Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Muggy Day in Uxbridge

Rare Uxbridge mug.

Robin and I made another trip into Uxbridge for more groceries, stopped at Starbucks and bought this mug. I'm sure you can buy this mug anywhere in the world, but for a coffee mug I love the strong graphic impact. Or maybe Uxbridge is the only place in the world you can get one of these. It's much more inspiring than the usual sunshiny, floral, and butterfly feel-goody designs you usually see. I'm pretty dang sure coffee is going to taste a lot better in this cup. 

Another reason I bought this cup is because our new latte/espresso machine from Amazon.com was delivered today. We'll experiment with that starting tomorrow morning.

The class Robin teaches starts tomorrow evening. We'll walk to the campus early Wednesday afternoon to wrap up some small details, such as making sure Robin's student card is programmed to give her access to the areas she'll need.  

New item for our events wish list: Visit Bannockburn village in Scotland where Robert the Bruce, against all odds, defeated the invading army of Edward II, 698 years ago.
Robert Burns, the Scottish poet, wrote a stirring poem about the speech that Robert the Bruce gave to his troops before going into battle. The first verse is below, as shown on Wikipedia.

Original lyrics in Scots
'Scots, wha hae wi Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
Welcome tae yer gory bed,
Or tae victorie.

English translation
'Scots, who have with Wallace bled,
Scots, whom Bruce has often led,
Welcome to your gory bed
Or to victory.

Cue the bagpipes, cook the haggis, and pick up the kilts from the dry cleaners! And add a shot of  Glenfiddich to the latte.

Update: Must also visit the 1314 Bannockburn Pub.