3/16/11

The Final Countdown
It is officially the middle of March, which means I can officially say we are going to England in ONE YEAR! (Cue Florence and the Machine music and fabulous BBC news broadcasters with killer accents.) That's right, my darlings. In one year, I will be on my way to fabulous London, and quite possibly never coming back. The more research we do, the more we want to see. The more I read about what to do there, the more I am sobbing in a corner, wailing, "There's not enough time. There's not enough TIME!" So I told David the other day that we just plain have to go back. We can do London. As much as we can without eating or sleeping or stopping for water breaks. And we can go back and do Paris and Scotland and Bath and a million other things. I'm just plain freaking out with the desire to see everything. I've even gone so far as to suggest to David that we not worry about saving for college for our children and just go live there every summer.

I'm not joking.

I was researching how to visit Lyme and see the grounds and manor that were used as Pemberley in BBC's Pride and Prejudice, and I learned it is closed in early spring--exactly when we will be there. I actually burst into tears. Not to mention that Lily is studying about the Rosetta Stone, and I told her that I would be able to see it at the British Museum in London. She said, "Well, I want to see it too." Plus Churchill's war room museum, which Carver said, "I would love to go there." So I'm already scheming about how we could all go over for several weeks in a few summers and try renting a place to live. I refuse to believe we can't do it because I want to so, so badly. Looks like I may have to reopen my Etsy shop and make some more moolah. Or some unknown relative needs to leave us a million dollars. I can dream, right?

5 comments:

hotflawedmama said...

Oh I'm so jealous. So, so jealous. I can't wait until we go to London (more than likely that's a good decade off). :)

jayme said...

I love that this dream trip of yours is in the foreseeable future! I'm so excited to hear how the planning goes and I can't wait to hear all about your adventures!

I also love the idea of living abroad for a while. We've been tossing the idea around for a while now, and I'm pretty sure it will happen eventually. (Jon could get a job overseas pretty much whenever he wants to, but we'd probably have to sell our house, which doesn't seem likely right now...) Regardless, I love the idea of offering the kids the cultural perspective of living in different parts of the world.

K said...

How exciting! I vote for re-opening the Etsy shop (not that my vote really counts...) I have a few orders in my mind and many family and friends still ask me about the various pendents I have and want some of their own...so selfishly, I think that is a great idea.

Also, your house sounds wonderful and if you and your mom were open to it, I bet you could find someone to house swap with you from England, to spend 3-4 weeks in the US in the summer, could be a way to reduce living expenses? homeexchangeDOTcom is one site that addresses this option.

Chatter said...

Please figure out an easy way to live overseas and share them with me! It's definitely a dream of mine and the whole time I was in Ethiopia my mind was running wild with ideas to make it happen (none of them realistic). Where there is a will there is a way right? Some day, some day....

I can't wait to hear about your adventures in London! One more year baby :)

Shonda said...

I cannot read your post without thinking I need to go pick up one of my old Jane Austen books and read it again (for the tenth time). You'll have to post advice for must-do's if someone (say, me) would only be spending two or three days in London. That's my goal for our next adoption trip - spend our 15th anniversary with a long layover in London.