Monthly Archives: November 2011

MOVEMBER

A 70’s cop, a certain MBA program director, certain hipsters and Ben. People that pull off the moustache.

I first heard of Movember when our Australian friend, Thomas introduced it to Ben and Will during their MBA year in Grenoble. It did not catch on among the MBA, Thomas struggled slightly to grow a stache, Ben says he looks like a 14 year old boy without his goatee and Will went a bit too far.

I noticed more and more men in Scotland rocking the mo (mo is slang for moustache), I did a bit of research and it turns out, Movember is a real thing, not only dreamt up by Thomas (sorry Tom) and it is attached to a great cause, Men’s Health.

During Movember, men are encouraged to go to the doctor for an annual check-up to help increase early detection for men-type cancers and other diseases. Beside the annual check-up The Movember Foundation encourages men to adopt an overall healthier lifestyle.

The U.S. site sums Movember up as moustache growing charity, you can sponsor your favorite MoBro and track their progress. Last year The Movember Foundation raised £11.7 million for their men’s health partners.

There are some strict rules that Ben did not follow, but if he was truly a MoBro (which he might be next year), these are the guidelines:

  1. Once registered at movember.com each mo bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face.
  2. For the entire month of Movember each mo bro must grow and groom a moustache.
  3. There is to be no joining of the mo to your side burns. (That’s considered a beard.)
  4. There is to be no joining of the handlebars to your chin. (That’s considered a goatee.)
  5. Each mo bro must conduct himself like a true country gentleman

If I had taken the initiative to sign Ben up, then I would be a MoSista. A title I am quite interested in.

As someone who is very fond of the men in her life, I think I might take being a MoSista to the next level in Movember 2012, so Ben, John, Charlie and Will, watch out!

(Sorry Dave, I think you would beat them all, but I am still very fond of you)

HOCKEY HITS SCOTLAND… I am taking a really interesting class, Journalism: A Practical Introduction to a Changing Trade. Last week we talked podcasting and how these audio pieces can enhance a story or act as a stand alone piece. Here is my podcast with photos from the Edinburgh Capitals game.

                                       

After 4 months, it is official, I am now a resident of the United Kingdom.

Here is the formal wording from the letter:

I am returning your document which features an endorsement confirming your status.

At present your only claim to remain in the United Kingdom is as the family member of a European Economic Area (EEA) national who is exercising Treaty rights here. If your family member decides to leave the United Kingdom, or ceases to exercise Treaty rights, or if you cease to be a family member, you would have to remain in the United Kingdom in your own right.

The Directorate should be notified immediately if your family member decides to leave the United Kingdom, or ceases to exercise a Treaty right here, or if you cease to be a family member.

Ben nor I know what the Treaty rights are, but they seem quite important and something Ben can give up (I hope this does not happen over Lent). I have my fingers crossed, I do not stop being a family member. I am pretty keen on being in my family. It is pretty great. 

Ben says I have nothing to worry about, but he is walking around with a little more power than usual. This is what I look forward to hearing around the house, ‘Buff, take out the trash or you’ll cease to be a family member.”

After checking, Ben has assured me, he is going to be careful about wielding his power and save it for big decisions. 

LOOK MOM, NO HANDS… I cannot bike very well without hands. This video has increased my drive to practice. I know I can do better. 

Can you ride without hands?

Have a wonderful weekend.

GOBBLE, GOBBLE

It is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and I am not with my fantastic family. So I am bit sad today.

Part of the gang is Ohio with my brother and his wife who are frantically cooking in their makeshift basement kitchen. Their planned kitchen renovations are not finished yet. I have no doubt the meal will be amazing. The one year I spent with them, John prepared the entire feast from the now discontinued Gourmet magazine. This included coloring hard-boiled eggs purple with beets for a deviled eggs recipe.

I just hung up with my brother Charlie in NYC and he walked us through his Turkey-day menu. As a trailblazer (inside joke), he is challenging tradition by making wild mushroom bread pudding instead of stuffing. I think we might try this, I am a bit of a trailblazer too (inside joke continued).

I had an email from my dear friend Jessica, reminding me of all our fun Thanksgiving eves past. Wednesday night was a great night to go out and whoop it up, this usually led to a taxi ride down Minnehaha Parkway to get home. We would anticipate the arrival of the Great Turkey who delivered the Thanksgiving gifts, we are still waiting. Maybe next year.

During my time in France, my fellow American ex-pat, Jenny and I would have mini-feast, usually consisting of a ‘poulet roti’ and mashed potatoes. Jenny threatened to make the traditional Parker Yum-Yum Salad, I think some of the key ingredients are, marshmallows, grated cheese, mayonnaise and cream cheese. Jenny is from Texas, so I think this explains a lot! Jenny did/does make a mean pecan pie!

Turkey prices in Scotland are quite dear (Scottish for expensive), Ben went to the butcher’s to see if they had a bird for our Saturday celebration, all they had was a 2 kg (4.4 lb) turkey crown for 29 pounds sterling (44 U.S. dollars). He went with a well cared for chicken. 

The image above is from my mom’s latest holiday card (remember the Halloween finger puppets).  Makes me even more nostalgic for Thanksgiving pasts.

Have a wonderful day.

Love,

B and B

BEN-FEATURED IN ARTICLE ON BUSINESS BECAUSE

BURSTING WITH PRIDE

(photo from La Foundation de la Haute Horlogerie)

Ben officially graduated from his MBA program. He will receive his degree with distinction. Due to his final thesis grade, you will be able to find a copy of his final work in the Dieter Schmidt library for infinity and viande!

So proud of you Ben.

NO THANKSGIVING EQUALS…

(Photo by Peanuts-Charles Schultz, Minnesota native)

Very early Christmas preparations. There is no turkey day buffer in the U.K. I realize in the U.S. there is a large grey area about when is it too early to begin your Christmas preparations. Not so on this side of the Atlantic, with no black Friday to officially kick off the season (what happened to Advent) in materialistic style. Macy’s will be  open for 24 hours, seriously, who is going to be buying INC. apparel at 3:00 o’clock in the morning.

John Lewis department store has already transformed their windows into Christmas wonderlands. This happened in early November. The giant pine tree arrived about the same time at the end of Leith Walk, a few blocks from our place, but it has yet to be unwrapped or lit. 

The advertisements for Edinburgh Sparkles and Edinburgh’s Christmas which from what I can tell are duelling Christmas sites have details about all the holiday happenings this year. German market, ice skating, ferris wheel, guhlwein and freshly fried donuts (are these now a classic Christmas treat). We will probably have a stroll around Princes’ Street Gardens where all the holiday happenings will take place, everything opens this weekend.

To keep the Christmas holiday at bay, Ben and I will be cooking a Thanksgiving feast on Saturday, it will be Ben’s first pumpkin pie. We just need to find a turkey, it’s Ben’s mission and he has chosen to accept it. 

LOVE BRET… Bret, my favorite member of the Flight of the Conchords,the hilarious mock-folk duo from New Zealand. The Conchords had a show on HBO and it is worth a watch. It was cancelled after two seasons, such a pity.

It was the story about how the pair was trying to make in it NYC. With their dedicated manager, Murray and their one and only fan, Mel, they were destined to hit the big time.

Fifty percent of the group is teaming up with the Muppet’s to work on the sound track for the upcoming movie. This is a very catchy tune, I am looking forward to the soundtrack.

Some of our Conchord favorites include Business Time,  Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros and Albi(The Racist Dragon).

  • THE ARTIST
    THE ARTIST
  • THE ART-WATER INCLUDED
    THE ART-WATER INCLUDED
  • ME IN GREEN
    ME IN GREEN
  • THE INSTRUCTIONS
    THE INSTRUCTIONS
  • THE OUTCOME
    THE OUTCOME
  • FOLDED CHAIN FENCE
    FOLDED CHAIN FENCE
  • BEN!
    BEN!
  • THE FULL WORK OF ART
    THE FULL WORK OF ART

ART, HUH?… Modern art is still challenges me even now I have Ben and his extensive knowledge. Take this exhibit from the Fruitmarket Gallery by Bill Bollinger, an American artist. Bill is no longer with us, but is interesting art his making the rounds. I do not understand how four plastic pipes filled with the water Bill used all those years ago constitutes art. This piece coupled with the detailed instructions of filling a room with graphite powder and the chain link fence which takes over the second floor leaves me scratching my head. It is only when Ben standing by a rusty barrel filled with stagnant water explains we should look at how the artist uses these objects in a new way that they begin to make more sense. Thanks Ben!

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