Holiday mode

I go home for a week today (above pic).  It does me good to get back and see family and friends as island life gets to me if I don’t escape once in a while ๐Ÿ˜‰

What comes with travelling is alcohol.  I’ve done it for years, whether I’m going on holiday, back home or a weekend away.  Whenever people are at the airport, train station, sea terminal … it’s like a mad rush to get to the bar because we go into ‘holiday mode’.  I remember in the past we’ve booked holidays and one of the booking priorities was to get the VIP lounge with parking and fast track access.  This wasn’t for anything else but to spend as much time in the lounge and drinking as much ‘free’ alcohol as we possibly could.  I’m surprised they let us on the plane sometimes – I once had 12 bottles before I’d gone anywhere! The fast track pass wasn’t only so we didn’t have to queue.  It was mainly so we could get to the lounge quicker and get our whole 3 hours that we were allowed.  It was like we turned into crazed animals and I’ve seen other people do it as well.  I once saw two couples having an argument  in the lounge at Manchester over who had drank all the red wine!!

My travelling preparations are totally different these days.  I still get that feeling of rushing to the bar when I go anywhere because it’s a learnt behaviour and been with me for a very long time now.  I’m not sure how long it will take to disappear but I know it won’t be there forever – it’s annoying, I know that much!  I make sure I’ve got plenty to distract myself by downloading something to watch on my tablet and taking my Kindle with me.  It’s a nice change actually because I’d have these with me before but end up reading the chapters again or watching the last episode again because I was too drunk to remember what’s happened or who the characters are.

First stop is my lovely friend who’s very ill unfortunately.  Whether your religious or not, please pray for him over these next few days.  It will be nice to see him but obviously I wish the circumstances were different.  Over the next few days I will be catching up with a few friends who are dotted around Yorkshire.  The Isle of Man is only 32 miles long and 14 miles wide so unless you drive in circles for hours you don’t get chance to go for a drive out which I do miss.  The rest of my time will be spent catching up with friends and family from around the valley.

I’ll try my best to post and update ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Claire xxx


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