Friday, 25 July 2014

and back again.

Aaaaand she's back!

The past month and a half has been lovely and wonderful and oh-so busy. Between moving and getting married (AHH!) and honeymooning, it's amazing that I can remember my own name. And we'll just pretend that I never forget that my name has changed, too, alright? I can't even begin to describe what an amazing whirlwind summer this has been already and we're only halfway through. There are so many exciting things in our future, but I don't want to get too ahead of myself. Why don't we catch up a bit, first? :)

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you'll know that my visa did come. Or rather, I chased it down. It managed to get held up at Customs and by the time it made it to Orlando, it was Saturday and couldn't be delivered. But thanks to a saint at the FedEx office who went on a hunt for it in the storeroom, I was able to pick it up and thus derail the crazy train for a bit.

My visa is essentially just the most expensive, most stressful sticker I have ever bought. 

But it's a sticker I was quite delighted to have, seeing as I was leaving a mere six days after I finally had it in-hand. The movers came on Tuesday to pack my things and put them in a big wooden box destined for a ship across the Atlantic.

They packed all the things that weren't packed already and hauled it all away.

In the midst of this last week in America, I was lucky enough to have a wonderful Scottish-themed bridal shower thrown for me by some truly awesome ladies.

Yes, it was as good as it looked!

They even managed to solve the problem of how to give gifts to a girl who has limited luggage space: everyone drew a picture of what they'd bought and had shipped to Scotland and then wrapped up their drawing. Part guessing game, part joyful (and amusing) artwork, and all wonderful.

And then I was down to the final stages of an international move: last-minute packing and saying goodbye.

My grandma is the cutest grandma in the world.

Though some of the goodbyes were a bit tearful (how could they not be?), most of them weren't actually goodbye but see-you-later. And while I was sad to leave behind so many fantastic people, it was hard to be too sad because I was pretty darn excited to see my man again. It's one of those expat problems, I guess, the feeling guilty for being excited to leave. I don't think anyone would blame me for it, though, seeing as we'd been living on opposite sides of the world for almost the entirety of our engagement (and considering what a good-lookin' guy he is).

Let me give you a word of advice regarding international flights: don't always believe the flight time you are given. I booked my one-way journey to Glasgow through Condor and it was operated by Thomas Cook. Condor told me my flight time was 5:15--not just when I booked it. I also received two emails and a letter (!!) telling me that I was leaving at 5:15. But when I arrived at the airport a little before 3, in plenty of time to say my last goodbyes and eat my final Chick-fil-A, it turned out that my flight was leaving at 4 and that I'd only made the check-in for my flight by seven minutes. This was followed by complete panic and having to sprint through OIA. And needless to say, no delicious fried chicken. 

So after the airport experience from hell and a cranky border agent, I was triply delighted to see a certain giant Scotsman waiting for me in Glasgow airport. We were only two weeks away from our big day at that point and the fun was just beginning! I think the run-up to our wedding deserves its own post, though, so I'll leave you here for today. Thanks for sticking around during my absence and for all the good wishes y'all have sent our way! :)



  1. i love love love reading your blog. congratulations on your wedding and your exciting move! my boyfriend lives in glasgow, and we have been doing the long distance thing for 2 years (it sucks :/) I'm considering going to university of glasgow to do my graduate degree and was reading about the museum studies program. Would you recommend it?

  2. Thank you so much! The long distance thing is definitely UGHHH (the best word I can think of to describe it). I have a lot of mixed feelings about the museum studies program--there were some good things about it and some bad things. Part of my struggle with recommending it is that a large portion of my classmates are still having difficulty finding work within the museum/culture/heritage sector. But I did learn a lot and I'm hoping that it will prove useful!

  3. Yes, definitely the best word there is. It makes the reunions so much more sweet though :) I've heard that as well which is what gives me pause. The program itself sounds so fascinating, but I also don't want to spend money on something that isn't going to result in a stable job. I work in fundraising right now at an arts non-profit so I'm already sort of in the sector, but not sure if its what I want to continue with. Big life decisions to make I guess (another situation that deserves an UGHH)

  4. The reunions are definitely the best part! :)
    To be fair to the program, there is a serious lack of museum related jobs at the moment. Their funding is always up on the list for the chopping block when things get rough! But I think that many of the things I learned in that program are easily translatable to other areas in heritage or the arts. I haven't given up hope yet!

  5. Hi Mary, Thank you for sharing your adventures here. I'm envious as I am interested in going to school at Univ. of Glasgow. I spoke to the archaeology dept, while visiting there last spring, but I didn't get a warm fuzzy feeling when asking about gaining work in-country after graduation. That hasn't deterred me from keeping my dream alive though. I've done some collections management work at a presidential museum here in the US, and am also interested in that field. I suppose my ultimate dream job would be doing archaeology and collections management in the highlands and islands. Skye would be a nice spot. Thanks again for sharing your story. Keep us updated!


    Jayson Kendrick

    CWO, USA (ret)


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