‘They gave us Thursday off so I took Sunday and Monday as well and my flight lands at 6pm tomorrow’ (Friday).
‘Wait you mean tomorrow?’
And so IT guy’s next visit to Cape Town in August was confirmed.
When we first talked about the next visit the idea was for me to go there. Then he suggested that he was thinking of coming to Cape Town at the end of the month. It seems there was a Muslim holiday at the end of August but the dates are only confirmed close to the time because it depends on the moon. He was waiting to see what dates would be announced as holiday for private companies.
Typically this coincided with the deadline for an important project report. I had sent the report to my boss for his comments on the Wednesday so I was waiting to see if he would require more changes. On Friday morning the boss emailed to say the report was submitted so I figured it was safe to head out for an hour and sort some things for IT Guy’s visit. Of course as soon as I left he called to say there was a problem with the submission and I ended up agreeing to sort it when I got home.
There were a few problems with the submission and for a while I thought that I was going to have to sort it on Monday. I really didn’t want to be thinking of work after IT Guy arrived. Just as I was stressing an email came through from my work colleague asking for stuff. It wasn’t clear what she wanted and I started to stress about getting it done before leaving for the airport. In the end I managed to submit the report and accept that I could not help my colleague.
It was later while I was at the airport waiting for IT Guy that I realised I always find some reason to stress before seeing IT Guy. Perhaps some if it is down to seeing IT Guy.
It was a lovely evening so we decided to head for a collection of restaurants on the beachfront. We went to a place that does good African food. It turns out that the set menu special is not as good as the main menu. It seems this is definitely one case where the reduced price reflects a reduced quality so the food was good but not great. Apart from the food it was a really nice evening. Great to be able to see each other again and have a proper face to face chat.
After a few stressful weeks and a very stressful day I was able to start to relax and enjoy some good company.