I started working for Tide a year and a half ago. And since then I have had six different duty plans. I started off with one. Then came the summer plan. Then an autumn plan. Then another autumn plan. A winter plan and then a spring plan. Which will soon be replaced by a summer plan. After which we will (hopefully) return to the current spring plan.
Since my first plan, a lot has changed. My first few plans saw me working one weekend out of three. There were evening shifts, split shifts, day shifs and early shifts. But with the arrival of plan number 4 (or 5), I only work one and a half weekend out of six and no evening shifts. Which is quite nice for a tv-aholic like myself. Were it not for the fact that the early shifts usually start somewhere around six, meaning that I have to get out of bed at around 4.30/5am.
My newest plan was not the plan I originally wanted. But, since it's very much hierarchic how it all works over here (ie longest serving member has first choice to a new plan) and I am quite low on the list, I am happy to at least have one that might have been further down the list, but still on my list. I didn't like the plan when I first saw it. But it has since grown on me. For one major reason!
There is one week where I have to work three days in total. In fact, that week is coming up next week. I have to work Monday, Thursday and Friday and am off the rest of the week. But, I hatched a clever plan. If I were to take Thursday and Friday off, I would have nearly a week. So, I could go and visit my father who is celebrating his birthday next week.
I asked for time off and then thought to ring my mother. Since my parents usually go on holiday at the beginning of June. And yes, this year is no exception. They are going to be away. What to do and where to go though? Because I now had this time off, I was sure going to use it.
Well, the plane is booked, as is the car. I have got a place to stay and according to the weather forecasters it should be quite nice weather. And I am not telling where I am going. Let me just say it has something to do with my bucket list!