Dublin Diaries – November 2017

 
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My favorite month is here. Why is NOVEMBER my favorite month? Oh, because it’s my BIRTHDAY month, DUH! I’m so excited. The sunlight has disappeared and it is pitch black by 4:30pm as the sun only blesses us for about 9 hours a day in the winter and that part stinks but that also means the Christmas season is right around the corner and Dublin is serious about the Christmas season so you can’t help but be happy (and homesick) and loving and giving.

November’s Highlights:

  •  Milan. This month the little people had a week off for their fall (Halloween) break so we decided to enjoy the holiday in Milan, Italy. Bigg Dogg had one mission in Milan to eat pizza, pasta and gelato. Well, that mission was well accomplished. The Glitter Princess even said, “I can’t believe we’re in Italy.” It was a very nice, relaxing holiday. We stayed in a perfect location, ate perfect food and shopped at perfectly designed shops.
  • One Year Anniversary. On November 14th we celebrated our one year anniversary in Dublin. I can remember early on us not thinking we would make it to this point. We took the kids to a movie and got steak wasted at one of our favorite “special occasions” restaurants. We’re holding on to see what year 2 has in store.
  • Houston Astros. The Houston Astros won the World Series. How awesome is that? Totally awesome if I say so myself. For the first time in 56 seasons, the Houston Astros are World Series Champions. We were up and about in Dublin getting ready for our flight to Milan and were able to listen to the last inning online. We immediately FaceTimed my parents to share in the excitement and rushed off to the airport and they rushed off to bed. I can’t wait for my mom to send us World Series Champions shirts from Houston.
  • Bryson Tiller and Sza. The husband and I purchased tickets to another concert and this time it was Bryson Tiller and Sza. I was so excited coming off the JCole concert and because I am a big Sza fan. Well, big fan or not, she did not show. We were quite perplexed and even checked our tickets to make sure we weren’t losing it. Bryson Tiller nor his crew made any announcement about her absence. So, needless to say…I was not pleased about paying a baby-sitter (minder), paying for a cab and paying for tickets for half a show. Where’s my refund?
  • Black Friday. Did you know Black Friday is a thing here? So, Thanksgiving is certainly not a thing here which is completely understandable but Black Friday is totally a thing here. There were Black Friday sales EVERYWHERE. Now, of course there is no comparison to the madness in the United States and there are no late hours, but it’s still a sale. I went to the mall on the Friday after Thanksgiving and it was in full on sale mode. It seemed a little weird with there being no Thanksgiving to precede the sales. But, when in Ireland…you partake, right? So, I did. Full disclosure: I didn’t buy a thing for myself.

What I’m LOVIN’ about Dublin this month:

  • Swimming Lessons. The kids have been taking swimming lessons since this summer and I must admit that I am pleasantly surprised by the amount of children activities available and the highly reasonable fees in Ireland. The kids officially learned to swim a couple of summers ago, but there was room for improvement. And they are improving. They have progressed to the next level and what they don’t know is that they will be in some sort of swimming activity until we leave here (at least).
  • School Conferences.  The school had parent/teacher conferences this week and the kids have come such a long way that I almost bust a tear (or two) in the conferences. They were in tutoring 8 hours a week this summer and I was exhausted and stressed. But, this year is a new year in a new grade with what feels like new students. Their teachers were singing their praises and my heart filled with joy. I have not been the biggest fan of the school and highly considered moving the kids to a different school. But, this year, I of course did some continued preparation on my end and approached the school year with an open mind and then the school delivered.

 

  • My Boots. So…ever since I was a teen in the 90’s I have always wanted a pair of Timberland boots. I mean seriously. But, living in the Texas heat, I couldn’t justify the purchase and not to mention, my mother was not going for it. But, boy how things change in a few years. I am living in Ireland and a good quality pair of boots are almost essential for daily living. And so since Ireland is my home, I went all in and now I feel like a rapper from the 90’s straight out of Brooklyn. Dream fulfilled.

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

  • Cupcakes. I just want a good cupcake, a nice, sweet, vanilla cupcake with buttercream icing. That is all. Nothing spectacular. Just something simple and sweet. I have not been impressed by the pastries here so I am craving those special, unnecessary calorie filled goodies.

Say What Now?:

  • Bigg Dogg took a quiz this week and he missed a couple of questions about fortnight (2 weeks or “14 nights”) and anticlockwise (counterclockwise). He came home and asked to me to review the quiz with him. But, when these questions came up, I was stumped as well. Oh well, another cultural mystery solved on our watch.
  • I have been told on more than occasion, “Mind yourself.” I think it is the cutest saying yet. And I hear it all the time. And I can’t always admit that I “mind myself” in most situations. But, let’s roll with it.

It’s almost time, December is right here (so close I can taste the candy canes) and I can’t wait because Dublin knows how to celebrate Christmas the right way.

Hugs and love,

Dee Dee

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Dee Dee Wheaton

Dee Dee Wheaton is the editor and main contributor of her family’s blog, The Wheaton Takeover. She writes and edits her posts listening to hip hop and r&b while sipping hot tea. Dee Dee and her family have temporarily relocated to Dublin, Ireland from Houston, Texas. They are traveling the world, learning and experiencing new things everyday and loving life one day at a time. Through their blog, they share their worldwide excursions, experiences living as American expats in Ireland, lessons learned along the way and glimpses into their crazy life.

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