I am sitting on the balcony of our rented villa in Kefalonia in Greece. It is 11.30pm at the end of our first day here. We had to get up at 3.30am to get to the airport for our flight, and apart from a short nap on the plane I have had about 3 hours sleep in the last 24 hours. I should be absolutely dead on my feet and while I am tired and looking forward to slipping into bed with my darling husband I am not as exhausted as I was all of last week.
This holiday has been planned since last autumn. It was the brainchild of my parents and is in part a family trip to celebrate my Dad’s 80th birthday and I can’t thank them enough for their generosity when it comes to paying for a significant part of it. This villa is somewhere they have been visiting for over 15 years and last came here with my kids about 8 years ago. Now we are all back here again, although this is a first visit for Michael and I know it is early days yet but it is utterly blissful
It has been two years since we had a holiday and that was in Philadelphia, a wonderful place that we both love, where we get to spend time with friends and family but it is not a chilling holiday, it is a holiday where we are literally on the go for most of the time. Apart from the odd pool day and visit to the shore. I love going to Philly but this, here in Greece, this feels like a holiday in a way that Philly doesn’t. This is about sunshine, beaches, lazy days by the pool, late dinners, afternoon naps, with some exploring of this rugged little island thrown in.
Of course for me it comes with the one essential ingredient to a truly fabulous holiday and very happy and relaxed Molly and that is warmth; Proper fucking summer heat that seeps into my flesh and bones and makes me horny, happy and relaxed. The weather here is my weather perfection. I am well aware that many of you will be shaking your heads and thinking I am mad, but I was not made for dull grey climates. My body has no idea how to keep warm, but here, this is my natural habitat. When everyone else is moaning it is too hot that usually means I have found my happy weather place.
We have worked hard this year. Both of us have been dedicated to expanding our income and trying to make a sustainable income for our various skills. Of course we have also taken on the mammoth project of Eroticon along with Girl on the Net. Between the three of us we have put it more hours than any of us can truly afford, but it has been, and continues to be something we are all dedicated to, and feel passionately about. Michael and I essentially work 7 days a week. Yes we are self-employed and that means some days we go and do the shopping, or I go out with my camera, or we have a kids thing to attend but when those things happen it always mean that we will end up sitting up till well past midnight working on the things we didn’t do earlier in the day.
I am not saying we work harder than anyone else, or that we are in some way hard done by. We have a very good life and most of all we get to spend every day in each other’s company doing work that we love but you know what. We fucking deserve this holiday.
When you are self-employed holidays can actually be scary things. After all, there is no such thing as holiday pay, you don’t work you don’t get any £££ and so I have been feeling oddly conflicted about this trip. On one hand so looking forward to it but on the other feeling anxious about stepping away from work for a bit and letting it all coast along.
However now I am here, right here on this balcony, at this exact moment, and I feel less tired than i have done so in weeks I realise that we do indeed deserve and need this holiday and I am determined to enjoy every moment of it.
As you can guess I have my computer with me, and of course my camera, because Molly never travels without it, but apart from a few blog posts, Sinful Sunday, and pressing publish on my 365 Project every day I am not going to be doing any actual work (I don’t really class my blog as work, it is my passion and am happy to have some time to just write because I want to rather than anything else) I will also still be on Twitter and Instagram too but only when the wifi allows it and mainly just to shoot the breeze there.
I do have some things I need to write about, there have been some interesting changes in our lives these last few months which I have not explored here in my writing because it was an emerging, developing thing that needed time to see where it went before I did that, but if you follow Michael on Twitter you might have noticed his Twitter bio has changed to reflect this new development and if not, well then you will have no idea what I am talking about and will just have to wait for me to write more
Which I definitely will be doing very soon but just maybe not in the next couple of week because in case you have not noticed…
I am on holiday
I know this is not a very ‘sexy’ or ‘wicked’ post but my blog has always been about all of me, and not all of me is sexy and/or wicked but writing about all of me regardless is what I do because I am a whole person and this space has always reflected that.