The Anfield Stadium Tour

This week, one year ago, I went on the Anfield Stadium Tour with my Mam. We’d been to see Steven Gerrard’s last home game for Liverpool the day before. It was the first time I’d seen Liverpool lose at Anfield. United won 2-1 and Gerrard was sent off after 38 seconds on the pitch, so I really needed something to cheer me up.Okay, the drinks in Mathew Street the night of the match helped too. I’ve been to Anfield for matches loads of times but the tour was always booked out. This time we decided, as it was just the two of us going over, we’d book it in advance. It was great to get the background history of the stadium and to see where the team hangs out, the press room and the changing room, as well as a tour of the pitch and the dugout. A lot has changed in a year and now that seat I’m sitting in, in the picture above, belongs to Jurgen Klopp. I’m looking forward to the future as a Liverpool fan and I’d recommend this tour to any supporter of the club. 

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Not only did I get a degree but I graduated with my mam. This was one of those things I wanted to achieve but didn’t really enjoy very much. I love learning. I appreciate anything I can learn but I really don’t enjoy assignments. I’m definitely glad I did it though and I won’t rule out returning to education again. You’re never too old and It’s never too late.

Rescuing a Dog

Okay I’m not sure Lady actually counts because we didn’t go to a shelter and adopt her, but we took her in and kept her when she had no other home. She was hanging around the pitch and putt club my mam is a member of and nobody wanted to take her. It was raining really heavily that night so my mam brought her home. Needless to say Chief didn’t like it one bit. He wasn’t the most social dog in the world and still isn’t. The next day we brought her to the vet and she had no microchip. The vet joked that she would be the next fat dog (like Chief) and that we would be back within a week to register her and have her spayed. That definitely wasn’t the plan at the time. We contacted the Gardai (police) and no-one was looking for her. We later found out that someone saw people throwing her out of a van so she wasn’t lost but unwanted. That pretty much decided it. It took a while but Chief came around to her and most of the time they’re great pals. Unfortunately Lady is a very nervous dog and is afraid of strangers, particularly men. It takes a long time for her to warm up to people, she’s terrified of strange men and sometimes she snaps at Chief and we see signs of the life she lived before, but most of the time she’s very loving. When we found her she was roughly a year and a half old based on the vet’s estimation. We had to choose a birthday around November/December for her so we chose the 8th of December, which is John Lennon’s anniversary so it was a no-brainer. She was six on her last “birthday”. Her favourite things to do include licking people’s faces (and Chief’s), barking at cats, going for walks and taking anything that Chief has/wants.

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I really really really regret getting to the ripe old age of 28 without going to a festival. It was a ridiculous decision because I love music. I decided in the earlier part of the year that I would love to go to Electric Picnic but by then it was sold out. Turns out my amazing friend Jade won 2 tickets through her job and decided to bring me. I was very apprehensive at the idea of 3 nights in a tent in September in Ireland. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not really the outdoorsy camping type. Thankfully I had nothing to worry about. We got a really dry weekend and the camping was a breeze. Okay, so the fact that I had a few drinks on board getting to bed each night (or rather morning!) probably helped too.

The highlights for me were the music (obviously) going on all day every day, hanging out around the campsite with my brother, friends and the new people I met through friends drinking cans, laughing & playing games, the rave in the woods (surprisingly, because it’s not my kind of music), the silent disco, the layout of the entire place and all the things to do and see, the carnival and all the silly banter and behaviour throughout the weekend.

The music that stood out for me was Florence & The Machine, The Riptide Movement and George Ezra.

The whole thing was amazing and I can’t wait to go again next year!

Bucket List

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Do you ever have that feeling that you just get up, go to work, come home, go to bed and repeat the same thing over and over? Well I’ve had that feeling several times and I hate it, so a few years ago I saw the movie The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman and thought the idea of a bucket list was brilliant. It was easily 5 years ago when I made my first Bucket List and I’ve realised over the years that it’s probably always going to change and evolve as I change and evolve. So the list will probably change but here it is as of now. I’ve crossed off the items I’ve already completed and I’ll write a post for each of them in the future.

In no particular order:

  1. Visit the Grand Canyon
  2. Take a photo every day for a year
  3. Get a degree
  4. Sing a song in a public karaoke
  5. Go to a weekend festival
  6. See the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
  7. Go to an ice hotel, bar or cafe
  8. Go on a road trip in a camper/wicked van
  9. Take a photography class
  10. Visit a Buddhist temple
  11. Go on a tour bus in 10 different countries
  12. Smoke a Cuban cigar
  13. Volunteer abroad
  14. Attend a protest
  15. Go zip-lining
  16. Go to the HOLI ONE festival (Dublin)
  17. Visit Las Vegas
  18. Go on a cruise
  19. Take a calligraphy course
  20. Visit New Orleans
  21. Go on an elephant ride
  22. Rescue a dog
  23. Make a handmade present for someone
  24. Go on a dune buggy
  25. See the Eiffel Tower
  26. Stay overnight in a lighthouse
  27. Visit Cuba
  28. Be a tourist in Dublin for a day
  29. Feed the homeless
  30. Walk across a rope bridge
  31. Visit Iceland
  32. Go snowboarding or skiing
  33. Write a letter to my future self
  34. Visit Egypt, The Pyramids of Giza and The Sphinx
  35. Make a scrapbook
  36. Go on quad bike
  37. Visit San Francisco and Alcatraz
  38. Take part in a mini marathon (walking will do just fine!)
  39. See the Hollywood sign
  40. Visit the Burj Al Arab
  41. Go on an African safari
  42. Meet Robbie Fowler
  43. Learn to rely on technology less
  44. Visit New York
  45. Hold a snake
  46. Visit Rome and the Colosseum
  47. Fly in a sea plane
  48. Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain
  49. Visit the Harry Potter studios in London
  50. Pass it forward
  51. smoke a shisha in the middle east
  52. Learn to play one song on a musical instrument
  53. Swim with dolphins
  54. Go behind a waterfall
  55. Stay in a lighthouse
  56. Go for afternoon tea in a 5 star hotel
  57. Go on a spa weekend
  58. Learn to meditate
  59. Visit Krakow in Poland and Auschwitz
  60. Do the Anfield stadium tour
  61. Buy a house
  62. Support a charity regularly
  63. Drink cocktails on a roof-top in New York
  64. Get a tattoo
  65. Visit L.A.
  66. Create something and sell it
  67. Go on the Viking Splash
  68. Take the Magical Mystery Tour in Liverpool
  69. Go to a drive-in movie
  70. Visit Forks, WA
  71. Go glamping
  72. Wake up some day, book a flight and go there that day
  73. Visit Santorini in Greece
  74. Learn to relax and worry less
  75. Take a sewing class
  76. Achieve my ideal weight
  77. Experience a sunset in Thailand
  78. Change my hair colour
  79. Travel the Wild Atlantic Way
  80. Take a picture in the same place once a month for a year
  81. Conquer a fear
  82. See cherry blossoms in Japan
  83. Start a blog
  84. Make this blog successful
  85. Visit all 7 continents
  86. Travel somewhere alone (This ties in with overcoming a fear)
  87. Pass my driving test
  88. Go on holiday to a log cabin
  89. Cross the intersection at Abbey Road and make sure to get a photo
  90. Get my ears pierced (for the second time)
  91. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios
  92. Go for a fish pedicure
  93. Go to a Broadway/West End show
  94. Walk across The Brooklyn Bridge
  95. Write an e-course
  96. Do the tour of Glasnevin Cemetery
  97. Go to Christmas markets somewhere in Europe
  98. Visit the Giant’s Causeway
  99. Meet Jamie Carragher
  100. Become a good listener