Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Extreme Make-Over!

One of the perks of being a Z-list "celebrity" is that I am sometimes asked to attend events.
Sure I'll go to the opening of an envelope!
I was delighted to be asked by the fantastic Angela Greene of Monroe beauty facialist to be her model/guinea pig for a make-up demonstration in Fashion District Pop-Up Outlet, held recently in Bloomfield Hotel.

I was told to come along without make up.
Hello, I was on national TV for 7 weeks without my war paint. I have no shame!

First of all there was an interview. As you can see, I don't make strange with a microphone. It's shutting me up that's the problem!

Then Angela started her magic. I'm not so sure about the close-ups on the big screen. there's no hiding any wrinkles there!

Then I was handed over to the hairstylist from First Floor salon. Being honest, I didn't think there was much that could be done with my hair, as it is so short.

Boy, was I wrong!

All I can say is, it's amazing what professional hair, make-up and photographer can do!!!
Thanks to all involved for a wonderful night. God, I could get used to this!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Keeping afloat.

I'm sure, that as a little girl, I dreamed of being the star of a parade float. Well today that dream came true.
Our school was taking part in the St Patrick's Day parade and the theme was Health and Fitness.

Granted I wasn't wearing a ballgown and a tiara but at least it wasn't lycra.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I wish I'd lost!

It's hard to believe that Easter holidays are here! Easter is early this year and  with the luck of being Irish, St Patrick's Day is attached to the start of it giving us a nice long break.
In school our Parents Association run an Easter raffle every year with the prizes being....eggs. I walked into the hall this morning and promptly burst out laughing. It just seemed wrong to have 150 chocolate eggs displayed in front of the Operation Transformation display.

The raffle started after break. I have bought tickets for numerous years and I have never won as much as a chocolate button. With my new found abstinence from all things sugary, I reckoned that this year wouldn't be any different and so my will power wouldn't be called into play.
Boy, was I wrong!
Here are my winnings...
Roll on Easter Sunday!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Hair today, gone tomorrow!

As I approached the school gates the other morning, I could see one of the Dads of an Infant pupil, slow down and was obviously waiting for me to catch up. When this happens these thoughts flash through a teacher's mind.
"What has happened in the past few days concerning this child?"
"Have I had any dealings with this child in the past few days?"
"Is parent smiling or frowning?"

This father looked quite sheepish as I approached. He coughed nervously and said
"Good morning Ms Noeleen."
"Good morning. Nice weather."
"I'm just wondering if I can ask you a question?"
"Of course," I replied, wracking my brains.
"Now, this is a serious question. I'm not joking."
By this time I was really getting worried. What could it possibly be?
"I'm just wondering....and it's not a joke."
By this time I was ready to scream
"For God sake, spit it out!
"I just need to know.....gulp......where did you get your hair done?

My face must have shown my relief/disbelief as he hastily explained.
"My sister-in-law keeps asking me to find out. She loves your new cut and wants to get the same.

Panic over I told him.
"Carol Ann from Reds on Dawson Street. Tell her I sent you."

One of the easier early morning questions I've had to answer at the school gate!

Application photo for Operation Transformation

After the make over
Yep, Carol Ann is a genius!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A lesson on being a celebrity

I was very excited to return to RTE studio today. No, it wasn't a check up to see how I was coping post Operation Transformation. Rather it was due to the fact that our school kids were so well behaved during the whole process and came across so well on camera, RTE asked them to be the audience in a TV programme for Swipe TV.

It was a real flashback entering the Mothership again and walking down the corridors that I had been in only a few short weeks ago.

All went swimmingly well and Ms Murphy and I were about to put our perfectly behaved pupils back on the bus home. Suddenly one of our lads let a shout
"Hey look, it's Marty Morrissey!"

For those not in the know, Marty would be a sports commentator, especially for Gaelic Football and hurling. He gets a lot of ribbing and not so flattering press.

Our 37 kids surrounded him, clambering for his autograph.

My opinion of him has changed completely. Instead of fobbing them off, as I'm sure he must have been on his way to somewhere more important, he signed each and everyone of their leaflets. Not only that, he asked each of them their name, made sure he had the correct spelling and wrote a personal note for each child. If it took a minute to do that, then that added up to about 40 minutes. He then waved them off.

An absolute gentleman,

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Climate Change at its best

I got this photo from a very excited teacher friend in Abu Dhabi this morning. All schools there are closed for the foreseeable future due to............
She has been living there for years and has never seen anything like it. Trees have been knocked down and everywhere is flooded.
Bear in mind that Abu Dhabi is in the middle of the desert!

Meanwhile back in the Emerald Isle which is famous/infamous for its rain on approximately 340 days of the year, the Infants are having their "lunch on the beach" in a sunny corner of the playground on a March morning.
Leonardo could have used this story in his Oscar acceptance speech!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Don't stop me now 'cause I'm having a good time....

I am delighted to say that I have been asked by the VHI women's mini marathon to be one of their ambassadors this year. Having accomplished a 5k I am now on the trail of the 10k.
I went into Elvery's in Mullingar to get kitted out with new runners. First up was an assessment of my gait.
You will note that my toenails are still camera ready!!!
However, my toenails might be in pristine condition but my arches are not. I discovered much to my horror that they are practically collapsed.
I was filmed running.

Thank God I'm not camera shy.
More bad news. When I run my right ankle turns in. Didn't sound good.
But thanks to modern science and technology I was supplied with built up inserts that should help to balance that out and help keep my spine in order.
Then came the fun part, choosing my new footwear. I never thought I'd be agonising over which runners were best for me! Finally decided on Asics.

So am now ready for action.
See you on Monday June 6th for the women's mini marathon :)

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Having my cake and eating it.

During Operation Transformation my colleagues were very supportive and the staffroom became a treat-free zone.
Well most of the time. There was the once that I found Mr Potterton's secret stash of chocolate in a cupboard....but that's another story!

Life is slowly coming back to normal and I was delighted to see that Ms Flynn's birthday was marked with the arrival of a fabulous cake.
After all I'm the one who set out on this "journey", not everyone else. If there are treats around then it is up to me to resist....if I can!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Still trying to change!

Because of the recession I had given up swimming as I couldn't afford the pool membership.
It was either that or my car insurance, so guess which one I paid!

With my new found interest in health I have rejoined.
One of the nicest things about having done Operation Transformation is that people recognise me and come up to say well done.

I went to the pool after school today. I was in mid-change in the dressing room, when a lady approached me and said
"Are you the woman from Operation transformation? I watched it every week and I thought ye were all amazing."

Lovely sentiments, only for the fact that I had just taken off my knickers and was about to step into my swimsuit!!!
I didn't know what to do.. I graciously thanked her and try to discreetly wiggle my way into my costume.
I know we stood in front of the nation in our lycra, but we do still have a smidgen of modesty!

When she left, I stood up....and nearly fell splat on the floor. I had managed to put one leg through the armhole rather than the leg!!!
Ah, the price of fame!