, mid-way through the party it was explained to me: Green means you’re single, orange/yellow means you’re in between and red means you’re taken!!!!
You can imagine my absolute shock!!!!!!!! It took half an hour for the consequences of my colour choice to sink in! It started to make sense how I’d already managed two invitations to dinner when men are not usually so forward!
Speaking to J the next day I explained my shock at having the meaning of the theme revealed to me. He laughed and replied with “It doesn’t matter because you wore red right?”
Foolishly I had to explain “Uh no…at the last minute I wore green.”
I am lucky he seemed to find it more amusing than anything!
Tomorrow night is his graduation ceremony. I am excited! I got him a gorgeous Parker pen which I had engraved with his name on. He doesn’t expect anything. He thinks I am getting him nothing…I know he will like it!
I have to run.
It’s already late, I have to do the dishes, prepare my clothes for tomorrow, my papers for tomorrow, do management tutorial questions and make a hand-made graduation card.
I hate Tuesday nights!