I’m back! Have you missed me? Probably not, but I have missed you! My life in the last few months, in short, has been incredibly hectic. I had high hopes for Infinite Ireland this winter and spring. And now summer is practically over too. How did that happen? With dozens of ideas for useful posts and a trip of my own to plan and tell you all about, I was aiming to write so much more than I have.
Infinite Ireland is a hobby. Joe and I both have full-time jobs—Joe is a software developer and I work in international education. We’ve always been busy, but honestly I am not sure I have ever experienced a year like this one.
If you want spared the details of my crazy life, scroll to the bottom to learn what’s coming up for Infinite Ireland and the details on a super-duper quick (we promise) Infinite Ireland Reader Survey that we would love for you to fill out!
Survey Closed! Thanks to all who participated!
At the end of January, Joe was interviewed and offered a job at the same university where I work–Yay for more vacation Ireland time! He started in March and it was a fantastic move for him, but it took us at least a month to get into a new rhythm.
In April we were on a serious house hunt. We found the perfect little bungalow in early May and were super excited when our offer was accepted.
I was mildly stressed, but at this point I began to panic. We put an offer on a home right before we were planning to jet set to Ireland for two weeks (with the costs that can go with it). What were we thinking??
Oh and just after our Ireland trip, not only were we to close on the house, clean said house and our old apartment, but I was to attend a professional conference in Toronto. And two weeks after that, I was to be back in Europe to chaperone a study abroad trip for two and half weeks.
Please don’t mistake this for complaining, I am incredibly fortunate. I get to work with fantastic students during the academic year, and sometimes I get to travel during the summer. It is a great life, but I was really feeling the stress.
All this to say, my normal Ireland writing, planning, responding to emails, posting on Twitter and Facebook has been nowhere near its usual standard since, well, probably February.
Even for our own trip to Ireland in May, I booked our car rental and B&B’s at the last-minute. I decided to “wing it” on almost all our daily activities. Normally, I would have a sparkling binder full of reservations, addresses, operating times, costs, maps, coupons, and rankings of our “must do’s” laid out for weeks, often even months, in advance. Nope, not this time. I scrambled together all my notes on to a Word document and hastily scratched out a plan for each day. I even had high hopes to meet up with a few fellow Ireland bloggers but that didn’t happen either. I felt like I couldn’t get anything together.
Despite my lack of planning, there is no better host than Ireland! Surprisingly, I was able to relax. Not surprisingly, we had a wonderful time.
I have so much to tell you about!
So, coming up on Infinite Ireland you can look forward all sorts of fun posts like: details about our 2014 Ireland itinerary, trip expenses, the best (and the worst) places we stayed, and a new (to us) all-inclusive car rental provider.
While this site will always be detailed resource for first-time visitors to Ireland, we also want you to get to know us and we want to get to know you! You can expect more stories and first-hand accounts of our experiences in Ireland and elsewhere.
You can also give us feedback about what you would like to see on Infinite Ireland by answering a few questions for us. We really value your opinion so we created a super easy and quick survey that helps us learn a little about you and gives us an idea of what more you would like to see on Infinite Ireland.
We’d love it if you would give us some feedback about the site. The survey is just 6 simple questions and we’ll even share the results with you in a few weeks!
Update: Survey Closed! Thanks to all who participated!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!