Daily #56: On the road

The title of this blog sounds like I’m a spontaneous young person going on their travels, but it’s really not that exciting. I wrote this post yesterday, as I’m going to be busy this evening.

I’ve always had an issue with one of my ears, so much so that I needed surgery when I was about 9 years old. Since then, I’ve had significant hearing loss in that ear, and I need to go to yearly checkups to make sure everything’s okay in there. I’ll probably make a post about the whole thing at some point, but not today.

Anyway, while I absolutely adore the NHS, sometimes the shuffling around of appointments can be a bit inconvenient. As my appointments are scheduled at least 6 months in advance and are fairly low priority (as they’re just checkups), I’ll often receive a letter saying they’ve moved a few weeks before they’re due. It’s not a huge issue, however they’re in a town which is an hour’s drive away from where I live. It’s where my surgeon works, so it means I can see him.

Due to the travel time, I try and book the original appointment for a Friday afternoon. That way I can simply take the afternoon off, or leave work early, and then hang around with my parents. But this doesn’t apply when they move the appointment, so they helpfully moved it to a Thursday morning at 9:40am. That’s why I’m travelling – I’m heading to my parents to stay over on Wednesday night (tonight when this is posted), and going to the appointment in the morning. I’ll then drive back to where I live to get to work at around lunchtime.

My boss said I don’t need to book anything off, despite being away for the whole morning, so that’s nice. It feels good to be appreciated and trusted that I’m not taking advantage of my job.

While I’m here, I have another exciting thing lined up next week! Makoto Shinkai’s new film, Weathering With You is being released in the UK, and we’ve booked tickets to a double-bill with his previous film, Your Name ! Remember that entire post I did about not enjoying the cinema? Well this film (and hopefully both films, I haven’t seen the newer one yet) is an exception. I’ve only watched it at home as I discovered it a couple of years after its release, and have wanted to experience it in the cinema since I first saw it.

I’m not the only one who likes it – it’s got a 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and was the second-largest grossing domestic film in Japan (being beaten only by Spirited Away). The reason I want to see it in the cinema is because of its animation and soundtrack – so much work went into every frame of the animation, and the soundtrack has won many awards. I am very, very likely to cry during the screening.

As Weathering With You is by the same director, I’m hoping I will enjoy it just as much. I’ve tried to avoid the soundtrack and trailers in advance, and although I’ve noticed it’s not had reviews as good as his previous film, it’s definitely not bad in the slightest. I’ll probably review it when I’ve seen it.

Anyway, I hope my appointment goes okay.

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