Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Apartment Bound

Today I accomplished one thing: I washed my hair.  I actually didn't leave the apartment until 6pm and spent the day inside.  I'm sure you are saying to yourselves, "What?  She did what?  But she's in England!  How dare she not go exploring!"  My excuse?  A combination of jet lag, stress, and moving anxiety.  My body has several responses to stress.  The main one usually involves stomach pain and many, many trips to the bathroom.  Sometimes I get highly annoyed and irritated at everyone and everything.  And the least severe of them, I sleep.  Turns out, I've been sleeping a lot since I've been here.  I haven't been able to put myself on anything that resembles a sleeping schedule but hopefully I can get it together in the next few days.  Then again, if sleep is the way it has to go, I'll take that over having to search for a bathroom when I'm out and about.

In the meantime, here are some pictures I took yesterday during my wanderings.

This is the River Dee which is a 70-mile long river in the United Kingdom.  The river is on the other side of our apartment building and has a lovely walkway alongside it with benches for resting.  I hope to spend time here being inspired.

This is The Water Tower of Chester which is conveniently located in a park close to the apartment.  The tower was constructed in the 1320s.  Its original use was to control shipping and taxes into the port of Chester and because the tower was in the actual river, ships could be moored around the base.

An old-fashioned British phone booth!!  Yes, although there are few and far between, they still exist.

And the most important picture of all: my new library card!!  Although I'll only be here for a few months, they were more than happy to issue me my own personal card. is good!  And yes, this is a shameless plug for the Saturday Writers.

With this I wish you all a wonderful day and good health.  And in honor of being told that England invented drinking (with the Irish and Scottish perfecting it) I leave you with this quote from Phyllis Diller:

Good Heath - what my friends drink to, before they fall down.


  1. Hi Rebeca,
    Ilove your blog. You are a very good and interesting writer, I can't wait for your book. I am sorry to here about your set back (May 2 I think it was). Have a good time in England and know that you are messed here in the states. I will keep up with your guy through your blog...again very nice and interesting writing. Tell Chris I said "hi". You take care of yourself, and be safe on your adventures abroad. I am sure you will make many friends and hopefully they will be able to go exploring with you. Love, Kathy

  2. I do not understand the URL sign in. Please send me an email on what this means. Thank you, Kathy

    1. Hi Kathy,
      I'm so glad you found my blog! I'm not quite sure what you mean by "URL sign in". Is this something that you come across when you are trying to post a comment? If you can give me more details, that would be great. I'll help you as much as I can.
      Thanks for reading! rebeca.

  3. So did they move the water tower or re-route the river? Either way, it's luverly.

    SHeesh - give yourself permission to relax and gain your equilibrium. You aren't on a mission, just on an experience. I'm catching up on reading the blog, so it is Sunday eve here, and temps have been hovering at 100 degrees - farenhight, not celsius - too hot for me, so I missed Irish Fest!! What a bummer.

    I'll email re SW yesterday, but Congrats on your Winning story! Enjoy Monday - we'll be having a holiday here ...

    1. Marcia,

      Actually, the river has receded that much. The water tower now sits 100 yards away from the water's edge. I hope the heat has let up and I'm sorry to hear that you missed Irish Fest. I'm sure Jim would have been feeling cool in his kilt!

  4. *Gasp! Becky asked me today if I'd seen all of your wonderful new blogs... I had no idea this was going on. We've gone over this: I live only in my house, you must tell me when things of interest are happening on the outside.