Thursday, September 29, 2011

Watching grass grow

Yes, that is literally what we've been up to here--watching grass grow. You see, Barry and I thought we'd try spicing up the lives of our two cats by buying a bird feeder.  Eh, it was one of those impulse purchases you make at the £ shop (or dollar store for my American reader there :).  So, we bought a bird feeder and some seed and thought we were so smart because we were going to be providing Charlie and Fox with front row seats to a bird show right outside the bedroom window.

Boy, were we wrong.  Not a single bird came...not even a freakin' crow or pigeon and those things are EVERYWHERE!  Instead, this is what we got (see pic below)...our own personal grass garden right outside our bedroom window.  Lovely, isn't it?  For some reason, I don't think Charlie and Fox got much enjoyment from our pound shop purchase.  There's £2 we'll never see again.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Foyle Hospice Zumbathon

The third Zumbathon since I've been in Derry was just held this past Saturday where all the proceeds benefited Foyle Hospice.  Here are some can kind of see a little baby bump there, but it's a little hard to tell I'm over five months preggo lol.

Monday, September 19, 2011


For our anniversary, Barry and I took a wee road trip down to Enniskillen.  Here are some photos:

We made a quick stop at Castle Coole.  This is Barry's artsy fartsy photography where he merged three photos together to make one.  He's very proud.  Good job, Barry!

Hard to see, but that is me.  Castle Coole. 

Castle Coole and a flower.
Barry was amazed at this mushroom because it was so black.
Me in the super spooky basement servant's area.  We were the only ones there...except for the ghosts.
That is all.  Short and sweet for this post. We find out the sex of the baby next week!

Friday, September 16, 2011

A year already...

It's hard to believe that it has been a year since Barry and I got married!  Our anniversary is this Sunday, September 18th.  It's been an extremely eventful year...the wedding, the book, quitting my job, the move, starting Zumba classes in Derry, the baby...and with a baby on the way, I have a feeling the next year will be just as eventful.

Let's take a look back at the past year...

The 1920s themed wedding:

Doing some Zumba with the Feather Girls.

Barry and Mamaw.

West Virginia State Capitol where our ceremony took place.

Barry and a Feather Girl.

The Best Man and my bro Joe.

Two of the Feather Girls.

Feather Girl and a couple of Flapper Bridesmaids.

Me and the Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids.

Me and my ma.

Me and me Da.

The Alaskan honeymoon:

Totem poles in Alaska.

Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska.

Barry at the Seattle Aquarium.

Me right outside of Victoria, Canada.

Whale watching in Alaska.

The book:
Article about us and the book in the Derry Journal.

Article about us and the book in the Sunday Life paper.

At my second book signing.

My work and home farewell parties:

The CAA crew.

Me and Jeri.

My going away gift from CAA...a subscription to West Virginia magazine.

Party at my Mom's house.

Brian and my bro.


Kimberly, Wanda, Pamela and Pam.

Pat and Susie.

My Irish cake.

Deb and Mike.
The move with me and the cats:

Preparing my kitties for their long journey across the Atlantic.

Everything I brought and shipped over from America.

More stuff I brought over from America.

Fox unwinding after his long journey.

Charlie unwinding after his long journey.  He's still unwinding.
And, the first night of teaching Zumba in Derry:

And, the newest stage:

And, our new pet:

Um, just kidding.