#festive

I’ve been busy with several deadlines this week and have been trying to get all of my holiday errands done before I leave for the US on Monday morning!

Holiday studio dinner, GSA Christmas “Inferno” ball, wild weather…ending of term 1…

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Glasgow style

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primary school singing at John Lewis

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probably the biggest sweet potato in the UK

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studio improvements

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vocabulary lesson

OTD : “on the door” (as in, tickets available at the door)

ned : non-educated drunk

tatties : potatoes (cooked, not just loose potatoes at the grocery store)

neeps : mashed turnips

ehm : umm (like what you would say in between words/thoughts)

rasher : thick slice of bacon (but also the only kind of bacon)

crisps : potato chips

chips : French fries

till : cash register

trolley : shopping cart

bin : trash can

jumper : sweater

biscuit : cookie

quid : pound (£…like saying a buck)

tenner : £10 bill

fiver : £5 bill

kitchen roll : paper towels

hamper : either a laundry hamper or a gift basket

trainers : sneakers

To be continued..

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Christmas market at night, dinner at Carluccio’s, brunch at school, GSA Christmas concert

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(No thanks)

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Glasgow Thanksgiving

Of course I am a few days late with this post but to be fair I am still stuffing myself with plenty of leftovers and therefore, still in Thanksgiving-mode.

While it was hard to not be at home on Thanksgiving for my first time ever, we hosted a delicious feast for 25ish of our friends last Saturday which, I have to say, was a complete success. I spent the last few weeks gathering and sourcing all of the ingredients that I would need so we had all of the traditional favorites (although, since only 2 of our guests were American, no one would have known the difference)

– turkey (crown, not a full bird) with gravy
– mashed potatoes
– sweet potatoes
– green bean casserole
– cornbread stuffing with apples
– homemade cranberry sauce
– homemade pumpkin pie (with homemade crust)

– additional appetizers and desserts from friends

The biggest challenge was dealing with our convection oven – apparently these are supposed to cook faster and more evenly but it takes literally 2-3x as long to cook anything (plus it’s in Celsius…) I had one in my school apartment in New York and could never get it to cook properly either, so I’m really not sure what the big deal is and I am not a fan.

But anyway – some friends came over the day before to help with the pies and miscellaneous chopping, which was a big help! I also finally bought a microwave last week so that was great for some last minute reheating. None of my international friends had ever eaten a proper thanksgiving so they were all impressed and I was so happy to share our most delicious holiday with them!

My thanksgiving options at Tesco…no thanks

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(After my grocery delivery arrived with the turkey!)

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Party prep

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Took me a LONG time to make sure the turkey was done! Dumb oven.

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Plus so many pies.

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Happy friends

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Happy hostess

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Some more beautiful things…

GSA shop at Christmas

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Reid lobby at Christmas

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George Square at Christmas

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Happy plants

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Ceilidh fundraiser at school last night

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Tea and frangipane for studio

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Next week is the last full week of the term so this week = paper writing + presentation prep + hopefully some Christmassy things