Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
"History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are."- David C. McCullough
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
"The holly green, the ivy green, the prettiest picture you've ever seen"- J. Redmond, J. Cavanaugh & F. Weldon
Thursday, August 20, 2009
"There is nothing better than birthday cake. It's like a slice of concentrated love with buttercream frosting."- T. Ikkaku, A. Hosaka and T.Kawabata
Breithlá shona duit! That is Irish for "Happy Birthday". Though I cannot pronounce it, it certainly was my wish to my husband on his special day yesterday. It was Tom's first birthday in Ireland, and I decided to mark it with a sports theme. That is kind of a go-to theme for him, and I know it does get old, but there is a whole new world of sports here.
Since he is just becoming familiar with all of the rules and regulations of Hurling, Rugby and Football and has not pledged allegiance to any teams yet, I went for the Rugby team of our region. The above shirt represents Leinster, which would be the Rugby favorite in the region we live in. I am not going to describe this any further for fear of sounding as unknowlegable as I truly am about this. It's a nice shirt though!
We celebrated by going to the immigration office and letting the Guarda know that we are here. I won't go into the details, but you can imagine. Think DMV. Then we came home and sang Happy Birthday and had some chocolate supermarket cake, which was actually pretty good.
Tomorrow we are off to Killarney for a few days to See Miss Mary & John, our very good friends from New York who are there for the month of August. We will be taking the train, and look forward to seeing the country as we pass through. I am really looking forward to three days away with my three boys!
Last but in no way least- we have a car! Well, we will get it next week, but yippie!!!!!!! Still trying to nail down plans for the boys, this Fall, but we are making progress. Here we go, it's starting to get exciting!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
"Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler."- Henry David Thoreau
I was getting ready to re-name this blog" The Sad-Sack Chronicles". Luckily, I was able to accept a few things that I cannot change. If the boys will not nap here, then I guess I must re-structure the day. We are in Dublin! A new city! I decided that we should head out and see what we could see.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I am astonished at how quickly my outlook changes, and what causes the changes. Tonight Tom handed me the computer and the lower half of the screen disappeared, went blurry. Crestfallen is the word that best describes how I felt. As soon as "Akeehlah and the Bee" was over I was going to bed. What is the point of staying up? The most trivial things can send me into a downward spiral.
My husband is very tuned in to my fragile state. He is trying very hard to take care of me, which alone is a boost. As I was plotting my retirement to bed, he went to find his work laptop and diligently figured out the very complicated wi-fi system that we have going here. Now I am back online, emotionally stable and hoping that I am as thoughtful to Tom as he is to me.
This afternoon we took the boys to the park and noticed how social they are becoming. Danny was playing ball with a little girl and said, "Isn't this great?". I believe that Tommy thinks he is 11. He went over to some older boys with a branch in his hand and said, "I have a stick!" with all the confidence that they would be a psyched about it as he was.
Finally, I want to mention a book that I am reading. It's called Secret Scripture by an Irish author named Sebastian Barry. In preparation of our move to Ireland, I began to read books by Irish authors. It's an incredible way to learn about our new home, the culture and the history of Irish people. Stay tuned for some great book suggestions by Irish authors!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." - Sir Winston Churchill
I did not post yesterday intentionally. I was feeling so overwhelmed, negative, frustrated, and frankly, depressed. On the one hand, I thought it would be a great "down and dirty" honest account of how I was feeling at the time. But I decided against it because it scared me. If I write it down will it make it more real? Will my friends and family read it and start worrying? And it is very hard for me let go of my fantasy of how great it will be here. I believe that somehow the struggle and loss of enthusiasm taints the experience. Intellectually, I know that this is not true, but that is how I think, especially when I am down. And boy was I down.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Ok, so we are renting, but this Russian Proverb is oh-so-true. Today we were reassured that we "rented" the right neighborhood. We took the boys to the house for the first time. It is empty, but the washer and dryer work so we did some laundry while we were there!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
"He who would travel happily must travel light."- Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French writer (1900 - 1944)
Unfortunately, traveling light was just not an option for us this trip. We actually had 5 suitcases and 1 box with a stroller that we checked and 6 carry-ons. Oh, and 2 occupied car seats on wheels. If I had seen us at the airport I would have asked myself, "what is wrong with those people?!". Despite the fact that we were escorted to the front of the check-in and security lines (no doubt out of pity) it was not an experience that I want to have again soon.