I’m a late 20-something American woman who recently got married and moved to the Republic of Ireland unexpectedly. How does someone do these things unexpectedly, you ask? By meeting THE GUY. The guy that makes you do crazy things because the two of you just *have* to have a life together. That guy. He just happened to be Irish.
We met in my adopted hometown of San Francisco, CA, while he was on his holidays. A scandalous story really, full of the things you do on a vacation romance. Details will be forever omitted. We found that we just couldn’t say goodbye, and a year of long-distance dating and three visits later, I closed up shop in SF temporarily to stay with him for a few months and get a true feel for how we are together, but ran into some border control trouble and we ended up getting married Stateside so I could come live with him in Ireland. All of a sudden my temporary stint overseas is an immigrant experience.
It’s a weird story, I know.
I love to cook, I love to do yoga, I love to hike, I love science, I try to run consistently, I try to read consistently, I love to learn, I love to analyze, and I am passionate about Humanism and awareness of the human condition, in all its many iterations. I have a computer technology/programming background, a college degree in Linguistics, a work history of restaurant management, and aspirations of becoming an editor that are more fantasy than fact. I really just want to go back to school and start the process over on a different track armed with a more realistic world view and a better understanding of what will be tolerable to me. I just don’t know which track to pick yet. And I understand that is a privileged outlook.
Here I will talk about food, recipes, health, and cooking; I will talk about being an immigrant/ex-pat and the differences in those terms; I will talk about America, Ireland, and their differences; I will talk about having no idea what I’m doing professionally with my life; I will talk about injustice and what we can do about it; I will talk about science and the really cool things constantly being discovered; and I will talk about marriage and married life. All with judgement. I invite you, reading this, to comment and join in the discussion on any of these topics, or even to bring up something tangentially related. One of my favorite quotes of all time is from Bill Nye (the Science Guy. Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill Nyyyeeee the Science Guuuyyyy) – “Everyone you will