Some people like to complain about the weather. I am one of those people but usually only complain when it’s cold, snowing or raining. Last week we had a huge snowstorm in Pemberton and this week was spent on the beach in Mexico. Wow, quite the different in temperature and my own mental health.
Have you ever read the book “The 4 Hour Work Week?” I haven’t and what I’m doing sure isn’t a 4 hour work week but it is a 4 day work week, which I’m pretty stoked about. So, the main reason I had to buy my car was because my hours at work changed. I’m now working Tuesday to Friday from 7:00am until 5:30pm. It’s pretty sweet because my day doesn’t feel that much longer and I’m spending NO time on the bus. I do need to wake up a tad earlier, but that’s okay. So, taking into consideration the time I spent on a bus (30 minutes in the morning and 45 in the afternoon) plus the time I spent at work before my shift, I’m not at work that much longer!
Going from 5 days to 4 days of work, my life has changed. I am only at work 30 minutes earlier and an hour later and I have gained 1 WHOLE EXTRA DAY OFF! 3 day weekends? That has never happened to me and I better enjoy them because I think I will only have them until April.
The cruise into work is spent with CBC Radio 2 and I love their Under the Covers segment! I have 20-30 minutes of awesome radio time and I feel like I learn something new almost every day!
So, the plan is to ski on Mondays but I have yet to buy a ski pass. This past Monday I went to the Scandinave Spa with a friend. Until then I’ll catch up on my reading, go to the gym/yoga and just enjoy life at home. I’ve also discovered my love for using a slow cooker! It’s only been a few weeks but I’ve noticed a big change in my life. 3 day weekends should be mandatory for everyone! How do YOU think I should spend my extra day off when I’m not skiing?
One of the perks of my job is that sometimes I get to travel. In the past, I have always traveled with coworkers or have shared hotel rooms or suites with them. The company I work for now believes in privacy, therefor, I got my own hotel room. It is GREAT to have my own space but it can get a little lonely at times. Back home, I’m up before my boyfriend and usually have to comply with his quirks. Solo time can be very nice…..
So, here are some solo travel tips that came up from this trip to help keep you distracted:
- If you have 2 beds in the room jump back and forth from bed to bed
- Order room service and eat breakfast in bed (this will be done on my next trip)
- Spoon with 1 of your 23 pillows
- Sleep in the middle of the bed
- Listen to music while getting ready in the morning (loudly)
- Talk to yourself
- Leave your room and solo-dine at a local restaurant
- Take a long and hot shower
- Spread your crap all over the counter in the bathroom
- Build a fort out of pillows and sheets
- Exhibit single girl behavior (that normally occurs behind closed doors)
- Facetime with friends, family or significant others
- Hang out in the hotel lounge and meet strangers (maybe even change your name?)
I’m sure there will be many more trips. Do you have any tips to add to the list?