July 3, 2017: Rainy Days

This is the first long stretch of rain we’ve had since I’ve gotten here. I actually expected it to rain a whole lot more, but thankfully we’ve gotten some fairly beautiful days in.

Today was not one of those days.

It rained quite a bit today. I spent a lot of time on campus because I didn’t want to make the trek all the way home in the rain. I worked more on creative writing stuff. I can’t believe how much I’ve been writing. I have a massive body of work already and will have so much more by the time I’ve finished with this program.

With midterms fast approaching, papers and tests are the big things on everyone’s minds. I personally have an essay due at the end of this week, but I’m not very stressed over it. I think it’ll be fine. I get to discuss Yeats and how he uses the supernatural in his poetry. It’s a subject we’ve covered extensively in class and one I’m decently interested in, so that will be a lot of fun.

This evening, I went into town with Caitlyn. We decided to shop, seeing as she and I are still trying to finish gift shopping and she needed to find a piece of luggage to bring with her to Estonia after this trip ends. We went to T.K. Maxx, Penney’s, and a few gift stores. We also got dinner together at McDonagh’s, easily my favorite place here in Galway.

At Penney’s, I bought a really cute pair of red matte wellies for €13, a bargain if I’ve ever seen one. I also finally went to the jewelry store and purchased my and my mother’s Claddagh rings. I wasn’t really sure what to get for myself, so I went with the classic silver, and I got mom one with a green stone in the heart. Green is her favorite color, and the color of Ireland, so I thought it was fitting. I think she’s going to love it. I only wish I could have gotten more for her. She’s one of those amazing people who deserves the world, and I’m one of those sad people who cannot yet afford to give it to her.

Caitlyn found a bit of money, so we used that to stop and finally get gelato, something I cannot believe it took this long to accomplish. We got it at Gino’s on Shop Street, and it was absolutely heavenly.

When I got home, I composed the majority of my paper in the midst of my housemates laughing and singing and joking and generally procrastinating on doing their own papers. I even got to witness Kaylin’s rapping, which was not something I was mentally prepared for.

It was productive for a rainy day, but I am looking forward to celebrating the holiday the Irish way!

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