Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Versatile: Dublin

Tomebug at The Tao of Me has passed on the Versatile Blogger award to me. Thanks Tomebug! And since I'm off to Dublin tomorrow with The Husband and Gatz (Gatz... that will be fun, I'm going to need one of those electric shock collars you put on the dog to keep them in the yard), and because the award is green, I'm dedicating it to the Fair City and the things I'm looking forward to doing while I'm there, like...

1. Fish and chips. Friday night I'm all about fish and chips smothered in salt and vinegar followed by a couple of pints down at the pub (where I know I will succumb to a few packs of those horrible bacon fries. So wrong, but so delicious).

2. A can of Club Orange. It's like Orangina, but a tad bit sweeter, but nowhere near as sweet as Sunkist. It's the nectar of my childhood (and for morning after pub nights when my tongue is bacon fry coated. So gross, but so true).

3. Shopping at Penneys (aka Primark in the UK) for trendy bits and bobs that I don't need. Penneys is like crack. It's cheap and you can't get enough (that was extremely politically incorrect, I apologise).

4. Saturday night sushi with friends at Yamamori. I honestly don't know which I'm looking forward to more, seeing my friends, or the sushi. It's a tough call. (Hogwash! My friends win hands down. My sushi won't talk to me in English like my friends will. Because that would be scary.)

5. And using Gatz as my excuse, getting all touristy around the place. We're hitting up Temple Bar post-sushi for Guinness and hokiness galore. I can almost hear the fiddles and flutes already.

6. Starbucks. Duh. (and please, pretty please let the red holiday cups be out already).

7. The feeling of being back in my city. Even though I am not a native Dubliner, it feels like mine. It's where I came into my own and became me. It's where I got to experience my single in the city years (every girl should get to have single in the city years). Those are the best. Not for dating anyone, but for dating yourself. It was a treat and now that I'm an old married lady without a city in sight, I am beyond grateful to have lived those years. Live a lot, learn a lot.


Lacey in the City

The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France

You guys feeling versatile?


P.S. Welcome to the world Baby T! Texas Girl's very own baby boy who came into the world yesterday at a whopping 9lb 4oz and 21 1/2 inches. Now that's Texas sized! I love you both oodles and doodles and shnoodles. 


  1. I completely agree with you - those single in the city years are a MUST. As are the "first small apartment with creaky floors, small kitchen and no dishwasher"...a rite of passage, I suppose.

    Have a great trip, Ireland has been on my travel wishlist for ages!

  2. Red holiday Starbucks cups are out in full force in California (and they were out last week when it was 80+ degrees out...Fahrenheit of course), so it's likely you'll see them in Dublin. Have fun! Your to-do list sounds perfect.

  3. Fish and chips, oh yes how I miss those too. And bacon. Real bacon, which I have yet to find in France. Have also seen those Starbucks red cups out and about on other US blogs so hopefully your wish will be granted! Bon voyage!

  4. How could bacon fries be horrible??? That sounds like a great invention after carne asada fries and frito pie of course.

  5. @chickster - to clear up the 'bacon fries' confusion; we are not talking about french fries smothered with bacon (and possibly cheese) because heaven knows, that is delicious. What I'm talking about, are packets of 'potato' chips, pressed into small 'bacon slices' and colored to look like bacon. They're gross (but totally delicious after pint 2)

  6. Thank you!!

    Have a great time in Dublin. I've loved it there all three times I've visited.

  7. Ohh! fish and chips sounds delish! And Starbucks too! Have a pumpkin spice or something holiday-ish.

    Thanks so much for the award. It's the first I've ever received. *grin*

  8. Have so much fun! Can't wait to experience it for myself. I will have to do [eat and drink at] all these things you listed! And I'm really excited about Penney's, obviously.

  9. Oh my, I'm having wonderful flashbacks of my single in the city time in New York. I kind of wish my city had been in Europe, but I do love New York. : )

  10. Congrats on your award Sara and have fun in Dublin (I've never been and shame on me since my great grandma was full-blooded Irish!). Please have a Starbucks for me, I would kill for one. Have a safe trip :)

  11. Ah, have fun. Dublin is one of my favorite cities :-)

  12. sushi, friends, starbucks- this all sounds great.

  13. Have a great weekend in Dublin. Enjoy all those things and more. I wish you a safe and uneventful trip and look forward to reading all about it.

  14. Mmm, fish and chips sounds delicious! I didn't know that I was craving them until I read your post. Have fun indulging in all of the delights of the big city, including those red cups at Starbucks!

  15. Hope you are having a great time in Dublin my wee lassie (that's Irish ... right?) and that you've managed to neuter Gatz.

    I'm also rather jealous of your fish and chips and am crossing my fingers that Starbucks delivers it's red holiday cups to you.


  16. Ahhh have fun in Dublin!!! I love the fiddles!!!

    You've got to come stay with me in London, there's a Starbucks walking distance from my house -- we can walk there EVERY MORNING!! :)

    Have a blast!

  17. what a grand city - if you have a chance drop by the guinness factory for some of that good old brown stuff.. ;-)

  18. What a great list! I have never had bacon fries but they sound amazing. I'm heading to Dublin in a month, I'm so excited! you can say no if you want to, but pics would be amazing :) xoxo

  19. Oooh, Fish & Chips! Delicious!
    Enjoy your weekend full of bliss - that all sounds like! Sushi, Starbucks, Penneys ... I'm just a little bit envious! Haha.

    Have fun. xo.

  20. Fish and chips, oh yes how I miss those too. And bacon. Real bacon, which I have yet to find in France. Have also seen those Starbucks red cups out and about on other US blogs so hopefully your wish will be granted! Bon voyage!


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