Well, we’ve lived here for seven months now. The time is just flying by. Can someone please, pretty please, stop the clock? Maybe just for a couple of months at least?
April was another jam-packed month for us here at casacaudill and now that we’re gearing up for summer it doesn’t show any signs of letting up. Heck, with the days being longer and the temperatures shooting up, I have a feeling we’ll be scrambling to fill even more into our months.
- I kicked off April by hopping a plane to Edinburgh to meet up with two friends I first got to know over our mutual love of a beloved time traveling romantic saga. We met up for dinner in Old Town and then wandered over to New Town for drinks at a pub my friend used to visit since it’s near her office. From there we hit up one final pub and then it was back to my hotel since I had a relatively early flight the next morning.
- When I arrived back in Dublin, I got showered and changed and Alan and I made our way to Aviva Stadium for the Leinster v Munster rugby match. In an exciting end, Leinster won and we celebrated our favorite team’s good play with dinner and beer at Brew Dock, a pub on the North Side of Dublin we’d been wanting to visit.
- At the beginning of the month I asked Alan to trim my hair since my a-line bob was growing in wonky. He cut off more than either of us had anticipated so I went to the salon to get it fixed. In a twist, I decided to have my new stylist chop off all of my hair, something I’d been thinking about doing for awhile but had never had to guts to actually do. This isn’t my first bout with short hair. In fact, it’s not even the shortest my hair has ever been, but it’s much shorter than I’ve had it for quite some time. It has been a couple of weeks now and I’m still really loving it.
- A couple of weeks later, we were back at RDS cheering on the Leinster team as they played (and beat) the team from Edinburgh.
- The next day we hopped in the car and spent a long weekend in Dingle, taking in the coast, eating ourselves silly, and enjoying the local pubs. We got incredibly lucky with the weather because it was beautiful for the entirety of our stay. I can’t wait until we explore more of Ireland this spring and summer.
- Alan spent a week in San Francisco for work and I took the train up to Belfast to meet with Emma from Adventures of a London Kiwi for tea at the Titanic Museum. I still need to pull the pictures I took off my camera and put a post up here because the museum is a wonderful, wonderful place and I strongly recommend it to visitors to Belfast.
- As I’m focusing on finishing up the book I’m writing for publication by the end of the summer, I could easily spend every day ensconced in my office working out the end of the story. But, because the weather has been so good and I’m trying to get more exercise in my life I’ve taken to doing some additional walking around town. The other week I took the bus out to Sandymount Village and walked over to the beach there (Sandymount Strand) before heading inland to avoid the wind. I walked all around that area and then decided rather than getting back on the bus for home, I’d just walk the rest of the way here. I traversed Sandymount, Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, Ranelagh, and Rathmines in the space of a couple of hours. I even stopped in at a pub for lunch and then hung out in the park reading under a tree. It really was a lovely way to spend an afternoon, even if my feet hated me afterward. Not to be outdone, a week later I walked from Temple Bar back to Rathmines. I took a circuitous route since I did some shopping in the City Center, but by the time I got home that evening my Fitbit was clocking in somewhere north of 20,000 steps. My feet cried out in some serious pain that time.
And that, my friends, was April. May is already shaping up to be another fun one.