Irish Telly and Mr. Jelly

My family has it's own culture. Poor grammar is abhorrent but anatomy and fart jokes are all in good fun. “That’s what she said” is a family tradition.  My husband and I are both huge nerds. We'll listen with respect to your hypothesis that Voldemort would make a great president as long as you're logical and well spoken. What will Irish television have to offer us?...more
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Snakes, Paganism, and St. Patrick

Crosses and snakes: both paga...more
I had heard there were no snakes in Ireland.  I wasn't sure it was true.  Interesting story.  I ...more

Whoever said life is fair?

"Whoever said life is fair?". Even now, sixteen years after losing my mom, I can hear her response to my favorite whine. That's not exactly true - the "losing my mom" part, not the whine or the response. I didn't really LOSE her - it's not as though she's a misplaced pen, car keys or a comb. I know exactly where she is (or where she was before dad moved her)...but I don't know how else to put it. In a world where we are free to talk about politics, sex and religion, death is the last taboo....more

People my age...

Have you ever woken up screaming from a horrible nightmare and then realized that you hadn't been sleeping? Welcome to my week. The week where no amount of exercise or caffeine could wake me up (If I exercised, that is. When you're over twentysomething can you count getting up and walking to the copier as an aerobic activity?), and no amount of wine or tylenol pm could help me sleep. My doctor (well, the man who USED to be my doctor before this last visit) told me that this is quite common in "a person your age" Ugh. When did I become "a person your age"?...more

I didn't want to be a mom........

I didn’t want to be a mother. Don’t really like kids. Never did. When I was little and we played house, and my friends were happily dressing up in their mother’s dresses, high heels and aprons, I was stealing my dad’s shoes and ties – I’d come through the front door and call (in my best Ricky Ricardo accent) “honey I’m home”. My friends would meet me at the door with a welcome home kiss on the cheek, after work beverage (every dad needs his post work martini) and a heavy sigh. “The babies have been bad”…   Playing the husband didn’t turn me into a lesbian....more

Totally sick dude

Ugh, today I have been feeling a bit under the weather, like I am coming down with something. Which is surprising because I haven't had so much as a cold in years. I've got the constitution of an ox, I have. But I don't look like one. Nor do I use my amazing constitution to pull ploughs or hay wagons.  When I woke up this morning all shivery and with a headache, my first thought was 'I don't remember going out last night,' which could have been a bad sign in itself. But after thinking about it a bit more, I did indeed conclude that I didn't go out last night. ...more

It's like a horror movie round at my house.....

I felt like Jack Nicholson from 'The Shining' this weekend (except that I haven't got a beard... well not much of one anyway). 'What are you banging on about?' I hear you cry. Well, it's like this; for some reason my daughter Izzy had taken a shine to a tricycle she found in the garage. Not only that, despite it being way too small for her, she had been manically riding it around in the garden just like the weird kid from 'The Shining'.   ...more

It's like a horror movie round at my house.....

I felt like Jack Nicholson from 'The Shining' this weekend (except that I haven't got a beard... well not much of one anyway). 'What are you banging on about?' I hear you cry. Well, it's like this; for some reason my daughter Izzy had taken a shine to a tricycle she found in the garage. Not only that, despite it being way too small for her, she had been manically riding it around in the garden just like the weird kid from 'The Shining'.   ...more

Fabulous Friday: Soylent Green Anyone?, World Environment Day June 5th

 After last weeks Friday faux pas, I have pulled out all the stops to make sure I do my Fabulous Friday on time.  This week I'm bedazzling my world in shades of green in honour of World Environment Day which is happening on June 5th....more

Overthinking.

I should think less I can't tell if the cold I'm working on is a late Winter cold or an early Summer cold or spring allergies. I hate multiple choice. I would gather that the bacteria that cause sore throats really don't check the calendar before they do their thing "Okay. Let's see. I have a sore throat, a mild flu and a stuffed nose on the schedule. OH, wait, I can't go with the sore throat until at least July or it will get confused with an allergy. I hate that those guys get all our glory this time of year. It really plays hell with my morale, I'll tell you. ...more