Sunday … I got up around 9.30, had a look at the papers on the Internet and made pancakes. Pauline and I got ready and headed for Dublin after 11, leaving the kids on their own – their first time to be left alone for so long.
We went first to the Liffey Valley Centre and then to Blanchardstown, and got all our remaining Christmas shopping done. We got a karaoke machine, a Bratz doll, some clothes and a Girls Aloud CD for Susanna; a rugby PC game, the Guinness Book of Records and a Nirvana CD for Sean; a Lord of the Rings Monopoly set for both of them; George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass for ourselves; and a Darkness CD for Andy.
We accomplished all this in good time, and managed to get away and home quickly too – we were home soon after 7. Maureen and Sinead Curran had called to the house while we were out.
I did pizza and chips for dinner. Sean and I played chess – the score is now 11–11. We wrapped all the presents after the kids had gone to bed.