Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tentative Itinerary 2015: Day One

Today and through the 28th, I will be sharing our tentative itinerary for our trip to London.  We cannot anticipate the weather so, if we plan a day of being outside a lot on a day when the weather will be raining a lot, we will probably shuffle things around a bit.  Right now, the day I am typing this, the weather is predicting fog on the day we arrive.  I would love that!


Anyway, without further ado, here are the things we have planned, aware that with mice and men such things are bound to go awry.


Our flight leaves at 6:17pm on Friday and we land at 7:40am on Saturday.  This is an image of a 767-400 which is the type of Boeing jet we'll be taking.  This is my first time flying for so many hours so I am not sure how I'll handle it so this will be a grand experiment.


Because we land so early, I am not expecting our room to be ready for us.  But this is where we'll be staying:  the Taj at 51 Buckingham Gate.  When we went to New York, I didn't get a "before" picture of our room because Rob had food poisoning and had to lie down upon our arrival.  Hopefully this time I'll have an opportunity to get a pretty picture or two before we start unpacking.


Even if our room is ready, we'll probably dash over to Buckingham Palace to see The Changing of the Guard.  (Or we may decide it's not worth the bother.  I think a lot will depend on how much we want to walk around or how very tired we feel because, if our room is ready, we may prefer to just take a quick nap.)


Assuming we are eager to walk around a bit, about a mile away from Buckingham Palace is the oldest Irish pub in London.  Rumor has it, they serve wonderful bangers and mash so we hope to head over there for a little bite to eat before wandering back to our hotel and settling in for the evening.  No specific plans for dinner at the moment.  But with all the walking around we'll probably do and such, we are bound to spot a tempting eatery somewhere along the way. 

And if we do go to the pub, here is what we'll pass along the way there and back:
As you can see, if we do feel like walking, we'll see a lot on our first day. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Weekly Update: Not Enough Days in My Week



Can someone please give me another week of days so I can get everything accomplished?  Please?

Bit-by-bit, the pieces are all falling into place and it’s a good thing because we leave for London on Friday!  I plan on sharing our “tentative itinerary” just as I did last year when we went to New York.  Now, you may recall that our “tentative itinerary” didn’t even last 48 hours because Rob had food poisoning the day we landed and the next day we spent shopping for a jacket and hat for him instead of going to a museum or something similarly more enjoyable. 

(Have I mentioned I hate shopping?) 

Anyway, I’ll create another series of Tentative Itinerary posts yet; you can expect new posts every day from the 19th through the 28th, which is the day we land.  It will take me a few days to get posts organized upon my return.  But I also plan on getting a few book reviews queued up in my book review blog.  Hopefully, you will hardly feel my absence. 

Our friend Chris will be house-sitting and dog-sitting which, we hope, will keep the dogs from missing us too much.  I’ve created a “Survival Guide” which gives him all sorts of insight into the many quirks that Snowdoll and Holly have and what their routine is like.  He comes over often enough that they should be okay. 

As you can see, my mind is focused on our impending trip, but that didn’t keep me from having a full week.  Perhaps too full, frankly.  Remember how I’ve managed to lose 2.5 lbs since the beginning of the month?  Well, I regained all 2.5 lbs back again.  I still haven’t decided what to do differently upon my return from London but, in October, I will be recommitting myself to a few things.  Part of that recommitment will include one of the following for tracking things:

  • Utilizing My Fitness Pal again
  • Resurrecting my Body Blog
  • Moving back to either SparkPeople or Livestrong

In the meantime, to the best of my abilities, I am going to pretend that I am not 20 lbs over my target weight for this year’s weight loss goal.  Not making the progress I had hoped to make is discouraging and, somehow, I have to motivate myself to try again when I return from our trip.

On Thursday, Joe and I went out for lunch, just the two of us, and we had a fantabulous time.  He had discovered a good place for pizza and I have to say I agree with him.  (And yes, I have no doubt that this is part of the reason I regained the weight.)  It was so good, we’ve agreed to try to have a similar date once a season.  In fact, I talked with Shira about doing the same thing.  And with Marc’s and my having our twice a month video chats, I feel like the children and I are on a good path to keep up with one another while not overwhelming ourselves trying to do too much.  Shira has her conventions, Joe his family, and Marc his graduate studies. 

And I?  Well, I should have something, shouldn’t I?  And that’s part of what I plan on exploring more fully when I get home.  Kanika has a start-up business she would like to get up and started.  She’s invited me to work on a project to help her.  I’ve been trying to get the project started but I confess to being utterly uninspired and creatively blocked.  (Or maybe I just need a vacation.)  I also have another project I’d like to begin, one that would not actually manifest until January but will require a lot of work on my part.  I plan on ending the year with positive goals and projects in place, including my resuming my weight loss (finger’s crossed). 

This week . . .

I’m mostly already packed, although my carry-on is not yet done. But my clothes are all picked (black, grey, creamy white, with the occasional pop of red) and my books gathered—one physical and the rest are stored on my kindle.  Chris and Joe & Co are dropping by at various times on Tuesday.  So excited to see them all before we leave.  And Friday afternoon we leave for London.  Rob has never left the country; I have never left the continent.  You know we’ll have a wonderful time and, upon our return, I’ll tell you all about it.  In the meantime, cross your fingers for me.  I seem to be coming down with a cold. *sniff* *sniffle* *snuff*