Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Got There!

I survived the jolly season.

Let me tell you that that alone is an achievement.

I decided I couldn't bear to be an add-on to another family's Christmas, so despite the fact that three friends were kind enough to invite me for Christmas Day, I declined. They said they understood. Church was fun in the morning, and since my girls were all there I got to see them then.

New Year I listened to the annual RTE Concert from the National Concert Hall which is always fun.

Still, tomorrow things return to normal. You may be sad, I can't say I am.

Now I need to get on with some paperwork and sorting out the usual junk...like finances!!

Just to put a positive spin on the outlook, I was thinking about next summer. Part of the privilege of being school secretary is that the pay is barely over the minimum wage and I don't get paid for nine weeks in the summer, so as well as needing to save up for rent and signing onto the 'dole' I have zilch hope of getting away for a break. SOOOOO I was thinking of volunteering somewhere and then...I remembered reading about the WWOOF site...I know its kinda more a young peoples' thing but I could work to travel couldn't I?

A change being as good as a rest and all that...as long as I didn't lose my nerve at the last minute...

Any opinions or experiences?


Robin said...

Well done you on making it through the holidays, that's a really big thing.

I think volunteer travel is a wonderful idea, and gee whiz, there just happen to be loads of opportunities for it here in Israel - plenty of farms on the site you mentioned, as well as the Hava & Adam (Eve & Adam) Ecological Farm just 20 minutes up the road from me (http://www.havaveadam.org/eng/index.html), not to mention all the non-organic kibbutzim, archeological digs, etc. Just in case you happened to be looking for a destination... ;) (Mind you it is bloody hot here in the summer though.)

Take good care, it will all sort itself out.

Amanda said...

I'm sending you my very best wishes for a happy and healthy 2013, you deserve it. I'm sure you'll find lots of opportunities like that when you start looking, so lots of luck.

Ann Babillis said...

Well there is that idea. My son's favorite cheap travel site is https://www.couchsurfing.org/. He also seriously considered WWOOF and we did a lot of homework on it. WWOOF still costs money though, since you are responsible for your transportation costs and forays into the countryside.

Good luck on your plans!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

I don't know bout the volunteering, and I know our wages are low, but NINE weeks hols! We were under six weeks last summer! But we can't sign on, our 39 weeks work wages, plus holiday pay is divided by 12 months so we do get paid in the holiday months


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