Monday, March 16, 2009


I can't really blog too well as I am working from a funny wee keyboard thing on my knee sitting on the bed in my room. I am still on Belfast time which means I was awake from 5am local, ready for the shops at 8am just to discover that the shops don't open until 10am!!!

And they call this civilised society?? :-p

I am now speaking American quite fluently, although not as fluently as some of my American friends are speaking Belfast. Dana has an 'awesome' Belfast accent ... say 'now' Dana! I have read a lot of phonebooks and repeated a lot of nursery rhymes for peoples pleasure.

I love the ads on TV here. You gotta love them - they go on forever. And they are not afraid to advertise anything. I was in the bathroom last night cleaning my teeth listening to the ads and this one comes on "Ladies, is your contraception pill not working for you..." (told you they advertise everything) "... then try neutering!" I'm thinking 'wow! now I've really heard it all, human neutering advertised on the tele!'

Out of curiosity I dashed into the bedroom to see what pictures they had put with these words to discover the ad was for Nuta-Ring, a new form of contraceptive coil.

I am having a great time here with the 'gals', Houston First Baptist blew my tiny Irish brain, Southern hospitality is all it's cracked up to be and today there is a rumour going about that the sun will shine! Yee-ha!

To finish, yesterday in Barnes and Noble I finally discovered what the 'X' in the St Patricks day alphabet stands for. I can't believe I didn't think of it myself ... that most Irish of musical instruments ... Xylaphone. My education is now complete.


Gary said...

And there was me thinking that the X was all about the crossroads, for dancing at said crosswords. You see the big X all the time on road signs in County Fermanagh: Darragh X. Monea X.

Or as young folk used to testing may have thought it was all about kissing...

Judith said...

glad to read that you are having a good time - enjoy the adverts!! Judith

Anonymous said...

Have a good day tomorrow Ali! Glad you are having a great time.
Pass on my best wishes to your friends for a Happy St Pats day.

Kids are great, no trouble and enjoying life, they will be glad to see you home again - hope you have managed to buy them a surprise!!

Lots of love

Pluto said...

Glad to hear that you are spreading Norn Iron culture around the world. I'm sure Dana is now fluent in the Belfast dialect of our mother tongue. Enjoy St Pat's Day but behave yourself and don't start stoning the Houston Police Dept as part of the celebrations!!