I have returned!

Hello friends,

I abandoned this blog rather unceremoniously back in the summer of 2012. Life had suddenly gotten very hectic—I was traveling without reliable internet access, and by the time I settled in for my senior year of undergrad, I knew I was in for a long haul. I had a Fulbright application to complete, a thesis to write, and a whole slew of people to reconnect with now that I was back in the States. Getting off Tumblr was one of the ways I made space in my life.

Since that time, I’ve submitted my thesis, titled “I mbáidín teangan”: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Irish Folklore in Translation. I received a grant to continue my work with Irish during that last year at Smith, which I did by facilitating a conversation group, teaching some basics to other students, and earning my B2 certification from Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge. I applied for the Fulbright once, and was denied, so after graduation, I returned to Idaho to work and live with my parents.

It’s been a lonely year, here in this backwards place I call home. I’ve kept busy as much as I can, but I have few friends here, and it’s hardly a place for an Irish-speaking (hopeful) scholar. Much less for an isolated queer who doesn’t even know what the heck they want. So I’ve gradually been lured back to the blogosphere that I didn’t need at Smith, just to remind myself that I’m not alone in the world.

And now? Well, now I have news that actually is relevant to this blog. I applied for a Fulbright again—and I won it. In less than three months, I’ll be leaving for An Cheathrú Rua all over again, to be followed by a year at University College Dublin. I’m still in disbelief, really. But I’m hopeful. Hopeful that this is a chance to climb out of my rut and really feel productive again. Maybe also to escape the small-town isolation. I don’t know exactly what will come of these next steps, but I wanted to share them with you.

@16 hours ago

Have my bus tickets to Galway!

rhyfedd:

I am leaving Dublin tomorrow morning at 7:15 am

I’ll be at the bus station at 2:40 if you can come meet me! Or just give me a call somehow.

(via cuimhnigh-i-gconai)

@1 year ago with 3 notes

lettresdeparis:

Photos from the first three days in Carraroe

@1 year ago with 2 notes

inky asked: Fáilte go hÉireann!

Go raibh maith agat! Tá mé sásta a bheith anseo.

@1 year ago

gaeilgeblog asked: Cén fáth bhfuil tú ag dul go dtí an Ghaeltacht? Leis an scoil nó ar do laethanta saoire?

Tá mé ag déanamh cúrsa Ghaeilge tríd OÉ Gaillimh! Beidh mé ann ar feadh míosa. :)

@1 year ago with 1 note

Phoebe stars in the Smelly Cat music video

(Source: monica-geller, via myladycatelyn)

@1 year ago with 3830 notes
#best music video ever #in other news tá mé ag cur mo chuid obair bhaile ar an méar fhada #gif set 

SUCH BAD INTERNET WITHDRAWAL

I keep telling myself that not having any internet at the house will help me kick the habit, but in reality? Imma be surfin’ 24/7 when I get back to wifi.

@1 year ago with 2 notes

Tá mé ar an gCeathrú Rua anois!

Bhí mo chéad lá ag an Acadamh go hiontach. :)

@1 year ago with 3 notes
#gaeilge 

I’m exhausted, but alive and well in Shannon!

@1 year ago with 2 notes

Tá mé ar an bhealach!

Just a few hours in the Seattle airport, a LONG flight to Heathrow, another layover, and then a short flight to Shannon between me and Ireland. :) Then one night in Galway city and I’m off to the Gaeltacht for four weeks. Can’t wait for An Cheathrú Rua!

@1 year ago with 3 notes
#ireland #gaeltacht