Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Morning folks. Hope everyone is well today. The sun is shining bright here in Galway :)

Tomorrow, the 30th September, a very brave little girl called Camille Shave is undergoing major brain surgery in order to resect a tumour. She is only 3 years old and has been through the run of the mill over the last year or so. She is facing challenges that no 3 year old should have to face. The ongoing chemotherapy that she recieves to reduce the size of the tumour is a difficult process for a 3 year old to have to endure. Hayley, Martin & Lucia - Camille's parents and sister, have been so strong and determined throughout this journey and I have such admiration for them all. They are an inspiration to me and whenever it feels like the mundane day-to-day life of college is unbearable, I think of the Shave family and the nightmare they are going through. It makes me appreciate what I have and how fortunate I really am, even if it feels like I'm not.

The operation that Camille is undergoing tomorrow will have a huge impact on both Camille and her family. I urge everyone to say a prayer, light a candle and keep Hayley, Martin, Lucia and Camille in your thoughts. Tomorrow changes everything for them.

For all the information regarding Camille and her family's battle - check out their website - xxx

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Michael Bublé Experience :)

Hello everyone, hope you are all well. :) The Bublé was beyond amazing - the 2 days for my friend Roisin's 21st birthday celebrations were incredible - will never forget the fun we had. Here is a rundown of all the fun we had ;)
Friday morning, we got a train at 9.20am to Dublin. Roisin's parents gave us a HUGE bag of food (doughnuts, crisps, choc muffins, cookies, bars, cans of coke...) reiterating this was 9.20am! Here is the bag of goodies - isnt it cute?

When we got to Dublin, we got 2 separate taxis to our hotel - Bewleys Leopardstown. We chilled out for a while and then went to my friend's parents room where they had sandwiches prepared for us so we wouldn't be hungry. We then each got a present with our names on it and inside was a t-shirt with "Roisin's 21st Birthday" on it and our names on the back!

At about 4.30, we headed down to the lobby where we were waiting on a *bus* - that was when a cream stretch limo turned up!

We were all given glasses of champagne and we had music BLARING in the back. We were taken all around Dublin city before heading back to the AVIVA stadium. When we got there, it was still quiet as the gates werent open long. We headed to the merchandise stand where I got a programme - there were also signed programmes there and the ink was STILL WET! He had JUST signed them!!

We found out that our tickets were actually SECTION 4 not ROW 4 but we still had a really good view and I got some AMAZING photos if i may say so myself!

The support act came on round 7.30 - they were called Naturally 7 - an acupello group so they had no instruments or anything. At this stage, i was physically shaking - it was FREEZING!!!!! Me and a friend went up to the bar to get a cup of tea and one of the girls bought a Michael Buble hoodie which we passed around every 15mins or so just so we could keep warm! At around 8.15pm, I met up with three wonderful ladies: Melanie Schregardus, Jules Keeley & Sian Phillips - was lovely to catch up with them before the gig :)
The Buble came on shortly after 8.30 - Cry Me a River was the opening song! He was FANTASTIC! He was soooo funny too, did alot of talking with the crowd! About halfway through, he walked down thru the crowd to a podium right beside us and HE POINTED AT OUR POSTER!!! He also sang Home when he was down near us so it was awesome! He said sorry to the people who bought front row tickets but that the people down here paid just as much - very good point!!! At the very end of the gig, he sang a song with NO mikes, no earpieces, nothing. The whole crowd went silent - gave me goosebumps - we could hear him perfectly - was just WOW!
Here are some pictures of the Buble himself throughout the gig:

The next photo was when he came down near us :)

After the gig, Roisin's parents picked us up and brought us back to the hotel where we went to their room. They had bowls of treats ready for us, a tier of mini cupcakes, champagne, wine and lots of banners and balloons up - was sooo lovely!

It was near 2am when we got to sleep. The next day, we got all dolled up and headed to the extremely posh 4 Seasons Hotel. There were a bunch of girls outside and a garda so we think the Buble was actually staying there....could have met him! There was also a celeb wedding on there but we didnt find out who wsa getting married and we didn't recognise any of the guests. We were brought to our table at around 1pm and on the table at each setting was a little box with a cupcake insde that my friends mum had baked the previous day - so cute!!

The food in the Seasons Restaurant was beyond delicious.

For starters, I had Rustic Chicken Noodle Soup

For the main course, I had Crisp Pork Schnitzel, Sauteed Onion, Apples & Calvados, Italian Colesaw.

For dessert, Bruleed Lemon Tart, Coconut Crust, Raspberry Sorbet.

It was possibly the NICEST dinner i have ever had! A plate came around then with chocolates on it and happy birthday written on it for Roisin.

By the time we were ready, we had to head back to town to catch a 4.30 train. Was exhausted but it was the best weekend ever!! Seriously will take something mega to top that birthday ;)

Til next time folks, be good ;)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Michael Buble....;)

Hello folks, hope all is well with you today!

I have some exciting news! This Friday, 24th September, I, along with 6 friends are going to see the one and only Michael Buble!!!!

He is playing 2 nights at the brand spankin' new Aviva Stadium (previously known as Landsdowne Road) in Dublin. I cannot wait for a number of reasons:

1. He is undoubtedly one of the finest singers to grace the music industry. He is seriously talented and has released some amazing songs that would send shivers down your spine. Some of my favourites would have to be...




And ones that make you just want to get up and dance....


2. We are lucky enough (thanks hugely to my friends parents) to have 4TH ROW SEATS!!! Yes, we will be 4 rows away from Michael Buble! Jealous much? ;) This is for my friends 21st birthday and I have to say it is such a great idea compared to a party!

3. The next day, we are dining like ladies of luxury in The 4 Seasons Hotel - the swankiest hotel in Dublin!! The hottest A-list celebrities stay here so it's going to be absolutely fantastic!

Bring it on....:)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Things to Always Remember

Hello everyone. Again it has been so long since I last posted so apologies, i'll try and post more often!

I was at a neighbours wedding last weekend and at the end of the ceremony, this was read and it moved me to tears...I thought it was very sweet and very true...

Your presence is a present to the world
You're unique and one of a kind.
Your life can be what you want it to be.
Take the days just one at a time.

Count your blessings, not your troubles.
You'll make it through whatever comes along.
Within you are so many answers.
Understand, have courage, be strong.

Don't put limits on yourself.
So many dreams are waiting to be realised.
Decisions are too important to be left to chance.
Reach for your peak, your goal, and your prize.

Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.
Don't take things too seriously.
Live a life full of serenity, not a life of regrets.

Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot...goes forever.
Remember that frienship is a wise investment.
Life's treasures are people...together.

Realise that its never too late.
Do ordinary things in extraordinary ways.
Have health and hope and happiness.
Take the time to wish upon a star.

And don't ever forget...
For even a day...
How very special you are.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

For a laugh...

I received this in an email today - thought it was hilarious!! This is an actual letter that was written by a citizen when renewing their passport. So so funny!!! And quite true too!

Dear Sirs,

I'm in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this. How is it that Sky Television has my address and telephone number and knows that I bought a bleeding satellite dish from them back in 1977, and yet, the Government is still asking me where I was bloody born and on what date.

For goodness sake, do you guys do this by hand? My birth date you have on my pension book, and it is on all the income tax forms I've filed for the past 30 years. It is on my National Health card, my driving license, my car insurance, on the last eight damn passports I've had, on all those stupid customs declaration forms I've had to fill out before being allowed off the plane over the last 30 years, and all those insufferable census forms.

Would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother's name is Mary Anne, my father's name is Robert and I'd be abso-fucking-lutely astounded if that ever changed between now and when I die!!!!!!

I apologise, I'm really pissed off this morning. Between you an' me, I've had enough of this bullshit! You send the application to my house, then you ask me for my fucking address !!!!

What is going on? Do you have a gang of Neanderthal arseholes workin' there? Look at my damn picture. Do I look like Bin Laden? I don't want to dig up Yasser Arafat, for shit sakes. I just want to go and park my arse on some sandy beach somewhere. And would someone please tell me, why would you give a shit whether I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days? If I ever got the urge to do something weird to a chicken or a goat, believe you me, you'd be the last fucking people I'd want to tell!
Well, I have to go now, 'cause I have to go to the other end of the poxy city to get another fucking copy of my birth certificate, to the tune of £30. Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot to assist in the issuance of a new passport the same day?? Nooooooooooooo, that'd be too damn easy and maybe makes sense. You'd rather have us running all over the fuckin' place like chickens with our heads cut off, then have to find some arsehole to confirm that it's really me on the damn picture - you know, the one where we're not allowed to smile?! (bureaucratic fuckin' morons) Hey, do you know why we couldn't smile if we wanted to? Because we're totally pissed off!

An Irate Citizen.

P.S. Remember what I said above about the picture and getting someone to confirm that it's me? Well, my family has been in this country since 1776 ........ I have served in the military for something over 30 years and have had full security clearances over 25 of those years enabling me to undertake highly secretive missions all over the world. ........ However, I have to get someone 'important' to verify who I am - you know, someone like my doctor WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN FUCKING PAKISTAN !

Sincerely, even if i signed my name you twats still wouldn't have a clue who sent it.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My latest news...

Hello everyone. Remember me?? Well, last time I posted here, I promised myself I would post more regularly....clearly, that did not happen! This time I'll try harder, honest! :-P

So since I last posted, what has been happening?

Well firstly, my darling aunt Caroline is expecting her first baby. She was due last Sunday but still no sign of anything as of yet!! It's so exciting, a new baby cousin! :) It's weird though, everyone thinks I'm going to be a hope that clears up any confusion amongst you!

Secondly, on the 29th June last, I went to see Leona Lewis in concert in the 02 in Dublin! She was phenomenal! Support act was Hermione Hennessy (the late Christy Hennessy's daughter). She had an amazing voice too! Ever since Leona won the X Factor, I have wanted to see her live so now that the opportunity came around, I just had to do it!! Here are some pictures I took on the night, possibly the best ones. The camera settings got the better of me and unfortunately, quite a few are blurry!

It really was a fantastic night - bring on Michael Buble in September!!!! :-D

As mentioned in my last post too, writing was/is on my agenda!! The day after Leona Lewis, I met up with the amazing and totally inspirational author Cathy Kelly, for a coffee in Dublin. She is so lovely and so down to earth. She gave me some much appreciated writing tips and we had a really nice chat about everything and anything. Afterwards, we went browsing the shops together, looking for some good bargains. ;) I have some pretty concrete ideas written down, so now the hard work begins.... let's see where this takes me...

Until next time...:)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It's been a while...

Hello everyone. It has been quite some time since I last posted a blog...over 3 months to be exact. I basically lost interest in blogging as, well, life got in the way.

Firstly, well I started getting panic attacks in January.

Scariest day of my life when I had my first one. It is one of the most frightening situations to be in - you just feel totally out of control. My heart was racing, I was dizzy, I felt ill & felt like I was going to pass out. I had no idea what was wrong with me, I just could not explain the first few that I had. I didn't know what to think. I had a few while at college too and that was worse - my gut instinct was to run, to get away from the situation I was in, I felt that would help. But it didnt. Because of having a total fear then of being in a public place in case of another attack happening, i remained at home. I missed about a month of college over all. When I decided to finally go back, it took a while for me to have the courage to start going to lectures again - the thought of being in an enclosed space like a lecture hall completely terrified me. I did go to the doctor and he diagnosed me with anxiety and prescribed me tablets to help. And they did. But I do still suffer with panic attacks every so often. But I have learned to control them better and the whole element of running away from the situation is no longer necessary. Yes, they do still put the fear of God in me, but it's ok. I've adjusted myself to be more prepared when one happens. ;)

What else has been happening you might ask? Well I have had exams, 5 of the feckers.

And I am happy to say they are over!! As I've repeated many, many times, I really do not like my course. Studying Political Science & Sociology was never a subhject I wanted to keep on after 1st year, neither was English. Psychology was, and still is, the dream... This year has been the toughest, especially this semester - with all the time that I missed and the lack of interest in either subject, well I fell behind as you can imagine. I did get through the exams (just about) but did I do well? Thats up to the person correcting them, Results are out 30th June - that day can wait, believe me!! I will be in Dublin that day anyways at a concert :) Going to see the amazingly talented and beautiful singer - Leona Lewis!!

I've always been a fan of her music since she won The X Factor so I'm delighted to be going to her gig in The 02 on 29th June! :)

My final bit of news for now - I'm going to write a book. Yes...little ol' going to pen a book. I've been thinking about this for quite a while but never really thought I'd have the patience to sit down and actually write but today, I actually started thinking about it, put down some ideas, thought about characters etc... I'll be a best-selling author yet...(I wish!)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy New Year!!

Hello everyone! Firstly, Happy New Year to you all - i sincerely hope that it brings you and your loved ones every health, happiness and that everything you wish for comes true. Its 2010, (twenty-ten i'm calling it...two thousand and ten is just too long!) so its a new year, a new decade and maybe, a new beginning for some. I've always made resolutions and always broken them after a day...i'm really hopeless at keeping them.

So this year, i haven't made any resolutions - just going to take each day one at a time and enjoy it! :o) How about you? Resolutions or no resolutions?

Secondly, i can only apologise to you all for my lack of blogging of late. It is approaching a month since my last post!! That is just shameful, i know! But i do have an excuse - my health coming up to Christmas was really not good and after 2 misdiagnosis', i found out i had the swine flu!! I was sick for nearly a month - i couldnt even go out for my birthday which really was disappointing! But i am now over the worst of it i survived the swine flu! Yay me! :o)

How was Christmas for everyone? I can't believe its over. It absolutely flew! But i must say i got some lovely presents - here are a few:

The 15th Anniversary Friends Boxset, containing every episode ever made plus hours of extra unseen footage! Really loving this!

The Take That Live Tour DVD of The Circus 2009. I really wanted this because I was lucky enough to see this concert in Croke Park in Dublin and everything was the same - the set list, the stage etc so I'm delighted I got this because it brings back good memories of the best concert I have ever been to!

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern. Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors - i really love the magic in her books and the imagination and creativity that goes into the storylines - it's really fantastic. I finished this book only a few days ago so will post a review soon!

Moving on though from Christmas and pressies, at the present moment, i can't sleep! I havent had a proper nights sleep since Monday last which is so frustrating because i really do *heart* my bed and my sleep!! But i do find that for a week or 2 every month, maybe more, that i suffer from insomnia. Its a pain and i am truly exhausted so i'm praying that i'll get a good 40 winks soon!If anyone has any suggestions as to what may help me sleep well, please do send them my way!

I am back to college this Monday coming and i don't know whether i am looking forward to it or not...*sigh* It will be good to get back into routine but dreading the thought of assignments and also the possibility of maths in SocPol (Sociology with Politics) - um, i didnt sign up for maths!!! I just about coped with pass Maths for the Leaving Certificate and thats where i want to leave it!! But on the upside, it'll be:

1) Nice to see everyone again.

2) A form of exercise - walking to college, walking to college bar..:oP

3)As i mentioned, it will be good to have some sort of a routine again. I'm so lost on days of the week and what not so i need the structure back in my life in that sense!

The weather here, aswell as all over the country and in other parts of the world has been really unbelievable. Snow, frost, minus 10 degrees (and more) and no sign of it letting up! Its crazy - only before Christmas, the country was under water with severe rain and flooding and now it's the big freeze. I can just see a heatwave being next on the cards...just to even things out!

On a final note, I just want to wish Marian Keyes - the amazing and incredibly talented author, all the very best in her battle against depression. She is just so, so lovely and it is awful to think that she is going through such a horrible time. She doesn't deserve that at all. I had the honour of meeting her at a book signing in Dublin only 2 months ago and she was so upbeat, so bubbly and so, so friendly. So here's to Marian - wishing her every strength and happiness to help her to see the light at the end of the tunnel. XXX