Monday, 6 December 2010

Who loves Polaroids?

Some of my favourites images of 2010, through the medium of the old Polaroid photo...

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Blurry photos from Oireachtas na Gaeilge Samhna 2010...

These photos were taken from my LG camera phone, so forgive the blurriness... Oireachtas na Gaeilge Samhna 2010 weekend, 29th and 30th October...


Some people are lovely... Others are users...

Please be aware of both!
I'm all too gullible when it comes to thinking the 'users' are dressed as lovely people. All too often, I get used. Remember, you are a good person, and nothing noone else does or says will change that in you.

Two particular people pop up in my mind from time to time. One person, who I cared deeply for, and wanted to fight for, asked me for a few hundred euro over a year ago. Since then, he lied to me and never paid back.
Another guy had been a good online friend for a few years. But a few months ago, when he was stuck with bills to pay, I gave him a few hundred euros, and he's ignored me since then.

I will never forget, and I know karma will get them back. They will never pay me back, I know this. Just makes me ill thinking how nice I am to people.

Look after yourselves sweethearts,

M. xx

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

It's Wed-Nes-Day, and I've eaten my Nes intake...

Foodwise, I did quite well today:

*slice of wheatfree bread with light butter
*2 oatibix with milk
*white wheat wrap with a little smoked salmon, peppers, tomatoes, sweet chili and light mayo
*2 baked potatoes with tuna, light grated cheese, light mayo and light butter

As well as a small pack of M&M's chocolate with my cuppa tae, I feel quite content with what I've had to eat today. I don't feel bloated. Mind you, I'm not exercising, but am really hating the horrible weather right now. You can't breathe with all this pouring rain!

Now, gonna make another cuppa and get back to my Classics reading. Meh! :)

M xx

***EDIT: I did eat another wrap with tuna and grated cheese after that! :/ *** xxx

Monday, 8 November 2010

Baking a loaf of bread turned frisbee...

My sweethearts,

It is November. The wind is really strong, and the rain is relentless. Hurricane Thomas has been to visit, and he is not a happy bunny. Walked down Shop Street at 6pm on a Sunday evening, and the street was deserted, it was the strangest thing.

I baked a loaf of bread in the oven last night. It's a mixture of a lovely wheat-free bread. The ingredients included oats, rice flour, rye flour and barley flour. But, with the size of the tin, and the size of the mixture, the result was a frisbee loaf. I'm really hopeful the next loaf will be thick enough to cut a good slice for a sandwich.

The last few weeks have been fun-filled, with * a short trip to Boston for my cousin Colin Daley's wedding to the beautiful Ida, * a weekend away to An Oireachtais Irish speaking festival in Killarney Co. Kerry, * and the Japanese Film Festival in Galway city.
So, am just looking forward to the next few weekends being all to myself. I have so much studying to do for the next few weeks, so am happy to have done all that socialising.

Being someone that goes from eating good to bad very frequently, it really can be a struggle to stick to the good side for lengths of time. I do try though. Was eating wheat bread a lot until last Thursday 4th, and have gone back to eating wheatfree bread. You can get a loaf of spelt bread from the bakery these days at between €2.40 to €3. There may be only a few slices, but you do feel full and happy after 2 slices of that bread.
The fillings I have been using the last few days have been: ham/tuna, grated light cheese, tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, chopped cabbage, grated carrot, and light butter/ light mayonnaise. You should not buy a lot of fresh produce if you are eating for one, having too much in the fridge can actually turn you off eating the produce because there is too much selection. It makes me rebel and end up eating something bad.
If I need a snack, I will have multigrain rice cakes in the cupboard, and top it with a tiny bit of grated cheese and tiny ham/tuna. Or, there will be a treatsize chocolate in the fridge for me. I can't buy a large pack of treatsize chocolates to portion them out, as I would probably eat the whole pack in 1 or 2 days (this is from experience).

Am looking for information on either an Android phone or a Japanese style phone in Ireland. There is not much information to be found on the Japanese style in Ireland, which is really saddening, because they are the coolest phone. As for Android, it has been on the market in Ireland for the last few months, but still very little information on what phones the Android OS is on.

More news tomorrow... M x

Monday, 4 October 2010

Closed eyes, full of visions of colour...

Hey there,

The days will always fly by if we don't use our days wisely. Which is why we all feel the time is flying. I ask any Irish person, and they agree with me. What does that say about the Irish people? A word I've said a few times describing people this week, "pessimistic". I must be one of those people myself, at times.
What seems to be happening to the Irish state of mind? People constantly saying that our morale is at an all-time low, wouldn't that inspire us to stand up and do something about it?

I haven't been to the gym in two days, feeling the slowness gathering in my bones. Although I did well today, a nice ham, edam and salad sandwich, a vegetarian lasagne with veg quarter pounder burger, a bowl of popcorn, and some mini choco bars. Feel tired though. Made it to the two lectures of the day and did an hour of study, spent the rest of the day in my own thoughts, listening to various crappy television shows while cosying up to a duvet on an armchair.
If I wanted to, I would sleep all day and all night, no bother.

On Saturday, I went to visit my best friend Shane and his family for dinner, and afterwards, prepared myself to look like an 80's chick, legwarmers, bracelets, earrings, bright colours all around. I felt great! I wish we could always dress up in 80's style. No effort, throw anything on with as many layers and different colours as you can possibly wear. It was a brilliant night out!

On the 17th of October, I will be flying over to Boston, MA, with my parents to attend my cousin's wedding. Am so excited to be visiting, to see all my relatives over there. Last time I'd been to Boston was at 18 years of age, and it wasn't the happiest time of my life. Teenagers can be a handful, especially when away from parents for two months. It was definitely an experience though. But this time, I feel more grown up and responsible for my own Boston experience. There will be independent sightseeing involved, and excessive funage with my cousins, here's hoping.

My stomach has just told me I've killed it with the food earlier and the lack of walking. Am a bad girl!


Monday, 9 August 2010

There is nothing worse than sitting in bed, drinking tea and eating custard creams, flicking through Facebook, Twitter and Gmail, and realising, why am I doing this AGAIN, ALL DAY?

MSN, mostly to be seen as "Appear Offline", so nobody thinks, "OMG, she's always online! Does she have anything else to do?". Although people have already commented on numerous occasions, just how much they've seen me online..

And, I started out so good in June, plans worked out as to what to do and where to go. I learned to play the tin-whistle a bit, and I walked everyday. I lost a little weight, and that made me happy. But then...

Low emotions, a few drinking nights out, and back to being a lazy, unemployed 27 year old, unsure of her future in anything. Why do the littlest things distract me? People tugging on my emotional strings, trying to borrow my love and the little money I had. Looking at people thinking, oh wow, they have a job, a social life, and a lover. Why can't I have that? Because I've already given up.

I've given up so many, many, many times. I try again, and then I give up again. What happened to those success affermations (oh dear, I can't even spell properly anymore)...

Never ever EVER give up!

Clear your mind of the word CAN'T!

Do what you can, where you are, with what you have!

Hugs, M x

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Broke Days and all that..

So... It's the last day of July, and I'm basically without money. Yeah, pretty much broke, still without a job, and might not even go back to college (due to said fund shortage). That's the scandal now with myself, but not to fear, something will turn up.

My CV looks as weak as ever. Afraid to give it out to people now because of all that paper I'm wasting with people not even looking at the ones I've given out. What are we expected to do? Keep going around in a circle until someone actually notices your potential in a future career? *Sigh*

Lately, a few ex-boyfriends have been messing with my head. It's along the same pattern: I love you, I really do, Let's make this work, But we won't be going out, and I want to have sex with you.
I mean, REALLY! COME ON! Honestly, because I'm so nice, they expect after all that happened, that I'd be an easy lay? It's disappointing to say the least.

Urgh, please, Mr. Right, I'm still waiting for you to friggin' pop up, and actually have a good old conversation and fun times with. I'm a decent, nice person like.

Oh, made €10 on the horses this week! Woo hoo! And it was the first time betting. Still don't understand it, but I won, so I'm happy out. Smiles. x

Friday, 30 July 2010

Love my sister x

She turned a quarter of a century today, and we're about to head out for a few drinks. She's always acted like the older one, but I love her to bits. I wouldn't change a single thing.

Breda and me, June 2007
Happy Birthday hunni xxx Love u x

Thursday, 10 June 2010

A Letter to my Friend about my Weight...

I recently wrote a letter to my friend, and it sums up how things are at the moment for me. Maybe I should write letters and post them more often.
Makes me want to write more...

"Hey hunni,

Thanks for the email addy and the message earlier.
So, its good news really. There's no damage to my body, nothing is broken or put out, thank god. My back and legs have been in such pain, but am lucky there's no damage.
But, she said I'm at a BMI of 45, so she said I've seriously got to lose that weight. I told her I totally understood that, and that if there was any way I could see a dietitian or nutritionist. She said that there isn't one publicly, that I'd have to pay for it, and I said I didn't mind. It's for my health.
So, she rang one at the Galway Clinic, and she has to now write a letter to the dietitian to refer me to her.
I have to go see my doctor every month now, to check on my weight and health, but she said I'm very healthy for an overweight person.
My body work seems to be great. So, that's brilliant news.

Yeah, I would never get up for a walk this early, but I couldn't go back to sleep, and I was worried, so that pushed me out of the bed. I'd rather walk early in the morning as well where nobody can see me, but can I ever usually get out of bed so early? Nope :)

It's 5pm now. I ate from 12pm to now, and total calories I ate were 1687. Isn't that crazy?!
All I had was crossaint with ham & cheese (from shop), weightwatchers tortilla chips (18g), tiny 99cal choco bar, and my dinner consisted of 2 noodle portains, 2 large sausages and a swechuen sweet chili sauce thru it. Hahaha. Food portions will have to become smaller :D

Yesterday though, when I started the calorie count change, I'd eaten 2461, so I've done way better today. But, that still might change lol. My weakness for food is there.

I'm totally never this fixed on something, ever. I mean, I've always hated routine. But, if you need any support from me, I'm there for you. Think we all need motivation and a push. Hope you don't find my emails boring lol. Am just so excited about this.

She had to take me off the Yasmin pill, because of the weight. I told her I was fine with that, told her I'm not even concentrating on guys or sex these days, that control of my weight is number 1 right now. I just want to be able to walk normally again without pains all over my body.

My friend is coming to Galway tomorrow and Saturday. So, I'm not looking forward to the walks, a load of pain. But, I wanna do it.
Oooh, the Heathers are playing in HMV Galway on Saturday at 5pm, woo hoo :D Can't wait to hear that lovely Discover Ireland song from them (the one that came on Blogtv)... Hehehe :P

Chat ya later girlie :) Máire :)"


Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Thursday, 6 May 2010

A Shiny Morning...

Good morning.

It feels like a better morning than usual. The sun is unusually bright, shining in my window, seeing as it's 7am in the morning. I don't wake up this early.

I had such a nice chat with my best friend last night, he came over to visit. He reminded me not to be always negative on myself, and try to focus on what I have to do now. Don't focus on things you haven't done, focus on what you need to do.
So, I'm trying to remember that.

Today, I'm not going to be negative to myself, and hide away from all my friends. Decided to wake up early, and walk into Galway city. I have some gift vouchers for music and book stores, so am going to use them. Also, I've no pretty shoes to wear for going out (one of the reasons why I dont go out, cos I've only got runners).
So, will buy one pair, so theres no excuse.

If it doesn't rain (much), am going to sit beside the Spanish Arch for an hour or so, and admire where I live. There is a beautiful place outside my bedroom, and am too afraid to go outside this comfort zone.
But, I'll try today.

Am listening to "The Swell Season", nice music to wake up to...

So, Good morning to you...

M x

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Current Weight Check #1

19 stone (266 pounds / 120 kgs)

Can't believe the weight is that much! But, I am going to work on this from now on.

Love M x

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Hey everyone, hope you're all doing well.
I think I'm more suited to writing than vlogging. But, haven't written in a while.

Exams finished on Friday 23rd which was a relief. But, I may have to repeat the Mathematics. Hard work and grinds will be needed for the next month, so that will be fine.
Also, am finishing off my Irish and Celtic Civilization essays. Thought they would be easier, but procrastination is hard to tackle.

Am single again for the millionth time, even though we broke up weeks ago. Tried to make it work with Ed, but it just didn't work. I think I am bad for people.

The new goal this summer, for 4 months, is to lose weight. (Damn I forgot to weigh myself again, and I've just eaten). Have yet to check my weight without eating, but I think it's around 17 stone (238 pounds / 109 kgs) at the moment.

The goal is to get down to 15 stone (210 pounds) by September '10.
In the fridge and cupboard I have:
*rice krispies cereal
*low fat milk
*chopped carrots
*houmous (for dipping the carrots into)
*a few frozen lasagnes
*light philedelphia spread
*oatcakes (for the spread)
*bewleys normal teabags and clippers green tea
*Normal food: pitta bread, cheese, ham, light mayonnaise (in case I really am hungry and need to make a proper sandwich)
*And some bramley apple tarts if I want a sweet treat....

What I need to get:
*Cucumber slices and Rice cakes/Waffles
*Rice cakes dipped in chocolate

I'm going to do this! I'm going to lose this stupid weight! Over 2 stone to lose!

Also, I'm hoping to travel this summer. Already have planned to get tickets to Boston, MA, and Aachen, Germany. Fingers crossed!

My back is very sore for a few weeks now, not been able to walk much. Wish I could fix it, but all I'm doing is relaxing it and hope it gets better soon.

Loads of hugs to everyone, and I'll write back soon. Smiles xxx Maire x

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

A Cute Kitty Photo...

So cute, sitting in those runners.... Needed a cute kitty moment. Smiles x

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Funnery in Febirthday!!!

The month of February... I love this month... My favourite month of the year... It's such a small month, it doesn't bother anyone. Besides the one day in the middle of the month, where lovers get together and give eachother their hearts. I'm not a big fan, most of the time.

Anywho, it's my BIRTHDAY on the 11th! Woo hoo! I'll be older. Fun!

So, I'm going to celebrate the only way I know how... Text all my friends and tell them I'm going to the Roisin Dubh in Galway for a concert. Afterwards, we will stay in the lovely Roisin for drinks. The artist I will be humming to will be Vyvienne Long, another part of Damien Rice's old band (check out the piece I wrote on Lisa Hannigan in Dec '09). She sings this song on a cheese ad called "Happy Thoughts", and the full version of the song is the bestest! Oh, and she does the best cover of "Yoshimi". Ah she's great, big smiles.
Enjoy these videos of her...

Yoshimi Video:

Happy Thoughts Video:

So yesterday, for the First time in (Honestly) years, I bought 6 albums! They were all worth it :) I bought two Damien O'Rourke (1 studio and 1 live), Lisa Hannigan, Sigur Ros, Fionn Regan, and The Clash. I've yet to purchase Snow Patrol "Up to Now", Vyvienne Long's albums, and one or two more I can't remember.

Supposed to be doing my assignments, but they're so hard :( :( :( So sad.

Happy thoughts, happy thoughts, happy thoughts will save me... La La La.
Loadsa hugs xxx

Monday, 18 January 2010

A 1000 views...

Wow! The 100th blog and a 1000 views, all in the same week!

Sing a Happy happy happy happy happy happy song...

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Happy 100th Blog!

I can't go out in that weather! Really! I can't!
Ok, I'll txt people so they can let me know what happened.
I don't have a car, only being safe...

How is everyone? Happy 100th Blog! A momentus time for me, as I thought this would be a forgotten hobby like everything else I've tried my hand at.
But, I love writing this. I have good days and bad days, but everyone does. I just choose to write them down. Nothing wrong with that.

What has happened? Well, had finished my exams on the 18th of December, and had 2 essays to finish by the 21st. After all that, I got to suffer from tonsillitis during the Christmas and New Years, so stayed in for a lot of it. I wasn't a happy bunny at all. Even missed out on eating proper Christmas dinner :(

It is now a new year, 2010, and things are looking up. This is supposed to be my second day back, but I'm afraid to walk through that really windy weather.
Edmund came to visit Galway on the last days of 2009, so I got to chat with him. It was really good to see him again, it's been so long. Known him around seven years now, my first kiss and all that. Hope this time, he'll stay in touch more often. Big smiles.

There are no resolutions this year, as they never work. All they do is pressure you. I can't be pressured further than I am going to be this year. Smiles.
Just be a more positive person, meet friends a bit more, and you will feel better inside.

And that Beatles song... Change it to "All you need is music...", and maybe a little love...

Darragh (of fame) has invited me to visit him this weekend in Drogheda for a trad session weekend. I can't wait to see him playing his music. Wish I'd learnt my tin-whistle over the last few months again.

Thinking of going over to visit my friend Patchie in Plymouth soon as well, looking out for cheaper flights. That would be great! :)

Been more social in the last few weeks (not counting Christmas and New Years), than all of 2009 put together of socialising. Been brilliant! Seen Lisa Hannigan and A Band Called Wanda, been to a few trad sessions, listened to my friends Rebecca and co playing instruments. It's been great! And I'm more of a fan of Guinness than ever! Haha.

This weekend was so great, on Saturday, went to The Crane Bar for a trad session with Rebecca, Brendan, Matteo, John and Megan, so much fun!
Then, on Sunday, me, Rebecca and co went to see A Band Called Wanda. Brendan plays in the band, check them out at Brilliant music!
Spent a few hours after uni yesterday, relaxing in Taaffes Bar on Shop Street, listening to trad music from 6 til 8pm, with a nice cup of tea.

This is so much better than going to a nightclub. You get to listen to real music. This is what I was missing. Smiles. Hugs, chat you soon x