We’ve been run off our feet these days. While the husband has been working for the past month at his new job, I’ve been busy buying bedding, sorting internet, attempting to make detox smoothies, ringing car salesmen and testing out the local cafes. And I tell you, the life of a Lady of Leisure (LOL) isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
There are no 2pm champers dates with local LOL’s, visits to the spa or regular pedicures in the village. I feel like although I should have more time on my hands I seem to be accomplishing less. Or perhaps I’m used to frequent, mini achievements and must adjust to these long, drawn out tasks that will make our new life in Ireland easier to manage.
Turns out life is much easier with high speed internet, mobile coverage, a warm cosy apartment and a car. Slowly but surely, we are ticking those things off on our list which all sound like luxuries as I write them. For small town living in rural Ireland, it seems like a necessity for ease of access to Dublin, Galway and keeping in touch with the rest of our family and friends around the world.
I’ve been very fortunate in that I was able to accompany the husband on his first business trip to Germany, less than two weeks after he started. I strolled around the small city of Wiesbaden, eating bretzels (pretzels), visiting the local gallery and evening enjoying a dinner of schnitzel and Erdinger with his colleague.
This past weekend we went to see Italy versus Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, which was also Brian O’Driscoll’s last home game before he retires. The atmosphere was great, the day was sunny and the seats we had were unbelievable for last minute tickets! We celebrated the win with dinner at Matt the Thrasher with friends and even managed to catch up with another couple from Brisbane that are living in Dublin, before heading for drinks at the local politicians haunt, Doheny and Nesbitts.
This week we’re getting ready to celebrate our one-year anniversary. Time has flown and what better way to enjoy the occasion than by hosting friends from London and Berlin who are over for the Paddys weekend festivities! Time to stock up on shamrock souvenirs and prepare for another memorable March!
On a side note: a belated Happy International Women’s Day to all of the ladies out there and the men who are supportive of the women in their lives. I read a few interesting pieces but my favourite was the tips from Irish Minister Joan Burton who advised women to be ambitious and to accomplish things by challenging the status quo (aka misbehave)!