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July28

I thought I posted this way back in March, but it has been sitting in my drafts folder. I thought I’d post it anyway, especially because I’ve had my ingrate kids home for the summer and am so sick of Super Smash Brothers and Hannah Montana I could scream. Really. Save meeeeeeeeee.

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March 30, 2008

Hi everyone!

It was Spring Break these last two weeks (or Easter Holiday if you are from Ireland. I looked so forward to having my offspring home for a couple of weeks. I imagined we would sleep in, hang out, and maybe squeeze in a trip to someplace in Europe we haven’t seen yet.

That was pretty much how it went, a little sleeping in, a trip to Denmark and Sweden, and hanging out. It’s been great. Really. so. great.

BUT ONE MORE DAY WITH THESE CHILDREN IS GOING TO DRIVE ME MAD. GET BACK TO SCHOOL YOU LITTLE INGRATES!

Arne Jacobsen ChairsAhem. Where was I? Ah, yes tip to Denmark and Sweden. We flew into Copenhagen (pronounced CewpenHAgen) and found the trains to be prompt and clean. A direct line took us from the airport to our hotel, the jewel of CewpenHAgen according to our tour guide, the Radison SAS Royal designed by Arne Jacobsen, the father of Danish modern design. The hotel is a throwback to 1960’s martini-swingin-fabulousness, but with a recent refurb was exceedingly comfortable. The beds were like clouds.

At first I thought we were going to have to cancel the trip altogether. The day before I had a monster headache that progressed into a sore throat and cookie tossing that night. Not to worry, the hotel doctor came to the rescue once we arrived with a phone diagnosis of strep and a prescription for some penicillin. I was right as rain the next day.

Now, to start, a warning: most people don’t, and should not, go to CewpenHAgen over Easter. Not only is the famous Tivoli Gardens closed, but the Danish take Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday off, leaving you with no shopping and a deserted city for most of the weekend. Of course this was no problem for the fact family, as the male half of us hate crowds.

We geocached a little and took a lovely little tour to Sweden where we got to drink hot chocolate at anGeocaching in Copenhagen! outside restaurant with blankets on our laps.

I would love to go back to Copenhagen again one day and see the Tivoli Gardens. Even closed, it looked spectacular.

Princess BirdI leave you with one more vacation pic of Birdy trying on a 1600’s princess costume at the castle in Fredericksburg, Denmark. You can always find pics of our adventures at fhwrdh’s Flickr photo stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fhwrdh/

Open The Floodgates!

July26

It’s been a crazy month!

hsm.jpg Little Birdy and I started with a girls trip to London to see the premier of High School Musical Live. The day I bought the tickets I sat at my laptop hitting REFRESH until good seats popped up. When they did, (third row!) it turned out that it was for opening night. Birdy and I arrived to a red carpet, cheerleaders, paparazzi and stars! The only one I recognized was Kate Moss - the rest we from Eastenders and other UK shows I don’t watch. I was prepared for the show to be boring and sacharine, but it wasn’t so bad at all! The cast was the oldest group of high school students since the film cast of Grease. Anyway, Bird and I had a blast and she has a program and a little charm bracelet to remember the night.

After running around London with my baby girl, I had a five day rest before it was time to ditch the kids and travel with fh for our anniversary. I told him to surprise me, and he did. Back to England! We stayed in Maidenhead near Windsor, visited Windsor Castle, drank too much with a handsy Scotsman, ate lots of rich food, and spent the last day back in London at the Victoria and Albert museum.

It was in Heathrow on the way back to Dublin that we decided to have a bite to eat. I suggested this place near the back of the terminal, and I could tell fh was a little annoyed that we walked so far when we could have eaten at the bar/deli a little closer to the gate… until Philip Glass walked in. We tried to eat and not stare or listen in too much - he was with some other musicians, one of which was Wendy Sutter, and she had her cello with her. If you click through to her website, be sure to listen to the beautiful album she just recorded of music Glass wrote just for her, thats love!pg.jpg

So we geeked out and finished our meal and headed over to the gate, and who was there? Glass and his crew! They were on their way to Dublin! That is when I vowed to find out if he had any public performances and get tickets. When we got home I did a quick Googlydoo and found he was playing just a few days later and about an hour’s drive away. I snapped up tickets.

The concert was pretty wonderful. Some local artists played some of Glass’ compositions and then Glass himself played. The only things that would have made the evening better would have been if the concert hadn’t been in a 300 year old church with the most uncomfortable seats ever, and there would have been at least one restaurant in town that was still open afterwards. (Don’t worr, we stopped at Eddie Rockets in Donnybrook and had some diner food at midnight).

Last week I got a pop up IM window with a link from fh and who is coming to town in September? Kraftwerk! But September is such a long way off. What will tide up over?

ep.jpgElectric Picnic! Yes, my children’s first camping trip will also be their first rock show. I had so much fun telling my parents I will be taking their grandchildren to see the Sex Pistols. I am especially excited to see Sigur Ros, Grinderman, The Silver Apples, and The Breeders. Yay for summer festivals!

***Finally I want to give a shout to one of our own who has been dealt a rough blow. Last year Slayre had a stroke. His rehab has been long and slow and he hasn’t been up to playing his favorite game. Stop by why dontcha and give him some encouragement. Hang in there Slayre! ***

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