As much as I like to think I’ve made the most of my three weeks annual leave, I really haven’t. When I say it like that, it sounds like a bad thing, but it really isn’t. After the cruise, most of my days have consisted of sleep ins, cups of tea, adding small bits to my blanket and cross stitch, a few op shop visits, visiting mum and dad, and Peter’s family too. I’ve done a bit of Christmas shopping and have been doing some gardening and starting to decorate our outdoor area. It really has been so enjoyable. I also went to see Lorde with my brother. It was so much fun. We drove half way to Melbourne and caught the train into the city and walked down to Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The weather was stormy and the sky was purple but we didn’t get one drop of rain. We had a great view of the stage and sang and danced all night. She is a brilliant performer and I would definitely recommend her for next time she tours Australia. We thought that nothing could ruin our night, but oh how we were wrong. Twenty minutes into our drive home, the car started shuddering and engine light came on…. the car was breaking down!! As independent, resourceful and smart adults, we did the only thing we could think of….. ring Mum and Dad! Thankfully they, along with the RACV came and saved the day and we were eventually on our way home two hours later.
The next exciting thing I did on my annual leave was our Harry Potter marathon! My sister and I have been in love with the Harry Potter series for years and years. My mum however had never seen past the second or third movie. We have nagged and nagged for so long for her to watch them with us and she finally agreed!!! We had to make it special so I set up my second lounge room with spare beds, candles, lanterns and fairy lights. We made a menu of food for two days, Mum and Blue brought overnight bags (and more food) and it was on! We worked out it was just under twenty hours to watch the eight movies, plus including time to sleep, eat and toilet breaks, it was going to be a big two days! We weren’t off to a good start when Mum started falling asleep about forty-five minutes into the first movie, so she was moved onto the naughty chair that you can see below. But surely enough, hour after hour, we kept ticking off each movie and all of a sudden we were onto the last! Overall, it was a long but awesome two days. We were truely exhausted at the end, but it was a marathon after all! I’ll have to admit, even I don’t feel like watching Harry Potter for a while!
I’m now sitting in bed finishing this post and it’s only an hour and a half before I have to leave for my first shift back at work. Oh dear. Annual leave really never goes for long enough. But I suppose if we never went to work, we would never really appreciate the feeling of days off or annual leave and it really is one of the best feelings in the world.