Archive | September, 2012

City Center Dublin

16 Sep
Gallagher's Boxty House

The Irish Wolfe Hound is the logo on the sidewalk in front of “Boxty’s”

Gallagher's Boxty Pub

What a GREAT day  to repay the “Sleep Enforcer”! I think we slept 12 hours!

When we finally got out of the hotel and to the bus stop it was nearly 2 p.m. We met a lovely “Dubliner” that told us great stories about his grandparents, parents and his own life. We parted company in Dublin.

After taking a short trip on the ‘Red On-Off Bus” (I would NOT recommend the RED, it ends at 6p.m.) we decided to find some grub. We met a Dubliner that told us of a Powerscourt offGrafton Street. Unfortunately, although there were many eateries, they were all closed. Hey, it was 5 O’Clock on a Sunday.

We walked around a bit and finally remembered where we had tried to get in to eat on Thursday. It was a nice little pub in Temple Bar. No one in our group of 4 could remember where it was. I said “Wait!!!! I have it on my camera!”  The three looked at me like I was silly. I said “No, wait. I took a picture of the dog on the sidewalk.” Again, the look of “Oh, like the dog is still there?!” I showed them the picture and then they understood. The picture of the sidewalk/curb in front of the pub.

It was well worth the effort! EVERYTHING was well worth the effort. The staff as well as the food were beyond amazing. What a GREAT day!

The Adventure Continues: Cliffs of Moher, Wicklow Trail, Glendalough and St. Kevin’s Abbey

16 Sep

St Kevin's

“Guinness Lake”
Cliffs of Moher

Well, that “nap” on the bus? Well, it didn’t happen.  It started to happen, then the bus driver started singing “Irish Songs”. I thought about jumping out the window after the rendition of Danny Boy, but I couldn’t get it open. Then it almost happened again, but “Bud” the bus driver began “fake” snoring, apparently we had gotten to quiet. SO, after 4 hours on the bus, we arrived at the Cliffs of Moher. I’ve not been in such wind since I lived in Bullhead City. It was actually pretty funny trying to walk up the incline with the wind blowing me backward! It was quite beautiful, and the rest of the trip was filled with nice stops along the ocean and exploring quaint little villages.

We went to Wicklow and Glendalough on a MUCH shorter/scenic trip on Saturday. The hike was quite nice, although NOT the hike that was described on the internet site. But, still quite nice. The trip to Glendalough and St. Kevin’s Abby was definitely a “Must Do”! It is absolutely beautiful and very tranquil even with the crowds!

 

Sleep Deprivation And Other Perceived Maladies

14 Sep
Temple Bar

“City Center” Temple Bar, Dublin

This particular journey started on September 12th at 03:00. It is now Sept 14th 05:05. I have had approximately 4 hours sleep. I must be honest though, I have crossed multiple time zones, therefore it is probably more like Sept. 13th at 23:55.

I am in a lovely hotel room in Ashbourne Ireland waiting to travel out to The Cliffs Of Moher, or Mohr, or Mohar or something that sounds close to that.

About last night: we ended up in Temple Bar at a nice little upstairs pub called The Old Mill. GREAT GRUB! Okay, SUPERBLY FANTASTIC! Then wondered back to catch the bus at 10:30. We arrived at 09:50 and waited…….until 11:30! YES, that is correct! And OUR bus never showed. So, being the adventurers we are (tongue in cheek) we boarded a bus that took us pretty close to where we needed to be to get back to the hotel. The only caveat: it was raining and incredibly windy. The kind of misty rain that isn’t so bad if it’s just misting. BUT this was being blown at us like a sand storm. My ears are still red from the stinging they got.

So, off to bed I went at 01:00 and didn’t sleep a wink. I’ve a feeling the bus ride to the cliffs will be my “nap time’.

It truly is a beautiful place. I’ll keep ya’ posted!

CRAP

9 Sep

I can’t believe I typed a nice interesting caring post. And POOF, it’s gone. Bummer. Maybe it wasn’t all that great?Image

Good Morning Arizona!

5 Sep

What a GREAT sunrise! We (my OTHER friend Sally) and I decided to take a little stroll up Shaw Butte this morning. What a nice surprise when we rounded a bend about 2/3 of the way up the “mountain”.

Just another reason I’m One Luckie Girl: Phoenix has some of the most beautiful trails in the desert. And I’ve lived in the Southwest all of my life, so I consider myself a “connoisseur” of desert trails. AND those trails are usually right out your back (or front) door. Sometimes right out your back gate! I can hike the same trail over and over and have it seem different every time.

My favorite time is early in the morning, pre sunrise if possible. The coyotes are just starting to let you know they’re still around. The cottontail bunnies and quail are out getting their breakfast. And the sunrises, OH! The SUNRISES!  Absolutely fantastic!

I hope to see you out there! Image

The Doctor said “GO RUN 3 MILES”.

2 Sep

If you haven’t been following along, fell asleep or decided that researching the incremental growth of dichondra was more interesting than my blog, let me refresh your memory.

I was told to stop running, maybe FOREVER, by my orthopedist about a month ago after surgery to repair, snip, sand and smooth the meniscus and some cartilage in my right knee. When I went back for my follow-up last week, those words had the header of my blog were the words he said out loud. Oh, the rest of it was “And if it hurts or swells up, cut back to 2 miles.” Really? That’s it? I was still wrapped up in the FOREVER scenario, still in mourning of the death of my friend “running”. As my husband often asks “Why do you always think in the worst sense of things?”  I know EXACTLY why, but that’s another blog.

SO, I called my BRFF (NO, not Barf, or BARF from Spaceballs fame either.) Best Running Friend Forever: AKA Connie, AKA Snow Bunnie. (She has a deep love of snow, cold and anything non desert). And we decided on a time and place to resurrect my dear friend “Running”. I think she knew my (our) friend wasn’t dead, just in a coma.

I woke up at 03:30 to begin my offerings of gratitude to the beautiful morning. Had coffee, got dressed and headed out the door at 05:00.

We were to meet at our usual rendezvous. The location that puts us within walking distance to coffee, breakfast, beer and chocolate, and the occasional glass of wine. Tempe Town Lake. Image

We started with a short walk, began a half mile run, then walked a

NCOUNTER restaurant.

quarter-mile, then back to running again. We’ve both been down this “road” before. We know it hurts. We know it gets better. We know we love it!

So, there you have the beginning of another chapter in my life, or the continuation of a chapter anyway.

I hope this gives hope to those that have been given news, like me, that they may never be able to enjoy the things they once did. Be patient with yourself, especially your physical body. Take care of your spirit and let yourself have some down time. Maybe, just maybe you’ll be as Luckie as this Girl!

Oh, and a plug for our favorite “local” breakfast/coffee/bar post run hang out:

The place is located on Mill Ave,  just a short walk south from Tempe Town Lake. They have some pretty amazing chow, and the staff is SUPER nice!

See ya’ at the races!

D