Life can be extremely stressful for the best of us. It’s a complete jungle out there. Work. No work. Awkward clients. Financial obligations. Attempting to cross the road at the London Bridge intersection without being flattened by a Number 43 bus. Recurring thoughts of my divorced parents having sex again, and unfortunately with one another. My lumpy waistline. The list is limitless.
“Meditate, drink a green tea, listen to music. Read a good book like I do,” said my personal assistant Toby.
By the way he’s still a complete fruit cake. For those of you who don’t know, he has paranoid manic acrophobia with a dash of obsessive compulsive disorder thrown in for some good measure. Obviously he’s a real laugh a minute to have around at the office. When I hired him a few years ago he was a student fresh out of Agricultural College. Unfortunately, back then, there wasn’t much demand for a privet hedge expert in Bermondsey so the employment agency sent him over to me where he started obsessively sourcing mosaic bathroom tiles.
I raised my eyebrows. It was an involuntary reaction. By the way they’re bushier than ever and continuing to grow worryingly closer together. Give it another six months and I’ll be a dead ringer for Frida Khalo.
“Or anything else which helps you to de-stress,” Toby added witheringly.
Naturally my mind turned to my biggest go to stress reliever.
I’m not fussed, it can be a big smoked variety or a hot spicy Italian with decent girth. Either way I get into a Zen like state when Guido starts waving about his big chopper. If any of you are feeling freaked out by life you should call ahead and come round to the cafe to watch him get it out. I can guarantee you’ll be in Nirvana in no time.
So when I got home tonight, I naturally went straight into the kitchen.
“How was your day?” asked Guido cheerily.
Tantalisingly he already had his apron on. I sensed he was ready to get straight down to business. It was like he could read my twisted and insatiable mind.
I looked at the slab and checked out his solid chorizo. It lay there, calling out to me, from the work top.
“Oh never mind how my day went,” I said pulling up a stool, “let’s get this show on the road.”
He looked at me strangely.
“I’m guessing you’ve had a bad day?” he said, “and thankfully I know how to help.”
There was a moment’s silence and then – Chop! Chop!
I’m telling you, all hell broke loose.
I salivated. I thought about doing things to that sausage which probably defy my blogging skills.
DO NOT try this kind of activity at home unless you’re in a secure area with a highly trained professional. All I know is that chopping really started hitting my spot. It’s kind of a blur now but at one point I think I was on my knees. Hell, it was better than a ylang ylang candle and a tub of Hellman’s Full-Fat Mayonnaise on a rainy Sunday morning.
Later, after a fried frittata and a cuddle, I can report I felt completely calm.
Read a good book? Hmmm, I’ll be sure to tell Toby what he’s really missing.