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St. Patrick's Day

Here are some appropriate photos for the occasion, starting with this bag of Guinness potato chips that I found at a local Wegmans a few weeks ago.

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day: #Guinness Potato Chips.

I recently purchased a bag and I tried a few chips yesterday. I found that they have a nice earthy flavor that’s a nice contrast from the other potato chips that are out there. Despite that, I probably won’t be buying this too often because these chips were imported from the U.K. and Wegmans sold them for a whopping $3.99 per bag. (I can get a bag of Utz or Lay’s chips of the same size for around $1-2 per bag.) I recommend them for anyone who wants to try something different.

There is this house in Greenbelt, Maryland that likes to go all out for each holiday. I took pictures of this house around Halloween and Valentine’s Day. That same house decided to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day.

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What’s more, there are two windsocks that were hung near the light display.

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And, for the last photo of the day, here’s a picture I took at Wegman’s a few days ago. It’s more about March 14 than St. Patrick’s Day but these pies for Pi Day are cute nonetheless.

Pi Day at Wegmans Supermarket

As for me, I’m going to observe St. Patrick’s Day in the way that I’ve been doing for years. Tonight for dinner I’m going to eat some beef stew made from Guinness beer. Last night I purchased this Irish Soda Bread mix from Aldi (all I need to do is just add milk) so I’m going to whip it up, bake it, and serve it with the beef stew. I also recently purchased some Kerrygold brand garlic and herb butter on sale at Safeway so I’m going to eat the Guinness chips as an appetizer then spread the butter on slices of the newly-baked Irish soda bread and eat them with the beef stew.

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Today is Pi Day, an occasion that I never used to hear about prior to the spread of social media. I studied Pi a little bit in school when I took high school Algebra class but, aside from the statue of Pi that I used to see during my student days at the University of Maryland, I never found a use for it in my own professional life.

Apparently this year’s Pi Day is notable for the fact that it’s being called the Pi Day of the Century because the day’s number (3/14/15) corresponds to the first four digits of Pi (3.1415). On top of it, it’s supposed to be really special when the clock flips to 9:26:53 because the date and time matches the first 10 digits of Pi (3.141592653).

I usually don’t pay too much attention to Pi because I’m someone who struggled with mathematics in school and I haven’t found a situation where I really needed to use Pi. (My ex-husband is the mathematician who mentioned that he used Pi at this NASA job when programming and designing satellites for space missions.) Today Makerspace 125 decided to throw a party (especially since March 14 falls on a Saturday this year) so I went there to check it out and to take a few photos.

The place was pretty crowded and it was full of people (mostly kids) doing all kinds of hands-on activities. There was also pie available (since there seems to be a tradition of serving pie on Pi Day) and I ate a slice of key lime pie, which was very good.

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

Pi Day, Makerspace 125, March 14, 2015

I didn’t stay too long at the Pi Day festivities because it was a bit crowded. (There were supposed to be outside activities as well but they had to be either curtailed or canceled due to the fact that it was raining. There was an Irish Day celebration in College Park complete with an hour long class on the Irish Gaelic language followed by Irish step dancing lessons. I missed the language lessons and I arrived in time for the second hour of the Irish step dancing lessons. Except it didn’t look like this event drew a lot of people and when I arrived I was told that the previous students decided to leave. So I had my own personal lesson in Irish step dancing. I found that it was relatively easy to learn but I would have to practice a lot before I could even begin to approach the level of the dancers in those Riverdance shows.

The Irish Day event was held at the Old Parish House, a historic building located just a few blocks away from the University of Maryland campus. I took a few photos of the outside of the Old Parish Home along with shots of a parlor that’s off to the side of the main area (which is a large room where various types of shows and events can take place).

Old Parish House, March 14, 2015

Old Parish House, March 14, 2015

Old Parish House, March 14, 2015

Old Parish House, March 14, 2015

Old Parish House, March 14, 2015

Old Parish House, March 14, 2015

Old Parish House, March 14, 2015

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