Posts tagged family
Building a Computer and Other Things to do in Florida

Joe and I are back now from our trip to Florida! And this post is a day late (sorry!) because we spent our first day back yesterday doing a double feature (Deadpool & How to Be Single) and some shopping. That's an okay excuse, right?

Florida was really nice. We stayed at Joe's Mom's house (thanks Jeanette & Michael!) and got to see all the local southern Floridian sites.

We also built a computer. Joe helped his brother Hunter pick out the components and, since we extended our stay by two days due to the weather in NY, we were there when the parts arrived. So, Joe got to help Hunter put it all together as well. And I was there to watch - I've never built a computer before, so it was very interesting for me!

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Family Dinner: Slow Cooker Coq Au Vin Recipe

MLK Weekend brought the first snow of the season! It wasn't much - less than an inch - but it was still exciting given the mild winter we've had so far. 

To celebrate the three-day weekend, Joe and I had his Dad, Stepmom & littlest sister over for dinner! We ended up playing a cutthroat game of Game of Thrones Monopoly that crushed the hopes and dreams of everyone but Joe, who is a tyrannical landlord and aggressive property developer!

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My December 2015 in Instagram!

What a strange December!

It took a while to get into the Christmas spirit this year. Not least of all because of the weather (it was up to 70 degrees some days!). I was debating whether or not I should get a tree this year, since it was just me and Joe here for 95% of the month, but we did end up getting a small, fake tree. I spent so much time making gift guides for him and her and kids for the blog that I barely had time to buy gifts for my list. And I think I listened to Christmas music only like two days this year!

Still, I ended up having a lovely Christmas with the whole family in from San Francisco, Manhattan, and North Carolina. 

Here's what Insta saw in December:

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My Family & Brooklyn: The Book, The Movie, The Borough

In 2009, when Colm Tóibín's novel Brooklyn was released, copies of it quickly circulated throughout my family. Everyone was talking about it. The quiet, powerful story of a young woman leaving her small Irish hometown for an unknown home in America was so eerily similar to the story of our own Rory (my grandmother). 

In the book (and in the movie, superbly adapted by Nick Hornby), the main character, Eilis Lacey leaves her mother, sister Rose, and precious little opportunity behind in Enniscorthy to make a new home in Brooklyn in the early 50s. 

This story was inspired by my grandmother - Rosanna "Rory" Walsh.

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On Loss & Grief & the Memory of my Mother

Three years ago today, my mom passed away. Today, November 10th, also happens to be the global awareness day for her hard-to-identify illness: NET Cancer

I wanted to take a moment to explain my experience with the process of grief: how I've come to realize it is different for everyone, and how the depth of the grief is equal to the depth of the love for the person lost. I also wanted to take a moment to celebrate my mom. 

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