24

On September 23, I turned 24. The day before my birthday, I had a party with some of my friends (the party was also combined with two other occasions, which made it more fun). On my actual birthday, Carlos took me to Dun Laoghaire on the train. It’s a town near Dublin on the coast,…

Happy 8 months, Ireland

Today I was reflecting on my time in Ireland thus far, and then I realized….I got here exactly 8 months ago today! I just read through my journal from last year, and on October 10 I started working on the application for my Irish visa. That means that a year ago, I literally had no…

I’m Changing My Online Habits

I have been convicted lately that my online habits have gotten a little out of control (not a little, actually a lot). Like in most things, though, I kept assuring myself that my online habits are “normal” and certainly not any worse than the next person. After all, I don’t have a Twitter, don’t use…

Say what?

It was weird when Lizzie McGuire got married, but Hannah Montana, engaged? Not gonna lie, it’s a little disturbing. (Image from ringtone-jam.com)

Refocusing

Today I met with a man whose company brings Brazilians to Ireland to learn English. He had seen my advertisement on Gumtree about offering English lessons and contacted me to partner with him because he needs more teachers. His offer of teaching private lessons was really enticing, and would definitely make more money than I…

English Lessons

I haven’t been able to work in my nanny job for almost 2 weeks now, because Carin, my boss is out on sick leave with a knee injury. Last week I was really worried about money and knew that I needed to start thinking about another job. I wasn’t ready to completely give up on…

Professor Wamagatta

I have been really missing Biola the past few days, probably because my graduation anniversary is almost here and it just feels like I should be back there this time of year. My favorite Biola professor was undoubtedly Professor Wamagatta from the History Department. Even though I didn’t major or minor in History, I somehow…

Home Sweet Dublin

The weirdest thing just happened. After dinner tonight, Lauren told me that her hours at work are being cut to where she will only be part-time, 3 days a week, until September.  Also, she is pregnant (I found this out a couple of weeks ago), so by the time she would go back to full-time…

Bittersweet

I’m currently reading Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist. Be prepared for lots of quotes, because just about everything she says resonates with me. Like this, for example: The world is changing all the time, at every moment…If you dig in and fight the changes, they will smash you to bits. They’ll hold you under, drag you…

The Year in Review

2011 was surprising. I didn’t expect to move back home after graduation. I didn’t know I would be so lonely at times. I didn’t expect to feel so lost without being a student anymore. I’m still not sure how I am moving to Ireland in 10 days. 2011 was international. I went to China and…

numbers

5-the number of days until Christmas 5-the number of people at home again 6-the number of shifts I have left at Target 12-the number of days left in 2011 16-the number of days before I leave Texas 20-the number of days before I leave the US 23-the number of days before I arrive in Ireland…

La brea ata ann…

means “it’s a lovely day” in Gaelic. Why is it a lovely day? BECAUSE I GOT MY VISA! Praise. the. Lord. (please ignore my sister’s twilight poster in the background)