Friday, 28 August 2009

Painted Kitchen

It's amazing what a coat of new paint can do. And I new blind....and a nice light fixture. So yeah, don't have TONS of money to invest into the kitchen. I really hate the cabinets, and whoever designed this kitchen really didn't use the space to the best of their ability. It's a shame really. But we just don't have the money to do what we would like. So we're doing the smaller things. I have picked out a new floor to put down, but I'm sure that will be several months down the road. I know it seems small, but it's actually a spacious little kitchen. 
Of course my knick-knacks have spilled over to the kitchen. I thought this was a pretty cute display idea, without looking very cluttered. I absolutely adore the owl cookie car. Mimi (younger sis) got me that for Xmas and Deb (older sis) gave me the 'Shroom canister. Too cool. 

Sunday, 23 August 2009


The statue was directly opposite the one of Oscar Wilde. I don't know what she is called or who sculpted her, but I thought she was absolutely beautiful. 

It is no lie that I am extremely broody these last few months, and I know that is a lot of the reason why I was so captivated by her. I wanted to rub her belly, but at the risk of looking insane, I didn't. She inspires something in me that I wish I could convey in words. 

Dublin Part II

Statue of Oscar Wilde. Sadly we didn't spend a lot of time at the park. We were tourists with places to see and lists to check and crap to buy!
The most sinfully delicious cheesecake I have ever put in my mouth. If you are in Dublin, there is a chain of cafes called Queen of Tarts and order the Bailey's Cheesecake. Obviously, as the name suggests, there is Bailey's Irish Creme in the cake. BUT THE BASE...o dear God, the base was the gooiest chewiest chocolate chip cookie base. To. Die. For. 
I loved the green post boxes!!! I think Brit thought I was a little kooky for wanting a picture of it, but she understands my quirks. 
While I don't drink the stuff myself, the trip to the Guinness Storehouse was a lot of fun. Outside it smelled of hops, which was very nice (and I only know this because Brit told me that's what I was smelling. I don't drink or brew any beer, so I wouldn't know...). And I have to hand it to Guinness, they really do have some of the best advertising. Looking at their collection of memorabilia and advertising campaigns was probably my favorite bit of the tour. 
"Enjoying" our complimentary pints at the Storehouse. HA! I couldn't get past the foam and I thought I would retch. It is really a shame...but to be fair, my glass looks better for the picture.

Check out our touristy clothes tho! Ha! I gotta real kick out of that. It was so cold tho! I had to buy a hoodie, and if I had to buy one it had to say where I got it from. Good times tho. Next time I have to leave the city and see more! 

Dublin Part I

Unfortunately, I can tell these are going to load backwards. O well, I can't be bothered to delete, reload and then type again. So backwards it is! So a quick re-cap about Dublin. Part 1:
This is a photo of the most miserable Leprechaun in Dublin. He has a very creepy head to put on, but for most of the time while we were around he just sat there smoking looking miserable and scowling. Very funny (and maybe slightly tragic?)

The Street lamps were beautiful! As Wendy pointed out, you can't help but think of Narnia. Very, very pretty. 

Me the 1st morning at our lil B&B getting my full-Irish breakfast and tea time on. I think I had 3 cups before we set out, so I was definitely buzz-buzz-buzzing....

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Knitted Baby Jumper Pink n Green

I just got around to finishing this baby jumper. It's actually been knitted for several months, it just took me awhile to get around to sewing it together (which is my least favorite bit). I was initially knitting this for a 'friend' of mine who was having twins. The next jumper was going to be main body green with a pink band. Cute, eh? But said 'friend', decided we weren't friends anymore so now I have this cute jumper without a baby to fill it. SOOOOOOOOO I have just added it to my baby booty of clothes. There are three buttons to be sewn on the right side; where you see it sticking up a bit. I lost the buttons tho, but overall it's a finished project. 

What was I thinking?

It's not a sentiment I have to often after shopping, but occasionally I do. I'm human. This bizarre mermaid mirror I apparently thought was a good idea. I found it recently and kinda gave myself the "what the fuck?" talk and asked Griff why we thought this mermaid with Zombie-like eyes was a good idea. I mean, I love my tacky, but this is PRETTY tacky. For some reason tho, I can't bear to part with her yet. So I've stuck her in the guest room to give guests (i.e. Steve) unpleasant and slightly uncomfortable dreams. Hopefully. 

Green Glass

Found a new piece in a dump bin at my local antique emporium. Apparently, someone just had a plastic tub and chucked a load of stuff in. I think this was £2??? Not bad. I was really happy with this one. 

The Catch-Up

So much has been happening lately!!! Life has been moving so quickly, I have no idea where the summer went; the one where I was supposed to get all these 'projects' done. Of all the ones I had outlined, unfortunately, knitting has taken the back seat (but as of this week I am working on correcting that....). SO here's the Run-Down, the Catch-Up, the Updateness-of the Goings-On:

I have been accepted for TWO different MA studies. The first is Film Studies which I would be continuing at Kingston Uni. Then I was also accepted at City University London for a MA in Library Sciences. I was actually really pleased with getting accepted on that course because it was all based on my merit. They actually think I'm worthy (I have absolutely NO ties with this Uni at all). Unfortunately, I have been playing tag with their admissions office to 1)  see if I was eligible for home fees, rather than overseas fees (BIG DIFFERENCE IN PRICE) and 2) after seeing that they were going to charge me overseas fees, how to go about appealing that.  I have lived in this country going on 4 years. They should give me a break. But I should find out today, for sure, what they are going to charge.

If they come back decide Overseas Fees, then I am going to defer and take the course next year. I'm not very happy about this, but I can not afford over £11,000 for one year of school. No way. I was considering doing the Film MA if I can't do the Library, but I don't know if I want to spend the money on it now. I love film, it is something I think about constantly and love. But I know that there is no way I can make a living from it. I would love to teach film at University level, but the reality is that it is very difficult to do so. The schools that teach film theory usually hire from within, and it would be a very frustrating existence. But who knows, I might shoot for it one day anyways? I will have an MA in film one day. I'm just not sure that today is the day....

Now Libraries, I'm going into with cold feet. All I know is that I love reading, I love books, I love research and magazines and newspapers and organization. And I know that I could make a living doing this either from England or the US. Considering that we are on a 2 year plan to move back to America, I feel I would have a real chance using a MA in Library Sciences. 

On the job front I am having no luck. It's actually getting quite depressing. I am only applying for jobs I believe I will get satisfaction from. I am tired of retail and selling and 'personalities'. Griff agrees and is being very patient with me. I am seeking out qualifications to be a bit more appealing to potential employers. Unfortunately, I only have retail experience which is not working in my favor. At. All. But I'm being positive-ish. Hopefully, I will be volunteering at a local Oxfam Bookshop and that will at least give me something to do with my time. Plus, the owner recognized me as a regular customer and told me if I am interested in learning about proper book dealing (learning about recognizing something worth money) he would be happy to teach me. I'm just now waiting on that call back....

A teacher once made me very aware that being a foreigner here, you have to have something above and beyond the other candidates to be considered for jobs. Naturally they are going to hire citizens first. I am trying to keep that in mind and remain patient. It's very difficult though. I have never feel so inadequate in all my life. 

Griff is applying for a Java course! He's excited about this. This will benefit him here or in the States. So kudos for that. Should take about a year and it will be done from home. I will definitely have to stay on his case. He would much rather play chess with Steve in the evening or stroll down to the pub, or, obviously, have a cuddle with me and watch a good movie. I am hoping to maybe set up a small desk in our room where he could work privately. Lately, I am just simply 'talked' out and want to start seeing results and meeting our plans head on. 

On a more pleasant note....
I WON SOME RUBY SLIPPERS!!!!! I never win anything (probably because I never enter anything), but I joined a fan page on Facebook called Ruby Slippers. They had a contest that whoever had 100 people post your name on their wall would win a pair of Ruby Slippers. I with so little time on my hands, pimped myself out heavily to my friends to do this for me and ended up winning a pair. I CAN NOT WAIT for them to get here!!!!! A lot of pictures will ensue when they arrive. 

Also, one of my best friends came over from the States and stayed with us for almost 2 weeks. It was a wonderful visit and I felt like we really got to reconnect and bond. It was very special and warm n fuzzy. We went to Dublin for 2 days and it was absolutely amazing. I would suggest everyone go and visit Dublin. It's a lovely city, full of beautiful things and lovely people. I can not wait to take Griff for a visit (preferably longer than 2 days) and see all the things I missed out on last time. I will hopefully post some photos soon. I've gotten really lazy about uploading photos. 

Around the house, the kitchen is painted. Looks amazing (must upload photos!!!).... I think I have FINALLY picked a color for our bedroom. We have also picked out the flooring we would like to put down in the kitchen and bathroom. Currently we are lacking in funds, but they are at least picked out. As is the carpet for the guest room and bedroom. I also FINALLY found a wallpaper I want to put in the hallway. So I am seeing the bits start to tie together, I just need a fucking job to pay for all the things I want to do. 

But why do all of this if we plan on moving in 2 years? Well because this is still very much our home. And comfort and nesting are a big part of who I am and how we live. So I'm not going to ignore the things I want to do here, because of plans down the line. We are not intending to sell this place when we move, we want to rent it out. So it will always be the first home we owned and I want it to stay someplace I could return to. 

And before I forget! I am going to be having surgery! The Dr. found a huge polyp blocking my left sinus and it needs to be removed. I go in Friday for a pre-surgery assessment, which will be taking my history and probably some blood work. This will be the second surgery on my sinuses, so I'm not terribly worried. I am grateful that it was found and will be removed. God Bless the NHS. 

So, I have a few knitted pieces to post up separately, some new additions of green glass found and hopefully a few Dublin pics. Hopefully I will be blogging back to 'normal' soon.  :D