Sunday, March 1, 2009

thank god for big black bulls.

(pic: a sunday afternoon well spent. could have been one of many)

monday rolls in again.

monday. the fat frumpy spinstery responsible annoying day. all square, persistent, dressed in tweed, wearing sensible shoes which go clack clack on the stone floor...wakey wakey then and make your own friggin' tea, sunshine.

routine is a killer, i find. something in me rebels against it. something in me fights it tooth and nail.

i woke up at five this morning. with a thumping head ache.
(i drank champagne at lunch time yesterday, for godsake. Lunch Time. Yesterday. eons ago. so?)
what an effort to drum up enthusiasm for a monday. which means another week looms, waiting for you to do something useful with it.

what a shocker when it all looks just the same as last week.

and it's still not raining. white skies with pathetically wispy clouds doing precisely nothing.
i rode over to school to drop off the kids lunches, with mwali, like we did last monday... as we approached the school gate, i desperately searched around me for something different. everything, (including the time) was exactly the same as last monday...the sky, the coca cola truck arriving, the crows on the roof, the children singing Somewhere Over A Rainbow, from the music room. everything.

i know i want time to slow down - but this was getting ridiculous. what did i miss last week? why the devil a repeat?

even the daladala (taxi) which passed us was the same one...called Tupac. the men shouted oi what's that you're riding. and i shouted back. its a goat. (jesus) except it was all in swahili. obviously. i am sure this happened last monday at precisely the same place at exactly the same time....

everything was exactly the same apart from the big black bull in the bush which was showing disturbing signs of not being particularly happy about mwali and i passing innocently by on our horses...you know, stamping and snorting and bashing the bush about with its large head...and sort of bellowing and drooling, throwing us red mamba eyes....a very withnail and i moment, apart from the fact we were on horses.
this was a good thing.
this was a relief.

i am definitely not caught in some awful bizarre time warp, then. this has not happened before.
thank-you big black fierce bull, hiding behind the thorn bush.
oh thank-you.

Kitchen Board: Monday Mid Morning 02 March 2009: Ngorobob Hill.


Contributors: unadulterated veronica.
Comments: you see? monday all over again. (not complaining or anything tedious like that, you understand. just an observation. aherm, she adds in very small voice)

toodely old toodely pip then, You. bisous bisous bisous - rolling monday blues ones.X.X.X.x.....+++.+...
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X
j






21 comments:

Miranda said...

You funny clever lady you. I'm glad you said that though coz I've had EXACTLY the same thing happen to me today. Minus the glamour of riding horses and seeing a bothersome bull in a bush (is it worth less in a bush?)

Drive thru coffee. Drop M at work. Drive to Shoprite (pray the cops don't stop me), hang out there, boring shopping, internet still down. Bla fuckin bla!!

Janelle said...

yeah. blah dee fuckin' blah eh??? righto. off to blah dee blah fuckin' school now....THANKS for commenting moelie pip. xxx j

Dumdad said...

"A coward you are not, Janelle. An expert on bulls you are."

The "I hate Mondays" feeling is quite common and it hits me now and then. Still, look on the bright side: it's Tuesday tomorrow!

Mud in the City said...

Monday: ugh.

Wait 20 mins for a bus to turn up. Squish in bus. Wait 10 mins for tube to turn up. Squish in tube. Change tubes. Squish in 2nd tube. Get to work.

Slump.

Surely there is more than this!

nmj said...

Hey Janelle, Just getting back to you about book, I think you can order it from Shearer's Australia, they will ship to Tanzania, I think this is your best bet! Good luck!

http://www.shearersbookshop.com.au/

x

Janelle said...

good to hear from you DD! yeah. yippee...tuesday tommorrow...i get happy around thursday...xx

yes mud, at least i don;t have to do all that squdiging in public transport...on a monday nogal...sis. loved your post today...about the kind taxi man...GOOD FOR YOU! doing all that running for such a cause. so admirable. x j

nmj. thanks for the lead. will give it a twirl. or will get sister to buy it and post it...thanks mingi! x j

karen said...

how I love the idea of a stout old tweedy Monday! and routine.. how I struggle with it, too.. bull in a bush is definitely a huge improvement on anybody's Monday! Hope thursday comes really fast x

Nao said...

Ha! This is better than "Groundhog Day." You have articulated something so wonderfully human.
I think we can all nod our heads in agreement. Indeed life can repeat itself.

Your posts are like that though, honest witty accounts of the real stuff. Love it!

Miranda said...

Geez, listen to me - "drive thru coffee" as if there's a Macdonald's here that does drive thru coffee. I mean drive through THE coffee. But you know that

tam said...

Haha! You guys are funny. Here I was sitting in boring old Joburg wishing I was somewhere exciting like Arusha. Hmm, I know what you mean about routine. Remember how Bonkar was such an advocate of routine, and I rebelled against it furiously. But I think there's something in it - like the repetition of a yoga practice, a meditation practice... boring boring ... until the lotus opens, or the big bull stomps. You know, those moments that show you. Go sit under a bush in the rain and eat some nutella, the pair of you.

Val said...

well you've really blown the cover on Monday's little game with the human race. ha. she was here in full strength too yesterday. aaagh. doesnt she ever get tired and want a rest????
thanks for the smiles again xx

family affairs said...

So how are you now it's Tuesday and getting closer to the weekend? Lx

nmj said...

The bull is a lovely detail, changing the face of things. And 'Withnail & I' is one of best films ever made.

Not sure if this helps, but someone just told me you can also get book from amason usa, it ships to tanzania, no probs, australia might be v expensive shipping rates...

Ziongirl said...

You are funny......Yes... some days are repeats.......but my new saying for 2009 is this:

Each New Day Is A Blessing!

Wil Robinson said...

You seem to be waiting the rains like they are expected soon. When is the rainy season(s) there?

The monsoon doesn't arrive in Mumbai until the first week of June or so, and it's already crazy hot and humid. Three more months of whitish-gray (pollution) skies and a hot, afternoon breeze off the Arabian Sea. Everything is dry, dusty, and smelly.

Thanks for the heads up on the camping thing. I'm looking forward to it. I actually never really liked camping with grizzlies...

Janelle said...

hey karen. hooray. tommorrow's thursday and i am over the hump of tuesday...yes. everything is looking brighter already. xx j

thanks nao! GROUNDHOG DAY...was trying to remember the name of the movie...xx j

you are absolutely right tam...but the thought of breaking routine with a jar of nutella under a bush in the rain sounds, well, more than enticing...if only it would RAIN...she whines on...xxx j

oh lulu, infinitely better. infinitely! xxx j

nmj! thanks for this. my sister is on it. she will read it first then post it to me. so its all panned out perfectly. will let you know when i receive it! xxx j

well. ziongirl. quite. quite. and thanks for the reminder.... xxx j

wil. good to hear from you. yes. the rains (big rains) are supposed to be starting. or really, have supposed to have started...nothing particularly rainy apart from namby pamby mists that come and drizzle and then, um, piss off...tired of the heat now...
grizzlies...waaaaah...scary scary scary...xxx j

family affairs said...

Help - are you around today? I need an african recipe ASAP!!! Hope all good with you Lxxx

Mama Shujaa said...

Janelli,

Habari dada. You were riding a mbuzi? LOL. BTW welcome back from the long holiday...unajua sisi tuko hapa boring old Georgia, eh? Ha'mercy!

Mambo mengine?

Janelle said...

lulu! recipe? do nsima balls...so buy some mealie meal (maiza porridge)...cook it up...then stick chillies and cheese in the middle of them...deep fry for honestly a few seconds...and then make a sweet tomato dip or chilli peanut butter dip....yum xxx

mama shujaa! wewe ulikuwasiku mingi dada! habari gani??? mimi ni safi sana..kazi tu...lovely to hear from you! maybe you have a recipe or two to share with lulu too?? xxx j

Janelle said...

oh lulu...sorry. crap instructions. once you have made the mealie meal...roll up lots of little balls, THEN stick chilli, garlic cheese whatever in the middle of them etc etc...sawa? xx j

family affairs said...

Not too late - so big thank you - but I can't imagine what it's supposed to look like and not sure where I can buy the maize porridge - will try another time - going to stick to yam foo foo and yam soup! Thank you !!! Lx

word verif : "shagga" - love it xx