Thursday, July 24, 2014

4/52 { This Expat Life }

living room new teepee Tempo Bubble Tea Bar Tempo Bubble Tea Bar inside the Chameau box Kember & Jones J in the Garden J in the Garden J on her bike
{ 1. Living Room with new corner wee one area | 2. Closeup of the tipi my Mister bought our wee one :) | 3. Tempo Tea Bar trashcan | 4. Bubble Tea from Tempo Tea Bar (Chamomile + Vanilla + Soy milk) | 5. hide and seek? | 6. Kember & Jones off Byres Road (I need to go back and try the Rosewater Pistachio cake | 7, 8. In the Garden again in a lovely handmade dress by Grandma M | 9. On her wishbone trike }

I've been dreaming of the weekend everyday this week.  I think it's because I'm ready to spend it with my Mister and wee one.  The Merchant City Festival is on but I'm not sure if we will go into the city for it.  

I also had a small fall over the weekend and I'm seeing the doctor today to make sure everything is alright.  My back and hips feel sore and achy.  I actually slipped down a few steps leading out of our flat in the rain.  It's left a bit of achenes in my hips and mid and upper back.  It's nice to not have to be concerned about paying anything out of pocket to a doctor.  Although chiropractors do not seem covered under the health care system.  I'll probably see someone anyway to make sure that I'm realigned.  I remember getting realigned after the birth of our daughter and it felt relieving in alot of ways.

This morning I went to Peckham's on Hyndland road and accidentally left my wallet.  I called and was on my way back.  The man who we've seen many times in there kindly walked outside and ran across the street to hand it back to me.  Could you call this amazing?  I would.  In a lot of ways it really made my day and it was such a simple act of kindness.

How is your week going? 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

3/52 { This Expat Life }

the Garden running in the garden in the Garden daughter & mommy University of Glasgow University of Glasgow University of Glasgow Harry Potter DVD set J and her blocks
We've spent pretty much everyday in the Garden.  Most of the days have been luckily sunny and I worry that I won't get enough sun in the winter so we are soaking it up now.  We both seem so much calmer after we spend some time near nature.  

We had a mopey weekend minus my lovely Mister.  Luckily with skype we could easily speak to each other.  We also sent pictures via email and another internet based texting app.  Technology is truly amazing like that, isn't it?  I can't imagine waiting months for a letter to arrive from our loved ones if they were over seas.  

{ 1. The Garden | 2. Always so fast | 3. Soy Latte from The Hyndland Fox (so so so good) | 4. Mommy & Daughter silliness | 5, 6, 7. University of Glasgow Main Building | 8. Harry Potter Hogwart's Collection (my mister purchased this for me :) | 9. Playing with her wooden blocks from Grandma M & Grandpa K posted on the first birthday gift guide }

Monday, July 14, 2014

Museuming { Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum }

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{ 1, 2. Floating Heads by Sophie Cave | 3. Taxidermy animals | 4, 5, 6. How Glasgow Flourished exhibition | 7. Regina Cordium-Alexa Wilding by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1866, oil on canvas | 8. loving yellow walls with wonderful paintings | 9. This case plays multiple instruments but I forgot to write down more information about it | 10. Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple (late 16th century. Imitator of Hieronymus Bosch. Oil on Panel). | 11. John Fulton's Orrery }

This is our second museum in Glasgow and it was really great.  I've read that it's the most visited museum in the UK outside of London.  It's nice that it's free and open to anyone.  I always feel that museums should be accessed by anyone and everyone.  Some of the exhibition space had kids play areas like tunnels under the Taxidermy, which helps when you want to bring your children to the museum.  

I'm in love with the Regina Cordium-Alexa by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  It was apparently commissioned by Trist of Brighton for 170£ + unknown quantity of champagne.  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

People I wish my daughter could have met

Grandpa Gene & Grandma Mary Grandpa Gene & Grandma Mary Grandma Wynelle and Granpa Ray Wynelle and Ray (my grandparents)
I feel incredibly lucky to have had such strong wonderful grandparents.  I wish that our daughter could have met them.  They all astounded me with their all encompassing love and I treasure the moments I spent with them.  My sadness comes from the concept that my daughter will never meet them.  These beautiful people that filled my life with all sorts of collective emotions.  I can only hope that I pass on those feelings expressed by my grandparents of being valued and treasured to my daughter.  Also, the importance of honesty, kindness, simplicity and the value of family.  

The wonderful part is that she does have wonderful grandparents herself.  They love her in ways I remember my grandparents loving me.  That although she will not meet the grandparents I knew growing up she has her own.  

{ 1, 2. my mom's parents (Mary & Gene) | 3,4. my dad's parents (Wynelle & Ray) }