Wednesday, 10th of January
There was lots of stuff to do around the house on my day off today. So, naturally, instead of doing any of it I snuck off to Edinburgh for brunch, birds, and botanics with my gal pals Anna & Natalie. I mean honestly… when life presents you with lemons, you make breakfast plans with your mates.
We met up and did what I legitimately consider Clarissa’s Perfect Day. That’s 1: a Blue Bear brunch (delicious). 2: Walk round the corner to the Edinburgh Botanics… which is free. (Does it get better than a free garden?) 3: Leave botanics, go ingest chocolate at Coro Chocolate Lounge.
Like I said. Perfect day material.
Despite the somewhat cold and drizzly weather, we had a fantastic wander round the botanics. My pal Nat even ushered us into a greenhouse that is free for wandering–the big, fancy glasshouse though costs to get in, so I was on board to see this one since I knew nothing about it! Before long inside amongst the palms and giant banana fronds, we noticed a little guy keeping up with our progress… can you guess who it was?
Ha!!! Who knew. The horticulturalist inside spotted us hurling suet pellets his way (a girl must always be prepared), and said, go figure!, that he would take them from your hand. What transpired for the next hour or so was my gal pals doing some sketching and attempting to coax him to take a treat. (He did!!)
And that’s how you win others over to the bobbin dark side.
All in all, a lovely day.
Thursday, 11th of January
Work work work. Didn’t take any photos today. So I’ll fall back on my media intake. Today was our second week of 2018 Movies! This one was Haitham’s pick, and he (rightly) chose a movie Jessica gave to us while visiting her in Little Rock. It’s called Away We Go, and it was a lovely, funny, wee slice of life film that sort of encapsulates modern relationships and all that come along with them. We both enjoyed it!
The story is about the relationship between two 30-somethings who discover that they’re pregnant. As couples go they’re adorable and quirky–but it’s also worth noting that the guy is played by that one chap from the Office, and the gal was in Saturday Night Live. There’s also some delightful guest appearances–one of my faves was from comedian Jim Gaffigan, who is honestly a treasure.
Anyway, the couple (Burt and Verona) decide around the 6-month mark that it’s time to find a new nesting ground, and plan a multi-trip adventure to scope out several different potential cities to move to. They visit Arizona, Florida, even Canada. These are all places where they have family or friends, and ultimately where the humor of the movie take place. Needless to say every experience they have is… perhaps not quite what they’d been expecting. My absolute favorite is when they go to visit Burt’s childhood playmate, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, a young mom taking the “return to nature” type of parenting style just a little too far.
So thanks Jessica for pushing this one into our hands. I’ll try not to offend you by purchasing any strollers in the future!
Friday, 12th of January
It’s funny to see how distracted everyone is at work now that there’s a cute cat around. Me too. Wee Molly really knows how to steal the show–but it’s really adorable seeing how our customer’s faces light up when they spot her. Either that, or they scrunch up their faces in confusion when they see her pop up somewhere strange.
After, we watched an episode of Black Mirror. This one would’ve been perfect to get us in the mood for Christmas if we’d timed it right. White Christmas… the episode that I counted at least five people’s lives getting ruined, all rolled into one episode!