Monday Miscellany

Here’s a selection of links I’ve enjoyed over the past couple of weeks…. there are definitely a couple of these links that belong in the “How Cool Is That?” category…..

 

Take Me To The Church – this powerful dance by Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, beautifully shot by American artist David LaChapelle.

Taylor Swift gives advice to a heartbroken fan, and compiles a break-up playlist….

The Perth Mint is issuing Star Trek coins as legal tender

A Cautionary Tale about Tweeting

How I Forgot To Write

Reading With Depression

5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Own Life Without Knowing It

 

 

 

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Last Day of January

Seriously, when did that happen? January has just flown by it seems; as opposed to previous years when it dragged on interminably!

It’s been a good month (aside from a bomb scare at work which meant a mass evacuation from site and massive disruption around the area!!)

I managed to read 10 books through the month, 3 of which are the first 3 books in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, which tell of MacKayla Lane who travels to Dublin after the death of her sister and discovers a whole new world lurking in the shadows. Have to say, the world-building in this series is absolutely brilliant; I just got completely sucked in!

Favourite book of the month had to be The Secret Place by Tana French; absolutely fantastic mystery and I actual begrudged that I had to stop reading so I could go to sleep!
It’s one of those rare books that you want to keep reading til you get to the end (and then are sorry you did because it’s over!)

I also joined tsu, the new social network – still finding my way around there; my page is http://www.tsu.co/bronagh if you’d like to join or check it out!!

Never Have I Ever….

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Broken a bone – I feel like I should be knocking on wood having typed this!! I’m extraordinarily lucky that I’ve never broken any bones (I suppose an aversion to sports has its advantages!)

Coloured my hair – I’ve never dyed my hair; I’ve got natural streaks in my own so I’ve never had to! (Though my hairdresser has been told that at the first sign of a gray hair, she’s to get the dye ready!)

Finished a notebook! – this is purely because I have a habit of picking up another shiny new notebook and starting to use it before I’ve finished the last one!)

Read / watched Harry Potter – my sister is a huge fan; but I’ve never been bothered….

Drank a cup of coffee – I love my tea, but could never stand coffee… I have tried a mouthful, but it’s just not for me!!!

 

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Monday Miscellany…

I apologise in advance for the ugly formatting on this post…. am putting this together on the iPad and not the laptop and cannot figure out the links…..

But here’s a few pieces from around the interwebs that I’ve read over the last week that stuck in my mind, for whatever reason!!

Woman’s husband tracks her using her smartphone – and she’s okay with it…. (Not gonna lie, this gave me the absolute creeps!) http://t.co/UoWkHleZZE

11 Habits of People With Concealed Depression…. http://t.co/Arn3jxf9UM

How One Writer Wrote a 90,000 Word Novel…. Using Evernote
http://www.businessinsider.com/how-i-wrote-a-90000-word-book-using-evernote-from-start-to-finish-2014-9

Lovely interview with Eva Maria Noblezada, who plays Kim in the current revival of Miss Saigon… (I can’t believe she’s only 18, she’s phenomenal!!)
http://www.pickwyckwestend.com/blog/the-breathtaking-eva-maria-noblezada

oneword365

I’m not one for New Years Resolutions anymore – far too often I’ve made them, not kept them and used them as a rod to beat myself with!

However, last year I heard about oneword365 – where you pick just one word, and focus on that as your theme for the year. Not going to lie, that sounded much more manageable!

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My 2014 year was Progress and at the end of the year, for the first time in probably the history of ever, I felt good looking back on the year. I’d achieved a promotion at work (and a small pay bump, which was nice!) and not only had I attended the course I wanted to (and achieved a distinction in it!) I’m currently halfway through a second one!

So seeing as it worked so well last year, I decided to keep going this year. Picking a word wasn’t easy, in fact I really struggled. But eventually I came up with:

Thrive

The definition of thrive (according to merriam-webster.com) is:

  1. to grow vigorously (flourish)
  2. to gain in wealth or possessions (prosper)
  3. to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances

So it’s really carrying on the theme from last year, which is moving forward, progressing and growing.

So far, I’ve broken it down to 3 main objectives (and I’ll probably add more over the course of the year!):

  1. Complete the course I’m currently doing (hopefully with a distinction!)
  2. Write more
  3. Post more

Simple as that so far……

On Fear….

While I was faffing about on tumblr last night (procrastinating on my assignment!) I came across the following quote:

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In a nutshell, this is why my writing has tapered off, why this blog is so stop start….. I’m scared solid – first off, scared that I’m a rubbish writer and that no-one will like what I write! And then there’s the flip side…. what if I’m not rubbish? What if I’m actually…. whisper it…. good? That’s taking me right out of my comfort zone….. and to a certain degree it’s easier to stay in that spot…. it’s comfy, I know it well.

But there’s always that nagging little voice going….. but what if????

In a stunning feat of synchronicity, I read this piece earlier on today – Fear and Creativity – which articulates what I’m trying to get at, but in a much more suucinct way!! The central question is how do we shed the fear?

And my answer is pretty much the same – I don’t know, but I’m trying to figure it out…..

Six Years…

I can’t quite believe it’s been six years since I went to Australia…. truly, this was the holiday of a lifetime! In November 2008, myself and my parents flew to Australia to surprise my aunt (also my godmother) for her 50th birthday. My aunt & uncle emigrated to Australia with their 3 kids in 1989, and ever since they went, my dad has been dying to go and visit them. My mother always refused, saying it was too far, she wouldn’t be able for the flight, etc, etc. Dad wouldn’t go without Mum, so everyone just resigned themselves to the fact that it would never happen.

Until 2008.

Aunt & Uncle were home for my sister’s wedding, and at the reception (at about 2 in the morning after a LOT of drink!) my uncle and I had the following converasation:

Uncle: I need to talk to you niece.
Me: (who had been given a heads-up by my Nana): Yes, and I think I know what you need to talk to me about!
Uncle: You do?
Me: I do.
Uncle: And would you be interested niece?
Me: Well, I wouldn’t say no uncle
Uncle: (seeing my aunt approaching) Right! We’ll talk through the week!
One of my friends (standing beside me during the conversation): Your family is REALLY weird.
Me: You say this like it’s news!

So, I was going to Australia. Checking and pricing flights commenced, but had nothing booked. Now, Mum had had a fall in March and hurt her arm, there were operations and physio, so herself and Dad didn’t get away on holidays over the summer. After Mum’s final appointment at the hospital, Dad brought her home and they had the following conversation:

Dad: What are we going to do about the holidays?
Mum: I don’t know…. What about if we go to Australia with Bronagh?
Dad: (after a serious moment of “Who are you and what have you done with my wife?!”) Great idea! I’ll get PA to book it!!

So Dad goes into work, calls his PA in (think he actually frightened the life out of her, it was one of those “come in here and close the door behind you!” summons that made everyone in the construction industry at that time think they were going to be fired!) and tells her the story, gets her to book 3 tickets to Australia before Mum changes her mind!! Flights were literally booked that afternoon, and they told me that evening (I was perched on the arm of one of the armchairs in our living room, I almost fell off!)

It was truly a cloak and dagger op – all the family in Ireland knew we were going, but they were all warned not to say a word to Aunt, or my mother wouldn’t get on the plane! Only people who knew in Australia were my Uncle, eldest cousin and his wife, my two other cousins didn’t know til the day we got there – the middle cousin was on the road driving to a friends wedding when he got the phone call; he nearly drove the car off the road! Youngest cousin found out when we arrived in the house and my aunt started screaming!

We were there for 3 weeks, and I can honestly say that they were 3 of the best weeks of my life – the weather was fab, and we got to spend time with the Australian family (when they’re over here, they tend to be here there and everywhere trying to see everyone they know in a couple of weeks) so we were able to just take it easy with them.

Here’s some of the many (seriously, many many many!) pictures I took….

This was taken at Kings Park, overlooking the CBD. You can see the ferries on the Swan River, carrying people from East Perth to West Perth. (Seriously, and this may only make sense to an Irish person, but the public transport system in Perth is just AMAZING. It runs on time, it’s clean, everything is integrated and links up – in short, the complete opposite of what we have in Ireland!)


Cottlesloe Beach – one of the prettiest beaches I have ever been to.  (Pop culture note – the big white building you can see in the pic is the Tea Rooms where the memorial for Heath Ledger was held).


They only let kids go on the carousel – I was oddly disappointed!!

Hillary’s Boat Harbour is one of my favourite places in Perth – seriously pretty, lots of restaurants and little shops; you can spend the whole day here just wandering about! Plus the pub there, The Breakwater, is lovely whether its the middle of the day or later at night!

The vinyards at Upper Reaches Winery – if you’re in Perth and touring wineries is your thing, go here!! Lovely wines (I can recommend the Black Bream Rose!),  good food and lovely, lovely owners.

And for good measure, here’s the song that always makes me think of that holiday – winner of that years Australian Idol, this song was everywhere – “You” by Wes Carr: