Sunday Morning Coffee

sunday morning coffeeIt rained last night, there’s a nice mixture of sun and puffy clouds this morning, and we’re expecting more rain later. This is my favorite sort of day. Did I mentioned I’ve been drinking flavored coffee recently? Sometimes I get in a rut about my dark roasts and end up going back to the other end of the spectrum and by that I mean cheap, flavored, already ground when I buy it coffee. It’s how I act out. Right now I’m on “vanilla crème brûlée.” That flavor description is really debatable, but I’m going to finish the bag.

Little note before I start with the links. I finally finished signing up for Stitch Fix and my first fix should be here in about a week. I will probably try on the things that fit and post them here. I hope to find a few things to take with me on my trip. Crossing my fingers!

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The One Where I Answer Questions About My Trip

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Where are you going?

London for about a week, a little pit stop to meet a friend in Birmingham, and then on to Edinburgh for another week.

Why?

It’s been a dream forever and if not now, then when? I’ve got places to visit and people to meet! It made sense for me to start planning it once I had landed some steady freelance work and was able to start saving.

Who’s going with you?

I’m flying solo on this one.

Why are you going alone?

I don’t know exactly. I mean, there are a lot of reasons, but there’s not one big reason. Back when I took my trip to New Mexico by myself, I didn’t tell anybody, but it was a sort of trial run for this. It was always in the back of my mind that I would eventually make my way that direction and for some reason when I envisioned that trip, it was always me on my own.

And everyone I know who might want to go with me is working, so there’s that as well.

Are you crazy?

Aren’t we all, just a little?

Where are you staying?

I’ve booked my accommodations through Airbnb. This is my first time using them, but I used VRBO once before and was very happy with the experience. I did quite a bit of research into the places I’m staying and I feel pretty good about them all. (If you sign up using my referral link, you’ll get a $25 credit toward your first booking.)

I’m not going into specifics about where I’m staying until I’m back, then I hope to tell you how wonderful all of them were. I will say that they are all centrally located and make walking places or getting to the nearest train station very easy.

What are you going to do over there?

I’m working on my itinerary and really need to get down to business on plotting out individual days, at least loosely, so I don’t get over there and just wander around getting nothing accomplished. There’ll be a fair bit of wandering though.

London has tons of museums that I’m interested in seeing. I’ll probably take myself on a Rick Steves walking tour around the city. I’ve already got my Oyster card, so I’m ready to go on the Tube. Got my train tickets for my first ride on a train. Not sure if I’m going to venture out of the cities much for any day trips. We’ll see. I think I basically have to get tickets to see Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit and I don’t know if I’ll be able to pass up Phantom in London. And of course, I’ll have to walk past the palaces. Probably multiple times.

Same goes for Edinburgh. I’ve got a list of museums and things to see. The places I’m staying there are pretty close to the center of everything and I can’t wait to walk around and see what I discover.

Are you going to ride the London Eye?

Are you offering to hold my hand?

Have you had your immunisations?

:p

Anything else? I’ve got a few other posts planned about the things I decided to purchase in preparation for this trip, so look for those in the coming weeks.

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Coffee and Packing Lists and TV

A couple weekends ago, my mom came up and we did the Caffeine Crawl (Route 1, for the curious). I’m pretty proud of the way we paced ourselves. Neither of us ended up with the shakes and we had a fun time together. Mom admitted she only went to spend time with me. She called herself a “coffee fraud” because she prefers hers with as little coffee as it can possibly contain. That’s fine. I happen to like mine at a strength that will strip paint off a boat.

The Caffeine Crawl is probably a little more appealing to folks who really appreciate a good cup of coffee and all of its complexities, black. Next year they are expanding to include Tulsa in the Oklahoma weekend. This is a great gift for a coffee lover!

I have been preparing for my upcoming trip (the post is half done in my drafts, I promise!) in between working on freelance projects. Right now I’m putting together my little notebook of important information that I’ll need while I’m over there. I figure it’s better than toting around all my travel books. I’m packing one bag (carry-on size) and taking a purse. That’s it. So, my packing space is pretty limited. For the last little while I’ve been doing my research about all sorts of things — walking shoes, luggage, socks. Yes, I’ve researched socks and I’ve got a lot of thoughts on them now.

All of that is coming along and I’m checking things off my to do list every day. On Monday I’ll be answering some questions people have asked me about the trip. I’ll cover most everything there, but if there’s something you’re curious about, leave a comment and I’ll answer!

TV…goodness me. I’ve been watching a lot of it lately. I spend so much time looking at words on a screen that TV is a nice break. Maybe I’ll get around to writing about what I’m watching, but in case I don’t, I’ll give you a short list right now — Game of Thrones, True Detective, Hannibal, Nashville, Dallas, The Walking Dead, and I think that hits all the high points. I need someone to talk GoT with. Please, someone.

See you on Monday when I talk about the trip!

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