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Ten Things Tuesday... WHOOPS X2

Well, I’m still in the land of forgetting what day it is except to board my next plane or hop on a bus, so yet again I am posting a belated Five Things Friday!

I’m writing this in Dublin Airport drinking a cucumber, celery, spinach, and lemon juice from Marquette. Yummy! We’re waiting on our gate announcement for our flight back to London. I can’t believe my trip is coming to a close and I go home tomorrow!

It’s definitely bittersweet going back home each time, but I think I’m ready for some Alabama blue skies!

For now, here’s ten things!


  1. Something I Love

Tea Time!

This tradition is charming, but it’s also super tasty. I’m thinking I might still observe tea time and have myself some fruit scones once I get back to the U.S. I was never a huge tea drinker before I took this trip to London, Scotland, and Ireland, except for unsweet tea with a Splenda. (look I know it’s not good for me okay?!)

Now though, I might reach for that English Breakfast tea with a splash of cream and sugar…

Does anyone have a recipe for a Victoria sponge cake?!

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2. Something I Learned

While I was on a coach tour through the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness, our guide Graham told us the harrowing story of the MacDonald massacre of Glen Coe.

Around the first of February, soldiers led by General Robert Campbell were shown the famous Highland hospitality from the MacDonald clan of Glen Coe and received shelter, food, and water. These people broke bread together for two weeks then on February 13, 1692, the MacDonald clan of Glen Coe was slaughtered by their houseguests in the night. It’s estimated that 38 men, 2 women, and 2 children were killed with many others that ran away to the mountains dying from exposure.

This display of inhumanity is a complex history and there’s so much to read about, but even though 1692 seems far away to us, this massacre has left a scar on Scottish history that still impacts Scots and Highlanders today.

On a lighter and tangential note, the famous Highland hospitality is apparently the reason for phrases like cold shoulder and warm welcome.

I recommend the Heart of Scotland coach tour through the Highlands and Loch Ness for sure! If you are in Edinburgh, definitely check it out and ask for Graham as your guide.

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This is a folk song about the massacre of Glencoe that our guide played during our drive.


3. Something I Accomplished

Well, I did it! I made it to the top of Arthur’s Seat!

This is not a mountain by any standard, but standing at the summit, 823 feet high, had me thinking I was on top of the world!

The hike wasn’t a leisurely Sunday stroll and I tripped a couple times, so I felt accomplished when I made it. I was breathing heavy, and my legs were sore, but it was worth it. It felt like heaven standing that high above the city and seeing the world from that high up.

I knew why it was a famous and popular hike once I got to the top.

Something I found out that interested me: Arthur's Seat has a passing mention as one of the sights of Edinburgh in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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4. Something I’m Inspired By

On our tour of the Edinburgh castle, we got to go down into the prison where prisoners of war were held. During the Revolutionary War, an American soldier was captured that etched an early depiction of the American flag onto the wooden door of the cell. Something about that conviction and power just took my breath. It was incredible to see that it withstood the test of time, and the ideals that person believed in I am celebrating today as an American.

I love to travel and experience other cultures, but I love my home and I’m proud to be an American. Political climates change and our leadership changes, but freedom and the American Dream are timeless.


5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

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The Fitzgerald Society has invited me to present my research on Zelda Fitzgerald and “Three Ballerinas” in Toulouse, France at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference.

It is an HONOR to be included in this international opportunity, and I can’t believe I was invited to present! I hope to shed light on the legacy of Scott and Zelda in every step, and I can only do this with YOUR HELP!!!!!

EVERY donation counts! 100% of the proceeds go straight to transportation costs, rehearsal space rental, lodging in Toulouse for my dancers, and the production!

DONATE VIA GO FUNDME HERE

DONATE VIA PAYPAL HERE


6. Something I’ve Got Going On

DID YOU SEE ME ON THE ALABAMA BOOK FESTIVAL AUTHORS AND WORKSHOP LEADERS PAGE?! I am so thrilled by the opportunity to host a panel at Alabama Book Festival on April 13 in Old Town Montgomery. My workshop will be at 2 PM in the Loeb Center. This presentation will feature the research I’ve been doing on Zelda Fitzgerald as well as how this relates to Alabama’s Bicentennial and storytelling at large. I am unworthy to be included amongst such strong, brilliant minds, but I am honored nonetheless!

I can’t wait!

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7. Something I’m Listening To

So, I haven’t really been listening to a ton of music since I’ve been in Europe because I’ve been on the go, but one artist that’s been tickling my fancy lately is Sevdaliza. I really feel like a cool girl listening to Human. Listen on Spotify at the link below.


8. Something I Want to Try

I’m thirsty for adventure and physical challenge after this recent travel experience. I want to try rock climbing and bouldering, but I’ve never tried to before, so I’ve got to start with some practicing. Who knows? Maybe I’ll love it. Maybe it will be like crafting or putt putt golf and I’ll be royally terrible about it.


9. Something I Want

It finally happened… My beloved pink carry-on suitcase bit the dust….

This suitcase has been around the world with me. I even carried it up the 204 steps of the White Tower at the Tower of London. But then, on the cobblestone streets… the wheel popped off.

So, I’m looking for a new carry-on. I’ve seen a lot of things about Away suitcases, but I’m still on the hunt.

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10. Something I’d Like to Accomplish

Well, I’ve been bitten by the bug. After all the walking in Europe, hiking Arthur’s seat, and watching people walk the Scottish Highlands, I have my sights set on something bigger.

I’d like to hike the Inca Trail in Peru and explore the ruins of Machu Picchu.

Here’s a link.

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Six Things Sunday... WHOOPS

So, I’m writing this partly in a TEA GARDEN IN LONDON and a HOSTEL PARLOR IN EDINBURGH!!!!! Wooooo! I feel so cool sipping my tea and typing up a blog… Or maybe I just look like Kermit the Frog….

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I accidentally forgot to post a Five Things Friday in the heat of traveling and adjusting to UK time, so while I’m waiting on my travel friend, the Missandei to my Daenerys, the Monica to my Rachel, the Romy to my Michele, the Dionne to my Cher, the Ethel to my Lucy, I’m writing a quick Six Things Sunday to make up for it!


  1. Something I Love

I just saw my first international dance show. I'm so glad I got to spend the day sight-seeing and the evening watching Saburo Teshigwara’s dance interpretation of Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot at the historic Coronet or “The Print Room.”

Watching this show, and hanging out in the indie-famous underground lounge was nothing short of a beautifully satisfying atmospheric experience for my enneagram type 4 soul. haha

I was curious about this show of narrative based choreography based on a novel, and I thought it would definitely help me to see how a Bessie Award winning choreographer and internationally renowned artist would tackle storytelling. It helped me sooo much and definitely inspired me to try some new things.

Seeing a show like this definitely helped me understand structure and movement messaging, and I CAN’T WAIT to get back to the studio to keep creating and shaping my “Three Ballerinas” work and research on Zelda Fitzgerald! I’m thankful for the experience of watching such beautiful dancing tonight to get me acquainted with this new city and get me inspired for my own projects to come!

If you’re in London, or want to follow his choreography, here’s a link to the show.

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2. Something I Learned

F. Scott Fitzgerald was potentially behind one of Football’s greatest innovations (or at least a subconscious inspiration for it)

I had known about F. Scott’s passion for football for a very long time. In fact, his obsession with the sport goes deep! Not so fun fact: it’s actually believed he actually died with the Princeton Alumni Weekly newspaper in his hand reading about a recent Princeton football game, but last weekend Alaina Doten (the director of the Fitz Museum) mentioned on a tour that he’d been an innovator/inspiration of the two-platoon system of football.

DON’T BELIEVE ME?! Read alllllll these links below.

Also… Princeton has more football national championships than Alabama… (and definitely Auburn)

Scott, highlighted in color, in his football uniform

Scott, highlighted in color, in his football uniform


3. Something I Accomplished

#VICTORIASEVERYDAY

The Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series event at the Fitzgerald Museum last Saturday was a success!!! I was thrilled by the opportunities we had to facilitate important dialogue about the strong women of Alabama’s history, and what we can do to shape our state’s future.

I still need your help though!!!

The Fitzgerald Society has invited me to present my research on Zelda Fitzgerald in Toulouse, France at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference.

It is an HONOR to be included in this international opportunity, and I was invited to present! I hope to shed light on the legacy of Scott and Zelda in every step, and I can only do this with YOUR HELP!!!!!

EVERY donation counts! 100% of the proceeds go straight to transportation costs, rehearsal space rental, lodging in Toulouse for my dancers, and the production!

DONATE VIA GO FUNDME HERE

DONATE VIA PAYPAL HERE

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4. Something I’m Inspired By

While in London, I was able to go to the John Keats Home and Museum. It was absolutely unreal to have the experience of walking through his house and standing in the garden where he wrote his “Ode to A Nightingale.” I have always been inspired by his poetry, and I can get lost in the romanticism.

But, I must say I did have good fun trying on bonnets. Can we make them trendy again?!

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5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

Early tomorrow morning, I get the opportunity to hike the famous Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland. What I didn’t know was Arthur’s Seat is actually an extinct volcano! It is a part of the hills that form Holyrood Park, and the very top of Arthur’s Seat is described as the best view in the city. I know it won’t be an easy hike…. But, I want to make it to the top. Everyone I’ve talked to has really emphasized its grandeur, but I am thrilled nonetheless even though my little feet may be squealing by the end of it.

Arthur’s Seat is described by Robert Louis Stevenson as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design.”

I’m making the hike with my friend, Grace. She’s done the hike before, and so I’m happy she’ll be going with me.

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6. Something I’ve Got Going On

DID YOU SEE ME ON THE ALABAMA BOOK FESTIVAL AUTHORS AND WORKSHOP LEADERS PAGE?! I am so thrilled by the opportunity to host a panel at Alabama Book Festival on April 13 in Old Town Montgomery. My workshop will be at 2 PM in the Loeb Center. This presentation will feature the research I’ve been doing on Zelda Fitzgerald as well as how this relates to Alabama’s Bicentennial and storytelling at large. I am unworthy to be included amongst such strong, brilliant minds, but I am honored nonetheless!

I can’t wait!

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