Saturday, May 28, 2011

I Want to Go Away

I always have the strangest most bizarre dreams you could ever imagine. The one I woke up from tonight was not too strange: I dreamt that I was going on holiday to a warm and sunny place, but the person I was travelling with had lost their ticket so we were not able to board the plane. That would be an absolutely horrible thing to happen!

It's usually around this time of the year when the weather starts to become somewhat sunny, that you start feeling chained to your computer inside a dark office, and yearn for a holiday. It's the same thing every year and I'm currently experiencing this yearning for sun and palmtrees. 

Let's yearn together:

Wilted Flowers Break my Heart

 You may have noticed already that I have a thing for bright colours. I'm not a big flower person though. I.e. if I receive flowers I appreciate the gesture but would have preferred chocolates: hands up all those that agree!

I don't mind taking pictures of flowers though as I'm a snapshot enthusiast. I saw these tiny but cute purple flowers that were already half wilted at Karl's dad's house last weekend.

There's something sad about seeing wilted flowers, isn't there?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Big Twenty-Three

It was my birthday yesterday! I wanted to make an actual posting on my actual birthday, as I have a tendency to never post about things on the same day they happen but I didn't... I did other naughty things as well, like eating too much cake, but I think that is allowed on your birthday.

During the day there was hugging, a few cheek kisses and a surprise desert given to me at lunch. ICO Anni got me the quaintest little card, people both sang and hummed happy birthday and Karl baked me a cake.

Anni X 3 on Anni's 22nd

The hostel party that Anni hosted in honor of her birthday did not quite turn out as I had expected. I had thought that it would be kept in a bare room with bunk beds and that we would all be sneaking in, with the large risk of getting thrown out at any part of the evening looming over our heads at all times. 

It turned out to be kept in the lobby of the hostel though, and there was no sneaking around. What a laid back and nice hostel, to allow the guests to bring friends that are loud and carry wine with them!

In case you were wondering what kind of awesomeness was written into Anni's beautiful birthday card, then you can have a read above!

Agent Anni was there. I have only recently gotten to know her but she is fun! ICO Anni took this picture, as she was also present!

Pilvi was there and we played paparazzi.

Birthday girl Anni was camera shy and didn't want pictures taken of her. She looked pretty either way though.

Everybody brought a bottle of wine and so we sat around in the lounge talking and drinking red wine. Talking + red wine = Never Fails.

Unfortunately I had to be boring and leave early and there were a lot of sad faces and hugging going around as we tried to tear ourselves apart from each other. 

It was a lot of fun to be out with both Pilvi, Anni, Anni and... Anni. I wonder if we would have even more fun if me and Pilvi changed our names to Anni?!

Taking Pictures in the Dark when You're Drunk Can be a Challenge

I have lived in Ireland for almost three years but am not as familiar with City Center (cc for short) as I should be. I tend to get lost and confuse certain familiar streets with others I thought I was familiar with. It's funny when you think about it, but I have always lived outside the city and never in the immediate heart of it. When I have gone into the city it has mostly been to my favourite pubs and bars. If I tag along with friends to dark and unknown places in the late hours of the evening, then you tend to be too caught up in talking/laughing to notice which street you are on. 

Is it strange to be so unfamiliar with a place that seems so familiar?

The pictures were taken in town on Friday when I went in to celebrate Anni into her 22nd year. More postings are to follow up soon!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Great Friends and Mischief

Pilvi was the first friend I made when I moved to Ireland almost three years ago. We used to live together in a house owned and occupied by a lovely Irish police detective called Jonathan. 

We worked in the same company, but after my one year contract ended I decided to move to Spain and she went travelling to far away countries for a year. We've both been back in Ireland for quite some time now, but it's only recently we've found ourselves both working in the same company again. 

We have a lot of catching up to do and a lot of undone mischief to make up for. Great adventures are ahead of us!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Flowers, Glitter and a Bow

There used to be three people on my desk called Anni. One is still working as an agent, one was promoted to ICO and is now working alongside me, and the third Anni moved to Finland.

The third Anni didn't feel that she could stay away too long, as she is back in Ireland again and working in the same company. She has however been transferred to a different desk and is working in a different part of the building. 

Yesterday was her birthday and she invited a few of the people from the desk to the hostel she was staying in for a hostel. I had images of us getting too happy, loud and drunk on wine and getting thrown out, but I have never been to a hostel party before and thought it sounded awesome. 

When I went to buy her a birthday card I found this one and I swear that it is the most  beautiful card I have ever seen.

Current Events turn Personal

If you have been following the news lately, there might have been a mention of something which has been a very hot topic in Ireland: Queen Elizabeth II has been visiting Ireland for a number of days. I haven't really been following the whole ordeal in the media, but as far as I'm aware it is her first visit to Ireland. Due to politics and the troubled past between England and Ireland she has not set foot in this country until now, and not all people have been happy that she decided to do so.

There has been a lot of hassle for the people living in City Center, as there has been delays and changes in the train and bus schedules. There has also been parking bans and people have been urged to only travel in to the city by public transport. There were a few squeals from Anni as she learned that the Queen would visit Croke Park Stadium and was worried about encountering agressive people with bombs on her way home, as she lives a stone's throw from the Stadium.

As I left work yesterday I saw five massive monster helicopters chopping through the air. I doubt the Queen travels via Army Helicopter, but they must have been a part of the security measures that the country took in order to ensure the Queen would be safe. 

 It's certainly not every day that you see helicopters like this!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Roses covered in Dust

The first bouquet of flowers I ever received from a boy is stored in the upstairs hallway of my family home in Finland. They are kept out for display and can be seen just as you climb up the the last few steps. They were covered in dust the last time I saw them. They were looking a bit battered as the petals seem to have fallen off one or two of the stems.

While the person that gave them to me did a lot of harm in my life, I still felt I couldn't throw the flowers away, as they were not the ones that had betrayed me.

The memories are long forgotten but it still feels reassuring that those roses are still in that white vase. Even though they are covered in dust and the petals are missing on one or two of the whitered stems.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Is the Irish Summer Over Already?

The downside of living in Ireland is that the summer unfortunately only lasts about three days. The rest of the season is spent in envy of others and their sunshine as we go about our summer days in showers of rain. 

Irish weather can be quite fascinating though, as it can change from sunshine to rain, to chilly winds, to rain, and this multiple times within a couple of hours. You never know what to expect but what you can be sure of though, is that you will most likely need your umbrella if you're going out.  

Looking for Bundles of Energy

Sometimes I find myself wishing I was preppy. That kind of person that most others find annoying simply for the fact that they have copious amounts of energy and bounce around tirelessly making us mere mortals feel inadequate. The kind of hyperactive person that Reese Witherspoon portrays in movies.  

It hits me in the mornings when I press the "Snooze" button for the eleventh time, when I feel like spending my lunch break napping instead of eating and when I get home from a tiring day at work and the most productive thing I do all evening is to fall asleep and wake up close to midnight, only to retire back to bed: this time dressed in pajamas. 

Does it sound familiar or am I the only one?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I will see you again some day

I'm the kind of person that feels incomplete leaving the house with a teeny tiny clutch, as I'm the type that has an overwhelming need to carry everything I own with me at all times.

The last couple of days I have however done something out of character and sported a little pouch flung over my shoulder instead of the usual medium sized bag. The fact that I have carried a shopper bag with me to hold my lunch, book and water bottle has been of help as there is no way my cutesy little pouch would be able to hold these items. At least I have not started hyperventilating at the idea of not being able to carry trash, old receipt and two different types of deodorant with me though.

I've had this cute little bag for quite some time now, but due to it's size it has not yet been seen outside the immediate area that is surrounding my wardrobe. When I saw it I felt I had to buy it, as it featured a bow, was in lovely rust colour and was made of suede.

It appears I made a wise decision in purchasing it, as it has been with me the last couple of days and surely will for many more. The little sweetheart holds my brush, ample make up supply, iPod, phone, chewing gum and a small perfume bottle. What else would a girl need at work?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Ink and Needles

I don't have any tattoos as I haven't felt strongly enough about any image that I would consider permanently etching it into my skin with ink. I don't mind other people having tattoos and a lot of them can be quite beautiful though.

I was with Karl when he got his second tattoo. He knew that he wanted a Celtic cross and I helped him to pick it out. The Celtic design meant a lot to him as he is Irish, and he was quite happy with the way the cross turned out.

Do you have any tattoos?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Little Furry Creatures that Melt your Heart

Kitty has been looking a bit rounder as of lately and me and Karl were starting to wonder if she was pregnant. We debated back and forth on whether she was or not, but I guess that we can come agree that she was, as she gave birth to four little kittens this week.

Are they not cute????