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Edinburgh, Scotland… I Miss You

There is not much I can say about Edinburgh except that it surprised me in the best way possible. I was expecting London to be life changing. I wasn’t expecting to fall so in love with Edinburgh. Its delicious, warm pubs, its bustling but quiet streets. Edinburgh Castle, New Town, Old Town… The White Lady, Zara, Paul… I have been obsessing ever since we left, in 2010.

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We walked 18 miles a day, ate sticky toffee pudding after every dinner, toured the castle for hours, shopped, braved the bus, picked out our future home, and visited Christmas carnivals. Edinburgh was enchanting, and I can’t get back soon enough.

xoxo, Mallory

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Corstorphine Abbey

You guys, I have a secret dream. I would do anything to run away to Scotland, buy a giant, old, decrepit building, and turn it into something wonderful. A gorgeous boutique hotel, that I could decorate with warm, red tartan and 12 foot sparkly Christmas trees this time of the year. A place where I could live with my family (and our two Scottish Wolfhounds, because I would have two – Reg and Mac) and work with some great people. An inn that would be so cozy and a breakfast cafe where Jon could show off his mad breakfast skills.

I even have a building and a name picked out: Corstorphine Abbey. I think about this a lot.

What’s your secret dream?

xoxo, Mallory

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30 Days of Thanks: Day 7

I thought long and hard about today. I knew what I was thankful for, but I was raised to be very hush hush about my political stance. It’s a very touchy subject and one that you should probably not discuss with new acquaintances. Many of my closest friends (and family for that matter!) have no idea where I stand on the political spectrum or who I voted for in this or the last election. This post will not get anyone closer to finding out either of those.

But I am thankful to live in a nation of the people. In a country where any natural born 35 year old can run and in a country where my vote counts. Not everyone can say that. Is our government perfect? Surely not. But it is a government that gives me a voice and for that I am thankful.

Today we are all feeling something about the election… excitement, elation, disappointment, confusion, a little high (not so fast Colorado… you may want to wait for the final word from the Federal Government before lighting up). My hope is that we can respect our elected officials and stand united behind them. We are only as strong as we are united. To quote Jack from Lost (in perhaps my all-time favorite line from a tv show ever) “If we can’t work together, we’re going to die alone.” What right do we have to get upset when another country badmouths our government and leaders, if we’re all over Facebook doing the same?

When we were in Scotland, we toured Edinburgh Castle. There was a section of the castle where American radicals were held during the Revolution. Carved into the door from one of the cells was an American flag. It was a very humbling thing for me to see. Knowing one of my fellow countrymen fought so hard for my freedom, my right to vote, my political voice, so long ago. Seeing the flag his hand carved while in captivity. Seeing how brave he was even when locked up.

So today, I am thankful for America, and for all the exciting benefits we truly have living here. Congratulations to all the winning candidates from last night, especially to our President. Lead us well.

xoxo, Mallory

Please, please, please keep comments nice guys. While we have the right to freedom of speech in this country, this is my blog, and I will revoke that right if you’re mean.

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30 Days of Thanks: Day 5

Our December 2011 trip to Scotland. The view from Edinburgh Castle.

Today, I’m thankful for the Air Force and the opportunities it gives us every day. Many of you know that the Mister is a pilot in the Air Force. Some of you know the frustrations I feel due to his employer. But with the not so great, there is the really great. A steady salary to help us pay our bills, put food in our belly’s, keep a roof over our head, and afford us the occasional treat. Health care, dental care, life insurance, and so many more grown up boxes are checked because of his job.

And then there is the fun stuff. The fact that we were able to travel to England and Scotland for a week last Christmas (and speaking of, I am thankful for Scotland. And England). The gym where I am welcome to any spinning class I want. The amazing friends we’ve made. And so many more extra little perks that come with being part of something so big – the military.

So today is a three parter – Thank you Great Britain, just for existing and letting this girl visit as often as she can. Thank you to the Air Force for providing a life for our little family. And thank you to my LT for working so hard, day in and day out, so we have these advantages.

xoxo, Mallory

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