Sunday, October 23, 2016

Costume Drama

Showtime was fast approaching.
I haven't been on stage for a good few years and have gotten rusty. So I was delighted and panicked to be asked to take part in Battle of the Sync Stars for The Downs Ladies football club.  The next two months were spent rehearsing my dancing and miming!
Having mimed my way through about twenty musicals I felt that this was my moment!
My battle song was that classic Let it Go from Frozen!!!
I was channeling my inner Disney princess.
The week of the show I felt ready. All I had to do was collect my costume. I was told that it would be ready on Tuesday.
I rang the costume shop that morning.
"No sorry its not here yet. Ring tomorrow."
Slight panic but there were still three days to go before showtime.
I rang again on Wednesday afternoon with fingers crossed.
There was a slight hesitation on the phone and then I was told
"Yes, its just in the wash. It'll be ready in an hour",
Phew, I hadn't even realised that I had been holding my breath.

When I entered the shop, my newly washed costume was waiting for me. Happy days. The man behind the counter started to grin and said
"There was a bit of drama connected to that costume!"

It seems that the Gardai had hired a range of costumes at the weekend. All costumes were returned on Wednesday EXCEPT FOR MY ELSA DRESS!
The manager had rung them and stated that the costume was needed URGENTLY.
It was then promptly delivered to the a squad car.

Proper order. I'm sure it happens for Beyonce all the time.
Diva? Who me???

Monday, October 17, 2016

My 1/2 pound of flesh

Tarry a little, there is something else.
This bond doth give thee here no jot of blood;
The words expressly are "a pound of flesh."
The Merchant Of Venice Act 4, scene 1, 304–307

Ah, I remember this well as we studied The Merchant of Venice for the Inter Cert.
Now I'm really showing my age!

I have recently been haunted by my own "pound of flesh" or rather my "half pound of flesh".
For my first weigh in on Operation Transformation I weighed 11st 11 1/2 pounds.
Second weigh in: 11st 4 1/2 pounds.
Third weigh in: 11 st 2 1/2 pounds.
Great result. But I wish I could get rid of that 1/2 pound
Fourth weigh -in: 11 st 0 1/2 pounds
It's still there. a nice even 11 st would be even better.
Fifth weigh in: 10st 12 1/2 pounds.
I'll never lose it.
Sixth weigh in: 10st 13lbs
Nooooo1 I didn't want to lose it by putting it on!!!
Seventh weigh in: 10st 11 1/2 lbs
I don't care that it's back. At least I lost weight.
Eight weigh in: 10st 9 1/2 lbs
It's followed me to the end.

Now eight months down the line I have kept on track, added new exercise to my regime and continued to lose pounds and inches.
This morning I stepped on my scales and for the first time in 16 years I am in the 9 stone bracket.

Of course I am absolutely thrilled....but there is one teenie tiny niggle. If I could lose that damn 1/2 pound I will have brought my total weight loss to an even two stone. An extra lap of Joristown Park should help me achieve that!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The long Arm of the Law

The Garda Band was coming to the school to perform for us. They were to set up in the hall but were running a bit late.
One of my colleagues was passing by the hall door when she heard the sound of a ball being kicked around. Pulling open the door she announced
"You know you are not allowed to play ball in the hall unsupervised!"
She was stopped dead in her tracks by the sight of three red-faced gardai looking sheepish, while one of them held a football under his arm.
"Eh sorry", he mumbled "We're just waiting for the rest of the band to arrive!"

Glad it wasn't me who did that!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Operation Transformation 2017

Today found me heading up to RTE for the launch of Operation Transformation 2017. I can't believe that it has been a year since I filled in the application form that led to the best year of my life! It was a bitter sweet day, I was super excited about meeting up with everyone again but also I was knew our time as Operation transformation leaders was coming to an end.
First up was hair and makeup. And then it was on to the photo shoot. I don't think we've ever looked so glamorous carrying a bag of spuds!

Together we've lost a total of 11st. But more importantly we are all in a much happier and healthier  place than we were this time last year.

If anyone out there is thinking of applying for next year's Operation transformation I can't recommend it highly enough. Go to their website and download the application form. You will not regret it!

Monday, October 3, 2016


Saturday saw me up and out of bed at the ungodly hour of 7.00am. I was heading over to Navan to do the Parkrun with Lucy. This was no ordinary run, today was International Parkrun Day. Recently I've been concentrating on my cycling and have only started back running this week. I knew I wouldn't be able to run the full 5k. I'm back on running 3 mins walking for 2 mins. I was very happy to do that and thanks to Mags I made it in 36 minutes. I'll run the full distance in two weeks time!
After it Lucy and I called into her Dad's home in Grove Gardens. The place was buzzing as they were getting ready for the Halloween event Spooktacular. I was thrilled to get a broad daylight. Even then it was scary. The Terror in the Corn was very claustrophobic and I can just imagine what it will be like when the leaves are brushing against your face in the pitch darkness.
Don't get me started on the bodies on the crosses. The nearest I'll get to being on the set of Game of Thrones!

All we could scream was
Needless to say, when we got to the Haunted Village I headed straight to the saloon to calm my nerves.
I am so looking forward to experiencing it in the dark. I'm a glutton for punishment.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Real Sports Fans

In 2003 Julie and I headed to Dubai for the Dubai Open Tennis tournament.
It's not that we flew over from Ireland for it. We were living in Abu Dhabi at the time and it was just an hour up the road!
As was typical of the Arabs, they organised a world class tournament, paid the top tennis players a fortune to take part, but unfortunately overlooked one little detail. The locals had little interest in tennis and the ex-pat population was very limited. It was being beamed out all over the world, so it wouldn't look good for them if the stadium was empty. So one of the Sheikhs bought all the tickets....and gave them out for free!
Happy days.
I always find it strange that the games of tennis and cricket that need fine weather to be played, were developed in England that has almost as much rain as we have! No fear of it being "rained off" in Dubai.

Despite the fact that tickets were free, the place was still practically empty!
The last player on court was Roger Federer, hence the grainy picture. Imagine what we'd pay today to see him.

Thirteen years have quickly passed by. Julie and I are still attending sporting events but perhaps in not as glamorous a setting. We both took part in the Great Dublin Bike Ride this year. This time I had to photobomb to be let in the shot with herself and her Dad!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Out the door.

We had the principal of a local Secondary school in to talk to the senior pupils about choosing a school for next year. He led a very interesting discussion with my class about all the new and interesting things they would experience in their next step in education.
He then asked them what they thought would be the best part of Secondary School.

One eager fella had his hand up.
"Yes. What do you think is the best thing about school?"
Without batting an eyelid he said

Given that I am writing this on Friday afternoon after they have all gone home I cannot disagree with him!