It wasn't until I was visiting family last weekend that I was reminded exactly how close the diving trip to Egypt is and, as is usual for me lately*, I had done nothing to prepare for it ... nothing like leaving it to the last minute!
So, with Wednesday this week being my only free night, I decided to get cracking with making sure things were in place ... mostly involving spending lots of money ordering memory cards and an underwater housing for the camera - oh, and the new phone, of course!!
With the important stuff out of the way, it was time to deal with the technical stuff so the car park and executive lounge are now all booked, I have an appointment for a Hepatitis A booster next week and it appears that I am already covered by the insurance I took out last year for the Sri Lanka wedding holiday.
Well, that was simpler than I was expecting!
One thing I do still need to get is some currency so, what with all the spending I've been doing this week it seems I have a bit of a shortfall in my account. This is where my money habits have proven to be quite useful.
Basically, change slows you down.
Have you ever been behind that woman at the checkout that has to rifle through her purse for the exact change?** You stand there for what seems like hours whilst she picks out everything down to the one pence pieces like a chimp picking for nits. Then she realises that she has a discount coupon and you have to wait while she goes back through the process again.
Annoying isn't it?
So, my solution is to only use the larger denominations, take the change and run. Well, not literally: security guards tend to follow me, so running would just make them more suspicious. When I get home at the end of the day, anything smaller than a pound coin goes into a large jar and forgotten about.
It has been several years since I last emptied this jar, so I figured there should be a reasonable amount of change in it to help with spending money for Egypt. I hadn't figured on there being quite so much!
Lets just say that I could have bought a PS3 bundle and several games and still have change left over ... in fact, I do still have change left over so the bank kindly provided me with another handful of poly bags to fill. If I can get all that change into the bank before I go, it should take the edge off the money crunch this month.
I'm starting to look forward to this ... this time next week I should, with any luck, be taking pictures of fish in the Red Sea!! :-D
The only thing I need to be careful of is tan lines: I think I'm going to have to be one of the few people that returns from a hot country and still be white. Not that I want to.
The trouble is, the next play has its opening night within two weeks of getting back and since I have to strip down to 70s style undies, having a tan line across my thigh is perhaps a little more embarrassing than I want to go at the moment!
* And by 'lately' I mean the past few years!
** And before you all start screaming 'Sexist', I have never seen a guy do this.