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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June Holidailies

Monday 1 June 2015 - Filed under Holidailies

So I’ve decided to do a June edition of holidailies. It seems that if I set myself a daily blog goal I am much better at updating on a regular basis. And if I can see an end in sight it keeps me motivated. Lucky for me June only has 30 days so technically this should be easier than the December version.

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Bonsoir Brighton

Wednesday 11 March 2015 - Filed under Uncategorized

So our adventure ends much as it began; the three of us eating take out on the floor of an empty apartment. The movers have our stuff and we drive up tomorrow to begin anew. Tomorrow we trade England for Scotland.

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Notes on Potential Future Adventure

Monday 9 March 2015 - Filed under Soul

I’ve been looking into some cycling options in and around Edinburgh. I’ve found a couple of things that I would like to do all or part of some day.

First, and very do-able, the Coast and Castles cycle trail. It is a 200 mile trail that connects Newcastle, England to Edinburgh, Scotland. The route looks amazing and beautiful. I’ve seen a handful of groups who do supported rides on this route.

Secondly, and more ambitiously, I found the North Sea Cycle Route after researching the Coast and Castles. 6,200km and 8 countries. Even if one didn’t attempt the whole thing in one go, picking parts and bits now and again until the whole thing was completed would be a worthwhile goal.

Just things to consider.

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Monday 2 March 2015 - Filed under Hero

I am thrilled to announce the end of my fUNemployment and announce the start of my FUN employment. I have an official start date of 13 April with a cool technology/communications company in Edinburgh. It’s a 6-month contract, but I’m hoping I grow on ’em.

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