In a world which constantly tries to bring us down, media that reports only strife and conflict, it’s easy to lose sight of things that matter.
This is my attempt at remembering to count my blessings!
- The cathedral in Santo Domingo de la Calzada. The real chickens and the story around them. A message from H on how grateful he was for the break and the company. We really need to keep in touch a lot more often.Seeing the expression of disbelief on the face of the person who was auditing us. Apparently we are one of the few organisations audited who have centralized monitoring. Really? iptables to the rescue. Block them all. Loved the class….Got my visa. There is no stopping me. Whoo hoo. A surprise lunch with the most wonderful person I know. I am so blessed. As humans we are both good and evil. Our light has dark corners our shadows…My lovely, pink, floral dress that I couldn’t fit into 2 weeks ago. Such a delight. Driving into a red roofed town, highlighted against a green canopied valley topped by peaks scudded with white rain-laden clouds. A rainbow in the valley….Prayed for a little miracle when it came to getting a discount on a fine being paid late. Miracle granted 😀 A co-passenger changed his seat thrice to come sit beside me. Banal talk followed by compliments, followed by crazy anecdotes.Woke up late to the smell of coffee… hmm… one of those days! The usage of the word nadir in conversation. I could have leapt with joy. Another sequence addict successfully created. This one promises to be a worthy…Shot E, T and D. OMG… so much to love. So, so, so much to love. Live music. Nothing beats it. Teased a friend to the point of my actions being referred to as persecution. I claim “Not Guilty”…A msg that read: Darling, you are a Goddess. And once you know what that truly means, I pray for anyone who tries to hurt you. Give a smile, get a smile. The normally irascible receptionist finally cracked a smile.Geoserver. Now we’re talking. Can’t wait to experiment more. A concerned colleague who couldn’t believe that I take my break so late. Felt strange. Strangely good. A video call that helped me realise how lucky I am. I have someone willing to listen….Redo it all… thanks to an error. Nice to start clean. I did have a clean up in my plan, but this way was easier. A well done after a 2 week break. Olé! Falling asleep to the sound of rain. One of…Worked from home today. I have no idea why any company will be against their employee’s benefit. Logic triumphed. Feels nice especially since I got to the right answer before anyone else. Surprised a friend.. and myself.Mustard boots with my orphan skirt… worked though. Love the boots. A chat that was supposed to be a few minutes long, but turned out to be several hours long. Love those moments when time seems to fly. Plans for…Feeling like a million bucks and then chose a car to suit. Top down, 5 years time on the radio. Some drives are to remember. Learned a few more chords. Need to practise much more. A spontaneous photoshoot. A…Tried out various drinks a the La Tita Lab. Test tubes, beakers, stirrers. Loved the experience. Orange boots and of course mustard ones too. Happy me. Spent the day in the great company. Lots of laughs. Lots of deep…A server that has transmitted 1.4T of data and is still going strong. We should learn to brag. That too on the day that PRC has been found secreting chips on tech sold to other countries. The Woman who hides kaleidoscopes in her shadows.Instead of taking a lunch break, I took time to finish my visa application. Hate having to waste so many resources, time and money. We need a world with no borders. Fixed an outstanding issue by just paying attention to what was spoken….Art – Paintings, Stone, Voices, Views…. Just a stone’s throw away from the house. What wonders… what joy… what beauty! Had lunch at a little local restaurant. The real deal. Spanish food, village rates… So glad we got to try it out.Visited Madrid as a tourist once more. There is so much to see in this town. Met the lady who translated some documents for me. We got on like wildfire. O’Neils O’Brians … different name… same goodness.My first experience getting a car towed. The process works so well here 🙂 Visited Segovia. Almost forgot how amazing the place is. The cathedral is more beautiful than ever. Took fewer images, worked more on composition and light….Being the girl watching the men cook. Ah the joys of life. Neighbours who came over for lunch and laughs. Always such a pleasure. 2 sisters who took their vows of poverty. Such joy. Such life. Love African celebrations….Wow. I love hearing them, seeing them and best of all watching shadows of them as they fly real high! Playing hosts to a friend. He loves whiskey. Clearly. Getting more papers together. If nothing more, my desire to travel…Found the first great hire of my company. A person who isn’t a “Yes, sir” kinda human. A person who can be objective and doesn’t mind standing up to management. Olé for her! — A little kid with braids that…Getting used to Text Mate, to screengrabs, to automator. There is always something fun to do. Fell to the earth with a thud. Humbling yet just what I needed. Surprised myself by trying to surprise a friend. Reciprocation is…I’ve known him for 16 years and we finally get to meet. Wow. So glad he is visiting. Thought it would be all about tourism. Turned out to be all about catching up. The full moon hanging low as we got to the…The basic chords ADG. Still doesn’t let me play the blues, but poco a poco. Got rid of my screen protector and my phone feels like new. Also got rid of a memory. Little things do make a difference.Therapy for the soul. That’s what Saturday was. Filled with my favourite things. Acoustic music and an introduction to several new artists. An impromptu photoshoot. A place that uses bellows to serve cider. Love it….From red-brown to violet. Love the shade. Being asked if I’m Indian… from Pakistan or Bangladesh. Lol. The cheeky hairdresser goes … yeah … like she’s Spanish from Portugal or France. First Picasso owner that I met. And not just…Birds and clouds… they never fail to make me smile. I should include more of them in my photography. Tested our scripts to spin up machines and generate sites. The unbridled joy at watching it work consistently. Cloud at it’s best … and…Bumped into an old friend at work. Felt good that we were able to pick up from where we left off. Another colleague noticed my new hair colour and mentioned that she preferred it to the green. Interesting. B is much much better, I…Health woes at home, but Aunt E came out of surgery looking great. Hope B gets better too. Gorgeous shoes. Hand painted heel. Leather and suede. Some shoes just have to be worn. A big adventure …. Can’t wait…A flock of birds that took off against a pink background. Gorgeous way to start the day. Looked for an issue in odd places. Got lucky. Triaged, fixed and stopped from recurring. They should give me the week off for the work I did…Met’s J’s bro and SIL. So glad she isn’t as stubborn as she was a few weeks ago. Tried the skinny jeans, embroidered body and Kimono look . Love it! Our loving neighbours rubbing in the fact that we…Cleaning up. How quick and rapid it is when one’s interested. A short film called Privilege game. Some truths are harder to accept. Home-made Pizza for dinner. Oh Yummm…A better solution to your IT problems. Of course we have it. You just had to ask. Loved the look on their faces when they understood what we had in place and how it could be leveraged. Got caught in a squall. Gosh…Lunch with a provider. The brownie was delicious. Too much, but delicious. Took the day off from working out and everything else. Finished the photos of a shoot made 2 girls happy. Setup eamil for my new domain. Love how…Poltergeist… not one … 3 in one day. And all of them were put to sleep. Songs that I’ve never heard before. DADGAD tuning and words to melt a heart. There is such a huge world to explore. Met a…The maid letting me know that she loves my new purchases. I’ll pass the report on to mum especially since she wanted to know if I added any colour to my wardrobe. That did keep me pleased as punch while I rushed for my bus. That and…Wore a black and white wrap today. Loved how simple yet elegant it is. (not my words.. lol) Watched a Flamenco class while debating whether it’s the dance for me. It might just be… apparently i have the attitude.The altar was inaugurated today. WOW. Much better than my version. But I get the feeling that my version got us there. The resemblance is uncanny. Her reaction on seeing her b’day gift. WOW. Thought it would be along those lines. Didn’t expect…Wore a new dress today. Love it when stuff I find online looks as good as I expect. Plenty of accidents in Jarrama, but it was still fun. Sunshine on Leith …. hate when a movie gets to me….Telling your hairdresser to surprise you may go either way… Too much trust, but the good thing is it will grow back. Decided on keeping my heels on for the whole day cause it felt like it. Never a bad idea.The pigeons are back. Love watching them fly around while we are working. The sky put up a show. The cross and the break in the clouds through which the ray touched down. WOW. Almost like God is glad F won’t be there…Recalling school, home and all those who have taught me something along the way. So grateful! Reached Z of the A to Z project. Am so glad I got them all in. Picked up a few tricks along the way too… Whoo hoo…Downgraded, upgraded, switches, backed up and restored Git today. So much to learn. Being told that my Minnie mouse dress suits me well. Designers compliments count for more. Played around with iptables. Diced with locking ourselves out… but didn’t!Crossed an old age home and saw the residents sitting outside sunning themselves. It struck me then. The whole mad rush to wake up early and rush to work and slog away for hours… all to end up sunning myself outside an old age home. Nope. Not…E & J giften me a little rose madchen. A Flower Girl from Germany. That and a Petroni… no one could ask for more. Hermoine was called Sporty… that she is… but I’m glad it was said out loud! Indian…Was getting ready to leave and realised I didn’t have on any makeup… better still, I didn’t mind it at all. Getting into Hermonine, lowering the top and realising it was the best feeling ever. Added bonus, being told that my car suits…Loss. So relative. Wish it was relatives. A gift… a custom made “Girl who lost her name” book. Cried like a baby. Trying to find the song “love me like a masterpiece”. Joined in the search by others, but…After more than a year of owning it, I drove my convertible with the top down. Didn’t stop smiling. Suddenly driving was a joy. Long conversations. Gut instincts. Honesty. I started the day mourning imagined losses. I questioned my faith. And now I…Learned so much about KVMs and Magento. Phew… major heartburn cases. Received my dresses. Am absolutely certain I won’t be shopping here ever again. Good thing this shop is off my list. Discussing style, dressing and shopping options with Lorelai….The Moon, all round and beautiful, just above the cross of Valle de Los Caidos. What a gorgeous sight to behold. Broke a server while following instructions that should have optimised it. Still can’t stop laughing. Played and shared…Learned something new. Always something new to learn. A strange comment from a colleague made me realise that we may be a bit too overbearing for a few. A bit more humility will not be too much to ask for.My gorgeous black and white dress which got me so many compliments … the one that stood out … “I love that dress, especially since I’d never be able to wear something like it”. A kid with purple hair and her fabulous pets….All my translators were offline while I visited the ophthalmologists. Good thing I didn’t need them. The first reception of the next gen. Was there in spirit, wish I could be there in person. Spent the evening dancing with…The first wedding of the next generation. So wish I could be there. I hope they have a long, beautiful life ahead. A problem that had me confounded for a while. And the solution… simple and elegant. Lunch at…A colleague will be leaving shortly. He’ll be missed, but I guess we’ll remain in touch. Technology might make it happen, but I’ll soon have a music partner 🙂 Took some images of the lovely sunrise today and one thing…Prayed for a little miracle when it came to getting a discount on a fine being paid late. Miracle granted 😀 A co-passenger changed his seat thrice to come sit beside me. Banal talk followed by compliments, followed by crazy anecdotes.Coral all over. Love when outfits and accessories come together seamlessly. Worked out and felt the difference. Finished in record time. Time to up the level. Helped people get over some wrongly held beliefs on food and exercise. We…A friend who got back from the UK, brought me shortbread since I so enjoy it 🙂 Awwww … Discovered some great music on Spotify. There are so many good artists who get sidetracked because of “popular tastes”. Got home…A wise man once told me, “You are braver than you think”. Best advice ever. Back to cloudy skies and a cool breeze. My first conversation with a person I’ve known for years. Been accused of many things but…A walk and dip in La caldera (Garganta de Gredos). Clear, fresh water. Rounded rocks in all shapes and sizes. Few minutes in the water, few on the rock and repeat. That was the recipe of the day. A guaranteed tan and a sensation of peace. No…Months of talk… finally it’s the weekend to fulfil a promise. 178 kms to go. A promise of adventure and great vistas. Took the scenic route. Confidence boost – check. Staying alert for the whole drive – check. Half-way through I…Setting my mentees some new photography goals. Caught up on some long pending communication and tasks. Planned for a short trip that has been on the books for ages, but never materialised. Decided to give Dhano a bath. She…Went to mass and took C for lunch. It was her first time having a two course meal… we take so many things for granted. A throng of sparrows that took wing while I drove by them. Happy little birds.So many chores in and around the house. Checking them off was a lot of fun. Finally cleared my wardrobe. Threw away several clothes. Rediscovered several others. Found a whole new style that I’d like to play with more while trying on clothes…After a furious exchange of emails, turns out that the provider was invoking the service incorrectly. Felt good to send them the last email. Strangely, this made me bond with EV. Pretty much everyone goes on vacation. Whoo hoo. Deciding to go vegetarian…Dealing with one of the worst providers we’ve ever been forced to work with. Solace came in a conversation with an old friend and a chance to vent in 3 languages simultaneously. Ahhh … the joys of being a polyglot.Meeting, Icelandic, Directions Met M after donkey’s years. Didn’t start off well, but we found our groove. Recounting our trip to Iceland and giving advice. Reliving those memories via photos. Loved each moment of it. Was…While checking on my vacation days, I found I had two to spare. Whooo hooo!!! Apparently I was a nightmare in class. My conversations with the professors happened at a different level and no one in class followed along. Can’t believe they remembered…Not one of the best days I’ve had… but the good thing is… it’ll get better!Picked up an old lady at the entrance. She was looking for a lift to the town centre. On hearing that I was driving into the city, she asked to be dropped there. She spoke non-stop and offered to take me out to lunch one day. Not…The fantastic “Art of storytelling” exhibit. Learned so much. I now have all Disney movies on my list! Brilliant. The work that went into making each movie, the vision, the brilliance. Wow. Got myself a gift. A book. A proper, printed book. Read an excerpt while in the shop and…Finally got the new environment working. So much excess! My big project for August and it’s already underway! Almost all the dresses I bough fit perfectly. 1 needs major alteration. 3-4 need that I get back into shape. Challenge accepted! Testing out new apps to replace Lr. Still haven’t found one…The shadows of sparrows on a wall announcing their arrival before they came into view. Just another morning in the sierra. Compliments on my “Indian-Thing” .. that being a scarf I wore to cover the inappropriately low neck on my dress. Played the harp like I was born for it. I…A message in a group. Wow.Setting up a new environment at work. There is always much to learn. An invitation to a party in September. I’m already picking out a dress for it. Posted to our project after a few weeks of low mojo. So glad the creative juices are flowing again.I love church. J is back and so are the compliments. Loved wearing my yellow dress and the new red heels are so comfortable. I recognised Ja but couldn’t recall her name. She and her grand kids and their compliments… wow! D and his lesson on King Saul and…The little kid that came to our party… all smiles… so beautiful! Realised that I’ve heard so many good singers that I can’t bear drunken Karaoke night any more. A change is gonna come…My effusive hairdresser and the long conversation on everything. I might just stick with green 🙂 Msgs from a friend to say how amazed he is at my creativity and how it inspires others to better their photography. Such a pleasure catching up with him after so many years. Camera read,…So many compliments … strangely from strangers. That ego is on a roll! Shopped … again… no regrets!!! Bumped into some videos from the surprise party for Elke… wow … those incredible memories. I can almost reach out and touch them!Score, score and score again on everything at work. Hope the whole of summer passes the same way. Eminently was the keyword of the day! Along with a few other 🙂 Love being known for listening to music with the windows down. How does the world not indulge in it?A tee and jeans and getting labelled “IT Girl”. Simple is the way to go. Had to return 2 of the 12 pairs, but gosh how I love the ones I kept! Can’t wait to show them off 😀 Accepting that I am a snob. A wine-snob. Sangria quality doesn’t make…Setup the Firewalls like they were supposed to be done and yeah … they work perfectly! Time with the neighbours no matter the excuse… always fulfilling! A new week, a new day and back to old routine. Working out and playing Scheherazade. This time, I hope to keep at it 🙂Complimented on my complexion today … how could I not glow when my head keeps playing the term “Ming vase” to me. Lunch with the in-laws… not as bad as books and movies make it out to be. Some gorgeous gifts and OMG those stories … ha ha ha. Good…Good sleep and hours of rest can work wonders for the soul. Shopped … for dresses and shoes and what not. This is addictive. Movies that made me laugh for being so dumb. Gosh… A few well-meaninged drops of rain turned into a full fledged Storm that affected the lights and all.A photographer and a writer. Who can tell. Lunch and laughter. Some days the lawyer and the poet and the musician and the fool have the best of times. Met a retired man in the bus. Picasso obsessed. Off to visit an Exhibit in my town. Picasso, Dali, Miró took over…Pimpmylog and a PFsense in HA mode. Loved watching the puzzle pieces falling into place. A drink to celebrate a birthday and the beginning of vacations. Met up with some friends that I haven’t spoken to in months. Photo plans. BBQ invites. Celebrating life.Shot in the park today. Tried blurs after a long, long time. Didn’t come up with anything amazing, but I’m glad I haven’t forgotten the techniques. Conversing about my favourite hobby while indulging in it. The little pleasures of life. The first vase I filled with flowers from our garden. Red…Lunch with a friend and a few 100 people speculating on why and how we are in contact. Conversations. Interesting conversations… how we underestimate the importance of that vital social activity. Tuned Scheherazade today. She sounds amazing. Music can soothe a soul in torment. Spoke to a friend today… after months…Orange is so my colour. Love wearing all versions of it. Caught up on all pending posts. Just the graduation album to go. How I need my mojo back! Back to working out and playing the harp after taking a break for WC. The less drink will have to wait.Well rested after a week of major hustle. Sometimes all the body needs is a bit of rest. Wore my flower fascinator for the first time. Couldn’t wear it and drive and it kept falling off through the party, but I finally did get to wear it 🙂 BS’s party. Loved…Finding that talking ceaselessly is still possible. Make that incessant, interesting and humorous conversation. I’ll take an extra large order of that any day. Pirates, princesses, family I thought Nadal and Djokovic would be interesting, but then Anderson and Isner took the 5th set to 26-24. Aces all over. Ming Vase, Celtic…Several different issues that clamoured for a solution. Loved getting out of the rut. A lunch date with a retired colleague. An invitation to a BBQ we’ll soon be hosting. Gifting moments to savour … that might be my superpower 🙂 An artist shared a gorgeous image with the words: “Is…Didn’t stop even for a single moment. There was so much to try, so much to discover. If ever I do meet the makers of Powershell, they won’t have a happy day. Problems, solutions and new stuff. Work made me come alive today. After several days of being AWOL, I…Work anniversary. Can’t believe it’s been 16 years… 10 different roles. Analyst or CTO… that’s the only role I have to try. Watched a match with friends and realised I am so emotional about sport that I can’t show that part of me to many. Wore my pink and black dress…A colleague who was leaving and came over to say goodbye. His joy at a new challenge. His suggestions and ideas on how he got out of it. I wish him well. He deserves it. The joy of B & S on seeing their gifts. I’ve never seen, anyone I…Entered the train in the company of a lovely little lady who needed some help getting up. She was visiting someone on the same road that my church is on. She even knew there was an English church there. She remembered the names of all the streets. Talked about…I was supposed to catch up with the old gang for an hour or so… ended up reaching home at 7 in the morning. Yeah. They do that to you. 4 bars. 2 matches. 2 live bands. 1 disco. Fantastic company. Met a Spaniard of Gallego parenage, brought up in…Spoke to a few friends from back home. 19 years haven’t changed us much. Perfection I guess. Holidays are on and the parks are always full of happy, playful kids. Blonde and blue eyed… it’s fun to watch them run around on their little legs. Hope they remain this way…Heard someone broke up. Sorry for her broken heart, but he wasn’t the fun for her. I’m glad it came sooner rather than later. Down to pentalties. Love when matches are that way. The only thing one could wish for is a cleaner match. Telling someone that “I’d choose Jesus over…Revisited an old haunt. The waitress left her work and came over to chat. Service is so important. Wish people realised it. Packed away my boots. Got my summer shoes out. Shopping on the list. Brazil won… with 21 shots 21 in a game of 90 minutes. Then Belgium – Japan…Great music, fantastic sermon, drinks with the gang. Wow! OLM is much much more than a church. Loved wearing my purple chudidaar and being complimented by everyone. Lol … they even stopped to call me princess. Poor kids… Goddess… not princess. But they’ll get there. Creating words and laughing till…Rest for the soul and body. Haven’t woken up so refreshed in a long time. Couldn’t help but notice that in a few WCs, it’ll be the Africans vs the Africans 🙂 The South Americans keeping my predictions true so far… Go Uruguay! No more individual performances… it’s all about teams…Wore my wooden elephant necklace. People stopped, stared, complimented and smiled. Lol. Hosted a party for J & A. So glad I got a chance to catch up with them on their visit. When people really matter and relationships are genuine, distance doesn’t really matter. At lest not in this…The gorgeous Madrid sky was back today. Took a few hundred photos and none of them can do it justice. Lost in the best possible way… learning about redis and rabbit and kibana. Love researching. It’s been a long time, wayyy too long since a stranger stopped me, complimented me and…Early in the morning, the sun hidden behind a cloud, camouflaged like a beautiful solitaire. Today, I dressed like I used to when I was in India. Trousers and a shirt. Haven’t received as many compliments as I did today in a long, long, long time. The reigning champions are out,…A poem I inspired. Love playing muse. Finding that petite little girls are the most powerful… realising I’m part of that group. Having a poem recited, right after I read it and realised wow … what a huge difference! We so don’t appreciate good voice artistes. Lunch with FG. So glad to…Being referred to as a force of nature. Why should one be anything less? Returning to the refreshing microclimate of the mountains after the oppressive heat of a concrete jungle. So many beautiful moments shared with my soul peeps. Still soaking it all in. The lovely, lovely, lovely song Good day that…Mass with D singing right beside me. Wow … A teacher from the US in Spain for the 800th Uni of Salamanca anniversary amazed by OLM couldn’t stop sharing her joy at being there. Hope she comes back. Circulo de Belles Artes. The root top, great food and even better company….Belgium vs Tunisia… probably the best football match in forever! Loved that both teams were committed to spirit of the game without giving in to Oscar performances. Hope more of such are in the books. Germany’s last minute Bollywood-esque goal! Olé! A photoshoot with C & A. Tried a lot…Rediscovered the reason I fell in love with Brazil playing football. Those little gimmicks that anyone in the team can do. The Spirit. The attack, attack, attack. The celebrations. Love it. I think you’ve confused me for someone who gives a duck… my new favourite line. A word, a name, the…The first day of summer. A promise of warmth. But better still, since long, floral dresses are the trend, not so many women in office wear shorts. Salve for the eyes. A few kilos lighter. I think I can make it into the dress I planned for my birthday party! The…Woke up and realised that all that working out is finally showing, especially on my arms. Loved it. Learning that people will do anything to get a Nobel. Souls for sale. So grateful that I don’t have anyone in my circle that’s so toxic. So glad to see our garden so…The landscape was nothing but screensavers and backgrounds. Wow. Just wish I managed to get a few shots. Stopped in the lovely town of Lerma on the way back to Madrid. Very picturesque. The WC has been nothing but surprising. Still holding on to the hope that one from South America/…Management meeting in our corporate offices and I get picked out by the President to be the first one to be “given the talk”. Love that he’s never prepared for my answers. Wasn’t in the mood to party into the wee hours of the morning, but hey… I don’t ever…Practising mindfullness. Easy to talk about it. Living in the NOW is much more difficult. Much more rewarding as well. Watered the garden today and as always found so much inspiration and so many hidden gems. The way light interacts with water drops, the rich shades of Ivy, droplets hanging…Received a beautiful bunch of flowers and 2 bottles of my favourite white wine. Finally shot in the open ground right in front of the community. Love the results. I wasn’t wrong at all. Our first BBQ in proper BBQ weather. Perfect.Another change in prod that “management” wanted on a Friday. Was so adamant not to do it. Metascripting to get SQL scripts. I love IT! So many questions and so much to explain. Went a bit overboard with bokeh tips, but loved the progress made. Got to use features on my…A young dad in the park teaching his kids that the important bit is to be the best… doesn’t matter if they choose to be a policeman or teacher or anything else. Just be the best version of you. Someone is brining up their kids right. Reached home to an…Was not sure we had planned enough for a migration, but 2 hours is all it took to fix absolutely every unforeseen issue. Take a bow, girl! The sun was out today. That lovely ball of fire that all Spaniards complain about all through summer. That ginormous source of…Fixed an issue that wasn’t supposed to be an issue and more importantly not my issue. Still have histories to be recounted. The sun was out today… it was just so beautiful to sit out in the garden, under a blue sky and listen to the birds. The great weather made…Songs that I added to the list, songs that E added to the list, songs that all of us enjoyed! Wow… music can move the world. So glad I have people who have the same eclectic taste in music. Back to the regime. And yes, after a week of slacking…DD’s prayer song. Wow… She put her heart into it and all of us were left with goose bumps. I am aware of it, but I still find myself constantly amazed at the power of music. Tennis… been so so so long! Nadal vs Thiem and no he’s not letting…Surprised by how pleasant a luncheon with the in-laws can be. Guess alcohol has much to do with it. And maybe the fact that not everything I spoke had to be translated. Shopped for a niece, a nephew and a sister-in-law. Glad I took the time to do so. This amazing…Getting to the theatre. Wow, that in itself was an adventure… and getting there on time, bloody impossible. Got there late. Wasn’t recognised by the front of house, but it still was a fabulous performance. This should make me get to their next show on time. Also, got to…Perfect spring day. Love when the sun plays hide and seek with the clouds. I was supposed to throw a party for a friend later this month, but since she was showing her extended family around, the party was cancelled. Today she asked that we host it, since she missed…Still on a high from a fabulous birthday celebration. Just go out and take it… happiness is a choice! A powerful video by the rebel priestess – Life lesson for the day: The bigger the asshole, the better to forgive and forget them.A White horse feeding in a pasture carpeted in purple blossoms. “The Simpsons” like clouds that scudded the blue sky. Sun and rain playing hide and seek. Chiaroscuro in the sky. Little Birds that filled the air with their song. We could hear them, but they flitted around so quickly it was difficult…Came home to the aroma of a cake in the oven and chickpeas soaking in water. Migration of a site in less than an hour. Much lesser than estimated even by the optimists. A reading that went straight home. Wow. Yes, Bob is listening. And he never let’s me walk alone. There…A song sung just for me. A song sung in church. A song of thanks. Music can reach one’s soul faster than anything else ever can. Image ideas gleaned from a movie. All those hours spent watching finally reap some benefit. Figuring out that I actually enjoy Spanish food and it’s…Drove down with the top down and a bunch of balloons… put more smiles on faces than I have in a long time. Even got a few singing for me … Thank you J. Today was a surreal experience. Wore a green jacket today, and A decided to match me…Retiro and the fabled rose garden. It took my breath away several years ago when I first saw it and today it overwhelmed my senses once more. I couldn’t have asked for a better day or a better companion! “Dene wala jab bhi deta deta chappar phad ke” Spent an…Had lunch with a retired ex-colleague. His sheer joy at being remembered made my soul soar. One little act of kindness after another… That’s how we change the world. Visited an old haunt after months of avoiding it. All of them remembered me. I should go over more often. Can’t…20 is God’s number. 20 moves. That’s the number of moves it takes to solve the Rubix cube. SF tried it and took much more than God’s number (20)… Atheists have to try a bit harder it seems. Been hours. Still laughing. Met 3 people on the bus with whom…Woke up thinking happy thoughts. Can’t remember when it last occurred, but I’m ready for it to happen it day. Met with multiple teams today and started working on rebuilding our rapport once more. One thing that I’ve been working towards for years. Started editing photos taken in Iceland. Love that…Love that I’ve developed a style that I am comfortable with. My wardrobe has been culled to go with the new look and best of all, it’s effortless and effective. A curious dog that came up to me and wanted to start a long exchange. Her mistress pulled her away,…Wore my Monet inspired silk scarf for the first time. Loved it. Also got to meet Father J’s family and Fr R’s brother. Lovely, happy people. The confessional was opened at the coffee table, but I’m glad I wasn’t asked to spend much time there. I really need to cut…Graduation day. Expected things to go south, but they remained eventless. Thankfully. Watched a football match for the first time in a long, long time. Standards have fallen, but at least I am sure that my decision to keep away from domestic football is an absolute win!Lack of sleep, GDPR and several complications… Glad the work week is done. Phew! A and D got their rally car. A red MX5 with pop up lights. I get to design it … whoo hoo! Sequence into the wee hours of the night. Yeahhhhhh ….A gift I received at Christmas urged me to do something that scares me each day. This morning I debated on the street I should park on. Understandable since my Monday morning attempt resulted in an absolute fiasco. The words from the book ringing in my head, I looked…Conversation at night that got me thinking. Each person comes into your life for a reason and no matter the distance or the circumstances or the lies we tell ourselves. Some people leave indelible marks on your soul and no matter what… they will always remain. A fond memory…Learned more on CL today. The more I learn, the more there is to discover. Wow … Almost everyone I spoke with today had a fantastic day. Am so so so happy for them. Good news all around. Tales of the heart are best played on a harp. Strummed what my…A song dedicated to me… Forever Young. (https://youtu.be/2EUh6HC2aTQ). More like Live don’t just Survive… at least that’s how my head translated it. TUO is not being nourished by one of the finest minds I know. Was so delighted to open it up midday and find a new post. Gorgeous, as…Was not going to mass, but come 8:00am I couldn’t sleep and then I remembered it was my fave priest’s final mass in Madrid. Off I was. Traffic a breeze, Parking a breeze, everything led me to church… and on time. Fabulous mass with the choir especially Marcel winning…Took the macro out today, right after the sprinklers did their job. The sun was out and inspiration was in the air. Shooting some Rosiesque images, philosophy, art and melancholy took a stroll through the alleys of my mind. Cuban lunch, Cocktails and Live Music. But the best part, was…Wore an 18year old satin and lace, salmon coloured dress. A hand me down. So many took time to appreciate it. Very catholic, very neat, very classy. Just what Alma would have designed. Had to take a pic to show and tell both mum and big sis. Finally got the…Love wearing orange. Makes me happy. Finished the scripts to create sites automatically. Replacing people with a very small shell script isn’t a pipe dream. Time to get the graduation album in place and instead of 10 I have 31 potentials. So overwhelmed to see how much I’ve grown as a…Heading towards a no makeup look… and my sister sends me the 8 lipsticks I ordered while in India… gahh… the dilemma! Back to trying to replace people with really small shell scripts. The shell scripts are small, the powershell scripts are as convoluted as Windows can make them. Loved the…Off to celebrate San Isidro. A quick check of the costume made it abundantly clear that I’ll NOT be wearing a chulapa. Still loved how the outfit came together. A quiet afternoon in Madrid. Yeserias, Oh how I love that place! Loved living there! So many hipsters there now, it…Long discussions with the team about attitudes and habits and what makes them tick. That followed by fixing several issues all at once. Whoo hoo! Mum loved her Terrarium and is going to build another… yeahhhh A! Yeahhh Mum! Fixed an issue on one server … wrote a short script to…The Harley ride threw me off balance and kept me that way all through mass. I did manage to regain a modicum of peace by the end of the service. I was kneeling and praying and trying to be still, when a tap on my shoulder and a voice…Spoke with my sister and later with my cousins. Such a pleasure catching up with them. Showed the garden off to my cousins and am so glad at how beautiful and green it is. My little sharkie who took so much trouble to create a Terrarium… and then she went hunting…Knowing that I’d always choose to remain in the light. That. Just that. Reaching my parlour and seeing absolutely nobody waiting ahead of me. The hairdressers’ unbridled joy when she suggested red and green and had me consent immediately 🙂 A walk through Sol and a run-in with an Argentinian Artist…Buses plying as normal in the morning. Yoooo Hooo! One of the best training sessions I’ve giving in a long, long time. The mentorship is almost at an end and I can see how different my imagery is. So glad I joined this mentorship. Brilliant Book: https://assets.lensculture.com/static/Magnum-Guide-2017.pdfTook the train to work cause of an early morning meeting and the strike. Been so long since I watched the reds and greens whip by while the train made it’s way to town. I like travelling by train. Don’t like being forced to do it. Met Vega. Wow. This…Finally on the new server. Including having to play Twister to get the last few indices on. Mostly intact. Spotted a squall by the behaviour of the birds even before it hit. All that monsoon living hasn’t gone in vain. The sight of the roses in the garden at office. Took…My new camera is home…. yeahhhhhh …. So glad! The good thing about the strikes and BUS VAO problems…. so much time to catch up on my reading! Keeping with my fitness regime … at least on day 1. Routine can be soothing.The choir sang “Make me a channel of your peace”, and memories of Father Cohelo, the Franciscan priests and my childhood came flooding back. M’s impromptu rhythm on the drum took it to a whole new level! Them ladies agreeing once more that I stepped out of a magazine. Can’t…Finally caught up on several pending tutorials. This man – HENRI CARTIER BRESSON – blew my mind. Love his work, his philosophy and his simplicity. After months of searching, I finally located 5K photos of Cambodia on Amazon Drive. Can’t believe how blessed I am. The mentor of the Street photography…Justice, rape, truth, anecdotes… Each one has enough material for a book. Pity we don’t take more time to share experiences. Bumped into a lady who missed her bus. Offered her a ride. She’s called Milagro and for a weird reason, I think she’ll be a milagro to me. Went shopping…Woke up thinking “I’m ready for some awesome to come my way”, and Spotify replied with “Hakuna Matata”. I am blessed in so many ways. I have no reason to be sad. Meeting with a new provider and God, that accent. Greek or Macedonian I think! Loved it. A friend told…Spent hours in bed, reading and drifting in and out of crazy dreams. Got out of bed only to allow the neighbours access to the garden and when I described my morning, the girl went “how lucky”. That’s when I realised, mum of 2 little kids. Still elated about…A trip to a little town with a couple of friends. Beautiful place, but the trip to the place was the best part of it. Hermoine is such a joy! My first taste of B’s car. Wow! Such a beaut! Absolutely amazing Spanish food. Not something that’s easy to come by….Dressed up today and the compliments of yesterday governed my choices. Felt like what D said I am. R among D. A little fine tuning to do, but a major part of the migration is done and done well. Messages that echo the sound of my soul. Universe, I know you…Helping an old Spanish couple follow mass. I hope they liked the experience. They did mention they will be back.F complimenting my “coordinated look” & J rounding it off by saying that I dress up to look like I walked out of an issue of Vogue.F again with her…Caught up on all the rest that I missed this week. Feel human again. Phew. Done with 3 batches of photos. A few more to go to be perfectly delighted about my run. Am bettering the knack of doing my hair. One day… it’ll be effortless.The scripts that I created for the migration worked without a hitch. Always such a pleasure to see a job well done. Went out with C, A, N, JMY. Saw some places in Madrid that I didn’t know existed. So much to explore in this city. Also, found places I’d…Love the orange dress and green jacket combination. Was so thrilled when the barrista handed me my second cup and said … “did you notice, I only used orange cups for you today” 🙂 Listening to various birds calling out this evening while mouthing our awe at how quickly the…Noticed a tag on my Levi’s that read “Wash less often, save the planet” 🙂 Had lunch with an old friend. So refreshing to have someone to talk with openly. Met the same friend’s best friend while shooting in Sol. Being greeted with “you’re the most beautiful girl around”, while standing…Had the most interesting meeting in 6 years. Infrastructure, Markets, Growth … and best of all, in English. J caught up with me after a long time. Hope they can make time for a party during their trip in June. After 4 days of not touching my catalogues, caught up on…Got my server. Yeahhhh … finally!!! Got most of the work done. One last transfer and test and we are gold! A reading I picked out randomly … that gave me just what I needed at the moment! Met our neighbours for the third day in a row. Lol… it’s each…The most amazing mass we’ve had at OLM in a long time. The choir was beyond outstanding and the confirmations so serene and solemn. Loved it! Lunch with several people from my parish, my inner circle and my neighbours. Can’t believe I’m so blessed. Can’t believe I have so many wonderful…BBQ for A’s birthday. Amazing wine. Fantastic food. So many laughs. Surrounded by people who love to live it up. Including those who arrived 2 hours earlier to help with getting things ready, those who travelled 400+ kms just to be at the party. Did not disappoint. Talking about cameras…A serious issue that called for a simple solution. Met the old butcher at his new place. So glad to see him so happy and at peace. An artsy take on street photography. Shooting people can be fun… lol… that’s what I keep telling myself. Mushrooms… yummm!!!Spoke to a new provider today. One of the most productive, positive meetings I’ve had since I’ve moved to this country. Miss those days when I was a Solutions Architect. Shot a combination of Blur and Street today. The results are not as awesome as I thought they were on…Lost in space – The right amount of science fiction and drama to get us hooked. A butcher who could read body language better than most of my co-workers. First drive of the year in Hermoine with the top down. She brings me so much joy.Hearing about an enzyme that could help break plastic down … whoo hoo.. (https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21740669-auf-wiedersehen-pet-enzyme-digests-plastic-could-boost-recycling) Got me a new server to get ELK installed. Can’t wait to try something new and brilliant. Dinner with the in-laws and surprising myself by surprising them. So much gratitude and honesty. It hurts so good. Taking off my…Trying to do little things to make A’s b’day special. Glad one his gifts got delivered on time. Keeping myself busy. Work, Photography, Reading, Learning. There is so much more to life. Preparing dinner together. Burgers are always fun.Exchanged ideas on how and what could be changed in church. I hope it works out the way we see it. A wonderful photoshoot of the younger sibling of a girl I shot before. Comparing those photos to the new ones, I can see how much I’ve grown as a…The sky cleared a bit today and the blue spotted by white cumulus clouds reminded me of The Simpsons! Enjoyed driving today. The thrill of overtaking and outwitting some really poor drivers. J was beyond amazing in both her performances. E shone as always. Didn’t know she could pull off that…Being consulted on the deliverables for the year for our team. A shift from behaviour and one I appreciate. Detoxing… painful as it is… so much to get from doing it. A friend from up North, who added to the joys of the day by complimenting my car. Cost me a…Waking up to messages from my cousin. Her mum sent her my photo and her response: “It’s so bloody stunning !!! How is your skin so even and smooth as always? You don’t look a single year older than 22 !” After weeks of not being very “talkative” with certain…Was shooting for my assignment and although most were blur shots, some people waved. Made me smile. Recalled several trips and experiences today. They keep getting buried in routine. Such a pity. The most grown up conversation I’ve had with G. Can’t believe those kids are ready to start families of…Morning, afternoon and evening. Three different persons who complimented my new green hair and couldn’t wrap their heads around “How I could risk it”! A workout that left me panting and feeling great. Been a long time since I managed to finish one. Helped a friend with “IT” issues. Glad to…Spoke with mum after a long time. Glad she was in a more positive frame of mind. Finally resolved two long standing issues at work. Took great pleasure in crossing them off the list instead of moving them from list to list. Put pencil to paper and started with one of…4 little kids who came up to meet me and wanted me to know that they’ll fight on my behalf and that I needn’t be scared of anyone any more. Got to thank their father, D, who was the one who stood along with the other D to restrict…Shot some self portraits today. Switched from the regular recipe I use. The results are interesting. Hel. Goddess flavour of the month it looks like. I’ve finally found a cause that I wholeheartedly want to support. Research and work. Away we go.Spoke with my cousins. Crazy, silly conversations, but it felt great connecting across continents. Changed my hair. The over-effusive hairdresser wanted me to go green. Did too. Tried ringlets as well. I hope I’ve mastered the art of setting them. Feel empty, but at peace after making certain choices. I hope…He was loaning the mawn. Lol. Spent the whole day tracking cookies in a terminal. Nothing beats command line troubleshooting. Yes, sometimes sadness is important. You have to feel the low to feel the high.Finished a plan called “the will of God” on my Bible app. One of the more “different” takes on God’s will that I have come across. I intend to reread it. Finished the photos I needed for the weekly assignment just before my camera died on me. Chances are it…Checked off a long standing to-do by using some lateral thinking. Meta programming at it’s finest. A warmly received image. Elegant and simple wins, each time, every time. A surprise call to an uncle. An insightful conversation, a chance to bring much joy.Macro photos in my garden. Love it! Being called the “Spring Goddess” by two persons from 2 different countries within 20 minutes of each other. Fixed the little issues on my site that were bugging me no end. Wheee hee!A beautiful service made even better by the company of my soul peeps. My heart sings with joy. Speaking with my family and wishing them the love and peace of the risen Lord. Happiness! Coffee and Cakes that became Cava and Chocolate. Lovely times with some fun people.Got the whole group addicted to Sequence. Hours of fun!Driving out to sun and snow. Stopped and offered a ride by people from my church who didn’t want me walking alone. Pity it was just 200mts to my car. A surprise “early” Easter call from A and T. Those kids really grew on me. So glad they are having a…The colours in the garden made my heart burst with happiness. A wonderful, serene Maundy Thrusday service. Parking in the city when no one is around. Such a pleasure.Had lunch with a colleague who left years ago and has rejoined us. Such a pleasure to have someone to chat with at work, about work, life, everything. Created some of my favourite abstract street images. Love this whole new world that has opened up to me.My first day of freedom. There was a smile on my face and a spring in my step. Went out to shoot street. Not a genre that stirs my passion, but I’ve been challenging myself to do something different. Giving into the flow and enjoying the crowds swirling around me. Shooting…So many came forward to be with me on a day that demanded so much strength. I’m blessed. So blessed. I can now walk the streets of Madrid without looking over my shoulder. Until I felt the relief, I didn’t realise how stressed I was. A copa with J and D….Just like that, I decided I won’t take it any more. There are books written on Tipping Point, but when you actually reach it, there is nothing but calm. Found the kindest police folk one could ask for. They knew the law. They understood the situation. The reacted with speed…