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Why are colds so debilitating? Got up this morning with a slight tickle in my throat, went to work, three hours later was back home and in bed. Blurg. Feeling like death warmed up. But obviously my absence from the office was inconsequential because I got a message tonight asking whether I’d like to work (a lot) more than the initial 15 hours per week we agreed on. So that’s a good sign! I feel like I’ve settled in pretty quickly; everyone seems friendly and pleasant, systems are pretty easy to follow and the work isn’t anything out of my comfort zone.

As soon as I start bringing in money, of course I think of things to spend it on. It’s been so long that I’ve lived hand to mouth (albeit in a fairly comfortable way!) that I haven’t been able to even consider things like overseas travel for years, other than to Malaysia to visit family (on dad’s frequent flyer points). I’ve really been longing to head back to the northern hemisphere. But now the possibility that I’ll be able to actually save some money has arisen, the travel dreams are starting to bubble up…nothing like counting my chickens before they’ve hatched, right?

Since we got together to play some Mozart duets on the weekend, my friend Jessie and I have become obsessed with the idea of going to Switzerland together next July (actually she’s way more obsessed with the idea, but I’m pretty keen) to go to the Galway Flute Festival held by Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway. 10 days in Switzerland, playing music, being fed by nuns, meeting people from all over the world. Getting to play giant flutes in the low flute choir like these:

low flute choir

Yes. It’s going to happen. I’ve worked out how much I need to save per month to get there. Totally achievable now that there’s regular work.

And now back to bed.


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