Hello guys! I have missed you. I've got lots to share with you all!
First of all; I really do have a problem. No comments/favorites/any image stats are showing up on images. What's up with that? Is it a bug or something or did dA decide that we no longer needed those? I dunno. So anyway it skeeved me out; so instead of commenting on works like I normally would I've added them to my favorites until I can see comments again. I feel awkward being the only one commenting on something or offering critique when I can't see the rest of the conversation; like those points had already been covered somewhere else and the issue was taken care of. Oi oi.
Anyway...I've been overworked, underworked, photographing many paid jobs (yay!) and spent some good quality time in the hospital. That's where I have been. *sigh* In that stupid hospital where I was denied access to my church's website (and consequently clergy) because it was a "nontraditional faith." Screw em.
I have also had the extreme privilege of visiting my best pal ~TheArcher777 in Edinburgh. We went ALL OVER THE PLACE. I even got to meet the fabulous `Mollinda and `joannastar in person. Really! We have photos! Even though we could only spend a couple of hours together, I really want to go back. And hunt down ^Elandria and *Amazonofexeter for shenanigans.
No, I really REALLY want to go back. I went to Ireland and had serious trouble leaving. The husband and I have been talking seriously about retiring there one day. Have many photos to share and for those of you I'm not facebook friends with (why I don't know. add me!) I have a ridiculous note describing my adventures in the UK. I will update it to include the rest soon. Dublin rocked. The Beltaine Fire Festival? Did not.
"1.) I actually really like flying. The commuter planes are nothing short of terrifying as I suspect they are held together by scotch tape and prayers, but the international flight I was on was awesome. Seeing the sun rise above the clouds? Awesome. Airline food? Quite good actually. I enjoyed watching movies and seeing my little plane tracker as we journeyed across the big blue ocean. Also, the rivalry between the English stewardess and the Scottish one was amusing. TSA was not unkind or unpleasant to me. They had to investigate my camera equipment in the UK and pat me down when my emergency medical bracelet set off the alarm, but it was no big deal. I got out quickly and painlessly, and they were nice about it the entire time.
2.) British toilets confuse the hell out of me. And I mean the actual toilet, not the entire bathroom. Getting them to flush is a process. You have to make some sort of offering to the toilet gods first that I've been missing, because if the toilet is displeased it will only gurgle at you and not move.
3.) Their monies are prettier than ours. And I have a pocket full of significant change. As in, I'm not sure the UK ever got over the whole Scrooge McDuck swimming pool of gold thing. That's what this feels like. I have a pocket of pound and two pound coins and I feel like a pirate.
4.) The rivalry/open hatred between England and Scotland is glaringly obvious. Will have more photos evidencing this later.
5.) I freaking love sheep. Not in the 'Highland' way, but even when I have a roaring fever (guess I get sick when I fly D: ) seeing the little baby lambs being hilarious baby lambs jumping around in fields is STILL amusing.
6.) Loch Ness. The water is FUCKING COLD. I know first hand. So does Taryn. Before you ask, no. I didn't see Nessie apart from a statue. It's a beautiful Loch though. And of COURSE I took photographs.
7.) So, Molly, Joanna, and Andrew are just wonderful people. Molly completely surprised me with news of her pregnancy. It was so good meeting them FUR REALZ. hehehe
8.) Iced Tea is a completely foreign notion. Somehow they don't understand that "making tea and chilling it with ice" IS iced tea. That's exactly how you make it. Lipton is gross; it's powder and water. Will have to school some folks on iced tea deliciousness.
9.) I have not tried the haggis yet, though there have been opportunities. Votes on whether or not I do, please. ( I did not)
10.) beans on toast. WTF. I know I'm not the weird one here when I say those to were never meant to go together. I'm a fan of weird things on toast, but not beans. It just seems wrong.
11.) Edinburgh is officially my favorite Scottish city I think. I haven't seen Glasgow, but I still suspect Edinburgh is superior. Inverness wasn't terribly impressive to me, although the LANDSCAPE was. My aching legs have had enough of the hilliness. I am making them deal with it. >.>
12.) I miss my family like burning. Bagpipes make me cry. In the good way when they're played right, and in the bad way when it sounds like they're swinging a chorus of cats by the tail.
13.) I won't lie. Carlisle Castle is fucking creepy. Like, chill me to my bones creepy. As Molly and Taryn and I noted "ah...a lot of people died here..." They were smart and avoided the dungeons. I, of course, nanced right in. More on this later. "
Anyway, I'm being called away by friends who want to investigate some store or another an hour away so I'll come back later and detail some more craziness and share photos! And probably the UK: Candy Edition. But if you're on FB you can see some of them here: [link]