Dublin Diaries – September 2017

September means the fall season has begun. At home, in Houston, this season usually doesn’t mean much because the weather is still summery so our fall is simply a light summer. Although, pumpkins are everywhere and the rest of the country seems to experience fall, Houston just fakes the funk with pumpkin spiced lattes in the morning (because you will pass out if you attempt to drink one in the afternoon).

September’s Highlights:

  • Fall. Enough said. I am not a fan of cold weather at all and if you have had at least a 5 minute conversation with you me then you will know that I will freeze in an instant, hence the disdain for cold weather. But, hello…let me introduce you Ireland in the fall. It. Is. Gorgeous. The leaves are turning shades of orange and brown. The air is crisp and the chill is just enough that I can handle a morning walk or jog and treat myself to a hot chocolate in the afternoon.
  • RugbyBigg Dogg started playing rugby this month and the entire experience has been different and as a new rugby mom, I had to learn the “mom” rules. For example, there is no “snack mom” after games. I have been a soccer mom, t-ball mom, flag football and baseball mom but never a rugby mom in Ireland. So, it has been different. The coaches are great and are really focused on teaching the kids the technique and rules of the game. Bigg Dogg has been having fun. In Texas, he wanted to play tackle football (What boy in Texas doesn’t?). I was absolutely against it and he had to settle for flag football and then we get on the field for the first day of rugby practice and you guessed it..it’s TACKLE rugby. And this is after I have paid the club fees. So, I’ll be…he’s playing tackle rugby and he’s tackling EVERYBODY.
  • Dublin Beer Festival. The husband and I attended the Dublin Beer Festival this month and I was pleasantly surprised. We went with a few other couples and it was a nice evening out. I prefer cocktails, frozen drinks and wine and hardly ever drink beer. But, then I remember that I enjoy cider beers and the hunt was on. Luckily, I didn’t have to exhaust myself with the cider hunt because Ireland has a bubbling cider and craft beer scene. I found a berry flavored cider beer and was sold all night. Did you know cider bear contains no artificial sweeteners, sulphates, additives, colorings or preservatives and is gluten-free. Cider lies right between wine and beer. So, who knew drinking alcohol could be so healthy?

What I’m LOVIN’ about Dublin this month:

  • The Ireland Air. Maybe it’s because the island is so green, maybe it’s because Ireland is an island, I really don’t know…but, what I DO know is that this is some of the freshest air I have ever experienced and I love it. It is so pure and refreshing and can be the answer to any bad day.
  • Dublin’s vibe. This is a city that never sleeps. You can find people walking the streets or cycling at 6am or 6pm and all hours in-between. We live in the American version of the suburbs and this month, the husband and I are able to take a 3 mile walk downtown. It was about an hour walk so I had another chance to breathe the Ireland air. Everyone here has what I call the Dublin Stroll and if I were blessed with the Dublin Stroll the walk probably would have taken less time. But, I can’t get it together. Now, I know I have short legs but EVERYONE passes me. No joke. A grandmother with a double stroller passed me twice and I was floored. I’m planning to get it together. I’ll keep you posted.
  • Portion sizes. If you go to any restaurant in Dublin (or Europe) the portion sizes are perfect. Since we moved here, I have not brought a takeaway (to-go) box home. At some restaurants in Texas, I would ask for a takeaway box as soon as they brought out my plate of food because I knew it was going to be too much for me to eat. Here in Dublin, to-go boxes are thing of the past for me.

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

  • Cornbread. I just want some cornbread. Even Jiffy will do. That is all.

  • White Marshmallows. Glitter Princess wanted to make Rice Krispie treats. We can get Rice Krispies and we can get bags of pink and white marshmallows. But, we can’t get bags of white marshmallows from the grocery store. But, I found some at a random store in a town nearby an and all was good in the Wheaton household.
  • A Decent Gum Selection. Some people smoke cigarettes, some people drink coffee and then there’s me, the gum chewer. Here, there are three gum selections, Extra Bubblemint, Extra Mint and Extra Peppermint. Needless to say, I am not pleased. I miss Wrigley’s, Freedent and some good bubblegum. It’s like having one brand of beer available. Not cool.
  • Baths and Cheese. It’s very simple. I miss my garden tub and containers of cubed cheese. Again. No brainer.
  • Convenient Gas Pumps. When you pump gas here, you pump first and pay later. There is no swipe at the pump. And when it is cold or rainy, I am not happy. It is interesting how trusting the gas stations are because it’s the same routine if you pay cash. Could you imagine if this were how you pumped gas in the states? It would be disastrous.
  • Simple Cashback Options at the Shops. To get cash back on a purchase, I must tell the checker (Random Observation: The checkers in the grocery stores sit in cushioned chairs behind the register.) the amount I want before I swipe my card and then it is added to the bill and then I swipe the cad and then I must sign the store receipt after I receive my card. It’s a lot of steps to get my own money. And heaven forbid I forget to tell the checker I want cash back. It’s my loss at that point.

Say What Now?:

  • When Big Dogg started playing rugby we had to get all his gear to play. Well, when we went in the stores (shops) and said gear-the entire store was confused. The sports gear is called a kit, the mouth guards are called gum shields and the rugby shoes are called boots. So, now we make sure Big Dogg has his kit, gum shield and rugby boots when he goes to practice. Brain overload.

Next month is all about Halloween which actually originated in Ireland, so another new experience is on the horizon. I can’t wait to meet you here next month or sooner.

Hugs and love,

Dee Dee

Is there something you want to know about our experience here in Ireland? Please leave a comment below and I will get back to you.

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.

12 thoughts on “Dublin Diaries – September 2017

  1. This is so amazing to me. I was just having a conversation about being brave enough to move to a different country and I’m not sure I am. I’m sure the scenery is amazing! Can’t wait to hear about October!

    1. You are brave. Go for it! Young, single, informed, educated and determined…I’m rooting you on! I’ll keep you posted about October for sure!

  2. Awww this was a very good read Dee Dee! It is so exciting to watch you and your family experience Dublin! I will be reading your blogs to come! Take care, Tiff

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Tiff! I’ll definitely keep them coming. Take care of those beautiful babies! (Well, one baby and one almost teenager!)

  3. Hey Dee Dee, so glad to see that your enjoying Ireland. I loved reading your blog.
    Pls send me your mailing address when you can. .

  4. Thank you Dee for the experience, as we travel with you and the family throughout the European Countries, some of which I will only see through your eyes. It’s wonderful!!
    My question… Are the neighborhoods and homes big on decorating for celebrated holidays? Lights etc

    1. Thank you for reading AND commenting. Let’s me know our work is not in vain. The Irish celebrate Christmas well. I truly enjoyed the spirit of Christmas here last year. Of course, America takes the cake with decorating…way over the top!

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