I bought my tickets to London/Scotland for Britch's wedding! I leave on a Thursday night at 11 pm from JFK, land in London at 11 am, try to recover for the afternoon and then it's the Hen Party aka Bachelorette Party. We're in London (all staying at Britch's apartment, maybe?) until Sunday, when we take the train to Glasgow and all stay in a hotel. Monday we go to the castle and move into our lodges (as in, I'm staying in a lodge with my good high school friends who are now married) (in separate bedrooms) and then the wedding is Wednesday and on Friday morning I'll take a bus down to Edinburgh to catch my flight home (through Amsterdam), landing at JFK at about 7:20 EST.
Whew! I'm much more excited now that I booked it (and that it was about $200 less than the price I'd been seeing.) We were really disappointed that Hike couldn't join me, but now I'm seeing the silver lining there, too -- I would be more worried about his comfort when bunking 6 people in an apartment or while doing girl stuff (Hen Party, bridesmaid duties) and also I'd feel guilty making him miss the first week of grad school, since I know he'll be anxious about that. So I think it's worked out rather well, and it'll be some great time to spend with my two best friends from the ol' high school days, and I'll try to look at it as my last great traveling alone adventure. (I mean, I hope...)
I also discovered that I already have shoes I can wear with my bmaid dress, so I'll save a bit there, and I'm just going to enjoy this trip and try not to stress about money so much. I hate money and how I worry about it all the time.
So, in other news, remember all my optimism about the bites? Well, yesterday two little red itchy bumps showed up on the back of my right wrist, and I honestly thought they might just be random mosquite bites, but now the insane itchiness and some swelling is making me think my nighttime vampire friend came back. Maybe he couldn't get up my arm to the sweet stuff (due to my long sleeves) so he bit where he could? I mean, they don't have those red streaks or anything, but the itching is really intense like before, so I'm not sure. I am very upset that it happened again, in the once-a-week timeframe, too -- so I still haven't solved this mystery. SO ANNOYING.