Right now

Starting a new project ~ like a blog ~ as you’re heading into the holiday season is apparently not the most brilliant of moves on my part. I should know by now it’s impossible to really accomplish much of anything around then. And in addition to feeling like I was swallowed whole by the holidays, my son broke his arm while we were vacationing over Christmas (a whole drama which you can read about in parts on my other blog: Part 1Part 2Part 3), and well, life has been a bit of a whirlwind lately, and blogging has taken a back seat.

But we’re back! And hopefully will be more regular around here in 2012. (*fingers crossed*)

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Current time: Sunday morning, 6:00 am

In my glass: coffee, dark and strong but tempered with cream

In my belly: Only coffee, so far. I need the caffeine to wake me up first, before breakfast.

In my ears: Lena, our cat, licking her lips after eating her breakfast.

Out the window: Nothing but cold and dark at the moment. The sun won’t rise for another full hour.

What I’m wearing: Light blue fleece half-zip top, black fleece lined pants. I’m always cold.

Last watched: “Lbs.” A movie about a food addict who has a heart attack, and decides to change his life. It won a Sundance film award, but I’m undecided about how I feel about it.

Feeling good about: Our dinner with family last night.

Feeling bad about: Not resisting that slice of cake after dinner last night.

Next to me: My coffee, a box of photos from a trip to Finland in 1985, a mess of papers that need sorting, and a cat

Making me think: The boxes of old photos my mom, my sister and I went through last night.  So many pictures! What am I going to do with them all?

In just this moment

Sometimes it is difficult to find time and most of all to find inspiration for a blog post……..

Meme to the rescue!

As this blog is a joint venture these types of meme’s are also great fun when wanting to make comparisons between the authors. (… let’s pretend that this is not also a lifesaver as I was staring blankly at the page with a frustrated expression).

So thank you Christy for finding us some inspiration!

Current time: 15:58 GMT – that is in Dublin, Ireland right now even though the grayness outside would want to make you think it is bedtime once again. Hmmmm tempting….

In my glass: Well cup really… tea. Good auld Irish Barry’s tea with a dash of milk… and a separate dash for my cat who is addicted to all things dairy (not sure if there is an MA, Milk Anonymous, organization).

In my belly: Oven roasted Mediterranean vegetables with pesto and leftover sausages. I know, a bit of a weird combination but that is the beauty of being single… I can mix and match to my heart’s content.

In my ears: Brandi Carlile’s album “The Story” playing on shuffle. With the added noise of the washing machine in the background – how come is my laundry basket always overflowing…

Out the window: Gray January skies over my neighbors rooftops. I really wish we would get some snow to brighten up the view.

On the editor: Ehmm I am assuming this point refers to what is actually “on me”… I could lie and say I am wearing a very chic outfit  but in reality I am sitting here in a dark blue hoody with the company logo and gray sweats from Roots. I LOVE Roots and they do not exist on this side of the pond to my great despair.

Last watched: On TV: “Notting Hill” – yeah it is a cliché film but it did kill a few hours. In the cinema: “Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows” – I really enjoyed that one!

Feeling good about: The fact that it is Saturday and I got to sleep until 10am. Most importantly though – the amazing people who I have around me.

Feeling bad about: Ouch… I could give you a bit of a list now but in this particular moment I have to say – that the sun is not shining right now.

Next to me: A few notebooks, pens, the all important remote to the iPod docking station and some more tea.

Making me think: Why my internet connection is so infuriating slow at the moment. Skype calls are crashing, pages take ages to download and I think I will have to restart my router. Yeah I know… first world problem.

Now however I think I will shuffle over to the next seating area… i.e. my sofa and just be exceedingly lazy. If you happen to be in the area… have pint of the black stuff, like so many others will have this evening. Here’s to a lovely Saturday.


5 things to love and loath about December…

I cannot believe it is December once again. It is the season for parties, mulled wine, home-baked goodies, traffic jams, shopping craziness and much more. It is the season to be jolly (as they say) but also the season to wish myself away to a cabin on a snowy mountain top.

There is a lot I adore about this time of year and lots I can do without. So, for your review, here is a short listing of the highs and lows of December for me:

  • Love: Sparkling lights in every window and candles lit, casting soft shadows across the room making me smile and wanting to cuddle up on my sofa with a blanket and a cuppa. 
  • Loath: Dragging myself out of bed in the darkness, stumbling across the room hitting my toes against every possible object. (Please refrain from commenting on the messy state of my bedroom…).
  • Love: Finding that perfect gift. The kind of gift where you just know that it will cause a surprised and happy smile. Wrapping it all up in Christmas paper, impatiently waiting for the day when it will be opened.
  • Loath: The absolute mayhem in town and in every shopping centre around. I normally wow to spend as little time as possible in any shop in December. All hail internet shopping!
  • Love: Christmas parties, dinner parties, mulled wine breaks – you name it. There is always a reason to meet up with friends and have a fabulous time. Bring on the jolliness!
  • Loath: The consequences from said parties. December is also a time of exhaustion after all these “get-togethers” with or without alcohol. Sometimes I just wish I had a blank calendar for some weekends in December.
  • Love: Snow! I love a white Christmas. The more the better. Nothing beats being outside in the snow the whole day and then coming home to some hot chocolate and an open fireplace. (Yes, that is me many years ago).
  • Loath: Driving in Dublin when it actually is snowing here… prepare for 5 hours journeys to go anywhere (even if it just around the corner). Working from home is a wonderful concept…
  • Love: The build-up to Christmas. I love how the anticipation builds up. Hearing Christmas music everywhere. The decorations are put up. The weather gets colder. Looking forward to meet up with loved ones at Christmas. See ya soon guys!
  • Loath: Writing Christmas cards! Every year it is the same story. I stare at those cards (if I remember to buy them) and am trying to find inspiration as to what to write. This is a subject I have ranted on before, here and here.

All in all… I like December much more than I dislike it. It is also that time of year I can listen to this as much as I want.

Have a good one!