Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Yay! I'm home!
No matter how much fun I have on vacation, it's always good to come home. (Although the stacks of mail, piles of laundry, and empty fridge are a bit daunting!)
But I'm terribly jet lagged, having only clocked about 90 mins of shut-eye in the last 28 hours, so pardon me if this blog goes a bit awry.
But I have to tell you this...
Last Friday, my in-laws took me to the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh. I was ready for all kinds of Scottish-y goodness--bagpipes and kilts, thistles and tartan, etc, etc.
Think cows, sheep and horses instead. A real agricultural fair.
Now, we've established before how I'm not an outdoor kind of girl. Let me also state for the record that I am not a "country girl" either--the 'burbs are my home.
But there I am, watching sheep judging, examining really BIG tractors, not wanting to think about what I was walking through (and wishing I had another pair of shoes so I could burn the ones I was wearing...), and amazingly enough, having a great time.
Amazing Child, of course, had a blast, but I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much. And I learned so many new things, like:
--Horses are really, really big.
--Bulls are really, really, REALLY big.
--There are like 40 kinds of sheep.
--Even dressed up in their Sunday best for the judging, livestock still stinks.
But beyond livestock, I learned a lot of other cool stuff as well, like:
--Scotland has a Youth Hostel in a haunted castle.
--Mead is actually kind of sweet, not beer-like at all.
--Australians make sweaters and socks from opossum fur.
--Hay bales are really not that comfy to sit on.
So I was completely out of my natural element, but came away with so many new experiences and wonderful ideas that it was well worth my time (even if I hadn't enjoyed it). Have you ever been completely outside your comfort zone but came away with new knowledge or just a wonderful story to tell?
Now, I'm off to bed to try to sleep. But before I go, I need to wish Darling Geek and Amazing Child a very Happy Birthday today!