It’s been a whirlwind month. November was here and just like that bottle of Dalwhinnie single malt whiskey I drank at the Bothy in the course of a single night… it was gone.
(I’m not going to comment further or defend myself, but just know that I had a great night and in the four years of living in this country cha girl has learned a few tricks about alcohol consumption and optimal pacing.)
Apologies for not posting in a month. November hit me like a ton of bricks and between uni work, a cold, and seasonal depression because it gets dark in Edinburgh at 3 pm… it’s been a long month.
I just submitted my final essay for the semester, an lil 3,000 word piece about the appeal of sexual renunciation for men and women in the first to fifth century Roman Empire. It’s for my Early Medieval Sexualities course.
Turning in that essay marks me as finished for first semester!
Because I am smart and only took classes with coursework, I don’t have any upcoming exams. I have work to do over break on my dissertation… but for all official purposes I’m on holiday.
Since our last meeting, a few important events have occured.
1. Democrats flipped the house and elected a RECORD number of women and people of color. Including Sharice Davids of Kansas District 3 – one of the first Native American Women in Congress!
2. I traveled northward once more to the EUMC Bothy. The Bothy trips is (and will probably always be) my favourite meet of the year. We filled the trip with a record high of nearly 50 Yummicks and booked it out of Edinburgh on Friday night to secure spots on the highly coveted alpine bunks. I spent Saturday reading a few articles for my EMS essay and Sunday helping out with bits and bobs around the Bothy. Once a Bothy Secretary always a Bothy Secretary I guess.
Saturday night was as to be expected and cha girl lived the tell the tale.
3. We hosted 40+ at our flat for Thanksgiving. Gregor, Erling, Tuva, and I hosted our very own American Thanksgiving and invited all our friends around for food and comas! Thanksgiving is always a special time of year for me and I tend to get over sentimental and cry a lot. Having spend Thanksgiving outside of America and my family for the past four years doesn’t make it much easier.
Per tradition, before we tucked in everyone had to say what they were thankful for. Me? As I looked around at my friends I said that I was thankful for the hope that I saw sat around our living room in Edinburgh. I was thankful for the hope I saw for the future. I was thankful for the hope vested in my friends from all over the world. I was thankful we were all able to sit down together for meal. Looking to each one of them, I know, that together my friends and I will overcome the bigotry, hatred, and fear seemingly everywhere these days. Even when things seem the darkest, I hold onto that hope I saw in my friends faces.
“Hope is like the sun. If you only believe in it when you can see it, you’ll never make it through the night.” – Leia Organa
Other happenings? I went to the Botanics to see the Christmas lights and went to the Murrayfield Ice Rink for some Ice Princess Antics.
Other happenings coming up this week! I’m taking the week to chill out. I’m going to catch up on the books I’ve been reading and work on my writing. I have three pretty major events which I’m really excited for as well.
One of my favourite authors, Maggie Steifvater is doing a surprise writing workshop in Edinburgh this week. She’s in Scotland for a personal trip and decided to host an impromptu event. It’s an informal event with lectures and Q&A about writing novels with fantasy elements. I’m honestly really excited to go.
The EUMC is hosting its annual Christmas dinner as well. It’ll be a great evening with everyone and a little bittersweet as well for most of us it’ll be our last Christmas dinner all together.
And, then the next day it’s off to Glasgow to see Hozier in concert!
I’ll be punting around Edinburgh until my flight back to America on the 17th but after all the hard work I’ve been putting in this semester, I’m glad I’ll be taking some time to enjoy Scotland this December.