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A happy helping hand

Today I decided to join the “100 days of happiness” that all the cool kids are doing *cough* bandwagon jumper on-er *cough*. I like the idea of it, finding happiness in the simple things that we do every day. Reality can get you down so easily, and we forget how much great stuff we actually have going on, so I want to remind myself how awesome life actually is.

So for my day one, my happy is;

A walk on the beach, in the sun, with this boy.


See?! Simple!

I may do a post every day or sporadically, I don’t know, but I will be doing this!

‘Til next time……

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It’s back!

So the sun has reappeared, yay! I for one will be furiously tearing my wardrobe apart trying to find my work appropriate shorts & skirts in a bid to get as much sun on my skin as possible before it disappears behind a cloud!

I have guilted himself into many a walk, but when the rain returns I will be so happy I got myself out there. Sunshine is for lying in the park on your lunch break, spending time with friends (in the beer garden? Well if you insist!) and smiling at everyone. Because that’s what happens here in Ireland, we may whinge about it being too hot (I don’t know who those people are, btw) but a bit of sunshine does wonders for the mood for the entire country. If our government decided to do the budget now, I think everyone would take it a bit easier – if they cared at all!

And for the first time in ages, when we refer to the summer of 2013, we can’t joke that it “was a Tuesday, in May”.


‘Til next time……

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What’s that weird thing in the sky?

About a week ago something happened here in Ireland, it’s been here everyday since. People, the sun made an appearance. I know. Generally you would expect sunshine on a regular basis from May, and definitely June. I say generally because we don’t have such luck here in Ireland. We usually get a couple of days where it might reach 23/24 degrees Celsius (don’t laugh, that counts as a scorcher here!) but it has been at least 15 degrees every day for the last 7-10 days. Unheard of.

So unsurprisingly the country has shut down (not really, but everyone is in slow mode). And sales of bbq’s, beer, burgers & ice pops have gone through the roof – most shops have sold out. sold out. What was fantastic was that we had the sunshine for the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon last Monday – I did it for the Lynsey Cribbin Trust (she has a Facebook page), & walking/running 10km with 40,000+ women would not have been good in the rain. So many of us caught a bit too much sun – myself included.

With this fabulous weather set to change this week 😞 I am taking full advantage of it. I am even wearing shorts. SHORTS. (Under Armour’s “play up” short in water if you must know!) And I may even go lie on the balcony!

‘Til next time……

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Hormonal Irish weather

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned I’m Irish, live in Ireland, subject to the madness that is Irish weather.

This week the insanity reached a new high (or low, not sure which it is, but it reached a new level or bizarreness!!). This is because mother nature could not make up her mind. For example, Tuesday morning I got up for work & there was torrential rain outside. No exaggeration but this was so heavy I wondered how I might procure a boat to get me around for the day. So I dressed for the rain. Not a wise decision.

So I got on my train in my new bright pink rain coat & my sailing boots & nearly passed out from the heat. Never mind the fact that Irish Rail had once again put a train with widows that don’t open on for rush hour, it that my coat is pretty much plastic, but it was 15degrees. FIFTEEN DEGREES. At 8am. Bleaurgh. Now that level of warmth is lovely when you’re on holidays or it’s sunny, but when it’s raining, it’s not so nice. I just hoped that someone had just forgotten to turn the heating off on the train (don’t laugh, it’s happened before).

It wasn’t to be, into my little oven of a workplace, two fans put on top speed, and placed myself in the breeze flow. And then the sun came out. And it got to 22degrees. Don’t forget I am dressed for rain. Sailing boots, jeggings, tshirt, & cardy. Melting. Many a cold drink was bought from the local newsagent that day.

Wednesday wasn’t much better, but this time I had the nous to bring ballet pumps with me to put on in work.

But this isn’t unusual for Ireland. While we were having 22degree sunshiny, humid filled weather (don’t get me started on the humidity!!) in Dublin, the other ends of the country were being battered with rain. Douglas in Cork & Northern Ireland have been flooded, whole towns under feet of water. And this is the weather we’re getting for June?! What is July going to be like?! Or the autumn for that matter?!?

So, the weather in Ireland is never, never never never predictable. We all know this, and joke about this, but it still gives us a fright (& usually something to have a good whinge about!) and we are never prepared. My handbag now holds an umbrella, flip flops & sunglasses at all times because you will probably get all 4 seasons in one day!

‘Til next time……

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Sunshine = smiles

So, summer has finally arrived in Ireland. Well, as much of a summer as we can have. For example, today we had amazing weather, sunshine, clear skies, that little bit of a sea breeze that makes sitting out all the more bearable. Now we had a high of 17degrees celcius. Which is pretty pathetic when you see Brisbane (Australia) has lows of 20-22 degrees in WINTER!! But when you compare it to the gale force winds & torrential rain we had yesterday, and the fact I had to put on the heating. In June. June. Heating. What the funk is going on?!?!?!?!??

I decided since th weather was nice today, I’d go & do the bits of shopping I’ve been putting off for about 2months now for a wedding we’re going to next week. Town was grand, apart from all the lunatics on the roads. It’s almost like the general consensus today was “hey it’s a bank holiday I don’t need to drive like a sane person!”. But I didn’t let it bother me because it is SUNNY!!! I even got a (free) parking space near where I wanted to be! WIN!! The shopping area was super busy, so my impatient super speedy shopping skills were kicked up into turbo drive! On the plus side, I got all I needed AND I got to sit in my parents back garden afterwards in the sun & eat!! So sunshine = awesome days!

Keep em coming mother nature!!!

Til next time……

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