Post # 1
It’s getting a little ugly in the hive today…and that’s bumming me out, so if you’re tired of it too…come in here, I need some help.
The sad thing about losing people is that you never get to see them again and that blows…but there’s another component to loss that I never contemplated….inheritance…which is neat. And while I can never replace the loved ones I’ve lost or buy my happines…I sure as hell can pay off all my debt and take Mr. 99 on our dream vacation to Scotland!
I’m looking very closely at a rental property in Inverness overlooking Loch Ness, Mr. 99 and I are private people, we’re also get it over with and get kinda drunk and stay up all night chatting kind of people, so having a private estate is the only way to go.
Questions I have….we both like the colder months, but still want to be able to go out and enjoy the countryside, when’s the best time of year to go?
Anyone driven in Scotland…what the hell is that like?
Private chefs…we usually take one along with us on vacations here….but I have no experience with them on the other side of the pond…any recommendations?
Any experienced Scotland Travelers are welcome here…I need a little help planning!
Post # 3
@Nona99: I have never been to Scotland…I just popped in to read something cheerful! I am glad that you and Mr99 are able to have some happiness and get away given all that you’ve been through recently. I am quite jealous of your personal chef, lol. It would also be a great feeling to pay down all of your debt! It won’t bring your loved ones back, but you can feel even closer to them and find comfort through this final kind gesture they made towards you.
Post # 4
@Nona99: Well, I have NO advice about going to Scotland, but I will say I’m quite jelous that A) You [might] get to go there and B) You travel with a personal chef!!!
Post # 5
I must have missed all of the “ugly” posts.
Post # 6
@MrsPanda99: ….yeah…I’m kind of spoiled like that, Big Daddy started all of this high class travel when I was little and now that Mr. 99 has become accustomed to it…there’s no going back, he’s ruined.
I just don’t know if the fair over there is something I’ll actually want to eat…I mean, I hate breakfast and don’t eat it…I can be coerced into eating lunch if my Mom is there and I love dinner…maybe just hiring someone for dinner in?
I honestly don’t know though, because then there’s going to be this person in our private Loch Ness Estate…and what if I want to stare at the lake with no pants on….?
Either way….its not like we can’t cook for ourselves….maybe hiring a guy for like…a special night or something?
I’m just going a little nuts…because Mr. 99 has always wanted to go, hasn’t been able to travel but finally has medical clearance…BTW – flights there are CHEAP!
@MrsPaperFlowers: Don’t be jealous…just come on a trip with us…its bliss!
Post # 7
No advice (beyond consider going in the fall), but tell more about the private chef experience so I can live vicariously through you. Where have you taken them, do they fly with you/cruise/hotel or do you find one there? What sorts of things do they make? How do you find them and how much are they?
Post # 8
@Nona99: I have no suggestions, but that sounds amazing!
Post # 9
@Nona99: I think just hiring someone for dinner sounds like the best idea. You don’t want a stranger in your private space…even if they are discrete, you may want to do something wild and crazy without an audience. If you don’t care much for breakfast and lunch, you two can take turns doing that and then have special dinners that you didn’t have to cook each night. That sounds like a wonderful vacation!
Post # 10
Oooh that’s awesome! I got to backpack around Scotland a bit in college, and absolutely fell in love with it :-). A private home there would be awesome! Have you thought about using the money to do global travel instead? The money would pay for some serious rentals in just about any gorgeous place on Earth. You could hopscotch through the gorgeousness and still afford a chef, etc etc!
Post # 11
@Nona99: HA! I’ve never been west of Michigan! Let alone have a passport!!! Some day DH and I want to go to Italy and Switzerland (that’s where our families are from)
ETA: Edited my speling of Michigan … I’m stupid today..
Post # 12
@Nona99: Colder months! it’s always cold in scotlonds 🙂
Post # 13
@kay01: Well…Big Daddy is an all or nothing kind of guy, so what happens is he gets a wild hair and plans a trip for all of us, usually he rents some insane house in the mountains, and then we all drive up in this big convoy of convertibles, complete with walkie talkies, snack bags and mix CD’s for the road and when we get there, Chef Jackson is waiting…and from the time you walk in the door until you leave, that man is trying to feed you something wonderful!
He stuffs you to the gills with southwestern egg rolls and cheesey garlic bread, wine cooler shooters and mushroom salads, beef Georgian and lobster bisque…it just never ends….and I remember one night, I was laying on the couch, completely fat and happy after a lovely meal of duck confit and some magical rosemary potatos…and in he comes with sundaes, and it killed me to send him away, but if I took one bite, I was going to explode…so then like…an hour later, he sashays in with this tray of “health shakes”….and I look at him and say, “This is that sundae I didn’t want an hour ago, isn’t it?”
He says, “No…it has a banana in it now”
So I drank it.
Big Daddy found him at a local culinary school, told him he was looking for a personal chef to travel with his family on vacations and the teacher, Chef Jackson, said he’d like the job! He’s wonderful! Always a good spot of company and of course we pay all accomidation and expenses, plus he’s fun to hang out with!
Post # 14
@Nona99: ahhh… Sigh. I can picture that now. Thank you. I will now dream of getting a private chef for my mountain retreat week with gobs of family and never lifting a finger.
Post # 15
@MrsPanda99: …yeah, I found a guy that looks pretty nice, maybe I’ll line him up for a fancy night in or two….besides, Mr. 99 isn ‘t really fit for company until like…10:30…don’t want to traumatize the guy.
@crayfish: We’ve been a lot of places….but we were saving Scotland, as tempting as an Around the World trip would be…honestly…..it sounds exhausting.
@nearly-mrs-R: I just want one thing…Mr. 99 in a fisherman sweater…HOT n SEXY!
Post # 16
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
I have only been to Edinburgh, but it was in the dead of winter…BEAUTIFUL! And SO festive (I went around the holidays).