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    Got there - Aug 13th, 2011
    I suppose this is a good time to give an update on my travels, since I’ve arrived in Stirling, Scotland, and am now out and about enjoying the free WiFi access. So, here we go: [more...]

    In flight - Aug 12th, 2011
    Ah, the modern world. Don’t you love how it’s filled with gadgets and gizmos aplenty and whozits and whatzits galore? After all, it means that I can bring you this blog update from an airplane some 10,000 feet above the ground! [more...]

    Caledonia, I’m going home! - Aug 11th, 2011
    Wow! Can you believe that I’m flying ‘home’ to Scotland tomorrow? Or should I say today, since it’s past midnight in the homeland (why am I still awake!?) and morning time in Scotland. [more...]

    Hello; goodbye - Aug 10th, 2011
    Today I said hello to an old friend from high school for the first time since high school. Sadly, I also said goodbye to her. (Or more accurately: I’ll see you again, and in less than 20 years this time!) [more...]

    The Doctor is in - Aug 9th, 2011
    Today is the long-awaited Doctor Who Marathon with my 14-year-old niece, Flik; 13-year-old niece, Cassandra; and Flik’s best friend, Hattie. [more...]

    Running goodbyes - Aug 7th, 2011
    A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to run ‘one last race’ with my nephews before I left for Scotland, so I searched out the race that was closest to my departure date. And that race was today. [more...]

    Eggs benny - Aug 7th, 2011
    Last night I drove out to Vantage for Girls’ Weekend at The Beach House—my second ever girls’ weekend, though sadly I was only able to attend one evening. [more...]

    Fun with maths - Aug 4th, 2011
    [Please note that the ‘S’ at the end of maths was intentional, and not an error. It’s part of my attempt to use that funny British English stuff, since that’s (almost) home. However, I’m not quite ready to add the ‘S’ to words such as toward, forward, and backward. [more...]

    An awesome Monday - Aug 1st, 2011
    I’ve had a pretty awesome Monday, if you wondered. It started when I woke up at 6 a.m. and checked my email. That’s when I learned that I’d been awarded a £2,000 Scotland Saltire Scholarship toward my tuition at the University of Stirling. [more...]

    Now about that marathon… - Jul 20th, 2011
    You’d be forgiven for forgetting that I’m meant to be training for a marathon, since I’ve not really brought up the subject recently, but I really am still planning to participate (and complete) the Loch Ness Marathon in Scotland on October 2. [more...]

    Playing Make Believe - Jul 18th, 2011
    I met a make believe friend for the first time today in Seattle. Yay! What fun we had wandering around laughing and being silly! [more...]

    Playing make believe - Jul 18th, 2011
    Avid readers of Just Frances will remember that I shared my thankfulness for ‘make believe friends’ this past Thanksgiving. Well, it seems that my sister, Celeste, shared that story with her make believe friends at the same time. [more...]

    An unemployed, homeless transient - Jul 17th, 2011
    Last summer I shared with you my rocky start in life as an illegitimate, homeless transient. Well, it would seem that I’m back to a less-than-ideal lifestyle again. [more...]

    On a positive note - Jun 27th, 2011
    Yesterday’s post was a bit sad and whilst I’d love to say that I’m over it and that the world is all unicorns and rainbows and shiny things now, it’s not. It’s going to take a while to get to that point because I have a lot of stuff to go through (mentally, emotionally, and physically) to prepare for my happy future. [more...]

    A nickel for my thoughts - Jun 11th, 2011
    As I walked to my car after work today, I noticed a nickel lying on the sidewalk and smiled as I swooped down to pick it up without missing a step. I mean, it’s only a nickel and most people wouldn’t have bothered, but as I’ve blogged before about my willingness to stop for coins, it shouldn’t be surprising to know that I’ve done it again. [more...]

    The counting begins - Jun 2nd, 2011
    I am counting down the days until The Big Move takes place. Not in exact days mind you, because I won’t buy my ticket until I have my visa in hand. But in some form or another, I’ve been counting down since I got my acceptance email from the University of Stirling way back in November 2010. [more...]

    Who am I really talking to? - Jun 1st, 2011
    My lovely foster daughter is getting ready for a major life change and I’m amazed at how well she’s handling it. (Or how well she’s pretending to handle it?) After living with me since mid-August, she is now preparing to move on to her permanent home—far, far away from where she grew up. [more...]

    The homeland half - May 29th, 2011
    Today was the Inaugural Homeland Memorial Weekend Half Marathon and I came in first place! No, really, I did! [more...]

    From happy to crash - May 20th, 2011
    It’s been a bad day. It started good, but then something happened that caused me to come crashing down. I could tell you what that something was, but it’s so silly and makes me look completely and totally insane and unstable which hurts my ego which just makes the crash so much worse, so let’s just say it was something and leave it at that. [more...]

    Ta-da! - May 8th, 2011
    So, this is the new look for Just Frances. What do you think? I really do hope you like it! [more...]

    Post it - May 4th, 2011
    This isn’t the post I planned to share tonight. No, that post was a bit sad and reflective of my (sometimes) miserable lot in life and I went on and on about how isolated and alone I feel most days. [more...]

    Ten things - May 3rd, 2011
    It’s another list day. Yay! Today’s list is 10 things I’ve not done in more than a year but that I am going to work hard at doing in the next 12 months. So here goes! [more...]

    For the last time - May 2nd, 2011
    Well folks, the Bloomsday 12K results are in. But I’m going to get all melancholy for a bit before I get to that part. [more...]

    A bloomin’ recap - May 1st, 2011
    Bloomsday 2011 is over and I’m alive to tell the story! And after little-to-no training, that is a success in itself. Yay! [more...]

    Bloomsday 2011 - May 1st, 2011
    Bloomsday 2011 was a blast. And my nephew, Haden, and I ran the entire thing! Check out a recap of the event and see our times! Check out a recap of the event and see our times! [more...]

    13295 + 48065 = Team Awesome - Apr 30th, 2011
    OK, I admit that I’m generally pretty rubbish at math[s], but I think I’ve done the calculations right this time! [more...]

    Colour me green - Apr 27th, 2011
    The Bloomsday 12K race organisers tell me (via email this morning) that I’m go for green for this weekend’s race. This makes me so happy because I feared my two year hiatus from the event would relegate me to lilac once again. [more...]

    Found in the rubble - Apr 12th, 2011
    I whine a lot about all that I lost nearly two years ago when Paul died. And I’ll probably whine a lot more because I really lost so much. But this post isn’t about my loss; it’s about what I’ve gained, because it’s time I call a couple of people out of the rubble. [more...]

    We’ll be back! - Mar 28th, 2011
    Way back in March 2002 my bestest friend ever whom I’ve known for, like, ever and ever came to visit me in Scotland. And she totally hated it. She’d be the first to tell you that she doesn’t travel well and those darn people in Scotland couldn’t even speak English. [more...]

    Paperwork - Mar 28th, 2011
    I’ve spent much of the weekend going through Paul’s old university newspapers and clippings. It’s strange because many of the stories feel like ghosted memories to me since Paul quite often shared tales of his days at the University of Edinburgh. [more...]

    Joy in an envelope - Mar 23rd, 2011
    I go to the post office on my way home almost every day. And each time I put the key in the lock I hold my breath hoping that there will be a letter or parcel for me. You know—something other than a bill. Sadly, it doesn’t happen often, but I still hold out hope. [more...]

    Crap from a loser - Mar 16th, 2011
    When I was 20 I met my first boyfriend. I thought he was amazing! He told me how to dress and reminded me regularly that I was getting fat and that I wasn’t all that smart. He was friends with my brothers-in-law, my sisters seemed to like him, as did my friends. [more...]

    Laughter from above - Mar 14th, 2011
    I think Paul laughed at me today. No, I’m certain he rolled on the floors of Heaven with extreme belly laughs. I think that he did some tisking under his breath and all. Why? Well let me tell you a little story… [more...]

    On beating children - Mar 12th, 2011
    I beat two children today. I didn’t plan to do it. I mean, I expected to beat one, but the other just happened. I also beat two adults. Sadly, I was beaten by a child, too. [more...]

    Dr Martin’s Mix - Mar 3rd, 2011
    Earlier today I wrote an email to a friend and decided to share a new revelation in my life: I don’t like cooked celery. I don’t hate it; I just have decided that I don’t really care for it. And that revelation really stood out as I enjoyed a nice big bowl of Dr. Martin’s Mix late last week and picked around the celery. [more...]

    Wednesday’s child is full of woe - Feb 24th, 2011
    Oh Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday. Whatever will I do with you? Wednesday, I want to love you because you symbolize the middle of the work week which means that it’s almost the weekend. [more...]

    Fear is a burning bridge - Feb 23rd, 2011
    Over the past several weeks I’ve made a lot of decisions that will have a lasting impact on my life. I’ve set the wheels in motion for things that will ruin my finances, end my career, destroy a friendship, and send me into a spiral of doubt and uncertainty. [more...]

    Thirty-seven birthday wishes - Feb 21st, 2011
    Today is my 37th birthday. And the birthday girl gets to make wishes. And I don’t believe in the whole “if you tell anyone your wish it won’t come true” malarkey, so I’m sharing my birthday wishes with you—all 37 of them. [more...]

    100 random things - Feb 17th, 2011
    My friend posted a list of 100 random things her daughter wrote about herself out of boredom and I thought I’d give it a shot and create my own list. So, if you’re not already bored, this should help… [more...]

    A year of Just Frances - Feb 15th, 2011
    It’s been a year since I started Just Frances. Whilst it’s certainly not my first blog, it is unique in that I’ve actually put my name and face to it! [more...]

    Friendship bracelets - Feb 5th, 2011
    My foster daughter was given a friendship bracelet making kit for Christmas. I remember thinking it was a silly thing to sell as a kit. I mean, all you need is a bit of embroidery floss and a safety pin, right? But she seemed happy about the gift, so I wasn’t about to tell her what a silly thing it was. [more...]

    Survival kits - Feb 1st, 2011
    We have survival kits for camping trips and natural disasters. We have special kits for snake bites and cuts. We keep emergency kits in our cars and we even carry mini-sewing kits when we travel—just in case. But it seems that we don’t keep on hand the important supplies needed to survive the knocks and punches of everyday life. [more...]

    Working out and working through - Jan 30th, 2011
    Since my foster daughter had a social engagement this afternoon, I took advantage of the kid-less time to get some miles in on the gym’s treadmill. And I realised just how much I needed not only the workout, but the time to work through some thoughts. [more...]

    Fannies and Haggis - Jan 25th, 2011
    Gallery: The second annual “Freeze Your Fanny and Burns’ Supper Extravaganza” was a success! [more...]

    Fannies and haggis - Jan 25th, 2011
    The second annual “Freeze Your Fanny and Burns’ Supper Extravaganza” weekend is officially over and I think it was a great success! There were 18 of us for dinner all together and everyone seemed to enjoy the haggis! [more...]

    Insanity descends - Jan 22nd, 2011
    Oh my, oh my, oh my! My normally quiet home has transcended into a mad house! But it’s a happy mad house. [more...]

    I’m [not] Scottish - Jan 5th, 2011
    I am American, born and bred to American parents. My ancestors are Germans from Russia. This means that I am not, contrary to the insistence of some, Scottish. (But I hope to be one day!) [more...]

    Reflections of 2010 - Dec 31st, 2010
    As 2010 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on the past year. And if I’m honest, I have to admit that it was a very difficult year and one that I am very glad to put behind me. [more...]

    Home and (partially) de-stressed - Dec 30th, 2010
    Well, I’ve finally made it back home after having a lovely mini break to Canada. My drive home turned into a bit of a longer journey than expected, but it wasn’t a disaster by any means. So, I’ll not bore you with the details of the drive. [more...]

    Oh, Canada! - Dec 30th, 2010
    A couple of days in Canada was just what I needed for some rest and relaxation! Great food, loads of laughter, and amazing friends. Bliss! [more...]

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