Dublin Diaries – October 2018
October has arrived and brought the cold weather with it and so much so that the heaters in the house are in full effect. Weekly soup making season has officially begun. The kids have the last week off from school and we took it easy-movies, trick-or-treating with friends, a birthday party, soccer, rugby and a little scrapbooking. The Glitter Princess was student of the week this month and added piano lessons to her list of activities. In her words, “I want to play like John Legend.” So, here we are…on another adventure.
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- We Voted. The husband and I exercised our American right to vote and voted by absentee ballot. It is an honorable task that we gladly completed and never take lightly.
- Galway Rugby Tournament. We took a road trip to Galway for Bigg Dogg’s rugby tournament. This was our second trip to Galway and although we didn’t explore much on this visit, the kids did get some time in the pool, they ran round the hotel with friends and we made a detour and picked up a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts on our way out. I don’t normally eat Krispy Kreme doughnuts at home as I am a true Houston, Texas girl and prefer my Shipley Do-Nuts.
What I’m LOVIN’ about Dublin this month:
- Halloween. Halloween is always a special time here in Ireland. The holiday originated here so it’s kind of a big deal. I will admit that the holiday is not particularly one of my favorites, but, you can’t help but totally get in the spirit when living in the country where it originated. Halloween here means family, food and friends. We celebrated by trick-or-treating and hanging out with friends. It was a good time.
- Fireworks. July 4th is obviously NOT a thing here so fireworks on Halloween are a welcomed treat. I will admit that after a certain time, the fireworks are a bit annoying but in good taste, they are fun to watch and it gives me a little feeling of home.
What I’m MISSING about home (the USA, Texas, Houston) this month:
- American Television. I have had about a month to settle into the 2019 fall television season and now I have come to grips with the shows I am missing from home. It can be hard work to stay current with the shows from home and then to try and indulge on the new shows that pop up. I need a break just thinking about it again.
- Sense of Urgency/Customer Service. I should probably have an entire section of this blog dedicated to the lack of customer service on this side of the world. At this point, I often feel as if I am living in the Twilight Zone. We had some work done to our bathroom and what should have been a 2-day job (maximum) took 6 days to complete. And it was the weirdest thing ever. The men came in every morning and had their breakfast and took an extensive break for lunch, they left empty Coke and juice bottles in the bathroom, they did not cover the counter where our toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.) were located so there was dust everywhere and to top it off I purchased a toilet seat to be installed and it went missing only to find out the men accidentally packed it with their supplies. Oh, I almost forgot and they had to remove the toilet and left it in my bedroom for 3 days. At this point, I just try to take it all in stride and write about it so I can laugh about it later and so I can share my story because sometimes my family and friends don’t believe me.
- We ordered takeaway (to-go) pizza and it never arrived. And it typical fashion, we were not offered a replacement order free of charge or a credit for later. It wasn’t until a few days later when the credit did not show on our account were we offered a free pizza. And to top it off when we called to redeem the pizza, the offer was not on our account. Again, Twilight Zone.
What I’m Reading This Month:
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