New Addition: Flickr Friday

Westport Sunset

Introduction: I’ve been racking my brain for a good way to showcase the photos I have on flickr on here for a long time now, and it finally came to me during a conversation on EC with Mike @ Celtophelia. I also found out the title is already being used so I feel I have to link Allan here, even if it’s not necessarily an entry into that Meme. I’d also like to link to Saki, since she also does the Meme. I would also like to say that I’m pretty sure this is subconsiously inspired by Rachel‘s blog post format.

Flickr Friday is about choosing one of my favourite photos every friday and telling you why it’s my favourite. From what I can tell of the Flickr Friday Meme that’s on other blogs are not limited to photos you’ve taken yourself. They showcase any photo on flickr1 that the blogger likes. Because mine is slightly different I thought I would go ahead with it anyway.

This photograph: This is one of my favourite2 photographs from Ireland. It was taken during my 2nd visit to Ireland; New Year’s day 2006. We were on the west coast and it was a very cold day. The two week vacation was a little inappropriate, and awkward. But I think it was a great turning point in our relationship. I think it was during this vacation that I realised that I was going to love him no matter what, whether he felt the same way about me or not. This sunset perfectly displayed all the emotions I was feeling that New Year’s day. And that is why I love it.

What do you think?

Footnotes:
  1. that’s CC licensed of course[]
  2. I’m hoping to not have to say this once I do a few of these posts[]

Almost home

The following is an entry I made in a handwritten diary because I didn’t have as many opportunities to access the internet while I was on vacation.

So I think I can pretty much write off the first half of 2008 as my longest holiday ever. I feel like I’ve accomplished the least in these last 6 months. Ok so June isn’t over yet, but I don’t see myself accomplishing anything substantial in the near future so I’m going to write off June as well.

My holiday in Ireland is almost over and because I haven’t had much access to the internet, I’ve had a lot of time to think (and be a good ol’ daytime-tv-watching-nintendo-ds-playing couch potato). But the strangest thing is that the more time I get to relax, the more I like it and the more I want to continue doing it rather than trying to figure out exactly what it is I want to be doing for the rest of my life.

I found out about a week into my holiday that I will be able to go back to my temp job for at least 25 days and all of a sudden I’m not worried about what I’m going to do for work. I could’ve gone down to the internet cafe near the apartment everyday and applied for jobs. Instead I slept in till noon, watched TV for four hours, cooked dinner just in time for him to come home, ate dinner and continued to watch TV for the rest of the night.

Some nights instead of watching TV after dinner, we’d meet up with some friends. One night, we went to the xThe Bossx concert (my opinion: They don’t call him “xThe Bossx” for nothing!) Another night I went to the Celine Dion concert (I know, I know… I went all the way to Ireland to watch a Canadian Artist perform – whatever, she was awesome!). During their long weekend, we went to see some really cool historical sites where we got to see structures older than the Pyramids. I suppose I can call than an accomplishment but it’s not like I worked hard at it.

It’s been such a great holiday though, especially for our relationship. Sure we’ve had some disagreements but they’ve only been the kind of disagreements that keep the fire alive. On that note, he’ll be home soon and we’re going to see the Sex and the City movie tonight. And then for the rest of the week, I’m going to have to try and catch up with everyone I haven’t seen yet. Busy Bee, that’s me!

(Belated) Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

GreenI’m off to the Duke of Kent (it wasn’t my choice), for a good ol’ night on the town. Hope everyone had a nice day! I’m having a little trouble uploading my pictures from my camera at the moment. So in the meantime, enjoy these St. Patrick’s Day inspired photos from others.

St Patrick's Day, Dublin, 2008 17/365 Grumpy Reject Sláinte!

And of course, you could always go to my flickr and see my Ireland photos.

<edit @ Mar 19 23:45> For those of you who may have remembered seeing a photo of a guy holding a pint of Guinness up in the line of photos up above, I had to take it down because I neglected to check the copyrights on the photo. Thanks to getfil (who has some pretty awesome photos) for being so nice about letting me know!</edit>

<further edit @ Mar 20 21:30> I’ve been able to obtain permission from all the owner’s of the photos above, which evidently are all ‘all rights reserved’. There goes my theory about my flickr plug-in. Anyway, I would just like to thank (respectively) Maycon Beal, HolaHolaCherryCola (Nathalie Márquez Courtney), mlsj and Seetwist for graciously allowing me to use these photos when my camera was acting up on me. Later, I’m going to talk about the whole issue with my flickr plug-in</edit>

Better… for me anyway

I was so ready to freeze him out this weekend and go however long it would take to make him realise that I really meant it this time. But he already knew. And it’s made for a pretty good weekend. And to top it all off, we had gorgeous sunshine and clear blue skies all day today. And if that weren’t enough our new mattresses came which means my back won’t be sore from springs sticking into it anymore! yippee!

Celeb-BODvFrance Of course one sad bit of news this weekend to balance it all out… Ireland managed to get a terrible ass-whoopin’ from France yesterday in their 2nd last pool D match. The match ended at 25-3 for the host team, and puts France at the top of the Pool which means that Ireland not only have to beat Argentina next week, but they need to get a bonus point by scoring 4 tries. And even then, it only means they go on to play the New Zealand All Blacks. And they are scary!

France do still have to play Georgia next Sunday, but there isn’t really any chance that Georgia are going to beat them. The most that France can get is 5 points which will bring them to the top of the Pool as Argentina are currently sitting on 14 points after beating Namibia 63-3 today. If Ireland beats Argentina (currently a very big IF), they’ll tie Argentina at 14 points. But even then… argh. I know this is a slightly boring post, but I’m more doing it to try and work out how much ‘hope’ I should really put into next week.

Of course, I will still be supporting them 100% but it’s hard to ignore the stats… *sigh* Good luck Ireland!!