Around the World in 180 Days

A journey across the Atlantic and into matrimony

Twenty Twenty Twenty Four hours to Go-oh oh July 31, 2009

Filed under: travel — rhet @ 5:05 am

163 days

I changed my phone’s clock to the 24hr format a few weeks ago. dramatic i know.

The first week it was fun and novel to work out the time but now i’m simply annoyed with not being able to quickly check my phone just know what time it means. I’m resisting the urge to switch it back and really trying to force myself to get accustomed cause i don’t like the idea of being unfamiliar with a common time format.

But will it really matter that much?!? Who knows, I suppose I’ll give it another few weeks before giving up.

I shall not be beaten by a clock!


Coming Up for Air July 30, 2009

Filed under: travel,us — rhet @ 7:38 pm
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164 days

As I wrote about in the previous post, the boy has finally arrived in the US to stay with me and my family until my ship out date for Scotland (which is September 2nd, in case you’re curious).

So thats the reason for my lapse in posts for the past however many days as the boy and I have been virtually attached at the hip, catching up on lost time. I have however managed to peel myself away from the boy to renew my efforts on here. We’ve got the rest of our lives ahead of us together and I’m sure a little personal time would do us both some good.

I have been doing my best to keep him entertained and show him what few sights there are in Pennsylvania. I realized after he arrived that my list of things for us to do here consisted mostly of Pennsylvania Dutch or otherwise American things I wanted to make him eat. Oh well. Here’s my list:

1. Green Dragon (our local/Amish farmers market known for really good fresh food)

2. Buggy ride (even though i’ve never actually done one myself, could be fun right?)

3. Hershey Park (after living in Seattle and discovering really good chocolate out there, Hersheys
is a bit disappointing but the park is still quite fun and i enjoy the chocolate themed town)

4. shoo-fly pie

5. whoopie pies

6. lebanon/sweet bologna

7. hot air balloon ride (not exactly specific to our area but our wedding invitations have hot air balloons on them and i thought it’d be cute to take some unofficial engagement photos there)

So far he’s tried lebanon/sweet bologna, went to my 5 year class reunion (which was a bad idea by the way) and and we’ve been to Philadelphia for a day (but didnt have time to get cheese steaks! next time..) so we need to work on the list a bit but i have 2 weeks off work coming up and here are some of the plans in the works:

• 3 day trip to NYC (where we first met) to visit the MoMa, possibly catch something on Broadway
• local microbrewery fest as the boy’s a big fan of beer
• Renaissance Faire
• local wine tours

plus generally hanging out, enjoying my parents swimming pool and visiting with all my friends and family as much as possible.

All while fretting over the arrival of my visa in the mail..cross your fingers and toes for me folks.


Shock and Awe July 18, 2009

Filed under: us,wholy matrimony — rhet @ 12:43 pm

177 days

Up until now, the boy and I have had a loong history of not being able to keep secrets long enough to surprise eachother but my oh my did he get me this time.

A few weeks ago, my mom sent me an email that was supposed to have gone to the boy and i had a feeling that they were up to something. I tried to just let it go and let the surprise take its course but…i couldn’t! i have little control once the curiousity gets hold. it wasnt long till i was asking the boy questions and prodding my mom for info. the boy blatantly denied it but my mom burst the bubble by urging me to just let it go and let him surprise me if he wanted to.

So i decided yes, i should just be a good girlfriend and shut up and curb my curiousity, imagining how sad he’d be and how bad i’d feel for foiling another surprise. Then the next morning as we were talking and I was doing a perfect job of not asking anymore questions, he gives in and tells me he was planning on arriving on Friday instead of Saturday like he’d told me. awww! I did in fact feel really guilty and horrible for screwing up such a cute plan.

The weeks went on and I arranged my work schedule to have Friday off and about a week before his arrival my mother began urging me to get food bought, bedroom set up, etc as soon as possible, which i attributed to her typical obsessive planning and preparation.

But then, as I came home from work Wednesday night, I walked down the path to my house and found him standing on my deck! This is where the shock and awe comes in. I could barely think of anything other than how amazed and ecstatic I was that he was finally here. Before I knew what was happening he said he he had a surprise for me (as if home showing up early wasn’t enough) he got down on one knee, pulled a ring out of his pocket, proposed! I was so bowled over by the thoughtfulness of this whole operation, I nearly forgot to say yes, but eventually I got it out.  Plus, we decided to be engaged about 6 months ago, so saying yes wasnt exactly a necessity. My family then appeared out of their hiding spots just inside the door where they’d watched the whole thing, telling me how they’d all been involved in the planning behind my back, which is actually one of my favorite parts of the whole thing.

Since a great portion of the boy and i’s relationship has been spent long distance, my parents and family havent gotten much of a chance to get to know him and i was worried he wouldnt become a part of the family in the way i hoped (my family is both large and very close, incidentally). But if they can all scheme and sneak to plan a surprise for me then clearly, he’s in!

So not only has his place in my life been solidified that much more, but also his place in my family.


It’s Official! July 13, 2009

Filed under: wholy matrimony — rhet @ 4:02 am

House for An Art Lover, the place we're getting married

Exactly 180 days till the boy and I are married! Craaazy.

In other wedding related hoopla, I was at a barbecue with a bunch of friends today and we realized within our original high school circle, we’ve been getting hitched at a rate of one couple every year and a half. Wonder who will be after me..


Update: visa status July 11, 2009

Filed under: the process — rhet @ 4:38 am

Earlier I was whining about not being able to check the status of my application but today I recieved an email with an update,whoorah!

Although the info in said email is a bit confusing… first it says I’m likely to get a decision and response on my application within 24hrs. AWESOME! or it may be 5-10 days. still pretty sweet. or it could take up to 12 weeks with the offices average process time at 40-45 days….not as great.

crossin my fingers for option A..


Oh the Places You’ll Go! July 10, 2009

Filed under: travel — rhet @ 5:52 am
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it’s kind of crazy to think that I’ll be permanantely relocating to Glasgow as of September 2nd (tickets booked and paid for yeah!) and have actually only been overseas once when I visited the boy during Christmas last winter. I’ve been fascinated with Europe, it’s history and culture since I was a kid though and done my share of moving round the US, but somehow getting out of the country just never really fit into the plan.. till now! This has however given me lots of time to think about where I want to go and I certainly hope to make use of my new proximity to, well pretty much everything.

The boy and I are flying into Manchester to visit his family, will be staying in London for a few days to see his best man and hittin up Paris for the honeymoon so that’s a good start I think!

here’s the other places I’d love to see(in no particular order):


…and all the unknown places in between!

anywhere I left off the list that just can’t be missed?

p.s. I also really want a sweet vintage suitcase to put stickers all over..hmm


Wanted: passport with stamp

Filed under: the process — rhet @ 4:27 am
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The British Consulate should have a way to check the status of my
visa online or something. I don’t actually feel that nervous about it anymore though, there’s only so much fretting one can do.