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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I have a feeling that this post tonight will be the shortest one yet. Apparently that cold that captured me towards the end of the day yesterday decided to set up residence today. I’ve been more than a little out of it all day and don’t really have much to say or to write about. My head is foggy and I am completely exhausted. Even though I’ve not done much but lay on the couch and catch up on DVR’d TV.

What’s most ironic about this is that it’s St. Patrick’s Day. Generally one of my favorite days of the year. This is the first year that I’ve been out of commission on St. Paddy’s for a reason that didn’t involve beer. Having celebrated the green this past weekend at home at my family at least I can say I raised a glass and danced the two step for a time. I’d feel worse about feeling bad if it meant I was missing the celebrations all together.

So, for those that are out and about tonight I say – Slante! Enjoy the night and get your green on!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day (it’s back to the couch with some tea for me)


March 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

St. Patrick’s Day at the Mountain

I grew up in an area of Canada called “The Ottawa Valley” – actually I grew up way out in the middle of the Ottawa Valley in a tiny little village called “Mount St. Patrick”. It’s about a 20 min drive to the closest town and about an hour and a half to the closest city of any considerable size. I loved it. In general, the town and surrounding villages and areas have a very strong Irish heritage. St. Patrick’s Day is a fairly big deal. In fact, it’s kind of a week long celebration.

The thing that the “Mountain” is most known for during this time is a day long St. Paddy’s day party at the local community center. Every year on the Saturday before the 17th (or on the 17th if it’s a Saturday) people come from all over the area to drink beer, eat Irish Stew, listen to Irish music and watch Irish performers (dancers, fiddlers, etc). Everyone is decked out in their best green, orange and white and a good time is had by all. Funny enough this weekend almost always coincides with my birthday weekend. So for me (if I happen to be in Canada) I get a double celebration. This year (as I mentioned yesterday) I happen to have brought my BF home to Canada to join in the festivities and to meet my family. I am pretty sure that no matter how much I’ve told him about what this day brings – he has no idea what he’s in for.

Today after breakfast we will get dressed (and if we’re not green enough we will have to be ‘altered’ by my mother) and head down to the ‘Centre’. There we will talk and laugh and drink beer with friends and family. Around 5pm or so we will head back to my parents place (with lots of guests in tow) to eat Irish Stew for dinner – or if you like you can have Chili instead. There is never any shortage of food around my mothers house at St. Paddy’s (or any time for the matter). In fact, she like St. Patrick’s Day almost as much as Christmas and the house is generally decked out in full green. By the time we get back to my parents place tonight everyone will be ‘feeling pretty good’. But, we’re only half way through the day. After dinner (and likely a bit of a rest) a few of us will pack into the car (with our DD of course) and head off the “The Diddley” to enjoy the rest of the evenings entertainment.

What is the “Diddley”  you ask?? Oh, the Diddley. This is the “Douglas Hotel”. Its a bar – that at one point in time was a hotel – in a village (called Douglas in case you missed that part) about 20 mins from my parents place. It’s the most famous “St Paddy’s Day” party in the entire Ottawa Valley. My mom’s best friends family owns the hotel and so we get just a ‘tad’ bit of special treatment. If you were to drive past this place I swear you’d want to keep driving. It doesn’t look like much – your typical hole in the wall dive kind of place. But the people that own it make it one of the best places to be. They don’t get an incredible amount of business through out the year. But for the week around St. Paddy’s Day… well they are packed to the rafters. You can barely move, it takes you 20 mins to get a drink and probably 30 to go to the ladies room, it’s loud and kind of smelly, and I swear the best time you will ever have in your life. People are just having fun and the energy is unlimited and completely contagious. There are so many crazy things going on that you just can’t help but sit back and enjoy.

So, that’s the plan for today. Soon my BF and I will head off to start the day. I promise there will be pictures soon (but not likely until I am back to a normal internet connection on Monday). Happy St. Paddy’s Pre Party Weekend to all!!

March 12, 2011 Posted by | Fun & Entertainment, People Watching | , , , , | Leave a comment