Jade (Left), me (middle) and Kiara (right)Al & EmmaJade & OwenCaptain Morgan & OrangeGav and JennieJade, Kiara, Emma, Jennie & Imy girlsFriends

1) With Jade on my left and Kiara on my right,  2) Al and Emma,  3) Jade and Owen – teamwork!  4) Captain Morgan and orange – tastes just like a Super Split,  5) Gav and Jennie  6) My girls,  7) Having fun & being silly,  8) Drinks with friends

My friend Jennie had a barbecue and drinks in her garden on Saturday to celebrate her birthday. We had amazing food and loads of fun enjoying the sun. The weather was perfect which really adds to the atmosphere because it’s so rare.  As you can see from the pictures, it got a bit silly but that’s all part of the fun and I always have the funniest time with the girls. It’s great to catch these moments in photographs that we can all look back on. I was drinking Bay Breeze cocktails and they were easy and delicious. I was delighted to let Dane know I’d found a holiday drink. I’m usually really picky and end up trying one or two cocktails and giving up when I can’t find one I like.  I also had some Captain Morgan and orange which tastes just like a Super Split ice-cream.

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We’ve been having lovely weather the last couple of weeks which is very unusual for Ireland. It’s great to be able to have dinner outside for a change. I made Mexican food during the week for my mam and Stephen and we sat outside to eat. Of course you have to have ice-cream in this weather so I made some 99’s. They’re an Irish summer must-have. They were delicious. 

Flowers Flowers

I got a present of these beautiful flowers from a group of students I’ve been working with since September. I was pleasantly surprised when they brought them in for me on the last day. I love receiving flowers. They put me in a good mood, but I never really buy them for myself. That’s silly really. Note to self: buy flowers occasionally – if they brighten up your day, they’re worth it.

to do book summer 2013

It’s that time of year when everything is starting to wind down for me in work. Throughout the academic year I make lists of work related things I need to do. I find lists very helpful. They clear up some space in my mind and help me to concentrate on what I need to do. It also helps me to relax when it’s time to switch my work brain off and unwind. I tend to make my work lists on my iPad so I can add to them or amend them if I need to. I love making lists this time of year. They’re usually of the last few things I need to tie up in work and they give me great sense of satisfaction when they’re all ticked off.

For lists outside of work I much prefer to hand write them on all sorts of different and pretty notepads (yes, honestly, the ‘old fashioned’ way). Come early to mid-June, I can focus on the fun lists of things I hope to do in the summer. This summer will be different because I’m going to Dubai for 7 weeks to spend some of my time off with Dane. I’ll be adding things I have to do, buy, and pack before I go to my lists this year. I’m also looking forward to making lists of things to do while I’m away. 

My lists are not limited to ‘to do’ lists either. I also enjoy making bucket lists and lists of things I want to buy and make. Wow who knew I could say the word list so many times!

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1) Hot chocolate and coffee date with my dad,  2) Fresh summer breakfast,  3) I just love Chief’s ears,  4) Superhero Jalapeno houmous – yum!  5) Lady enjoying a rare bit of sunshine

Chief and Lady Chief relaxing 2

 

The dogs love getting out and running around in the grass. When it’s time to go home Chief just sits down and refuses to leave. He loves grass, but he’s allergic to it so we have to keep him out of it most of the time. Lady on the other hand does what she’s told more often, so when we call her she usually comes to the boot of the car.

 

 

 

 

kiara getting her ears pierced Kiara and her lollipop

While we were out shopping yesterday, Kiara decided to get her ears pierced. So exciting! I only got mine pierced last August and I’ve been pestering her to get hers done ever since. She was very brave and got a lollipop for her troubles. 

Kiara and Layla

Kiara Layla enjoying her ice-cream Layla and her sunnies

 

candles Oil burner

1) Kiara and Layla,  2) Kiara in the Yankee Candle shop,  3) Layla enjoying her ice-cream,  4) Too cool for school in her sunnies,   5) The wax tarts I bought, and  6) burning Bay Breeze – it reminds me of cocktails and holidays and that’s never a bad thing.

 

Stephen and Bud Jamie Carragher

1) Stephen and Bud enjoying a pre-match drink, and  2) Jamie Carragher 

I went to Liverpool at the weekend to watch the last match of the season against QPR and Jamie Carragher’s last match ever. It was a great occasion and they went all out with a guard of honour and presentations. His children were on the pitch with him before and after the match and it was a really sad day. I’m so glad I got the opportunity to go to his last game and a 1-0 win helped too. We all went out on the drink in Liverpool that night. Liverpool is a great city and you’re guaranteed a good time. We finished the weekend off with shopping and lunch in Carragher’s restaurant.

Jade, Jennie, Emma and I

I went to the Big Reunion concert in the 02 last night with my girls. We had a great laugh reliving our teens, dancing and singing away in the pit.