This morning I woke up to the sound of the phone ringing. Considering I have given my number to exactly two people – my roommate and the organization I interviewed with, I was pretty sure who it was. I was shocked to think that they would be calling me at 9am on a Monday because normally when you are rejecting someone you aren’t in a rush to do so, but I really didn’t think I stood a chance of getting the job. As it turns out they actually did want to offer me the job! I am still sort of in shock and I can’t figure out why me. (I mean I know I am totally awesome and all but I have just arrived, know nothing about UK charities or Irish politics, I don’t have a UK driver’s licence and I was a jet lagged crazy person during the interview…so what’s up?)
Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day and I was in Ireland! It was what can only be described as an adventure. It certainly wasn’t all sunshine and lollipops, but who says thunderstorms and pints of beer aren’t just as fun?
What: Black Velvet – a combination of Guinness and Champagne
Where: New diggs in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Who: New roommate, Canadian friend and a million random, awesome guests
After 15 years of being a vegetarian I decided it was time to expand my culinary horizons so on one rainy night in the UK I ate fish and chips complete with mushy peas and tea. Frankly it wasn’t as shocking as I thought it might be. I predicted that I’d hate the taste and have to choke it down. Others predicted I would love it and immediately see the error of my vegetarian ways. But honestly it wasn’t really either. I ate it without any remorse, guilt, or disgust, but I certainly wasn’t craving any more of it. If that is what the omnivore world has to offer, I really haven’t been missing anything.
What: Draft-poured, straight from the brewery, Guinness
Where: Kelly’s Cellars, Belfast
Who: An Aussie, An Irishman, Deux Femmes Francaise, and two newly arrived Canadians
Passport received. Job resigned. Apartment sublet. Flight booked. Phone cancelled. To do list completed. This is really happening. I am leaving.
From time to time in life there are projects that fall into a deep, dark void. This black hole is a powerful vacuum that engulfs tasks that just seem impossible to complete. Items that get sucked into the darkness tend to be those large undertakings that float around in the back of your mind while you go about your life. That you know you should complete but that never get prioritized. They are those tasks that cycle through a hundred to do lists without ever getting checked off. That weigh on you but not quite enough to force you into action.