Sunday, Ordinary Sunday…

Sunday is my least favourite day. It just seems worse than Mondays, because Mondays, at least, are a fresh start. A do-over. Poor Sunday. It just seems to epitomize that droning-meeting-white-noise bored feeling.

But the real issue is that I’m sick. Allergy sick. I got allergy tested (Thank you, Medicaid), and discovered that not only am I allergic to the grasses that make up those dumb turf lawns that are so popular back in my home state, but also a fair bit of trees, certain  kinds of mold, hay, dust, and feathers, of all things. Guess I won’t be going out and hugging any more trees anytime soon. *laugh*

So, when I was cleaning out the art supply closet at work, I got sick. Like almost instantly sick. Within in a few hours, I started to get a sore throat. It wasn’t until a few days later that I found out there was mold growing on some stuff in the closet. By then I was really sick. Lost my voice and everything, but at least it supported the results of the allergy test. But, do you know how BLOODY hard it is to supervise a whole passel of overly excited little munchkins when you can’t even talk? Luckily, the kids are some of the most amazingly sweet kids I’ve ever met, so I was spared a Lord of the Flies reenactment. *laugh*

This morning, I even dreamed I was cleaning out and organizing an artist’s studio. Which would have been really annoying in that I was dreaming about something I’d been doing all week. Except that the studio was an open air one, surrounded by a low stone wall, and real green grass growing everywhere. And it was warm,  but not too hot, the sky was a soft blue with clouds, and there was that wonderful kind of breeze that comes off the ocean–playful and mysterious and reminding you that nature is a conscious, vibrant entity.

And then I got a sense of my muse being present. Not really in person, just a feeling they were watching me (from afar) enjoy the wind blowing all my bad feelings away and tangling my hair. It was too poignant, and too simple to even exploit for a poem, but I just wanted to acknowledge them in some way, in case they are out there reading this blog from an alternate dimension. Even though I know perfectly well they are just my creative mind speaking to me, I haven’t been able to make that connection to the part of my brain/soul that’s epitomized by said muse. But, still, I’ve been missing you, my Muse/figment of my imagination.

And now I have to go clean my own house on this prosaic, ordinary Sunday. While dreaming of an ideal day that was shared over at a blog called “Scotland with the Wee White Dug”. Rain, a quirky museum, and scotch? Honestly, what could be more fabulous?

https://theweewhitedug.com/2017/02/18/hooray-for-rainy-days-in-edinburgh/

Summer Blues, Introversion, and Stout Beer (not necessarily in that order!)

 

Just can’t shake this summer lassitude. Wish there was a beach nearby. Been dreaming about visiting a friend in Hawaii. And, still having a bunch of other really vivid dreams. Ho hum.

This week, in addition to laziness and despite my social ineptness, I’ve kinda been wanting a friend, or a sidekick. I’m sure it will pass, and I’ll be back to my usual introverted, loner self soon enough–no worries! *laugh*

I’m not much of a drinker (I prefer milkshakes–sorry, cows  :-(–or a nice cup of tea), but I do love a good stout/dark beer from time to time.

Disclaimer: The Chaos Fairy not remotely a beer expert at all. *laugh*

I have so many fond memories of pubs in England, Scotland, and Ireland that I associate stout with my travels overseas. Also, I’m not really a fan of IPAs, ales–they’re just too sweet or something, or just not rich enough?–(like I said, I’m not really a beer connoisseur!)

I love Guinness draught, of course, but haven’t tried the Guinness Extra Stout, surprisingly.

I looked and looked but couldn’t find any gluten-free stouts (of course!).

Any recommendations, in general, for stouts and other dark beers?

I love this one. Samuel Smith Imperial Stout

A list of “Best Imperial Stouts.”

For a well-rounded breakfast.

Whew. Time for a lazy summer nap (if only!).

 

 

Be Warned: The Chaos Fairy Loves Travelling by Train!

Ever since I was in Europe, I have loved the convenience, and fun, of train travel!

So, this week’s Travel Tuesday post will be about–you guessed it–travelling by train!

I loved the convenience of my Eurail pass (up till today, I’ve been calling it EuroRail LOL). It was amazing to just go to the station and hop on the train to visit whatever city I felt like going to that day! Incredible experience!

Go plan your European adventure today!  http://www.eurail.com/

In the UK:

http://www.seat61.com/UK-train-travel.htm

http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/great-britain

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

http://www.britrail.net/

Ireland:

http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/ireland/index.html

South America and Central America:

http://www.seat61.com/SouthAmerica.htm

http://railsouthamerica.com/

http://gosouthamerica.about.com/od/gettingthere/tp/traintravel.htm

http://www.trailfinders.com/rail-travel

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_transport_in_Central_America

Australia and New Zealand:

http://www.seat61.com/Australia.htm

http://www.greatsouthernrail.com.au/

http://www.australian-trains.com/

http://www.railaustralia.com.au/

http://www.seat61.com/NewZealand.htm

http://www.kiwirailscenic.co.nz/

Miscellaneous Train Trips Around the World (including Africa and Asia):

http://www.irtsociety.com

https://www.greatrail.com/tours/around-the-world/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2583610/Around-world-53-days-The-ultimate-Great-Rail-Journeys-rail-trip-covering-23-000-miles.html

Train Travel in the US (essentially, Amtrak), but certain places offer short, sightseeing train trips. I’ve also listed a couple below:

http://www.seat61.com/UnitedStates.htm

http://www.americabyrail.com/

http://uncommonjourneys.com/theme/luxury-train/

http://www.greatamericancountry.com/places/travel/the-8-most-scenic-train-rides-in-america-pictures

https://roadtrippers.com/stories/heres-how-to-visit-the-most-badass-filming-location-from-the-fugitive (I took this trip, and saw the wreck!–A.C.F.)

Canadian Train Trips, and articles:

http://www.canada.com/travel/best+train+trips+Canada/1184594/story.html

http://www.canadiantrainvacations.com/

http://www.royalcanadianpacific.com/

https://www.rockymountaineer.com/en_US/

Share your Train Travel stories and experiences in the comments, if you wish!

Emigration…

I have no idea what (or where, actually) to cover for this week’s “Travel Tuesday” blog. 😦

All this travel talk, via my blogs and elsewhere, has me even more restless…

I’m thinking of emigrating outside of the U.S. Wishful thinking? Most likely…unless I become the next J.K. Rowling or something. *laugh*

But, while I’m working on a way to make the impossible possible, I’ll keep dreaming of Scotland, or Norway, or Sweden, or Spain, or Canada, or Iceland, or Denmark, or someplace in South America…almost anywhere, really.

Where in the world would you like to move to? (Where are you now, and do you like it?)

Touring Scotland and Outlander Tours with Carnegie Touring…

The owner of Carnegie Tours had been interested in the history of the 1903 opera house in Dunfermline, Scotland, whose interior ended up in the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. (http://asolorep.org/about/theatres-stages) In a roundabout sort of way, that’s how I discovered these tours Gerry McMullan runs, in Scotland. 

Unfortunately, I can only dream of taking a tour with his touring company. They not only offer great historical tours, but also “Outlander” tours (in case you don’t know about the series, the tour covers locations used in the film adaptations of the notable Outlander books written by Diana Gabaldon). If you have the wherewithal, I would encourage people to take one of these private tours–they look amazing!

Carnegie Tours: 

http://carnegietouring.co.uk/

For more information about the types of tours, and great photos, check out their Facebook and Twitter pages!

https://www.facebook.com/CarnegieTouring

https://twitter.com/CarnegieTouring