Taking over the DJ booth at James’ sisters beautiful wedding!
Friends reunited! I had a gorgeously indulgent weekend with Elizabeth and her boyf.
A particularly beautiful day at work harvesting veggies.
California!! The trip of a lifetime.
At Cramond beach with my buddies! I have no idea what Christy’s looking at.
Sunday funday back in Edinburgh <3
In Roslin Glen for James’ last day in Scotland.
I’m sure that I say this all the time, but this is genuinely the first weekend in two months that I haven’t been away or had people to stay. Don’t get me wrong, I live for exciting weekends, but I cleaned my room for the first time in ages today and it felt really good. I might even clean my fridge later – it’s been an exciting Friday night. August is usually busy for me as friends and family want to stay whilst the Fringe Festival is on. I spent time with my family, and my good friend Elizabeth. We went to school together and I just don’t see her enough, so it was perfect to have weekend full of beer and shows and vegan food and movie nights on the sofa. I’m actually glad the festival is over. I like some of the shows but there’s a (pretty low) limit of how many I can see in a day, and it’s nice to have my city back. I prefer the streets filled with new students with their new backpacks, and winter boots. At least, now fresher’s week, and all the 4am chanting and vomit on the streets is over I do.
Another highlight of August was seeing James’ sister Louise get married. Before I did my masters degree, James and I both had a year out and took it in turns visiting each other at our parent’s house. I saw a lot of his family then, so it was good to catch up and get up to mischief with his niece and nephews. We even managed to be the last people left at the reception – oops! We clearly took too much advantage of the cheap alcohol in a place where pints don’t cost a fiver.
Towards the end of August I was frantically trying to tie up loose ends at work to prepare for 17 days in California! I know it seems like every blogger and their mum has been to California recently but I have been planning (and saving for) this trip for a couple of years so I thought of it first, goddamit! It was amazing. It truly was a road trip – I drove more in those 17 days then I ever have in my life, and even survived the freeway. Some parts were hard (I think travelling is always more challenging when you’re moving around a lot) but it was incredible overall and I’m so lucky to have been able to go and to experience it with my favourite travel buddy. I even got to catch up with my friend Tori who I met in Edinburgh during our MSc. She showed us around San Francisco, and we had the brunch with mimosas that we’ve been talking about for years. It’s funny, I feel like there’s so much popular culture that I understand now. There are so many things that I thought existed only in movies, but they are real! I have many California blog posts coming your way, so watch out for those.
Coming back from holiday I landed straight into the middle of fresher’s week. I work with a lot of students, and so it’s always a busy time for me. It’s when everyone returns and the group gets their energy back, and the amount of time we have to turn that enthusiasm into engagement with the project is limited. I knew it would be a difficult time to jump back into work, but it was truly exhausting. Luckily I had a weekend with friends to get me through – 6 buddies made the trip to stay in my little one bed flat (cosy!) and we had a big night out, ate a lot and explored the countryside. I’m lucky to have the friends that I do. I don’t think everyone has people like that in their lives – people they are relaxed around, that they can tell anything to, that they can count on. It’s always bittersweet when they leave; I wish we all lived closer instead of countries apart. Hopefully one day!
Last weekend was James’ last in Scotland. He’s been living with me since July and I got used to it, I forgot that he wouldn’t always be here. He’s in London now starting his PhD – it felt like he was just away for the weekend at first but I think it’s finally hit me that he doesn’t live here anymore. I had the most beautiful last Sunday with him: ice cream in Princes Street Gardens, a trip to Roslin Glen, dinner in our favourite restaurant Kalpna, followed by an X files marathon. I know he’s where he needs to be for his career, but there’s a part of me that just wants him to pack it all in, move back home with me and work in the pub instead.
Did you have a nice summer? What’s been happening in your life? I want to hear all about it!