Another two weeks and I'll have retired ! I'm going to sit in the sun and blink occasionally like an ageing tortoise .
If I don't spin off in the stratosphere between now and then , of course . At the moment , I'm assembling little presents for the pre-schoolers . There being nearly forty of them , I went for cheap and cheerful , while not irresponsible . Unfortunately this precluded buying of a huge sack of bright green lollies and bubble gum to shovel into plastic bags , tying a knot in each and hurling them over my shoulder as I leave .
I trawled cut-price shops till I found some 59 cent packs of chunky coloured pencils to add colouring pages , a ribbon and a little card to . An hour to assemble , I thought .Three hours later , I'm just finishing . My own fault .... why I started drawing a little mouse on each card as well the child's name and message , Heaven knows .
Still , now I've just got to find a suitable something for my colleagues . It's for moments like this that bubble bath and pralines were invented .
And what am I getting ? Ahhh! It's the worst-kept secret in town . Each mother was surreptitiously given a brightly coloured A4 sheet of paper in a plastic ring-fold sleeve a few weeks ago ... and lately these are being given back . Just not to me . Yesterday a colleague was riffling through a folder of them , chatting to us all as she went . "Curry Soup !" , she said surprised. "Oh ! Erm... I mean I must buy some Cup'a'Soup today . Curry-flavoured .... " she petered off lamely , it being half past eight in the morning and us all drinking coffee .
So it's a fair bet that I'm getting a collection of the mothers' favourite recipes . And I couldn't be happier .... it's a lovely idea . I'm fairly convinced the definitive Sajoer Lodeh ( vegetables in coconut milk ) recipe will be in there , too . The one that I promised you and colleague has been evasive about since I asked . ) The chances are , I'll be blinking like a fat ageing tortoise by the end of the summer .