The first is blagging her way onto an international flight with an extra item of carry-on, and the second is having an original work of art in her hot little hands.
And when the moon is in the 7th house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, that is, when both of those things happen together, well!! expateek's practically out of her mind, most definitely drifting giddily in some 5th Dimension.
Here's the original painting that expateek managed to stow in the overhead bin on her latest flight out of Heathrow.
Painted by Donnell Langford, a young artist with Scandinavian and American roots, this painting reminds expateek of works by Gene Davis, Ellsworth Kelly and Brice Marden. If only the Philadelphia Museum of Art had learned of this work before organising their new exhibition, Cezanne and beyond!
When expateek once again lives in a home she can call her own (one where she's allowed to hammer 85,000 picture hooks into the walls), this will be one of the first things she hangs up.
You know you're sick with envy.... and expateek's sorry she made you sad.
But not that sorry.
Ta ta for now. expateek is off to contemplate her