Around the World in 180 Days

A journey across the Atlantic and into matrimony

Won’t Be Long Now November 25, 2009

Filed under: wholy matrimony — rhet @ 1:44 pm

Man sitting under metal tree in Manchester

lovely countryside somewhere between Manchester and Glasgow from the train

sheep!

Wow. 45 Days till the wedding! If you subtract the 2 weeks or so the boy and I will be spending with his parents in Manchester (and will get nothing done), that leaves about 3 weeks of time in Glasgow to get our stuff together!

Since switching to ‘in to do list we trust’ method, we’ve been getting lots done but theres still quite a bit left. Luckily, two major items fell into place easier than we expected. We found pretty much all of our chintzy mismatched teacups at one charity shop (and boy are they cute..I’m kind of hoping people don’t take them home so I can keep them). I was expecting to have to trawl around for days finding them all.

And after a very disheartening shopping trip through all the major stores selling suits in Glasgow, we discovered that any suit the boy even remotely liked was way out of our budget. Who wants to feel like they’re in a mediocre outfit on their wedding day? I certainly didnt want him to feel like that so I suggested we have a poke around ebay and huzzah!! a £375 Ted Baker suit (the boy loves TB) in excellent condition for £100. We got it in the mail a few days later and it fits, and is indeed in fantastic condition. Fantastic.

After disovering that there was no way an off the shelf ring would fit with mine because of the unique shape and twists in the metal, we met up with the jewelIers who made it got a ring custom made to fit mine (its a unique shape with twists in the band) and I’d love to be able to show it to you and wear it but I’ll just have to wait..won’t be long now folks.

So thats pretty much all the major items slowly working themselves into place..the last really important thing on the list is writing the ceremony. Though I have to admit I’ve been putting it off because its such a daunting task and I rarely have large chunks of time to work on it. Clearly, with the days counting down I need to get on it!!

 

Reading Week November 4, 2009

Filed under: daily life — rhet @ 1:18 pm

I finally found a power converter that fits with my cameras battery charger so you’re in for some picturey goodness! Also, the boy has this week off from school (its ‘reading week’ but none one seems to know why it is the students have off) so we’re kind of half lazing around, half getting things done around the apartment.  I thought i’d use this time to take some random photos.

Ice Invaders!

Ice Invaders!

An impulse buy from my trip to Borders for birthday cards. I was going to put these epic ice trays to use today but our freezer can only hold the mini tub of ice  cream and coffee grounds. Guess I’ll have to just have to eat the ice cream.. By the way the picture on the back of the package is almost as awesome as the product itself:

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high score in your highball!

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We have a mail slot! I’ve always dreamed of having one, don’t ask me why. (forgive the big white boring door, if I had my way, I’d paint it red or something) Notice the ridiculous amount of locks and security measures on the door (theres 3 locks and 1 chain). We also have an ADT home alarm system. I’m convinced our land lady is extremely paranoid considering we live in a fairly nice neighborhood.

Over the last few weeks we’ve been working really hard to make the apartment feel like ‘us’ which turned out to be a lot harder than I imagined because the place is fully furnished and the landlady had a very odd sense of mismatched DIY style (theres a big red leather sofa and a green leather chair..who puts red and green right next to each other in a non-christmas setting?!?) The kitchen has turned out to be so cute however, that I’m constantly cleaning it up to keep it all purdy. Thats a good sign.

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so in love with my new apron. stage right

 

 

Now I’m off to to get ready to have some amazingly delicious chai tea at Tchai-Ovna (highly recommend it to anyone else in Glasgow or planning on a visit– this is the place that inspired me to have tea at the wedding instead of cake. Yes, the tea is THAT good). Then later tonight The Shaky Hands at The Captains Rest!

 

Victorian Whores and more November 3, 2009

Filed under: daily life — rhet @ 9:47 pm

Inspired by my new crafty friends and determined not to be the least convincing Victorian whore, I put more time and effort into my Halloween costume this year than I have in ages. We made plans to spend the evening with the boy’s former roommates who came up with a cunning plan to do something that catered to our nerdy tendencies but allowed us to keep it sexy. The boy would play the part of Jack the Ripper (he already had a top hat and waistcoat) and us three girls would be his victims.

Brilliant!

After kickstarting the night with home-made sangria, we couldnt help but get a little picture happy on our way out, staging scenes with one lifeless victim on a random stairway or gutter while the sillouette of Jack loomed in the shadows (the camera used wasn’t mine but once I have the photos I’ll definitlely post some). I love my new friends.

The rest of the evening didn’t pan out quite as well however. We had planned to dance and drink our prozzie hearts out at whichever venue seemed best for the job on Sauchiehall Street (the main ‘strip’ in Glasgow, to explain it in Las Vegas terms) but apparently hundreds, if not a few thousand people had that very same idea. Now, in all my conversations leading up to the 31st, I was told that Halloween wasn’t nearly as big in the UK  as in the States and was a relatively new addition to the calendar due entirely to seeing Americans dress up and trick-or-treat in movies and on tv.

So it was much to my surprise that every club on the street was packed to capacity and had lines of people trying to get in that wrapped around several blocks. After waiting in a couple lines without getting much of anywhere, we finally got into a place only to packed like sardines. Then waited at least 20 minutes to get our drinks which I’m convinced contained not a single drop of alcohol since 2 pitchers were drank between 3 of us in less time than it took to get the drinks. So much for trying to be being clever by ordering our drinks en masse to prevent waiting in line at the bar again!

In the end, we went back to the flat, drank wine, ate extremely tasty Asian food and played board games. Did I mention I love my friends?