Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I'm feeling the love

Last week- week and a half ago? days are all blending in together- I was given my first blogging award! Hurray! It was from my friend Whitney who blogs about her new life in Brooklyn and her cute baby blake on her blog Let the good times roll. Check it out people! I appreciate it whit! Thanks

So now it seems that I have to tell you 7 things about myself...hmmmm.

1. I hate the cold. With a passion. Living in Utah 5 years only intensified my passion of all things cold. Including snow. I am not one of those people who get all excited when it snows. There are only two days where I want to see the white fluffy stuff- Christmas eve and Christmas day. Ireland was a good choice for nice hot sunny days right? right?!?

2. I was a total nerd in high school. awkward with a capital A. Just ask my sister. She was part of the "cool kids" so thankfully I was left alone more on that basis. But I definitely had my fair share of teasing though- and all of my friends were on the weird side of life. But now- I am so thankful for those awful, awkward years. They made me more open minded- more accepting and a much cooler person overall. And now I can look back at those people that made my life so miserable then and go ha-ha (think nelson from the simpsons).

3. My favorite food is biscuits and gravy. mmmmm. I could totally eat some now. Too bad they dont have biscuits here in Ireland. (and I'm not talking about cookies people)

4. I met my husband online. It wasn't in a totally creepy way- it was through a friend, who I also knew online. Who I knew through a friend in real life. Most people don't know how we actually know one another. We have agreed on a nice vague half-truth of telling people we met through a friend. I won't even tell you people how we REALLY know one another. Its not bad or creepy, just you have to know the group of friends to understand. But when I first met my husband, years ago- I had never even spoken to him on the phone. I went to a foreign country, strange city all through email correspondence. Thank god it all worked out- it could have been bad- I still don't ever recommend anyone to ever do that haha.

5. I think bodily functions/stories of bodily functions are hilarious. I wonder sometimes how mature I really am.

6. I freak out over finances- like all the time. I can have plenty of money in the bank, all the bills paid, a ton in savings and still get worried when we spend 40 euros in the grocery store. Thank god James and I always talk about them (or rather talk them to death). Thats one thing I never want to fight about and will do everything possible to avoid that. (we don't make any unnecessary purchases with out asking each other first. I know that would be stupid and weird for other people, but it works for us)

7. I am not in LOVE with living in Ireland. The US has such a romanticized view of this country. I'm not saying its bad- but its just different. And sometimes really hard. But little by little I'm getting used to being here and getting used to my new lifestyle. I'm hoping that one day I can stop comparing Ireland and the US and accept this place as home. Then maybe I can say that I love living here. :)

In addition to Whits award I also tagged in 8 questions by Lin over at Linnys Vault. She living and working in sunny SoCal and I have to say I'm having serious location envy!

1. If you could have any job, in any industry, what would it be?
Hmm I'm not sure really. There are so many things I kind of want to do. I would love to write some day. I would love to work within the criminal justice side of government. Honestly I think I would make a great lawyer. My husband thinks I should really start writing though. (I don't know if I have the self-confidence though!)

2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Well I know husband wants to move to England or Germany, but in all honesty I see us still living in Ireland, Hopefully with a better job, a house, a little white dog, a busy James. Simple things really. (I also better have my big rock by then! this little wedding band is looking sad all on its lonesome)

3. What's the best vacation you've ever been on?

Hands down our backpacking trip across Europe last summer. It was our first real trip together and a huge test of our relationship. We spent a month going by train through 5 cities and back home to Ireland to meet the family. (We started in Madrid and went from there to Paris, Berlin, Venice and Rome.) Best city?? split between Berlin and Venice- Worst city? ROME. I don't think we will ever go there again. ugh.

4. If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

I hate this question. Just saying. But I would be really excited to meet Thom Yorke. I think we are the same height or something- hes so short looking. Of all the choices lame, I know. But I like his music and hes got some really interesting ideas.

5. What is you're favorite movie & why?

Thats hard to choose- but I have to go with my old standby of the 10th kingdom. Remember that made for tv movie on NBC? I love that non-hardcore total nerd fantasy kind of stuff and I also love fairy tales. It incorporates a lot of that and I think its funny. Its super long, the only downside.

6. What is your favorite alcoholic beverage?

Beer. Yeungling to be exact. But beer.

7. What's on your Christmas wish list?

Little white Dog. Multi-regional DVD player. A nice fire and a glass of wine with my husband while A Christmas Story is on repeat in the new multi-regional DVD player in the background.

8. If you had 1 million dollars what would you do with it?
Pay off my student debts, buy a house, a nice car- pay debts for my family. Stick the rest into savings. (so exciting right? James and I played this little game and I said exactly that. He laughed and said you were the most excited about the savings part weren't you? why yes, yes I was.)

Alright people I'm supposed to tag, but to be honest I'm a little lazy to be doing all of that at the moment, but I promise I will be back and tagging soon!
I'm going to go and read my damn book. There was no rest for the wicked this week.


  1. Thanks for playing along! It's funny how much we have in common lol. I too met my husband online & went to meet him after only speaking on the phone 4 times & I lmao at bodily function stories!

    In all honesty I'd never even tasted biscuits & gravy until I met my husband & now I'm addicted. He makes it for me everynow & then from scratch. If you have some bisquick on hand the biscuits are super duper easy to make ;)

  2. Part of me is glad you aren't in love with living in Ireland. I'm not in love with living in Brooklyn, but sometimes I feel like I'm supposed to be. I don't hate it. It just doesn't feel like home. I don't think I'll ever be in love with living here. I think it'll just be nice to say we lived here when we are living somewhere else...less Brooklyn-y. Maybe you'll end up loving Ireland. Maybe I'll end up missing this place if we ever leave. I never thought I miss Utah but sometimes I do.

  3. P.S. The reason I'm glad you aren't in love with living in Ireland is because it makes me feel good about not loving where I live. I feel like I didn't make that clear...

  4. ohhh biscuits and gravy. mmm. and no, no bisquick but im hoping my mom will send me some! or someone will have pity on me since my mother can't seem to get her ass to the post office.

    I know exactly what you are saying whit. I feel guilty sometimes for not LOVING it here. I meet so many Americans who are visiting here and they say OHMIGOSH you must LOOOVVVEE living here. I have a hard time saying why yes i do! Its more of an meh feeling. I'm happy to be with my husband, I'm happy i have made such good friends here. the rest i can leave. I was never head over heels with ireland or the thought of living here. I think after a while it will become home and I think it will be like utah- I will miss it when I leave. (I never though i would miss utah either, but there are definately some things i love to do again. like eat coasta vida. mmmm)