Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Nicky Kealy in the Final of Glor Tire...

So, a friend of a friend, Nicky Kealy, is in the final of Glor Tire (TG4, Wednesday nights at 10:30pm)!
I couldn't be happier for him. I have heard him throughout the show whenever I had the chance, and he is just a fantastic singer.

Nicky Kealy poster - Glór Tíre

As it says on the Glór Tíre website:
The popular country ‘n western talent show returns for another 15 week series, featuring nine of Ireland’s best performers as they each mentor a new contestant in a quest to win the Glór Tíre title.  Each contestant will perform a duet and solo with their mentor within their concert programme and will also perform with the house band during the introduction, recap and elimination programmes.
There is one voting day left. Today. So, what do you have to do?
Text 'Glor 7' to (ROI) 53307, or (NI/UK) 81108
That is all you have to do!

If you need more proof that he's fantastic, listen to this Raglan Road, unplugged. Enjoy!

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Help Charities for Christmas 2011 xxx

I know a lot of us are struggling with money and finding work, but taking time out to help charities and even give as little as 99c for a charity single makes a whole lot of difference to the volunteers and people/animals that benefit from your generosity, and makes you feel good inside too.

A Christmas Tree in middle of snow and star covered light

Have a look at the charities I have given a little to this Christmas:

  • Niamh is raising money for Outreach Moldova, which helps with the orphanage out there for disabled women and girls. She has organised a "12 Swims for Christmas", which she encourages others to join her in swims, and to donate as little or as much as you can for this brilliant charity ♥ More info at  http://www.outreachmoldova.org and Donations to http://www.mycharity.ie/event/niamh_ni_argains/

  • 100-140 Irish Twitter people got together and recorded "Wintersong", to raise money in aid of the Neonatal Unit at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles St., Dublin. @BrendaDrumm started this idea. The single is available on iTunes for 99c. http://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/winter-song-single/id485227782 

  • Foireann iomlán Ros na Rún tagtha le chéile lena gcéad shingil charthanachta Nollag "Cuireadh Do Mhuire" a thaifead don charthanachta ainm2hithe, MADRA! *** The entire cast of Ros na Rún come together to record their first Christmas charity single "Cuireadh Do Mhuire"  in aid of animal charity MADRA! .. Ceannaigh an singil, 99c. Déan é anois! :D ♥ ♥ ♥ Buy the single for 99c. Do it now! http://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/cuireadh-do-mhuire-single/id485788038

I'll post up more if I remember. A brilliant site you should sign up to is http://www.mycharity.ie/ where you have a wide choice of charities to help fundraising and donate as little or as much as you can to them. Check it out!

Hugs, M x

*EDIT POST: 11/12/11 18:30
Please donate to the GalwaySPCAhttp://www.galway-spca.com/home.htm ) if you can.
Their Heathlawn Animal Sanctuary was broken into last night. 5 dogs were stolen, and these were animals that had recently had surgery and were needing medical attention. The Sanctuary was also ransacked, they took anything they could, with windows broken into. The GalwaySPCA need all the help we can give right now, coming up so close to Christmas.
This is really upsetting news. These animals had already endured so much, and then this had to happen. There are photos of the dogs on this website, so if you hear or see anything suspicious.

Don't ignore any signs or gut feelings you have if you see an animal that is neglected or tied up all day by their owner. Don't leave them there to suffer any longer.

** EDIT POST: 20/12/11 20:00
I raised over €100 for Arthritis Ireland this year ( http://www.arthritisireland.ie/ )
More information on this at Arthritis Ireland's Get Your Joints in Motion 2011

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Glitter and all that sparkles...

Happy December!

Working on essays for college, but I need a break. It's taking forever to finish these essays.

No pressents have been bought yet. A week ago, I used Tesco.ie for a huge Christmas food shop to bring home. Picked up some Selection Boxes, a Selection of Crackers for yummy cheese, a box of Black Magic for Mum, Advent Calenders for my sisters and best friend, some Pringles boxes and a huge Quality Street tin! All essentials for the festive season. I bought myself a Peppa Pig Advent Calender!! Awww, I love Peppa Pig, she's cool1 :D

Of course, every year, I miss the decorating of the Christmas tree, but sure college takes over when you're always half organised. Or feeling ill. Either or.

Am amazed by the amount of people doing things for charity.
*We had Movember, but I knew no-one taking part in that to give money to. *My friend Niamh is raising money for Outreach Moldova, which helps with the orphanage out there for disabled women and girls. She has organised a "12 Swims for Christmas" which she encourages other people to join her in swims, and to donate as little or as much as you can for this brilliant charity! More info at her charity page !http://www.mycharity.ie/event/niamh_ni_argains/ and at http://www.outreachmoldova.org/
*#twitterxmassingle 100-140 Tweeps recorded "Wintersong" to raise money in aid of the Neonatal Unit at the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin. @BrendaDrumm started this idea, and now its 6/1 for Xmas No1! This is amazing stuff, that so many people could get together via Twitter and get this single organised for a deserving cause. Woo hoo! Go the power of good!!

So, there is a sparkle in the air. I don't have time to take the Christmas Market of Galway and the lovely decorations, but I can read it around the Facebook and Twitter feeds, and it does make me smile.


M x

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

I woke up to a howling wind activating an alarm to some building or car, either that or a burglary happened. It's too far away, so am not going to bother my bottom and find out.

So, things are going well in University. Am back in the thick of things, reading over notes, articles, poetry and prose, interesting little pieces of information that tie the whole thing together.
There's two worrying problems about this, lack of time and constant tiredness.

I know I've asked tips on tackling tiredness before, but I should be feeling on top of the world these days.
*Am taking my multivitamins and 3Omega tabs.
*I have breakfast, lunch, and sometimes a proper dinner, sometimes a spelt bread sandwich.
*I drink lots of water, cranberry juice, and Lyons tea.

Yes, it's fun fun fun here :/

I haven't weighed myself recently because am afraid to see if I've gained anything. Honestly, I know I've not pushed myself with losing the weight as much as I said I would. It's just a question of "where's the time?".

Lumbar Puncture #2 happened on Monday, 12th of September. At that point I was down to 117kgs.
It was done at the Medical Assessment Unit on the Ground floor of the UCHG.
This time around, the doctors found it very hard to find a space at the back of my spine to insert the lovely long needles. They were on their last go when they found a space, so they proceeded to remove a good amount of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF).
Due to the amount of times I was poked with these needles finding a space, I suffered from very bad headaches, and two days after, I couldn't hold most foods down, so I lived on chicken noodles for that time. I began to feel normal 1 week and a half after the procedure.

I did not fully get back to university life and study until 2 weeks after. There was a lot of material and classes to catch up on, but think I'm up to date now. To be honest, there are people worse off than me, and they are the people I think of now when I get up in the mornings. Am lucky.

Need another tea. It's 6am. Why am I up? Urgh.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Well my pretties, the past few weeks were quite eventful, for me anyways...

For the past few week, I had been suffering from floating images and black spots in my vision. At the end of July, after having my eyes examined at Specsavers (opticians), they told me to go straight to Accident & Emergancy, where it took 6 hours to be seen to, and another 21 hours to be told I would get a hospital bed for more tests. Overall, I spend 5 days in hospital, which wasn't fun.

I had the whole nine yards of tests done to rule things out. In the end, they found it was Benign Intracranial Hypertension (simple meaning: too much stuff going on in the brain, but its all good). They had to perform a lumbar puncture on my spine to measure the pressure of CSF (cranial spinal fluid), and found the pressure to be very high, which must have put pressure behind my eyes.

I have orders now from my Neurological and Ophthalmology doctors to lose weight in order for the pressure to decrease. There is a strong case of serious illnesses linked with being overweight. It is a constant struggle to lose weight though. It really is my life story, but have lost quite a few pounds since before hospital. Yippee! Long may it continue!

Three really good points to losing weight
  • Drink tons of water
  • Watch your portions, three meals a day
  • Be more active in your life, whether on a walk down the road or a good workout
Most of all, be happy :)

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Summer: London.. Misterman.. Houseparty.. Food.. :)

Weight today: 19stone 5pounds

Life is good at the moment. It's the last week of July, the sun is coming out to play more often in Galway, and am  enjoying time with friends and family. The last few weeks have definitely been eventful :)

Travelled over to London for two nights at the start of July. I had planned to do loads over there, but things didnt turn out that. On the first day, I had come in plenty of time, but my friend's bus was at least 10 minutes late. We queued only to find out our boarding gate had closed and we had to pay an extra €100 each for another flight. Typical Ryanair! I didn't hear any announcement over the speakers to us to come to any other line to go through faster, but they were adement they had called for us. Never flying with them again!

My friend had felt down over the weekend, so was trying to cheer him up. I wasn't really a success to be honest. Was afraid at one point he was going to take my passport and stuff and leave the hotel to go home early, while I was taking a shower, because I wasn't being nice enough to him. Who does that to someone? Who does that? Why do I get those people in my life, messing with my head? Needless to say, I am still alive, back in Galway, and not feeling ill anymore.

The Galway Arts Festival was on for the past two weeks, so me and my friends Shane, Ciaran and Gráinne went to see Cillian Murphy in the one-man play "Misterman". What can I say... Wow! He really knows how to use a huge stage area. If there is ever another showing of that play, you must go see it. At the end, I didn't know whether to be afraid or laugh out loud, it was that effective. Was actually afraid to clap.

Of course, I was at Shane's houseparty, the annual event of our calender year! His mum goes on holidays around July every year, so he has a mega houseparty with all his cousins and friends, me included. I was still feeling over the London weekend, so he was looking after me as well, but felt a whole lot better after a few Kopperburgs and shots of Tequila ;D ... Oh and chatting to friends, of course!
He had the usual, a huge spread of crisps and chocolate, spirits and fizzy drinks. His brother Ciaran was the DJ for some of the night (music videos on Youtube), but later on, Breda brought in her IPod Bucket with loads of tunes!
We ended up in Tí Josie for 45 minutes. It's the nightclub for Carraroe, but really, it's just like a shed with music and drink LOL. Came back to the house, and he was making his famous houseparty toasted cheese and ham sandwiches! Yumminess! 

I really needed that nightout, because sometimes you just need to be around loads of familiar faces, people you're comfortable with, to chat to them and dance and all that. Feel a whole lot better after it.

In regards to being healthy and taking Xenical, I haven't been sticking to the meds. In the past week, I've taken a good amount of the meds with meals, the best I have done. I weighed myself today for the first time in a month. I have not exercised, but that has to start soon. 

On Friday, when I came back to Galway city after a week at home with the parents, I bought white spelt and brown spelt bread from Griffin's Bakery on Shop St. It cost €9.90 overall, but it is worth it if you want to stay off the wheat. It is the nicest spelt bread I have found so far, seeing as my baking skills are not very good in regards to spelt bread. You can ask them to slice the loaf for you.
On Saturday, I decided to seperate the slices and freeze 2 white and 2 brown per bag. I froze 4 bags, and put the few remaining slices in the fridge for the next day or two. I have a tendency to binge and eat a lot of those slices, so this way, the temptation is taken away from me.

Another thing I did this weekend was go on a fresh vegetable shopping spree. Well, not really. I bought a bag of fresh carrots, some parsnips, celery, ginger pieces, etc. I cut up 11 carrots, 5 parsnips, 6 pieces of celery, a good amount of ginger, 4 cloves of garlic. I threw them all in a pot of hot water, and left to simmer until cooked. Once they were done and had time to cool down, I seperated into small bags and put them in the freezer until needed. There's enough for a weeks worth of portions. I love this idea, because it's all fresh produce that you're using. The ginger and garlic add flavor to the vegetable, and also help with blood circulation. Thanks to Mum for suggesting this idea to me :D

So, I should be thinking of what I'm putting into my body instead of how many inches I'm losing in the waist. If you're intolerant to wheat, dairy and other things, you should really try not to eat them, or at least limit the amount.

*I use light SuperMilk for my cereal and tea, but that should be ok.

*I still love cheese though, I will have the odd slice of Emmental with the spelt bread now.

*I bought Special Flakes (made with corn and rice instead of wheat), so I will have that with a bit of All Bran or Rice Krispies mixed with it.

*I am allergic to eggs. Am not allowed to eat them, because spots come out on my hands. Even though I love eggs :(
*I will still have my chocolate, but very little of it. Dark chocolate if possible.

They are small little changes, but if it helps you not feel bloated or come out in spots, do it. I've only had 1 bowl of cereal so far today, and I don't feel hungry or ill. So far so good :)*

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

June news...

Happy Summertimes to all!

How's everyone doing? Am just ticking over these days, seeing my parents as much as I can since college finished for the year. The older you get, the more you appreciate how much your parents did and do for you over the years, if you are lucky to have parents like mine. They are truly a blessing  in my life.

Marshy curling up in her little box
Over the last few weeks, I have gotten more into the vast amount of books on my bookshelf; my comics i.e. Tin-Tin, Asterix, and anything manga; and anything Doctor Who related. It has really relieved me of the stress of college, and is now a distant memory. I feel I could have done better in my exams, but was never an academic person. Let's just pray I did well enough to get into Second Arts.

Regarding my weight, I have not lost but I have not gained any weight the past few weeks. It has been steady. Two weeks ago, I started on a prescripted pill called Xenical. The doctor thought I would benefit from this pill during the summer. The main aim of the pill is to control the amount of fat that enters your system, and if you eat more than 30% of the daily recommended amount of fat, that it would cause certain bad consequences.

Am taking each day as it comes. I have good day with food, and bad days with food. More bad days than good the past two/three years. Just have to handle it better.

Starting to go on the online dating scene again the last few weeks. I have accepted myself as a BBW (Beautiful Big Woman) so guys know what they are dealing with. My confidence has taken a knock the last few years, so describing myself as a BBW now and guys being ok with that is helping me a bit. I know that online dating is not something I should be getting into, some of my friends have reservation with this style. I used to try it when I was younger but was never serious about it. Right now, I am a bit more serious about finding a nice guy and seeing how it goes. I hardly go out and meet people anymore; when I am out, guys never look at me, they look at my friends. Let's see  :)
A beautiful bunch of flowers from a nice guy

I met up with a nice guy on Monday in Dublin city. I had known him online for a few years, and this was our first meeting in person. I had text him on the way there, and explained that I hadn't eaten that morning. So, when he landed first in Dublin, he ran to Moore Street to pick up some flowers for me, and then ran to the shops to get me some food, and ran to meet me back at the bus station before I landed. It was so sweet :)

During the day walking and chilling out in Dublin, we chatted about anything and everything random. We checked out Forbidden Planet, one of my favourite places in Dublin, where I picked up some Cardcaptor Sakura, Tin-Tin and Asterix stuff, and he got a electronic TARDIS! I wanted to steal it off him, giggle. Generally, I am a very kind person, too kind at times. People sometimes get put off by that. You need a little banter to keep it fun, but hopefully my kindness didn't put him off me. It is the first time I've had a "kissing friend", so it was quite weird. I can be mushy, so he did tell me a few times about that. It is a new thing for me. In the future, I hope we can become strong friends, like my friendships with my very best friends Shane, Sandra and David. I am very selective with who can be close to me, it is just how I am. So, here's to my new friendship, and to finding someone to love and settle down with :)

On a final note, I started reading a blog last week: Alice Pyne's Bucket List . If you can read it at all, do it. I have signed up to the Bone Marrow Registry in Ireland because it is her wish to see everyone join this registry to help people who need bone marrow. I may not be able to give blood, but I can surely give my bone marrow. Fingers crossed! :)

Hugs, M x

Edit: I thought I had side effects from the Xenical drug, but it is working well for me now.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Irish Welcomes and Farewells...

Good afternoon guys. Finally, my exams are over. Head feels de-stressed. It has been such horrible weather in Galway city though, that I have not felt like leaving the house. This is not healthy for me, as I am always cooped up in the house by my own choosing. Feel like I am missing out on what life has to offer. So, something will have to give by next week.

Important Things That Happened This Week:
  • ·         HRH the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip visited Ireland, the first time a monarch has visited these isles in 100 years, and as an Irish Republic.
  • ·         My exams finished on Friday. Let’s hope I get into Second Arts this time.
  • ·         The Rapture date was (again) wrong, so did not witness hellfire and total destruction of the Earth, as I do not believe I would have been the lucky few to arrive by God’s side in Heaven.
  • ·         Garret FitzGerald, the former Taoiseach of Ireland, passed away after a short illness.  

I have been watching the State Funeral of Dr. FitzGerald, and I cannot help but feel saddened by his passing. He was happy in his life, loved his family, and worked for the people. It was lovely that he saw the Queen of England on the shores of Ireland in his lifetime, before he passed away.

With the coming of the American President on Monday (tomorrow) morning, it has been a busy but good time for Ireland. I have always liked Obama, and I hope he enjoys his visit to his ancestral home of Moneygall in County Offaly.  

What is the meaning of life without the love of people and the love of your life.

The Rapture

So guys, we are all still alive. Kept thinking that a large fireball was going to crash into the sitting room. I am quite disappointed now. 

How did your post-Rapture evening go? x

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Arthritis Ireland's Get Your Joints in Motion 2011

Arthritis Ireland : Celebrating 30 Years : 1981-2011
Saturday 7th May 2011 : 11am - 12.15pm, Walked 5km

Woke up at 5am, got the Galway to Dublin train at 6:35am, arrived in Heuston Station at 8:55am. Got the mini-bus from Conyngham Rd to Furze Rd in the Phoenix Park where the 5km would take place. 

Phoenix Park Walk Plan

I was one of the early ones to arrive. Felt quite nervous arriving, as everyone else seemed to be volunteers. Met Louise, the organizer of the Get Your Joints in Motion event, and we chatted about the organisation, raising money and awareness for Arthritis / Rheumatoid Arthritis / Fibromyalgia affecting the younger age group. She introduced me to Laura, who started up the Young Arthritis Network last November 2010. 

We chatted about how the group was looking for members from around the country to connect with them via meeting places, emails, Facebook, etc. I told her that I hoped to raise more awareness about Fibromyalgia, and hopefully help raise more money for their group. She said that she had Arthritis herself, and I chatted to another volunteer that had  Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. They told me how tough it was at times to get up and do things, but they were so happy to be a part of this day. Sending Laura and the YAN team well wishes in the future, and hope there are members that want to start something in Galway city, as well as other counties. 

Around 400 or so people turned up for the 2.5km/5km walk, quite a lot of young people participated in the walk which was fantastic. Just before we started on our walk, Senator David Norris joined us for a little Zumba dance, to warm our feet up. He is such a character, and he cheered the walking group on. Once the walk started, he walked alongside us, chatting to various different people. I would have chatted with him, but felt especially nervous being on my own, so I wore headphones and listened to good paced music. 

One of the girls doing a Zumba dance class to get us warmed up
Laura (centre) and David Norris (right) starting us on our walk

I was so surprised when the walk ended. Nothing strained, nothing annoying me. Felt like I made a different somewhere. Got my medal and goodie bag, and stood beside a tree for an hour, waiting for a mini-bus to bring me back to Conyngnham Rd. The soles of my feet usually throb after a hard walk, so could not do the touristy thing in Dublin. That was a waste, because I was free from 1:30pm, and had my ticket home to Galway for 5:35pm. A whole 4 hours of waiting, but sure, it was worth it.

After finishing the 5km walk
My walking number and medal :)

I raised €95 for Arthritis Ireland, and hope it helps somewhere. Bring on next year's Get Your Joints in Motion :)

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day...

Peace - Love - Cure - Support Fibromyalgia Awareness

Today (May 12th) is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. So, for today’s piece, I want to talk a little about Fibromyalgia. Not many people know that much about this form of Arthritis, which affects a lot of people I know.

**Imagine waking up (or lack of sleep, getting up from a night of restlessness), with pains on parts or even all of your body. You are paralysed with the pain, and the only way to get out of bed is being carried out of bed. Imagine not being able to make sense of sentences being said to you, because of the constant pain you’ve had all day. You’re tired, you cannot think straight. Sometimes you feel like life is not worth living, because your energy is drained from keeping positive. **

This is the view I got from someone very close to me who I admire that has Fibromyalgia, and these were the worst days. No-one understands how much pain a person with Fibro has to deal with in a day.

Fibromyalgia is basically widespread chronic pain, fatigue, and cognitive problems. When visiting a GP, initially they do not recognise the symptoms, as it is an “invisible” condition. Only the person experiencing the constant muscle pain and tiredness knows what they are feeling. Sometimes they themselves do not believe this is happening to them. Friends and family might not believe that you are experiencing these symptoms, as they cannot “see” it themselves.

I need to stress that people with Fibromyalgia need our support. It cannot be “invisible” to people anymore. It’s not just senior citizens that suffer from this, young people suffer as well. I will put up a few links for sites in Ireland that help with your questions, and also to meet people that have Fibromyalgia, and other Arthritis conditions like Juvenile Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile RA, and etc.

Am sending Fibro Love to all my friends and family that have FM. I look at you, and you remind me of steel, how strong you look. I admire you, and will help in any way I can to make people more aware. It will not invisible anymore, and will be acknowledged.

Links for you:


Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Gach lá táimid ag shuffáil...

LMFAO doing their Shufflin' thang....
... Utah Saints had Something Good to dance to in 2008...

... but the Fresh Prince of Bel Air was the master at shufflin'!

<3 Everyday I'm Shuffling (Gach lá táimid ag shuffáil) <3

Tuesday, 5 April 2011


How can someone still feel like they're frightened of the world?
I had hoped I would be brave and take on the world by now. But, am in my late twenties, and I seem to have closed up to the world.
I hate my body. I eat everything I see. I try to be good for a few weeks, but then I get bored, and eat again.
Whenever people look at me, I see their eyes, their mouth, the look of disgust. It frightens me, and it hurts me.
Sure there are people out there saying "Change it, Change it!", but it's so as easy as that. You don't understand. You don't realise the fear, the scared feeling. The cocoon I have made for myself, it is safe, it will not harm me.

It will never hurt me.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

My first stage performance... Enter Stage Right...

I feel so tired today. Just had a chill out day, while doing bits of my essays :)

My first performance on stage yesterday for Feile na gColáistí (the College Festival) keeps coming back to haunt me in my mind. I played the ‘mother’ (formally the ‘father’) in the one act play, “The Proposal” (“Cursaí Cleamhnais”) by Anton Chekhov, through the medium of Irish. I keep remembering lines I forgot to say, or weird looks I did when I forgot a line, or that red belt I had on my outfit that kept falling off me. I keep going red, even now, overthinking about it all. Urgh, cringe.

But, everyone seemed to enjoy the play, which surprised me. My parents, sister and her boyfriend came to see me perform. *Cringing* Yet again, thinking about another part of it… The play was a bit of fun, at the end of the day. There will be a few festivals in the next few months, so might take on the role again. More practice on stage though, methinks. Speak more clearly, and slowly. But, I am happy I did it.

The cast and director of "Cursaí Cleamhnais"

After all the cast and members of the Irish Drama Soc NUIG had dinner and a few drinks in town, I chatted to a taxi driver on my way home about the day’s events. He told me that the taking part was what mattered, that I didn’t run off the stage when things got tough. Because there’s patient in that hospital across the road that would crawl out of their beds, just to take part in something as big as that.

This world is tough, but it’s so amazing. I am so incredibly lucky.


Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Music and Playing through Life...

I used to play the tin-whistle when I was in primary school. Breathing problems didn’t help, but I loved playing some tunes with my Generation woodwind instrument. My music teacher showed us how to write down our songs if they were a high or a low note, and we knew our keys on the six holes. It was very easy to batter though. Sure we were young; we didn’t think we were damaging it by banging it against the school desk.

These days, I purchased a nice Susato plastic whistle a few months, with a cool book of Irish tunes to try out. For some reason, I keep thinking of this as a tin-whistle. It comes from the same wind instrument family, but more contemporary. I had good intentions of beginning again, but it has not happened yet.

Recently, my best friend Shane got me a Tin-Whistle booklet for my birthday. A week later, I was looking through my book shelf for a college book, and low and behold, my lovely Susato was standing there…

What was I doing to this poor whistle, leaving it there, gathering dust? I blew through it so loudly for a few seconds. It felt brilliant! Like, wow! It had me thinking about everything I’ve ever tried accomplishing, and giving up. Story of my life. I think it’s a fear of failure, so I fail before even trying. Well, if I really put my mind to it, practice my breathing and my tunes, I am so sure I will be playing up there with Darragh and the other Irish Traditional musicians in a couple of months.


In other news, I am currently learning my lines for a one act play by Chekhov called “The Proposal”. But, there is one difference. It will be entirely “as Gaeilge” (in Irish). I am not as good to the point where I know every line, as it was my first time to practice it on the stage yesterday. But I was reassured that it will come to me on the day when we will have to perform.

The last time I had to act in something, I was a nervous teenager, had a silly grin on me because people were looking at me, and had a massive crush on one of the guys on stage. Yup, dangerous! I do still get nervous and red-faced when other people are looking at me, but I am a bit surer of myself. It’s tough when you’re overweight though.


And now, here’s some randomness for you… Do you know the “Peigín Leitir Móir” traditional song? Well, someone from somewhere got this stuck in my head, and I find it so funny and it makes me smile. Most of you won’t get it, so ask me if you don’t and I’ll explain. Enjoy!

“O pócaí pócaí
A deir Peigín Leitir Móir,
Gan pingin i mo phócaí
O thosaigh mise ag ól.”
(O pockets pockets, Said Peigin Lettermore, No pennies in my pockets Since I started drinking.)

Love, M x

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Sleepy Sundays...

Oooooooooooh.... It's Sunday already?
The weekend flew too fast :'(

I decided to revamp the blog again. I played around with the Paint program, and came up with images of clouds, sunflowers and butterflies. Love the coolness of blues and greens, so have ended up with the average drawings of clouds and a sunflower in the green field... Hope it brings the spring with it. Smile.
Also revamped the Blogtv site. It's a sign of fresh air sweeping through my internet life, a lease of new new-ness...

My head is swirling with Irish words. I had an essay to finish for tomorrow morning, so that's done. Am also reading for a play in 12 days time, but afraid I won't know the words or the lines. The Irish in it is still tough to get the hang of, but hope it will all work out on the day.

Highlights of the weekend: Cadbury Eclairs, parents visiting, book reading, cups of tea, essay writing, play reading, movie watching, note taking, chatting on Blogtv, using Paint, uploading photos...

How did everyone's Sunday go? <3 x

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Saturday laziness...

Hey there!

Finished all my projects and essays for the week, and just relaxing on this Saturday afternoon. It looked yeuky but bright outside my window, think I'll venture out for a walk soon though. Am preparing a chocolate care package for my cousin and his wife in Boston, taking my time with it cos I scoff half the damn Cadbury things (hhehehehe). Yum!

Today, I went around the house, taking photos with my camera phone of all the stuff I need to pick up from the shop. Have trouble remembering what to buy most of the time, so this is a brilliant idea. For items that you've run out of, and they're usually in a certain spot of the house, I'd take a photo of that spot, and figure out what is missing later on. Don't worry, I will have a written list on my way to the shops, and not a photo album of stuff... xD


Friday, 11 February 2011

A baby of 28 years...

Am having the bestest day so far. Everyone that mattered in my life sent me well wishes and I couldn't be a happier girl...

Here's to another 28 years of life lessons and crazy love! <3


Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Lá le Bríde or Imbolc

Hi all.

Happy Saint Bridget's Day! The regrowth of life, the buds of the world awakening to new wonders... A clean fresh day <3

Am off the anti-depressants now for nearly two months. Have had a terrible mood for the past week. No period since Dec 22nd. Yeah. Grrr.

The month of January was generally good, until a week ago. I had a terrible headache, and I started crying out of the blue again. Before all that, I was doing good. Was focusing on losing weight, studying, and feeling happy. Hopefully it was just the crazy moon, and now I can get back to normality.

<3 x