When it rains all day, I make lists.

on August 16, 2011 in Scotland with 22 comments by

Which probably means that I will be making a load of lists here in Scotland because

1. It rains, at some point, almost every day. Only the most foolish leave their house without an umbrella, even if it is sunny.

2. Ahem… not that I know what that’s about.

3. Right now, along with tons of other festival activities, is the Edinburgh Book Festival. Which, as you can imagine, has me dying [in the good way] constantly.

4. On Sunday night, I went alone [thank you very much] to the Poetry From Small Islands event. It was fascinating. Each poem was read in English and then another language and I loved it. There was one poem by Miriam Gamble comparing love with a semi-colon and let me tell you, it was all I could do to stay seated and stay quiet. I wanted to yell, “OH READ IT AGAIN!” But I didn’t. Because I try to pretend I’m posh in places like that. Posh people don’t yell.

5. Today I purchased a copy of the book The Little Prince. Has anyone read it? I’ve heard it is great, and the play is on in town for a few weeks, so I figured I would read it and then see the play.

6. I think this is probably more gross than awesome, but Subway sandwiches here taste EXACTLY like Subway sandwiches in America. I think that means I’m having a decent helping of preservatives, but I’ll tell ya what, when nothing else tastes like home, it is worth it.

7. I just finished Season 3 of Ally McBeal. **SPOILER ALERT** Billy dies?!?! I’m devastated.

8. As they say here in Scotland, it is chucking the rain outside [great, huh?] and yet, I am about to embark on a 20 minute walk to a Zumba class. Because you people know how I feel about Zumba. Always worth it.

Ending a list on #8? That’s super weird. But I’m going for it.



  1. posted on Aug 16, 2011 at 1:51 PM  |  reply

    1. I think I have first comment dibs.

    2. This was awesome.

    3. I love lists, too.

    4. And Subway!

    • Annie
      posted on Aug 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM  |  reply

      You win, Debra. You always do. πŸ™‚ Love it.

  2. posted on Aug 16, 2011 at 1:58 PM  |  reply

    1. I know The Little Prince as Le Petit Prince from French III in high school. Therefore, my opinion might be biased. Or, um, le biased.

    2. I do love the way you warned us about a spoiler alert from a show that aired, what, a decade ago?

  3. Melissa
    posted on Aug 16, 2011 at 2:04 PM  |  reply

    Noooo!!! I’m only on Season 2!! Billy DIES? That’s, like, bygones for realz. I like John Cage and his frog and toilet remote better though πŸ™‚

    • Annie
      posted on Aug 20, 2011 at 2:27 PM  |  reply

      Season 2 was my favorite.

  4. posted on Aug 16, 2011 at 2:48 PM  |  reply

    I will so be saying ‘chucking’ the next time it rains.

    • Annie
      posted on Aug 20, 2011 at 2:27 PM  |  reply

      Right? Brits are so cool.

  5. posted on Aug 16, 2011 at 3:04 PM  |  reply

    I love The Little Prince! You will really enjoy it!

    Also, I didn’t realize until recently that there are a ton of people who think Subway is gross and not really all that healthy. I am so sad to be learning about the dark side. πŸ™ I still think it’s delicious though!

    • Annie
      posted on Aug 20, 2011 at 2:28 PM  |  reply

      Don’t tell me the dark side, Laura, until December when I have more American food choices. πŸ™‚

  6. Mandy
    posted on Aug 16, 2011 at 3:47 PM  |  reply

    I feel the exact same way about Subway (and Starbucks!) here in Mexico. Worth every peso.

    • Annie
      posted on Aug 20, 2011 at 2:28 PM  |  reply

      Amen, hermana.

  7. posted on Aug 16, 2011 at 6:25 PM  |  reply

    Hey, if it reminds you of home it’s definitely worth it.

    • Annie
      posted on Aug 20, 2011 at 2:28 PM  |  reply

      My thoughts exactly. πŸ™‚

  8. VA
    posted on Aug 16, 2011 at 7:54 PM  |  reply

    The Little Prince is definitely a super cute book! Although I read it in 9th grade, it was definitely intended to be more of a children’s book (which is totally okay b/c it’s SO CUTE)…which is why it was a low enough reading level for me to read it in French a couple years ago…

    • Annie
      posted on Aug 20, 2011 at 2:29 PM  |  reply

      It’s been an interesting read so far- A French book translated into British and I have to translate it into American! πŸ™‚ But I do like it.

  9. Gwen
    posted on Aug 16, 2011 at 9:56 PM  |  reply

    Re: #7: I remember watching the episode when Billy dies my senior year of college (which Fox replayed again the next week because, why not?) and I swear, tears shot out of my eyes horizontally I was so devastated. 11 years later and I cannot help but get choked up!

    • Annie
      posted on Aug 20, 2011 at 2:29 PM  |  reply

      They replayed it?!? They would. So dramatic.

      It’s heartbreaking.

  10. posted on Aug 17, 2011 at 4:38 PM  |  reply

    Ok, you just ruined Ally McBeal for me! I’m only on Season 1!!!! Aaah he can’t die!!

    In other news, I second the Zumba love.

    • Annie
      posted on Aug 20, 2011 at 2:29 PM  |  reply

      Sorry, Julie.

  11. Elizabeth
    posted on Aug 18, 2011 at 7:42 PM  |  reply

    I absolutely LOVE poetry! I enter in recitation contests and enjoy every minute of it.

    I’m hoping you reply to my e-mail about sending your books to me very soon. The girls in my small group are anxiously awaiting!

    • Annie
      posted on Aug 20, 2011 at 2:30 PM  |  reply

      ACK! Sorry, Elizabeth. Will get my all-star intern on that Monday.

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