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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

This is the long Goodbye!

Currently listening to Paul Brady's classic "this is the long goodbye". No subtle message intended, albeit I have been inabstentia from blogging for too long. But what a great song - Paul Brady, is for me, one of those musicians that I have so grown into - my Dad has been an avid fan for as long as I can remember, his song "the island" holds a particularly poignant meaning for our family - someone very precious was both found and lost to that song and it will forever make me cry. All that said I had never really gotten into Paul Brady's music until recently but all I can say is that I am so glad I did - the man is an unbelievable musician and wordsmith. Old age is sometimes a venerable thing - the appreciation it brings is a wonderful thing.

However, I have been missing from the blogosphere again for a month or so. No major reason why except that things have just been busy - work has been more hectic recently than it has been in a very long time. Then there have been long weekends away and a good bit of socialising in between. I put my hands up - last year I made a decision that I would blog as and when it suited me - I never want to be a blogger who lives to blog - more a blogger who blogs when it suits her life :)

Things in Curly K land are good even if they are busy. Lots of catching up on the blogosphere to be done again but c'est la vie.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Rats coming up through your toilet!!!

So I was out planting some trees in my garden this evening. All was good with the world, had managed to get the first cut on my postage stamp lawn yesterday evening as well as managing to paint two newly acquired oak barrel planters for my decking into which my new trees were being planted this evening.

Then suddenly it all went haywire when my neighbours young son was hanging out the window pointing to a MASSIVE rat sitting in their garden. Now, I'm not stupid, I know already that rats are never far away, especially if you live near water, like I do - except knowing and seeing are two very, very different experiences. I mean I haven't felt this girly about anything since, well actually ever. I am freaked out - the one thing that I really couldn't handle is rats in the house, I'll deal with spiders, really won't like a field mouse but I'll actually make myself voluntarily homeless if I come face to face with a rat.

Of course, now I know I have not helped myself, even though I thought I was doing the right thing when I went online to find out what I could get to keep them out of my garden and happened upon this gem on Google Video - insomnia here I come for a long long time!!!!!!!!!! By the way turn down the sound if you're squeamish!

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Room Escape Games

Are bloody addictive!!! I wonder if there is an AA alternative for those hooked on them, need to find out very soon. I have spent far too long recently trying to escape from virtual roomson one of my favourite sites. All that clicking is not good for arthritic fingers but what the hell! It's no wonder I haven't been posting enough recently or updating my links or catching up with all my favourite blogs.

But did manage to get a fluffy link (hooray - Damien, does this mean I get a fluffy badge??? And no, I wasn't pissed off with you - merely rendered nostalgic!) Plus I managed to weed my lovely garden this evening. Is the fact that the evenings are getting longer fantastic? Hopefully I'll soon be able to use my recently transformed garden (hip, hip, hooray!)

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Bertie says the entire cabinet cried!

OH PLEASE - SPARE ME!!! How was Bertie not embarrassed spouting that load of shite to the press! Pass the vomit bag, the whole episode is getting more nauseous by the minute.

"Bertie Ahern has said each of his Fianna Fáil cabinet colleagues broke down in tears when he told them he was stepping down as party leader.........."It was the first time in my life I wanted to get out of a Fianna Fáil meeting quickly, when all the men and all the women were collectively crying."
(c) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7333674.stm

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Never mind WWMD, look what he did!

Ah Mulley, what have you gone and done?? Now I can't get this out of my head! It was a hit in 1987 here and in the US in 1988 - oh, the memories;
  • I was 15 and thought I'd never get old enough to do the things I wanted to do
  • Inter-cert was looming
  • Not allowed to discos
  • Still sharing a bedroom with my sister (it had red wallpaper with white love hearts on !)
  • Hadn't yet kissed a boy (or didn't for at least another 3 years!!!)
  • Thought I was fat - I wasn't
  • Tried to make sure I got to walk around town after school as often as I could to look at the lads from the local boys secondary school
  • Was also listening to Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, George Michael, Robert Palmer , INXS and bloody Billy Ocean cos their songs like the rest on this list were omni-present
  • Had stopped trying to knit leg-warmers but was still sewing a god-damned apron for Home Economics!
  • Was beginning to experiment with make-up and had a Miners eyeshadows
  • Naively thought I'd be married by 25 and just automatically have children
  • A Pan-Am Boeing 747 explodedover Lockerbie, Scotland from a terrorist bomb
  • The other George Bush was elected in the US
  • Kids cool enough to have computers (we weren't) were playing Super Mario 3
  • Big Brother's SamAnda twin combo were born!
20 years on things have changed somewhat, sadly not all for the better;
  • I'm now afraid of getting too old to do the things I want
  • Whilst the Inter-Cert is long gone, not so the Leaving Cert - it took me a while to figure out this link but I now know when I'm stressed - I dream or have nightmares about sitting the Leaving Cert!!
  • Now I'm dying to share my bedroom with someone again - haven't done so since I left home and started college!
  • Again I'm still waiting to kiss boys! Well actually looking for one that I can kiss again and again and again!!!!!
  • I am fat
  • Now when I want to look at men I drive around town!
  • Those songs evoke all sorts of memories
  • My mother still has that god-damned apron somewhere - but I did get As in both Inter and Leaving Cert Home Economics!!!
  • Like then I still only wear make-up when I'm going out but now have more expensive brands
  • Terrorism is still rife around the world
  • There is still a fucking George Bush in power
  • SamAnda are substantially more irritating than they were (I hope they weren't that fucking annoying when they were babies - surely someone would have drowned them!)

I still like Rick Astley though, the guy has a great voice and I only learned what a Rick Roll was tonight so you live and learn!

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Slide & tilt patio doors?

Trying to do some research on slide & tilt patio doors right now and there isn't a whole lot out there about what's available in Ireland so wondering if anyone has a slide & tilt patio door? Is it good? Where did you source it in Ireland? Will I need to re-mortgage to get one?

I'm simply trying to solve a big problem I've had in my house since I moved a few years ago. My house is a townhouse and only has one room to the back which is the livingroom and the only window in the room is the sliding patio door. It's great in the summer but any other time I dread leaving it open to air the room as I absolutely dread mice and rats and don't want them getting indoors so never leave the door open unless I'm in the room. This means that it doesn't get aired nearly enough as in winter by the time I get home it is dark and cold and sitting with a door open isn't really an option.

As I absolutely do not want french doors opening either in or out of the room and I cannot see any sliding doors with an integral window that can be opened I'm beginning to think that a slide and tilt patio door may be my only option.

Any information would be a bonus - what a pity architects don't think of all practicalities when designing houses!

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Too much to say!

So, Curly K just had a fantastic first date.............good company, attractive guy, chemistry...............but......................and there is a but;................. shouldn't be.................but there is.

Some women (especially me!) are never happy I swear!!!!!!!!!


"Mental note to self (again!) do not post at stupid o'clock in the morning after a barrel full of wine!!!

There is no real but at this stage except maybe how the fuck do I do a Kim & Aggie on my house single-handedly in the next week or so :)!!!!

The but last night was probably caused by being told just before the date that an ex of mine that I really did like a lot apparently isn't over me and still likes me - duh to me - he broke it off a long time ago, has certainly made noises to the effect that he still likes me since we broke up but only when I was last seeing someone else. He's known for a long time now that I am single again and done nothing about it so he can go and jump as far as I am concerned.

And to be truthful last night was really a lovely night; great company and conversation, good looking single bloke no baggage and some chemistry to boot :)!

Now anyone got a phone number for Kim & Aggie! So much to do, so little time :)!!!"