Back in the saddle…and a few weekend links

A few fun links as we head into the last 10 days before Christmas:

Did you see this Bailey’s Christmas advert last year?  This ad is still one of my favorites.   Christmas ads for the UK/Ireland market are longer-form commercials than the 30- or 60-sec spots in the US.  The ads are highly anticipated, much like the “Super Bowl” advertising in the US.

A great article written by my friend, Ratha Tep for the New York Times. Despite my rant about costs, Ratha managed to find some great spots for the Frugal Traveler.

We got a new car recently – an uninspiring Ford S-Max 7 seater.  It’s similar to a minivan, but it’s diesel.  (Yay for lower fuel bills!) It isn’t a glamorous car, but it meets our needs at the moment.  The focus on utility and function reminded me of this fun post from years ago on DesignMom.

Why Save a Language?  This article captured my attention because I see how much effort Ireland is putting into preserving their language.   Less than 10% of Irish population speaks Irish regularly outside the classroom. There is a worthwhile debate going on regarding teaching Irish in the schools. I find points of agreement on both sides, but still think preserving the language is worthwhile.

Thanks to everyone who reached out after my previous post. Be assured that we aren’t planning to move back anytime soon.  I was doing so well at the blogging thing, until 2 weeks ago, when I wanted to move back to the US…then Thanksgiving arrived, and my parents came for a few weeks.  We had a lovely time, until all 7 of us caught the cold that Liesl brought home from Montessori.

One of the reasons I started blogging was to add some discipline to my personal writing.  So I’m back in the saddle.  Look for more posts coming soon! Now if only I could have the same motivation when it comes to working out…

x Rheagan

One thought on “Back in the saddle…and a few weekend links”

  1. I enjoy reading your blogs Rheagan. It’s inspiring to see someone actively reflecting on daily life. Too many of us coast ignorantly by.

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