Saturday, February 16, 2013

School in the UK

I cannot even lie about this. School in the UK is seriously kicking my butt. It's not that I'm dying over the difficulty, it's that the whole structure is so vastly different!

By the time I've gotten caught up and I'm understanding what's going class! Totally dying!

But I'll update soon! Promise!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What the World Trade Center in NYC look like now

I've been in Scotland for about five days now. I kinda have my the sense that I can get to the university and the grocery store.

Baby Steps!

But because I'm not in America anymore I kinda missed out on all the 9/11 tributes that are happening. Reading updates from Facebook has made me sad because everyone is telling where they were when they found out.

But it made me wonder how the progress on the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in NYC was coming along and what it will eventually look like.

Supposedly, it's going to have tons of space for offices and performing arts..and a mega mall.

Sorry for the ridiculous amount of pictures...I just can't help myself really.

(via the World Trade Center webpage)
(Via The World Trade Center)

(via The World Trade Center)
 The building known as "One World Trade Center" (or 1WTC) is going to be the tallest building in NYC when it's done and the third tallest in the world, which is pretty spiffy. Plus...the height is supposed to be 1,776 feet high (1776 = the year of American Independence). I love nerdy stuff like that!
The tallest building in the world is the Burj Dubai, and for comparison here it is with 1WTC (an earlier version I think, but still a good comparison).
Here are the artist renderings of what it will eventually look like
(Via The World Trade Center
(Via The World Trade Center)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pinterest: Not just for dessert and craft projects! Pt 3 (or WW2 edition)

Yes, I know. Part three. I swear it's the last!


These are all World War II pictures, that I hadn't seen. And although it's war, they aren't horrifically graphic (besides the destruction that's occurring) but there is some bombing, and bombed out images. If that makes sense.
USS Shaw, exploding during the Pearl Harbor attacks 1941
Berlin in 1945 (post WW2). Just destroyed
A boy in a bombed bookshop after an air raid in 1940. (somewhere in the UK)
The moment of detonation at Nagasaki, Japan (9 August 1945)
Battle of Britain (I'm not sure where in England this is from...or the exact date)

children (survivors) walking our of the children's barracks of Auschwitz, 1945
St. Lo, France. Post D-day

And because I'll be in Scotland in about a week and a's the men of the 7th Seaforth Highlanders (of the 15th Scottish Division) in Normandy 26 June, 1944. They're being led by their piper. I love them already.
The 7th Seaforth Highlanders

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pinterest: Not just for dessert and craft projects! Pt 2

I know, there's a part two. I kinda got carried away with pictures. But...they're cool pictures right?


Cameron Highlanders (Scottish infantry regiment) march past the Great Pyramids in Egypt in 1940
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde's car, after the shoot-out
San Francisco after the earthquake, 1906

Crow warriors on horseback, 1908
former slaves in Washington D.C. in 1916
Survivors on the battle of Gettysburg shake hands in 1938
Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln's wedding portrait

Civil war era wedding dress
the seal on the third shrine of Tutankhamun in 1924
Dust storm (dust bowl era) in Texas, 1935

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pinterest: Not just for dessert and craft projects! Pt 1

I love Pinterest. Like...LOVE. It's a bit addictive. Ok... MASSIVELY addictive. But one of the things I like the most is finding people with awesome history boards.

Is my inner nerd showing?

Bandi't Roost in 1888, the most dangerous place in NYC at the time
The Hatfields (of Hatfileds and McCoy infamy) in 1897

Moscow air raid, 26 June 1941

Mardi Gras in New Orleans around 1900
A 19 year old Winston Churchill

Henry VIII's field armor (ca. 1544)

All Images found on
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Carry On Bag - Beauty

I'm ever so slowly packing. Very, very slowly. But, since one of the products I ordered off of Amazon came in, I decided to start packing the lotions, shampoo, moisturizer part of my luggage. The bigger containers went into one of my suitcases that will be checked,  but for the carry on bag, I had to raid my stash of hotel and beauty counter supplies.

via Amazon
Yes...I have a stash. And I'm not ashamed, when I travel anywhere, that's what I end up packing from. It's just easier, and cheaper, than running out to Walmart or Target and raiding their $1 section for the mini-sized products.

And tonight, I suppose I'll start packing some of my measly number of clothes that will translate over to the weather in Scotland. There's about a 25 degree (Fahrenheit) difference in temperature at the moment.

Or, put another way...that has made everyone but me laugh. The average summer temperature over there is about the average winter temperature here (if it's a cloudy and rainy day).

I've bought a huge coat. And gloves. And glove warmers. And a snuggie. Don't judge.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong, who was the first man on the moon, passed away this past week. My grandmommy told me how exciting the whole Apollo 11 mission was and how she watched every minute that showed on TV. I think the wonder of all that is something that I take for granted (because since I've been born, the human race has always been able to go to the moon).

(L-R) Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin

Picture Links:
Neil Armstrong Dead: First Man On The Moon Dies at 82
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