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Day 6 - Five people who mean a lot

Okay, I skipped day 5. It wasn't an accident, it just was not at all relevant to my way of thinking about things. Now on to the task at hand. The five people who mean a lot.
1) James.
I know I gush about him a lot. I can't help it. He makes me so happy. He is just great. And I love him. And I know that he loves me.
2)Edel
My best friend of old, she means the world to me. I don't see her nearly enough but when I do I always feel as if I met her only yesterday. I love her like a sister.
3) My Grandmother
I would do anything for this lady. She is such a wonderful person. I love her unconditionally and I know that that same love is returned.
4) My sister
I love her and I miss her every day.
5) My brother
My brother. I am so proud of him. I think what he has done in the past few years is inspiring. He could have rolled up in a ball and stayed hidden in a corner for the rest of his life. But he didn't. I am so proud of who he is and what he stands for.

Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot

Hmmm difficult. But here goes.
1) James. I think about James a lot. Even when he is beside me I still think about him. I can't help it. I am addicted to every aspect of him. He intoxicates me beyond belief.
2) The future. What it will consist of, where it will take me, where it will take US. The future doesn't frighten me even though it will consist of so much change. I have my constant in James so whatever the future throws will just be another adventure.
3)Once upon a time, I used to think a lot about "What if?". I know realise that such thinking was pointless and silly so that is the one thought that I no longer allow myself to have. It is so important to look forward than to fret about the past.
4)Money, though I think this is a universal thought.
5) Getting Fit. Again, crops up a lot for a lot of people.
6) University. It is a place a plan to return to. I'm not sure what I'm returning to yet but I'm returning. I can't wait.
7) My friends and family. Y…

Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.

1) Make me smile and laugh. Mock yourself, mock me, laugh at your stories, laugh at mine. Life is too short to frown all the time! Don't take yourself too seriously.
2) If I start to sing along with the radio, sing along too, just as out of tune as I am!
3)The same applies to dancing.
4) Let me see your tender side. Don't be a wuss but show me that there is a gentle soul in there somewhere. Generally this is obvious from someones eyes.
5) Rub my feet. That is always a good one!
6) Share your imagination with me. I want to see your inner child. I want to see will it play well with mine. The imagination is sometimes the best place to hang out.
7) When you look at me, make me believe that I am the most beautiful person in the world. To you. I won't believe you but I will feel special!
8) Love me for me. Irrespective of my story, life, looks. Just like my personality. Enjoy spending time with me. I will enjoy spending time with you.

Day 2 - Nine things about yourself

1) I am Irish, I am proud to be Irish, I love being Irish. I love my heritage, I wish I was more capable in the Irish language, maybe 2011 is the year I do it. I love our stories, fairytales and traditions. I like our silly accents.

2) I am ginger. I guess this goes with my Irish thing! When I was a kid I hated my freckles and ginger hair. Then I grew to love them. I realised how rare and unique they are in a world larger than my home isle. I like to be different. I like to be me.

3) I want to see the world. A little at a time, but in its entirety as much as possible. I have the travel bug, and it is being sedated at the moment, but someday soon it is going to release itself again and I will again be wanderlust.

4) I love my James. He is my reason for smiling every morning. He is the person who makes me giggle when I'm nervous, gives me a mammoth hug when I'm cold, holds me in his arms when I am upset and gives out to me when I am being silly. I can't imagine him not being he…

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.

1. James, I love you and look forward to our plans for 2011

2. Jillian, I miss you but I am so glad that you are taking this huge leap into the unknown. Work isn't the same without you so I'm thinking of making a cardboard cut out of you and placing it beside customer service.

3. Dearbhla, Congratulations on getting engaged! I am so happy for you and Alan. He is just great. You are just great. Together you are mega! I have already started looking for my hat. I think it might be purple!

4. Edel, it has been ages since I've seen you. I miss you and hopefully I will see you soon.

5. Da, catch you in the new year!

6. Mam, Enjoy Christmas and I'll have you over soon.

7. To my friend who I can no longer help. I want you to be well and I wish you would help yourself. You will see my actions as a cruel, but you are breaking my heart the way you are.

8. Tiffani, we haven't chatted in a while. I hope you and your beau are well!

9. Howard Mc Donald, I wish I had paid more attention t…

10 day blog challenge

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.Day Two: Nine things about yourself.Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)Day Seven: Four things that boys do that you hate.Day Eight: Three things that boys do that you love.Day Nine: Two smileys that describe your life right now.Day Ten: One confession

My favourite characters

I was thinking this morning about books.Not so much about books, more about the main characters. Some of them I have loved, some of them I have loathed (but loved because I loathed them so much), and others I have just never believed in enough to care either way. So I'm going to list five of my favourite characters. If I can choose five! Click on the pictures for more info. Here goes:
1)Heathcliff
I don't know why I love him so much. He is a horrible, horrible man who destroys three young lives to get his revenge on his foes. But I always find myself defending his actions as understandable, which they obviously aren't. Hmmmm.... Heathcliff...
2) Professor Snape


I have always loved the character of Snape in Harry Potter. Then book seven was written and I fell in love with the character even more. I don't want to ruin the story for those who haven't read it so I won't go into details, but I loved it, I loved how Snape's personality was fleshed out, and I loved his reason…

Enya sings Oíche Chiúin [Chorale] (Silent Night)

It's nearly Christmas!!

Oíche chiúin, oíche Mhic Dé, [Silent night, night of God's son.]
Cách 'na suan dís araon, [Soundly in slumber, the pair together]
Dís is dílse 'faire le spéis [The pair and love, watching with affection]
Naoín beag gnaoigheal [The small bright beautiful child,]
ceananntais caomh [darling little one.]

Críost, 'na chodhladh go séimh. [Christ, calmly asleep.]
Críost, 'na chodhladh go séimh. [Christ, calmly asleep.]

Oíche chiúin, oíche Mhic Dé, [Silent night, night of God's son.]
Aoirí ar dtús chuala 'n scéal; [Shepherds first heard the tale]
Allelúia aingeal ag glaoch. [The angels crying out Alleluia.]
Cantain suairc i ngar is i gcéin [Lovely chanting near and far.]

Críost an Slánaitheoir Féin [Christ, the saviour himself.]
Críost an Slánaitheoir Féin [Christ, the saviour himself.]

Oíche chiúin, oíche Mhic Dé, [Silent night, night of God's son.]
Cách 'na suan dís araon, [Soundly in slumber, the pair together]
Dís is dílse 'faire le spéis [The pair and love, watch…

Day 30 — Share what you have learned, if anything, about yourself in the last 30 days.

The last thirty (well, it actually took me over forty) days were fabulous. I have really enjoyed the challenge. I think I learned a lot about where I am in the world - my world- and what I consider important. A lot of the daily challenges made me think about who I am now. About who I have become. Where I am going. Who I'm going there with. I am excited about what is ahead of me I am done with what is behind me. And it feels super.

Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days.

It is amazing how long a year can be. It is amazing how quickly a year can pass. My next year is going to be pretty crazy! I'm going on holiday to the states hopefully if my wallet can stretch that far! I'm moving country I'm going back to college. I hope to be happy I hope to be safe. I dream about the new life James and I will be starting together I plan to follow my dreams. 2011 will be a great year.

Day 28 — Say something to your 15 year old self.

Dear Fifteen Year Old Louise,
You are going to have a wonderful life. You are going to have a sad few years. But no matter what happens, when you hit your mid- twenties all the doubts you have about yourself now will be dispelled. Being you, I know that you will dismiss a huge amount of what I am saying. I wish you wouldn't. Some of it is important. Try to spend time with your family. In five years time you will appreciate every good moment that you have spent with them. Especially your siblings. Ignore those who upset you and make you doubt yourself. In ten years time you will barely remember their names never mind what they did. And you will be happy. You will grow up to be someone that you like. You will love your ginger hair and your freckles. You will have seen some beautiful places and met some beautiful people. You will have your heart broken. You will have your heart shattered. And then, when you think that it will never be mended You will meet the most perfect man ever. And you will live your…

Day 27 — The last thing that made you cry.

The last thing that made me cry was a book that I was reading. The name of the book was Shot In the Heart written by Mikal Gilmore.


Mikal Gilmore is the brother of the infamous murderer Gary Gilmore, a man who killed two young mormon men in cold blood in the 70s. His infamy came more from his insistence that his death sentence be followed through at a time when the death sentence was given in theory rather than in practice. It was a horrible story of abuse and violence It was not Gary Gilmore story that made me cry.
It was a particular moment in the book that did that. Mikal and his eldest brother Frank meet for the first time in a decade. They separated after the death of their mother, Gary and their other brother Gaylen. Then they have this moment where they embrace. The emotions of the previous decade spill out of the pages in a few simple lines. These two men who suffered due to their circumstances Who lost their family Their place in society Well they found each other again. And it was beautiful. …
Day 27 — The last thing that made you cry.Day 28 — Say something to your 15 year old self.Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days.Day 30 — Share what you have learned, if anything, about yourself in the last 30 days.

Day 26 — Talk about the last "random act of kindness" you encountered.

I'm very sad to say that I have been thinking about this for over a week and I was finding it really difficult to think of the last random act of kindness that I encountered. Until yesterday.


There is a Christmas market in Galway city centre at the moment and at the edge of the market there is a merry-go-round. As I was eating my lunch yesterday I was watching the children pick out their horses and cars for the next ride.
There was a little girl - maybe 3 years old - and she didn't fit securely into any of the remaining seats, so her dad took her off the ride. She cried her little heart out. It was quite heart wrenching to be honest.
Then the loveliest thing happened. A young boy of about 5 walked over to the little girl and gave her some sweets. She stopped crying immediately. Then, he offered to sit with the little girl in the ride for the next go if that was okay with her dad.
His mother seemed to beam with pride from where she stood. Everyone smiled at the incident. I thought it was ador…

Day 25 talk about the tattoos you want

I want one tattoo. Only one. A daisy above my ankle. Why a daisy I hear you say? What a random thing to pick. You see... The french word for daisy is marguerite. My sister's name is Marguerite. She used to say- when she was alive- il y a beaucoup de fleurs - which in English means there are a lot of flowers. I cannot think of a better way to remember her than putting her floral namesake on my body. So she will always be with me where ever I go. And when I look at it I will remember Il y a beaucoup de fleurs. And I will smile. Always.

Day 24 - Reveal your most guilty pleasure(s)

Every girl needs a few guilty pleasures. Here are mine...

He is a pleasure, and it should not be guilty but I think I enjoy his company so much that it would not be unnatural to feel some amount of guilt about how much I indulge myself!


The loves of my teenage life! Quite embarrassing now but I did love them. I have it on good authority that after a couple of glasses of vino I tend to youtube every Boyzone song I can think of and then sing along. Badly. Cadbury chocolate. The only known cure for PMS.


mmm.... this I enjoy too much.

I think Twilight is every girl's guilty pleasure... oh Edward... *drool*

Day 22 - My Greatest Fear

ONE WORD: SHEEP