Monday, May 14, 2018

I bought a ticket.....

guess who's going on a trip this summer?  I finally pushed the button after weeks and weeks of hem hawing and wondering if I should or not or would it be worth it etc.. and since I have a pretty important birthday coming up this summer, I said to myself, do it! ha  I've been trying to save money since Christmas, set aside to pay for a big trip (read buying less shoes/clothes online or plants for the yard this spring).  There is an RHS Flower Show near Manchester England on the weekend of my birthday so I thought it was sort of meant to be. ha  Also I think I already mentioned I want to see the Tolkien exhibit on display at Oxford this summer. I'm looking forward to it!  there was a cheaper ticket if I left Wednesday and came back the next Thursday, but my friends helped me decide to just pay more $$ and get the return ticket the next Sunday instead. so that's ten days! woot.
So far I plan to arrive in London Thursday, train up to Manchester and then go to the garden festival Friday, maybe also Saturday ( I don't know if there's enough to see in 2 days or just one whole day, but I'll investigate that). so now I'm researching options for a few other places, and currently am to Hamberg or Berlin for a few days, then Copenhagen for a few days, then back Thursday to London... I'm not sure whether to try Hamberg or Berlin. there are cheap flights to either and to Copenhagen, however not sure which I'm more in the mood for or would want to see etc... any thoughts?  If I go to Hamberg, I can train for 4 hours up to Copenhagen which might be fun to see the country side? I dunno.  There seems to be quite a science to getting the carryon the right size and wait to pay the cheap Norwegian air or other airlines prices without paying an extra $50 to check in the bag if they don't accept it.
last week was last week of classes!! summer has begun!!! another one down! :)  I turned in all my grades today.  I also started teaching a new class today. ha  I was asked last Wednesday to take over an intercession class, a semester class in 2 weeks!  it began today and will continue the next 2 weeks from 8 am to 12:30pm.  THis will help save money for the trip fund, of course. I'm also doing a student writing sample review thing on a committee which pays about $635, and working in advising during the month of May, 2 days a week. which is about twice what I get for being on the committee.  teaching this class pays about 3 times the committee thing, anyway, you can see that all helps for extra income for house projects and some for trip too. :) .  I'll have the last week of May off from teaching anything, just 2 days of advising, and then in June/July, I'll teach a class 2 days a week, no advising.
Today I was up before 5:30 and off to swim laps in the local Y. summer morning swims are back. boy did I feel it at crossfit this afternoon, whew. wore me out, but I think it was from the heat really and all the wall ball squats in between dead lifting and jump roping.
Tomorrow I'll be swimming at 5:30, teaching from 8-12:30, although I'll let out a bit early to make a 12:30 meeting, then over to advising til 6, crossfit at 6:30.... whew, busy day, eh? ha..
I'm researching lap tops that are 13" with enough CPU to handle video editing. I hope to use my Canon SL2 I bought myself for Christmas on my trip and edit together some videos.  We'll see if I can actually do it or not, but I'm researching currently.
I made some chocolate cookies yesterday and took them over to my parents to see my mom for mother's day.  she likes Chocolate and I knew she'd be just as happy with that or flowers or a card etc.. My family doesn't do anything major for special days other than visit, express our love etc..
well I'm going to focus on antique road show and then when it's over go out in the yard and water some stuff.  hope everyone is ready for a great summer!

how cute is this....