Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Happy Thanksgiving y'all!  Will have a full update on my Irish Thanksgiving...only problem I've run into so far is Pumpkin for my pie can't be found hoo! Oh wPublish Postell Jane can make me one at XMAS! : )

Monday, November 24, 2008

We Had a Ball!

This guy is naturally we had our pic with him! : )
Richy's sis Andrea!
At the McCusker's before the ball!

This weekend we headed to Richy's home to attend a Gala Ball for the local football club's 75 birthday! This black tie wall was such a fun night out! Think this may have been my first black tie event.. Anyway we sat at a table with Richy's sister and husband John and some of Richy's cousin's! I even recycled a bridesmaid dress and added new some gloves and new jewelery.

My favorite part of the night was the dance! Richy and I are getting good thanks to our swing dance lessons! (at least WE think we're good) ha! could just look like a complete mess!

Now it is back to work for me! Lots of deadlines for my Master's! Happy Early Thanksgiving! Yes I will attempt to cook! Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Because I'm turning into a computer geek....

Most people use Internet Explorer as their web browser.  There are better and free options.  Google just came out with a new browser that is way faster and supposedly safer than the alternatives.  Google.."Google Chrome" and download for faster Internet! If you use a Mac you can't  get Chrome just yet, but FireFox is excellent as well...

My Internet Authoring teacher would be so proud! 

We knew I had a problem...

Well I found out last night...the nausea I get when I see blood or someone hurt in front of me..not only applies to real life but to Movies as well...

Last night Richy and I went to see the movie Hunger which is a movie based on the 1981 hunger strikers in Belfast.  I have to say the movie was brilliant and amazing acting...kinda doubt it will make the American market though which is too bad.  

However the last 30 minutes of the film we see the lead basically starving to death.  It was horrible and I got all hot and sweaty.  Had to peal off layers of clothes and take off my uggs.  I nearly fainted in the theatre and had to stop watching. If this actor could convince me that he was really starving enough for me to have my usual reaction to seeing pain then the man deserves an academy award.


Monday, November 17, 2008

This last weekend!

This weekend was a nice one!  Friends over Friday for drinks and dessert!  Saturday we just laid low for the day and watched the movie "Dan in Real Life" very funny!  Later that evening we had a wedding reception at Harvey Nicholls!  Great fun, great food and drink, and so nice to meet more of Richy's friends.   

Next weekend it is back to Richy's hometown for a fancy ball! Really looking forward to this one! :) And Jessica Zimmerman you would be proud....your bridesmaid dress is making a come back! 

Can't believe how close it is til Christmas!  Dublin is certainly ready for it!  Pictures from Grafton Street!  You wouldn't believe the windows!  I had to snap some shots!  

Friday, November 14, 2008

Bleeding Horse

Last weekend to celebrate a long week of research and a birthday some of my fellow grad students met up at the Bleeding Horse pub!  We are quite an eclectic group!  Out of about 20 or so there are only three Irish people.  The rest of us come from the fabulous US of A!  China, Luxembourg, Romania, India, and Brazil!  I enjoy learning about where everyone is from.  We all bring a different perspective!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Conversion Rates!

Who would have thought watching the conversion rates of the good ole US dollar to the Euro would cause me such joy!  I have watched the Euro drop or the Dollar gain strength (however you want to say it) since I arrived in July!  When i got here it was about one euro equal to 1.68 dollars.  Today it is one euro equal to 1.25 $!  Things just got cheaper!  

What does this mean to you......???time to come visit!!!! HURRY WHILE IT LASTS! yay!  Also watched my flight home for Xmas drop by $700.00 since arriving to the emerald isle!  

Sunday, November 9, 2008

More Scotland!

View from the top of the royal mile!
The Royal Mile!  Such a cozy and old part of town!
Richy met Bob while going to College in Edinburgh!
two guesses what I was singing......???
Bob you're (thanks for the spellcheck mom!) the best singer I think.....
After our short night out it was back to Bob's for some karoke
Richy found Jesus at the pub....
At Bob's pad! Gordon couldn't resist!  A few drinks before heading out!
We had a fun Scottish welcoming party waiting for us! Bob and Gordon
Fly fly away!  Only a 45 minute flight from Dublin to Edinburgh!  We arrived to Edinburgh about 11 at night...

Hi there! More pics of our trip to Scotland!  Enjoy! Such a great weekend! 

Monday, November 3, 2008


Here are a couple Edinburgh pictures! Many more to follow when I finish the research paper that is consuming my life! Edinburgh is just stunning! It was really nice to be back five and half years later!