A Second Chance for Summer

July 16, 2008 at 10:09 pm (Me) (, , , , , , )

No, not in Britain, silly. That’s lunacy. No, here in my part of England it’ll  be a max of 20C/78F from now through the end of August. No running through sprinklers here – you’d freeze your ass off.

The Virgin sale to the US has been extended until August 4th. I dithered about booking a flight because of our financial situation, and the deadline was yesterday. Except, they’ve extended it. Excellent!

I have some nice friends in four states and a sister in yet another state who have said they’d give me a warm, dry place to sleep. Yay! I just need to work out if I want to do 5 states in 10 days or more or less. Plus there is making time to visit other family as well.

I will miss husband and the cats… but going to the US would be awesome-o.

Will decide another day if/when to go. It’s time for bed.

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What I miss about the USA

June 14, 2008 at 1:58 pm (Me, Moving to the US) (, , , )

  • The weather, specifically, having four proper seasons. It’s June and I’m wrapped up like it’s March. In winter down in southern England, it snows once a year and is melted by 10am.
  • The sun. Don’t get me wrong, I love that it’s green, but I’d just like the clouds to go away if they aren’t going to be productive.
  • The wildlife. Chipmunks and raccoons are very cute! With some quiet patience, they can be observed going about their business. I’ll never forget the time we happened upon some raccoons raiding our garbage bins when I lived in the Bay Area, CA. One was literally dangling from a tree by his front legs, about to make his move. A friend of mine there is even a raccoon foster carer!
  • The holidays. Halloween and Christmas just aren’t the same here, and of course there isn’t Thanksgiving or Fourth of July. We do make our own celebrations, of course, but it takes a lot of planning, insider knowledge and luck to assemble ingredients such as canned pumpkin and whole frozen cranberries.
  • Having family in the same time zone / country. I highly doubt I’ll ever live in the same state as family, but being 4 hours away by plane rather than 10 has got to be better! Three time zones instead of 7 is definitely better.

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