Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Great Scot, I've Got So Many Weddings! (and not enough brain cells to think of a more clever title)

For someone who who likes the couch and TV and my stinky old teddy bear that I've slept with every night since I was 5 years old and haven't washed in 20+ years, I sure am making my rounds around this planet...

Since I didn't go home to NJ this past Christmas I apparently am going back every other month for the next year to make up for it.  My last trip back included our good friend Lloyd's wedding in Newark, NJ.  The wedding was about 0.5 from the church where Whitney Houston's funeral was being held.  Whitney... we will always love you! 

The wedding reception was held at The Brownstone in Paterson, NJ, which is famously owned by New Jersey Housewife, Caroline Manzo.

Jersey Pride
 The cast and crew of the evening included none other than Rutgers finest:

Rob Hannah

The Lloyd & Amy Party

Preparing for Scotland

These guys:
Track buds

He was my date

Talking business

Reminiscing about eh good times...

...and making more good times...


The after party:

The after party proceeded to our hotel room where the drinking and story-telling continues. Including one drunk cop's reminiscing about some of the crazy people he has encountered on the job who were complaining about their "very close veins" (instead of varicose veins) and fighting over "entertainment cake" (instead of entemann's cake).

After the wedding and a mini family reunion in NJ (including 2 moms, 1 dad, 5 sisters, 1 brother in law, 2 future brother in laws, and 1 adorable niece...on both sides of our families)...

my feminine side of the family

...Trevor and I then went our separate ways.... Trevor went back to California to the sunny, comfortable apartment on Evonshire Avenue and will probably be eating vending machine food and beer for the next 12 days while I am off on another work-fueled globe-trotting adventure....First stop:..Scotland... home of side of the street driving.... and pleasantly miserable weather.

Scottish graveyard

Old Church converted into the Hub...some place to go for tickets to theaters

Fun fact about Scotland:

This was my first onion and cheese sandwich...did I mention that Trevor and I eat disgustingly unhealthy when we are not near each other?  And yes, I can still taste it when I burp.

My hotel.. The Bonham...highly recommend it

St. Gile's Cathedral!

Famous Scottish authors: 
  • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
  • Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
  • J.K. Rowling (1965- still alive!)

Top 10 Scottish inventions:
  • The Rotative Steam Engine by James Watt (1736-1819)
  • Tar Road Surfacing by John McAdam (1756-1836)
  • Bicycle by Kirkpatrick Macmillan(1813-1878)
  • Continuos Electric Light by Bowman Lindsay (1799-1862)
  • Antiseptic by Joseph Lister (1827-1912)
  • Telephone by Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)
  • Television by John Logie Baird (1888-1946)
  • Penecillin by Alexander Fleming (1881-1955)
  • Radar by Sir Robert Watson-Watt (1892-1973)
  • Dolly the Cloned Sheep by the Roslin Institute (1997)

Other inventions that were clsoe to making the list include:
  • the mechanical lawnmower
  • the fax machine
  • linoleum
  • air-filled tires
  • the vacuum thermos flask
  • ocean wave energy
  • anaesthetics in midwifery
Thank you Scots for all your work. 

My first thought about Scotland:   I am going to kill myself in a roundabout

My second thought:  This place smells liek Cheerios.

My third: this place is old.

A Scottish man making a plaid wool blanket in and old factory

Edinburgh skyline


Colleen E. said...

dude! it was at the housewives' place! thats awesome, was it cool?

Mary Ellen said...

Edinburgh is so cute!! Hasn't changed since 1974..

Trevor said...

mmm... onion and cheese sandwich. that gives me an idea!

Trevor said...

and who is this second future brother-in-law you speak of?

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