A little bit about my mother.

On 2 December, my mother, the same mother that told me not to panic when we lost heating in January, scorched her fingers while helping me create incredibly fussy party invitations for a four-year-old, painted my risers on a random Friday, and travelled over the big, blue ocean just because…

Read full post

Sure, my language is bad but my smile is killer.

I’ve been quiet despite promising myself that I would write here more. This is because of work, family events, and general laziness but now it's a Sunday on a bank holiday weekend. It’s only 3pm and I have already taken a nap while still in my pyjamas. I've…

Read full post

10 months in 382 words.

Yes, it's been a while. Like, a long while. 10 months, actually. I could have had a baby (I didn't), adopted a now fully trained dog (nope), relocated to other countries like some of my friends (still in Ireland), or trained myself to stop cracking my knuckles (swollen and growing)…

Read full post

Everyone is a winner! (But not really.)

Ten-ish years ago I was on a cruise with my close friend Sarah. I don't know if you've ever been on a cruise before, but it's a lot of sitting and eating, and sometimes, if you're not used to being on a massive ship on the open sea, some sea…

Read full post

If the mountain won't come to Muhammad...

(In this instance, I am the mountain. In all other instances, I am always the prophet. Just for future reference.) It doesn't look like I'm going to travel home this year. This is the first year since I've lived here that I can't make the trip for one reason or…

Read full post

An anniversary conversation

"I didn't get you anything for our anniversary." "Good. I didn't get you anything either." "I'm serious. Because we don't do anniversary presents, right?" "I am also serious. I didn't get you anything." "I'm just checking so you're not disappointed later." "I really didn't get you anything, Gar." "Okay, good.…

Read full post

New Year's Resolutions 2014

I'm sitting here watching The Sound of Music with my mom, dad and little family myself because no one else loves this film like I do. I have promised myself that I would sit down with Transatlantic and finish it before my Christmas holidays are over but here I sit,…

Read full post

New year, new blog host and platform

A few months ago I was putzing around the internet and ran into this kickstarter for Ghost. I'm not big into throwing my money into kickstarters (although there have been a few I have been really intrigued by) but I liked the video and I liked the creater and so…

Read full post

It's been a while.

I completely failed when it came to my new year's resolution to update this blog every two days. Like, super-failed. Failed so spectacularly I thought that maybe I could just never post again and bury the shame of being a failed blogger next to the shame of my continued love…

Read full post

Blog-10000, Liz-0

You'll have to forgive me for not keeping up with my promised second resolution. The site is being tempremental for reasons we don't understand. Every time we think we have cracked the problem, we encounter another problem and then the whole thing falls over. It's frustrating when it takes 30…

Read full post

The only answer to this problem is gin.

I have always heard stories of people who came home and unexpectedly didn't have heat or electricity for one reason or another and marvelled at how well they seemed to handle it. It seems most people deal with situations like that without much fuss. They might complain but they sort…

Read full post

If he's four years old, how am I still twenty-six?

I now have a four year old. Wasn't I just in high school? How has so much time passed so quickly? How am I still so good looking? I'm pretty sure parents to newly four year old boys look tired and worried that their precious child will throw himself off…

Read full post

Well that was poorly planned.

Hey, remember the other day when I said I would stick to my weight loss regime? I'd stay healthy and lose weight and basically be awesome for June and beyond? Well, I went to my WW meeting today (like I promised) and easily gained a newborn. Not even one of…

Read full post

I want to be connected to Kevin Bacon.

In the best commercial I've seen since the dollarshaveclub.com video back March, Kevin Bacon puns his way through an commercial that has been airing on TV in the UK and Ireland about a celluar network... I think. I am genuinely uncertain what the company EE is selling except that…

Read full post

Questions for the internet: should I arm my child?

Back in January Mister's god mother, my good friend Sarah, sent him over a few box sets of the original Muppet Show from the 70s and they have been a wild success. He thinks Kermit is funny and Fozzy is silly and he can even appreciate the fancy footwork of…

Read full post

Manipulation

Bub: Do-re-me-fa-so-la... Bub: Do-re-me-fa-so-la... Bub: Do-re-me-fa-so-la... Me: (weird face): Te! Te! Bub: Yes, please!…

Read full post

Cute things my kid says, take two.

I ask you, who is the child here?   While walking down the path to the shops at the end of the road... Mister Man: Stop. ... MM: Stop. ... MM: Stop. ... MM: Stop, Mommy! Me: Stop what, James? MM: I said STOP, MOMMY! Me: Stop what, James? I'm not doing anything.…

Read full post

A storm's a-comin'.

Since my posting seems to be in a bit of a lull, I thought I'd post pictures of Ireland that I had never posted before, mostly because I'm not a particularly good photographer, and often time I forget. But, Ireland is pretty beautiful, regardless of the deficiencies of the person…

Read full post

Our crèche lost our kid. I’m okay with it.

Mister has had a traumatic life, what with showing up early, and hanging out in a PICU for a few weeks. He’s sort of always in trouble. The weird thing is that he is so mild-mannered about life in general but he keeps getting himself into hiccups that leads…

Read full post

I no longer have a coke habit.

A few months ago I wrote about my 2012 new years resolutions: to floss daily and to drink less coke for three months. I was mildly successful. Straight up - I didn't do the flossing thing. It lasted for a month, maybe, and after that I would floss every other…

Read full post

Treasury Tuesday: Ombré, or, you know, gradient.

Yesterday, over on Pinterest, Ladies Home Journal (they're cool now, I swear) starting posting items in gradients which were eye catching and pretty and I instantly thought "Ooooh etsy" because I don't feel the need to ever leave the house to look at or purchase pretty things. Or to food…

Read full post

Lookin' good, Pop pop!

Keeping with my trend of always being two weeks behind on the cool kid things, here is by far the funniest viral video I have ever seen. I've watched it over and over again and I have tears every time.…

Read full post

For the love of Downton.

Downton. Oooooooh Downton. I'm so late to the party. I'm the girl who has had a few shots while still walking through the door to be sure she can catch up. My coat is off, my shoes have been left in the kitchen, and my dignity was lost somewhere between…

Read full post

10 randoms

Martini over at A Martini Always Helps (so true) has listed 10 random things about herself and has asked readers to do the same. I am because my brain is completely void of all useful content for this blog. My days are spent like this: Wake up Go to work…

Read full post

Queen of the bop.

A few months ago, on a random Thursday, Bub asked me if I wanted to go see Florence + The Machine in March, taking the best Christmas gift he could have ever bought me and giving it away for free. That would have completely cleared him for our anniversary, Valentine's day,…

Read full post

We're not exactly the CIA.

I'm home with Mister today because in the middle the night he woke up with a wet bed and a fever. He had been complaining of a sore ear earlier in the day, and sure enough, after a visit to the doctor we have a confirmed ear infection. It's likely…

Read full post

Easy Crockpot Baked Potato Soup, Irish style.

If you're female and you like to look at shit on the internet, you already know about pinterest. If you are anyone else, take a lookey here and familiarize yourself with what is keeping your girlfriends, wives, mothers and sisters from doing anything else but staring intently at the computer…

Read full post

Six years.

To celebrate our sixth anniversary, Bub and I went out to a fancier restaurant than we usually frequent. It's quasi-expensive, the clientele is about a decade older and a whole tax bracket above us, but the food is really lovely and it's rare we get such a treat. Sorry, TGI…

Read full post

1997 was the bomb.

...and, in 1997, so was that phrase. During the early weeks in the month of December, Apple and O2 decided to give out three free iTunes downloads every friday for a few weeks. Between Bub and I, we had 36* downloads. We bought one album (Ceremonials by Florence + the Machine;…

Read full post

Two shots from today.

We have been spending a silly amount of time at playgrounds in the cold. While the rest of us are freezing our asses off, Mister is happily sliding down slides and falling into mud. However, today we went to the playground on Killiney Hill and, boy, does it have a…

Read full post

Two resolutions... sort of related.

This is a conversation between me and my mother: Me: I'm giving up coke in the new year. Mother: Please do not publish that anywhere. Me: (confused) Um... why not? I won't keep it otherwise. Mother: You should not tell people you're giving up your coke habit for 2012. Me:…

Read full post

If I can't get horse tranquilisers....

That's my mother's foot with the frozen carrots. See, in our family if cancer won't kill us, we'll just try throwing ourselves down a staircase. Tonight, when my mother decided to go upstairs to say goodnight to Mister Man, she turned on the second to last stair to go get…

Read full post

It's official. I am Liz in Dublin

Christmas in our house was lovely. My parents are here living the Irish life (a.k.a. sitting on the sofa, waiting for things to open and drinking), Mister Man received every toy ever made in or imported into Ireland (we're building an extension onto the back of the house…

Read full post

Things to be thankful for.

Ah, Thanksgiving abroad. It’s sort of a sad time because you know everyone at home has the day off of work, are acting like complete gluttons, and having a pretty awesome time in the process. I am at work. ‘Nuff said. So, I need a little pick-me-up. I need…

Read full post

Blog recommendation: designworklife

I'm in love with reading blogs that make me feel like one day I will put forth an effort and make my life beautiful. If only the sofa and the TV would stop insisting I just sit down and waste my precious hours.One blog in particular is lovely: designworklife.…

Read full post

Treasury Tuesday: Festive feeling.

Well, I had a bit of a treasury tuesday absence and it seems the movement has run its course. In fairness, they take quite a bit of time to do because, really, they're displaying your taste right there, on your blog, for all of the internet to judge. And I…

Read full post

Guess who's back?

So, we went to the US. And now we're back from the US. My silence has a lot to do with that. I will very soon be gracing your RSS feeds with more treasuries and unsettling thoughts on life. Maybe a picture or a recipe, as well.As a family…

Read full post

Treasury Tuesday: DATE NIGHT

Now, if you know anything about me, you know that sometimes my dates end up unexpectedly. Like, with a marriage proposal. So, this is how I mapped this one out -- like it was my life. Kind of. I included the lingerie and condom holder just to make my mother…

Read full post

Identity crisis.

I have a pretty common name. Both in high school and in college there were girls with the same name as mine, which would typically lead to complications – mail mix-ups, wrong number phone calls and even once a sexual harassment suit filed against my favourite teacher by a name-doppelgänger, where…

Read full post

Treasury Tuesday: AUTUMN

Em. Eh. I'm obviously late for Treasury Tuesday, as it is Wednesday. This week sort of got away from me. Actually, when I woke up this morning I thought it was Thursday and was rather disappointed to hear it was only Wednesday, and I will tell you why -- every…

Read full post

Ah, shite.

Just a second, mom. I'm checking twitter. I swore to myself that I wouldn’t write about this topic. I know when I read the blogs of other parents who are going through this dreaded task, I kind of roll my eyes. I mean, who really wants to read about…

Read full post

Treasury Tuesday: BACK TO SCHOOL

I love this week's Treasury Tuesday. I mean, super love. I loved back to school when I was in school and I still love the idea of going back to school, mostly because I have to go to work. Not back to work, just to work. And let's be honest…

Read full post

The world has lost its damn mind.

So, in an effort to make me look like a fool, the weather has brightened up a bit and it’s been quite warm in Dublin since late Fridayafternoon. Apparently it was Opposites Day when I posted. I’m actually wondering if there is a full moon or something, because…

Read full post

Blogging: there's an official app for that.

Google has come out with an app for blogger for the iPhone so I very well may be posting from the toilet from now on. I could have downloaded one of the million apps that let's you make a blog post from your phone, but, eh, I didn't want to…

Read full post

Bye bye, summer. Hello, autumn.

Autumn is here, full on. This wasn’t tentative toes being dipped into the shallow end of the pool, no. Autumn decided to take a running belly flop into the deep end, never looking back and soaking us all in the process. As I’ve said about a thousand times,…

Read full post

Treasury Tuesday: YOUR BEST BUYS

Ah, yes, here we go again. Treasury Tuesday is back to being a difficult (but enjoyable) task for me. But, this time it isn't my fault! It's the fault of technology! And the recession!I can't always blame things on the recession, can't I?The theme this week is YOUR…

Read full post

Treasury Tuesday: LOCAL TO YOU

Ah, it’s that time again – Treasury Tuesday. It’s quickly becoming my favourite post of the week because it forces me to go on Etsy and dream of all the things I can’t have at the moment. And, I really do think it’s helping me refine my…

Read full post

Treasury Tuesday: GUEST ROOM

The theme is really "redecorate a room" but since I chose to decorate my guest room, and it wouldn't be REdecorated, just decorated, I went with that.It's 'shabby chic' if that doesn't annoy you too much. I like the feeling that things in my house are sturdy and old…

Read full post

A big boy.

I never thought this would happen but I have received two emails asking me where James has gone. Did we give him away? Sell him to the circus? Does he not live with us anymore? How is it I could go away without my child? (Very easily.)To be Irish…

Read full post

Living the American dream.

So, I went home to the US for 3.5 days to be an active participant in the celebration of my friend C’s wedding. Remember when I fretted over being a bridesmaid? Well, I assisted in planning a shower for her! And then attended! As a surprise!I wish…

Read full post

Treasury Tuesday: BLUE

So, I was away. In the Americas. Actually, just one America. I was a surprise guest at a shower over the weekend, sort of like the time Brad Pitt was on Friends but with less sexiness and more WHY IS IT SO HOT IN HERE?Honestly, the US needs one…

Read full post

Treasury Tuesdays: Wood

My friend Abby over at red little buttons did an etsy treasury a few weeks back, posted it on her blog and then I proceeded to steal the idea. Remember the birds?She decided to do a thing (I don't even know what you would call it) called Treasury Tuesday…

Read full post

Why I only own sweaters.

Yesterday, for a whole minute and a half, Dublin was warm. I even made a biting (kind of) and sarcastic (definitely) tweet about the heat and sun after I left work yesterday evening. And then it promptly became cold once again.But, this comic in The Gloss yesterday really outlined…

Read full post

Passive-aggressive letters to mother nature.

I never thought I’d live in a country where the coming week is being hailed as a heatwave by friends and co-workers.Where I come from we call that ‘Autumn’. Dear New York Tri-State area, I hope your enjoying your heatwave and the lovely air-conditioning that comes with it.…

Read full post

PUT A BIRD ON IT.

The other day I posted my etsy treasury that had a bit of a bird theme to it. And by bit I mean it was like a Hitchcock film had crapped all over it.Angela from Read Me Sometimes, Think of Me Often linked me to a hilarious clip from…

Read full post

But they have a mock fly and real back pockets.

Email exchange between my mother and I:Mom: Hi Honey, I've ordered you something special this morning! Love, Mom (I sent a link to my mother for a pair of earrings I saw at baublebar.com and so thought this could be my surprise.)Me: Oooooh, is it a pony?…

Read full post

Tweet, tweet. (Not the 140 character kind.)

So, I'm a big copy-cat. My friend Abby over at littleredbuttons made an etsy treasury and then posted it on her blog. I fell in love with pyrex dishes, I cried over their price and then Abby convinced me I was actually saving myself money if I bought them. After…

Read full post

That manly smell.

Monocles are manlier than musk. Recently we’ve been trying to cut down on the costs a bit; times are hard for everyone but Bono and Oprah and so we are picking out bits and pieces where we can save some money. For instance, we don’t buy Tropicana anymore…

Read full post

Sunday baking.

Today has been a very lazy Sunday in our house and what better to do than finally trawl through my bookmarks and make some yummy snickerdoodles for James, Bub and maybe some lucky colleagues if there are any left for me to bring in tomorrow morning (but between you and…

Read full post

Taming the beast (a.k.a. my child).

Box... head... monster... thing. With good taste in music.The Terrible Twos have officially commenced in our house. This past weekend we had smacking, kicking, tantrums and a lot of ‘corner’ time. Corner time, we are realising, is completely and totally useless. Especially when I say to MM, “Do that…

Read full post

I definately knead to proof reed moar.

Over the years, and a few hundred blogs later, I acknowledge that I make big grammatical errors in my writing. Sometimes even silly spelling mistakes. At first, when I would catch them, I would get really mad at myself for putting myself out there on The Internets looking like someone…

Read full post

Turning 29. Again.

A birthday of mine passed just over a month ago. It was a big birthday. A number we will not mention, but, just so you know, I now use six different creams on my face every day so I can be sure that when I'm 50 I don't look 70.…

Read full post

Chris Brown, a rant.

I, like anyone else who is throwing their opinion into the ring about this subject, understand that there are more important things going on in the world. Huge things. I completely acknowledge that the world is gone to hell in a hand basket. For example:Syrian forces opening fire on…

Read full post

Two out of three ain't bad.

Thing I love:1. French toast2. Apple products3. My motherIt’s Daffodil Day in Ireland which is a day where you get harassed on the streets and at work to donate money to the Irish Cancer Society. I do this in the form of buying yummy breakfasts and skivving off…

Read full post

My live-in designer.

My mom has arrived and is staying for a month. She came here with two objectives:1. See Mister Man and spoil him rotten2. Paint my house.Yup, my mother is going to paint my house. She has been talking about it since she left and while she might act…

Read full post

New home-owner questions for the interwebs.

We're in the house. It's big, and sort of cold, and there is one smelly bathroom that I just can't figure out but we're in and we're so freaking happy that I'm pretty sure we could bottle the happiness, sell the rest, build a new bathroom with the profits and…

Read full post

Always a bridesmaid.

Actually, I’ve never been a bridesmaid before and I’ve always wanted to be. I like the idea of planning fun parties and being at the beck and call of a nervous but happy bride on the day. I want to assist in making someone’s day perfect. You…

Read full post

Home sweet home.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and new years have come and gone. Mister Man turned two with not a lot of fanfare but a hell of a lot of cake. Today is Valentine’s Day and my birthday is right around the corner. It’s a big birthday. Let’s not make a…

Read full post

Good marketing.

A discussion between Bub and I after hearing on The Apprentice (The Irish Edition) that Croke Park is a place that makes you feel proud to be Irish.Me: Does Croke Park make you feel proud to be Irish?Bub: Yes.Me: Really?!Bub: No. Terminal 2 does.[youtube=http:…

Read full post

A promise is a promise.

I haven't been around much, mostly because I'm lazy. Things (all the things!) clog up my brain and spitting anything out is nearly impossible. Sometimes something will happen in my day, I'll think it's important enough to tell The Internets about it, and then in the evening when I think…

Read full post

Pick up your laundry; we're coming over.

I feel like we have been running on fumes, lately; going from one thing to the next and not really getting a break in between.At the end of September my job became a bit manic giving me little time to think of anything else other than 'OMG WHO DO…

Read full post

A small glimpse.

Mister Man is going full throttle into the 'Terrible Twos'. I thought we had a little more time until that happened? You know, like, four months. I thought children went from infant, to lovely child, to hell demon. But, it seems that's not what happens at all. I say the…

Read full post

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.

Keats described this time of year the best in To Autumn. It is absolutely my favourite season of the entire year, trumping the new buds of spring and even the heat (heat? what heat?) of the summer. I think I might have mentioned this a few times over the years.…

Read full post

Lasagna should not have béchamel sauce.

After more than a week of an on-going headache/migraine I woke up this morning after 10 hours of sleep to find myself feeling refreshed, energized and pain free. I had gone to the doctor on Thursday where she prescribed me enough painkillers to, in her words, "put down a…

Read full post

Misunderstood.

Me: I'm going to buy a book in iBooks.Mom: What book?Me: It Sucked and Then I Cried.[long pause]Mom: Is that a vampire thing?…

Read full post

Visitors.

I had full intended on keeping my promise and blogging more consistently last week. I even intended on using pictures and not ones of myself. I had whole posts written out that just needed some tweaking and I was going to feel like The Awesome Blogger.And then I got…

Read full post

Step two: New hair style.

One thing I have never done on this blog is post my picture. This isn't some sort of concern over anonymity, as I put my child's photo up here most posts. No, this is a vanity issue. I, like every other normal human being on earth, have my up days…

Read full post

Career advice.

Bub: How was your day?Me: OK. Sort of busy but sort of not. I feel like I did a lot of thinking about work and projects and not a lot of actual working. Know what I mean?Bub: It’s called climbing the corporate ladder. They need to start…

Read full post

Step one: patience.

One of the things I highlighted that needs to change is my level of patience. As in, I need to get some. Things I have zero patience for:People who repeat themselvesBeing made to wait for someone running lateAndy McDowellLate trainsLate planesBumbly wait staffSlow baristasSick peopleVideogamesThe end of particularly good…

Read full post

Identity.

I'm scared of change.There I said it. And my husband has said it, and my therapist has said it and my friends have said it. I'm pretty sure Mister Man will say it any day now. Change, positive or negative, scares the crap out of me. No amount of…

Read full post

Happy iPhone 4 day.

At the end of May I was getting out of the car and out of my pocket fell my beloved iPhone I called Anna Wintour. Luckily, I had planned to replace her with the newest model (isn't that always the way for poor Anna?) of the iPhone. However, at the…

Read full post

18 months on.

Ahhh Bublllle from Liz in Dublin on Vimeo. Please note: In this video we have stuff all around in places where we usually wouldn't have them -- like those cords behind that table near the buggy. Unsafe things. But we just had a gas leak (!) and things had to be…

Read full post

How to watch a Twilight movie and enjoy it.

Unless you live under a rock, you have heard of the "Twilight Saga" starring the skinny girl, the boy who never puts his shirt on and my boyfriend. This is how my mother described Kristen Stewart, Bajillion Abs (His official name in our house) and Robert Pattinson after she saw…

Read full post

We salute our marriage this 4th of July.

Bub is known for being a bit of a romantic. For holidays he often has elaborate plans that make me swoon and pat myself on the back for picking a good one. Fourth of July is never different; he has made red, white and blue cakes in the past, taken…

Read full post

Mister Man loses his first fight.

There are a few things that run through your head when your child hurts himself.1. OMG is he okay?2. How do I make the pain go away? and,3. Will he sleep through the night?Today James got into a fight with a walker at creche. He fought.…

Read full post

17 months on.

Weight: A little over 25 poundsHeight: Nearly able to climb on the ottomanAdjusted age (No, I will not stop counting this; not until he is two): 15 months or so.Ups:Standing up and walking on his own. He can walk a whole length of the living room now without…

Read full post

16 months on.

Since I'm home sick from work I thought I would actually catch up on some posts I wanted to make. The first being the most important to my mother. What does a dog say? from Liz in Dublin on Vimeo. Video is slightly dodgy because it's from an iPhone but…

Read full post

Pants are optional in our house.

I mentioned in the last growth post (admittedly, that sounds like I have some medical growth and not a child who is growing) that Mister Man says "Tada!" I received emails from people telling me how adorable this is and kids can be so funny and James is awesome and…

Read full post

If I had brains I'd be dangerous.

This morning we woke up at 7.15am (unusual) in my mother in law's house (incredibly unusual). The whole family in one room. Well, myself, Bub and Mister Man. My mother in law wasn't in there with us. That would be weird. Where would it be most appropriate for her…

Read full post

15 months on.

The amount of photos this kid gets taken of him in the bath. Jeez. If the feds show up and arrest us I wouldn't be the least bit surprised.This is where I put his stats for the month, except this time I don't know the stats. I don't know…

Read full post

Happy Easter!

While I'm not a believer in god, I am a believer in chocolate. As is James.Happy Easter, everyone!…

Read full post

The resurrection.

Around the time when we got home from America, Mister Man got sick again (Shocker!) and this time when he was sick he threw up. Gross, and maybe TMI, but it's what comes with the territory when you have a little person who refuses to be healthy. So, when he…

Read full post

There is something to be said about predictability.

After spending two and a half months in America all I want is to be back there with the prescription drug commercials and chain restaurants. I'm sorry, but I love Cheesecake Factory. And I love Red Lobster. I know they aren't considered sophisticated food establishments but hell if I don't…

Read full post

You wish you could get vacation time like this.

Obviously we're back in Ireland. If something were to have happened preventing us from traveling again there would have been an update that looked something like this:WHYYY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME????!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!!11?!?!?!?!?WDKJH';;S LFK'JH''NDL KFJGSKD JGH;LK';K';L;J KLJHCG'dfj'We needed to be home. We really…

Read full post

Fourteen months on, because I skipped thirteen.

I didn't do a thirteenth month. It turned out not to be a good one. We, like most buildings in the Western Hemisphere, are just skipping over thirteen. I promise, he was cute during that month. I know you were worried. (Insert parental eye-roll.)Weight: 24 pounds, 9 ouncesHeight: 31.…

Read full post

I like his style.

My hair hasn't been done by a professional since November, right before I went back to work. It wasn't a complicated appointment -- just a cut and color -- and my boss happened to walk in while I was being styled. Since this was near four months ago, I wonder…

Read full post

Liz and Baby in Dublin.

Before I had Mister Man I decided to created another blog called Baby in Dublin. I did this because, a. I would want to chronicle all of his ups and downs as well as mine, and b. I thought my life as Liz and my life as Mister Man's mother…

Read full post

One year on.

JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberAnd, one year on.Weight: 23 poundsHeight: 31 inchesAdjusted age: From birth it's 10.5, and then about another month set back according to the physical therapist, so 9.5 months although I would say 10 months.I'm not doing an ups and down for this month because I think…

Read full post

Happy 101

Abby awarded me the Happy 101 honor and so, while it's not really my style to do these things, I will for her because she makes my day happy.Rules:List 10 things that make you happy.Pass it on to 5 bloggers that make your day a better one!…

Read full post

You don't get this in Dublin.

So, I skipped his first year post. It was health issues and being away from home issues and laziness issues. I will get 12 and 13 months up today or tomorrow. You know why?Snow day!…

Read full post

Merry Christmas! Finally!

We celebrated Christmas on Wednesday. This past Wednesday. My mother persevered and kept the tree up past the first of January. Her head managed not to explode for those extra 20 days and because of that, we are incredibly proud of her and now expect her to do the same…

Read full post

Here's to the back of 2009.

This year I gave birth to the most beautiful child in the world and I was able to spend 11 months with him, at home, watching him grow. For this we are lucky and am giving 2009 one point. One. Otherwise, though, it let us down. It has a lot…

Read full post

Eleven months on.

Weight: A little over 22 poundsHeight: Err.. about 30 inches, we think. According to our "I'll hold him up and you get the tape measure" method of measurement.Adjusted age: About 9.5 months. No idea what it is in weeks. I've lost the plot, haven't I?Ups:Enjoyed the…

Read full post

Sing it, Postman Pat.

I have been meaning to post another Great Irish Thing since I said I would months ago after my sister-in-law asked if I liked living here and I said yes and genuinely meant it. I have had several things in mind since making that first post but I haven't been…

Read full post

Ten months on.

I know, I know. This post is nearly 20 days late. Our first sickness infiltrated the house as well as a general sense of time running away with us. Won't happen again, promise.Weight: No ideaHeight: SupertallAdjusted age: Must I do this math?Ups:Now officially army crawling. And with…

Read full post

DID YOU KNOW?!

I've been to a few places in the world. Mainly North America and Europe but I have thrown in a little of Asia on occasion. This is not to brag and to tell you how well traveled I am; for an expat I am not well traveled at all. Most…

Read full post

I knew my shirts were missing something.

For the past two years me and the rest of the world (although the rest of the world might have been there first) have been buying stuff off of Etsy. If you've never heard of Etsy, you obviously live under a rock. Go to their "About us" and read up…

Read full post

Horror on Halloween.

Mister Man had his first Halloween yesterday. It involved looking adorable:doing a constant army crawl on the carpet:and cannibalism:I hope your Halloween was a bit creepy too.…

Read full post

Wait, did we forget someone?

As any parent knows, you love your children an unconditional amount and nothing that ever happens in the whole of his life could make you stop. They scream, cry, throw shit, have tantrums, don't nap, get bored and bug you, and whine. And whine and whine. However, you can't just…

Read full post

Nine months on.

Taken in Sandycove and at home, between 26 September and 5th OctoberWeight: TBAHeight: TBAAdjusted Age: 33 weeks.Ups: Is moving himself around on his belly like a snake. I'm convinced he could get around the world like this and just might never walk because, hey, why not slither?Had his…

Read full post

Drinking the Republican Kool-Aid.

We recently found the below at our local Spar. After a little research I learned that Jones Soda did special Campaign Cola for the 2008 election. Bottles bought were counted as votes on their website and, no surprise, Obama won by a landslide.A few questions though:Why is the…

Read full post

Eight months on.

Taken in NJ, 1st and 6th SeptemberWeight: 20 pounds, 6 ouncesHeight: Bigger than a bread boxAdjusted age: 29 weeks.Ups: Rolls all ways all the time. Is this really an "up"?Is eating solid food that are actually solid and not soft, mashed or puréed.Took his first flight and…

Read full post

Proving what they say about New Jersey drivers.

One of the things that acclimated me to Irish life was the ability to drive. I found only taking public transport a bit... frustrating. So, in 2006 I went and took a theory test which would give me my provisional license. I passed the first try without incident although I…

Read full post

Strawberry love.

I might have mentioned this before, but I might not have because there is nothing I am more afraid of than the wrath of the internets (and whenever you post something about parenting the wrath follows), but I make Mister Man's baby food. I have nothing against store bought food…

Read full post

Seven months on.

Taken at home, 6th and 8th August(Because of the amount of adorable that this month's picture presented I had to include more than usual. I'm sure you understand.)Weight: 19+ pounds (last weighed 29 July at 19 pounds even).Height: 28.5+ inches (last measured 29 July)Adjusted age:…

Read full post

This post is longer than our trip to Ikea.

About a week ago Ireland's (Republic of) first Ikea opened in Dublin. This has been talked about since I moved here. I knew when the day came that those big Swedish loving doors opened I would go in and buy some useless crap to make our lives that €3.99…

Read full post

Six months on.

Taken at home, 9th and 11th of JulyWeight: 18 pounds, 7 ouncesLength:: LongAdjusted age: 21 weeksUps:TEETH! TWO TEETH! And they came in out of nowhere overnight. He had no bother at all.Still absolutely fascinated by his feet. Where are they? What are they doing? What do they taste…

Read full post

Come get your free smear here.

Recently my sister-in-law (I know. That's a whole different post for a different day) asked me if I like living abroad. My first reaction is yes, of course I do. And then, like any expat, backtracked a bit. Of course we like it. We wouldn't do it for very long…

Read full post

17 pounds of pure cuteness.

Shocked baby says, "Did you say 17 pounds? I've let myself go."Today we had Mister Man's 4 month adjusted appointment with his pediatrician at the hospital. While we didn't get the answers to some questions, we did walk away with a feeling that we are doing something right for…

Read full post

Babydaddy.

Overheard as we left the pediatrician's office:James squints to an extreme extent on an overcast dayMe: We should have asked the doctor if he's part vampire.Bub: (grumbling sarcastically) I wonder who the daddy would be.Me: Ooooh...Edward Cullen!I know I should be ashamed but I'm just…

Read full post

Five months on.

Taken at home, 9th and 12th JuneWeight: Approx 16 pounds, 8 ouncesLength: 26 inchesAdjusted age: 3 months, 3 weeksUps:SOLIDS. He likes pizza but curry is his favorite.Sleeping through the night more often than not. KNOCK ON WOODReaching out and interacting with toys. He really likes playstation 3.First…

Read full post

Another summer shot in the ass.

I didn't post anything last week because I didn't want to jinx it. I try not to be superstitious. I walk under ladders, I cross the paths of black cats, I step on cracks in the road and my mother has not broken her back once. But I never, ever…

Read full post

TV is bad for you.

While feeding Mister Man tonight (yes, he still gets a 10pm bottle. We are working on it.) I decided to watch Prime Time Investigates, a weekly television series that looks into the cause an effect of current issues. Drugs, sex, rock and roll. All that. Tonight's show was "The Fall…

Read full post

Stage five is right around the corner.

Recently I haven’t really felt like updating my blog because I feel like I had nothing good to update it with. Yes, Mister Man, Bub and I are all okay. We are a happy little family over here in Dublin. Sure, Mister Man throws some noisy and messy parties…

Read full post

Four months on.

Photos taken at home, 7 May 2009.Weight: 14 pounds, 10 ouncesLength: 25 inchesAdjusted age: 2.5 monthsUps: Is slowly lifting his lazy butt in the air, just as the doctor ordered.Has flown the coop and sleeps in his own crib now, in his own room. The keg parties…

Read full post

Three months on.

Both photos taken at home, in a moment of bliss, 7 April, 2009.Weight: 12lbs, 2 ouncesLength: 24 inchesAdjusted age: 7 weeks, 1 dayUps:Has found his voice and likes to use it. Loudly.Will go to anyone, as we found out when he was introduced to his Pop, Aunt…

Read full post

Tough guy.

There is a reason we like to call this his "Ferocious bear" suit. He looks like he would kick your ass if you looked at him the wrong way. You know, after he took out the binkie.Taken at home, 21 March 2009…

Read full post

My Mister Men.

Taken at home, 17 March 2009They discussed the recession and his mother's need to put hats on him for photos.…

Read full post

Let ye be warned.

My friend Rebecca and I were talking at the doctor's office at my six week postpartum checkup. We couldn't believe how much hubbub someone makes about the birth of a baby. Both of our children came six weeks early (we know each other because Mister Man and her son shared…

Read full post

Two months on.

Taken at home, 7 March 2009Weight: 9lbs, 12 ouncesLength: Approx 22 inchesAdjusted age: 2 weeks, 5 daysUps:Started baby massage and has decided that he doesn't mind it so much when I oil him up.His fist has finally found his mouth consistently.Turns his head from side to side…

Read full post

I don't speak crazy.

If I haven’t mentioned it, oh, I don’t know, 30000 times already to friends, relatives and anyone who will listen to me, parenting has been difficult so far. I don’t understand what the baby needs when he whimpers. He rarely all-out wails, and when he does it’…

Read full post

Note to self: Child not a baked good.

I'm struggling with the whole "mom" thing. I don't think this is a surprise. Many women struggle being a first-time mother. Some even struggle with being a second and third-time mother. It's by far the hardest job I have ever had. It is much harder than being a lifeguard (job…

Read full post

Clear, plastic beds don't come cheap.

So, we're home. And we have a baby with us. The nurses of the SCaBU just refused to continue to be the World's Most Expensive Baby-sitters. When they told me how much it was for Mister Man to be there per night I nearly checked him and I into The…

Read full post

Just in case my brain becomes a sieve.

I created this blog to remember my pregnancy and then to update people, primarily my mother, about James' progress from over the ocean. I rarely did that when I was pregnant. Maybe because I thought the entire process was less than glamorous what with the nausea, sciatica, constipation, uncontrollable bleeding,…

Read full post

Hormonal honesty.

As you might have gathered if you read Baby in Dublin, our son arrived just over one week ago because he just could not help himself. He needed to see what all the fuss was about. To be perfectly honest, I don't think he's impressed.Since Mister Man was six…

Read full post

Pregnancy, now with internet access.

I have been away. Not somewhere exotic or peaceful. I haven't been skiing in the Alps or rock climbing in New Zealand. From the 27th of November until the 5th of December I was in the US but I went, had a fabulous time and then came home without a…

Read full post

Mom's first steps.

I don’t think I have ever planned for something so much in my life, apart from the day I got married but that’s only because my mother insisted that our guests would not enjoy sitting on the floor and eating finger foods so a wedding was planned with…

Read full post

Next year the Christmas season will start in May.

The last bank holiday for the year is this weekend and I’m glad to see it come. It means we are that much closer to Thanksgiving, which means I’m that much closer to going to the US for a week. You’d think that after having my parents…

Read full post

I have a plan.

In an attempt to update something about my life, I have decided to start updating Baby in Dublin, and yesterday I did so with some photos from our scans. In the future I intend to post about my pregnancy there. A few wise women suggested this as it will be…

Read full post

Some photos.

Let's start this off with some of the first photos taken of James because I'm a sentimental schmuck who wants to keep these bitty scans forever and then one day show them to his first girlfriend.James from 6 weeks until 21 weeksClick the box for full album.…

Read full post

You've waited long enough.

I know there has been a huge lag in my postings and that's because I'm trying to be conscious that what I post isn't all baby related. Being pregnant is all-consuming and while I always said I wouldn't be one of those people who thinks about her fetus 24/7,…

Read full post

Is it a miracle I still have friends?

I have been asked a lot recently how I have been feeling. I am touched by the concern for my well being because I never ever thought that a.) being pregnant would be difficult, and b.) people would ever care. People have babies every single day and ever though they…

Read full post

The horse gone dunnit again.

In another spectacular exhibition of Irish athleticism, one medal hopeful for Ireland was caught "doping". I put the quotes around it because to me, doping is smoking weed and will never be considered rubbing my muscles with Deep Heat. And also because the hopeful was a horse and you can…

Read full post

I'll miss Béla Károlyi most of all.

This is going to sound super lame but I LOVE THE OLYMPICS. Maybe it’s the American in me; that competitive spirit that gets you excited about kicking the asses of smaller, poorer countries in events that they don’t have the funding to properly train for. Ethiopia, we’re…

Read full post

General Hayden is looking to recruit me.

I am the world's best secret keeper for a few reason I may have mentioned in the past:1. I like knowing things no one else knows. 2. It makes me feel special and smug.3. I play by the golden rule, generally.Recently, I obtained a secret so awesome…

Read full post

I owe Sir Mix-a-Lot my first born.

Today as I was walking out of the Grand Canal Dock DART station I heard two girls behind me say, "She’s pear shaped, but she’s workin’ it." I heard it only because I had dropped my iPhone on the steps and my earphones popped out, otherwise I would…

Read full post

I can finally use ICE, ICE BABY as a title.

I am not one for “natural remedies”. I find the idea annoying. I know there must have been something done for people BEFORE the advent of aspirin and Neosporin, but to be honest, I figure they wouldn’t have come up with those great cure-alls if the natural stuff was…

Read full post

I'd lick a Swede.

Another week goes by and I don’t update. I just don’t feel like updating about my every day life, because, to be honest, I don’t like reading about the mundane things other people do every day and I’m damn sure no one likes reading about the…

Read full post

Carol Anne said it best.

After being in the US on holidays for a little more than a week, we are back in Dublin, freezing our rears off but looking damn fine with our new tans. Here's to you, melanoma.You'll be pleased to hear I took absolutely NO pictures the entire trip because at…

Read full post

Don't move or you'll scare it away.

It is officially summer. Yes, I write about the weather a lot. Can't help it.Even though the day started out Irish it has turned into a glorious day full of heat and sun. Women are outside in halter tops. They are either pasty white or the color of a…

Read full post

I'm bigger than Obama.

You likely won't believe this, but I have a fan. And it took me almost a month to realize it.I send big love (not in the polygamy way kind of way) to Grey Mantled Wolf. I stumbled upon his blog after looking into my own analytics for the week…

Read full post

There is no such thing as American't.

I think I have mentioned before that I get asked a lot of questions asked by Americans about living abroad, and Ireland in particular because it seems like such a special thing to do. And, sure, it is because what other situation can you go from feeling vastly superior to…

Read full post

So far today is, um, not going so well.

I’ll say what a lot of expats in Ireland want to say but don’t have the balls to come out and say it – Irish people can be pricks. Queue indignation and upset from the internetThis is not to say that other people from other places aren’t pricks.…

Read full post

My kid will beat your kid at beer pong.

So, the summer in Ireland is over. That’s it. Six days of sunshine and moderate warmth and now we get to go into quasi-spring/autumn mode where we hope week after week that it will stop raining and the temp would rise above 55 degrees but the stupid weather…

Read full post

Meet Ms. February

This side of the world has these wondrous things called BANK HOLIDAYS. They are holidays given for no good reason, usually over the "summer", on the first Monday of the month. There are no names attached to them, like "I'm Not Fecking Going to Work Day" or "Thank Goodness We…

Read full post

An appeal.

Dear Ireland,I have a complaint to make. No, this isn’t about the weather, although that could use a bit of a clean up, nor is it about the shitty public transport system, or the mismanagement of our hard earned money. Nope, this is about the ingrates you let…

Read full post

Court 52 is where it's at.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting in Court 52, at the Richmond Court on Dublin’s Northside. I was there to testify against my mugger who thought that pleading not guilty wasn’t a waste of mine, and the court’s time. I really appreciated that.Let me tell…

Read full post

I still love you, Luke Perry.

I hesitate to post this only because I know it makes me look like a crazy stalker, and not like the romantic that I really am. The last person I stalked was Luke Perry in 1992 and if he had just returned my letters with an acknowledgment that said he…

Read full post

Henri Hippo shot JR.

That's Henri Hippo. He made an impression in the hearts of all the kids in Ireland in the 80's. Even Bub took out an Ulster Bank account because of Henri. I hear there was a pencil and a ruler given to you when you signed up. That's a pretty sweet…

Read full post

Winfrey / DeGeneres 2008.

If you know anything about me at this point it's I have an iPhone and I really hate paperwork. I also am rather lazy, and a registered Libertarian. Not a LIBRARIAN. They like books. I think paying taxes is a violation of my constitutional rights, especially since I am not…

Read full post

I'm so 2007.

As you probably gathered already, I HAVE AN IPHONE. I don't think there is a person on the planet who I didn't notify. The first thing I did after opening the box was text the President himself. He was initially jealous but then remembered he has Air Force One. That's…

Read full post

Yes, I'm somehow still surprised.

I saw this beautiful red flower tree yesterday on my way to work. Even though the temperatures were categorized as FREEZE YOUR BALLS OFF Cold, these flowers have somehow bloomed and now grace the pathway to the train which is something lovely and cheery to see first thing in the…

Read full post

Smuckers wishes you a happy 100th birthday.

My mother had her 100th birthday yesterday. Over the years the woman has NEVER asked for anything for her birthday. She would say, "Clean your room for my birthday" or "PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD clean your room for my birthday" or "Refill mommy's martini glass for her birthday"…

Read full post

A cold day in Blackrock.

The Easter weekend in Ireland is a very long one, as we get Good Friday, the holiest day of the Irish calendar, and Easter Monday, the laziest day of the Irish calendar, off of work.I seem to be under the delusion that since Easter has now come and gone…

Read full post

Functioning properly in four easy steps.

After what has been a horrible week for Bub and I, we are keen to get our lives back to normal. I won't go into details about it, but our minds and bodies are exhausted from even thinking and we both expressed the need for normalcy last night and today…

Read full post

I'm fluffy sugar.

I know I tend to go on about things when they are dramatic and could get me a little extra attention. The really funny thing about me is that I actually don’t like attention once I get it. I feel foolish and ill-equipped to deal with other’s expectations…

Read full post

I might be turning eight this year.

With my birthday only two days away you’d think I’d be all, OH MY GOD IT’S ALMOST MY BIRTHDAY like I have been doing for all of the birthdays in the past. Actually, I usually celebrate a birthweek. Growing up my parents would get me something for…

Read full post

When it comes to pastry, what God says goes.

In Ireland we celebrate a fun day called Pancake Tuesday; a day when, instead of drunkenly showing your breasts to thousands of strangers for cheap jewelry that you can buy for, quite literally, 10 cents each, you eat pancakes. Most men I know prefer the breasts but not Bub. Bub…

Read full post

Winter momentarily got its shit together.

Today for about six minutes it snowed in Dublin. I didn't get a photo as I just looked at it from my desk, but it was pretty and it was coming down fast and thick. Now the sky is blue and there is no evidence that snow ever fell or…

Read full post

Area 51 and pregnancy are the same thing.

Three years ago today I stepped off a plane groggy and smelling like the unwashed masses into my new country that I would be so enthusiastic about for maybe 12 days. And then my mother came to visit and I was all of a sudden very sick but still looking…

Read full post

1000 years doesn't seem that long.

Yesterday at Fire, Bub and I promised to spend at least the next 1000 years together over a glass of red wine, and a plate of nicely breaded veal (for me). Our parents will probably be relieved since my father is still smarting over that large bill he got two…

Read full post

My sweater's drink of choice is vodka.

As a good start to the day, my coffee cup broke and spilled a good amount of coffee on my desk, keyboard, pants and sweater. Luckily, my pants are black and my desk and keyboard are The Man's my employer's, so of course my pretty pink sweater has a stain…

Read full post

ELO knew what they were talking about.

Going back to work after almost two weeks off has been, in short, dreadful. In long, it’s been so hideous I am thinking about quitting and collecting the dole so I can sleep out my days until at least 11 and then get up to only watch Judge Judy…

Read full post

I will not expose myself to 5th Avenue in 2008.

I usually don't make new year resolutions because I don't think I have ever kept one. I don't do this on purpose, I think I just used to take on too many at once, or make unrealistic goals for myself and then I am sorely disappointed when I don't succeed.…

Read full post

Another Christmas shot in the ass.

This holiday season has been spent in Dublin at my mother-in-law's house.  People who know me know that I adore my mother in law and do not have this awkward relationship I see between friends and their mother-in-law's.  I think my MIL is a wonderful person and I am not…

Read full post

In desperate need of bail money.

Yesterday I witnessed one of the sadder things going on in Ireland today.Booze in holding.BOOZE IN JAIL. Innocent bottles of wine and liquor are being rounded up and put into cages where they can not connect with their families, friends or you.For just $0.50 a day…

Read full post

Simon Cowell in a Santa sack is my dream.

Only one more working week until Christmas and I am already on holidays in my brain.  In my mind I am continually playing with a Clockwork Train and eating a candycane under a shiny Christmas tree.  The chances of me being productive while at work this coming week is about…

Read full post

The cocktail ottoman keeps me sane.

I've been on a bit of an Irish-love kick recently, even after i went home and cried on the plane on the way back.  My missing home is not Ireland's fault and I think my good mood has something to do with our apartment, a place that contantly make me…

Read full post

My mom is a terrorist and I never knew it.

A visiting friend has left our place today, so we can finally resume our normal routines of eating only cereal and walking around naked in front of open windows. We still need to unpack from our trip home so at the moment the usually clean apartment looks like a bomb…

Read full post

10 things I learned while visiting the US

Eating food that you can dip in other food is a lot better than just eating like normal people.9. Those Platinum Weddings bitches need a good, swift kick to the head and I'd be more than happy to deliver.8. Shopping at 8am the day after Thankgsiving is a…

Read full post

Anita was the smartest person on the west side.

"I like to be in Amer-ee-ca, okay by me in Amer-ee-ca, everything's free in Amer-ee-ca..."Stephen Sondheim had it right. I do like to be in America. And I'm there right now. I should temporarily change this title to "Liz in New Jersey" but it's not nearly as sexy.Off…

Read full post

Lessons on Sushi Friday

I have been getting back into a sushi habit lately because a. I really like soy sauce and burning my mouth off with wasabi, b. some fish is low in "points" and I am a slave to the points, and c. I get to eat with wooden sticks and that's…

Read full post

I WIN.

My friend, and fellow blogger Caitlin has given me the "You Rock the Crib" award for being funny looking. Or just funny. Or something. Either way, thank you, Caitlin! It's an honor to be awarded by her because her tales crack me up on a monthly basis. When she decides…

Read full post

I doubt I will get my deposit back.

I think anyone living overseas realizes what a unique experience it is. The people, stores, food, area, attitudes and everything else that is decidedly "home" is just different and you have to learn to deal with those differences even when you don't agree with them. While I wouldn't say I'm…

Read full post

Yes, I did it again

I have changed my blog AGAIN because I'm fickle like that. Oh, and the other one was so out of season it wasn't even funny. Now, this is simple, pretty and not seasonal so I don't make the mistake of trying to have a theme based on the holidays.Enjoy.…

Read full post

You can call him "Bub" now too.

So in the blogging world sometimes you get tagged to do a sort of survey thing. I was tagged by Caitlin to do this and although I would usually refuse I'm doing it because I'm sure I can think of six things about myself to list.Anyway, the rules (because…

Read full post

Elton-O Lantern by day, Esther McEasy by night.

Today is Halloween and so therefore I will share some photos of our Jack-O Lantern, Elton. Let's be honest, he's not scary so "Jack" would be inappropriate. And since he has this gentle, understanding, effeminate look on his face, I figured Elton was the way to go on this one.…

Read full post

Pigs fly.

Cleaning a new, much bigger apartment is slightly exciting.  I have spent the last two hours scrubbing windows, dusting all the table tops and the tops of picture frames, and vacuuming just to make sure that our new place stays in the tip top shape it was first in when…

Read full post

I'm hell on wheels on a bike.

A while back I mentioned that I have my provisional license here in Ireland and I drive without L Plates and without an experienced driver because, as I put it, "that's how I roll", but also because I have been driving for 10 years and I can't believe that a…

Read full post

My good manners will go a long way here.

The south-east end of Dublin is very different from where we used to live in neither a good nor bad way. It's just different. Like our teachers taught us all those years ago; people who are different from you are not good or bad, they are just different. She was…

Read full post

If we had kids they'd be lost in this mess.

Over here in the UK and Ireland area of the world, a box room is a kind of room that has no windows but is more than a closet.I think me and The Husband have taken it a step further:Taken with my trusty, and slightly crappy, camera phone…

Read full post

I am Saint Liz of the Builders.

I haven't updated this in nine days. That's a long time for me to go without having anything to say. 10 minutes is a long time to go for me to have nothing to say. It's categorized as a miracle by the Vatican if stay quiet for more than 30…

Read full post

If I was a mail-order bride we'd be homeless.

We’ve finally moved out of our old apartment fully. The first apartment where we lived together, planned a wedding, and have been hanging out in marital bliss. It’s weird to have left so unceremoniously on Sunday night. I sort of just wanted to look at it all empty…

Read full post

Autumn is an underachiever.

Starting today I have a new look. Thanks to the people over at Blogger Templates I have a rather feminine and slightly over the top new layout that will probably make some people want to throw up all over my hay fever nightmare. For me, it's just right, because contrary…

Read full post

Hi, I'm PC.

So, Mac's are pretty amazing machines.  I can't believe I have lived this long without one.  I also can't believe that this topic has now come up twice in this blog.  IN A ROW.It runs efficiently.  Plain and simple and that's a pleasure.  Where the PC has been going…

Read full post

Marketing Works Wonders on my Wallet

First off, I want to say how lovely it is to get emails from people asking me why I don't post more. It's nice to know people want to hear what I have to say, even if it's mostly elaborate lies to seem more exciting. Especially the bits about my…

Read full post

I'm hell on wheels.

Growing up I never did anything bad. I never played mailbox-baseball or terrorized the dogs down the street. I was a nice kid. I did nice things like cheerleading and become a peer mentor. I didn’t buy drugs from the kid down the street who everyone thought was a…

Read full post

We Finally Got a Piece of the Pie

I went shopping this weekend with a friend and all I bought was mascara. Really nice mascara, but I have to say that's a poor showing on my part. Since when do I go shopping and buy essentially nothing? Oh, that's right. Since I moved here.I have this blockage…

Read full post

Be scared of your mailbox.

If you didn't know, Ireland is rather Catholic. And by "rather" I mean something like 92% of people in the country identify themselves as part of the Catholic religion. Of course this means the church has a large influence in government, law, and even the schools. So much so that…

Read full post

I want to live on Sham Road

When I was a kid I wanted to be Vanna White. She was really pretty, she wore an evening gown as a part of her job and everyone in America loved her. I gave up my dream when I was around six when the prospect of marrying a New Kid…

Read full post

Ireland -- With Added Fat!

My days at the job are getting more and more busy as the month goes on so of course that means I get to post less and less in my blog. I do have thoughts throughout the day and I say to myself, "I should write in my blog about…

Read full post

Welcome to Life -- bring your jacket, it can get cold.

I know I complain about Ireland quite a bit but I see the place almost as a roommate who keeps leaving their socks on the floor and never washes the dishes. I adore the roommate as a person but as a roommate, Ireland sometimes sucks. The weather can be completely…

Read full post

"DON'T PANIC but you're going to be deported."

Ireland has decided it’s a good idea to start deporting people – and not just any old illegal immigrant, people who are married to EU citizens and are here LEGALLY.Naturally, this morning I was in a panic. My husband hears on the news that they were sending out letters…

Read full post

Twice in one day? Really?

This article is from The Irish Times, 26th July. I honestly don't know if it's the guy who tried to rob me but it surely sounds like it to me; even his bail conditions from his first robberies are the same so I think it's a safe bet. I would…

Read full post

But what do they look like in bikinis?

There are few things in Ireland that I feel you can still call "Irish". I actually don't like that statement and usually say to people who make it "The Ireland that you see now IS the actual Ireland -- you are looking for the Disney version" but there are point…

Read full post

Domesticity isn't genetic.

Every time I speak to my mother on the phone I hang up feeling like I have to clean something. I think the verbal lashing I got as a child if my bedroom wasn’t cleaned or I left the kitchen a mess has implanted a trigger in my brain…

Read full post

Slooow, Slooow, quickquick.

Autumn is here. Right now it’s sunny-ish out but there is a definite chill in the air that signals the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. It says, "Wear a sweater instead of that lightweight cotton." It says, "Soup is a good idea." It says, "Prepare yourself…

Read full post

Alternative photos source, like alternative energy.

We spent the weekend with friends in their house with the grass. As I have mentioned before, they are having a baby very soon (and I mean very soon – like, less than three weeks soon) so they are putting together the nursery and can I tell you how precious this…

Read full post

Put your pants on, we're coming to visit.

Bank holidays -- they are amazing. What’s better than having a day off of work for no reason whatsoever? Not a lot, that’s for sure. We had a bank holiday this past weekend. People who live in Dublin tend to go away to the country during the bank…

Read full post

Bosses are breezy and don't give me agita.

I know I haven’t been posting here this week. That’s because my boss is insisting I actually work while at work which is just pushy in my opinion. She’s all "do this", and "do that", and "what do you think we’re paying you for?" like she’…

Read full post

I need Sally Struthers.

For some reason here in Ireland we have a Bennigan’s. I don’t know why you would have a Styrofoam version of an Irish pub IN IRELAND but they opened one up at Dundrum Town Centre (to be Europe’s biggest shopping mall. One day.) so the American-ness can…

Read full post

I had very little dignity to begin with, really.

It’s Harry Potter Day today and in some places of the world it’s beautiful and summery. Of course in other freaky places it’s winter right now and they are the places where weirdos go to the beach at Christmas. But Ireland is one of the quirky places…

Read full post

Ireland: Where the news happens

Since my life is less than exciting right now, I bring you funny Irish news! The news where people out of Ireland go "Whaaa?" and people in Ireland nod their head in understanding and appreciation. The chaos makes sense to us.Vatican to change St Patrick's Day to March 15th.…

Read full post

The only thing missing is my nap mat.

I have been quiet this week only because there is nothing to write about except Harry Potter and I feel that being a huge Harry Potter fan in my mid-20’s is slightly shameful. I know everyone loves a good boy-wizard tale but there is liking the books and then…

Read full post

That baby will be a Wii master

We held our first dinner party this past Saturday for friends who insisted they come over. I know it was really rude of us to not have them over for dinner in the 2 and a half years I have lived here but, just for the record, we live in…

Read full post

I owe someone €200

They caught him. I hardly believe it myself but they caught him and will be charging him with attempted robbery and assault and this is all thanks to an unbelievable shop keeper, a quick thinking taxi driver and the power of radio.I was in work this morning for about…

Read full post

Do you actually say "citizens arrest"?

Today I went from being a person who has never been mugged to a person who has been mugged. It's a weird transition but I think I'm taking it well so far.I was going to go pick up our camera from the camera hospital when I stopped to take…

Read full post

I think you mean azúcar

Most people don’t know that Ireland has its own language. No, I’m not talking about the sometimes incomprehensible words that tend come out of their mouths at the rate of a speed train, I am talking about an actual language that they all have to learn from an…

Read full post

I need House, MD.

They tell me that yesterday was the longest day of the year but I have to say that They are wrong. They are wrong because They didn't take into account the fact that in some places of the world, the sun never comes out. In short, it has been raining…

Read full post

Miss Swear Girl on the loose!

The first time I visited Ireland it was a freak summer. It was hot which I’m sure was attributed to some kind of global warming/carbon overload/all around bad human behavior. People were dying in France because they didn’t have air conditioning. I was breaking a slight…

Read full post

Spreading the Love

Yesterday I was preparing myself for a good long post about the horrible traffic here in Dublin. Normally the traffic in Dublin is so bad that it makes me never want to leave my house for anything. I would be content to live out our days in our tiny apartment…

Read full post

It's my way or the highway!

Our friends E and D are expecting their first child soon and we have been lucky enough to watch the process like it’s a spectator sport. First it was the great news that they were pregnant, next it was deciding where they were going to live (Ireland? England? Australia?…

Read full post

I'm not a racist - stupid people are everywhere.

To start off I want to say that I don't think the US is better than Ireland or Ireland is better than the US but that there are just some distinct differences in the way we live. On the other hand, there are jerks all over the world and sometimes…

Read full post

My blog

I have been living in Ireland for two years, four months, one week and one day and I only rarely feel like this is my "home". I find a lot of the behaviours and spelling here odd and amusing and often I like to have conversations with myself pretending I'm…

Read full post