It’s Coming…

Friday 27 November 2015 - Filed under Holidailies

Holidalies officially start next week and I’m ready.

Let’s do this.

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Things I just learned because I hadn’t thought about it.

Tuesday 14 July 2015 - Filed under Random Mental Dishes

# is a hash and not a pound because this is a pound £

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New Digs

Saturday 11 July 2015 - Filed under Soul + That's Living

Here are a few pics of our new place.

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Living room:

And the kicker…the view from our front windows:
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It has always been a dream of mine to live somewhere I could see salt water out of my windows. Come September I can tick that one off my bucket list.

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Notes on a Train to London

Wednesday 8 July 2015 - Filed under Random Mental Dishes

Well, that (de)escalated quickly. So much for unofficial holidalies.

I’m on a train to London for a meeting and am therefore afforded a few minutes to sit and reflect and what better place to do it than here.

First, this trip from Edinburgh to London has been absolutely gorgeous so far and I’ve taken note to come back and visit Berwick on Tweed and Newcastle. They look quite lovely.

In other news, one of the things that occurs to me is that 11 years ago when I started this blog, on-line privacy wasn’t quite in the same state that it is in now. Primarily, corporations weren’t trawling all over spaces like this waiting to find a reason to fire people or vilify them for a momentary posting on small (albeit supremely public) sharing space. Much of my daily life involves my job and I don’t feel like I can talk about any of it here…hence not much to share. Been thinking about password protected entries, but that defeats the purpose and isn’t any more secure really. Là se trouve le problème.

On the job front, like all jobs it has its ups and downs. Word on the street is that I will go permanent in September, but I’ve never been one to count my chickens before they hatch, so when its done I’ll announce it officially.

Speaking of announcements, C and I have found our next, more permanent digs. We will be 10 minutes north of Edinburgh (which is like a world away in Edinburgh terms) in an area called South Queensferry. We found a place that suites our style more closely than we’ve had since we left our place in Dallas. I’ll try to post some pics tomorrow, but I don’t have access to any pics now. We will be right across the street from the Firth of Forth and we have a lovely view of the two bridges. Additionally it has a semi-private garden to the rear that is quiet enough to be in some distant countryside. Originally we wanted to stay in the city centre, but after seeing this place we decided to give the “suburbs” a try. We move mid-September.

I have officially reached the point where I’m not sure if I’m spelling British or American on many words. And honestly can’t be arsed about it. But rest assured I don’t have a new accent. Just know a few more fun words.

Can’t be arsed. That’s one of my new favourite phases. A few more:
Faffing about (wasting time)
Muppet (as an insult)
Have a wee think about… or even a wee anything
Tits up (went wrong)
Skiving (slacking)
Pish (piss)
Ken (I know)

I refuse to say Zed instead of Zee, but occasionally say full stop instead of period (it just makes my job easier). 4.0 isn’t four dot naught, it’s still four dot ooh. A 24 hour clock is my preferred time keeping style. I love metrics especially when cooking and buying food things. I weigh ingredients more than measure them in cups.

Celsius is awesome:
0 = heavy jacket required
10 = Medium jacket required
20 = Light jacket suggested (for later when its 15)
30 = No jacket, for God’s sake man get me out of this heat.

Cobblestones are romantic in movies, fun on holidays and a pain in the ass/or ankles every bloody day.

Full on interior wooden shutters are underrated and should have never gone out of style.

4:20 to 22:20 is a hella long time to experience sunlight. (both great and not so great)

My co-workers laugh when I talk about their pants (underwear). And they find it hilarious when I mock a thick American southern accent.

Trains are still the best method of travel across or over land. (Sail boats are THE best method of travel.)

That’s about it for now I guess.

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Vacation sort of

Tuesday 9 June 2015 - Filed under Uncategorized

C is returning from Houston today, but she is heading to the south of England on Friday for another week. This little patch of time, for a variety of reasons, has kept us apart from one another more than either of us prefers. What she doesn’t know yet it that I’ve taken the day off work tomorrow so at least we will have a little time together before she leaves again.

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Monday 8 June 2015 - Filed under Food

I’m amending the rules for this month, I can take off the weekends. Now that I’m spending most of my time on the computer again it is nice to take a few days away.

I’m hooked! We’ve recently started ordering our groceries online and having them delivered to our kitchen. No, not front door…to our kitchen counter. IT IS FANTASTIC! C and I are typically avid grocery shoppers and like to explore various grocery stores even when we are on holiday. But the daily food needs usually fall to me and carrying groceries in a backpack means more frequent trips which can be a hassle. I didn’t mind when my primary job was ‘house wife” but now I don’t have the time. But this system is brilliant. The store keeps my favourites so I can just scroll though the items we usually buy. It takes about 15 minutes to get my list together for the week. The next day a couple of young folk carry everything up my stairs, through my house and put my groceries on the kitchen counter, all neatly sorted. Plus, it’s free (if you spend £60). C and I still pick up a few things throughout the week, or take a stroll through the farmer’s market on the weekend, but the bulk of the work is done. It has completely taken the “chore” out of shopping and we can pick and choose when we want to go to the store just for fun.

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Hooked on a Feeling

Friday 5 June 2015 - Filed under Random Mental Dishes

In many ways it feels like we have lived in Edinburgh longer than we really have. Getting acquainted with the city rhythms and finding our daily life in it has somehow happened more quickly and easily than in Hove. I think a big part of that for both of us is the structure of my work hours. Having defined work hours, whatever they are, give you a big piece of the daily time puzzle from which to arrange other things. And although I haven’t had as much time on my hands to explore I have found this city to be really enjoyable to move through. I am constantly and pleasantly surprised by how beautiful my new surroundings are. And that’s a lovely feeling.

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She Works Hard for the Money

Thursday 4 June 2015 - Filed under Curiosities

I think I am settling into my new job fairly well. I work with a small group of (currently) likeable folks. The work is challenging and I get the chance to interact with interesting multi-national corporations. So far some of the clients are awesome (in particular a Swedish one that rhymes with Leia) and a few of them are c.r.a.z.y. Suffice it to say that the culture of corporate acquisitions and mergers wreaks havoc on internal systems and teams, not to mention depletes morale.

I’m never quite sure why people pay me to do what I do, but I try not to question it too loudly.

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This Must Be Heaven

Wednesday 3 June 2015 - Filed under now that's funny

One of the things that Edinburgh is famous for, especially throughout the UK, is festival season in August. The Fringe is probably the most well known, but there is also the International Festival and the Military Tattoo.

Now being a festival virgin, I’m not entirely sure what to expect, but if any of the rumours are true, it’s going to be even better than this.

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Strangers in the Night

Tuesday 2 June 2015 - Filed under Random Mental Dishes + Uncategorized

I am trying to remember what we’ve been doing since we moved to Edinburgh. We moved here in the middle of March, then C taught in Cardiff the next weekend, then I went to Montana for a week, then I started work, C taught in Vienna for 2 weeks, then we had a weekend in Edinburgh together, and then C went to Bath. Then I went to Sweden for work, then we had a weekend together, then I went to Sweden again and then C taught in Wales and now she is in Houston.

At this point we are planning a vacation together in Edinburgh sometime in July.

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