It has been a while since I had the opportunity to take an extended time off from work and I can highly recommend it if you ever have the chance. I feel like I have recharged my batteries.
Whilst off I saw heaps of movies and read I don’t know how many books. Some movies seen that I think are worth seeing are, Up In The Air, Nowhere Boy, Avatar, Invictus, An Education and Sherlock Holmes. And some books you might want to pick up are Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill, Breath by Tim Winton, The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold and the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson.
I also got into the habit of going for coffee and cake each morning, I took the time to sit there, read the paper and think about what to do with my day whilst my waist gradually increased due to all the cake I was eating. Not the healthiest breakfast I know.
Much of my time was spent on the beach dozing in the daytime sun and daydreaming that this kind of lifestyle was mine forever. It was not however all rest and no play, I did do some work for a charity which was very enjoyable and rewarding. I worked with the Aids Council Of New South Wales (ACON) on their new safe sex campaign for the Mardi Gras season, no doubt I’ll give it a mention on here once it launches.
I also became a qualified diver (again), I had not scuba dived for about eight years and thought it was time to get back down there so re-did my PADI course. Enjoyed every minute of it and kicked myself for having lived in Australia for almost five years now and had not taken the opportunity till now to requalify. Hopefully I will be out there in the ocean diving with sharks soon.