Tag Archives: winter

Beginning Again

17 Jan

Happy New Year!

After a ridiculously long hiatus, I’m back!  The last month and a half has been very busy and filled with the strangest holidays I have ever had.  Although I spent the vast majority of my break with my family, I managed to see most of my best friends (in addition to most of the state of California- from LA to San Francisco).

I’m now back in Glasgow trying to get back into the swing of being chilly.  I’ve come equipped with foot warmers and those wonderful fleece wellington liners for warmer feet and some new sweaters.  It was 2 degrees today (35 for those of you on Fahrenheit) and I’m embracing it. Tomorrow is supposed to be 2 again with a chance of snow.  I’ve spent enough time outside recently to appreciate the cold and relative clear, but I am not planning on being out much this weekend.  I’m tucking in for some serious Skype sessions and working on my thesis up the wazoo.  I have a plan now, which is SO exciting.  I’m definitely ready to start on a more productive and procedured journey.  I have about 9 months to finish my research.  Only 22 films, 23 novels, and numerous television shows to go.  In addition to at least one critical book on my subject, one master’s thesis, and heaven only knows how many articles.

All of this makes me want to bake.  My boyfriend’s mother bought me a loaf pan for Christmas; thus, pumpkin bread is in my future.  Now to find a suitable recipe…

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Staying Warm and Dry

1 Nov

After a year apart, I’d managed to forget some of my least favorite things about Scotland.  Namely, the three things that I don’t like: it’s cold and it’s wet and it’s grey.  While I may describe Scotland as the greenest place I’ve ever been, it’s also the darkest and dampest.  Today, the sun has been shining on and off since 11.  I’m STOKED that I’ve managed to get in three hours of semi-sunshine because I may not see the sun again until next week.  Rain on the other hand, occurs on the daily.  Hence, both green and grey.  With snow storms possible for this Sunday (yes, snow), the California girl has two things on her mind. 1. SNOW!!! YAY! It’s sooo pretty!! 2. How the heck do I stay warm and dry in snow???  My big plan is to buy a nice pair of rubber wellies and call it a day.  I’ll be able to wear them in the rain and (in theory) the snow.  Here are the ones I’m most interested in…

The classic Hunter wellington in navy. Pricey, but high quality and, for a rubber boot, extremely socially acceptable.

Similar wellies with the prestige of a company that makes shoes for boating. These also come in houdstooth!

With faux-fur lining, these Tretorn wellies are fun and snuggly! (And perhaps more attractive than the Uggs that are already on my feet? You be the judge.)

I don’t know what I would do without Zappos.com.  Now to figure out if they ship internationally…