Super weekend


Super weekend

Friday night I got back to the Inn Doors for the first time in a couple of weeks. Missed my regular Friday there first because of the PTA summer barbecue and then because of Bulgaria, but nice to be back, even though it is only briefly.

Awesome day on Saturday, up and out early and off to Drusilla's to meet Mum and Dad, who are fresh back off a holiday of their own. They had a marvellous time and were full of tales of Strictly Come Dancing. They very kindly paid for us all into the park - it feels a bit expensive, though there's lots of good stuff in side for just the right age group we need... we saw all the animals, went on the rides, revisited all the fun things we remembered from last year, ate our picnic lunch, had a disgusting cup of coffee, and went in the indoor soft play area this time round. Weather not quite as good on Saturday as it has been recently.

It was a strictly cruise, they saw and met Craig Revel Horwood and some of the dancers, had a really good time. They're lining up their next cruise already I think, for July next year, hope it doesn't clash with our planned trip to New York!

Had a day entertaining ourselves on Sunday, went to a great boot fair at Hythe Cricket Club, bought lots of books, a game, a dvd, some NERF guns, and even something for me; a t-shirt. Yes a second hand t-shirt, one that someone else is about ready to throw out, that's the time I'm about ready to start wearing things. New clothes though, for a pound can't argue with that. OK not exactly new, but new to me, and good quality and great condition. It has a VW camper on it. Would be good to wear, say, on a holiday.

Really counting down to the holiday now, actually getting excited for it. We're in the final week of course,
4 more sleeps, 3 more full working days, 2 of those in the office, probably 1 more swimming lesson, getting all sorts of close.

We have started the packing, sort of, pushing things towards the bags anyway. Pre-packing. Clare has bought new cases, she was determined. I am equally determined to take my same old bag I always take! If we have to run from zombies at a foreign airport then I'm not doing it with a case, the case will get left behind, but my stuff will be on my back. I will of course be offering space in my back pack for others essentials; the boys are not taking a case at all, it must be shared between the two of us. They are allowed a full sized case each, but we don't need it, we can surely travel quite light.

Tried out the cases in the car yesterday, making sure we can fit them all in one car and not have to borrow Dom's Sharan. It's very kind of him to offer it but it's yet another example of the routine of holidays that I'd like to disrupt a bit. We don't need to do exactly what you did last time, just because you did it last time. We have a car,
we can fit in our own car, let's use our own car. I may be wrong on this, and if so I may learn my lesson, but I think we'll be OK. I'll be ok this way anyway I'm driving, it will be Grandpa who is squeezed in the back between the child seats I suppose with his giant suitcase on his lap...

There are other examples of the routine that have been mentioned that have annoyed me, the assumption that everyone is going to get eaten to death by mosquitos every day, just because it happened to the mother-in-law when she went to Greece once upon a time. Also there was talk of a daily routine of going to get huge tanks of drinking water, because that's what they always do on holiday ("they" being the Mahon families). 1. It's all inclusive, surely there will be water in the rooms. We are not going to a remote villa or anything. 2) I'm not planning on drinking a lot of water, it's ALL INCLUSIVE!

I have vented a bit there.

I'm not able to pack quite as lightly as I might, for one I have birthday cards and very small token gifts to take out, we both have a birthday while we're out there. Also I found out I have to dress for dinner! No shorts in the restaurants! I'm taking one pair of light Rohan trousers and will see how strictly they enforce this. I'm taking my nice looking scottevest shorts, and my big travelling ones from clothing arts, both are well pocketed, but the scottevest ones are more formal looking. I've also got some new clothes I have to take, got a couple of shirts already as birthday gifts, nice.
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