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Sunday 18 August 2013

Life's been busy lately - the kind of busy that has had me frequenting airports - and while I'm always happy to travel, a part of me is relieved for things to calm down a little.  I'm ready to get back into the routine that Fall often brings.

Posts around these parts have been heavily travel based and very often, written in advance and prescheduled as I try to keep on top of the blog so today, as we enjoy a quiet Sunday in the comfort of our home, I thought I'd take a page out of Betsy's book and catch you up on the non-travel side of our lives.
(L) A castle in Aberdeenshire visited this week.
(R) Saturday night chocolate chip cookie baking.

C u r r e n t l y...

Listening to the sound of the wind whipping around our apartment, Joe's computer keys and mouse clicking as he catches up on an agglomeration of work sent his way from Norwegians returning from their summer holidays and the hum of the overhead fan in the kitchen that never seems to shut completely off.

Reading Orhan Pamuk's Istanbul: Memories and the City in preparation for a trip to Turkey next month.

Writing more in my head just before I fall asleep that never actually makes it to paper (or computer.)  It's funny how that happens - during the day when I'm on my own, my focus wanes yet as I'm falling asleep, the sentences practically write themselves.

Watching House of Cards on Netflix and enjoying it.  As usual, it felt a little slow at the start when we were trying to figure everything out but as we near the end of Season 1, things are coming together and I'm sure we'll be anxiously awaiting the premiere of the second season.  This morning we watched Mud after a French toast breakfast - both of us enjoyed it.  It reminded me of those coming of age American books and films (Huck Finn, Stand By Me, The Outsiders) with a little bit of adventure and an occasional pull on the heart strings.

Cooking this Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup recipe in hopes of trimming down my massive basil plant that sits on my window sill.  That thing has been growing like crazy and I'm constantly looking for recipes that could benefit from some fresh herbs.

Wearing a J Crew t shirt and my Lululemon WonderUnder pants that I've seriously been living in whenever I'm at home.

Clicking on this letter that Stephen Fry wrote to the International Olympic Committee & David Cameron in response to the anti-gay laws in Russia.

Hope you all have a nice Sunday!

{Linking up with Siddathornton}


  1. mmm i love tomato soup!! let me know how that recipe turns out ;)

  2. I definitely know the feeling of being relieved when things calm down! I've been up and traveling and moving for the last couple of weeks and while I love being up and on the go, my body is starting to feel the stress. I've been doing some surfing around on your blog to get some travel inspiration, because I'm going to Stavanger next week, but I'm wondering if there's anything you haven't blogged about that I shouldn't miss?


  3. I'm stopping by from Lauren's link-up! That book about Istanbul sounds lovely. Are you enjoying it so far? I'm always on the lookout for more to add to my reading list... :)

  4. One of my all time favourite favourite books is by organ pamuk- the museum of innocence. Hope you are enjoying his beautiful words.

  5. The roasted tomato and basil soup sounds so delicious! I can't wait until it gets cooler outside so I can add them to my usual menu :)

    1. It was so good. My husband proclaimed that I make the best soup in the world ;-)

  6. HEY THAT'S ME! glad you did this - it's such a fun breezy way to catch up :) Hope you enjoyed?

    I loved House of Cards, though I was heartbroken to read that most of it was filmed in Baltimore. DC, GET IT TOGETHER. Do you know when the second season is supposed to start?

  7. So incredible that you guys are off to Turkey in a month!... one word of advice through, be weary of the turkish baths. They are an... interesting experience (think huge half-naked turkish ladies scrubbing your every visible nook and cranny) ... but it is true that your skin comes out softer than it's ever been before. I've done it once and I think that's enough to get me through life ;)


    1. haha! it sounds like the korean bath houses as well! i hope you enjoy it! and i agree, as much as i love traveling, sometimes it feels good to come back home and be still for a bit : )

  8. yes to visiting castles annnd cookies! yum :)

  9. I really enjoy reading posts like this from my favorite travel bloggers. This is how you get to know the "person behind the blog".

    I wasn't sure whether Mud was worth the rental or not. You convinced me at Huck Finn. :o)


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