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Happy Valentine’s Day! In Scotland!

I’m thrilled about going to Edinburgh, Scotland for the weekend! We’re staying at our first airbnb home, and plan on doing as many free things as possible! We’ll be winging it, but here’s some I’m hoping to check off the ‘list’! Taylor almost went to Edinburgh for his PHD work, so we’re excited to see it for that reason, but also because of all the Harry Potter inspiration!

Harry Potter Valentine Cards Puns Literary Valentine HP J.K. Rowling Horcrush lol

1. Edinburgh Castle

Travel Goals: Edinburgh Castle

 

2. Balmoral Hotel /Clock Tower – Where J.K. Rowlings wrote the last Harry Potter book

Balmoral Hotel clock tower ~ Edinburgh, Scotland ☛ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balmoral_Hotel3. Elephant House – Cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book!

The Elephant House in Edinburgh where J.K. Rowling wrote! I love that there's a "Birthplace of Harry Potter" sign. :) I'm already perusing their menu to see what I'll have, even though I've no idea when I'll go...

4. All the lovely streets! Everything looks like Harry Potter!
Cobblestone Street, Edinburgh, Scotland


Harry Potter Things
Printable Marauder’s Map
Printable Harry Potter Valentine’s Card

 

 

 


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Lately – Fan Girl Shopping

1. Union Jack Pillows- ILovePillow | 2. I’ll Fix it In Photoshop Tee – JedaTees | 3. Dr. Who Police Box Bow – FanGirlyStorm | 4. Harry Potter Marauder’s Map Tank – ThinkingGallery

Life has gotten so so busy. I’m working SO hard and overtime to get work completed because next week I’m going on vacation! This leaves little time for blogging or being social but I’m really enjoying all the work that’s keeping me busy (love me some Photoshop projects).

This weekend my and Taylor’s families are hosting a going away party for us, which is just crazy. Crazy crazy…. We are leaving the country in a month.
I could really use some advice for living out of country. I’m SO overwhelmed–and I haven’t even had to do any of the hard stuff like get visa applications and financial aid…I’m just overwhelmed in general at the fact that we’ll be leaving Texas, USA for three or four years.

I plan on enjoying this big party for our family and friends and taking selfies with everyone.

Back to work for me!  Lots of blog posts planned…in my head…but for now I’m on that sweet, sweet path to VACATION–which involves doing a ton of work beforehand. Oh well. 🙂


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Change Time

Things have not slowed down.

And I’m starting to think that’s okay.

My husband has officially been accepted to his first doctoral program. Edinburgh’s school of Divinity in Scotland sent him an acceptance letter last week and we’ve been celebrating ever since! He will continue to apply to other schools, but we are so excited to think that in 10 or so months, we’ll be traveling a very long distance to a new school and home.

Tonight we looked up one-way plane tickets to Edinburgh, just for fun. Yikes. There’s nothing like looking at price tags to really make you realize the big picture.

We’ve set up a decent budget for ourselves to help us save more money. We have a comfortable amount of money in the bank, but it sure would be nice to leave for (insert UK school here) with our normal amount of  money PLUS plane ticket money.

I’m beginning to wonder if I should brain-storm ways to make extra money, but I’m not sure what I can do. I’d love to try adding free-lance design, but as a full time designer at work I fear that will be too much stress on me. I also considered investing in those boxes of chocolate that children use to fund-raise for band concerts and field trips, but I doubt taking children’s customers is the best option. We’ll see. 😉

This will be a great time for us. So much planning, saving and preparation will be made this year, but I think we’re going to enjoy this learning experience. We’ll see!


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Friday, November 20: Mexican Revolution

November 20: Mexican Revolution Day,This official Mexican holiday commemorates the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Celebrated Monday, November 16, 2009.(oops).

mexonline.com

The Mexican Revolution (Spanish: Revolución mexicana) was a major armed struggle that started in 1910 with an uprising led by Francisco I. Madero against longtime autocrat Porfirio Díaz. The Revolution was characterized by several socialist, liberal, anarchist, populist, and agrarianist movements.

Over time the Revolution changed from a revolt against the established order to a multi-sided civil war. After prolonged struggles, its representatives produced the Mexican Constitution of 1917. The Revolution is generally considered to have lasted until 1920, although the country continued to have sporadic, but comparatively minor, outbreaks of warfare well into the 1920s. The Cristero War was the most significant relapse of bloodshed. The Revolution triggered the creation of the National Revolutionary Party in 1929 (renamed the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in 1946). Under a variety of leaders, the PRI held power until the general election of 2000.

This music is pretty epic in this vid:

(wikipedia.com | mexonline.com | youtube.com)


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Thursday, November 19: A Day of Misc. Fun

November 19 is such a great day that I decided to celebrate several random events all in one!

And (hopefully without being disrespectful) I quickly photo-shopped all of the events into one silly picture–see if you can guess which events we’re celebrating:

Alright, yes…that was a terrible attempt buuut, it sort of gets the point across. Today we are celebrating: Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863, the pencil was invented in 1895, pop-tarts were invented in 1963, and “Rocky and His Friends” or more commonly, “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” aired in 1959.

Thus, Abe is eating a poptart and watching “Rocky and Bullwinkle” while taking a break from writing the Gettysburg Address–which he is writing in pencil. Whew. A stretch of the imagination. =)

Because we are having a crazy stretch of fun, I’m going to be giving you some fun facts about these events!

The Gettysburg Address Paparazzi (November 19, 1863)

This is the only known picture of Abraham Lincoln on the day he delivered the address. Paparazzi shot!

Before Pencils…(November 19, 1895)

Graphite was discovered in the 1500’s and was used for marking sheep!Pop Tart Art (November 19, 1961)

Post originally had the idea for the pastry and announced early they were going to be called “Country Squares.” However, they announced the news too early because Kellogg snatched a version of the idea within six months, calling them “Pop Tarts”–named after one of the hottest things at the time—Pop Art, which Andy Warhol made  popular.

The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show! (November 19, 1959)

The show was originally named “Rocky and His Friends” but was aired with several different names: “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show”, “The Bullwinkle Show”, “The Rocky Show”, & “Rocky and Bullwinkle.” Nevertheless, here is a short clip of an opening to their show. Obviously I only saw reruns of this show, but as a child it was one of my favorites!


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Wednesday, November 18: Mickey Mouse’s Birthday

Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

Mickey Mouse is an American comic animal cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company. Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks[1] and voiced by Walt Disney. The Walt Disney Company celebrates his birth as November 18, 1928 upon the release of Steamboat Willie.[2] Although Mickey had already appeared six months earlier in Plane Crazy (Steamboat Willie being the first Mickey Mouse Cartoon with sound). The anthropomorphic mouse has evolved from being simply a character in animated cartoons and comic strips to become one of the most recognizable symbols in the world.

Said Disney when creating Mickey Mouse:

“We felt that the public, and especially the children, like animals that are cute and little. I think we are rather indebted to Charlie Chaplin for the idea. We wanted something appealing, and we thought of a tiny bit of a mouse that would have something of the wistfulness of Chaplin — a little fellow trying to do the best he could. When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity. I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse.”



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Tuesday, November 17: TSTC Celebrates Veteran’s Day

Tuesday, November 17: Veteran’s Day Celebration at TSTC

I know I did not mention Veteran’s Day last week on November 11 although that would have  been a given holiday to honor and not  just a silly holiday. However today I’m posting about TSTC Veteran’s Day celebration. It was an all morning event honoring TSTC’s student, faculty, staff and family veterans.

To start off the program the Marshall High School Jr. ROTC presented the flags followed by the National Anthem and a word from the TSTC President, Randall Wooten. There were guest speakers, free food and several Veterans Agencies represented. I took photos of everything.

I remember taking photos at my high school’s Veteran’s Day each year and interviewing some of the Veterans. And wow. I still remember the sad, sweet stories they shared. They have gone through so much–they deserve respect.


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Monday, November 16: Fast Food

Monday, November 16: Fast Food Day

So my Aunt Camelia  reminded me that I should be celebrating today! (Everyday’s a cause for celebration, right?) She let me know that today is National Fast Food Day and since I have no pictures of me eating fast food (today was a soup and crackers day for me–sorry!) I will just give you some fun history about fast food!

The modern history of fast food restaurants in the United States is often traced to July 7, 1912 with the opening of a fast food restaurant in New York City by Horn & Hardart. Their Automat was a cafeteria featuring prepared foods behind small glass windows and coin-operated slots. This was patterned after a Horn & Hardart Automat that had opened in Philadelphia in 1902. Numerous Automat restaurants were quickly built around the country to deal with the demand. Automats remained extremely popular throughout the 1920s and 1930s. The company also popularized the notion of “take-out” food, with their slogan “Less work for Mother”.

 


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Friday, November 13: Mom’s & Dad’s Day!

Friday, November 13: Mom’s & Dad’s Day: Of course there is “Mother’s Day” and “Father’s Day” but there’s always a good reason to appreciate the parents and step-parents out there! I really do appreciate my parents…My dad, step-mom, mom, & step-dad! lol. Our relationships aren’t perfect but who needs perfection?! I love and appreciate all of them!  Through the good or bad or awkward–God has placed them in my life and I am thankful to have them. So…Happy Mom’s & Dad’s Day! 😉

 

“Children learn to smile from their parents.” Shinichi Suzuki


“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family” Anthony Brandt


“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.” Thich Nhat Hanh

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Thursday, November 12: Loch Ness Monster Sighting!

On November 12 the first picture of the Loch Ness Monster was reported! Ooh, scaryy. I’ve never been interested in the Loch Ness Monster Conspiracies but thought it would be a cute date to celebrate!

Lochnessmonster

The Loch Ness Monster is a debated, mythical creature, most commonly speculated to be from a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs,[3] that is reputed to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It is similar to other supposed lake monsters in Scotland and elsewhere, though its description varies from one account to the next.

Popular interest and belief in the animal has fluctuated since it was brought to the world’s attention in 1933. Evidence of its existence is anecdotal, with minimal and much-disputed photographic material and sonar readings. The scientific community regards the Loch Ness Monster as a modern-day myth, and explains sightings as a mix of hoaxes and wishful thinking. Despite this, it remains one of the most famous examples of cryptozoology. The legendary monster has been affectionately referred to by the nickname Nessie[4] (Scottish Gaelic: Niseag)[1] since the 1950s.