Dublin Diaries – April 2018

April has arrived and so far, it really feels like spring in Dublin. The sun has been out for a few days here and there, Easter has come and gone and the days are getting longer. All the little people are getting more time outside and everyone seems to have a larger pep in their step. And I’m here for it.

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April’s Highlights:

  • Corned Beef Mishap. The husband wanted corned beef which I have never cooked before but it is a common dish in Ireland. So, I asked the butcher for cooking directions and decided to make corned beef and cabbage for Easter. The cabbage was delicious and the meat was gorgeous. And then the kids bit into the corned beef and started gagging. They were complaining that the meat was salty. Well, no one informed the American that the corned beef needed to be cured before cooking to remove the salt. Not. One. Person. So, needless to say, we again learned the hard way and I ruined a great cut of meat.
  • Heatwave. There was a heat wave based on Ireland’s standards. The sun came out for about a week straight and the temperatures reached a nice 65 degrees+. We savored every moment of this “Irish Heat Wave” and hope there are more to come this summer. Everyone is joking that after the heat wave, summer is over. There is nothing more to expect. I pray that is not the truth.
  • Manchester. Bigg Dogg had a rugby tournament in Manchester, UK. So his entire team and all the dads traveled by plane for an overnight trip to play rugby. Bigg Dogg started out with a slight cold but thankfully he recovered and according to the reports back it was a trip for the memory books.

What I’m LOVIN’ about Dublin this month:

  • Hiking. I often take for granted that we live on a beautiful island. The air is fresh. Water surrounds us and the landscape is absolutely beautiful. Nature and I have never had a strong connection and hiking certainly wasn’t on my list of things to do. And then we moved to Ireland. We have had some glimpses of very beautiful weather and while the boys were in Manchester I figured the Glitter Princess and I deserved to be outdoors and enjoy the weather. Little did I know that enjoying the day comes at a major cost. We (I) decided to hike the Fairy Castle Loop. It was supposed to be a short hike of about 1.5 hours. It started out great, we made it to the top and were ready for the second leg of our trip. Glitter Princess convinced me to go straight instead of making a turn and it went all down hill from there. We just kept walking around in circles and when I asked the young men at the bike stand about where to go, we ended up walking in another circle. I finally broke down and asked my final and last “fellow” hiker for directions. He had two dogs with him but couldn’t give me directions. I knew time was running out on the little person before she had a full on meltdown so when the gentleman offered to give us a lift, I had to take it. I got in the front seat with my keys in my hand in case I needed to stab him in the eye and my watch ready to dial for emergency help. Needless to say, the kind gentleman dropped us off without incident, we grabbed dinner and blocked out the entire incident. And now the husband knows…

What I’m MISSING about home (the USA, Texas, Houston) this month:

  • Easter Egg Hunts. There were a few Easter Egg Hunts around town on Easter so we met up with a few friends and took the kids to one of the local hunts in the park. It was one of the weirdest Easter experiences (if not the weirdest) I have ever had. There was someone in a bunny costume and a host at the hunt. The host read out random clues and the kids went running from location to location as the “Easter Bunny” threw out candy for the kids. Very strange. There was not an egg in sight, hard boiled or fake plastic. Needless to say, the moms got together, pooled our eggs and candy together and the three of us pulled of a hunt for 8 kids. It was a great time and Easter was saved (well, overlooking my corned beef mishap of course).
  • Confident Medical Care. Glitter Princess had an eye infection and cough that required antibiotics. Of course, the eye infection appeared on Saturday, We had to ensure that we made it to the one Urgent Care center open on Saturday and the chemist before closing. It is such a stressful situation to be in when you are accustomed to quality medical care 24 hours a day. Needless to say, we made it everywhere on time and the entire visit took about 2.5 hours.

Say What Now?:

  • An eggplant is called an aubergine here. This is almost as weird as it gets. I passed a sign in the produce aisle the other day and was finally able to digest this naming difference.

What I’m Reading This Month:

Harry Potter-Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

 

 

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

 

 

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

 

 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

 

 

Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider

 

 

Happy Pretty Messy by Natalie Wise

 

 

 

Hugs and love,

Dee Dee

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