It was my last day at work yesterday as I’m currently changing jobs. I feel quite sad about it as there are lots of things I’ll miss, and I worked with some great people who I fully intend to stay in touch with, but I’m also excited about the new challenges ahead.
My current ‘challenge’ is that I now have a whole week off before I start my new job. A week! I don’t know what I’ll do with myself. I’ve never had more than a couple of days off unless I have something planned, typically because I’m going away on holiday or something.
My thinking face
I’m really looking forward to it, but I also want to make sure that I use my time off in the best way that I can. I want some rest time and some productive time so that it doesn’t fly by and I wonder where it’s gone while I’ve been sitting in my pants on the sofa (this may happen for at least one day). I have this dilemma every weekend, although on a much smaller scale of course, because I only have two days off.
I could go away for a few days, of course, but I don’t want to leave my boyfriend for half the week. I do go away without him for the weekend, and other times he’ll come with me – but I don’t really want to do it during the week while he’s still working.
So I’ve started thinking about all the things I want to do that I normally can’t fit in because I’m too tired after work, or don’t have the time. Some are money dependent (I can’t spend my month’s pay in a week) and some are weather dependent. Here are a few things I’m considering:
Bare Minerals ‘make under’ appointment
I’m not very adventurous with make-up – partly because I don’t know what to do (when I side step from my normal look, I end up resembling a drag queen) and partly because I prefer the more natural look. So I pretty much stick with eyeliner and mascara for an everyday look, and if I’m dolling up a bit more I might attempt some lipstick and blusher. But I’d really love for someone to show me how to do something that looks natural and that will just accentuate the best parts of my face. So making me look naturally nice and making the best of what I’ve got. My subscription to Birchbox was the first step in being adventurous and trying new beauty products – but now I’ve got the products I need someone to show me how to use them.
Catching up with mum
My mum hasn’t been down to Brighton for a while, and I kind of dissuade her in a way unless the weather is nice because otherwise I feel like it’s a long journey if she has to sit in my front room with me for a few hours before driving back again. So I hope the weather holds out next week so I can take her into Brighton and buy her a belated Mother’s Day lunch. It will be especially nice that it’s a weekday because my boyfriend will be at work, meaning totally girly catch up time together.
Opening a savings account
Ok so this is definitely one of the more boring things on my to-do list but it’s been something I’ve been meaning to do for literally months. I went into the bank one Saturday months ago, only to be told that there were no appointments free with advisers and that I needed to book in advance. To me, that translated to ‘never open a savings account’. So I’m pleased that the time will allow me the flexibility to finally get a savings account sorted.
I’ve been moaning (inside my head) about my lack of clothes for a while but this one is a vicious circle really. I won’t have any new clothes until I go shopping – but I hate shopping. Well, I hate it at the weekend at least. What I really hate is the crowds because I can’t be bothered to fight people to look at the rails, or queue. So I’d rather do it on a weekday when the shops are a bit quieter and then I might have the stamina for, ooh, three hours.
Getting my hair cut
Another thing I hate but others seem to love: going to the bloomin’ hairdressers! I hate the small talk and I worry that I’m going to leave looking a plonker but I know it’ll make my hair look and feel so much nicer. I normally get my hair cut back near my mum’s house in Northampton as it’s so much cheaper, although I have been to a couple of places in Brighton. Any suggestions?
Having a massage
This is totally indulgent and I was originally thinking I may have to forfeit it if I go for a haircut, but knew it would be so good to have a back, shoulders and neck massage. Luckily my lovely work friends bought me some gift vouchers for a Brighton spa as a leaving present! A pamper session will mean that I can start my new job feeling completely refreshed.
Catching up on sleep
I may have mentioned before that I don’t sleep well – but it’s even worse with my boyfriend next to me as I’m disturbed by his snoring, movements and body temperature – on top of the light coming in from outside and outside noises, aaargh! So I feel like I should really make the most of some extra time to catch up on sleep. I’ve noticed that I’m starting to get dark rings under my eyes which look awful, so I need to sort it out. I probably still won’t sleep well through the evening because Rob will be up and making noise in the kitchen from 6am before going to work. But I can at least try to have a super sneaky afternoon nap here and there.
Sky or Tivo installation
Another slightly boring one but I’ve been thinking about upgrading our Virgin Media package to a larger one worth a Tivo box or getting Sky (whichever can give us the best deal) so this week seems like the best opportunity to start investigating.
Hiring a bike
I’ve always wanted to hire a bike and cycle along the seafront for the day. I’ll definitely look to do this in the summer with Rob or a few friends but I wouldn’t mind checking it out sooner than that too, if the sun can make an appearance for me. I hired a bike for the day when I was travelling on the outskirts of Sydney about five years ago – and it was the first time I had ridden a bike since I was little. So I was a bit rusty, but it was so much fun that I want to do it again. I know that Brighton is a perfect place to cycle, and lots of people do – but I’m too scared to cycle on the roads alongside cars. So cycling along the beach seems like a good ease into it again. I know that there’s a place on the beach where you can hire bikes and that there are some routes which offer beautiful scenic cycles so this is a must at some point soon.
Yup, I have definitely been neglecting my blog recently, either because I’m tired after work or busy. But it’s something I really enjoy doing so I’m hoping to use this time to make sure I stay on top of planning and writing some posts.
I’m predominantly planning on making the most of the time without Rob and watching films (or TV series) that I know he wouldn’t normally want to watch. I’m thinking quirky indie films, foreign films with subtitles, rom-coms and season three of Girls.
I don’t bake very often and it’s mostly because I don’t have a very sweet tooth so we’re unlikely to get through a cake if it’s left to Rob alone to eat it (although I’m sure he wouldn’t complain!). But I’d quite like to bake a loaf of bread – it’s something that’s quite time consuming so I would never do on a weekday, so might be something fun to do when I’m not against the clock.
Walks along Brighton seafront or in the park
I tend to do this whenever I spend more than a few hours on my own. I’ll go for a little wander along Brighton beach or in the nearby park to feed the ducks. It doesn’t cost anything and it’s a nice place to gather my thoughts as well as get some fresh air.
I also have one night out with my boyfriend planned, and a lunch with my (current/old) work buddies as someone else is leaving.
When I list it all out like this it makes it seem like I actually have a pretty busy week ahead!
What would you do with a full week off work?