Update #4: Passport

Remember the tax return and me trying to get a passport? Despite the best (read: worst) efforts of the people at Sam's Club's photo department, I did get it. See how pretty?

Picture inside? Not so pretty.

And then, miracle of miracles, the stars (and the ticket prices, and the childcare options) aligned enough for us to use them.

I'm going to LONDON!!!

(Like, the REAL one, not one of the fake ones in Ohio or Texas. The actual actual London. With the Queen and English chocolate and cheeses and Benedict Cumberbatch.)

GH and I leave in September, the day after my 35th birthday. (Also, 35? Seriously? How did that even happen??? Well, there's no better place to celebrate turning the age of Olde than in London, I'm sure.) My mother, who shall be counted among the angels, is coming down to Utah in September to visit the forthcoming heir of Coolboy and his wife. I caught her in a weak moment and she agreed to extend her trip and stay at my house to watch Loki and the Dark Lord for a week.

She is the best, all glory be upon her.

This trip is basically all I eat, sleep, and breathe at the moment. I've created the Google Doc Budget Spreadsheet and the Google Doc England Itinerary. I spent days looking at apartments on Roomorama. My Pinterest boards are going crazy with walking tours and yarn stores and food markets, oh my!

GH, who is (understatement) a Beatles fan, is the reason we are spending a couple days in Liverpool.

It's been fun researching a city I don't know and figuring out all the fun things to do there. Including, of course, a guided Beatles tour.

Also? The thought of a 10-hour transatlantic flight without children seems like the very height of decadent living to me. I will be able to read! Or knit! Or knit while---sorry, whilst reading! I can eat foods while they are still warm! I can take naps! Nobody will talk to me or ask me things! I will (let's hope) not get other people's pee or poop or vomit or milk on my clothes! And just to add to the awesome, I booked with British Airways, like I'm Kate Winslet or someone.

I am so, so, so excited. 

Aw yeah. Pretty much the same thing as a day spa.


Liz Johnson said... [reply]


I recently got my passport renewed, too, and I'm heading to Mexico in August (without kids). I feel the same kind of OHMYGOSHTHEAIRPLANERIDE!!!!! excitement. Although London?!??!?!?!?! I am so, so excited and happy for you. Talk about a dream trip!

Rachael said... [reply]

Oh man, what a dream come true! Having dinner without anyone asking you if you pee on the potty. No one making the same inane noise for twelve minutes straight. Seeing sights without counting minutes until nap time. The very height of luxury!

goddessdivine said... [reply]

Woohoo!! I'm right in the middle of my European "Holiday" (in Norway now) and spent an entire week in London. LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT!!! Oh you'll have so much fun.

Saxon said... [reply]

Are you going to come to the midlands at all??? :-)

Desmama said... [reply]

I am so happy for you! This is going to be a great trip!

Nemesis said... [reply]

Liz Johnson, aren't Mom Dreams the best? (My dream is to sit in a cramped metal box hurtling through the air All. By. Myself.)

Rachael, RIGHT???

Goddess, I'm having SO MUCH FUN reading about your adventures!

Saxon, it's not looking good. The Liverpool trip is kind of eating up all the "outside of London" excursions. But never say never!

Desmama, you are the best.

Missy W. said... [reply]

Give Benedict a kiss from me!

Bebe McGooch said... [reply]

Woo woo! So exciting!

Kari said... [reply]

I was driving back from taking an American friend to Stonehenge when I saw your post. I've been reading your blog since, I think, right after you left England and I came here after marrying a Brit. I think the Jepsons told me about your blog. Yes?

Regardless, your post made me wish I knew you personally so I could offer for you to stay with us and train it into London. But alas, we do not and instead, now I just possibly sound like a deranged virtual stalker who feels like she knows you and wishes she did. :)

Have a great time in England! and if you get stuck or need any American help, I'm your girl.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Kari, that is the nicest offer a deranged virtual stalker has ever made!!! If I was traveling by myself, I would probably take you up on it. But I am traveling with my dear husband who, bless him, has greater privacy needs than I do. He already nixed the idea of us renting a room in a house that has people in it. :-(

Nemesis said... [reply]

I mean, not that you actually MADE that offer. But it's always nice to meet kindred spirits!

Mrs. Clark said... [reply]

Three words for you: Liberty. Of. London. Be prepared to spend there, though. The yarn is so lovely…

Beth said... [reply]

I laughed out loud at the "whilst" part. They do say that a lot, don't they? I totally brought it back with me. (I wonder if any of my classmates picked up anything, like Awesome, or Totally?) I was worried I'd end up (accidentally) doing the Madonna thing where I slip into a British accent, but, luckily that didn't happen. But whilst... that word stuck with me.

Visit a cool library for me!

Nemesis said... [reply]

@Missy W. Since that means TWO kisses, you bet I will!

Bebe, thanks! I pretty much spend all my time dreaming up itineraries, not at all like a big dork.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Mrs. Clark, I just put it on my list!

Beth, the plan is the British Library and then the Liverpool Central Library whilST in Liverpool! ;-)

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