I’ve been a little absent lately. It’s been busy since I moved back to America in August.
I wasn’t sure that I wanted to continue writing this blog after leaving Scotland in August partially because, well, the blog was about my life in Scotland and, well, I wasn’t in Scotland anymore.
But, I thought I do have a few announcements and whatnots and I did want to do a ‘2019 In Review.’ I concluded my semester at KU in the Museum Studies Masters Program. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at KU, however, due to changes with UK Immigration and Student Visas, as well as, my own research and job interests I applied to and was accepted into the Architectural Conservation MSc back in Edinburgh. My dissertation on the Botanic Cottage and a few papers this semester on Architectural Conservation made me realise how much I really loved the subject and wanted to pursue it directly.
And, just the thought of moving back to Scotland with real possibilities of sticking around has filled me with so much hope for the future. Words cannot express how happy I am to be returning to that life and to the people who made it so extraordinary. In the meantime, I will be using the first half of this year to decompress and not have academic commitments for the first time in eight years.
But, with that out of the way. Here’s my ~Year in Review~.
I rung in 2019 in Edinburgh. My parents sent Crosby back with me and we celebrated Hogmanay by watching the fireworks over the Castle from the Bruntsfield Links. The EUMC went to the Cairngorms. There was a Burns Night Ceilidh.
I worked on my dissertation. My parents called to let me know that Mulan, our 12-year Newfoundland, passed away and I ran off to Shetland with Ben and Alven.
I finished my last semester in my undergraduate degree and submitted my dissertation. Then I went to the Bothy to celebrate under the pretty stars. After four years, I finally made it to Camban.
Mom and Dad called to let me know that my cat Rory passed away due to a heart defect. I flew back to America the next day and met up with my family for vacation. I celebrated my 22nd Birthday back in Edinburgh and got stupid drunk.
Caitlin, Ellie, Sophie, and I drove from Edinburgh to London and then took the train to Paris for a week. I saw the prettiest stained glass in my entire life. The last week of May, I left Edinburgh with the EUMC for the annual road trip to wherever the weather is nicest.
Continued traveling about. Made it to Applecross for the EUMC Dinner Meet. Said goodbye to a lot of friends for a while. Went to Lewis and Harris with Alven and Ellie B. Returned to Edinburgh to pack for excavation season at Bamburgh as the Assistant Finds Supervisor.
Family arrived in Scotland for my graduation. Graduated from the University of Edinburgh in History and Archaeology with First Class Distinction. Said goodbye to Gregor, Tuva, and Erling and Roseneath as we knew it. Returned to Bamburgh to finish excavation season.
Returned to Edinburgh. Waited in a thunderstorm for four hours to get front row spots at the Florence + the Machine Concert in Princes Street Gardens with Ellie B. The fireworks from the Military Tattoo held at the castle went off during the encore set. It was magical. Movers arrived at Roseneath and boxed my room up to be shipped to America. I left Scotland on 10 August.
Started a new job and spent time with my new puppies. Read a few books and cleaned out my closet. Seven kittens randomly appeared on my porch.
Snuck one of the kittens from outside inside. I named him Henry. Worked my job and worked on my novel. Read some papers and some books. Shipment of stuff from Edinburgh finally arrived and there was only one casualty. RIP ‘The Celtic World’ by Miranda Green.
Tuva visited Lawrence!! I took her to a KU basketball game and to the Tallgrass Prairie Reserve. I was really happy to see because I miss her lots. I also didn’t post on Instagram for a month???
Finished up semester at KU. Time at home, worked, and went to visit family. Spent Christmas at home. Went to Hays for New Years Eve. Taking time to relax and decompress before returning to Scotland.
And that’s the year.
I could say there’s ‘lots of stuff ahead for me in 2020 !!!!!’ But, in the meantime I’m going to sleep, work, read, write, go to yoga, cycle, and climb. You’ll hear from me when you do.