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My action(script) filled life!


I haven’t been blogging that much lately.  That’s because these days my time is taken up with trying to get my head around this stuff.



I’m beginning to wonder what I ever did before all this programming stuff came along. (It’s a bit like when I used to wonder what I was doing before I had kids!)

I found this video on Flickr of a National Civil Defence Excercise in 2009, the year I started in the LIT Creative Multimedia Course.



And then I found this photo.
Coastguard Helicopter


And then this one…..Ok this one’s a bit smaller, but I was two stone lighter at the time.

fire engine


So eh…..basically I had time to blog this evening because I took a break from looking at blue boxes and em…..concentrated my studies in the area of Social Media. *cough*


I Love Thursdays!

I Love Thursdays

I Love Thursdays

I spotted these t-shirts over on Zazzle.co.uk earlier on and I’m tempted to get one.  Thursdays have to be my favourite part of the week at the moment, with video and photography classes spanning my entire college day.

I don’t particularly mind Wednesdays.  Databases and ActionScript are on the agenda this year.  I’m finding programming a challenge, but I suppose it would be dull if it wasn’t.

My Mondays and Tuesdays, however, are marred with excessive amounts of time given to Personal Development and Team Building classes.


I’ve always enjoyed Team Building workshops and weekends.  I’ve been on plenty of them with the Civil Defence, with Irish Mensa, and with a couple of organisations that I’ve worked for over the years.  I’ve built bridges out of paper, directed blindfolded team members through minefields, and used buckets, balls and rope to conduct successful rescue missions.  I’ve gotten to know so many people and we’ve had FUN!!!

Our Team Building workshops in college are lacking in…..well….in team building. We’ve built no paper bridges but we’ve tiptoed through several minefields.

Why don't you?

The exercises we’ve been given have, for the most part, involved half-hour group discussions based on moral dilemnas rather than puzzle solving.

Except for last Tuesday when we were given twenty minutes to come up with twenty-five ways we could make money out of a Hiace van.

Tree - apply directly to forehead

God grant me patience! What a waste of those twenty minutes of my life.  Not to mention that the type of Hiace wasn’t even specified.  If it was a truck, then we’d have to rule out at least twenty of the twenty-five ideas that we came up with, from perfectly legal activities like chicken rearing, to some more rather ‘dodgy’ practices that I couldn’t possibly list here as my mother might be reading.  I’m not even sure that she knows what hash is!

I want those twenty minutes back to write a blog post!!

Oh wait…..

Listowel Writers’ Week 2010


I’m headed ‘Weshtwards’ this year for Listowel Writers’ Week! I’d have gone before now only it conflicted with our local Civil Defence training camp in Lahinch.  This year I’m taking a break from rescue training and hoping to pick up some tips in writing from Sheila O’Flanagan at her workshop.

The week runs from the 2nd to the 6th of June and there are writing workshops and literary events planned to suit everyone’s taste.  You can see the full programme at www.writersweek.ie, and further information on the Listowel Writers’ Week Fringe blog which I’ve been asked, by Paul O’Mahoney (Omaniblog), if I’d like to contribute towards. I hope to write a few bits and pieces and record some podcasts for this in the coming weeks.

Other than that, with the weather being as good as it has been the last few days, I haven’t been in the mood for sitting at a laptop.  Today is going to be another scorcher and I’m going to read, take photos, and try to sort out the poor neglected garden.  I have a feeling that this morning could also involve some emergency clothes shopping for Bee who’s taken an amazing growth spurt since last summer.

Have a good one!

For Sale at Last


Finally! The house is for sale. It’s taken 3 months to get it in order and now, at last, the “For Sale” sign has gone up and the house is on the market. Hopefully now, with the recent changes to stamp duty, the property market will pick up again and we won’t take to long to sell.

We’ve had our eye on a house for the last couple of months and are going to see a couple more at the weekend. I hope we can find something that we’ll all be happy with.

It’s probably not a great time to be trying to sell a house, what with Christmas around the corner and all. But, maybe people will see the sign over the Christmas and be inspired to take a look in the New Year.

I’ve almost finished all the shopping at this stage. All the important stuff is done. The Game Stop in Clonmel has seen me pay a couple of visits, as has Slatterys up in The Poppyfields. In fact, after the past year, I’m fairly sure I must be one of Slatterys’ best customers. I feel like I’m part of the family now.

I have no idea what Santa is bringing me. I keep changing my mind about what I’d like, which isn’t good. But I have everything I want really. So long as we’re all together at Christmas I don’t mind. And so long as the Christmas dinner turns out ok. I’m cooking. And I’m cooking for all of my family. I love doing it but this year I’m not doing anything with the veg until I’m sure everyone’s on their way. Last year I had everything cooked and ready only to received a phonecall from my mam to say “Your dad’s just having a shower and we’ll be leaving then”. That’s all well and good, but they live two hours drive away. Queue the brown brussels sprouts. 🙁

Doesn’t look like I’m on duty much with the Garda Reserve over the Christmas. There’s been a fair bit of work with the Civil Defence though. One of the events that took place was the “Just One Life” campaign that’s taking place in an effort to teach the younger generation more about safe driving practises. I managed to see a little of it yesterday. The gardai demonstrated the differences in braking distances when travelling at various speeds. It was very interesting. I think it’s a great idea to have practical demonstrations like that. Hopefully it’ll have a postive effect on the drivers of the future.