Nicola always tells me that it is good to switch off work so I can have a mental break.
Nicola and Greg have been friends of mine for years. While I see Nicola and the kids on an weekly basis because of our work on VIVA, Greg and I haven't seen each other in many weeks. The demands of grown up life pull us into different directions, and give us fewer and fewer opportunity to hang out and muse about life. I think the last time I saw Greg was when he invited me to watch Tosca at the Opera House. I was late that day as well, and enjoyed the first third of the opera in the entrance hall with a couple of beers. Sydney Opera House probably did not intend to reward the late arrivees like me for tardiness.
Today's lunch was one of those "switch off" times. Talking about VIVA was banned from the yum cha table.
I really, really wanted to float our new marketing campaign with them: "You only have two hours of spare time a day. How are you spending yours?" I nearly died from bottling up the desire to talk about VIVA and the reason for our celebration.
Work talk will now have to wait till the morning.