26 November, 2010

Dublin Day 1

We had a great first day on the ground in Dublin.  Started by taking the Green Bus Tour around the high points of the city, to get oriented.  Then we decided to find the National Leprechaun Museum, which was a little gem.  Had an early tea in a nice Irish pub [no turkey], and then homeward, so I could rest my feverish/chilled self.  Fever's gone today, so onward we go...

25 November, 2010

Blogging from Ireland

A happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

Arrived in Dublin late last night. All we've seen is the inside of a taxi, flashes of the River Liffey, and the hotel [nice]. Problem with opening Lily's bed, but the staff ended up manhandling the old one out and bringing in a new one. We were SO tired by then.

Everyone else is still asleep.  I've been reading the tourist flyers, etc.  Ready for a GREAT day!

p.s. I have added Comment Moderation, as I have been getting skeevy spam comments.  No Word Verification, though...

23 November, 2010

Happy Happy Joy Joy

Yes, indeed...happiness reigns supreme.   As the tunester on Ren and Stimpy sang, I don't think you're happy enough!  I'll teach you to be happy....

No, I think I AM happy enough, actually.  Thanksgiving's come early 'cause my sweetie, he is HOME.


I'm thankful for a clean, warm home. I'm thankful for the crockpot, which is toiling away to make cranberry/chili pork roast.   I'm thankful for my used Dyson, which is truly a revelation in vacuums. I'm thankful for the dump, and the way they work to recycle so much of what we bring.  I'm thankful for Lily's school, and that she gets to see A Midsummer Night's Dream done by Shakespeare for Kids today.

I'm thankful most of all for my family, especially my sweet baboo of a husband who is en route home even as I type this. 

We'll be giving thanks on Thursday in Dublin, on a family holiday.  Wonder if they'll serve turkey anywhere??

21 November, 2010

Quiet Sunday

It's been a really nice quiet Sunday, too. Good Sunday school class this AM [not always the case with two challenging children in the mix],  nice potluck after church, a crackling fire in the fireplace this afternoon, happy kids who've done their homework, and the chance to sit and relax. 

Yes, a good Sunday indeed.

In honor of my darling man coming home soon, but completely unrelated to the rest of this post, here's a photo of all of us. This shot was taken this spring in Greenwich, on the Prime Meridian.

Feelin' Crafty

Why, yes, I AM up rather late tonight...I've been idly watching Miss Marple on the telly while assembling some things for tomorrow's Sunday school class.

Today, Lily and I did a craft. Yes, we did.  We made a tied fabric wreath [fabric strips on a shaped coat-hanger circle.  It came out quite nicely, methinks.  And so I begin the holiday season...

20 November, 2010

Missed another one...

Whoops! Missed another posting day.

Friday went well - I tried not to think about the fact that David had come ThisClose to flying home Friday before being told he'll have to return with the rest of the crew [soonish but not Friday].  The kiddoes had fun with their Children in Need Days and spots...I handed out spot sticker sheets to a couple of spotless little boys at school, who had a great time with them!

My day - fairly mundane.  A trip to the dump [all that wedding refuse wouldn't fit in my bins], followed by a trip to base for library, diesel, mail, and groceries.  Stocked up on canned goods, paper goods, and laundry soap now that we have extra pantry room. [During the pre-wedding declutter, I cleared out the "craft shelf" that had taken over half the pantry.]

At the library, I picked up Winston's War: Churchill 1940-1945, by Max Hastings who also wrote Overlord [a great, if dense, book about the Normandy invasion].  Read a little of that last night, and then the kids and I watched some of the Children in Need telecast.   After the Doctor Who segment, we all faded and by 9 PM, we were in bed.

This morning's another foggy one. Not sure what's on the agenda today, apart from NOTHING.  I was considering driving to base to see MegaMind with the kids but if the fog doesn't lift, I'm staying close to home.

18 November, 2010

Channeling My Mama

Tonight I made two spotty satin bandannas, for my charming children to wear to school tomorrow. Tomorrow is Children in Need Day and they are having non-uniform ["wear spots"] days to raise money. 

The spots are in honor of Pudsey Bear, the spokesbear of the charity.  Now Lily has lots of spotty gear, but spotty clothing for gents is sadly lacking.  We popped into town after school today to see if there were any Pudsey bandannas to be had.  Nooo.  We did score some nice spotty socks and little circle stickers; then I hit the fabric store for a little spotty fabric.

My mom would be proud of my Mad Sewing Skillz.  I turned the hems, ironed them and turned them again, and hemmed these bad boys while watching Top Gear.  I miss my mother's costuming talents, but in the past couple of years, I have impressed myself a wee bit by being able to fill that gap.  I just keep remembering that "good enough is OK."

And I know the kids will be happy tomorrow.

16 November, 2010


Feeling better today, although I still  sound horrid and have a headful of phlegm. Bleah.

We woke up to a gorgeous heavy frost, with mist everywhere.  The landscape was otherwordly as I made the school run this morning.  Soon enough the sun burned off the mists, but it was really lovely while it lasted.

Rested today.  I've got preschool cover duty tomorrow, so an early night tonight.