Tuesday, January 12, 2010

brief holiday recap

lots to catch up. don't know where to begin. sitting here with a cuppa, listening to the film talk 104, joel has gone to work and i'm not alone in trying to not think about the fact that i leave for dublin on friday. between me and my return here in what we hope will be no later than October lies the rest of my MA and a visa application and spring and summer breaks in Dublin for Joel. but that can all wait for later.

for now, short version: this has been the best holiday season e.v.e.r.

slightly longer version: this has been the best holiday season e.v.e.r. with Christmas Day with the darks, levitts, wileys and masons; a trip to the science museum with the dark and wiley kids; New Year's eve with friends and then sitting on the roof with Joel watching fireworks bursting over downtown Nashville at midnight; and new year's day saw us fly to Toronto for an awesome snowy 5 night stay with Ewan and family. 2010 back in nashville began with Joel getting an unexpected 2 days off work thanks to the big chill, a broken furnace and thus no heating on one the coldest nights of the year and that became one of the warmest thanks to the company of Geoff Little and Julie by the fire and surrounded by donated space heaters.

reports and photos from Toronto to follow later in the week (i stupidly forgot to pack a camera so ewan is sending some from his) but for now here's some faves. thanks to geoff and kari for sharing some of theirs, which follow after mine...

more of Christmas day from Geoff:

and finally from kari. here's the 6 US-UK/IRL couples on the 31st. missing are Gareth & Erin, Steve & Lisa, Lee & Jude, and not forgetting Geoff and Gosia representing US/Poland. we're a well travelled lot.

right, i'm off to meet Ann for coffee at Bongo. better run.

this place feels like home. 

be well,


  1. that almost last line shot a sharp pang of jealousy and longing through my heart..."off to meet for coffee at Bongo". Sitting in that place, next to a few friends, with a mocha, a grilled cheese, and a Merton book is my idea of heaven. 'twas my very first coffeehouse experience. I've been addicted to caffeine ever since.

    what do you mean by the "film talk 104"?

    and what do you mean by "visa applications"? is that just for future visits, or are you planning a stateside move?

  2. And let's not forget Gail and Beth in that international crew. So good to hear ALL the good news (including this mornings fabuous e-mail!!!!!) Lost for words! Love you,