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This post is a couple of days behind… but better late than never!

The month of November is here and it is quite possibly, my favourite month of the year. And no, not just because it is the month of my birth. Despite it also being the month of mid-terms and assignments leading up to the exam period in December, great things just tend to happen to me around this time of the year.

This year, the month started off with a really really good impromptu dinner. What started as a trip down to Saintsbury’s to get some bread turned into a great dinner when we discovered cheese. Or as my flatmate would call it, real cheese. She was ecstatic when she found the comté cheese and a block of brie soon followed after.  A couple of nice sirloin steaks, crackers, chocolate vanilla cheesecakes, and a bottle of wine in our baskets later, we had planned ourselves a massive three course dinner.

And so, we went home and a few hours later, started making an epic dinner for ourselves.

Brie, comté, and a bottle of merlot

Two sirloin steaks rubbed down and ready for the pan

Steak with a side of ratatouille

 

Then, come Monday, the City of Aberdeen has a fireworks show planned for the 5th of November bonfire celebration. For those who are not aware, the 5th of November is the celebratory anniversary of Guy Fawkes’ unsuccessful attempt to blow up parliament in 1605 (a more contemporary version that is probably more recognised is Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta). At first, we weren’t sure if we’ll go because of the trek out to the beach but when 6pm rolled around, our neighbour who had a car burst into our flat and asked if we were going. A flurried ten minutes later, we were all dressed for the cold and ready to leave.

The traffic was horrendous and we finally managed to find parking in a small lot near the beach (which was a miracle considering all the road were shut down). We trekked through the cold towards the large field beside the beach where the fireworks were going to be set off. And there, we found a space to stand and waited… and waited… and waited…

It was a good half an hour before the fireworks were to start and long before then, we were practically frozen to our places. Our feet were numb from the seeping wet and cold of the grass and we all promised each other to get thicker socks and better shoes over the coming weekend. And we continued to shiver all the way until a man announced the beginning of the fireworks. We counted down and the first firework display went off followed by several different renditions and popular tunes from the James Bond movie franchise to celebrate the release of the new movie.

It was, in one word, spectacular. I had to crane my neck up and my head back at some points since some of it went almost directly above us. The fireworks in Vancouver were big and spectacular but as it was always fired from the water, it always seemed much further. This was the closest I have ever been to a fireworks display and it was fantastic!

But the half an hour came and went and like the thousands of others who had shown up, we trudged our way through the crowd back to the car and sat shivering within in as we tried to coax some feeling into our frozen fingers and toes.

All in all, it was a great start to the month and I hope that the rest of the month is equally as spectacular to distract me from the growing pile of readings and assignments I have to get started on.

 

~JGM

 

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