This Is The Blog Post I’ve Wanted To Make For A Long Time

Friday in work was just like any other day. Big delivery came in, we worked it and I did the money and paperwork. Boys were in a mood with each other and no matter how hard I tried to get them to cheer up they still were bitching at each other most of the day. I’m slowly getting used to this, if they’re working a shift together they bounce off each other and create an atmosphere. It’s annoying, but usually by being fun and a bit silly I can manage to bring them back to normality.

The highlight of my day was a visit from my area manager. Usually he doesn’t come into the store when the manager’s off. He doesn’t have a need to speak to supervisors, he deals with the managers most of the time. Turns out he was in the store to speak to me specifically. Office door closed stuff. That always worries me, I thought perhaps I’d made a mistake and failed a test purchase, maybe something else serious?

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Being a new student anywhere is tough, and college is no exception

Being a new student anywhere is tough, and college is no exception.  While in college I wanted to meet people and find friends and enjoy my time in college. I wanted to learn how many other students got into college though a GED, as I earned mine via online lessons that I followed for my GED test, I don’t say online learning is bad for you. I am very grateful for online prep but they will not help you with your social life. If you have some solid friends right there by your side you have emotional and psychological support. Making those friends, though, can be the tough part. Some people are lucky and able to make friends easily, yet for others it takes a bit of work.

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I go into my closet sometimes and pull my jewelry box down from where it’s hidden on the shelf, underneath winter sweaters and clothes from my thinner days that I can’t bear to part with. I sit down on my bed with the box in my lap and when I close my eyes I hear my mother’s voice telling me about the day she saw it through a storefront window, how beautiful she thought it was and how grown-up it made her feel, her first real jewelry box. I remember when she gave it to me, at a pivotal point in my teenage years. I look at the images she chose to decoupage the leather with before passing it on, images that are, without a shadow of a doubt, decidedly ‘me’.

I open the lid and breathe in the familiar smell – the sweetness of the Tiger Balm she’d rub on her forehead during a migraine spell and the musty smell of old leather, of history, of years passed. I breathe in deeply. The smell makes me feel close to her somehow.

I know I was a spitfire when I was a kid. I know I gave my mom a run for her money and my dad sometimes, too. I gave my mom a harder time because she was safer – I knew I could act like a maniac and she’d still love me. I wasn’t so sure about my dad back then.

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Doing Rome in Luxury

Whether you are doing Rome in luxury or figuring out a way to get the most out of Tuscany, Italy certainly will not disappoint eager honeymooners seeking a romantic and memorable experience.
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Rome is a city packed full of fabulous architecture, rich with culture, overflowing with amazing restaurants and mouthwatering cuisine and full to the brim with beautiful people. Unsurprisingly, the popularity of this passionate city has ballooned over the years and it is now one of the top European destinations for everything from romantic proposal weekends to stylish hen holidays and Euro-railing stop offs. With the influx of tourists, hotels, restaurants and bars in the city have grown in numbers, from the smallest street side snack shop to some of the most spectacular restaurants in the world.  If you are looking for luxury in Rome then you won’t have to go far to find it as pretty much every need is catered for here and the Romans are particularly good at fabulous decadence.

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Top 5 Unusual Places to Visit in Australia

As the only country on Earth that is also an entire continent, it should come as no surprise that Australia boasts thousands of potential destinations for visitors who head to the outback each year. However, many of the most popular destinations can become inundated with tourists, making it a less than authentic experience. For an Australian vacation that goes beyond the urban cities of Sydney and Melbourne, consider these top 5 unusual places to visit in Australia:

Blue Mountains

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Blue Mountains © by joe.lipson

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A May Date at the Cannes Film Festival: More Romantic than You Think

Head out to London, Paris and Rome on an exquisite tour with a detour to the Cannes Film Festival during your stay next May.

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Secluded getaways have become passé. Couples want to experience the hub and vivacity of colourful and picturesque destinations. One of these is Cannes, and a good time to visit this beautiful French Riviera city is during the month of May. Why? Because this is the time when the weather is warm, mild and enjoyable. Clear blue skies greet you while the occasional spring showers add an extra dash of romance. And it is also Cannes Film Festival time, an annual event where stars from across the world descend, and movies from A-list directors and first-time talent are showcased.

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Re-live the Olympics in Sydney

With the Olympic’s fast approaching next year, let’s take a stroll down memory lane to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

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Grand Final night © by Simon_sees

The 2000 Sydney Olympics was one of the most memorable Olympic Games of all time. With its stunning location and impeccable organization, it was enjoyed by the world and made every Australian proud. Although the Games have long since finished and have moved on to various other parts of the world, the legacy of the Sydney Games lives on and thousands of people still make the journey to the Olympic village to re-live the historic event.

But it’s not just Olympic fans who made the journey to the park, which is situated to the west of the city. There are hundreds of events here throughout the year, proving that the legacy of the Games is alive and well and that the facilities are getting plenty of use. Rugby and football are just two of the sports that you watch at the park. You can also enjoy baseball games and major swimming and athletics events that are held here all year round. Aside from sports, there is a whole host of cultural events here, including music, film and other concerts. Part of the Sydney Festival takes place here – this is the country’s largest cultural festival and it takes place every January, with events all over the city.

You don’t even need to be based in Sydney to visit the park. Wherever you’re staying on the west coast of Australia, you can make the trip to the Olympic Village. You could tie it in with a road trip along the west coast, or a city break to Sydney, if you’re not actually staying there. If you’re in Melbourne, check out daily deals Melbourne for other ideas during your stay and you could combine a couple of excursions on the route up to Sydney, to break up the journey.

If you are staying in Sydney, then you should definitely add the Olympic Village to your list of ‘to dos’. It will give you a great insight into the geography, organization and the sheer scope of the Games. If you can coordinate your visit with an event taking place in the park, then so much the better. Have a look at some daily deals Sydney to see if you can get a discount for sporting events at one of the venues in the park.

The Olympic Park is just a short journey from the centre of Sydney so, even if you only have a few days planned for the city, it won’t take a huge slice out of your itinerary and you’ll be pleased you made the effort. You don’t need to be a sports fan or a music aficionado to appreciate the incredible facilities and the size of this great space. However, if you are planning to watch a match or travel to the park for a concert, there are plenty of decent hotels in the area for an overnight stay. That way you can relax and enjoy yourselves without having to worry about getting back into the city center later on.