Goodbye 2012

2012 has been a great year. I started and ended 2012 without a job but this was also the year that I learned to not depend on work so much. I had a job that paid the bills, allowed me to enjoy time outside of work and I kept my friends from my previous role. The best of both worlds! Danny and I also had the chance to travel loads, book a trip back home, get new jobs and get really fit (Danny).

I started this blog in January but had sporadic posts during the first half of the year. Thought I would take a chance to focus on the (iPhone) highlights of 2012 and I look forward to continuing this in 2013 with more pictures and more posts!

January

1. Steak dinner at Grill on the Corner for Danny's birthday. 2. Birthday boy 3. Flowers from my colleagues after I got laid off 4. Did a lot of cooking in Jan, including cemitas

1. Steak dinner at Grill on the Corner for Danny’s birthday. 2. Birthday boy 3. Flowers from my colleagues after I got laid off 4. Homemade cemitas for dinner

February

1. Light dinner at The Bungo 2. A stop on our neighborhood pub crawl 3. Passed my Life in the UK test and sent away my ILR application 4. My local library

1. Light dinner at The Bungo 2. A stop on our neighborhood pub crawl 3. Passed my Life in the UK test and sent away my ILR application 4. My local library

March

1. 40th anniversary party for Danny's aunt and uncle 2. Mother's Day diner at Guidi's 3. Got Fernando a leash and he hated it 4. Day out at the races with some friends

1. 40th anniversary party for Danny’s aunt and uncle 2. Mother’s Day dinner at Guidi’s 3. Got Fernando a leash and he hated it 4. Day out at the races with some friends

April

1. Looked after Lucy 2. Easter dinner in Londonderry after a day of driving through N.Ireland 3. Night out at the Garage 4. Homemade burgers and chips

1. Looked after Lucy 2. Easter dinner in Londonderry after a day of driving through N.Ireland 3. Night out at the Garage 4. Homemade burgers and chips

May

 1. Spent the night at a castle for my 26th birthday 2. Tequila shot sampler for Cinco de Mayo 3. View from our castle room 4. Finally got my ILR 5. Sangria tour in town for my birthday 6. Beer garden for the amazing weather we had the last weekend in May

1. Spent the night at a castle for my 26th birthday 2. Tequila shot sampler for Cinco de Mayo 3. View from our castle room 4. Finally got my ILR 5. Sangria tour in town for my birthday 6. Beer garden for the amazing weather we had the last weekend in May

June

1. Rome 2. Ate Italian food for most of June 3. Sunset at 11 pm on the solstice 4. Had to evacuate the airport due to a fire drill

1. Rome 2. Ate Italian food for most of June 3. Sunset at 11 pm on the solstice 4. Had to evacuate the airport due to a fire drill

July

1. Orange walk 2. Olympic women's football match 3. Tried the new Brazilian steakhouse 4. Betting on the final game of the Euros

1. Orange walk 2. Olympic women’s football match 3. Tried the new Brazilian steakhouse 4. Betting on the final game of the Euros

August

1. Our B&B in Spain 2. Sangria in Seville 3. About to leave for Portugal 4. The beach in Nerja

1. Our B&B in Spain 2. Sangria in Seville 3. About to leave for Portugal 4. The beach in Nerja

September

1. Sunday roast 2. Drinks at T.G.I. Friday's 3. Library books 4. Homemade prosciutto and arugula pizza

1. Sunday roast 2. Drinks at T.G.I. Friday’s 3. Library books 4. Homemade prosciutto and arugula pizza

October

1. 3rd wedding anniversary flowers and cards 2. Beef bourguignon 3. Looked after Lucy again 4. Alumni reunion drinks

1. 3rd wedding anniversary flowers and cards 2. Beef bourguignon 3. Looked after Lucy again 4. Alumni reunion drinks

November

1. Thanksgiving dinner 2. Poppadoms and dipping sauces at Dakhin 3. First snowfall of the season 4. Lentil soup prep

1. Thanksgiving dinner 2. Poppadoms and dipping sauces at Dakhin 3. First snowfall of the season 4. Lentil soup prep

December

1. Christmas Eve 2. Family night out at the Christmas fair in Glasgow 3. Christmas day 4. NYE's curry

1. Christmas Eve 2. Family night out at Christmas fair in Glasgow 3. Christmas day 4. NYE’s curry

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Thanksgiving in Glasgow

An expat Thanksgiving is a funny thing. The holiday is in the middle of a busy working week and the rest of the country is caught up in the impending Christmas season. But even if you’re busy on the actual day, there’s always that longing for the holiday back home and the desire to commemorate it in some way. This year I was lucky enough to be working the US shift, so I automatically got the day off. And with Danny not starting his new job until the beginning of December, we had the perfect day to make our own expat Thanksgiving.

This is my second time making Thanksgiving dinner in Scotland but my third holiday in the country. I was over here for Thanksgiving in 2006. We had a theatre class field trip to Edinburgh on the actual day so we all celebrated that Saturday. Our trip leaders provided the turkey, but we had to make do with turkey breasts as that’s the only thing that could fit into their flat’s tiny oven. Everyone was assigned a side dish and I’m ashamed to say I went to easy route and brought a veggie/dip tray. I definitely wasn’t into cooking back then!

I had to work in 2010 but I brought in mini pumpkin pies to introduce my colleagues to some traditional Thanksgiving food. That Saturday I hosted my first every Thanksgiving and managed to cook a turkey, stuffing, scalloped potatoes, biscuits, cranberry sauce and a pumpkin pie for five adults and two kids! No pictures, I think that’s around the time my camera started to not work.

Spent last Thanksgiving in the States so that brings us to 2012. Even with my new camera I only have two iPhone pictures as the uploader’s not working right now (don’t worry, it’ll get fixed before our trip to the States).

My beautiful pumpkin cheesecake, before we cut into it and found it hadn’t set properly. Oh well, pumpkin chocolate chip mousse is just as good!

I made chicken instead of turkey this time, with my own special roast chicken marinade. I also made stuffing, scalloped potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts with balsamic glaze, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and a very pudding-like pumpkin chocolate chip cheesecake. We invited Danny’s mom over and enjoyed some cheese and crackers and homemade pomegranate martinis before the big meal.

Hope everyone’s still enjoying the Thanksgiving weekend or just a good old regular weekend here in the UK.