Thursday, July 08, 2010

I Believe the Term is "Cheerio"

As I mentioned in my last post, there have been some big things happening around here lately. Mr. Graham got a sweet new job, we went to Disneyland and we got some babies--baby tomato plants, that is. But the latest and greatest thing, which is surely going to be The Thing of our 2010, is that next Tuesday we are heading to the airport and relocating to here:

You know, London.

It all started a few months ago when at work they announced that they'd made a sale for some on-site work for the Society of Antiquaries in London. They went on to say that in the coming weeks they'd be posting the job and we would all be free to apply for it. At which point I began to mentally drool. Here is the thing: since I was a wee girl, my cultural diet has included a lot of British, and I've spent many years pining for moors and Bath and accents. Hence the drooling.

Anyway, nothing was said about the job for so long that I thought perhaps the contract fell through, but finally, last month the job was finally posted. I wrote a cover letter, polished my resume and applied. The interview came and went, and I went through alternating phases of cockiness and dread. But lo and behold, the good news came in and I somehow kept it to myself all afternoon until I could spring it on Mr. Graham at home.

They wound up hiring two people, and the other girl going is one who was hired the same time as me so I know her and she's cool (phew). The job itself is simple--we're scanning thousands of cards from the library's old school catalog. Mr. Graham will work away at his job and we'll spend the evenings and weekends exploring the towns.

My plan at the moment is to blog at least semi-regularly while we're there so you can hear all about the fun times. I won't make promises but I will at least make the goal!

I've been trying to collect recommendations for sights to see, but I've also been trying to collect any tips on things to do and not to do--as in things that will make me look stupid or things that will help me avoid pickpockets. So, bloggy friends, if you've been to the UK (or Paris...or Disneyland Paris...), do you have any insights for me?


  1. I still can't believe you two get to do this. Way to go for applying and being accepted!

  2. This just is so perfect for you two! It seems like you were just destined to go there since all the circumstances just fit perfectly! And I think it is the perfect amount of time as well, since you will be able to fit a lot of things in, but it won't be TOO long away from home. You guys are so lucky! Go on a Harry Potter Tour for me please? Thank you!

  3. I have a lot of insights! Or, more like, ideas and stuff. But I tell you about them all the time. I'm so proud of you, and I'm so glad you decided to apply, just to see what would happen. I will never forget how excited you were to break the news to me when I came home from work! Just a few more days, omg!


  4. YAY! I LOVED St. Paul's, and make sure you go ALL the way up the stairs. It is worth it. Please visit Westmister Abbey and say hello to all the authors buried there that my friends wouldn't let me see. If you DO go to Stonehenge, get a pass for after hours (called the "inner circle") and then you can hug them and frolic about them instead of look at them from across a field. See if you can actually GO to a PLAY at the Globe instead of just taking a tour, although that was still fun. Do NOT do the dumb tour busses, they are a waste of money and time. I'm sure you'll go to platform 9 and 3/4, so I don't need to mention that. And see at least one show in the West End just so you can say you did, and it should be Spamalot or Mary Poppins, because those are Britishy. Enough ideas for you?? You could always just go to the posts on my England trip on my blog and skip all the deathly ill parts. :)