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Staycation Day #14

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Today was the last day of my holiday from work - back in at 8am tomorrow morning, and before I know it, my holiday will be a distant memory! But - it's done me good, and I'm going to request the same fortnight for my holiday next year (for the St Ives September Festival 2015).

So - up at 5.30am in the dark to make a cup of tea and some porridge, pack my lunch and snacks. I set off for my walk at 6.30am to allow 2 hours, so I didn't have to worry about running out of time and could have a relaxing, meditative walk. I started off under the stars, then watched the sky turn pink, then the sun come up over the horizon - it was quite lovely. To be out in the quiet of the Sunday morning, hear the birds sing (and the street-cleaning vehicles in the town after a busy Saturday night!).

For anyone who read yesterday's post, I actually stopped for THREE wild pees
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either behind big bushes, or in the corner of a field when I went through a non-build-up bit! It helped considerably that there was one of those fairy-tale autumn mists laying like candy-floss on the fields - so no-one could see me anyway! I've tried not drinking before I go out, and it doesn't seem to make any difference - the morning walk is always a problem. If I go out in the afternoon, I'm fine - I can walk without needing to stop. But the morning - it's like my body releases a lot of toxins, fluids etc in the first hours of the day. I have wondered whether it's become a sort of habit: I'm worried about it, so then I feel like I need to go! So - I am thinking maybe I could do a sort of training programme - gradually extending the length of time I'm out without needing the loo! I'm sure I'm not the only one who has this problem.

It was a long day - I left home at 6.30am - the meeting was 11am-12.30pm, and I got home at 4.30pm! Sunday buses meant at least 2 of those hours were spent just waiting. Luckily it was a pleasant day weatherwise.

On the bus journey home I ended up listening to a chap with mental health problems talking for an hour - trying to give him attention and steer him in a more positive direction of thought. Gosh - that was tiring - and another chap on the bus got cross because he was talking so much, and told him he was 'the most boring man I've ever come across' and stuck two fingers up at him!

I lost my monthly bus ticket (which expires on 1st October) before the last leg of my journey, so I had just enough money to get on the train for the ride back to St Ives from St Erth. It's a beautiful, scenic journey along the coast.

In rummaging through my rucksack for the (lost) bus ticket, my aromatherapy roll-on stick fell on the ground and the neck of the bottle has smashed - so I've tipped the remaining oil into a small glass jar so at least I can use it at home.

I had to go and ask a kind neighbour to lend me 4 to get to work on the bus tomorrow (until I get paid on Tuesday!)

A strange end to the day really!

I am kind of glad to be getting back on plan again - not that I've been OFF it - but I've not bothered planning my meals and things whilst I've been off work. I have made a plan, foodwise, for my two days' away in London - sorted that one! Just a plan needed for Monday's food.

I am feeling very, very tired - but I think I'll do a relaxing yoga workout, then maybe watch a film or something.

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BETRHO48 9/28/2014 8:17PM

    The area where you live is simply beautiful! What wonderful memories you have from your staycation!
I hope you have an awesome first week back to work.
When do you start your new position?

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MYTURNNOW2013 9/28/2014 4:53PM

    I have enjoyed reading all of your staycation adventures. So sorry about the bus ticket, but glad it was almost all used up already and not the one for the month of October!

When are you going to London? That sounds exciting!

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KAREN-IS-HERE 9/28/2014 4:01PM

    emoticon yes

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ROCKPORT9 9/28/2014 1:56PM

    You made excellent use of your Staycation!

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Staycation Day #13

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The sun shone all day like it was midsummer - it's been an amazing fortnight of late summery sunshine for my break from work. So lucky!
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I did several sessions in the garden today - and am making some headway at last. I'm using a systematic approach a la Fly Lady - 15 mins at a time, starting near the house and working my way round clockwise! So if the whole garden WAS a clock-face, I'd say I'm on about 1pm! Yes, there's a LOT more to do - but I feel really good about the progress, which I can see. Next door's two cats are very interested - I've created some new ground for them to poo in - but also removed some of their hidey bushes!

Apart from the gardening, I went to the library and picked up some new reading material. I sauntered down to the beach and looked at the sandcastle competition. And I did lots of chanting (my buddhist prayer thing!) because there's a situation I want to change and it needs a lot of chanting!

A buddhist friend called round and did 30 mins chanting with me - his wife was at the opening of an naive art exhibition in one of the galleries here. Later I went down to say 'hi' to her and have a look at the exhibition - very colourful.

Tomorrow I have to walk about 4 miles to catch a bus, to go to another town (that takes an hour) , to pick up a lift, to go to another place for a meeting ............... the walk is OK, the main problem with the journey is that there is no-where to go to the loo! Countryside is easy for 'wild pee' needs - but the residential areas are not !!! My journey will probably start at about 7am (1.5hr for 4 miles should be OK) from home and the meeting starts at 11am. Ah, the joys of living in a 'rural' area! I would make it into a run - but I'd end up all stinky for the rest of the day.

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MKBWNSUGAR 9/28/2014 11:54AM

    Good luck on your walk, you are really adventuresome emoticon

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INSPIREDSOUL 9/27/2014 5:42PM

    I am learning too from flylady. Little bits of this and that add up to success. emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 9/27/2014 3:51PM

    You really know how to fill in a lovely day!

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MYTURNNOW2013 9/27/2014 3:39PM

    Between cat poo and wild pees, your blog had me laughing out loud. I hope you have a good journey and can only recommend not drinking any water before your walk!

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Staycation Day #12

Friday, September 26, 2014

The weather has been phenomenal - sun, sun, sun!

I am going out this evening for the last show of my holiday - to watch a play by a small theatre company called 'Owdoyado' - here's the blurb for it:

"Owdyado Theatre Company present a psychological thriller with a wide streak of dark comedy directed by Simon Harvey of Kneehigh Theatre. A police interrogation room. A woman has been detained for questioning after her boss is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Did the monotony of routine push her over the edge?"

Sounds good, eh? We have some wonderful theatrical companies down here - I'm looking foward to this one very much.

Am posting now, because I won't be home until after my self-imposed 9.30pm curfew on the computer!

Today was roller-coaster following on from a letter I received yesterday telling me that my current role at work was coming to and end in December, and that would mean a substantial reduction in pay - I spoke with my line-manager on the phone today (couldn't wait until I got to work on Monday -wanted to have time to process it all) and the short of it is that I've been offered a temporary promotion to deputy manager for 3 months - would be almost a 40% pay rise! phew! I said I'd do it.

I did some gardening, and chanting, ate proper food, and watched a TV programme called 'Bake Off' on iPlayer to relax after lunch!

Right - off out now. See you tomorrow. (first, let's see if I can find a picture of Owdoyado!

here's a link to a video trailer of the show I'm going to see


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MTN_KITTEN 9/26/2014 11:18PM


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BETRHO48 9/26/2014 5:59PM

    That is such great news on the temporary position with the pay raise. I am going to pray that it works out well for you and you love it and it will be offered to you permanently! Prayers going up!

The theater sounds like such great fun. I love a good mystery, especially if it is the sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of thing.

Enjoy the show and have a great weekend!

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ROCKPORT9 9/26/2014 3:09PM

    A rainbow in your life! emoticon

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KAREN-IS-HERE 9/26/2014 1:28PM

    emoticon emoticon money tree came your way! YAaaaA

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Staycation Day #11

Thursday, September 25, 2014

and work issues have started creeping back in - a text from my manager to see if I was coming in on Monday as she needed to 'update' me. Then a letter from HR presenting me with a change to my terms and condition which mean less hours, and a deadline for my current post of 5.12.14 (great timing huh? just before Xmas!) - before demoting me back down 2,000 pa. I'm currently on 16,000 on which I can just about make ends meet and have a little bit of fun, on 14,000 gross I'm on the breadline again. This has caused me to start worrying - I know I should view it as a positive challenge - maybe apply for a more senior post etc - but at the moment - I just have the doom and gloom of pessimism!

I've been working in the garden today, chanting a lot (Buddhist type stuff), and pottering really.

But this evening I am going to an eclectic theatre performance in a tiny, old 'Boathouse Theatre' to watch a couple of murder mystery stories! The theatre is mainly used for puppet shows (string puppets) and is a tiny space which was created in an old boat store, tucked up a tiny side-street off the harbour. I'm taking my friend - it's my birthday present to her.

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BETRHO48 9/25/2014 9:03PM

    emoticon I am so sorry to read about the potential change in your work. That is tough. I hope and pray that things will work out well for you in the long run. So hang in there!
Meanwhile, your staycation continues to be an adventure close to home. The theater performance looks like it would be fun!

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MYTURNNOW2013 9/25/2014 6:46PM

    emoticon Hoping for a silver lining in that cloud for you soon.

Hang in there. Tough cookies don't crumble :D

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ROCKPORT9 9/25/2014 1:53PM

    I'm sorry about your job news. How disappointing!

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KAREN-IS-HERE 9/25/2014 12:56PM

    that's a wonderful birthday gift emoticon
tonight is a good time to let the powers that be solve money questions favorably for you

enjoy mysteries emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MKBWNSUGAR 9/25/2014 12:53PM

    You'll make it through this, you're a strong women. It might be time to look at what other jobs are out there.
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Staycation Day #10

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sorry for all the blogs today - don't know why that happened - just one of those days!

Today wasn't very special - except, of course, I was not at work! I went on a bus for a couple of hours each way to a place called Porthleven - really pretty harbour town (it got very battered in the storms last February by HUGE waves that actually damaged the sea wall - it's now being repaired).

I had to go to someone's house for a meeting - then basically got the bus back again (another 2hrs) - so not exactly a 'vacation' activity - but the ride was scenic!

This evening I had hoped to go out for a Ghost Walk with a local story-teller called Shanty Baba! But I haven't got enough cash left - so, I've decided that I am going to go out for a walk round town in the dark on my own! I think I'll wear all black..... and be spooky!


am posting this before I go out because I've resolved to be OFF of the computer by 9.30pm in an endeavour to improve my sleeping patterns which has gone a bit haywire lately.

If you are interested to find out more about Shanty Baba - here's a link to his website - on that there is a YouTube video trailer for his Ghost Walk - very DARK.............. (not sure I'll be walking in the graveyard tonight!)


addendum: during my evening walk I came across Shanty with his audience, and there were a phenomenal number of people following him through town - must have been more than 50 people - so I'm glad I wasn't able to do it because it must have been very difficult for everyone to hear him!

I also realised that the sky was full of stars - so I went found a bench in a dark place, and laid on my back and gazed at the stars - that was awesome!

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    You get yourself out and enjoy your world. You are emoticon !

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