It's good to be back.

It's good to be back in the U.S., where I can eat fruits and vegetables every day, I don't have to consciously think about which way to look before I cross the street and I can take a shower without bruising my elbows. I can't say it's good to be back in Utah yet though as I am staying with my parents for a few days. Since I was returning from the land of Jane Austen it would be only fitting to spend a little time with my own Emma and Mr. Knightley. A lady on of our tours commented on how she had named her dog Mr. Darcy and I wanted to say "Well lady, I named my dog Emma, my cat Mr. Knightley, and my fish (may he rest in peace in that big toilet bowl in the sky) was named Frank Churchill, so beat that!" But I thought that might be obnoxious so I refrained. I must say it is nice to adjust to jet lag resting on a couch watching HGTV with my golden retriever's head in my lap and sleeping at night with my cat snuggled at my feet.

I will talk more about London next week when I get my pictures back. I took 4.5 rolls of film while Craig only took about 15 or so pictures on his digital. Plus, I look absolutely awful in all the pictures Craig took except the one of me posing with a gorilla scarecrow but I don't think that represents the essence of the trip very well so you will just have to wait.

I did want to add to Craig's post below though. He forgot to give our rating for the war cabinets and Winston Churchill museum. I don't know what it's score was but I liked it. It was only opened in 2002 so it had lots of interactive stuff to keep me busy while Craig read all the boring bits. My favorite parts:
  • Churchill's christening gown - while I know that christening gowns are typically quite loose, I am pretty sure Churchill was one really fat baby. Just thinking about Winston Churchill as a baby makes me laugh.
  • Section on Churchill's love of animals. Apparently he had many pets, including two kangaroos and a lion (he received them as gifts and kept them at the London Zoo). It also included a letter to his wife when she was on a trip telling her that when she got back they were going to need a new rug because of their dog.
  • The map in the conference room that Churchill and his advisers used to think up strategies complete with little doodle of Hitler in the corner.


  1. I think the Hitler doodle has overtaken that place where Ron threw up slugs as my favorite part of your trip.

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  3. Here's a link to a picture of the sketch: