Wednesday, February 24, 2010
This is a picture of the street outside of my academic building. The beautiful morning snow.
However, the rain is less bothersome when you're inside in your new hoodie and pajama pants. Check out the official Edinburgh Wine Tasting Team hoodie. That's right!
I love that new hoodie feel!!!!
Good news for today, I have gotten permission to do my dissertation study at the museum! Yay! This means I will actually get the bones I need. And I get to go to London. Always a bonus.
And now it's back to work. Sadly this week is going to be super busy. I think I have something every day. Tomorrow I have a presentation on Diet and Bioarchaeology- so no slacking today. I also have an archaeology presentation next week, which means I need to finish that up before this weekend (because I'm going away to Loch Lomond and won't be able to work).
Alright- back to the teeth and what not.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
First off, thanks to Mom for the awesome Philly Hard Rock shirt. I do love me a bright pink shirt! Too bad it arrived after valentine's day.
This week has been super busy for me. I'm trying to work away on an essay for my archaeology class, so I've had my head buried in books about the post-medieval era in London.
Luckily I'm through the research so now I just have to write the darn thing.
The weekend was pretty laid back, went for a nice walk to the farmer's market, ate good food and watched good movies.
On friday we went to an awesome restaurant, Ti Amo. I had the "Sofia Loren" pizza: mozz, asparagus, black olives, and parma ham. Yum!
Saturday we did the normal routine. Lunch at the farmer's market! It was fun, but cold. After having the jam from there last week, I decided to grab another one. This week its gooseberry (which tastes like a cross between a grape and a green apple). We also picked up the fixings for tonight's amazing feast.
These were burgers made from fresh Scottish venison and herbs. It was amazing, and suprisingly cheap!
We had them with some roasted sweet tatties and dessert was the last of the pumpkin cookies.
The weather was fairly nice these last couple days- bitter cold, but sunny. I'm hoping that we're going to start getting warmer weather soon.
It's going to be a really busy week for me, so I'm glad I rested up this weekend!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Today is Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, or as we will be celebrating in Edinburgh: Pancake Day. I have to say, it's much more exciting to look forward to lent when you're full of the syrupy goodness of a stack of pancakes.
We're making pumpkin pancakes in honor of the day. It was a close tie with blueberry, but since we have the pumpkin puree, and I don't think we'll be making more pie, it had to be pumpkin. Sadly I didn't get to take a photo of the beatiful pumpkin and walnut pancakes (which were declicious and should be made more), because they were too good and had to be eaten immediately.
I got a package! Huzzah for the Valentine's package. I was so excited to get back from the gym and find out that I had it waiting for me. My parents went me a shirt, and the movie "Zombieland". I haven't seen it yet, but everyone says its my kind of movie. I think I will save it for this weekend when I can really enjoy every second of it.
Spent most of my day working hard on my archaeology final, only to discover that I may have been going down the wrong pathway all day, am utterly confused, and probably just need to let it be. Don't you hate when you get started on something and realize that you're not any closer to the goal. Dang.
Attempting making microwave cookies for dessert. It turned into a chewy oatmeal raisin crepe instead. So I slathered it with my awesome jam and ate it anyway.
Tomorrow begins lent. I guess I'll give up chocolate (HA!).
Sunday, February 14, 2010
That's right. Homemade french bread pizza and Adam Sandler movies. It's gonna be a girl's night in to forget v-day and rest up for another week. Before the relaxation however I need to do more research/studying. Back to the books.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I don't really understand sushi- especially whatever that orange stuff is. But it was tasty. Our group then headed off to the party which was in an amazing flat right off of the park. It was fun- although some of us (me included) might have partied a little too hard. Again, I think I deserved it.
Exhausted this morning (thats what happens when you don't go to bed until 2). Luckily I don't have much work- just a few dissertation things to get through.
Tonight I have a wine tasting team meeting, and of course, THE SUPERBOWL!!! To answer the burning questions:
-Will I get to watch the game? Yes, but it starts at 11pm so I'm only watching the first quarter or so.
-Will I get to have cheese sauce and chips and wings and beer? No, probably not. Again, its at 11pm and they don't have velveeta.
-Who are you rooting for? Colts. I cannot bring myself to root for Saints since the bro likes that team and as you know, siblings cannot root for the same team.
-What are you going to miss the most? I'd have to say Family party. Yum chicken wing dip. Nothing is better than having superbowl with your family all around. As much as I love watching the game itself, if I could give up the game to see my family for a night I would.
Time to go back to studying. The goals for today include reading up on joint disease, finishing my dissertation proposal, and getting ready for the week ahead which includes cleaning the room, skyping the parents and filling out the agenda.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Who knew you could turn two eggs, butter, Scottish organic cheddar and broccoli into such a wonderful meal. It gave me the energy to push through my studies.
I'm working on a volunteer project for the city, so in my free time (hah!) I head into the lab and sort through animal and human bone, identifying the tiny commingled bits. From there, it was straight over to the International Student Center.
This is the exciting part. My friend and I are heading out on an amazing vacation in 3 weeks. For an entire weekend we will be roaming around central Scotland. And we get to stay over night at this place.
The intinerary includes Glengoyne distillary, a couple nature walks, Loch Lomond, and some fun meals and activities! It was cheap too. It's nice to have something like this to look forward to.
We didn't get back until 7, so it was a late dinner. I made the Katy Pasta toss, with prawns, corgettes, spinach and loads of garlic. Lauren made some garlic bread to share, and we watched an interesting Zoo show while eating.
Now its How I met Your Mother time, and then back to the books until bed!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Here is a picture from the wine society dinner that we went to while the bro was visiting.
So I'm starting this blog as a way to update the family and my friends with pictures and moments from the day or week (we'll see how much I remember to update).
Please enjoy reading about my adventures and life here, and please leave comments! And, as always, remember that I miss every one of you!!!