Sunday 31 August 2008

Who is Sarah Palin?

-She was elected Alaska's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage.

-She has no foreign policy experience.1

-Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2

-She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.3

-Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4

-She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.5

-She's solidly in line with John McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy. She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won't be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.6

-How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.7

1. "Sarah Palin," Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008
2. "McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate," NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008
3. "Sarah Palin, Buchananite," The Nation, August 29, 2008
4. "'Creation science' enters the race," Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006
5. "Palin buys climate denial PR spin—ignores science," Huffington Post, August 29, 2008
6. "McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy," Sierra Club, August 29, 2008
"Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past," League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008
"Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor," The Times of London, May 23, 2008
7 "McCain met Palin once before yesterday," MSNBC, August 29, 2008

Monday 25 August 2008

Back to work...

I've only got 4 more days left at the NHS, but tomorrow will be my first day at work in 25 days and in my opinion day 2 of jetlag is the worst. So how do I plan to deal?

Do the Dew (diet)......

Saturday 23 August 2008


I'm too lazy (and also on free wifi waiting for a flight) to save all the pics and then reupload them, but here is a link to the rest of the previews of our professional photos from my photographers blog:

White Imagery

Saturday 16 August 2008

Cinco años

Five years ago today I met my husband. I know we have a new anniversary now, but still I can't believe that 5 years ago today I stumbled into Garrett's with my Mom and never looked back!

Tuesday 12 August 2008

Republica Dominica

The weather in Punta Cana is amazing so far to match everything else at our resort. More to come soon!!

Friday 8 August 2008

MacGyver was Scottish, right?

So the emergency kilt from Arizona showed up, but it doesn't fit. So after the rehearsal dinner tonight we MacGyvered it with cut up pieces of different belts and brass brands and safety pins. It should hold for the ceremony, but he will change into trousers for the reception. I've just popped a benadryl (I'm covered in bug bites and it makes me drowsy) and I'm off to sleep alone in my wedding bed. We are going to phone the Cincinnati baggage claim tomorrow and see if the bag is there, so far no one in Manchester or Chicago can tell us anything.

Thursday 7 August 2008


So the luggage is still missing in action. It's not just not here, but they can't tell us where it is. I randomly was able to find a modern hunting McGregor kilt from Arizona Kilts in Flagstaff. The guy was from Aberdeen and really helpful. They overnighted it to me and it should arrive today. Still need to get NBH a shirt and tie and hopefully con an optometrist into giving him some contacts.

Our mani/pedi party and my bachelorlette party last night were lots of fun. I thought it was hilarious to sing "Before he Cheats" and "Goodbye Earl" in a veil at the strangest karaoke night ever at Rock Bottom Brewery. I also rode a bull at Cadillac Ranch and shook my moneymaker at the Lodge. And hilariously somehow a man (who was really a woman) took NBHs Mom and Grandma to some bar (they wanted a sandwich) and then the bartender arranged for them to have a police escort (bike cop) home. Ahh I love randomess!

Wednesday 6 August 2008

I hate O'Hare

So we left the flat at 52o am popped off to Glasgow airport and made our flight to Manchester fairly uneventfully. We landed in Chicago and went to get our luggage to clear customs and NBH's bag never came. His bag, which has his kilt in it (you can't hang a kilt) is missing. So we report it and I go and re-check my bags and then I learn our flight is cancelled. Yes a flight from Chicago to Cincinnati was cancelled because of a hurricane in Texas. Why? I guess because of incoming aircraft but whatever.

The first guy we speak to is a complete assclown. He said you can leave tomorrow at 11:15am; no food, no hotel-- NOTHING. We ask to see a supervisor and he too refuses us any help. NBH's Dad flashes his BMI Gold Card and I show how I'm schlepping around my wedding dress and they don't care. At one point I said "Thanks for ruining my wedding" (I was super tired, ok!) and the guy said "You are very welcome." NBH almost punched him.

So we are cursing United and I'm trying to figure out how much it would be to rent a car and drive and NBH's Dad decides to try another agent. Oh I should mention at this point I (and James and Laura) are told that as we've re-checked our bags, even though the agents shouldn't have, we can't get them back. This new agent without us asking gives NBH and I flights for 7:50 on Delta and the other 8 of our group $15 in food vouchers, a free hotel room and flights the next morning.

So NBH and I change terminals and wait and wait and wait in line at Delta where we are told that they will not accept what United has given us and we need a "Fim" and/or a new paper ticket. So we change terminals again (f-ck the trams, seriously) and wait and wait and wait and wait to get new paperwork from United.

United tells me well this was ticketed by BMI we can't give you new paperwork, I can put you on tomorrow morning's flight, but no free hotel. You can talk to the supervisor. So we go to talk to the supervisor and he says okay I will help you but give me 5 minutes. So when he comes back I said "I'd really like to be in Cincinnati tonight, but if not I want a hotel room, please." I should mention that all around us people are complaining and getting denied hotels, complaining about long waits and one guy had lost his 83 year old aunt (I'm still not sure why this guy didn't use the PA or tell the airport cops). Anyway this guy says here you go, good luck with your wedding and gives us boarding passes for a 9:50 flight. Yes, we will be in Cincinnati tonight.

So NBH and I go and get a bagel and have some dinner as we are feeling really tired and out of it. We schlep over to F7B and then the thunderstorm starts, great! But we have time so hopefully it will blow over. Then over the PA "Ladies and Gentlemen, please move away from the windows there is a tornado warning." Ugggh I tell NBH a warning means a tornado has been spotted. Then again "A tornado is within a 10-12 mile radius, please move to the tunnels beneath baggage claim."

I'm low on sleep, stressed and I flip out. We go to a random windowless hallway, but then see staff evacuating and saying "What are we supposed to do get all these people to move?" Well no they just leave. So we start to move, too. A security guard says to go to T1 because they will most likely close T3. So we start to go to T1 and all the time I'm looking out the window because I know if the pouring rain stops, that we are screwed. Well we get to T1 and it is all glass. I don't know if you had elementary school tornado drills, but first thing you do is get away from glass.

So we decide to run back to the random tunnel we were in before. If you care I pretty much had cried several time and had some minor panic attacks and was generally freaking out. Yes I grew up in a place where tornado warnings were a fairly regular occurrence, but when you are on you way to your wedding with your fiance and in a giant glass building and haven't slept, you freak. Anyway, back to the random hall and NBH nips to the bathroom (the other place I wanted to go if the tornado came). He comes back and says they are letting people sit by the windows again so we are okay.

9:50 comes and goes as our plane is at the gate, but our crew is circling overhead because they can't land because of lightening. We didn't board until 1am Chicago time and after another hour on the tarmac we arrive in Cincinnati. My luggage, Laura's/James' luggage arrives and NBH's does not. We grab all the suitcases and NBH and I hop in a cab and we arrive at the hotel at 4am Cincinnati time. They tell me they know nothing about us having a suite reserved, but I say I will sort it in the morning I just want a bed.

NBH's family and our friends made it in today at 2pm and NBH's bag is still missing. We are in our suite and so far everything else is okay. We are going to try and bypass Chicago SAS and call Manchester baggage systems tomorrow.

That is a long ass post, but it was drama. The forecast looks okay for Friday, but I don't want to jinx it...if you fancy checking be my guest :)

Sunday 3 August 2008

So long farewell...

We leave tomorrow at 5:30am GMT for our flight to the Nasti 'Nati. It's a bitch of a trip from Glasgow to Manchester to Chicago to Cincinnati and we are carrying on my dress and Col's kilt....not looking forward to lugging those around 4 airports, but what can you do?

I had my joint work shower on Friday with Laura who gets married August 23rd and it was really lovely. There were lots of people and loads of food. I made chocolate covered pretzels and Sherbet punch, yums. I also got some fab presents which is always nice!

I don't know if there will be WiFi at the hotel or not, but I will leave you with these pics from the shower.