Why I’m not Irish on St Patrick’s Day

Well, mainly because I’m not Irish any day.

But there is this idea in the US that everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day. Asinine I say. Asinine is my word of the month.

About 12% of the US population has Irish ancestry so the math doesn’t work out that “everyone” is Irish on one day. Does 12% sound like everyone to you?

My parent are not Irish and I was born in England. While my family does have some mixed British-isle ancestry that includes Irish and Scottish, we’ve been in England for a while and that’s the only history I know of for certain. England, a country that conquered part of that lush green island of Ireland and fought with the Irish over land and religion for hundreds of years. A conflict that has continued during my lifetime and that Bill Clinton worked on a peace process with Northern Ireland (remember that? A lot more has happened since then. Google it.)

As someone from the country that has held most of the power during this long conflict  to go around pretending to be Irish one day feels insulting. The whole day feels insulting. Consuming large amounts of alcohol in the name of another country or people in a way that country doesn’t celebrate seems to happen all too often in the US.

When I lived in the UK I didn’t celebrate St Patrick’s Day so when I first moved here I was so confused and spent days getting pinched for reasons I didn’t understand or like. One day, I wore green because that was just the shirt I put on that day, not knowing what day it was, it being of no significance in my household. People at school automatically assumed I was Irish even though they knew I was not. They spent enough time asking about my asking and where I was from for *&%$ sake.  Although, maybe I should give people the benefit of the doubt and not knowing the difference between the UK, GB, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, are they one land mass, different islands, how many governments, who rules whom, Queen,prime minister, Hugh Grant, are they all just the same thing?!?  I mean, I get that it’s a little confusing, but if you’re celebrating a holiday from another country at least know something about the country. Please.

Anyway, not everyone is Irish or celebrates St Patrick’s day. Chances are you’re not either* so I ask you to consider the reasons you celebrate and how you celebrate this day.

 

*Apparently 1/4 of the population of Massachusetts is of Irish descent (not Matt Damon, but Ben Affleck is. Yeah, you know you care). So if you’re in Mass, this could lessen your chances of not being Irish :)

Sharing is Caring…

So my friend from college,Kimmie, passed along the blogging “Liebster Award” badge as a way to meet some more bloggers!  Since I love blogs, I’m all for it!  And seriously, her blog http://stumpsandbeans.com is hilarious!  Definitely check it out!  Sophie and I are the parents to two rambunctious cats and not toddlers, but I am still able to find her parenting blog funny, and hey, we were all kids, and adventures in vomit and poop happen, right?

The deal is I’m supposed to list 11 random things about myself. (This is eerily reminiscent of 15 [or however many people are in the group] truths and 1 lie):

1. I am terrified of heights, have been in a hot air balloon and wanted to be a flight attendant when I was a kid. I’m also scared of flying.  These are the types of contradictions my life seem to be full of.

2. In line with the flying theme, Sophie and I didn’t fly together until we went to India together a year ago.  We were on planes or in airports for 24 hours twice in 2 weeks. Go big or go home!

3. I’ve been vegetarian for 5 or 6 years.  The only thing I really miss is ham and barbeque, which I deal with by eating barbeque flavored chips.  I know it’s not the same, but I just love barbeque sauce and will eat it on just about anything. I mean anything.  Sophie hates barbeque sauce.  Yeah, it’s like a thing in a our relationship.

4. When I first moved to the US people made fun of my accent.  Other people liked it. Either way people asked a shy, socially awkward kid to talk all the time and I hated it.  So my accent it a sore point.  Don’t ask about it. Just let me be.  Kthanksbye.

5. I created my own Dewey Decimal system for my books as a kid. I then checked my books in and out to myself as I read them.

6. Sophie and I first met when she came to tour my apartment during her job interview. On her first day of work she greeted me with a hug that she doesn’t remember.

7. I’ve had 23 teeth removed by a dentist.  My teeth like me.

8. Random update about the fish Sophie won at the state fair and was mentioned on the blog – still alive!  She now has two additional fish in the office: Indy, Lilo and Gomez are friends and thriving.

9. I have arthritis and tendinitis from the ballet I did growing up.  In high school I was in physical therapy and at times could barely walk home from school.  A few years ago I ran 6.4 miles as part of a marathon relay group.  Ten years ago I never would have thought this would happen :)

10. I’m an introvert, almost painfully so, and yet did a job where I lived at work surrounded by hundreds of people for 6 years. On the  first day I never thought that I would love it :)  I figured out ways to get away each week, started running, and did a lot of sewing!

11. I remember sewing when I was as young as about 8 and still sew now!  I once sewed a project to my skirt at school.  A few years ago I sewed through part of my finger.  These things happen…right?!

Ok, now for the questions from Kimmie:

1. What three words best describe your blog?

Cats, Sewing, Food.

2. Which songs pierce you right into your soul?

Um…I honestly have no idea.  There are some songs I really like and associate with good, sad things, but not sure about pierce into my soul!

3. What is one deep regret that you have that you don’t mind sharing?

I don’t feel like I have any huge regrets honestly.  I do think I would have enjoyed getting an MLS (library science) degree, but then I wouldn’t be where I am now and that could be a regret.  I don’t want to start that ‘what if’!

4. What are you most proud of?

I should have read these before writing my 11 random facts!  I really am most proud of running 6.4 miles!  Between training, running an average of 3 times a week for months before hand, working a very demanding job, and still volunteering weekly I fit it in.  I also worked through the joint pain and allergies that make breathing difficult when I’m not running(!). After running 5.9 miles, the final half mile was up a steep hill, of which there is an awful picture of me running up it somewhere. Somewhere hidden. But I did it!  There were friends and family cheering at the top of the hill and the person running the next part of the relay! What a happy sight!

5. What blog do you find so clever/funny/compelling/insightful/inspiring that it gives you a bit of an inferiority complex?

Thomas Knauer Sews.  Thomas Knauer talks about art philosophy, designs fabric and quilts, raises children, and writes letters to Obama. Regularly. With intelligence. I wish I was going to QuiltCon to make a new BFF.

6. What is your happiest childhood memory?

My 7th or 8th birthday party.  I hurt my ankle pretty badly on a bouncy thingy, but my grandfather was there so it was all ok :)

7. Where were you when you found out about the 2001 terrorist attacks?

In the shower of my res hall room. Yep. I got out of the shower and checked AOL IM (remember?) and had a message from my friend Stephanie telling me to turn on the news.  It was my junior year of college and I was not in the habit of watching the news before going to class, so I turned it on in time to see the second plane hit the towers.  I went downstairs to “Club 104″, a room where some friends lived, and watched for a while there.  When my roommate came back from class we went back to our room.  Katie from across the hall didn’t have a TV and her godfather had been one of the first firefighters into the towers so she stayed in our room for the day watching. The next day I went to Freshman Seminar class where I was a Peer Leader, and remember feeling daunted about how to assist in role modeling/leading first year students through such a life changing time.  Six years later during the Virginia Tech shootings, I sadly felt prepared on how to assist my students as a professional who no longer had a professor by my side.

8. If you could bring any retired/deceased/dissolved band or musical artist back for one more show that you could attend, who would that be?

Queen.

9. What was the first concert you ever attended?

Either Rod Steward or Chesney Hawkes.  I don’t remember which was first.  Either way, one was my first in the US and one first in the UK.  Still a first.

10. What is one thing you would change about yourself?

I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller.  I got a girl, I call her ;)

11. What movies could you watch over and over again without losing interest?

“Love Actually”. I actually adore, and dance like, Hugh Grant. And Kiera Knightly. Only Orlando Bloom is missing from that one.  So let’s also add in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.

Here’s the deal. Now I pick 11 to answer 11 :)

I nominate the following 11 bloggers to participate in the Liebster Award challenge. In order to accept the challenge, you are tasked with posting 11 random things about yourself, answering 11 questions of my choosing (see below), and then passing it along to 11 more bloggers of your choice who have fewer than 200 followers (Turns out, I know a lot of blogs with a lot of followers! Hmm)

UPDATE: I found Info on the internets about the Liebster award and you can nominate 3-5 blogs under 200 followers! Since the other blogs I know have far over that, I stick with my original and will update as necessary :)  This is not cheating, it is research.

1. http://chrisandcatie.blogspot.com/

2. http://monkeytalestravels.blogspot.com/

3. http://slglassman.com/

4. http://jeseniagervacio.blogspot.com/

5. http://lbcarfagna.com/

6. http://www.patrickjhale.com/

And the questions:

1. What is your favorite book?

2. What quote inspires or guides you?

3. What blog inspires or enrages you? This could be the same or different!

4. What are you most proud of?

5. What is your creative outlet? How do you fit it into your schedule?

6. If you got to live one year over, without changing anything in it, which year would you chose?

7. What was your first concert?

8. What is your biggest pet peeve?

9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

10. What three words best describe your blog?

11. What was your favorite childhood game?