Homebound

It’s a wrap!

Although the work to be done would be more than what I’ve started the week with.

It’s been a strange week.

While I’ve had at least 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night for the past 3 nights, which is more than my usual, I feel strangely tired.

The kind where my eyes feel like closing and there is always a dull ache from my head to neck to shoulders

Still, it was good visiting the market and meeting consumers.

On Tuesday I went for a massage with the girls in the team after a long day of store checks.

Five of us were in one big room, separated only by curtains.

It was hilarious.

One of the girls let out a suggestive squeak at the start of the message and we were giggling with our heads faced down for a good few minutes.

The massage was great too. I was just hoping the neck massage could go on forever.

I haven’t felt this way for some time now, but it was actually nice going out with my co-workers like this.

One of the more memorable #consumerstories we heard on this trip was from a mum of a 1.5 year old girl.

She told us how she uses this gel cream for her dry lips before she sleeps at night.. and the gel cream turned out to be a Medela nipple cream.

She explained to us that even though it’s for cracked nipples, it can also be used on dry skin. By the law of inference, it probably means it can be used on the lips too.

I didn’t find it funny or weird, but the girls in the team, most of whom do not have kids, were trying their best not to laugh. πŸ˜†

I explained to them later, that it might be because it is safe to breastfeed the baby without wiping the cream off, and that might be why she thinks it can be used on her lips.

Honestly I didn’t think it was weird, even though it probably isn’t the most logical (or common) thing to do.

We recounted this interesting finding to the broader team later, over dinner.

One of the guys in the team said, “She must have seen how glossy and nice her husband’s lips have become!”

😳😳😳

It was so funny and yet so inappropriate on so many levels.

I realised how, despite being a mother of two girls, I am still quite *innocent*.

It didn’t even occur to me that nipple creams can be associated with husbands’ lips. πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚

Glad to be heading home in a couple of hours!

The little boss has become even more expressive in the recent few months whenever I travel.

She’d say, “I miss mummy” and start tearing up. Sometimes she’d tell her Daddy, sometimes it’d be over our video call.

Yesterday I had to call her in between the consumer interviews because she said she missed me and was crying uncontrollably.

She looked alright when I called, but burst into tears again after she asked if I’d be back on Thursday.

This one’s still clueless.

One of my co-workers, who has two boys, was intrigued by how much Clarissa has to say to me in our video calls.

She said she often has to think of different questions to ask her boys because they wouldn’t talk or share anything otherwise.

She sounded a little envious.

Another colleague went oops. Because as child she used to tell her mum how much fun she was having and how many new friends she was making, whenever her mum called while on business trips. πŸ˜‚

She asked me if her mum would feel hurt by that lol.

Well.

While I hate to see the girls upset over my not being at home, I appreciate the attachment?

In a blink of an eye they’d be teenagers and all grown up.

Who knows if they’d still want to chitchat with me or hold my hand? πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚

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