I usually like to get things done on Saturday but with very little sleep on Friday night, it was mostly a day of rest.

If you want to find out more about Ali Edwards’ ‘Week in the Life’, you can here  and you can see some of Ali’s pictures here.

4:53am | Chief had me up at 4:10am because he can be a real asshole sometimes. Luckily, I love him. After I fed them, I tried to catch some more ZZZs on the sofa. 

9:15am | Everyone is up out of bed and someone is still stalking me for my tea.

10:36am | The laziest morning. I got approximately 1.5 hours sleep so having a lazy morning was the top of my agenda (and everyone else’s, apparently).

11:42am | I woke up with a second coldsore in a matter of two weeks and I was feeling pretty sorry for myself, so Dave was being the voice of reason and telling me it could really be worse. 

11:59am | I looked up and saw her little face staring at me through the chair. 

2:32pm | After my terrible night sleep, I needed a nap. I’m terrible at taking naps so really I read for an hour and kind of half napped for 30 minutes.

3:49pm | Still feeling tired and a little sorry for myself so it’s the world’s comfiest onesie for the rest of the day.

6:03pm | Making candle holders for The 100 Day Project. 

8:13pm | Zoom quiz number 4637 of lockdown. I mean no offence when I say that I’m fairly over video calls. 

12:28am (technically Sunday) | Late night snuggles with Chief while we watch The Chase. We’re truly living the dream. 

 

 

I don’t work on Friday so I had a lovely lie in. I’m struggling to focus on reading the past couple of weeks but I woke at 8:30am and managed to stay in bed until 10am.  

If you want to find out more about Ali Edwards’ ‘Week in the Life’, you can here  and you can see some of Ali’s pictures here.

11:11am | While Dave worked, I drove down The Strawberry Beds to get us a (late) take away breakfast.

11:18am | How beautiful is this cottage on The Strawberry Beds? I love the Wisteria at the entrance and I would love to see what it looks like inside. I always admire it as I go by, this time I stopped and took a photo.

11:37am | Breakfast. Fresh sourdough almond croissant and a sourdough pain au chocolat. I couldn’t choose so we split them in half and shared. 

12:26pm | Waiting for the rain to stop so I can call to see Stephen & Sally for a socially distant chat and to drop off some pastries.

3:33pm | Covid-19 related things. I’m not having an easy time getting refunds for flights from the airline so I’m attempting a chargeback from the bank instead.

4:01pm | Adding gold polka dots to the bottom of the wall in our box bedroom/dressing room for day 46 of The 100 Day Project.

4:43am | Relaxing (and resting my back) for a few minutes while I wait for Dave to finish work so we can go for a walk.

5:12pm | Going for a walk and stopping at Dave’s parents house to say hi.

7:10pm | Look who’s back for the weekend! My mam arrived with Chief & Lady just after 7pm.

7:51pm | A rainbow after all that rain.

9:20pm | Gin & Tonic and Jack Change it. When you have nowhere to go at the weekends, you have to think of things to do at home. We play cards or games one night over the weekend. 

1:53am (technically Saturday) | Both of us on devices as we stay up way too late because it’s the weekend.

 

EMAILS & EMAIL NEWSLETTERS

I love email newsletters and I would love to create my own, but here are 3 reasons why I’m not going to:

  1. I’m sure you need some sort of software that I’m not going to buy. 
  2. I may get bored if it starts to feel like an obligation and stop wanting to do it.
  3. The only person likely to sign up to it is my dad because he’ll want to be supportive.

What I have decided to do instead is to post something that resembles a newsletter here for as long as it makes sense for me.

Earlier this year, I paid a very small fee to take this Inbox Bootcamp e-course. I would highly recommend it. It was a brilliant idea because it helped me clear my inbox and unsubscribe to all of the unwanted emails that come into my personal email every single day. Could I have done it without the e-course, most likely, but it focused my mind and I got some great tips. Now, instead of just deleting multiple junk type emails every day, I have signed up to a handful of email newsletters and I really look forward to them coming in throughout the week/month. I’m working off a zero inbox policy now and it feels like a big accomplishment.

 

WHY SOCIAL MEDIA IS GREAT IN A CRISIS

Did you see that? I got 2 paragraphs in before I mentioned the Coronavirus. Before you roll your eyes and leave, this is actually a positive point. When the government, here in Ireland, first announced the schools would be closing, it looked like people were just going to bulk buy and then turn on each other. It felt very uncertain and scary. Over two weeks later, we have further restrictions and everything is still up in the air, but people are coming together to help and lift each other up. Here are some of the things online that have made me smile through all of this: 

  • Musicians doing ‘gigs’ from their homes for charity. The Gavin James one for Alone on Instagram stories was so good.
  • People offering their services to parents trying to homeschool their kids. The Body Coach Joe Wicks doing P.E. from his living room every morning for kids at home is a great way to burn off a little energy before tackling the academic subjects.
  • Penguins wandering free around aquariums. This is the content I want to see.
  • Videos of Italians singing together from their balconies.
  • Irish people singing Irish songs from their front gates on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Kids chatting to and entertaining their grandparents through windows.
  • Exercise classes and bingo on the street.
  • People reaching out to elderly neighbours to help them with shopping and collecting prescriptions.
  • People using apps like Zoom and HouseParty to connect with friends and family in a fun way.

What did you see online that made this crisis a little more bearable this week? Let me know in the comments, slide into my DMs (not in that way) on Instagram or email me at ali@paparali.com

Oh and here’s a picture of my very cute old dog…his face sure makes me feel better and yes, this was taken just across from my house because it’s important to respect that 2km from your house rule.

Anyway, that’s enough from me this week…catch ya next week…maybe!

Ali 😉


Name: Chief

Breed: Basset Hound

Gender: Male

Age: 9 years old. He’ll be 10 in October! Getting old now…that’s like a million in dog years.

Size: around 28 or 29kg. In other words overweight. He was up to 34kg so he has lost quite a bit. 

Colouring: tri-colour

Allergies: grass, dust, dust mites & his own dandruff

Nicknames: Chiefy, Chiefy Chops, Cheeky Chops, Fat Dog.

History: we bought him as a puppy from a breeder. It’s something I’d never do again. They were also breeding German Shepards & West Highland Terriers. 

Good with…

Dogs? No & Yes! He tends to be nervous of them mostly. He can play with other dogs but doesn’t necessarily want to. 

Cats? No but before lady came along he was terrified of them. She makes him braver.

Kids? Yes fine. Any human who gives him attention is acceptable. 

Likes: FOOD, treats, food, did I mention food? His red soft bone toy, covering himself in blankets, rubs and attention of any kind! 


Name: Lady
Breed: Jack Russell

Gender: Female

Age: 7 years old. We got her when she was roughly 1 & a half years old. 

Size: around 8 or 9kg. Also overweight but not by too much. 

Colouring: black & white

Allergies: none that we know of. 

Nicknames: Lady Lumps, Lady Girl, Mouse Face.

History: She turned up at the Pitch & Putt club my Mam plays in & when no1 claimed her, my Mam brought her home. We brought her to the vets and she wasn’t microchipped. We had no intention of keeping her but she won us over. 

Good with…

Dogs? No. 

Cats? No, she despises them! 

Kids? Yes fine. She loves women and kids but has to come around to men & sometimes she never does. 

Likes: Treats, licking people’s faces, climbing up on top of Chief for a snooze and long walks. 

This past weekend was a bank holiday weekend in Ireland so I thought I’d share my weekend in photos here. I shared a post like this a few years ago and I don’t know why I don’t do it more. There’s endless photos in my camera roll that never end up anywhere so I’m going to take the opportunity to share them here. (not pictured: drinks with friends on Friday, nachos for the Champion’s League Final on Saturday and drinks and dinner with Dave’s family on Sunday!)

Lady & Chief

Going Shopping in New Sandals Rasmopoliton

Dublin CityLadyCooling Down on a Warm Day

Chief

Picnics in the rainCar Picnic
A belly rub for Chief

1) Lady & Chief enjoying a lazy Friday afternoon (not sure there’s any other kind for them!),  2) Going shopping in my new sandals,  3) A razmo before dinner,  4) Dublin – Henry Street with a view of the Spire, 5) Lady looking a little fed up of having her picture taken, 6) nothing cures a hangover like an ice-pop, 7) Chief wishing he could have my ice-pop, 8) I was using my new picnic basket this weekend rain, hail or shine!, 9) picnic in the car, it is!, 10) If Chief rolls over and presents himself for a belly rub, you don’t say no!!


Reading… The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes. I forgot how easy and fun her books are to read. I did not forget how funny she is. Her sense of humour is just brilliant.

Watching… Still hooked on Grey’s Anatomy. I’m almost at the end of season 9 now. What the hell am I going to do with my evenings when I catch up?

Listening to… TED Talks on my Podcast app while I drive. I’m learning all sorts of things in mostly 16-18 minute time slots.

Drinking… more water….finally!

Focussing on… getting back on track with my weight loss. I’ve been seriously slacking since December. Losing & gaining the same few pounds but I’m trying to be a bit more disciplined again.

Enjoying… some May sunshine in Ireland. Hopefully it lasts through the weekend!Although he hates the sun, my partner in crime, Chief, can’t help but sit out there with me when I’m reading.

Pinning… my own blog posts!

Considering… a trip to Bratislava in the summer.

Chief

  1. He’s 8 years old. He’ll be 9 on the 14th October 2016. The 14th of October was the date my Nana died. Chief was born exactly 10 years, to the day, after she died. I’d like to think it was a sign but she never would have sent such a lazy slob. 
  2. We bought Chief as a puppy and I hope he’s the last dog I’ll ever buy. There’s so many dogs to be rescued. I’d like to think if I ever get another dog, I can rescue.
  3. He’s an absolute attention whore. He’s not picky about it either. He will take attention from absolutely anybody that comes into the house and for as long as they are willing to rub him, talk to him, kiss him. Unlike Lady, he’s not that interested in pleasing people. It’s all about the love he can get.
  4. He doesn’t like it when strangers approach him when he’s out for walks. It makes him very nervous. Same goes for other dogs.
  5. Chest rubs and ear rubs are his absolute favourite things.
  6. He also loves food. Any food. If it’d edible he’ll take it.The only food he has ever turned down is tomato. Plus, he’s a beggar. Those sad eyes work on almost everyone.
  7. The minute he gets under a blanket, he twirls around until the blanket is completely wrapped around him and he falls asleep. He won’t move for hours. 
  8. He barks at cats like he wishes he could catch them, but the truth is he only started to be brave when we got Lady. When he was a couple of years old, I caught him sneaking past a cat in our back garden who was eating his food. 
  9. He has lots of allergies including grass, dust, dust mites and his own dandruff. Yep, you read that right. He’s pretty much allergic to himself.
  10. When he’s on steroids for his allergies, he sits at the fridge or the bin and cries for food.
  11. He only likes short walks, around the block would do him fine but if he could get off the lead and run in the grass, he’d do it for hours.
  12. If he senses that you are upset, he’ll situate himself so that he can lie with his head on your chest or lap and it’s the only time he won’t nudge you for rubs.
  13. He has loads of nicknames: Chiefy, Chiefy Chops, Fat Chops, Cheeky Chops, Baby Boy & Grumpelstiltskin.

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Fethard-On-Sea Crazy legs Mable

Layla

Mam, Chief and Lady

You might remember my post last year about our holiday to Wexford with the dogs. Well the trip was so successful that we decided to do it again this year, and just like that it became ‘a thing’. This year’s Dog Holiday didn’t have as many visitors (although it did have a very important one who was willing to spend hours throwing Chief his ball and giving Lady cuddles) and we only went for 5 days but as usual Chief and Lady loved every minute of it. I would definitely recommend Fethard-On-Sea as a place to visit in Ireland and it has beautiful beaches. We were very lucky this year as we got to meet a Basset puppy called Mable who was desperate to play with our dogs but Chief was terrified of her. We also got to meet two other basset owners which was great because they’re the only type of people who consider Chief to be thin.

Roll on Dog’s Holiday 2015.

To see more pictures, check out ‘The Dog’s Holiday 2014’ or for last years pictures ‘The Dog’s Holiday 2013’