Dublin Diaries – September 2019

Dublin Diaries September 2019


Dublin Diaries September 2019

It’s officially September and we are finally in a groove. We took a mini holiday to Barcelona, Spain which spilled into September and the start of school. So, it wasn’t until week three that we were in a full groove. School, sports, routines, schedules, strict bedtimes, tightly regulated screen time…we’re in the thick of it. Surprisingly, the nice weather has lingered a bit so we have still been able to enjoy outside time which is good for my soul.

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The Wheaton Takeover in Barcelona

September’s Highlights:

  • Barcelona, Spain. We started the month off in Barcelona. And Barcelona did not disappoint. It was a nice break before the school year officially started for these two. You could have the best of all worlds with the food, the city, the beach. It is an eclectic city and another one of my faves.
  • Football (Soccer). The Glitter Princess has been asking for a few years to play soccer. She hasn’t played since she was four (so with that age and her memory I doubt she remembers) and I keep holding her off but I ran out of excuses. The husband works most weekends and Bigg Dogg plays rugby on the same day so it’s up to me to figure it out ?. So far she’s loving it so, here we are.

What I’m LOVIN’ about Dublin this month:

  • The Irish Sense of Humor. The school year and sports season have started up again which means parent meeting on top of parent meeting to get the year going. I always put my phone on vibrate when I walk into a meeting and Bigg Dogg’s Rugby meeting was no different. Well, the coach asks the parents to make note of some important dates. I hesitated but decided to follow suit and I pull out my phone and this song starts playing and playing LOUDLY. Yep, in the meeting of about 60 parents…and I’m one of three women in the room, one of probably three Americans in the room (including Bigg Dogg), and definitely one of two (including Bigg Dogg) Black people in the entire clubhouse so yeah I stand out. And not to mention, there were no seats so I was standing at the front. The head coach simply laughs and says, “Thanks Dee for spicing up the meeting with some tunes.” Poor Bigg Dogg, when I return to the meeting after stepping out to stop my phone from wigging out, he says, “Well, that was embarrassing.” I said, “Yeah. Tell me about it.” ??‍♀️

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

  • Parking. The parking here is absolutely atrocious. I literally plan my day around parking. And once I get to the location, there’s still the issue of tiny parking spaces. The Glitter Princess has gymnastics two days a week. There are about 50-60 kids working out in the gym during class times. There are literally about seven parking spots. And this month, I was clamped because I decided to be a good parent and watch her practice instead of sitting in the car. I was parked in front of an abandoned building but the owner decided to start clamping..so €120 later…I’m the best mom ever ?.


  • Food. Just for the record, right now I want fresh tortilla chips, fresh salsa, a chopped beef sandwich oozing in sauce and a frozen margarita. I may have luck with a somewhat ok frozen margarita somewhere in town but the chips, salsa and chopped beef sandwich will not be happening in Ireland anytime soon and I just want you to know that.

Say What Now?:

  • It’s no secret that I love seafood and shrimp is my favorite dish behind snow crab. But, here the shrimp are different and they are called gambas and prawns and hardly ever called shrimp.
  • There are no quick runs to the store here. Only here, it’s a quick run to the shop(s). But, As I’ve mentioned before, parking is not on your side, so going to the shops is not as easy as you think. You need some bread for lunch, good luck because it ain’t easy.

What I Read This Month:

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton


Awaken by Priscilla Shirer 


 The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory 


 The Productive Writer by Sage Cohen 


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.