Sunday, 20 January 2013

Baby Blanket (a post for Jess and Bailey)

As my crafty side was so dormant for so long, I decided that I would make a baby blanket for little Emily Vivienne (Martin and Natalie's bundle of joy) who was born late 2012. I am very, very happy with the results! I only wish I could get to Switzerland to give it to her; I, unfortunately, have to hope that it survives the postal service. I found the pattern on Pinterest (where else?) and was inspired by the ombre effect that they use on The Purl Bee. The colours that I found went to nicely together; I think that it's perfect for a little girl. The instructions were very easy to follow (I especially liked that it was all knit), even though I did muck up quite a few times...that's what happens when you're too engrossed in your episode of Weeds, I guess. 

Hope you like it! But mostly, I hope that Emily likes it :) 

Other than that, 2013 has been very kind to me so far. Jess and Soph were visiting this past weekend, which was so so so much fun! I'll blog about it later, once I get my photos sorted and have a little bit more time. But, suffice it to say that they are welcome back whenever :) Veronica moved back to Hamilton yesterday, and the house doesn't feel the same without her. She was travelling about Ireland with her friend from back home all week, so we didn't get to see her at all but now that she's back in Canada and we have a new roommate (Stina from Finland), it's really sinking in that things are changing. I'm welcoming the change with open arms - regardless of who I'm living with, I know that my last few months in Ireland will be grand! 

Hope you're all doing well xxxxx

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Nollaig Shona Duit

Merry Christmas and a happy 2013 to you all! I hope that the holiday season was kind to you, because it was to me :) I was working a lot (A LOT) over Christmas, but you gotta love that triple pay I guess. Mom, Dad and Murray arrived late on Boxing Day (St Stephen's Day) and I went to pick them up from the airport and took them to our rented apartment.  I realized that I hadn't seen my beloved brother in exactly a year - I couldn't believe it! Mom had chosen out a nice StayCity apartment, which I would venture to say was even bigger than my apartment that I've been living in for the past 3 months with 3 other girls haha. We exchanged Christmas presents and planned out our next week and a bit.

Thanks grandma and grandpa!
I was working for half of the time that they were here, but I got a couple days off at the beginning of their trip and a day and a half off at the end.  We knocked a lot of things off of my Irish to do list; the first day we went to Kilmainham Gaol (Kill-main-am Jail) and did a really interesting tour and learnt all about the Irish history that took place in the jail. Then we did a hop-on hop-off bus tour and learnt more about the city as we drove around. Of course, we did some shopping on Henry Street and I showed mom the wonders of Pennies :) The best store in Dublin, hands down! 

The next day we took a tour to the Hill of Tara and Newgrange, which is a burial tomb 600 years older than the interesting! It was pretty cool that we got to explore an area with so much history. We went into the tomb (which was difficult for my claustrophobic mother), but it was neat and they showed us what the winter solstice looked like at dawn. The thing about Newgrange is that the entrance is exactly lined up with the sun from December 19th-23rd (around the solstice on the 21st) so for a few minutes on those mornings the tomb is lit up until the sun rises too high in the sky. Our tour guide (Mary Higgens) obviously knew her history like the back of her hand, and it was a lot of information to absorb for one day haha, but it was still a great tour!

That's Newgrange in the background...looks like a big pile of rock and grass (which, I guess, it is)

I was working for the next little while, so my famjam went on a tour of Belfast and explored Dublin city on their own.  Over New Year's Eve we didn't do too much - city centre was mental and full of people, so we just went out for dinner at a nice bistro near Christchurch and then went home, played some card games and watched the concert and fireworks on TV. I'm pretty sure I was asleep by 12:06AM, but it was still lovely to spend New Year's Eve with my family :) 

On their last full day in Dublin, we did a free walking tour, which was also really great! (Seriously...these Irish tour guides are fantastic. It's true when they say that the Irish are natural story tellers). I was slightly concerned that I would run into someone I knew on the tour because I've lived in this city for 8 months, but it was actually really interesting and while I knew some of the things, I definitely didn't know enough about my own city. Highly recommended! 

The Christophersons at Dublin Castle
We have had people coming in and out of our apartment - you never know who's going to be there. Rochelle and her brother were here for a while, but now they're travelling around Europe. Tiffany's friend Nicky was here for a while, and now it's Veronica and her momma that I'm hanging out with. Keeps me on my toes, anyways :)

Nollaig shona (noll-egg hunna) aka...Merry Christmas!