IrelandI’m sure by now you’ve all heard about the goings-on in Ferguson, Missouri, which is about three hours north of where I live. It’s heartbreaking and horrifying and all we can do is pray for peace there. I’ve been vocal about the events on my social media, so I won’t go into more detail than that.

So let’s go with some more positive news, shall we? I’ll be visiting Dublin, Ireland, in less than a month now. And I’m officially at that panic stage where I’m trying to make sure I’m prepared for the trip. I’m booking bus tours and making sure all my documents are in order and that I still know where my passport is. I’ve made plans for some nighttime activities (because who wants to spend their nights in Ireland in a hotel?), including two FringeFest theatre shows and plans to attend some traditional Irish music bars, where I hope to dance a jig or two with older gentlemen in golf caps. Now that I’m down to the wire, so to speak, I get goosebumps every time I think of it.

Rather than try to tackle the whole of Ireland in one trip, I am basing my stay in Dublin, where I believe I was once told that my grandmother on my father’s side, who I never met, was born. Supposedly, I look like her, but I’ve never seen a photo, so I’ll never know. However, the city is ranked as one of the most friendliest in the world, so I’m looking forward to meeting it. I have a few trips outside Dublin planned, including a tour to the Wicklow Mountains where I’ll visit Glendalough, an ancient monastery and I’ll see a few locations where Braveheart was filmed.

My second day trip is into the Boyne Valley, where I’ll visit Loughcrew, an ancient tomb that, in photos, looks like what I’d imagine a fairy mound to look like. That trip also includes a visit to Trim Castle, which was also used for location shots for Braveheart. Video may turn up of me speaking that famous pre-battle speech if I get so inspired. “BUT YOU CANNOT TAKE OUR FREEDOM.”

My leisure activities involved finishing a skirt I’ve been sewing and starting on a BioShock Infinite/TARDIS dress mash-up. All in all, although this week has sucked, life for me, personally, has been good. I still love my job with Tech Times T-Lounge, and I’ve been writing up a storm.

Otherwise, I’ve been cursing summer because I hate everything about it: the heat, the mugginess, the bugs (my house has been invaded by ants). Fall can’t get here soon enough.

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