Monday, April 23, 2007


It's been awhile since my last post, I know. I was 1st preparing for and then spending time with my sister and her family who've been here for the past week. Whew! I love having them here but kids definitely make their presence known! I spent all this time cleaning in preparation for their coming - it's really the only way I can get myself motivated to clean the house - and then, literally within 60 seconds, there was stuff everywhere. There's only so much you can do to keep up with the crumbs and papers strewn everywhere, not to mention the unidentifiable sticky stuff :-)

Well, it's all been worth it to spend time with my sister and 2 loving kids who think I'm the greatest. It's nice being the aunt :-) My sister and family finally left at midnight last night and it was very sad. This is the last time they'll visit me at my house here, at least for a very long time. I expect to see them at Christmas though, so it won't be too bad, and there's always Skype and the webcam for video calls.

I had a brief episode of "freaking out" about the move last week when I realized how close the date for the Psychological Society's meeting to review my qualifications for Irish validation. This led to a brief flurry of emails and calls with the recruiter who did a great job reassuring me and calming me down. Then, Friday came around and I completely forgot that that was the day! Of course, that was largely because my sister and I had been spending the previous couple of days identifying and tagging items for my yard sale on Saturday. This generally went well, though I did have a bit of a sulk (she would say that was understating things a bit!) about having to get rid of so many of my books. My babies! She just doesn't understand why I need to hold on to them after I've read them, not understanding the appeal of having familiar "friends" to turn to when I'm bored, anxious, or just need an escape. Well, she got most of her wish, though I still refused to give up any of the ones by my favorite authors and I still have quite a pile left, if much reduced from before. The yard sale wasn't a roaring success just because the committee (this was a community yard sale) did a poor job of advertising it beforehand :-( I made more money than I thought though, and I'm motivated to doing another one by myself soon.

Today, I'm supposed to get updated by the recruiter about how Friday's big meeting went, so right now I'm on pins and needles! Best case scenario, everything went well and my qualifications got approved. Then I'll be able to give my notice at work at the end of this week or the beginning of the next, and plan to make the move 6 weeks after that! It's actually pretty frightening how fast things are moving. I could be in Ireland by June! And, I have so much left to do. Help!!!!

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