I hope everyone had a great New Year's...Did everyone make it till midnight? We were sick for about a week over Christmas, so we ended up staying home with Ruthie and her boyfriend Rossa. We made margaritas and then popped the Champagne at midnight and had a lot of fun just sitting around having a laugh. I went back to work three days last week, just doing emergency duty, so we had a big mix of social workers from all the offices in the area. It was nice to meet some of the other social workers. We had to do a few home visits but overall it was quiet, which is good news. Yesterday we took Steve's dad to lunch and to the theater to see "The Old Curiosity Shop" by Charles Dickens, which was his Christmas present. It was a nice day and he seemed to really like it. The play was good, the plot wasn't great but the characters were VERY funny. Its a cold and rainy Sunday today...I was thinking of going into town to go shopping, but the weather is awful and I'd just get soaked. I think it might be a day to stay home and work on some paintings. On Friday night one of Steve's friends saw a pic of my painting (that I posted last time) and now he wants me to do one for him too! So that's exciting...maybe one day I'll even be a real artist. I have two more that are almost done, so I'll post those in the next few weeks.
So the pics this week are Steve and I on New Year's Day, me at lunch yesterday, Steve and his dad at lunch, and me and my Canadian friend Jenn on Friday night. Let's see...what else is new?? My mom will be here in about a week, so that's exciting! We have lots to do and so little time. I still have to turn in my new visa application, so I have no idea what's going to happen with that, and won't know until probably the end of January. My boss at work has her fingers and toes crossed that I'll be able to go back to my job soon. Another two people in my office got offers elsewhere so we're crumbling as far as staff goes...anyone want to be a social worker in Dublin?? Also we've been looking for apartments and I think we'll be moving out in the next month! Woo hoo! It will be nice to have our own place, although it might be strange at first to live somewhere quiet again.. :) And the best part, once we move out, we're getting a dog! Yes...a little immitation Toulouse I think, except we're going to call it Vincent...
Oh! Dana Jones got engaged last weekend in Mexico! So we are all very excited for her and Josh. They're trying to plan it for this summer if possible, but they have to see if they can find a place to have it that's not already booked out! Hooray for her! ...So I think that's about all the info I have for now...comments please!
Love you all,
Amy (and The Mick)