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A little hiatus

Posted: July 2, 2012 in Miscellaneous
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In less than 24 hours I will have some time of work. Away from work for 2.5 weeks. I look forward to seeing people I haven’t seen in some time, to just chill out and with a little help from the weather gods I hope to catch some sunny rays. Am hoping that there will be a few sunny days so that I can sit on my balcony with a glass of wine.

I will most likely not be able to post much during this time. I promise I will be back though and update the blog after my break.

I found this today. I like the Irish band the Coronas. This is their song “Heroes and Ghosts” but this is the Gaeilige version (Irish version) of the same song.

Enjoy and have a lovely July wherever you are!

OK Bob… this is for you. You tagged me and here are my answers. I am sacrificing an early nights sleep in order to write this post. This statement clearly has nothing to with me feeling guilty that I have not gotten around to do this ages ago…

1. What’s  your favorite colour and why?  (Memories, associations, ect.)

I go through phases with colours so this changes frequently. The one colour that has stayed with me a lot is blue. It is my favorite ink – I prefer writing with a blue pen. I looove blue jeans. My first bicycle was blue. My favorite necklace is blue as well.

2. What’s the most memorable thing you’ve done in a car?

Have not done anything scandalous in a car. The most cherished memory I have is driving my first car on my own and totally falling in love in driving down the road in the sun with good music on and the windows down. Simple thing but pretty brilliant.

3. Explain the happiest day of your life.

Ohhh, I cannot pinpoint any particular day. A day when the sun is shining, hanging with a good friend/friends and sharing many laughs makes a happy day for me.

4. Explain the a hardest day of your life.  Not necessarily worst but hardest.

Well, had a few like most people. One particular hard one was the day (many years ago) when I lost my job, found out a loan application fell through, didn’t get a travel visa I wanted and fell out with my best friend all within 24 hours.

5. If you had to leave the country that you live in short notice where would you go and what one thing would you bring with you.  Think Zombie apocalypse.

Tahiti? Well, on short notice I’d say I would make my way to continental Europe and just see where in which country I end up in. I would bring my cats though they are not a thing (would bring them anyway) so the one thing I would bring would be my mobile phone… yes I am that sad.

6. Are you a people person?

Yes. I am not someone who loves to mingle and meet new people all the time. I can be quite reserved at first but once I get to know someone and am comfortable in a group, then I never shut up (or so I have been told…). I like people. I still have faith in them.

7. Given a time machine where would you go and what would you do?

Now this one I can never really answer… I love history so I would for example love to go back to Ancient Greek times and see all the buildings and temples when they were new. I also love science fiction and I am a very curious person so I would love to go far ahead in time and see if we actually ever really make it out into space properly. Beam me up!

8. Do you believe in ghosts?

There are too many things out there that we have no real explanation for. So yes, I believe in ghosts but I detest the whole ghost exploration/Derek Acorah nonsense.

9. Are you a prude? Explain.

I would never join a nudist colony but I have no major issues with nudity etc per se. Living in Ireland has probably made me more of a prude than I was when I moved here but I do not see myself as a prude.

10. What are your thoughts on the socioeconomic ramifications of the possible collapse of the European Union?

Bring on the gold buillons? If it would collapse (which I doubt) then we would deal with the mess and then get on with things one country at a time. Hopefully a little bit wiser and a little less greedy (or so one can hope).

11. What’s your favorite movie theater memory?

Watching the “Santa Clause” movie in 1985 with my sister and her then fella. In this particular cinema you where not allowed to bring in food (no idea why) but my sister’s fella smuggled in a few cans of coca cola and sweets and I was very impressed. And I loved the movie.

Right folks, that is all!


Hello dear Blogosphere,

I am currently contemplating if I will have yet another latte on this lovely Sunday. Then I am pretty comfortable sitting here on the couch and getting aforementioned latte would mean I would have to rise from the couch. That does require some consideration.

Now don’t think that I have been a couch potato all day here. Waking up this morning I had no plans at all really, well apart from what I would have to eat. That was fully planned… I was going to attempt to make home-made Eggs Benedict and then I have this soup that needs to be eaten and finally I made this lovely Texan Chilli yesterday which will be my supper tonight. Don’t you just love it when you have friends from all over the world that can give you fab recipes, like Real Texan Chilli (not for the faint hearted!).

The Eggs Benedict… I cannot poach an egg for my life (need to work on that) so in the end I fried the little feckers the eggs. Then the Hollandaise sauce… I had found some ready-made one that I thought I’d give a try. Well now… the sauce was vile! I ended up scraping if off my (fried) eggs and ham and most ended up in the bin. Major fail! (At least the latte was great, cos that I can do). So lesson learned here; next time I want Eggs Benedicts – eat out!

I was eying the sky all morning to see if it would clear. In the end I decided to brave the heavy clouds where the sun peeked out every so often. Ended up going for a long walk and found a way down to the Grand Canal not too far away from me, a walkway that I did not know existed. It was sooo nice! Many others were out for a walk, the canal was surrounded by greenery and flowers and birds were chirping everywhere. I even saw a bird of prey. Now don’t ask me what type as I was a bit too far away and also I never got into bird watching so all I can tell you is that it was a bird of prey of some kind (the other bird he was chasing would probably confirm that).  It could have been a falcon as they are known in the area.

I also discovered that you can walk all the way into town via the canal. Will definitely try that at some stage. It is about 14km which is doable. Not today though as it looks like it will start to rain any moment now. I am glad I found that walkway. Definitely beats just sitting inside on the couch all day.

Well I believe that coffee is calling me after all. I will leave you with a few pictures of the Grand Canal and hope you all have a lovely Sunday.




“The Journey”

Posted: December 12, 2011 in Life, Miscellaneous
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I am not a great reader of poetry but I do occasionally come across pieces that I really like. Ever since I started blogging and writing I have also discovered a greater love of poetry. Whereas when I was younger I did not understand it and even as I might have seen the beauty of a poem, I could never truly grasp it.

I do not claim that I now understand but I feel that I better grasp the intended meaning, if only so by a little.

This poem by Mary Oliver is one of those that I really enjoy and I thought I’d share it with you:

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save

the only life you could save.

Attention! Attention!

This is a call out for a joint venture that I have the privilege of taking part in. A new blog is born. It is a joint blog project by myself and the exceedingly witty and fabulous Christy from Cat Fur To Make Kitten Britches.

It is two girls, one blog, 3703 miles. One in Dublin and one in the suburbs of Chicago. Spanning a distance of 3703 miles, divided by the great pond.

We have just started so who knows how this thing will play out but that is just the idea behind it… to play and to see where it takes us. To examine our lives on two separate continents, have fun writing and share that with others. The whole structure and posting schedule (if any) has yet to be defined so bear with us a little.

In the meantime, please feel free to pop on over and have a read. The very first posts are now up!

Living 3703

I sit here trying to come up with something half-decent to say or at least something good to start with and I realised that this post will be one of those where I really do not have a clue what I will write about. So I will just write about whatever happens to fall onto the page and take it from there.

It has been hard to find inspiration lately which I am sure you have noticed. My muse has had enough of me coming home late after work. Too late for her to dredge up any great ideas because frankly I have been too tired to listen. She went on strike which caused a whole lot of issues. You should see my FB updates and my work emails have been lacking creativity. I’m telling you… a muse on strike is nothing to be trifled with.

I am hoping that she will come out of her sulk soon so that we can go back to business as usual. The winter is approaching fast and even though I know that work will be ramping up even more (yay…) it is also that time of the year when it gets chilly and cosy with lots of lights in the dark and a warm atmosphere. Perfect for sipping some wine while blogging away (or maybe just some tea, for those more coherent posts…).

This week will be busy with meeting friends for dinner, hopefully getting some Bujinkan practice in, watching Ane Brun in concert and then getting organized for a business trip to Oslo next week. I’m looking forward to go to Oslo (note to self, stock up on some fabulous Norwegian chocolate) and will try to get some time over to wander around the town and take some pictures.

This whole day light saving business has made me feel jet-lagged which is ridiculous as it is just one hour… but I constantly feel that it is much later than it really is. For some reason I think it is Thursday today… without my calendar in work I would be in serious trouble (well, without the reminders sounding in my calendar I would have missed all my meetings so far…). Maybe I should start wearing a watch again.

Come to think of that, I do believe it is time for me to grab that flannel pajamas and go to bed. Yes I wear a pajamas in winter (how “enticing…”) and so would you if your bedroom was as freezing as mine. I REALLY need to get the radiators bled as it is getting below zero outside. Either way, hope you all are having a good day, evening, night wherever you are at the moment. Good night, sweet dreams, don’t let the bed bugs bite.


A small update

Posted: October 31, 2011 in Miscellaneous
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I have decided that I do have a little too many different things going on in this blog. Too many categories that do not always match well together.

So what I have done is that I have set up a separate blog where I will only post poems and the like whenever the mood strikes me. I will keep going with my normal ramblings and pictures and my usual rants right here for your entertainment. Well I first need to shake my muse alive, she has had enough of me for a while. I have not been very inspiring to her… too much work and no time to ponder.

I will copy the few poems I have in this blog to the other one. I will only write there if and when the mood strikes… so it could be very sporadic. If I do I will give a hollow… to this spot: