I spent much of the day untangling messes at the university. Three of "my" lecturers have found mre lucrative jobs, and we're facng our usual budget constraints. Another quit this morning, so I'm scrambling for class coverage in a month. Instead of hiring new people, we're going to try to offer overloads. After the furlough cuts of last year, I've had a good response to my offers. And I keep thinking about retiring.
But enough about work headaches, we're nervous but excited about returning to Scotland. DD has found affordable (?) housing in one of those new privately run sorta dorms. She'll have her own room and bathroom but share a kitchen and common space. So far her new kitchen/pod mates include a girl from Trinidad, an Irish girl, and three boys from Aberdeen. Sounds chaotic, but I think she's up for it. We managed to cash flow her tuition last year and without housing costs, the year was under budget. We're going early as my close friend (from second grade!)is getting married in northern Minnesota at the end of the month. While we'll be gone two weeks, we'll get a chance to see DH's family and friends at the other end of the country too.
We'll need to get DD a phone plan, a bank account, and an NHS doctor. She'll need things for her room and the kitchen--most of which will be purchased there.
No matter what, it's kind of an expensive trip. Airfares from Chicago through Dublin to Edinburgh are cheap-ish these days, but parking, airbnbs, trains, meals, etc, it all adds up. But I'm focused on only one meal a day out and looking very much forward to it. My English husband has never been to Scotland, so while we won't be able to fit everything in, it should be fun--and great to go away. Sadly for me, my only moments in London will be the tube changing trains in Kings Crosss and emerging at Waterloo. I may leave the family with the bags during the hour layover and go out and gaze at the Thames from Waterloo Bridge--sighing deeply.