You’ve made an arrangement. It’s for a certain time at a certain place. No problem. Fast forward 2 hours and, doing a quick timecheck, you realise that you might have to forego the smokey eye look tonight and indeed, throwing your top on a radiator to ‘iron’ out the creases might just have to do as well cos you’ve spent waaay too much time looking for that lipstick and now you’re late. Feckit anyway. Calm. Breathe. Breathe again. And relax. ‘Cop onto yourself’, are the words you hear in your head, but they’re not instilling a huge amount of confidence. Ok, Ok.. money, keys, lippy, phone. Check. Pause outside door and confirm that you don’t in fact need anything else. Walk and walk and.. ohjesusiforgottobring… Too late! Can’t go back. Or can you? No. And breathe again. You’re in 5inch heels, concentrate on getting from A to B in those instead. I can walk, I can walk.. no need to run. Ladies don’t run. Flick of hair. Taxi driver mistakes it for a nod and a wink and 2 seconds later you’re smiling as you realise that you’ll be on time after all. But oh the shame of the taxi pulling up right outside the pub you’re meeting at, it’ll just look so staged. Oh! Nothing you can do now, just sit until either the taxi driver or the doorman opens the car door for you to slink out of. Accept. Smile. Pause. Arrange legs. And glide. And glide. Glide right to the bar and try to remember not to shout at the young fella that takes your order. And smile. And repeat your order in a less nervous tone. And sip, SIP your drink. And turn and turn. And make the phone call. Confirm where the rest of the group are. And smile. And walk. And smile more cos they look like normal people. And smile even more cos you actually don’t know what you were worried about. And smile even more cos that girl with the gorgeous lippy complimented your earrings. And smile cos you weren’t the first person to spill a drink – not that it mattered anyway, you’re having too much fun to point out something as stupid as that. And then smile some more cos you’re not really sure why you were nervous in the first place.
Saturday it is then girlies!