July catch-up

eggsThe final count-down!

chooksSO, biggest news of July?: We got chickens. Basically this is the best possible thing that could have happened this month. It was an early birthday present. Handsome S was already on the hunt for chickens for me as I’d be jonesing for my dream chicken coop for AGES now. He was going to get it and surprise me with fancy birds and everything. But in the run up, I kept feeling terrible about how much my dream coop costs (a fortune!) so had a look on gumtree for cheaper second-hand ones – and I found one! Better than half price and including 3 laying chickens and all their treats and sundries! So we went out and picked them up and installed their house on a (fortunately!) sunny day early in the month. They are the absolute coolest things. Two are shy/flighty but one is so bold and curious. Will obviously have regular updates on this front in the coming months. They’re doing about 20 eggs per week between them. #livingthedream

Also this month, we went to the second of two hen parties – S got to come with me to the last one. But this time he had to stay home. This one was UK vs USA themed, including bake off – cake decorating!, trivia and ending in impromptu karaoke! Amazing as well!

Later, we took a day off to celebrate our two pal’s midweek wedding. This is an amazing idea really, a midweek wedding. Like a mini weekend to break up the week. Such a lovely day – bright sun and garden games on the lawn outside the venue, hanging out with friends we don’t see nearly enough and meeting lots of new nice people. Ideal.

We’ve also been BBQing a lot on S’s new toy. Ain’t nothing on my big American BBQ back home but we get by. =) bbq

We redid our front garden – changed out a ‘rockery’ for turf. It looks alright but it was really so much more work than it looks like to put it in! No amount of youtube video watching can prepare you for ‘real work’….says the 21st century girl, to the emptiness of the internet she is typing into…

Not much else really! Went for a really nice meal on coins to Chop and Ale House. Played Game of Thrones boardgame and a pal’s house – doing lots of relatively quiet friend-fun, as our friends’ baby is ALMOST here and we are so excited for them!

Have flagged hardcore on my language studies and programming. And still so many things to write up and try to do before my birthday, poems included. Fingers crossed! Onwards & upwards and all that!


Simon Armitage – Seeing Stars
Tom Pow – Red Letter Day
Sam Riviere – 81 Austerities
Sean Borodale – Bee Journal (brilliant idea!)

And still plowing through the Complete Sherlock Holmes audiobook. Still amazing.


The Golden Hippie – Smoke Signals feat. Nahko
Banks – Begging for Thread
Verite – Strange Enough
Yumi Zouma – The Brae


Looking forward to the big bash next time we meet!

June catch-up


Less than two months left until I’m 30. Crazy to think of it really – nearly a whole year elapsed. Got a bit demoralize mid-June, feeling like there are so many things from my list that I haven’t yet accomplished. But fortunately for me I have a lovely optimistic husband who gave me a much-needed reality check. I mean – I saw the NORTHERN LIGHTS – how can I complain??! I am so grateful for my amazing, simple life, and all the opportunities I have been given and have for the taking.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This month we started off SCUBA DIVING! Followed by a mini Father’s Day BBQ at our house to christen S’s birthday BBQ and use up the last of our tortillas from America. So, so tasty

The following weekend, we adventured/explored our city, going to Edinburgh Zoo Nights with Handsome S’s folks. Great fun! Lots of people wearing animal masks and facepaint. I had the most DELICIOUS bratwurst style hot dog and enjoyed a fresh orange & lemonade, since I am still carrying on with #nobooze2014 (You booze, you lose! Nearly 6 months now!). Next day we went to our local town fair (QUAINT!) which was lovely – our friend had a stall selling cakes, and we ran into loads of S’s school friends (since all their families still live in the same ‘hood). Love it.Processed with Moldiv

Later in the month we celebrated the first of two of our pals’ hen parties. Finally both Stuart and I got to go on a hen party together! Ended the night at karaoke for an epic 3 hour session – so this puts me up to 24.5 hours of karaoke now! Nearly there!

I’ve been a bit disappointed with my focus on my writing lately. Really haven’t been making time (would rather play with my new house!) I had submitted my ever-in-progress collection for a competition but no luck this time (setback!). Still, optimistic as ever – I contributed a poem for a local ‘stories of home’ literary event. You can read it here if you fancy it. You can also still contribute if you have a story (or poem!) to tell.pillow june

Regular update on coding and language stuff: have pretty much dropped off with both. Thought booking a cheeky trip to Germany might be the thing to encourage me to get back into the German lessons, but in the end changed my travel plans and will be heading back to California again in September to hang out with my mom. She’s retiring and moving back to Japan to retire so we’ll need to do a MASSIVE ‘spring cleaning’ and it’s all hands on deck in my clan in the run up. Spannend!

That said, I did manage to tick off a couple of things from my back-burner list:

I made an ace throw pillow using my silkscreened print (from my screenprinting class last winter) which now adorns the new sofa!

And I may be close to adopting a pet. =)

You’d think I’d be more productive though now that it’s off-season for my basketball team, but perhaps it’s better just to take things slow and recuperate my ankle (and life!).

Still, lots to try and get done in the next month(!): archery, silversmithing, two-finger whistle, hot air balloon, dining on coins, and quilting!

readingListened to The Complete Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes. AMAZING.

Looking forward to picking up my volunteering at the Scottish Poetry Library soon. Just got a message they’ll be back open for business from 1 July! Meaning my poetry reading list will be mega-long next month with all the new additions.


Coach Bombay – Cool Thing (feat. Elle Young)
Little Day – Overdose


Take care & seize the day!