Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Dave: Guess what time it is.
Kat (looking up at the pitch black sky): Umm... 6:30?
Kat (meekly): 5:30?
Eep. It has begun. And sure, it's certainly only starting to set 15-20 minutes earlier than the shortest day of Wellington winter, but today I'll be leaving work with a pitch black sky, the street-lights aglow, a cold nip in the air.
I know I blog a lot about this. And the photos will continue. But it blows my mind. I sometimes feel like I live in Alaska. Unless I pop outside at lunch time, I'm not getting any light in my day at all. I already feel anaemic lately, what with the lack of red meat in my diet, but not getting any Vitamin D has got to be a killer.
I'm seriously thinking about investing in a natural light lamp. Probably make me happier than dosing myself with tablets and watching sunny television shows. I think I'm definitely going to get S.A.D. this year.
New Zealand's back to being 11 hours behind, where I do that confusing "it's an hour later there, but the other part of the day" thing, and forget to call my mother because I fall asleep thinking she won't be up yet. The Royal Mail are still striking, and ruining birthday present arrivals. Sure, they're late, but now they're super late. And I now know why our power bill will be so much more in winter than in summer, and with our double-glazing, it's got nothing to do with heating. It's all lights, baby.
For now, though, it's my multi-vitamin, a lunch-time stroll, and a lot of forcing myself out of bed.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Dave's close friend Will got married in August, to a lovely Canadian lassie named Megan. Dave was asked to be best man last year, and we had planned on making the trip over to Victoria on Vancouver Island off BC for a long time, but of course we booked last minute. We decided we would fly in and out of Seattle from Glasgow, so that we could get a taste of that city as well, and then ferry our way to and from the island, where the wedding would be held.
Our first day in Seattle involved the Pike Place Markets, a Seattle institution where anything can be found from books to bags to fish to fresh fruit and veg.
We also visited the first ever Starbucks, lazed in the sun by the waterfront, and took in a few shops.
Other highlights of the first few days include: American (kosher) hot dogs (above!) and giving my caramel frappuccino to a bum (at his request while I was throwing it out!) - oh, and the Space Needle.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Today was the first day I had to put my gloves on for the walk to work. We've/I've been out a few evenings lately, and I've ended up with gloved hands on walks home, but never in the mornings. Season's are a'changin'.
October brings many things this year. Apart from the fact that I'm now in a totally different pattern of seasons and October is cold, there's also exciting things like pumpkin carving for Halloween, soups and stews, hats and winter shopping, new boots (sure, I just got a pair in Canada, but they were brown. I need black now!), new friends to spend time with, and my 6-months-in-Scotland-aversary.
(I'm not averse to Scotland. I meant anniversary. In a funny way.)
It's weird that I've nearly been here that long. It feels longer sometimes, like New Zealand is a distant memory, but then at the same time, I still feel like a total newbie, and my family is so, so, far away. I've already missed one niece's birthday, and 2 are coming up fast.
We're back to trying to see movies weekly, too, which will kill time on long dark, cold nights**. Last night's venture was Away We Go, a Sam Mendes piece about a couple (Burt and Verona) trying to find a home to raise their child. With no ties to their home or city (now that Burt's parents are moving to Belgium!), they set off around the USA/Canada, visiting friends in different cities, trying to choose the right place for them. With lovely lead actors (Jon Krasinski from The Office!), brilliant co-star moments from folks such as Alison Janney, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Melanie Lynskey (!), and a great Nick Drake soundtrack, I enjoyed all the little moments that come with a couple who are about to have a baby, and really need to figure out what they're going to do with themselves. Go see it!
I'm also looking forward to: Adventureland, Julie and Julia (shutup), and This is It.
Oh and Up. I've missed quite a few movies lately!
**Did I mention that by the time Christmas rolls around it gets dark at 3.30pm?