Archive for August, 2011

London and Dublin

Herb’s job frequently takes him to London.  I decided to join him, but as we got to planning, it was clear that it was going to be much cheaper to go to Dublin for the weekend than stay in London or go to Scotland.  We found a $0 flight on Aer Lingus and so off we went.  We had a great time touring around town on the hop-on-hop-off bus, enjoyed the Musical Pub Crawl with traditional Irish music and three nice places to drink, saw Kilmanhaim Gaol and marveled at how young the Republic of Ireland is.  We drank some Guinness all over town, and at the tippy-top of the Guinness Storehouse.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

My good friend Iwan, who shared an apartment-style dorm with me during my semester abroad, treated Herb and I to dinner one night at a nice Italian joint nearby to our B&B.  I love being able to catch up with friends I haven’t seen in ages.  It’s rare to find someone who you can feel comfortable meeting up with after 10 years apart on different continents.

While we were in Dublin, Fairfax, Virginia was rocked with a 5.8 earthquake!  The only thing we noticed in our house was one book off it’s shelf.  It’s been amusing listening to people talk about where they were and what they did when the earthquake hit.  90% of the people I talked to thought the initial shock was a truck rumbling by.  Once the rumbling came back and was sustained, they knew that they were wrong, and tried to make sense of what was going on.  Few guessed  it was an earthquake.  Most people assumed an explosion of some sort.   I heard more than one 9/11 reference…  Universally, everyone ran outside, following fire-drill procedures, which is exactly the opposite of the right thing to do in an earthquake.   I’ve stolen this picture from the Internet, and am giving credit to http://belieber.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/2011-va-earthquake-we-will-rebuild-east-coast-damage.jpg, though I’m sure they stole it from somewhere else.

:)

🙂

A week later, we were hit with hurricane Irene.   Though it aimed right at Wilmington, NC, everyone there weathered the storm just fine.  As did we and Herb’s parents in Rehoboth, DE.   These people in the Mantua neighborhood must have been sad, though.  We found their house squished when we went out to survey the damage in the area.

Squoosh.

Squoosh.

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Thanksgiving 2010

We spent last Thanksgiving in North Carolina at my parents’ new place, along with the McNews, Brian and Jes, and Jes’ dad Wes.   The drive was long, but we used some hotel points to book a stay between our house and theirs on the way down.  A good thing too — traffic on 95 was horrendous.

Mom fashions a tofurkey.

Mom fashions a tofurkey.

The finished tofurkey. Jes claims it was good.

The finished tofurkey. Jes claims it was good.

Jes, Margaret, Elaine, Kevin, Herb.  Eating OUTSIDE on Thanksgiving!!!

Jes, Brian, Margaret, Elaine, Kevin, Herb. Eating OUTSIDE on Thanksgiving!!!

Thanksgiving feast!

Thanksgiving feast!

Stuffing

Stuffing

Thanksgiving staples in our family.  Fruit, nuts, and stuffed artichoke!

Thanksgiving staples in our family. Fruit, nuts, and stuffed artichoke!

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The Kitchen, Finished

Prepping the kitchen

Prepping the kitchen

We insisted that they paint the inside of the doorway white.  Rules of interior design be damned.

We insisted that they re-paint the inside of the doorway white. Rules of interior design be damned. The bright blue next to bright green was just UGLY. Note that the colors are not quite *this* vibrant in real life.

This is how the kitchen looks now. So much more functional.

This is how the kitchen looks now. So much more functional.

We now have fancy granite countertops and ceramic tile.

We now have fancy granite countertops and ceramic tile.

The countertops were raised a couple of inches to bring it up closer to regular counter height.

The countertops were raised a couple of inches to bring it up closer to regular counter height.

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