Here we are, Day 2 of my official summer vacation. I say today is “Day 2” and “official”, because although the last day of school was Friday June 28, the weekend doesn’t truly count as a real vacation period, since I normally have weekends off. Same with Canada Day on July 1: I normally have it off, so I shouldn’t really count it as “official” vacation time. So, my summer vacation actually started yesterday, July 2. Therefore, today, July 3, is the second day of my actual summer vacation.
Are we clear on that, then?
I’ve been quite busy these past two days. There’ve been a few hours of sitting in the sun, thanks to the very timely arrival of an actual summer and high temperatures in this part of the world. I’ve actually noticed my drooping outdoor plants before it was too late and have watered all my flower boxes and hanging baskets every evening. I have picked up four books to read and have already plowed through one of them. There’s been some very serious laundry and cleaning done, the kind of laundry and cleaning that don’t get done during regular work weeks. I ran some errands for my mom that she’s been wanting me to do for a while. After a hunt of several weeks, I finally bought some new denim capris that actually fit my curves instead of squishing me in all the wrong places (I have apparently been shopping in the wrong stores for years. But I may now have found the right one!). I have bought some items (all liquids and gels in sizes of 100 ml or less) that I will need for my upcoming trip to Ireland. I have exchanged some of my hard-earned Canadian dollars for pounds sterling and euros. I have typed up our itinerary, printed a copy of it for my mom and emailed copies to other family members. I have checked into the various international phone packages that are available with my service provider (that took a much longer time than it should have. Those mobile phone companies and their monopolies!), and still haven’t decided which one I’m going to purchase. I met my wimmin friends for a couple of beverages on a sunny terrace this afternoon – and now have a sunburned neck and shoulders because nobody wanted to sit in the shade. I have worked out at the gym both yesterday and today. I made a hair appointment for next week, and have also planned to pop into my local nail salon (no appointment necessary) to get my nails done and to have a pedicure.
Yup, it’s pretty easy to get a lot of stuff done in a day when your body doesn’t realize that you’re on vacation, dammit, and wakes up well before 7 am and will absolutely NOT go back to sleep, no matter HOW late you went to bed the night before.
Thanks, body. At least I didn’t waste the time.