Today, I am enjoying a lazy Saturday by myself. I am currently sitting at Starbuck's sipping a coffee (Yes, I have developed a small taste for coffee) and catching up on email, looking for jobs, etc. Jignesh left at the break of dawn yesterday for a 10 day trip to the states. While I hate being away him, this trip marks the end of all his travels for a while (at least I hope). Jignesh's trip is quite a whirlwind as it will start with a visit to Charlotte to see his Mom and sister and then proceed to Orlando for a conference. After the conference, he will head to Knoxville to visit my parents and to collect our "son." The trip will finally end with a long drive from Knoxvill to Cleveland where father and son will board a flight to London next Sunday!
I will be extremely relieved when I see Jignesh and Schlopy walk through the Gatwick airport (I think that is a future photo op). The whole process of getting Schlopy here as been long, confusing, and frustrating. I just hope all the paperwork is completed correctly and all goes well with customs. I have had nightmares about some mean customs agent who got out of the wrong side of the bed and sends Schlopy to quarantine. My parents deserve a ton of credit as they have been incredible about helping with the process... or maybe they are just anxious to get rid of Schlopy!
This week past week was a rather quiet one. I am trying to break out of my shell and meet people on my own. On Tuesday, I attended a meeting of the American Women's Club in London. I am not sure if a women's club (I will let you determine why) is my thing but I know I should give it another chance. On Wednesday, I met up with a runing group and then joined them for a pint at a pub....this is more my style. Throughtout the week, I have been slowly unpacking our sea shipment (surprisingly everything arrived intact!) and attempting to find creative ways to organize and store our belongings. We still need to buy quite a few pieces of furniture (dressers, dining table, etc) but it is nice to have our stuff.
Oh, I did see Buckingham Palace and the beautiful St. James Park for the first time...I am saving the tour for when we have visitors (HINT, HINT, HINT). The Queen was hosting a garden party so there were quite a few people strolling around in dresses and suits. Some of the women were wearing very interesting hats and I even saw a few men with thick gold necklaces/medallions around their necks...I later learned that these medallions probably indicate a level of knighthood. Umm...I wonder I could score an invite to the next garden party?
Ok, I am off to Tesco, the local grocery, store to find some goodies for dinner.