May catch-up

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Amazing May!

We’ve moved in proper to our house …and discovered it takes 7 weeks to get a sofa! So we’re enjoying a very romantic month(s!) of sitting on the floor. =) We’re also really, really enjoying gardening. (Our neighbors are amazing! One dropped off a bag of bulbs for us to plant and another one brought us a bird feeder!) Stuart found a frog and a newt while weeding, and I am in love with all of the massive peonies!

IMG_1616Sprained my ankle in the most important basketball game of the season for my women’s basketball team. Worth it! We won. Requisite photo of me at A&E (Emergency room!) with our winner’s medal. =)

Made for an interesting time at the wedding I was to attend the following weekend. So long, high heels! And what a tricky drive home from Glenrothes (basically in 5th gear the whole time so I didn’t have to push the clutch down… uh oh).

Also we explored our city a wee bit – a pal moved to Newhaven so we met for brunch at The Old Chain Pier. Amazing eggs benedict! And a stunning view of the firth of forth from the window seats. We later went to the Newhaven town fair which was super quaint. =)IMG_1530

Ended the month with a wee dinner birthday party for Handsome S, at Wings! followed by Supercube karaoke. With the help of generous sharing from my friends, I managed to hit my Wings-target so keep your eyes peeled for the 30-flavours-of-wings post, to come. Getting closer for karaoke as well with an additional +3 hour stint.

Have totally withered on my Duolingo and CodeAcademy/edX studies. BUT am now looking into doing a CIM qualification (as my work has kindly offered to sponsor me). We shall see! Carpe Diem, right?

With the new house, we’ve also made SERIOUS moves to throw away/recycle/donate SO MUCH STUFF. We traded in board games at Black Lion for an amazingly generous swap, and also donated easily 50 items (mostly books and clothes) in one go to a local charity. We bought a sledgehammer and S destroyed these two coal bins in the back garden as well so we got to clear out the ‘last’ of it on a trip to the local dump. Oh the joys of home ownership! =) Great fun really. I mentioned the sledgehammer, right?

readingKimiko Hahn – Air Pocket (at least the first part of this book is basically the collection/poems I dream of writing..)

Annual re-read of Where Rockets Burn Through. Still amazing!

Also received my special supplementary books and things from the Kickstarter funding of Coin Opera 2!

And enjoyed listening to The Best American Short Stories of the Century on tape on my rides in to work!

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Clean Bandits – Rather Be (this video is of dancer, Koharu Sugawara, that I learned about through my pal Yoko’s newsletter Why Aren’t We Dancing?)
Ellie Goulding – Beating Heart
Foxes – Holding onto Heaven
Unicorn Kid – True Love Fantasy
Tove Lo – Stay High (Habits remix) feat Hippie Sabotage
Odesza – Sun models ft madelyn grant
Siren – I Think I Like You

May the force be with you?

April catch-up

IMG_1130 IMG_1038A month of fun, this April has been!

We started out with the burrito challenge at Taco Mazama. I opted out but cheered on my pals. Surprisingly (or perhaps not – if you saw the size of this thing!), they did not manage to beat the winning time of 6minutes to complete eating a 3x size burrito. I reckon we all still prefer the burritos at Illegal Jack’s, Edinburghers, and don’t see much reason to go to Taco Mazama again (least of all because no one wants to see their photo up on the wall of shame!).

Then we spent an impromptu night with pals at a lovely self-catering on the banks of Loch Fyne. IMG_1414Made a bonfire on the beach! Went walkies with the best puppy in the world! Played a million games of Dominion. =)

Then we moved house! The run-up to this was stressful and exciting and boy am I glad to be back and settling into our new home.

Then we traveled to the US (California) for vacation and to celebrate my friends’ wedding. So glad to get to be there for two epic friends on their big day. (#LeBigDay2014!) Great to catch up with home-friends as well.

While on vacation, took my Mama on a mommy & me trip to Catalina Island, and rode back by helicopter! (Watch this space.)

Went for 3 hours karaoke in LA (at Max Studio) with some of my old CLICC lab pals. collage

And although I’ve been lax on my Programming class, I found this amazing CodeAcademy app with an intro power-hour of programming which I completed on the plane home. Good fun!

Aside from this, I have found very little time to work on most of my other 30by30s. I mean, ticking off 4 major ones in a matter of weeks is no small feat, but I haven’t done any language study and I certainly haven’t made a dent in losing 30lbs! (Hello tacos-6-time-in-5-days!) And my fingers are crossed that the garlic I’ve been growing survives the move + my time away! Posting on this shortly. =)

readingOrson Scott Card – Worthing Saga

And on tape (in the car! Roadtrips!):
Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse Five
Tina Fey – Bossypants

Very little else!

soundtrackBinkbeats covering Aphex Twins – Windowlicker (from the Boiler Room)
Tom Player – Elaina’s theme
World Order – Machine Civilization
Zella Day – Sweet Ophelia
Wilkinson – Afterglow

Looking forward to May: S’s birthday, the first month in our new house & saying goodbye to our flat, a wedding, a championship game for my basketball team, and who knows what else!

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March catch-up

marchStarted off March proper with Shrove Tuesday, like a boss! Made many tasty pancakes.. man is it good to be paleo-free.

Also, as I’m trying to do 30 days of waking up at 6am, we actually had the pancakes for breakfast! An otherwise-unheard-of meal in our household. Will post soon about how my early starts panned out.

Early in the month, we celebrated my wee niece’s birthday! Handsome S & I practiced our balloon-sword-making skills for her party. We’re pretty much amazing now. We also stopped by S’s dad’s after to check out the epic back garden frog action (pictured above!).

We owned our city. Went to a couple Farmers’ Markets, including the newish one in the Grassmarket (run by the same folk who do the Stockbridge Market, apparently?). Topped it off with a trip to Mary’s Milk Bar for milkshakes even though it is freezing still; SUCH a cute wee place with really cool style (and yummy shakes)! Also, although we are in economy-drive-mode, my loving husband met me with affogado from Affogado, and we had a tasty dinner with pals at Cross + Corner on their moving-out day. Nom!

+5 flavors at Wings bringing me to a grand total of 22 so far! Nearly there!

+2 hrs karaoke with pals I haven’t seen in ages. On a Saturday afternoon no less.

I spent a huge chunk of the month (and my early mornings) doing freelance transcription for an interesting research project at work (related to the Scottish Independence referendum). Paid overtime + learning for free = ideal! I’m really looking forward to the vote in September, although I can’t participate myself (not a citizen, and not from an EU country – despite being a resident here and married to a Scot).

We’ve progressed further with our house-buying and potentially have a winner! Fingers still crossed as ever that everything works to plan. House buying is the absolute pits, I’ve decided! But I am ever the optimist.

I also gave away 2 things to a coworker, and acquired 2 things from a pal moving. Am hoping to throw away hundreds of things when/if we move next month. Fingers crossed! Already filling a bag to donate…sport relief Poster 1

Speaking of charity – later in the month I participated in a day of basketball training for Sports Relief with my basketball org, playing with/against employees from Sainsbury’s. Fun times for a Sunday – and for a good cause!

I’ve really, really, let my German and Programming lessons all fall to the wayside. But fortunately managed to write a wee poem, and have started sorting through my massive backlog of poem notes, so it’s not a total loss! [Plus, did a couple Spanish lessons and I can apparently read 95% of all Spanish articles! Imposible!]

Looking forward to our trip to LA and trying to get that organized (car rentals, etc). Dreaming of all the things I’m going to eat! Any recommendations?

readingEdwin Morgan – A Book of Lives
Chris Agee – Next to Nothing (really sad… reminded me of The Ambulance Box in subject)
JL Williams – Locust and Marlin (excellent! I know JL from the Scottish Poetry Library and really enjoyed her launch on the 20th)

William Saroyan – The Darling Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (short stories)
And listened to David Sedaris, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, on tape in the car.

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Tycho – Awake (freaking amazing! Makes me nostalgic for home..)
The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather

And that’s all for March madness!