The Queen of Procrastination

I remember some time ago that I said I was taking a little break from blogging because it was Christmas time and work was hectic.

It is no longer Christmas. It is March.

Where the fuck have I been?

I could go off on a tangent about work life getting in the way etc etc etc.

Let’s be real; let’s call bullshit.

I have been lacking in the motivation department (the motif of this blog) and instead of trying to change that and make things better I just got complacent and stopped drafting things or trying to think of new ideas.

The wait is over.

I have been having some ideas and I want to get back on the bandwagon of posting once a week here but there are gonna be some changes.

One of the things I realised while I was trying to brainstorm new ideas is that I find it very overwhelming to try and stick to a weekly schedule when I feel like I have to write a really long, wordy blog post that needs time and effort and drafting and re-drafting. That way of blogging is not feasible to me for a number of reasons but mostly because I have a shitty sleeping pattern and the time when I don’t have to work I want to spend it with friends or sleeping or doing some mad room clearout or cleaning in some other area- the latter of which is kind of weird, I know, but it helps me feel accomplished.

So, instead of these wordy posts I am gonna be posting less words and more pictures- which I’m sure will suit those of you with an internet attention span. While that does mean I will be putting the review/favourite type blogs on hold for the meantime, that doesn’t mean they will be gone for good (just for a little while, promise)!

One of the ideas that I have been mulling over for months and months and months is a Project 52, which is less stress than a Project 365 (I have already completed one and it was a bit of hassle to try and get a photo of something interesting every day). I have decided that I should just start this instead of constantly trying to find a better photo opportunity or trying to figure out topics and just go and do something instead of being the perpetual planner.

My Project 52 will start next week with the theme: Me, At the Beginning.

I also have some other bits up my sleeve but until this ball really gets rolling I am going to leave you all in blissful ignorance.

See you next week,

Laura

Finding the Balance || December Madness

Much like before, this is not a scheduled post and totally unscripted.

Bear with me.

I have been finding getting back into blogging both really rewarding and really difficult to keep it going. I think the time of year that I decided to come back to this isn’t really favourable seeing as I work in retail but saying that, I do not want to make excuses.

I am trying to juggle many things at once and I’m finding it a bit stressful and all of these things are things that I started for fun and enjoyment and to keep me sane while I work in a job that I am not the biggest fan of- people who know me in real life may or may not realise the full extent of that due to my incessant whining.😛

Some of the projects I am trying to juggle include; blogging, getting back into the swing of things with photography, reading, trying to start a drawing project and see all the people whom I love which also happen to be people with schedules that often conflict with mine. Plus I need to find time to get things like food shopping and Christmas shopping done (while having to work 9 hour shifts which have been killing me due to the fact that I am REALLY not made for them; I am made for sleeping) and kind of organise something for my birthday which is at the end of the month despite the fact that I am not a fan of celebrating it.

I typed that all really quickly and while I’m not seeing any red squiggles I don’t know if that makes sense.

Anyway;

What I am trying to say is that I will for sure try to keep this blog active for the next month but as there are some projects with time constraints it may have to go on the back burner for a couple of weeks.

Fear not though, I have come back once and I will be back again.

Until next time! Whenever that may be…

Your Reaction Makes the Difference

So, I had started writing this whole other schpeel about the atrocious events that took place in Paris on Friday, 13th of November.

Some of the reactions that I saw on the Internet in the days that followed really got to me. It upset me that so many people- some of whom were younger than me- seemed to be so uneducated and ignorant. Their posts were filled with racism and hate and I couldn’t fathom how they could think like that.

The post I had been working on before this one goes into much greater detail about how I feel or what I consider to be a good way forward; but then I thought “sod it.”.

When attacks like these take place, everyone becomes an expert offering their opinion as if it is the only one that is important or true. While I did say I wasn’t going to go into any mad detail here, there are some things that I feel are important to remember when we think about the tragic events that shook Paris, France and the wider world:

  • Refugees and terrorist are not the same thing
  • Violence doesn’t make these problems go away, it just feeds the cycle
  • Fear also feeds that cycle- don’t give these terrorist organisations what they want; be it credit for these attacks or to react in fear
  • We need to open our eyes to the fact that this is not an isolated incident. Things like this happen world wide on a daily basis. Start being selective about the media you consume.

I’m gonna stop there. I still get emotional when I try articulate what I want to say, plus the world doesn’t need another White Girl preaching about how I think we should live. As the title states, how we react is what makes the difference. React with love, hate, or fear, and you will be greeted with the same.

I choose love. Do not let terrorism win.

Until next time..

October Thoughts||Love List

October was a bit of a roller coaster ride of a month for me. It had good, bad and some downright surreal moments. I’ve been trying to make some positive changes in my life and though the road is long I know that it will be worth it in the end.

Now, for those of you who are familiar with Victoria Magrath of In The Frow, you will know that she makes a vlog love list of things she has been enjoying the past calendar month. I decided to take a leaf out of her book (you know me and lists!) and do a Love List for October. You can find Victoria’s October Love List here:

#1 What I Watched

This isn’t necessarily restricted to October but over the past month I have been loving Casey Neistat’s daily vlog. He is a creative genius and is always up to something cool. Check out this video that he made at the end of last month with Jesse from PrankvsPrank:

#2 What I Snapped

This photo was captured on the first day I remember actually feeling the October cold. I was helping my dad with the car when I noticed the way the sun caught the spider’s web on the wing mirror. The windows and mirrors could probably do with a wash though!

#3 Who I Loved

Megan Megan Megan. This girl is amazing. I have known her for such a long time and this past month she has especially been awesome to me. She is infinitely wise about things I’m only discovering and she also came and got coffee with me that one time I woke up drunk. If that isn’t true friendship, what is? You can find and follow her blog here!

#4 What I Wore

There are a couple of things I have been loving the past month but I think the winner would have to be my burgundy duffel coat from New Look. I got it in the online sale here for the bargain price of €35.99. It is warm enough to wear with just a top or t-shirt underneath but there is also room enough for a jumper on colder days.

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#5 What I Did

Last month has seen me spend an abundance of time in Gloria Jean’s Coffees. I have also been reading lots! Amy Poehler’s Yes Please is what I am currently reading, but you can keep up with all the books I have read and want to read on Goodreads.

#6 What I Ate

Spinach! I have been loving spinach the past while. So good and versatile! #unintentionalpoetry

#7 What I Drank

I’m kind of addicted to Chai Tea Lattes at the moment but I’m trying to cut down. They are just so delicious, or as some friends call them “A Liquid Yankee Candle”!

#8 Where I Went

Dylan Moran’s stand-up comedy gig “Off the Hook”. I don’t actually have any photos from the night because I was too busy laughing my ass off with my brother a couple of friends, but a good time was had by all. Keep your eyes peeled for that in the coming months.

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#9 What I Heard

The XX radio station on Spotify is a gem of a station! There is a great mix of tunes from The XX (duh) to MGMT to Arctic Monkeys to Florence + the Machine and so much more. Well worth checking out!

#10 What I Used

I’ve been really getting into listening to podcasts on my phone the past month or so as they help me relax before settling down to sleep and my favourite has be to Mike Falzone and CoffeeGirl’s Welcome to Our Podcast. They both just have such great voices to listen to and they are also awesome and funny. Go check those guys out too!

Don’t Write Me Off Just Yet!

*We interrupt this programme for an unscheduled announcement*

I know I have already failed at my ‘one post a week’ promise I made to both myself and to all of you. My work hours have been increased and I spent my days off last week with some friends (also one was home from his Erasmus so I only had a limited amount of time to see him) which didn’t leave me with much time to blog at all.

I’m trying to draft a few together so the schedule actually works for the next couple of weeks.

Please forgive me!

Laura

Reviews #1: Rosie Schaap’s “Drinking with Men”

Hello everyone!

As part of the resurrection of this blog, I’ve decided to include some reviews of things to keep it interesting. I know how tedious it an be to read some reviews so I’m going to try and make these short and sweet, while hopefully giving you a good idea of what I thought about the book/movie/ any other things I may be reviewing.

Today I’m gonna be looking at “Drinking with Men” by Rosie Schaap, so without further ado;

Genre: Memoir

Format: Riverhead Trade Paperback

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Publication Date: 2014

Pages: 272

Source: O’Mahoney’s Booksellers also here

The Book: A colourful, sometimes funny, sometimes moving memoir of Schaap’s time spent in bars over the years.

The Blurb: 

 Rosie Schaap has always loved bars: the wood and brass and jukeboxes, the knowing bartenders, and the comforting company of regulars. From her misspent youth in the bar car of a regional railroad to slinging cocktails at a neighbourhood joint in Brooklyn, Schaap has learned her way around both sides of a bar and come to realize how powerful the fellowship among bar patrons can be.

Now she shares her unending quest for the perfect local haunt that takes her from an L.A.  dive to a Dublin pub full of poets, and from small-town New England taverns to a character-filled bar in Tribeca. Drinking alongside artists and expats, ironworkers and soccer fanatics, she finds a safe haven, a respite, and a place to feel most like herself. Drinking with Men is a love letter to those bars, pubs, and taverns that have been Schaap’s refuge, and a celebration of the uniquely civilizing source of community that is bar culture at its best.

My Thoughts: I was stuck in a serious reading rut before I stumbled across “Drinking with Men” by complete accident, and I’m happy that I did.

The book is broken into chapters based on the bar that Schaap found herself frequenting at the time. Schaap recounts her life in a chronological fashion, starting in the mid- to late-1980s right up to the 2010s. I found that this book moved very fluidly and was well-paced throughout.

Schaap has led a very interesting and somewhat unconventional life which  only added to the fascination I felt as a reader. Despite the fact that my life thus far has been very different from the life she was living during the same years, I still find that she is still very easy to relate to; that her ability to make a home for herself in the various venues with various clientele over the years has somehow been incorporated into her writing style.

While reading this book, I enjoyed how honestly Schaap spoke about the situations she found herself in and as a result I was never bored.“Drinking with Men” deals with real-life issues that affect a huge amount of people everyday; from studying abroad to falling in love to dealing with the death of a loved one and being in New York during 9/11. Schaap’s memoir tells of how finding solace away from home is one of the best things a person can find, especially during turbulent times.

This book had me hooked from the very beginning, it’s not like anything I had read before and I look forward to reading more of Rosie Schaap’s work in future.

Rating: 3.5/5

You can keep up with Rosie Schaap by following her here on Twitter.

Until next time,

Laura

I Can Explain, I Swear…

Hello everyone!

I have written posts akin to this in the past, probably way too often for the lifespans of this blog. I digress.

From the last time I posted on this blog in March(ish) time lots has happened in my life. I have planned and rescheduled what feels like twenty ways to get this blog back off the ground, but it hasn’t budged an inch- until just now.

I don’t really feel like getting into all of my failed plans and how I was probably the closest to rock bottom that I have ever been in the months I was absent but I am here now! Here’s to future plans; and successful ones at that!

I have a project that I am eager to start in mind. Originally I was going to start a new blog, but I felt that wasn’t going to go well for a number of reasons, including but not limited to:

  • having to compromise on a blog URL, seeing as all the good ones are taken
  • it would result in the complete abandonment of this blog and the little family I have here and I didn’t really want to do that; but keeping up one blog is hard enough for me right now
  • I would be insanely limited in terms of the type of content I could post there

And so, here is my triumphant return to the blogging world! I am setting myself the challenge/goal of one post a week for the moment, with the intention of upping that once I get back into the swing of things, if I have the time of course!

The aforementioned project isn’t quite ready for action just yet, so I will have to keep it under wraps. I do however have some other prospective exciting plans and projects for the future that include a potential band being formed, a trip abroad, some book reviews (I’m over my no-reading funk🙂 ) and some crafty bits and pieces, especially in the run-up to the holiday season.

I think I’m just going to leave the suspense build from there though!

Until next time,

Laura