Last Thursday was my fourth wedding anniversary, and the first anniversary we've celebrated in Ireland! We met up after work to go sit in a park and exchange presents. I got Ben an engraved lighter and golf lessons (because he had been wanting us to try golf together but neither of us has any idea what we are doing). I messed up the lighter a bit, since it wasn't the preferred type for cigars, but he still liked the gift (I think I had exhausted my gift-giving mojo but maxed out Ben's goodwill by also getting him a few beer-related articles of clothing recently, randomly when the opportunity arose). He got me the Cafe Paradiso cookbook
, from the restaurant we loved in Cork two weeks ago, and promised to make me three dinners from that book with any dishes I wanted, including cleaning up and sourcing any weird ingredients. Which was a perfect present! And then we headed to get tapas at this pub near our house which has a really good deal for tapas on Thursdays.
We usually alternate who plans anniversary excursions, and since it was my turn this year I wanted to do some new things in and around Dublin: I signed us up for a sailing class and then dinner at a nice restaurant that does Irish food in a modern way (what I mean by this is that they use vegetables, since traditional Irish food is usually mostly meat, dairy, and potatoes). But I think I had tapped out my planning mojo as well over the last few weeks, what with our trip to Cork and all the stuff we did while my friends were here last weekend. Because, we took the train down to Dun Laoghaire for the sailing class, had a quick lunch first, and then got to the sailing school to find the doors locked! I called them, and they told me the course was cancelled due to excessive wind! Apparently they'd tried calling me but had one digit wrong in my number, and didn't try email because it's still 1995, so we were at the big sailing harbor with all the boats but nothing to do. We made the best of it, and got 99s
and walked out along the seawall that encloses the harbor. We could see lots of sailboats already out, between us and Howth to the north, and it was very pretty. We even saw another boat out from the school we had signed up with, but maybe they went out earlier or had more experienced people or something. Our course is supposed to be rescheduled, so hopefully at some point we will get to go sailing.
So we stopped by a market and got some nice bread and other things, and then went home to play Dominion and hang out until dinner that evening. The place we went for dinner also ended up being somewhere Ben had been before, for a work lunch, but the food was delicious and so he was happy to go again.
Being with Ben is wonderful, as usual, but celebrating our first anniversary post-grad school made me so thankful that we made it through that experience together. And so thankful that it is over, we have nicer jobs, and we live somewhere really cool! Life is going so well right now, and we are really excited about so many things to come!