Sunday, October 30, 2016

When you wish upon a ......leaf?

What is this life if, full of care
We have no time to stand and stare
- William Henry Davies

Today was a glorious autumnal day. I was chomping at the bit to go for my run.
However I was soon stopped in my tracks, not by tiredness or injury. Rather the tree line road was so beautiful that I kept stopping to take photos of it. 
A sudden burst of wind caused a flurry of leaves to come tumbling down. Out of the back of my mind came a childhood memory. I recall hearing that if you catch a falling leaf before it hits the ground then you will get a wish.
And so if anyone was on the Riverdale road today at around 11 am, that is the reason you would have seen me chasing around the place like a demented banshee!

Now, what shall I wish for.......

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Guess who's coming to dinner?

The day after my Battle of the Sync Stars my sister Geraldine invited me to her house for dinner. As I wasn't in the mood for cooking I jumped at the chance. My grandnieces Megan (6) and Evelyn (2) would be there.
I still had the Elsa costume so I decided that it was too good an opportunity to miss. I dressed up in it one once and headed to the far side of Raharney to my sister's.
On the way I had a  flashback to the dreaded day of the Halloween holidays when I was going to school dressed as a nun. My car broke down and a lovely old couple stopped and tried to help me. I didn't have the heart to tell them I wasn't really as holy as they thought!
Please don't let me break down now. I'll be the laughing stock of the village!
Luckily I made it unnoticed.
The two girls were ecstatic when they saw me....well, when they saw Elsa! Not to be outdone Evelyn proudly showed off her lovely pink shoes.

After all the excitement was over I disappeared to the bedroom to change into my civvies! I went into the dining room and went to sit beside Evelyn. She was distraught and announced
"That chair is for Elsa!".
She then proceeded to tell me all about the visitor that I had just "missed".
I hope in years to come they will remember the day their mad auld Grandaunt rediscovered her inner Disney princess!

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.