Things I learnt in May

31 May

Here are some surprising things that I have learnt over the last month.

1. It is possible to have too many bank holidays in one month. This May we had 3 bank holidays: May Day, Ascension Day and late May Bank Holiday. I have nothing against bank holidays but I also realised that after May we have one bank holiday (1st August for the Switzerland National Day) and then none until Christmas. Can they be spread out a bit more please? The other thing is that two of them were in the middle of the week so you have to work the day before and the day after. I have said it before and I will say it again: it would be better to move the day to the beginning or the end of the week so that people could enjoy a long weekend.

2. I have missed being at home. This month was the first time that I had been back in the UK in 2018 and the first time I have personally seen family and friends. What was unusual and a welcomed surprise was that the weather was nothing short of glorious.

3. Did you know that there is a difference between a shrimp and a prawn. I thought that the words could be used interchangeably but apparently that is not correct. While both have five pairs of legs, a prawn has claws on three of the five pairs of legs and a shrimp only has two. Who knew?

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4. I have a higher than average reading speed. Just by chance I came across a speed reading test on the internet. It turns out that I have a reading speed of 430 words per minute with a reading comprehension of 100%. Ironically in May I have lost a bit of my reading momentum because of other projects getting in the way but I am hoping that I will be able to get back on track in June and be able to sit with my head in a book more often.

5. Be kind to your knees. I have been struggling with a knee problem for sometime and I have now been referred to a knee specialist. Luckily it looks like rest and physiotherapy is helping and nothing as drastic as surgery is needed. But still look after your knees because if they weren’t there, you would miss them. A lot.

6. I am a librocubicularist. It sounds like a really strange star sign but it actually means a person who reads in bed. I love reading and I love reading in bed. Even though sometime I do fall asleep with a book in bed. I guess there really is be a name for everything.

I’m not sure how it is the end of May. Time seems to be racing away with itself at the moment, which has to be a sure sign that I am getting old. Whatever you have been up to this May, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

5 Responses to “Things I learnt in May”

  1. Confuzzled Bev June 1, 2018 at 9:59 am #

    May is the BEST month. I actually got 4 bank holidays thanks to working in Germany – the 4th was yesterday. I don’t even mind Thursday holidays because you can get a 4-day weekend with only one day of leave. And I say that as someone who has no more bank holidays until October! I wouldn’t object to an extra one, maybe some time in July, but May is fine with me as it is πŸ˜‰

  2. Chomeuse with a Chou June 6, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

    Geneva had two bank holidays and France had four! At least Geneva gets another in September as well as in august. Isn’t it strange how the cantons have such different holidays?!

    • ourgirlinzurich June 6, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

      It’s very strange. Catholic cantons gets more holidays than Protestant one as well. If I’d have known I might have chosen a different one to live in πŸ˜‰

      • Chomeuse with a Chou June 6, 2018 at 7:58 pm #

        Geneva is one of the cantons with the fewest bank holidays. I didn’t seem to choose well on that basis either!

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