I’m exhausted and refreshed

16 May


It’s a weird combination, I know. But for the past three weeks, I’ve been busier than ever. First, I went to the blogging conference, Mom 2.0, and made a point to continually remove myself from comfort zones. Then I went home for a few days only to have to get the house ready and pack and leave for a week in Ireland.

This is not how I roll. I usually have one big thing, then months of usual life. I was exhausted from the conference, Maura was on me like a beloved leech, and I found myself too tired to stress about the list of things that should be done. So when my favorite sister arrived to take control of the household, I was handing her a hot mess. I also offered to throw cash her way if she cleaned my house. My sister is very agreeable. My sister is also very cool – “I don’t think I could do it all either.” she said. “I mean, you have Maura, you have the other three, then regular house stuff, etc…”

So I bought all the food possible, left her with extra cash for more food and the keys to the liquor cabinet, and went back to Dublin.

And it was all good. I got to see (even if only briefly) friends, popped in at Maura’s old school at the perfect time for a short hello (only to find out they ALL read the blog…so HIYA SMH!), I got my favourite chips, walked the pier, made new friends, collected sea glass on the beach, sat in pubs and bars with friends, and actually found an exact replacement for the pendent I got in Ireland when we lived there, but lost. We stayed out late too much, drank too much, ate all the things…and I lost a pound and despite feeling like a Guinness truck ran me over today, I feel like I can go back to taking on the world.

Oh sure, I’ll be doing that with a 5’2 leech along my side, but that’s okay. It’s just part of my life. And my life is pretty good.

photo credit - Elisha Clarke

photo credit – Elisha Clarke


7 Responses to “I’m exhausted and refreshed”

  1. Renee Anne May 16, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

    I’ve been watching your Instagram photos and have been insanely jealous. I’ve never been to Ireland and I do have an acquaintance there (my sister-in-law’s best friend)….someday, someday, when the children are older.

  2. franhunne4u May 16, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

    Your sister is a treasure!

  3. saracvt May 16, 2016 at 4:32 pm #

    Just wait till that 5’2″ leech grows a bit. Maddy is now 5’4.5″. I’m 5’3″. She never misses the chance to tease me about being short.

    I expected them to be taller than me, but at THIRTEEN?

    • phoebz4 May 16, 2016 at 4:32 pm #

      Oh, others have done that to me already

      • saracvt May 16, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

        I don’t mind the being taller bit, but I do miss being able to stow treats high enough that they couldn’t reach it. Now Maddy can actually reach things I can’t. Some of my best hiding places are toast now!

  4. teresamcnally May 17, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    Hiya back from SMH . X

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. teresamcnally May 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

    Sent from my iPhone


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