I’m back in the United Kingdom, back in London, back in the office, and back at my desk. And I can honestly say that it feels like I have never been away. Especially when I heard the announcement on the tube this morning, informing half asleep commuters that Oxford Circus tube station was shut and part of the Bakerloo line was suspended. Welcome back!
An alternative route had to be found into work and therefore I was twenty minutes late.
I hate being late for work. I always rush into the office, flustered, muttering “delays on the trains again” thinking that everyone is watching me as I slink onto my chair, and feeling as if I have battled my way into work. Those station closures and suspended lines have a lot to answer for! They need to take full responsibility for my sudden change of mood. One minute I can be happily reading away, the next I can be tutting away with the rest of the carriage, as I realise there are leaves on the track, or signal problems, or the train driver wants to stop off to buy a newspaper and a Mars Bar. Actually I made the last excuse up, but it wouldn’t surprise me, I’ve heard all sorts of delay reasons in my time.
To cheer myself up this morning, after the shock of being back to work and the not such a shock at being late for work, thanks to the transport system, I bought myself a cinnamon and raisin bagel. And toasted it in the new office toaster. It was lovely, and made everything seem that little bit more bearable. Although I had to drink my coffee out of one of the chipped mugs. You have to be in the office kitchen at the break of dawn to find a mug that isn’t chipped. But today I pretended not to notice the chips, nothing was going to spoil my cinnamon and raisin toasted bagel.
Let’s hope my journey home is smoother as I have an important date with the television and the telephone tonight. Yep, it's catch up with the telly and catch up with friends tonight. And I do not, under any circumstances, wish to be delayed. Thank you.
Picture of the day:
Flowers on the window sill.