Got Green? St. Paddy's Day Blog O'Hop

"Got Green?" 
Blog Hop
Mark Koopmans is hosting this really cool Blog O'Hop in honor of St. Paddy's day. All you have to do is post a fun Oirish Memory.

 

 And he has prizes.  You can win anything from a 

To an all expense paid vacation to

Hawaii.
Okay, I lied about the trip to Hawaii. But, it just doesn't seem fair that Mark gets to live there. He is going to kill me if bloggers start inquiring about the free trip.  I'm sorry mark.

What St. Patrick's Day Means to Me:

I am not Irish and I'm not really around many Irish people so we will basically wear green. Don't want to get pinched. I know, not the most exciting story you will read about this topic.

Years ago, while my ex-husband (father of my kids) and I were still in law school (in Michigan), we spent every St Paddy's day in Chicago, with lots of friends.  After graduation, we continued to go back to Chicago for St. Patrick's day for the next 10+ years.  He is from Chicago and so is my b/f/f who was my college roommate (still my b/f/f ) so they knew all the cool, non-tourist Irish,hole- in -the- wall- pubs. 

We did all the traditional St. Paddy's day events. We drank beer, watched the river turn green, drank more beer, stumbled to the parade & drank more beer. We made our way back to the Irish pub near my b/f/f's (can't remember the name of it, but it was close to her place on the corner of State & Ontario. We drank more beer & the rest is kind of fuzzy. So you can see why we don't have any cultural memories that we can share with our children.

For almost forty years, Chicago has been dyeing its river an "Irish" or emerald shade of green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

So this year I'm hoping for an invite to Leigh Covington's House  because I want her to paint my toenails green & I hear she is making pancakes the colors of the rainbow (green is in the rainbow). Plus, I'm pretty sure I'm not getting an invite to Mark Koopmans' Home in Hawaii.

Did I mention that he lives in Hawaii?  Honolulu!

Thank you, Mark for hosting this fun Blog O'Fest.

28 comments:

  1. How many beers does it take to become fuzzy?

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  2. I wanna come with you to Leigh's too!!!! Green nail polish for everyone! : )

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  3. I remember going to the parade in Chicago one year.  The thing I remember the most was the cold wind whipping around the buildings! As a kid I guess I should've been more excited but my parents took us to A LOT of parades. LOL. Happy St. Patrick's day Melissa :)

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  4. Fun post! :) Have a great weekend.

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  5. Hah! Thank you for sharing your (slightly intoxicated) memories with us, Melissa. *grins*

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  6. I want to go to Leigh's house for pancakes, too. Sounds like chi town is quite the tradition. Happy St. Pats!

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  7. Ummm, This is so cool because I'm going to go to Leigh's house too!!! We can all eat pancakes!

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  8. Thanks for sharing such a interesting content.....

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  9. I'm drinking beer after I read each entry in this blogfest. Best blogfest ever!

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  10. Happy St. Patrick's Day! I want to see those toes after they are painted ;o)

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  11. LOL! You are too funny, Melissa :) I'm itching for an invite to Leigh's too... Hawaii wouldn't be so bad either ;)

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  12. If there is ever a contest for a trip to Hawaii, I win. No battle.

    Okay, okay. We'll let lady luck decide. Awesome story, Melissa! I made have complained that I've never been to Ireland before, but at least I got to see the green river in Chicagoland.


    Happy St. Paddy's Day! :)

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  13. I would love to be in Chicago one St. Patrick's day just to see the river (and drink beer) :) Happy St. Patty's day!

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  14. LOL! You're so awesome! You can totally come over for pancakes! I'm all for it! Although I think your Irish celebrations sound like lots more fun. I had no idea that Chicago did that to their river. That is stinking awesome! I love it!
    And I say we just sneak to Hawaii and surprise Mark! I'm all for it!

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  15. Hawaii = Ireland.
    It just don't fit does it.

    Visiting from Mark's blog

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  16.  They are green. Happy St. Paddy's day to you.

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  17.  How many are you up to? Beers & blogpost? Have fun.

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  18. I didn't know that about Chicago. I'd love to see that one year. Very awesome!

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  19. Just learned some cool new facts... how cool. Never tried Lucky Charms...

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  20. I duno, I'm pretty sure there are places where beer drinking counts as culture ;-)

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  21. Yesh... It;'s called "EngUland" :)

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  22. I've never seen the Chicago river green, so I'm really happy you posted some pictures. I wonder how they do that?  And, from what I've gathered from the blogfest, you celebrated St. Paddy's Day in a very Oirish way!

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  23. The Chicago river pictures are awesome! I'm with Lara. How the heck do they do that?

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  24. I used to live in Hawaii. it was awesome and now I'm sad and stuck in snowy Utah. But it's supposed to warm up. Also, wtheck. Leigh didn't invite me over to do my nails. She's dead to me now.

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  25. Fun stuff! I didn't do the fest, but we had a party here. It was hilarious--there were 11 little kids v. like 10 grownups. :D But I hope you had a great time. SPD w/real Chicago natives sounds fun~ <3

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