Well, there’s a man on the roof of my office, and a mosquito inside it. Why can’t it be the other way around? Not that I necessarily want this particular man in my office, but any human would be preferable to a ruddy mozzie – which I have so far singularly failed to squish. Grr.
I know I am turning into a dirty old woman now I’ve seen the wrong side of forty, but honestly – why do maintenance men always look like one of the thuggy guys from “Eastenders”? They never look like Will Houston, or Gary Avis, or Roderick Williams, or Jeremy Renner... Or even like Mr Marinated Artichokes, or the Lovely Wes. I’ve got a great view of this chap’s legs, but I have seen much better legs in my time.
I should explain that I’m suffering my usual atypical response to medication. Most women lose their sex drive when they get a mirena coil, but mine trebled – it feels like I’m channeling Samantha Jones the entire time. I’m sitting here eating black olive paste on home-baked mixed seed bread and thinking about what I could do with the black olive paste if I had the attractive man of my dreams (as opposed to the unattractive man of the roof) in here with me; it’s so weird. I have never been a Samantha Jones-type girl. Never. I’ve been a good, quiet, modest lass (as is befitting in one so stout and plain). But now – well, I have never stared at so many men’s bums in the street as the last few months. It’s just really, really weird.
I haven’t started acting like Samantha Jones, I should add; just thinking like her. I actually haven’t got a clue how to become a voracious man-eater. Indeed, the idea is rather comical. Whereas becoming a sneaky old letch seems to come naturally. Oh well. Thank goodness for the beautiful bodies and faces of actors and dancers and so on, then. At least I have something to leer at.
Mind you, it’s also since the mirena settled down that I got this wild drive of creative juice and started writing again. So maybe being juicy in one sense goes with being juicy in the other. If so, I cannot complain, for anything that keeps my creativity up is welcome and blessed - even if it is also inconvenient and baffling! But I can and do complain that the man on the roof isn’t a hunk. Drat it, if I’ve got to be disturbed by all this crashing around overhead, I demand eye candy in compensation!
One visual pleasure is presenting itself to me; not a man, but a tree. There’s a big maple across the Green with leaves that are slowly turning the most glorious flaming orange-red, from the top down, as the autumn nights grow cooler. The colour is practically incandescent in the sunlight. It’s simply stunning.