Tuesday, January 31, 2012

It has Three Legs and I need to Invest in One

I need to get a tripod. I don't like to ask people for help in taking outfit pictures as I don't like posing to begin with, and with somebody at the other end of the camera it seems a tad more awkward. I wish I was a natural at posing and knew exactly how to stand and which angles to use in order to bring out the best of my body and the outfit I'm wearing but I feel very stale in front of the camera. Lately I've been wearing a lot of cute outfits but there has been no way for me to document said cuteness. While I only had a few outfit posts last year, I aim to do better this year. I love fashion and I love playing around with the clothes in my wardrobe.

Object: Find tripod which extends to 6 feet and also purchase remote for my camera.

P.S. If you're bored you should return to this picture and enlarge it. Make a list of as many objects as possible that can be located on my bedside tables.

People tell me I'm Committed - No Doughnuts for 30 Days, You tell Me

I had never made new year's resolutions until last year. I don't know why I decided to make 2011 different, but I wrote a blog entry with the things I wished to change throughout the year and it genuinely was my intention to try and do so. Now that a whole year has passed, I can look at the list and grunt at my lack of commitment towards said resolutions. 

Did I learn French? Afraid not. Did I use my sewing machine? It still needs needles. Did I sort out my wardrobe and keep it from a constant state of hysteria? Mmmm... no. Did I stop going to bed with my cabaret face on? Eh....

I didn't make any resolutions this year. I guess it's not too late yet, but I have a feeling that I would simply publish a blog entry with noble goals which I would pursue for as long as it would take me to hit the "Publish" button of said blog entry, and they would be forgotten and left to retire into my archives.

Resolution or not, I am still interested in finding my way towards a healthier way to live. This year, I have decided to try different ways of eating. I have spent a lot of time reading about what to eat, what to not eat, how to prepare different kinds of food, and I have decided to not eat any sugar or flour, and to stay as clear of any artificial colours, additives (etc) as I can. The result is that my food shopping usually looks something similar to above: Organic vegetables when possible, no foods with artificial additives, raw milk, coconut oil (for frying) and sea spaghetti. 

I've lost a bit of weight and I feel as if I have more energy. I've also noticed that I'm getting a bit more adventurous and secure in my cooking as I'm actually forced to prepare things as otherwise I'll have nothing to eat due to my limitations on what I can't eat. I don't know how long I'll eat this way but I regard it as an interesting experiment. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Long Distance Relationship = Miss Your Boyfriend Lots

It's very rare I see John during the week. Seeing him only on the weekends means there is a big exchange of yearning text messages all throughout the week, as we're both counting down until we can see each other again. It's a bit funny to think I'm in a long distance relationship, but we are an hour apart and can't easily see each other whenever we so wish to. It can at times be very frustrating that I'm so restricted in when I can and can't see him, but whenever I find myself thinking along those lines, I remind myself of couples in long distance relationships where there might be oceans or countries between them.

Tonight I'm excited because John is coming over. He is taking the last bus and should be here soon. Not only does it feel like a treat to be able to see him (otherwise I would have had to anxiously await Friday) but I will also be able to fall asleep with his arm around me and wake up with him next to me as I groggily stumble out of bed in the ungodly early hours of the morning. He has a work related course he has to attend tomorrow and I'm thrilled I'll be spoiled with his presence tonight as well s tomorrow.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

...A Kittttiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

I have a special bond with animals as most animals make me feel warm at heart and make me excitedly squeal in a cutesy voice, almost as if to announce the presence of the cute creature, in case others hadn't noticed. I guess this high pitched compulsive habit of mine falls under the querky cathegory of small things that makes people like me as they find it endearing.

At least I hope so, I can see how those "Looooooooooooooooooooooook, a kittttttiieeeeeee"s could get rather annoying.

I took these images in a petshop in Drogheda over the weekend. Sadly there weren't that many animals in the shop, and unfortunately they were closing down just as I walked in with John. I could only have a very brief squeal as I had a quick look around the room and didn't have time to snap any pictures of the fish before they turned off the lights.

Do not worry my beloved animal friends. I shall find Ye again and be with Ye soon!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Purple, Hand Knitted and Warm

While I have recently mentioned that I met John's mother, I can show you what she gave me. She knitted this purple woolly hat and brought it along and gave it to me as a present. It's very warm and purple is my favourite colour, but it felt strange to drape something over my head as I don't usually wear hats. I think I look very innocent in this picture and almost like a little, old lady. What do you guys think?

I want to go to Vegas some Day, but not to get Married

It felt like the week would never end. I've been struggling with a flue for most of the week but instead of showing signs of recovery it seems to only have gotten worse. I was too weak to go into work on Friday and instead I dressed in warm clothes and met up with John at the bus stop. He was working Thursday night, so he was getting off his shift Friday morning. We went up to his place in Drogheda and he has been taking care of me. While apparently I have been trying to break some sort of world record in how many times it is humanly possible to need to blow your nose, John has been handing me cups of hot tea. There has been a lot of cuddling up in the couch watching a lot of of sitcoms and movies. What you can see paused on the TV here is C.S.I. Las Vegas.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Let's, Let's, Let us go to the Museum!

Here are some of the pictures I took during my spure of the moment embrace of culture. I have to admit that I'm not very good at reading the information on the posters and signs whenever I visit a museum. Simply put: Don't ask me to recite long paragraphs of information about the subjects in the pictures I took. Nontheless I am able to share that most of the items on display in the museum are to do with Irish history.

Anyway, let's have a look!

There was a big sign close to the entry, that exclaimed in colourful text all that could be experienced inside.

I saw this old uniform jacket and was fascinated by the absolutely stunning metal flowers that are attached to the collar.

Pow! Guns may kill people, but vintage guns look less intimidating. Romantical death weapons, eh!

Fortunately I had brought my camera out with me and was able to take pictures throughout the day, and I was walking around the museum with it hanging around my neck. Just before we left, John pointed out this sign to me which states that photography is not allowed. I took pictures in front of a few employees but nobody said anything to me.

I love the dramatic effect of these drawings, along with the lights and the red wall behind it all.

There was a room dedicated to the history of duels. It was very interesting to read how many duels had taken place in the Ireland of the 1800s and early 1900s and for which reasons.

Another very detailed uniform! I wore my sailor jacket and you can see me in the reflection.

It was dark by the time we left. Here is John - an old friend of Nuala, Nuala and finally John.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Old things Fascinate me, even Buildings and Architecture

It's already the 9th of December. Where did the Christmas go and the beginning of the new year? I've been up to lots of things but I'm still behind with posting, as always. I'm too keen on taking pictures and end up with a large number of pictures that I have to edit before I'm able to blog. I'll try to get busy, I like sharing! It's always the same excuses from me, I guess I should try and make more of an effort to change this year.

The other week when I met John's mother, we went on a spontaneous trip to the National Irish Museum in Dublin. The façade is very impressing and I was fascinated by how large the estate was. It is built in the form of a square with a large yard in the middle. I tried to estimate how many rooms the place had, and tried to imagine what it would be like to live in a place that has 200 rooms.

There were dark corridors running all along the long walls of the building. With the way that the ceiling was cut and with the lamps placed where they were, there were interesting shadows cast all along the ceiling.

We arrived rather late, and the museum was almost closing. We did however get a good bit of time to walk around but we left a lot of the museum unexplored. As the museum was closing, we were gently yet sternly directed to the exit by the staff. The place looked even lovelier in the dark! I love the contrast of the mysterious architecture, dark blue sky and the lights above the windows.