Summer Vacation 2015: The beginning.

Seen in Dublin. Can you read what the building says?

Hey there. What say we kick off some travel tales today? Let’s start at the very beginning, which seems like forever ago.

This will sound convoluted, but we left the U.S. late on Saturday, June 13, flew to Dublin, and landed on Sunday morning. Our connecting flight didn’t leave until the evening, so we had all day to play in Dublin.

Doesn’t that sound good in theory? The reality was that that we were more or less up all night on the plane, then landed in Dublin at breakfast time completely sleep deprived. So we were bleary all day and none of us really remembers much about that day. Mostly, we wandered around the touristy area of Dublin and kind of vaguely gazed at buildings, while wondering if it would be bad form to take a nap behind the Book of Kells.

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Hello. Yes, we are finally home from vacation. We pulled into our driveway at 10 p.m. on Monday night…

…and 10 hours later at 8 a.m. I started a new job.

Not the best of timing, I know, but that’s just how these things work out.

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Summer vacation

Yes, it’s true. By the time you read this, we’ll be across the Atlantic. Our adventures will be divided between Scandinavia and Italy, and how we came to that I’ll explain later on.

As with Bali, I won’t be blogging daily, but I will try to check in on Instagram, Facebook, and possibly even Twitter.


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It’s probably not a good thing to lie awake in the middle of the night with a whirling brain and long list of things to do.

A brief summary of what in the heck is going on around Jenworld these days:

  • After six years, we are finally about to sell Old Jenworld. The renters moved out last week and now the real work is about to begin. Luckily, we have an amazing Realtor who has found painters and contractors and other professionals to refresh the house quickly and get it on the market soon. Continue reading
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The right tools for the job.

I was out gardening a week or so ago…

Actually, I’ve been doing a lot of gardening lately. The last couple of summers, the weeds have gotten totally out of control and I’m finally trying to get on top of the situation.

Anyway, so when I was out about a week ago, I noticed a sprig of poison ivy. I said a curse word and mentally made a note to come back and deal with it later when I was appropriately prepared*.

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