Diary of An Irish Woman

musings of an irish lady now living in America.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Halloween and Dragons

So its November already and what a month that whizzed past

Wee man is now running around madly by himself (that would be the baby and not the hubbie). He was a Dragon for Halloween as the cyberman Dr Who costume is a wee tad big (age 4) - who knows by age 4 he might want to be what the other kids are. I dressed up as work - any excuse to go in with a medieval dress on and cloak really. However I was ill Halloween night and the weekend and spent most of Saturday after all hallows in bed sleeping off a bug. Thankfully hubbie sweeped to the rescue and got wee man to music class and also saw another open house. Thankfully the wee lad enjoys them - all that opening and closing doors he gets to do and turning lights on and off.

So on the house front. Well we are still in our same place. We love it here but have no garden or garage and would be great to have some. We did put a bid on one house that wasn't short sale only to find out the owners are insane in this market and although house was down from $650 to listed at $599K - they wanted $660. Not in this market Sonny! So we laughed at their counter offer. I understand their predicament as they took a huge loan on the house and want that money but this is not the market to do that. So we still also have an offer in on a short sale house we love and things are slowly and I mean slowly starting to move there. We're preapproved from the bank which is great so starting to get the ball rolling. More updates as they come

Work has been crazy but good. Turns out talking on the phone to complete strangers is right up my alley and hit 240% of my quota for first quarter and so 45% of quota for year. So they all love sports and I don't but I am educating them on the ways of the geek and I have found a new walking buddie in Marcia a co-worker who also started same time as me. 4 days a week we hit the gym and walk for 30-45 mins for lunch. I have started to see my waist again! I'm no longer a complete rectangle shape like weetabix! (Large square/rectangular shaped cereal for those who haven't heard of it..)

And my hair is shorter cute wee bob with purple/magenta streak in front. Wee baby looked at it - said hair and then pointed to the purple bit and said hair? I said purple and he now says purple...

Words are now coming thick and fast with him and so is this burst of understanding. He knows now that words are on paper and says paper and book and points to the words pretending to read. Cat, Dog, Horse, Rooster, Sheep, Cow (all with sounds and the words), when the kettle boils he says cup tea, although in fairness he may think that's one word. Diaper, carrot, dinner, cracker, apple, banana, puffs, cereal, water, bottle, milk, on, off, sit, stand, dance, tango(because every baby should know that one), bus, car, points to the moon says moon, points to star and says star then sings his version of twinkle twinkle, airplane, bird, tree, grass, ball, Mama, Dada, door, key, mailbox, radio, telly, wiggles. So many words now that new ones appear in threes and fours.. His wee brain is soaking it all in. I cant wait till he meets all his cousins and tries to understand them.

We had our friend Sheila stay over and he has certainly got over his shy phase. He was delighted to show her his playing of the recorder whistle and brought over food to show her - usually after he had taken some from his mouth. Then as she slept in his room he played hide and seek dipping his head down in the crib in morning and said Sheeya looking for her in his room after she was gone for the day. So wonderful to have her stay over.

Also we had Kerensa stay as well who is a mad woman. Anyone who gets up at 6am to make a quiche and brings over food to your house to whip up a Greek yogurt or some of her Dads famous spaghetti sauce is a good friend to have. Wee man was very impressed with her as well and we like have friends over, its easier than going out sometimes especially after the bath and bed hours.. Kerensa is also a friend who loves Ireland and has a dream of opening a taco van in Dingle Penisula some day. Her thoughts are that Irish cuisine could be improved with a taco or two. The thoughts of a taco cart make me smile and think of the Van book and movie by Roddy Doyle. Thankfully unlike the committments nobody is singing in that one.

Our friend Emily also stayed last weekend training for hockey and it rained Sat night and we all chilled in, reading books in and just hanging out in front of the fire.

Wee man is so funny now, he knows how to play for laughs. Also he will sweetly trot to the gate to go get his toothbrush and get ready for bed when you ask him to. Wonder how long that will last. I showed hubbie the baby's wrestling move. He tries to grab my hand and throw his leg over my arm trapping my arm when I put him down for the night and laughs. Hopefully he wont grow up to be a hulk hogan wannabe.

So just finished shopping on Safeway for groceries for tomorrow and now I am off to bed. Its been long few weeks since I started work and looking froward to getting an extra few days off for Thanksgiving. We leave for Florida end of this year for a week and then to Ireland for a couple of weeks in March.

Of course the biggest news stateside was the election of our 44th president of the United States Mr Obama Barack himself. It was such a wonderful night and feeling proud of my adopted country here. The two bottles of wine we had on a school night I was not so proud of as my head was quite heavy the next morning and just reminds me of how I cant really drink the way an Irish person might have a reputation for.

Also wee baby is going to be a Zazzle model for their new exciting lineup - embroidery products. So when you try and make a shirt for toddlers/babies you will be able to pick wee lad as a model to see how it looks on your child while my child poses in it. Hopefully he wont be making any more appearances on the Internet but its exciting for him

So hopefully will blog sooner than later and hope everyone is keeping well.

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