June 29, 2006, 3:21 pm

1776-2006: We Rock! Happy Independence Day (Early!)

I wanted to post a Happy Independence Day to the melting pot that is the United States of America

For the first time in my life I will be spending the holiday out of the country and in the Republic of Ireland.

I’m not sure what my wireless connectability will be there so I’m posting just in case I’m not able to visit.

But you can best believe that if there is an internet access I’ll find it.

Just because I’m half way across the world doesn’t mean I won’t try!


Please keep your nursing or nurse-related posts coming in for Change of Shift! I’ll be putting it all together for the July 13th edition when I come home


Shameless Self-Promotion Again: new post at Scared to Health


Oh, and the reason I am so comfortable announcing my trip online is that the old homestead will not be empty.

And those who are housesitting are very adamant about their second amendment rights, if you get my drift.

Plus, Samantha and Sparky, my two 80 pound mutts are always looking for a snack!

Besides, if anything gets stolen, I get a new one, so if you are intending on breaking in, will you please take the 20-year-old RCA console television in the family room?



  • MotherJonesRN

    June 29, 2006 at 4:09 pm

    So you’re having a weeee little vaction are ya? You must have the luck of the Irish. Like my Irish grandmother use to say:

    The Irish…
    Be they kings, or poets, or farmers,
    They’re a people of great worth,
    They keep company with the angels,
    And bring a bit of heaven here to earth.

    I don’t know if she ever remembered saying things like that. Being of good Irish stock, she took a nip of Irish whiskey from time to time. But it sounded good anyway.

    When you’re over there, do you think you can skip sending post cards back home and send Waterford crystal instead?
    I’ll send you my address:-)

    Bon Voyage!

    Mother Jones RN

  • Kelly

    June 29, 2006 at 5:05 pm

    I’m soooo jealous!

    My family is from a town called Loughrea in county Galway. A cousin of mine from the turn of the century died on the Titanic, and when his leeser-known brother died, his tombstone read: “Here Lies Michael Shaughnessy, brother of Patrick Shaughnessy who died on the Titanic”. Talk about sibling rivalry until the end!!

    Have fun!

  • Grainne

    June 30, 2006 at 1:54 am

    Hi Kim, I’ve been silently following your (fantastic) blog for some months, but when I saw the reference to Ireland I just had to comment! There are a few wireless points (we’re not THAT backward) but you may have to pay to use them. There are internet cafes in most cities/towns anyway.

    I don’t know where you are going, but try take in West Cork if you get a chance, it is beautiful and breath-taking and extraordinarily friendly. (I’m from Tipperary, but there’s not much to see there!) I really hope you have a lovely time… and especially that the weather holds up for you!


    PS A handy tip: please DON’T mention the following when visiting: 1. Leprechauns, 2. Guinness, unless you are in a pub and about to actually drink the vile stuff, 3. Oirrrish accents – nobody speaks like that outside of movies! Well, maybe some older people in remote parts… the rest of us watch too much for’n TV!

    Best wishes!

  • Melissa

    July 1, 2006 at 8:42 pm

    I just got back from Ireland recently. Take lots of warm clothing and you’ll have a great time.

  • Hannah

    July 2, 2006 at 4:25 pm

    First you CRACK ME UP…and secondly…I could’ve fit in a VERY LARGE SUITCASE…why didn’t you invite me along?


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