New Year (new me?)… Nah!

Greeting Bloggers,

How goes it in the land of Blog? I have missed all your lovely blogs lately but hopefully I’ll do better now (sounds like my school report card – Alba could do better!) I’m definitely going to go back to the Weekly Photo Challenge and hoping to blog in-between as well. No New Year resolutions for me this year though, they just get broken… although last year I did manage to log into MyFitnessPal every single day. Every. Single. Day. Are you impressed? I’m not saying I actually lost any weight, plus some days I might only have logged my breakfast, but I did it, and still am. I’m currently at 375 days in a row. Go me!! This year I just intend to eat healthily, work out a couple of times a week (I’m just back in from my first cycle ride in months today and even though it was a close-run thing, I didn’t puke up my lunchtime lentil soup. It was touch and go for a moment, but I didn’t disgrace myself. I do have jelly legs now, but stomach is fine) plus keep working away. I would love to say I could make enough money for my husband to retire, but that isn’t going to happen. Not that I want him hanging around the house God forbid, but he can go get a less stressful job as a golf-course greenkeeper, tiling bathrooms or raising chickens (all things he’d be pretty good at but won’t make us rich).

Anyway as this is supposed to be a photography blog here’s a few pics from my Ne’erday celebrations and a short trip we had to Chicago to meet up with 4 Scottish friends who came over to the US to celebrate one of their birthdays. Unfortunately the birthday boy got stopped at the US Immigration in Dublin and got questioned so long him and his wife missed the flight (thanks Immigration!) but they manged to get here the next day in time for the train back down to my house. They’ll laugh about it eventually….

We made up for it on Hogmanay with a party night at a local hotel and loads of fun, laughter, (bad) singing and good food (when I wasn’t cooking anyway). Christmas was also good – spending time with my wee family, Skyping or FaceTiming my extended family and of course eating far too much (that would have been one of my breakfast only days on MyFitnessPal)

I hope you all had a lovely festive season and are raring to go in 2018. Cheers everyone!

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Kinda ironic this was the view from my hotel window seeing as one of my friends wasn’t allowed through US Immigration!
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Chicago at night
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Celebrations

 

Leibster Award

I’d like to thank Ciara for nominating me for a Leibster Award and am constantly surprised when anyone thinks my blog is interesting enough to read. I’d also like to thank those who land on here by accident and push my figures up into double-digits. Y’all rock!

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Y’know I’m not one to follow rules much, but this time I’ll be good and stick to the proper formula for this award and answer the questions Ciara posted as sensibly as I know how. Plus as this is (supposed to be) a photography blog how can I incorporate a pic into each question? Well, I can’t so I’m just throwing up a random shot of a Blue Bunting that crash landed into my window a while back. I get it Blue Bunting. I crash-land into things quite regularly. I sympathise with you. It lived btw.

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Anyway Questions. Here we go.

1) Why do you write?
Emm, I really only write to talk about my photographs. Sometimes I go off on tangents, but mostly it’s related to the pic. Well sometimes. Maybe. Oh all right, I just talk about whatever. I don’t know…. so much pressure!!!

2) Which of your own blog posts should people read if they want to really know you?
Wow, these are hard! This one kind of sums up my life pretty well though Accidents and nekkidness

3) Best hybrid animal and why?
Penguin and Giraffe. Why not?

4) Flowers or chocolate?
Can’t I have both? *sad face* I do love getting flowers (or buying them for myself) but I guess if I really have to choose it would be chocolate.

5) What was your favorite childhood toy?
Roller skates. I used to wear them everywhere, even to the library where I would pretend to walk in them until the librarian wasn’t watching then I’d skate around the bookshelves.

6) What is one thing about your life that you would change?
The fact that Star Trek-style Transporters aren’t real. I wish I could instantly travel halfway across the world to meet up with friends for coffee. Oh, you want a real answer. Well, I don’t think I’d change anything. Maybe I’d like to be able to sing.

7) Who is your favorite writer?
Now that really IS an impossible answer. I’m a total book-nerd. I’m in two book clubs and I will read just about anything. I probably love fantasy and sci-fi best, followed by mysteries and don’t really enjoy non-fiction as much. I like to escape from reality and fighting dragons and flying half-way across the universe is pretty much the best way to escape I can think of. A friend sent me this quote the other day there, which pretty much sums me up.

To the girl who reads by flashlight, who sees dragons in the clouds, who feels most alive in worlds that never were, who knows magic is real, who dreams. This is for you.

Nice eh?

8) Are you crafty? (Either ‘cunning’ or ‘able to make crafts’)
Yes I am. The second version.

9) What movie do you like to watch over and over? Why?
The Matrix. Because there is no spoon and you’ve always got to watch out for those black cats!

10) What makes you laugh?
My friends, my family, funny dog memes on the internet.

 

So now I have to nominate people to answer my questions – Go on, go on, go on. You know you want to Rover, Dookes, Mike, Miriam, Curtis, Silver Fox, Lili, Pete, Abrie and anyone else I’ve forgotten or who just wants to answer my questions (you’re supposed to nominate 11).

Questions

  1. Why do you blog? (have to throw in a blogging questions, seeing as this IS a blog after all!)
  2. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  3. Star Wars or Star Trek (remember this might be the most important question on here!)
  4. Favourite movie?
  5. Favourite book?
  6. Favourite song? (not being lazy, I’m genuinely curious)
  7. Do you like to cook and what do is your best dish?
  8. What makes you laugh?
  9. Most embarassing moment?
  10. Singing or dancing?
  11. T-Rex or Dragons?