14 June 2018

Next Week


I try to live in the moment, I really do.  And most of the time I do a pretty good job of it, and have been able to make it work MUCH better than I used to be able to do.  But for today's post, I'm going to talk about next week.  Why?  Because I will be on vacation the entire time.  We are not traveling anywhere, but by taking the entire week, I will be able to use the vacation days instead of losing even more of them (I'm losing a LOT - but it's not because of me, it's because we are so short-staffed at work, most of my time off requests were denied.  Grrrrr.)

Moving on, since it is the way to go forward without going on a murderspree, I've been thinking of the 400,000 things I want to do/need to do, during that time.  Needless to say, I'll be lucky if three of them get checked off the list, but since it's Three on Thursday time, here is a list of the ones in my brain right at the moment.

1.  Sewing.  Even if not a lot of sewing happens, I want to at least get something started and ideally, completed.  I've spent quite a bit of time clearing lots o' crap off the sewing table, and I don't want that effort to have been wasted.

2.  Eat fried clams.  I love fried clams, and very few places serve them.  However, the BEST are at Smitty's Clam Bar, in Somers Point, NJ, right across the bridge from the Ocean City, NJ beach.  It's a typical beach place, kind of a shack, but clean, inexpensive, with humongous servings of yummy food, particularly the fried clams.  It gets super crowded, but if you go during the week when they open at 4:30 p.m., or right around 5:00, there's no long wait.  And it is SO worth it.

3.  Be.  I have a couple of dr appts, and have plans next Friday for lunch with a friend, but other than that, I'm gonna mostly get up in the morning, be leisurely and then see what I feel like doing.  You know, just BE.  That's the best thing about not having to go to work, or anyplace in particular on any given day.

Of course, it goes without saying that I'll be doing plenty of the stuff I usually do, but I want to try and make a concerted effort to do these three.

17 comments:

Vicki Knitorious said...

Woohoo! Happy Vacation Week!! Fried clams sound SO GOOD.

kayT said...

Oh man I love fried clams and I don't know anyplace that serves them any more. Why did they fall out of favor? Is it because if they aren't done right they're rubbery? I don't know but have a batch for me next week! And come back and tell us how wonderful they were.

Tired Teacher said...

Your plans sound perfect to me - enjoy!

Kym said...

That's a perfect vacation, Bridget -- especially the just BE-ing part of it. So good for the soul! (As are fried clams. . . ) XO

Dee said...

Enjoy your well-earned time off.

Patty said...

Have a wonderful week! Make the most of the leisure part!

Araignee said...

It's almost Friday!!!! I love the anticipation of a vacation. It's almost better than the vacation itself. I miss that about teaching. Looking forward to and making plans for those long summer days off was always a high point of the year. I'm not knocking retirement but the days are all the same. Not much to look forward to anymore....

Honoré said...

Totally grooving your "stay-cation" plans...stitch on! eat clams on! and enjoy lunch with friends, leisurely mornings and BEing!
Cheers~

Caffeine Girl said...

Stayations are awesome, especially if you can stick to your plan to spend some time just being.
I can't believe your employer doesn't let you have all your sick days! Not fair at all.

Nance said...

Oh gosh, I haven't had fried clams in ages and ages. That sounds SO GOOD. Enjoy yourself on your Vacation. Be happy.

AsKatKnits said...

Fried clams sound heavenly! As does a week of just "being"! Enjoy!!

elns said...

I'm excited for your staycation! I hope you enjoy it in all the ways you desire!

That is so frustrating that you can't take your time off because of short staffing. I'm going to say something that may not seem very professional, but forgive me, seems like you're in a rock and a hard place, but i think it's time to start nickeling and diming them. If they won't give you extended blocks of vacation, make sure you ask for a day at least every month if not more. You can preface it with, look the past 2 years, because of our staffing situation and our use it or lose it policy, I have lost a lot of time off. I dunno. Maybe I'm talking out of my butt. Enjoy this time. Eat some tasty things and Be for me too. ES

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Fried clams are an excellent goal!
We took Dave's grandma out for her 90th birthday, and I added some fried clams to her order. She had never had them! Imagine 90 years without fried clams - she loved them!

karen said...

how dare they deny vacation time??? have a fun week!! we are having a weekend staycation and I'm looking forward to it :)

Mereknits said...

I hope you just take some time to just do what you love, no lists just be. I think we all need that space in our lives, I know I do! Enjoy!

Bonny said...

Enjoy your time away from work; I know you will!

sprite said...

Happy vacationing!