Lion&Sloth Zeitgeist 2014

It has been a brilliant year! Looking back, I just can’t believe how many fantastic things I got to take part in, see and do.



I have gone on MANY adventures – including but not limited to: exploring Iceland, returning to California (twice!, including a trip to Catalina Island), staying at Loch Fyne with pals, Pitlochry with family, and loads of little day trips throughout the year with my handsome wingman.

We also did/saw a lot of cool stuff, including:

We had a bumper year of birthdays, weddings, and babies. Including: my 30th, S’s dad’s 60th; weddings for the Chao’s, the Taylor-Lee’s, the Wallace’s, the Cunningham’s and the Brown’s! It was a great pleasure to meet the newest wee Nisbet and the newest baby Moffat (who JUST made it in the last days of 2014)!

Make / Eat

We feasted like kings! Both homemade:

And on the town:

Top meal: has to be our dine on coins dinner at Chop & Ale house. But tied second, new Edinburgh branch of Burger meats Bun, and the lovely Old Chain Pier in Newhaven. #omnomnom

Sadness food news of 2014: our beloved Illegal Jack’s closing down. =( What will we do??! I’m heartbroken.


It’s been a bumper animal year, with our new pet chickens arriving in July, a christmas pet visitor (Boo, the cat!), Icelandic ponies, seals at Inchcolm, wild stag sightings in Perth, and multiple trips to our ultra-local Edinburgh Zoo:

Top: We especially liked Edinburgh Zoo Nights, which we went to with S’s family. The pitchers of Pimm’s and the penguin sightings were plentiful.

Honorable mention: So many brilliant animal sightings on our CA trip – dolphins, whales, garibaldi (orange fish), herons, rattlesnakes, and a hairy caterpillar breeding ground!


Boardgames – Dominion again probably. Agricola a close second!
Videogames – Professor Layton (completed Azran Legacy); S big into Hearthstone amongst many, many others.
FestivalSonar in Iceland was amazing!
Book – Sinéad Morrissey’s Parallax (and everything else she’s written!!), or David Orr’s Beautiful & pointless (crit) or perhaps listening to Tina Fey’s Bossypants audiobook which was stellar.
Music review – Will post asap on my (now completed!) 30hours of karaoke, and include a ‘true’ round-up of my top songs of 2014 and life. But in the meantime, I especially enjoyed these 2014 mashups and top-tunes lists:

PBs & Level ups

#nobooze2014 at the Whisky Experience!

Definitely completing my 30-by-30 challenges has to be on there.

Sticking to my only resolution from last year – #nobooze2014 – and going the entire year without drinking at ALL! It’s probably the way forward for me. Definitely feel better physically, have more time, make better choices, and can eat my calories in cakes instead of beer!

My adult women’s basketball team won Lothian league and the local cup!

And, we bought a HOUSE! #grownups

Resolutions for 2015

I’m not really big into resolutions, but really enjoyed my 30-by-30 last year as a means of giving me some focus and fun things to look forward to. Here’s hoping this will do the same! Roll on 2015!

  1. Go to Jupiter Artland – on my doorstep but never been!
  2. Go to Steptoe’s yard
  3. Go trampolining
  4. See a murmuration (of starlings)
  5. Invest more time in writing
  6. Buy a bike & try to cycle to work
  7. Finish more (craft) projects
  8. Do more animal-related activities
  9. Eat fruit/veg from our garden (aka successfully grow something in our garden!)
  10. ‘Become Aiko Greig’ aka ‘Go full Greig’ aka ‘Go Greig or Go Home’ (ie. change my name finally on all my official documents/passports/residence card! Life admin!)

Feeling nostalgic? Zeitgeist 2013

Plus! Watch this space for epic Aiko-news forthcoming (embargoed until today!).

See the Northern Lights: DONE!


We did it. We saw the Northern Lights! We took an amazing trip to Iceland in February – a place neither of us had any connection to but had always wanted to visit. It was amazing. My photos don’t do it justice; it has to be seen.

In the run up to our trip, I’d been hawk-eyed watching the Aurora Webcam which looks at the Imagine Peace Tower, so it was pretty mental to actual wander around the city, and walk to the place where the webcam is positioned! I was also constantly checking the aurora forecasts obviously: here, and here.

We had been hoping to see them on our planned Northern Lights boat tour, and spent the first three nights having an epic time at Sonar Festival. HOWEVER, on night two of Sonar, while we were taking a breather between bands, we noticed a bunch of people running along the harbor (right outside Harpa, the venue for the festival) and we both shouted ‘Northern Lights!’ and jumped up and ran after them. When we got outside, everyone was Oooh-ing and Aaah-ing and I tried to snap some pictures with my long-suffering point and shoot:


It was really, really awe-inspiring though and photos don’t do it justice. It only lasted about 20 minutes or so in this instance, but was so vivid and magical, even with the lights from the harbor well in view. We were so lucky to see them here.

The next night we had a tough call as to whether we should go to night 3 of the festival or try to get our boat tour in early, but we went to the festival in the end. Still not sure if this was the best choice as on the boat tour the next night, they kept saying it was the absolute most amazing show the night before. But the boat tour was lots of fun, and the aurora came out for us early on, so we were not disappointed!:


It was the most crystal clear night out, and really just lovely and relaxing to sit above deck with my best friend looking up at constellations (in our very warm neon one-piece outfits).

Aside from seeing the amazing Northern Lights, and going to 3-day Sonar music festival, our trip to Iceland was pretty awesome.

We ate lots:
– Cafe Loki Icelandic food (including yummy rye ice cream!)
– Kaffitar coffee & cakes at The Pearl
– Skyr (icelandic yogurt/cheese stuff in SO MANY FLAVORS, we ate this everyday)
– Ice cream! (at Valdis ice cream shop and a massive crepe sundae at Eldur & Is, where we met a Scottish girl server!)
Baejarins bestu – most famous hot dog stand ever
Loveballs! (I will definitely be making these..)
Vegamot restaurant on our last night.. our only proper restaurant meal I think!
– Chocolates! (I bought a selection of Icelandic chocolates and sampled THEM ALL. It seems they’re big into chocolate & black licorice combos).

Saw lots of neat things:
– The Pearl
Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach – closed actually for winter!
– Sun voyager sculpture
Golden Circle tour (Gulfoss, Geysirs, Þingvellir national park, with a green energy stop off at Hellisheiði geothermal energy plant. AMAZING!!)
– Pet Icelandic horses!
– Kolaportið Flea Market
– Swam at Laugardalslaug, the local geothermal pools & walked to the zoo but it was shut.
– Hveragerði & river hike
– And of course walking the length and breadth of Reykjavik to do all because it’s nice to be outside and wandering (when one spends all one’s working hours inside at a desk).


If I could go back again, I’d go back in the spring, hire a car and drive around the ring road stopping off at geothermal hot springs along the way. I’ll also do a whale-watching tour, and perhaps if I’m fit enough, the 4-day walk through Laugarvegar(sp?). But for a 5-night trip, I’m pretty pleased with how much we squeezed in!

Essentially, I saw this and wanted to see it all in person:

And I did!