Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ceud Mile Failte (A Hundred Thousand Welcomes)

                                                                (Scotland, 2013)

The Scottish Gaelic phrase above was listed with the English version of A Hundred Thousand Welcomes. I am homesick for both Scotland and England. (It's part of my heritage, so that would make sense.)

Steve and I were invited to travel and stay with eight other people from June 11-June 23. It was a journey of many firsts for me and for Steve, although he has been to Europe once before.

1.  My first passport: to my amusement and others, resembles a feline named Grumpy Cat.
2.  My first experience dealing with customs: leaving and entering the U.S. Fortunately, I did not have to endure a pat-down, but one of my companions did. We made all of our flights.
3.  My first overseas and overnight flights. I won't pad this: the flights were rough. It was seven and a half hours for the first flight and over eight hours for the second flight. And the seats were small. The two travels days stink, but the other days you are there are worth the hassle.
4. My first adventure in a British car, riding on the left-hand side of the road. The driver's side was on the right and the passenger's side was on the left. It was interesting. Steve was a great driver.
5. My first castle. Steve and I ended up seeing five medieval Scottish castles.
6. My first trip to Loch Ness. Nessie was sleeping, as we didn't spot her.
7. My first trip to the North Sea. The scenery was breathtaking.
8. My first English pub experience. Love the fact that dogs are allowed and welcomed in pubs.
9. My first fish and chips and a half pint.
10. My first adventure dealing with British currency (pounds).

As I blog about the travels, I will include travel tips that may help you. We traveled with pros, and that has made all the difference.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Pregnancy and Infant Loss: Pledge Your Support for Return to Zero

I dedicate this blog to my friend Tara Holmes Williams, her husband C, and her precious son Rowan, who died at birth in December 2012.

Tara is a friend, high school classmate, writer, and inspiration. She has taken something so horrific as losing a child and shares her journey, strength, and struggles with her family, friends, and readers.  There is a movie that has been created about the pain of losing a child. The movie is entitled Return to Zero.  Rowan's name is mentioned at the end of the credits.

If you have a few minutes, please follow the link and visit Tara's blog to pledge your support for the film to be shown in your city. It does not cost anything and you can win a giveaway. Thank you so much. -xo

Sunday, June 02, 2013

The World's Strongest Librarian: a Review

This is an inspiring memoir about a man who suffered from and overcame his struggles with Tourette's. (The fact that he is a librarian also impressed me. Not that I'm biased or anything.)  This is one of the best memoirs I have read in a long time. I also appreciated the Dewey Decimal System numbers and chapter topics at the beginning of each chapter. A must-read.

Saturday Chez Sigety

It's a quiet Saturday afternoon chez Sigety. I'm curled up on a wicker couch on the front porch, surrounded by books and comfy p...