Dear Reader, we interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to say hello and reconnect with you all in our cozy little community here. November ended on a high note after our thanksgiving celebrations, and since our Christmas tree was already up, we effortlessly rolled into Christmas festivities with no hinderances. Our tree is up, lights and all. We are yet to get gift boxes under the tree though; I’ve been meaning to go shopping soon but I haven’t been to Amsterdam in about 3 weeks now -it’s the longest I haven’t been these past couple of years and it feels weird. I didn’t realize just how much I rely on this job to stock up on my groceries, breads, butter, spices, etc. Apparently, I’m still buying literally everything in Europe despite having lived here on and off since 2010. I don’t know how long it takes to adjust to a new country, but I truly haven’t been very successful in this regard. I guess it’s something I’ll have to keep working on.
This month of December, I happen to be on call at work, it’s the very first time I am on-call this year, or on reserve as we call it. It means you only have a schedule of days-off and days on-call, and that you must avail yourself to be at the airport within a two-hour window to work any trips assigned to you. I was on-call for the first 3 days of this month but I didn’t get assigned any trip, so as you can imagine, I know the Philadelphia airport like the back of my hand as I spent 3 days just loitering around in there. I actually loved it as I spent those days trouble-shooting my website (more on that later), writing more blogposts, studying my Bible, and generally socializing with other crew members.
I’m home now half-way through a 7-days-off stretch. I had hoped to pick up extra work trips to keep working and stay busy, but it looks like that is not going to pan out like that. I had an Amsterdam trip scheduled till yesterday but the scheduling department snatched it from my lineup as it was going to violate FAA-mandated rest periods. So for the first time this year where I’ve only taken Sundays off thus 4 days per month, this December I’m obligated to take my full mandatory 13 days off. I’ve decided to be a good spot about it and enjoy the time off.
My son Jan is busy prepping for exams this coming week so I’ve left him to his studies while I stay home taking care of things such as seeing my chiropractor, I’ve seen my GP, signed up for healthcare benefits and sent in all the paperwork, had a flat tyre incident which Mr. Grey took care of for me thankfully, I attended Bible study, attended prayer meeting, washed and braided my hair, fasted for a day, visited the mall, caught up with my mama and each of my siblings on the phone, and so on and so forth. I resume work mid-week next week so I still have a few more days at home.
It’s now three weeks since I introduced this new blog and articulated the direction we are headed. Rebranding took some doing and I’m quite happy that I was able to do it all by myself from logo to layout. What I didn’t realize at the time is just how much technical stuff was yet to be tweaked and streamlined. I found WordPress had hijacked my email subscription and was asking that subscribers register again -goodness knows how hard it is to get people to register the first time around, let alone a second time! After much googling, I was able to identify the invasive plugin, WordPress Jetpack, and turn off several of the encroaching default settings. For sure I’m the smarter for it.
I neglected to do due diligence and test everything; by the time I realized my comment section was hidden behind a firewall, I had thrown up 6 blogposts to total silence! And this just when I desperately needed feedback and the community’s input as concerns the new direction the blog is headed -Pfhhh… Well, it’s all resolved now and I have a special favor to ask. I would love it very much if you would leave me a comment (on this post or any of the previous posts) and let me know how you’re doing since it’s been a while. I’m hoping we can finally continue to catch up and engage in the comment section. Also, feel free to let me know your thoughts about the new blog name and direction. Looking forward to our interaction. OK, that’s all I have for an update for now; thanks for reading. We will resume our regularly scheduled programming this week and go as the spirit leads, so feel free to share your promptings. Cheers, ღ Ms. Grey ღ