All of a sudden we’re here at the end of my first month in Scotland! It does not feel like a month, but I’m intensely aware that now there are only 11 months left. This year may pass too quickly.
Sunday October 3rd:
!! Troon was wonderful, a day by the sea was exactly what we needed. The train ride to the coast was simple, we were on our way for £9.10 round trip with only one small transfer at Glasgow Central. The whole train trip itself wasn’t much longer than an hour, and it was not the least bit crowded.
Troon is a beautiful little town. We have no concept of the normal weather there nor of the shortcomings of the place, but based on the views we’ve decided that it would be a lovely place to live. We had lunch at Lido, an apparently popular place, where the prices seemed fair and they offered doggie bowls for the four-legged guests in the patio seating section. After clearing our plates of a tasty lunch, we began our walk. It is roughly five miles around the peninsula if one aims for both Troon beach and Barassie beach, which we did!
Go check out the pictures
to see the dogs and the views we met with on our walk!
Monday October 3rd:
The morning meetings at the Gilchrist are probably going to be a semester long occurrence. We have a new group member which is wonderful because it enables us to split the reading better as well as hear another perspective during discussion. Tuesday the 11th is our presentation for DecMod, so stay tuned for news of how that goes!
Monday felt very productive, as I was able to run some errands on the way home and treat myself to a few tickets for upcoming weekend plans.
Tuesday October 4th:
Naturally the weather has been clear and beautiful, so my boots have not yet had their first outing. Never fear, I’ve been assured the weather will soon enthusiastically deteriorate.
Wednesday October 5th:
Started out not so great. My computer charger broke with my computer at only 50% battery. After lecture I had a tasty personal pizza with two friends from class, but I was anxious to resolve my computer problem. I tried the ‘local’ apple store, and they didn’t have a charger for this early 2011 computer in stock. That sucked, and I booked it home only to discover that I had just missed the delivery of a package or two and would have to wait until Friday for redelivery. Shaking that off, I bit the bullet and ordered a new charger, with the understanding it would arrive the next day.
Thursday October 6th:
No, the charger did not show up. That aside, Thursday was a great day. After our keeners meeting at 10, the two presentations my friends gave in class were AWESOME. Ingrid’s was Adapted Imagination: Searching for the ‘Original’ Peter Pan, and Beatrice’s was Narration in Peter and Wendy: Whose Voice is it, Anyway? As a class we had a fun discussion, and I think several people were inspired to find new approaches to their topics. I’m really looking forward to future power-points, my peers have cool insights and interpretations which will make for dynamic presentations.
Thursday evening included two fun events. Firstly, my flatmate Flora was planning on attending a toga party for the Classics Society… but she didn’t have a toga, nor even a plain bed sheet. NEVER FEAR, I was all over it. (It’s amazing what one can do with some ribbon, binder clips, two pillowcases, and two paperclips)
Check out Flora’s Pillowcase Toga! These are our test photos, just to see if she liked the look. I didn’t manage to get any pictures when she was truly all done up, but I made her grapes to hang on her belt, and she had purple ribbon in her hair, as well as a purple ribbon to keep the pleats in her shoulder sash. Truly a royal figure on the cutting edge of Roman fashion:
After Flora was all set to go, Ingrid came over so that we could go see Fifth Harmony at the SSE Hydro! Below are some pictures from the evening, no videos because my site can’t host them without upgrading. Hover your mouse over a photo to see its caption!
The view of the SSE Hydro from the middle of the highway overpass
Looking back towards the Tall Ship
Leaving the SSE Hydro!
The Geotag for the Hydro has the other exhibition center and the Finnieston Crane included!
Maclay from the highway overpass with the train tracks in between.
All in all, a wonderful night!
Friday October 7th:
A well deserved day in. My computer and charger arrived, Mom sent my favorite tea from home, my Grandpa sent me a thoughtful card, and the whole thing made me tear up just a little. I didn’t get much of anything done… mostly because I just didn’t feel like it. I lazed about, read a couple chapters from a few critical theory texts, made tasty food, watched some Outlander, and straightened up my room a bit. I wrote a list for Saturday and prepped my workspace for completing the listed things, but that was quite enough for a Friday!
Saturday October 8th:
Damned if the first three things on that blasted list from Friday didn’t take me twice as long as anticipated! I did manage to finish my homework for Research Training, finish an application, and write a letter before getting out of the house to make it to the post office and the grocery store. I came home and Facetimed with my dad while I made lunch, and then did two of the three things left on my list. Unfortunately the less appealing item was not accomplished, and must be completed today the 9th instead!
Sunday October 9th:
Whoa boy, did I sleep in. I won’t tell you how terribly, but I am not nearly as bright eyed and bushy tailed as I ought to be. After getting the pictures in order on this post I’ve got to eat and then buckle down, so cheer me on with a comment or a follow, and I’ll see if I can earn the “productive weekend” gold star. Two very cool outings (which are part of the same event) are happening next week, so in order to include the Sunday event, look for a post later in the day!