Some Time Away – First Full Day

This is another continuation of Some Time Away – The Days Before Departure and Some Time Away – Day of Departure.

I got up early, because that is what I do. I gathered up the books I want to read today. I made a pile and brought everything out to where my laptop was sitting. I went back into the bedroom and started to put on my contacts. Something distracted me and I found myself in the kitchen making coffee. I realized that I had only put one contact in. I wandered back into the bedroom and fixed that.

I did my laundry and realized that the washer was washing everything on hot. Great. Maintenance came by to find that when the washer was installed, they switched the hoses. The next loads should be better, I hope.

I started reading several books. One was for my bookclub meeting for Monday. Others had other due dates. Because I read multiple books, this wasn’t a big deal. Every little bit helps get me to my goal.

The weather was cold, so I put off my trip to the pool until it warmed up at 4pm. I sat in the hot tub for about twenty minutes and then headed back for dinner.

I didn’t really get much accomplished, but it’s vacation, right?

Some Time Away – The Days Before Departure

I had planned to take the weeks between semesters off. It ended up being just over 2 weeks. I had the shift covered for all of that time, and then I planned what I would do. I decided that I would go to the condo and just relax and hang out poolside for the first week and a couple of days. I would be away from home for 11 days. I just had to get through my final papers and pack. I had been throwing things into bags and boxes all week, so I had most of my items gathered, but not packed well. My swimsuit and toiletry bags were already in the car, since I had them ready for gym trips. There’s a washer and dryer at the condo, so it’s easy packing, but I made a list, anyway.

The day before I was scheduled to leave, I had planned to write 2 papers. One final research paper for each of the classes I was taking during summer semester. One was 2500 words, the other was 1600 words. Most of the 1600 word paper had been written over the weekend, and it just needed another hour or two to complete. The 2500 word paper needed a lot more research and to be written. Both due Friday. The 1600 word paper due at midnight. The 2500 word due at 6pm. Difficult, but not impossible. I would head home after my class that day and crank them out.

Toward the end of the very last afternoon class, I got a text from a friend who never asks for help. He needed help. He was admitted to the hospital and his family was across the country. His turtle was loose and needed to be fed, and so did his fish. I knew that I would be away, so I dropped by the hospital, tied up his loose ends, and told my daughter that she’d be turtle sitting while he was in the hospital. I had them start texting each other so that I would not have to play middleman. All settled.

I got home late because of the unplanned outing. I worked on the 2500 word paper, using part of that week’s bookclub meeting to get started. By the time bookclub was over, I had only 300 words written. This was not going well. I had a friend checking on me, since he knew bedtime for me was usually at 9 on work nights. I was updating my word count periodically. He was cheering me on. I needed that. At almost midnight, my mom came to check on me. I had 2300 words written and was going back and adding quotes. This was doable! I finished up and submitted the paper just before 1am. Well before the deadline. I went to bed and woke up 3 hours later. I looked at the directions and found that I forgot to put in one line of required information, and that I was supposed to change the font type to Times New Roman. I pulled the paper from the submission page and told myself I would deal with it after work.

I got up and went to work. I was originally planning on leaving directly from work, but because I hadn’t packed the car yet, I would have to go home before heading out to the condo. That’s fine. It isn’t really out of the way.

I got a text from my mom while I was at work. She wanted to know where my friend’s keys were since he wanted something from his house. I’m at work. My daughter has the keys. I can’t really do much about this from work. Long story short, I would have to come home, move a car so it wouldn’t be on the street for street cleaning, get my stuff, drop my friend’s stuff off at the hospital, go to the sourdough shop for mom and my daughter, pick up my daughter’s prescriptions, get gas, and have lunch before heading to the condo. At least I didn’t need to be at the condo at a certain time, because there was a large concert going on near home, and I had to pass traffic for it on my way out of town.

I got home. I got the car mostly packed. I realized that it was getting late and I needed to fix my paper and resubmit it. I got it sent off and I did a little bit of the 1600 word paper, since I had the laptop out. I got it to the point where I knew I had only about a half hour left of it. It wasn’t due until midnight, and it was only 3pm at this point. I was going to hit traffic no matter what.

I headed out to the hospital. My friend was asleep when I got there. I tried to drop off the stuff and leave, but he woke up. I chatted for a few minutes and ran off. He knew I was headed out of town. I stopped to get gas and went to the post office to pick up mail. It wasn’t on my list, but it was near the sourdough place, so I figured I might as well get it done. I got the bread and called my daughter to ask her to make me lunch, since I forgot about it when I was home. I would trade her the bread for the lunch. I wandered off to the pharmacy and there was only one person in line in front of me. Thankfully.

I ran home, used the bathroom, traded the bread for my lunch, was given something to mail and headed on my way! I got about a half mile from home and stopped. Concert traffic. But, I was on my way! 4 hours late, but one paper was submitted and I was moving in the right direction.

To be continued…

On my mind lately

I haven’t been writing much here because I’ve been busy with trying to get a lot done. I can’t really say I’m failing because I have been getting things done by their deadlines. I’m just not getting ahead.

I’m 3 books behind on my annual reading goal, but I am pretty much caught up for school.

I haven’t finished packing for an upcoming trip, but I managed to get the suitcase out of the closet and put a few things into it.

I haven’t finished my school papers for the week, but nothing is overdue.

I haven’t written reviews for several books that I finished, but I’ve finished the books.

I know I’ll catch up soon, but I just need to be patient. I’ll get there.

Scheduling a Cruise

I somehow ended up on the Carnival page on Facebook. I started looking at prices. Yes, there are a lot more rules than before, but the prices cannot be matched. Some 14 day cruises were going for as little as $100 a person. Wow!

I started looking for cruises that would work for me, and I found two that were less than I was expecting to pay. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a cruising partner in mind.

I mentioned the prices to a friend. She almost immediately volunteered to go with me! She chose to go on the more expensive of the two cruises.

I later mentioned it to my mom who volunteered to go with me on the other cruise.

I still have a little bit to pay on one of the cruises, but I should be all set to go when it’s time. I am so excited!

Recycling on Vacation

We stay in a condo for our vacation. We are responsible for taking out our own garbage and recycling, of course. There’s a can in the kitchen to collect the garbage, but they only supply a plastic bag for recycling. We use a cardboard box for recycling collection and empty into the community bin when it gets full. Then we bring the box back.

When I was on vacation last week, I went out to the recycling area. The recycling bin was missing, so I looked around a bit. After a moment, an employee brought the bin back and started yelling at me about not sorting my recycling. Excuse me? I most certainly did. He told me that I needed to put the cardboard or paper in another stack, and not in the recycling. I explained that I was emptying the box and bringing it back to the condo room. He wanted to take the box from me, so that he made sure it went into the right area. I again explained that the box wasn’t going to be recycled, only the contents.

He finally left, frustrated with me because I refused to hand over the box.

The next time it was time to bring a load of recycling over, I looked first to see if the bin was there. It was. Then I saw the frustrated employee walk to the right. The recycling area is to the left. I waited for him to pass and made a mad dash to empty the box. I wasn’t going to deal with him again.

I kept the empty box.

My reading buddy

While we are away, we all try to get as much fun stuff accomplished. I have some homework to do, still, but the rest of what I am working on is fun. I have books, my laptop, the Nintendo Switch, etc, etc.

The kids brought up schoolwork, puzzles, Legos, etc.

I was presented with a reading buddy. I have not named him yet, but he is the perfect reading companion. He’s quiet and he guards my books. I couldn’t ask for more.

First Day Off

I took some time off work to just relax. I arrived at my destination to find that my mom had ordered some tshirts for me and left them out for me to find. Thanks, Mom!

The reflection in the TV is the remote sitting at the foot of the bed. I noticed that it looked weird, so I thought I might want to mention what it is.

All the Bookmarks?

I brought many many books with me for my time away. Most of them have been started and are almost finished. Hopefully, I’ll get some actually finished by the time I leave.

For the books that I brought that I haven’t started. I need bookmarks! I forgot to pack some. I have several dozen bookmarks at home, and have packed zero, I think. I recall picking up a small box of them and putting them somewhere. Maybe they are in the box of books that I haven’t opened yet?

It seems silly to use a grocery receipt as a book mark when I have so many actual bookmarks to use. Let’s hope I packed them!

9 books behind

I’m still reading, but just not finishing much. It’s frustrating because I know I can keep up with the challenge, but my brain is fixed on deadlines. I start a book, get most of the way finished before the deadline of a school assignment or bookclub. The deadline passes, so I put the book down and move on to the next. At least I’m only single digits behind!

I have so many books almost completed and put away that I could almost finish the challenge if I actually did it.

I’m going to be poolside for a few days, so maybe I’ll bring them along and get them done. Fingers crossed!

Visiting

What can I say I’m extremely excited that my good friend B is coming to my town on a short unexpected visit.

She’s never been to Philadelphia Pennsylvania and I hope that I don’t disappoint her and get all of the sites in that she’s hoping to explore.

What I can tell you is that our food is amazing no matter what part of town you’re exploring. Philly soft pretzels need I say more? Philly cheesesteaks with wiz should I go on?

I can’t wait to see the reaction on my friends face as she also tries Buttercake! Truly a nice different type of surprise.

See you in a few B!