Saturday, October 30, 2010


So many joyous things are happening right now. I can't even get to doing my Camino blogging!

I'm back from a week long Camino - a little over 50 miles hiking in Spain's rural countryside. That and a chat with one of my favourite Saints. Mmmmm. Happy hiker.

My sister-in-law has spread her wings and my joy for her keeps making me giggle.

I rolled my eyes in the back of my head this morning when I heard the neighbor's going at it again. I needed to run an errand and was uncomfortable going out with her pounding on the door to be let in (there). To my great joy I discovered they were moving out.

Trafalgar Square, 38,000 football fans of all jersey persuasion. We were slowly inched forward during the afternoon until we were in the front row. Elway and Little were not amongst the group, but there were a ton of 49er Hall of Famers and some, well, interesting, entertainement. The English have a great respect for personal space (except on the Underground). So 38,000 people seemed so polite and people kept moving back and the next group forward.

That said, 38,000 people contained in Trafalgar Square and a packed subway that had major rail works happening (they actually shut some stations because of overcrowding) (events not directly related), after walking along in rural Spain made for some weird thoughts in my head.

Tomorrow the festivities start at 9:30. Breakfast a pub (owner conned the cook into coming in), party bus, pub(s), tailgate party, Bronco vs 49ers at Wembley, pub, party bus. Oh and I will have a T-shirt.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

And Life Takes Off...............

Today is Thursday
I took today off to finalise my stuff for Spain. But I have a little work event to tend to this afternoon.
I leave at 3am tomorrow.
Walk 75ish miles,
Get back Friday.
Saturday - Trafalgar Square for a pep rally for the Bronco's and the "other team". John Elway and Floyd Little will be there.
Sunday, starting with breakfast we do "football": Party bus, breakfast, pubs, tailgate parties,  the game starts at 5pm, pub, party bus.
Monday work
Wednesday, friend comes over to help prepare for party Friday night.
Party Friday night
Saturday clean up party
Sunday morning leave for Scotland
Get back Saturday afternoon
Hello middle of November...almost.
Shop for Christmas STAT!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Weekend Of This And That

I got my "returned home" and "get ready to leave" errands done. Saw Vampires Suck  and by accident, found the much touted mall in the town where the cinema is. I've narrowd down the stuff for my Camino and think I have a plan on how to get from SDC to where I need to meet my friend. I made lentil and pumpkins soup and prepped pumpkins for pie. A tiny nap. Church.  Gift wrapping and document organizing. A walk in the cool, crisp fall air.

Yes it has been a weekend of this and that. And I love it here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10/10/10 10:10:10

Today's date is very cool. And I am in Aberdeen, Scotland. Life is good.

And it got better. I walked over 12 miles today with no blisters, no pain and no snot.

Life IS good.

Saturday, October 09, 2010


Time to talk kilts.

I'm spending a lot of time in Scotland, about 35%-50%.

Every time I see a man in a kilt, it takes my breath away.

They are Scotland's tuxedos.

And everytime I see a man in a tuxedo (with tails) it takes my breath away.

Here the history and pride just unravels itself around me. To see a man in a kilt says that there is a wedding or a prom or a very important event nearby. I am reminded that I am not just visiting Scotland, but that I am a part of it. That I am privileged. I feel that I've been allowed to glimpse a country's most important and intimate moments.

And if there's a set of bagpipes nearby? My heart swells. Tears come to my eyes.

Heaven, I'm sure, cannot rival this experience.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Note To Self

Having been "healthy as a horse" for the last few years, dodging flu without a flu shot, blah, blah, blah, remind me next time I move to a new country that I'm going to get hit with the local s^$*. Obviously I just need to take on the new germies and let their little war commense.

Back to bed now. Arrrggh.