LISTEN UP… The tunes coming to you this week are my interpretation of the mix we heard during our recent experience at the Roller Derby. The star is worn on the helmet of the jammer, the skater who scores. Edinburgh has several teams and we saw the Auld Reekie Roller Girls. It was such a fabulous atmosphere. I took pictures which I will be posting soon- promise.
What are your plans for the weekend? We have friends coming tomorrow, Sarah and Tom, friends from Ben’s MBA year. I am a plus one for a wedding- my friend Toni is taking me. England has a Bank Holiday, we do not have the day off here in Scotland.
Wishing all my American friends and family a Happy Memorial Day!
Enjoy the long weekend!
Listen to the mix here if you have spotifiy.
LISTEN UP… This weekend I, along with my pal Reia, will be running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Edinburgh. This is our second halfie together, you might recall the time we ran the one in Paris last year. I will only make two pre-excuses- Reia has tendonitis and I have not been running as much I should have been since I proudly ran my 80 miles during my trip.
Our goal- best my mother-in-law’s last half marathon time of 2:18. Can we do it? I am hoping so, but Sue is a serious athlete and a very regular runner with her club, Bushfield Joggers.
Enjoy this weekend’s mix! If you are on Spotify, listen here, if not, what is stopping you, it is easy- even I can do it.
While I was in India, I was talking to my mom and she mentioned I was going to lose my two most loyal readers if I did not get my act together and start to post regularly again and Instagram photos were not the posts she had in mind- does she have Google Analytics tracking my readership?
She was of course referring to herself and our Aunt Mickey. My mom’s best chum from her crazy college days. They went to St. Kate’s (I went there too) together and after graduation they lived in St. Paul and from what I have heard, had some of the best times together.
Aunt Mickey is my brother John’s godmother and is the best gifter (we rarely entertain without our monogrammed placemats) and has been included in all our family celebrations! She is great fun, has an excellent sense of humour and would do anything for any of us Gorrilla/Smyth kids! Plus she reads my blog! Thanks Aunt Mickey.
I am keeping you guessing this week with posts of both home and away. Today we have another home post, which could also be categorised as away as it comes from a visit, my first, to Glasgow.
Have you ever high-fived a celebrity? I am guessing my brother Charlie probably has, also my brother John, he waited in long lines for the autographs of Greg LeMond and Brad Pitt (the latter comes with a story which has gone into the sister-vault where it will remain), these were probably not the traditional up-top versions, more of a respectable handshake. My friend Chloe met Mick Jagger- did they high-five (not a euphemism), she has a photo to prove it, but I cannot find the link to her blog?
I have not, but I got pretty close at the Gallery of Modern Art- Glasgow or GoMA on a pre-travel visit. Captured below are two people who Ben and I would have down lowed, too slowed, had we had the opportunity. A Swiss artist with an Italian name, Alberto Giacometti and author of everyone’s favourite and true French classique Le Petit Prince and the name of the airport in his native Lyon,Antoine Saint-Exupéry.
More to come from GoMA later this week! Hint- more of our museum visit which is linked to our former life in France. Is it a sign?
BETTER LATE THEN NEVER… In absence of a cute V-day card from my mom, I wanted to post this video last week from Lumineux to celebrate the day of love. This is pretty cute and as lovey-dovey as I want to get.
Also, loyal reader Chloe wanted to know where my Valentine’s Day post was! Here it is.
After almost a week in the U.S., I arrived in Boston last Monday, I was going to be joined by my mom, but my amazing grandmother passed away and my mom quickly had other priorities. I still had the pleasure of spending a week in Boston and then some more time.
I popped out to enjoy the scenery of the city. It was a sunny day and Boston Common was sun-dappled and very chilly. Can’t you just see the cold?
I enjoyed a birthday meal at Atlantic Fish Co. where I enjoyed the Maine Lobster Roll, it was delicious, so good in fact, I went back to Atlantic Fish Co. for some lump crab, where they put it into a sandwich with brie cheese and pistachio pesto. How could I make this at home- how do they perfectly grill the brioche?
After eighteen months in Edinburgh, it is starting to feel like we are becoming real-life Edinburghers, sure our accents give us away, but when we are out and about I do not think anyone would identify us as tourists.
While we are away, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to some of Edinburgh’s neighbourhoods and our favourite places- just in case you have a chance to pop over for a visit.
Up first- our hood in the series that will take you through Edinburgh. An easy guide to some of our favorite places. You can pass the afternoon in the Botantic Gardens or picnic in the rare sunshine in Inverleith Park with the swans.
Based on my clues- did you guess where I was yesterday?
I was in London, just for the day.
Being American does not always have its benefits- I was required to drop my documents at the Brazilian Consulate in person. It was a total of nine hours on the train for forty-five minutes with the friendly Brazilians. If all goes according to the plan, I will have my visa in early January.
I was tucked into bed by midnight!
Ben’s parents arrive this afternoon- let the celebrating begin.
My turn- Ben has had some trouble choosing the best gifts for me- some of my ‘favorites’ have been- S-hooks for the kitchen, wooden trivets, arty photo-mag, Romka and his favourite movie- Sex, Lies and Videotape. It seems he buys me the things he wants!
So to help him this year, here are some of the picks I would be pleased to see under our tree.
1. Bigger is better when it comes to an umbrella- this one from London Undercover is neat.
2. Hunter wellies are all the rage in Edinburgh and from what I can gather the world, I am partial to this Tretorn pair- Swedes are stylish too.
3. I try to carry my Archie Grand- ideas notebook wherever I go- I have only had about three ideas, so I will not need a new one for a while, but 2013 could be the year of ideas!
4. A bit of nostalgia- summers reading my original collection of Nancy Drew books- which is your favorite?
5. I still love my cherry-face Swiss Army watch, but I have been wanting a gold version.
6. Thinking of my humid 2013 work trips- hair product is a must and Ben keeps using mine.
7. Just in case the Semi-Sumo does not do the trick-Blax.
8. You have seen me sleeping- not stylish- these menswear inspired pj’s are perfect for upping my sleeping style.
9. No thank you to Uggs, yes please, to Cole Haan shearling drivers- torn between the Pink Tourmaline and Citrine.
10. Long-time reader- first-time subscriber or at least I could be. I would prefer the U.S. version.
11. Snuggled up with my Vogue and dreaming of Christmases past in France with un chocolat chaud.
12. Anna Wintour’s (see Vogue) number two must have some intereting things to reveal- I want to find out what.
13. Who does not love Pink Martini, plus I need some new tunes.
14. See 13 and sub Tennis for PM.
15. The white earbuds from Apple are so 2012 and at this rate probably the start of 2013.
I have been feeling sporty since taking it up a notch pre-Thailand and some of these items could keep me going strong into 2013.
1. Motivating films like Breaking Away should help to motivate.
2. Are you exercising hard enough? Confirm your suspicions with a watch and heart rate monitor.
3. Try the classic Chariots of Fire with Scottish legend Eric Liddell and the beaches of St. Andrews to keep you interested. The music is okay too.
4. Glass is better in the form of a sleek water bottle- easier to clean and more sanitary, plus bright hues that will get people talking around the bubbler.
5. Jamming out, keeping track of your miles, carrying keys and bus fare all in a handy arm band- don’t make my mistake- comes in multiple sizes!
6. Toasty and stylish as you huff and puff through cold winter runs.
7. My sister-in-law rides a fixie- I want to be like her- here is a cool (medium) budget version, if you buy in pounds (plus these bikes were founded in London). Again with the colours.
9. You can never have too many pairs of running tights- as long as they are OPAQUE!
10. Sure regular socks will do, but get a grip with Pilates socks.
11. Though we don’t live in the mountains anymore, these snowshoes would do the trick if we make in back to Grenoble this winter.
12. I have been looking for an easier to pack running shoe- fun colours as well (I am into this).
Now that Ben has guessed what I am going to get him this Christmas- he is that good. Plus, I have some trouble keeping secrets (a good marriage attribute) and I get too excited and usually break before the holiday, here are some other items which would make a fun gift for Ben or the man in your life.
1. A handcrafted bow-tie from Forage.
2. Anything really from local Scottish brewery William Bros.
3. For those who wimped out on Movember and cannot quite rock the ‘stache- clips.
4. And eraser.
5. Nothing says ‘play manly poker with me’ like tartan playing cards with sharp-dressed deer.
6. Don’t just cook, learn with The McSweeney Store’s cookbook bundle. Who doesn’t want to uncover the history of the little taco truck who could (turn into a full-fledged restaurant)..
7. Up your coffee game with the Bodum Pebo Pot. Ben will be!
8. Trying to figure how to hold this mug is half your morning battle…
9. Ben loves his coffee- whole bean from Artisan Roast- the perfect cup is press pot away
10. Looking smart in front of a smokeless coal fire in fair isle from J.CREW.
11. Ben is a fan of Sir Paul Smith, plus he needs to be a mobile traveller.
12. Spruce up your man-cave with this framed-vintage fruit label and
13. Your non-shedding mans best friend lamp- in his permanent cone of shame.
Remember last year… so great in so many ways, including the fantastic Christmas compilation, Hey, It’s Christmas-Volume 2, well the gang are at it again- compiling more fun Christmas classics with a modern twist. These are showcased on Hey, It’s Christmas-Volume 3.
It is free for download, but you can donate to the cause.
Enjoy jamming out and spreading Christmas cheer!
Have a great weekend and see you next week when I wow you with my gift guides!
Remember on Friday- I mentioned Ben and I were going to celebrate this weekend.
After nine Thanksgivings abroad, you begin to forget the fan fair, the traditions and the food.
Time for new holiday customs…
Brunch is my favourite meal for entertaining. It is more casual than dinner parties, usually lighter fare and no alcohol. Mimosas are only for very special occasions! So with that in mind and a quest for a new tradition we hosted our first annual Reverse Thanksgiving Brunch, complete with pumpkin pancakes, turkey sausages and loads of coffee.
(Trout salt and pepper shakers- whose were these? We lifted them from my mom’s)
(Stacked persimmons- a festive autumnal centrepiece)
(The festive table)
(Light and fluffy- packed with pumpkin deliciousness)
This weekend it will be a feast of Thanksgiving sides!