Fringe Survival

The annual Fringe Festival has officially begun, which means overwhelming numbers of people and shows. Whether you’re a local or an out-of-towner, you’re going to have to contend with both at some point (unless you go on holiday for the entire month of August, which is, incidentally, when the rest of Europe goes on holiday). I’m now years into this craziness, and here are a … Continue reading Fringe Survival

The Craziest Christmas Nonsense at Lakeland

Christmas! A time of goodwill, gift-giving, copious buying, and baking. I especially love that last bit, and I’ve been known to wander through Lakeland (as close to Williams Sonoma as I’ve found over here), admiring cake pans and trying very hard to talk myself out of more foolish purchases. But every now and then, Lakeland offers up something so utterly stupid, even I can’t help but laugh and mock them. And because it’s Christmastime, they’ve got LOADS of bizarre things on offer. Behold: the craziest Christmas nonsense at Lakeland. Let’s have a look and a laugh, shall we?

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Thoughts on the Indy Ref

Just over a week ago, I received a lovely gift in the mail: my voting card, which meant I was able to go vote in Thursday’s independence referendum. And I was stoked to vote. I haven’t been that excited to vote since my first presidential election. This was a big deal with serious ramifications for my life, my husband’s life, and our son’s life, and … Continue reading Thoughts on the Indy Ref

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (in the UK)

As those who regularly follow this blog know, Mr Anglophile and I recently welcomed Little Anglophile, who, of course, is the perfectest little’un ever to make guest appearances on a non-parenting blog. Becoming a parent is a crazy thing, both during the leadup and the aftermath, but luckily here in the UK, we have a lot of support to make that transition as smooth as … Continue reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting (in the UK)

Crafty Christmas: Wee Stocking Garland

The thing with being a knitter is, eventually, you’ll find yourself with all these little bits of yarn that aren’t enough for a full-scale project. So, you have to find itty bitty projects for them instead. The charm of the itty bitties is that they’re just so darn cute you want to keep making them, and they come together so fast (I was able to … Continue reading Crafty Christmas: Wee Stocking Garland

Things You Won’t See in the States

The U.S. and the U.K. share a lot of things–a common language (mostly), part of a shared history, slang, music and entertainment, most large companies. But then there are moments where you see something you never saw stateside, and you realize you’re in a totally different place now. Things like: Someone unicycling up Inverleith Terrace in the morning (not that there probably aren’t people unicycling … Continue reading Things You Won’t See in the States

Places to Eat: Number One at the Balmoral

Yesterday was husby’s birthday, and birthdays and other special occasions mean a night out at a good restaurant. On the recommendation of my chiropractor (man, how yuppie does that sound?) I secured a reservation at Number One at the Balmoral. I’ll have to thank Stuart when I see him next. The Michelin-starred restaurant did not let us down in any way. The moment we walked in we … Continue reading Places to Eat: Number One at the Balmoral

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo

If you come to Scotland in August for anything, come for the Military Tattoo. It’s a hell of a show (and since you’re coming here in the first place, I’m going to go ahead and assume you already like bagpipes.) I’m not a night owl–I’m lame, so there are few things that will tempt me from my cozy home at 10:30 at night, and yet, there I … Continue reading The Edinburgh Military Tattoo