10 whole days off

Saturday, 21 May 2016 00:35
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I have a random week off next week, because of my work's strange way of making everyone book all their holidays a year in advance before they have any idea when the might actually need off. As it happens, next week is going to be an absolute nightmare at work because six people are away on a training course, so I'm pretty glad not to be there either! But I don't have much planned. Well, Wednesday I'm off to Manchester to see Bruce Springsteen at the Ethiad Stadium, but apart from that I'm going to have to think of something to do, or else I;ll just end up watching Netflix for a week. It has actually worked out as 10 days off, because I'm not working the weekend, so I have one weekend, a week off, another weekend and then Monday is a bank holiday. I couldn't have planned it better if I'd actually planned it.

I found out yesterday that work are moving me to another branch again. I'm going to be in the small branch in the city centre from the middle of next month. I got the feeling that my manager expected me to be unhappy about this, but I'm pretty pleased. I mean, they do finish an hour later, but you get a lunch hour, which I don't get in Hedon, and because it's closer to home I'll be able to cycle to work again, which is awesome. I really feel like I've gotten out of shape since I've been having to drive to work. Maybe I'll be able to lose a couple of pounds in time for the summer.

Talking of summer, I'm not sure if it's just appeared of if iI've sudden;y gotten my sense of smell back after my stupid cold, but there is suddenly lilac everywhere, and it smells gorgeous. Just walking down there road there are about five trees, and they are all just slightly different and I absolutely love it. Summer is wonderful.

2016-05-21 05:02 (UTC)
stardreamed: Kanan Jarrus (Default)
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The concert sounds awesome. Manchester - that's where I live... Wait, wrong Manchester. LOL.

That Monday for us is Memorial Day. Over that long weekend Nik and I are probably taking a day trip to Providence, RI to do the HP Lovecraft trail.

That's cool that you'll be able to ride your bike to work. :)

Glad you're feeling better!

2016-05-22 22:25 (UTC)
stardreamed: Kanan Jarrus (Default)
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That's cool. Memorial Day is for remembering those who died serving in the armed forces. My mom's birthday is May 30, so when she was a kid, she always thought the parades were for her. Growing up, we'd go after mass to the Memorial Day parade. My grandpa fought in WWII (actually, both my grandfathers did, one was in the navy and the other in the army) so he usually walked in the parade. My aunts, uncles, and cousins would usually come watch. Afterwards, we would get hot dogs and lemonade, etc. at the fire station. It was nice.

2016-05-23 17:31 (UTC)
stardreamed: Kanan Jarrus (Default)
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Oh cool. Sounds similar-ish. There was a ceremony at the end, now that I think of it. And, we had those poppies, too. (I forget exactly what charity they were for, something armed forces related.) :)

LOL It was mostly a lot of kind old men walking in their church clothes. & It wasn't just vets, other groups marched, like I think the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, local kid's sport teams, the high school band, etc. I think. Oh, and the shriners - in their little clown cars.

I keep talking about it in the past tense, but the parade still happens. It's just that my grandparents passed a few years ago, and I moved, so, I haven't been going. I think my Mom still goes with her brother and his grandkids or something.

2016-05-24 01:08 (UTC)
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LOL I can see why it might be scary - if it looks like we're under martial law or something. :) Now that I think about it, my grandpa was 17 when he enlisted. (He lied about his age.) I'd be surprised if there were any WWII vets left.

The Shriners are a charity organization, I think. (Or, what I'm familiar with is the charity arm of some organization.) I know the Shriners Hospital in Springfield would give free care to children. I think now a days they take insurance, but the parents don't pay anything. In the parades they'd drive these little tiny cars. Some would dress as clowns and throw candy.

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