Holidays, holidays everywhere!

Ok, I admit it. I have been a bad blogger of late. I know that. But on the plus side, my Bookaholics Anonymous is working as I have bought very few books in the last few months. But as promised, I’m going to make it up by explaining my absence.

First, my boyfriend Cormac, and I travelled to sunny Spain once again, except this year we went in May instead of September, a much better time of year as the weather is getting warmer as opposed to cooler. This was a better hotel, better beach, better bars and we even got to go to a water park this year. If you are ever going to Torremolinos, I recommend Fr. O’Malley’s for breakfast.

The next holiday I went on was Praia de Rocha in Portugal. Nice place, a bit less chilled, a bit more clubby, although not as clubby as Albufeira as in you can actually get a good night’s sleep. This was a girly/party holiday with my friend Eimear. By the time we came home we were broken women. From sunburn and deathly hangovers to full-blown c0lds (typical of us to get colds in Portugal in July), we were near death on the plane home. However, if you’re up for that sort of thing, I would recommend Ireland’s Eye for the best Irish craic and there’s a pub crawl there that is well worth a look. You will lose count of the amount of shots you will do but that’s half the fun.

Finally, at the end of August, Cormac and I travelled to Poznan, Poland for my friend’s wedding, for which I was a bridesmaid. I had never been a bridesmaid before but I think I did alright and it was a really lovely day. Oh and also, I caught the bouquet…yeah, of course I did. There was nearly a Cormac-shaped hole in the wall when that happened. In hindsight I would have liked to stay for an extra day and stayed in the nicer hotel but I couldn’t really afford the extra cost or days off work. Like I said, it’s a tough life but somebody’s gotta do it!

Anyway, I’m back now and have no plans to disappear again in 2014 so I will endeavour to pick up the blog once again. I also moved out, which I’m told is one of the most stressful things you can do so that distracted me from blogging too. Any excuse, right. But the more distractions there are, the more I have to blog about. Every cloud.

CREATIVE WRITING CHALLENGE: Day 1

This is my first attempt and all of these short exercises are miles from my comfort zone so apologies if they’re not great.

Day 1: Re-write a classic fairy tale

Edwards_MansionOnce upon a time there was a little girl named Cindy. She lived alone with her dad in a big mansion but they were very happy, she didn’t remember her mother, as she died when Cindy was only two years old. Her dad ran his own company and so had the money to provide very well for Cindy. But when she hit puberty and started asking questions and having ‘women’s problems’, Cindy’s dad knew he needed to provide a motherly influence. So he went on a blind date and settled with the first girl he found, Christina. Christina had two daughters from a previous marriage, Beth and Belinda. Her ex-husband’s death was treated as suspicious at the time before the case was mysteriously dropped. She then jumped at the chance of marrying Cindy’s dad.

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Why Coca-Cola should pull out of the Olympics

Yesterday, I posted a link on my Facebook profile to sign this petition in a bid for Coca-Cola to pull their sponsorship from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia due to their anti-gay laws. I received a genuine argument against this action, where I was asked why should Coke be involved at all when it should be our government’s job to make our opinions known, and all Coke does is sell and unhealthy caffeinated drink. I appreciated the argument. I believe everything should always be questioned to make sure people have the answers. So here’s why I still believe Coca-Cola should pull their sponsorship.

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Arriving at a job interview early

Ok, obviously it’s advisable that you have plenty of time to get to a job interview, even if said interview is supposedly informal. I’m a great one for this, I must say. I’ve never been late, more often than not I’ve been half an hour early, which is usually fine; it gives me a chance to find the office, prepare myself, get lost if that happens. However, I have recently discovered some of the downsides to arriving early in certain situations. Continue reading

Shut up and drive!

Please ignore the horrendous photograph. Taking passport photos is not a favourite hobby of mine…

I realise that before my last post it had been three months since I was here, apologies…but I have had good reasons. While some of my New Year’s resolutions have flopped (as expected), one thing I have done and will hopefully complete by the end of 2012 is begin the learning to drive process. I’m currently at the provisional license point. It came in the post today; I’d have had it on Friday if the Motor Tax Office didn’t close at 3.30pm everyday. The less said about that the better.

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Doing a budget holiday in a very non-budget country

So I managed to score an awesome holiday with my boyfriend to Stockholm and I thought it deserved a blog because not a lot of people really know about it. Basically it was a competition and we got to choose our top three destinations out of cities European cities: London, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Paris, Rome, Brussels, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Barcelona and Milan. (Which ones would you have picked?) Continue reading