Random musings

The theme of this week and next is work, work, work.  Now that I’ve started working, I just can’t get enough.  No, not really.  But it is really nice to be making money again!  I’m getting settled, figuring everything out and getting good feedback from my coworkers and physicians.  I work the next three days in a row, get two days off, then work another four in a row before two more days off.  It’s going to be tiring (all 12-hour shifts), but I’m looking forward to the days off because we have some exciting stuff coming up!

We were planning to head to Wimbledon today to catch some tennis.  C tried to score tickets online but they sold out in less than a minute.  We then decided to wake up before dawn and head down to London early to join “The Queue” for 2 of the thousands of day-of tickets and passes available.  When the alarm went off at 3:00am we smartly decided to check the weather one last time.  Well, there was a 100% chance of rain and most likely rain all day.  We knew we had no chance of getting Centre Court (the only one with a roof) passes since we didn’t camp overnight and decided we weren’t really that excited about being soaked all day and not actually seeing any tennis, so back to sleep it was!  It was a good decision – most of the games were postponed and not much tennis was played on the outside courts.  However, since I’m such a great wife, I offered to push our beach trip back by a week to give us a 2nd try at Wimbledon glory.  So, we’re going to head out Tuesday and hope for better weather.  The beach will still be there a week later, The Championships won’t.

On a good note, I got a new “driver’s license” today!  It allows me to drive on base and in the UK as well as purchase fuel on base.  This is key because gas on the economy is over $7 per gallon.  From what I hear, gas on base is pretty close to US prices – less than $4 per gallon.  I had to sit through a driver’s ed class on Wednesday morning then take a test to prove I knew the rules of the UK roads.  As much as I was dreading the class, I actually learned quite a bit.  It’s a little scary to think that I’d been driving around for almost 6 weeks without knowing some stuff!  In addition to the driver’s license I picked up a ration card allowing me to purchase alcohol, cigarettes and coffee on base.  The alcohol and cigarettes I knew about, but they ration coffee??  Kinda strange to me, but whatever.

In other great and exciting news we planned another trip!  We’re heading to Paris and Brussels (and possibly Bruges) in August!  And I have another good run of days off in August so we might plan a trip within the UK – we’re looking at Bath/Bristol or Manchester/Liverpool.  Who knows…the more I research trip ideas, the more places I want to visit.

And to close on a totally random thought: Sticky Toffee Pudding.  This stuff is amazing!! It may sound bizarre, but trust me, it’s great.  It’s a mildly spiced, moist gingerbread cake topped with vanilla bean ice cream sitting in a pool of creme anglaise and toffee sauce.  I’ve only ever eaten it at one restaurant a couple times but I think I need to start trying it everywhere.  It just might become one of my favorite sweet indulgences!

Enjoy your weekend!  I’ll be working away ♥