- Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog, I am glad you are here. For the most part, I use this to comment (and sometimes ramble...) about the many things I love or perhaps am fascinated with this week. This can include quite an assortment of topics, including my propensity for reading novels at all hours of the day, writing, art, and travel, as I do have a serious case of Wanderlust.
"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." ~St. Augustine
Monday, April 25, 2011
This first blog (of many, let's just face it...) will showcase the glorious hotels we will be staying at! Can't wait!
1) Menzies Hotel -- Glasgow. We fly into Glasgow, and this will be the first hotel where we will stay. Looks very typical for a big urban locale. I think we will have about five hours to sleep here once our flight gets in before the tour begins!
2) Ballachulish Hotel -- Oh. My. Gosh. Will you just look at this? Ahhh-mazing! Right next to Loch Levan as well. I think I will sleep maybe five minutes here so I can spend as much time exploring it's majesty!
3) Columba Hotel -- Inverness. I could not find a larger picture, but this one looks great as well! The area around it is so cute, and it looks like it is right in the heart of Inverness.
4) Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House -- Blairs. This one looks just magical too, doesn't it?
5) The Roxburghe Hotel -- Edinburgh. The tour officially ends here, and we are staying on another night to take some say tours to various amazing places. This one's location is just perfect for exploring Edinburgh!
6) The Dalmahoy --Edinburgh.
We end our vacation at this little gem, about 7 miles or so outside of the city. And because we have racked up so many flippin Mariott rewards points, our two nights cost us nothing, just 50,000 hard earned points. However, it is a beautiful resort and we can get some nice Scottish charm and relaxation before I cry one million tears on the way to the airport.
The fish, turtles, sharks, snails, sea horses, eels, otters, penguins, ducks, belugas, dolphins, and JELLIES were just amazing. The jellies were definitely my favorite. If you are able to get over to the exhibit before it leaves, I highly recommend it. They are just fascinating.
Pictures to come soon, but there are slightly more pressing issues at hand. In exactly 2 months, I will be going somewhere amazing! That being said, it is only proper to blog about that post haste!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Ordered today (and receiving Saturday, I love amazon Prime!) were The Art of Racing in the Rain, A Discovery of Witches, and Water for Elephants. Two of the three are for the two book clubs I am part of, and the third one has been recommended numerous times.
So that is exciting! I can't wait to get them and begin. The only wrench in the plan is that I am also reading three other books... I am sure I am not the only one who starts multiple books at a time, right? But, I do have two days to finish them, right? Let's get crackin!
I watched this film last night and was completely blown away. Mind you, I did come in with the expectation to at least like it, based on my fandom that encompasses both Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. But it was that and more. The acting by all the leads was just wonderful, and the way 'Bertie' was portrayed, I really believed it and felt he deserved every bit of that Oscar.
The scene that really did it for me was the one (kind of a spoiler, but it has been shown in many a preview, so it doesn't count that much) where Bertie is reading the various speeches he will have to do in the coming months, and he comes to the coronation one and just breaks down. Oh my goodness, the amount of emotion and heartbreak came right through the screen.
I loved Rush's portrayal of Lionel as well. Hilarious, unconventional, human, and genuinely concerned with the overall well-being of his 'patients'. He had quite a number of great pieces of dialogue. Speaking of which, I just found out that a few weeks before the film began shooting, a journal of his was found, so many of the direct quotations were added into the script.
The colors that came through on the film were also beautiful; everything from the costuming, sets, lighting, etc. I am so pleased when the filmmakers are able to represent a specific historic time in all of the aspects of the film they are making, and this film hit it right on the head. Lionel's home in it's cozy humbleness, the opulence of the various royal settings, even when the two of them went for a walk about foggy pre-WWII London town, perfection.
I highly recommend this film. Aside from the inspiring story about Bertie's experience as the reluctant yet ultimately successful King (reluctant hero, my fellow Jungian archetype fans?), the pre-war story was also good to see, especially from the point of view that is not that often portrayed in film. I am sure this one will soon become part of my collection.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
That looks about right, I say. Yes, I have had one or two (or five?) blogs in the past, all of which never really panned out. However, there was quite a bit more going on then, and I don't think I really had anything to say, aside from the day to day happenings of a 20-something undergrad.
So where am I know that warrants another crack at the wonderful world of blogging? Let's see...
I think first and foremost, I love writing. Always have. This past November I participated (and won!) my first ever NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don't know what that is, here. I have a novel in the works, as well as about five other 'ideas' floating about in my laptop and brain parts. I have a feeling I will be sharing some of my stories on here as another way to try out plot directions and just get the stuff down without feeling obligated to finish it right away.
I am a few weeks away from being done with my master's degree in clinical psych. I have moved almost every minute of it, and have now completed my field placement/internship experience (equating to much more time of my hands, sort of...) think that talking about my clinical impressions so far, commentary on interventions both new and common, and just the field in general.
I have always loved traveling and have been fortunate enough to take a few amazing trips here and there. I have always documented these travels in scrapbook form, but never in a formal written medium. I have a wonderful, travel filled summer coming up, so it is my intention to start said documentation. In addition, I will try and reminisce about travels past and talk about the great places I have been. Should be lovely.
So that's it. I am sure there will also be a book or film review thrown in every once in a while, two more of the thousands of things I am completely enamored with.