So it suddenly came to me – the site of my 4th Marriage. Its perfect, absolute perfection in so many ways. In Oh SO Many Ways. I have visited the site on two occasions, it is in Scotland, just outside Melrose, close to Edinburgh. It is Dryburgh Abbey. Many will know that Dryburgh was my birth name – very uncommon name in Canada and the USA but very common in Scotland. It came to me and then I googled it and this is what I found, “This medieval ruin on the banks of the River Tweed is an enchanting place to hold your wedding ceremony.” “Romantic novelist Sir Walter Scott chose the tranquil setting of Dryburgh Abbey as his final resting place. The remarkably complete medieval ruins on the banks of the River Tweed today make an enchanting place to hold your wedding ceremony. Though the graceful abbey hasn’t always enjoyed such a calm existence, it still boasts some of the best Gothic church architecture in Scotland.”
Sir Walter Scott’s words inspire me and have for several years, practically my whole life. He said: “Oh what a wicked web we weave when we practice to deceive.” Here is its meaning, straight from Google to you: “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive” is a quotation by Sir Walter Scott, which I’m sure you knew. It means that when you tell lies or act in a dishonest way you create problems and complications which you cannot control” That is why I always tell the truth, except once in a while I exaggerate” What is exaggeration? Represent (something) as being larger, better, or worse than it really is. Used in a sentence: She was apt to exaggerate any aches and pains. And also I couldn’t sleep for three days—I’m not exaggerating. Its synonyms are: overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate; embellish, embroider, colour, elaborate, over-elaborate, oversell, overdraw, overplay, dramatize; hyperbolize, add colour, stretch the truth, catastrophize; informal pile it on, lay it on thick, lay it on with a trowel/shovel, make a mountain out of a molehill, blow something out of all proportion, make a drama out of a crisis, make a big thing of; British informal shoot a line; archaic draw the longbow. ANTONYMS play down; understate.
It is seldom, perhaps almost never that I amplify, overdraw, or pile it on or make a mountain out of a molehill. Strange and unbelievable things happen to me and I use this blog to report them.
Now the sight for the wedding is picked out but we are lacking one thing, the groom. This actually happened at the Presidio YMCA this morning in the women’s locker room. I was telling a woman that I had rather inadvertently proposed to the Sultan (aka SSS, The Crown Prince of Dubai.}
Me: But he can have anybody, anybody in the whole world.
She: But not everyone can have you.
Me: OMG what a thing to say, I love you! I will see you when I get back from London and Dubai in a month.
She: Have a wonderful trip!
Me: I shall – I will tell of my experiences on my blog. Alexismcbride.com
But this is somewhat unbelievable as well. Faithful readers will know of friend Jennifer. She is the one who coined the phrase SSS (which stands for Sexy Sultry Sultan). She wrote in an email received today.
She: What’s the Sultan’s real name? I’d like to read about him.
Me. I thought you knew who the Sultan was – he is the Crown Prince of Dubai. As you will see, he is absolutely gorgeous. He as something like 240 videos on YouTube so one can spend hours just looking at the gorgeous creature. I do. He is just the sweetest man on earth. He is great with kids and animals and everything. He is absolutely amazing – and he did fist bump me and I proposed by reading my blog to him.
Well I cannot wait to get her response to that! I will definitely report that to all assembled. So what does that mean? To come together in a single place or bring parts together in a single group.
Jennifer’s email went on to tell me about the Christmas things she was doing, suggested that I come to Fairfield for lunch some day, which is halfway between the two of us. She included a picture of a holiday purse and matching wallet she will wear to brighten up her outfit for a Christmas party and dance at the clubhouse where she lives. I am including this picture on the blog.
I did decide to spend a week in Dubai on the return trip. But it is for the strangest and the best reasons. I finally retrieved my summer clothes from storage – they were transported from Vancouver to my Marin storage facility in April, (I think). I tried all the clothes on, I forgot about them. They all fit, in fact they are sort of too big. I reasoned that if I spent sometime in Dubai, then I would have occasion to wear them. Well, that was not the only reason. There are so many things to see and do in Dubai. I was speaking to a very stupid man yesterday.
He: There is nothing to do in Dubai
Me: Are you kidding??? Do you not know anything? That place is a treasure trove of things to do and places to see. You are most uninformed – but speak like you know something, but you do not.
You see, I am not just a pretty, positive face. I react strongly against negative idiots and put them in their place when need be. Not saying that is going to change his mind, the ignoramus. That is quite the word with so many synonyms:, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod; informal dope, ninny, chump, dimwit, goon, dumbo, dummy, dum-dum, dumb-bell, loon, jackass, bonehead, fathead, numbskull, dunderhead, chucklehead, knucklehead, muttonhead, pudding-head, thickhead, wooden-head, airhead, pinhead, lamebrain, pea-brain, birdbrain, zombie, jerk, nerd, dipstick, donkey, noodle; Scottish informal nyaff, balloon, sumph, gowk;; North American informal schmuck, bozo, boob, lamer, turkey, schlepper, chowderhead, dumbhead, goofball, goof, goofus, galoot, lummox, klutz, putz, schlemiel, sap, meatball, gink, cluck, clunk, ding-dong, dingbat, wiener, weeny, dip, simp, spud, coot, palooka, poop, squarehead, yo-yo, dingleberr.
On that high note, I shall close. Tomorrow is a big day. I am going to see my incredible surgeon, Dr. Elizabeth Dailey to sort out the left knee. Then get the remainder of my Vancouver possessions from storage and then, I guess home. I am very nervous about the knee but Wise Man had an intuition, that I did not need left knee replacement surgery. I do hope he is right, of course.