October Showers Bring...
I think I may have mentioned this before, but I'm not sure I'll ever get over listening to people eagerly planning their vacations to Calgary. I mean, c'mon, it's Calgary. I keep thinking "Go to Glasgow, add some snow, you're there."
I know, I know, that's not fair. In my defense, Edmonton and Calgary have a very friendly rivalry going. I've never stayed in Calgary longer than a weekend, and I usually go with some purpose, so I can't really picture vacationing there. I'd recommend people go to Banff or Jasper instead.
Speaking of vacations, I have officially started saving pennies up for my trip to Italy next summer. And I do mean saving up pennies. I've started tossing them all into a jar on my desk, and I intend to keep putting things in there until they magically turn into real money instead of little copper coins. It's a big jar, and it's already 1/3 full, so we'll see what happens. If you have any little copper coins from your country that you want to get rid of, I'll happily add them to my growing jar of Italy Money. (Note: I was very sad to find out that the little coins here are, in fact, pennies instead of pences. Although amounts smaller than a pound are called pences. But what really threw me is that there are no tuppence anymore, but two pennies. *sigh* Mary Poppins will never be the same.)
Right now, I'm working at a bank, kinda. That is, I'm working as a personal assistant to one of the big main huge people in the bank, which is slightly less intimidating (to me) than working for the Queen would be. I haven't actually meant the woman I'm assisting, but I am quite used to her voice, with the audio typing stuff. They warned me right off that I might have trouble with her accent, without mentioning why. She's American.
I found that really amusing, because at first, I couldn't place her accent at all, just knew it wasn't an Edinburgh one.
I am quite looking forward to two things that have become a bit of a staple in my November plans, including the bit where I plan for a few months in advance what I'm going to do for them. The first, and most famous, is that NaNoWriMo is up and running again this year. I've been a participant since the second year it was running, and have yet to be a finalist. I kinda suck that way. But this time, I'm all set to go, with much in terms of planning and deep thoughts.
The other (although I exaggerate to say it's been a staple of my Novembers, being that it just started last year, but I'm not exaggerating to say that I've been thinking about it for months) is NoNoNoNo. The idea is that, if a picture is worth a thousand words, and the NaNoWriMo people want to do 50 000 words, then maybe people with artistic talents of some sort could try to do 50 pictures, drawings, photos, or whatnots. Now, since I have trouble with my stick figures (no, really, check it out), I'm going to focus on doing photos. You don't have to do a theme, or so is what I gathered last year, but I thought I'd do two types of photos a day: one of a church (of which there are many), and one of a statue (of which there are many more). Gives me an excuse to have to go further afield every so often to get a new shot of something I haven't already photographed. I'm very excited. I'll be posting everything up on my flickr site, of course, because that's what I do, and it makes me happy.
Also, it's been raining, which I mention because a) my umbrella has apparently been eaten by a grue, and b) everyone at work is complaining about it, which always makes me respond with "But, it's Scotland, that's what it does!"