The Summer of New Experiences

On the 13th of august 2013, I started an internship with an architect, Derek Trenaman from Ceardean. I couldn’t wait for it! I was only doing it for 3 days but I still couldn’t believe that I was doing an internship.

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Day 1: I was so excited. Derek took me off to one of his client meetings with a woman who had hurt her leg and needed a bathroom downstairs almost immediately. It was very interesting to see what an architect does and what types of clients they get. After that I drew up lots of different options for the house on what it can look like if they change it. I also had to draw up the existing site plans, which is what the house looks like at the moment. I have to say that on the first day I definitely learned a lot and it was very interesting.

Day 2: the next day we went to a family in South Dublin who basically wanted a bigger and brighter kitchen and a bigger garden. They were very nice people and had 4 quite young children. After that we went back to the office to finish all the site plans and options from the day before. When I finished all of them – with quite a bit of help from Natalia (thank you Natalia!), I went back and scanned them and put them up on Photoshop so I could edit them.  This process improves the plans  so they can actually be handed to clients and used in files!

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Day 3: I couldn’t believe it was my final day but I have to say, it was the most exciting day. Firstly, Derek took me off to a BNI meeting (a professional networking meeting where businesses meet and refer new business to each other – great idea!), which I actually quite enjoyed. I met so many new and interesting people as well. We went to a lot of different sites and old houses and new houses. It was great fun! I was so sad that it was over though.

If anyone is interested in architecture or interior architectural design I would definitely recommend trying it out. It is great fun, you meet lots of interesting people and work on lots of brilliant houses with clients.  The best thing about it has to be how much an architect can help people to create and enjoy their homes, that must be the best job in the world.

I am so grateful to Derek for the opportunity  – and to Natalia for the patience! – it was an eye-opening experience and has given me lots to think about.

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A Summer In The Ocean

When I got back from the Gaeltacht, my mom surprised me with a Mediterranean Cruise! I was so excited. I started my dress-shopping straight away. I couldn’t wait to get on that massive ship. I couldn’t wait to be in the middle of the ocean and in the burning sun (and hopefully no sunburn!). I stocked up on all the swimsuits and dresses and (I think…) too much summer clothes! The night before we left for the cruise, I packed my bag- I only brought a carry-on suitcase. It was stuffed to capacity with all the summer clothes I got!The morning of our flight was the most exciting. We flew into Barcelona on the 26th of July stayed in a gorgeous, fancy hotel. The next day was the planned day to embark the ship. We got a taxi out to the port, and the moment I saw the ship, I really got excited. We embarked about 2-3hrs before we were supposed to, thanks to a very nice man who had to deal with all the international passengers who didn’t speak Spanish. We made it into our cabin and it was absolutely gorgeous! It had a big double bed, a TV, a little table, a dressing table, a wardrobe with shelves and a kind of big bathroom. That evening at 6pm the ship set sail for Tunisia!

All aboard the Sovereign of the Seas!

All aboard the Sovereign of the Seas!

Our first full day on the boat was amazing.

Enjoying the view!

Enjoying the view!

All we did basically was just lie by the pool, ate whenever we wanted and then in the evening, dressed up for a lovely dinner and a live Broadway show (there was one on every night!) The next morning we arrived in Tunisia at approx. 7.30am. We were all put into our tour groups and we disembarked the ship to set foot in Tunisia! It was way too warm-52 degrees. We went all around Tunisia, and we did a bit a shopping. It was a bit scary and the men selling jewellery were quite intimidating. They would drag you into the back of their shops, into a dark room and try to sell you jewellery or dresses for 900 euro each! Personally, I didn’t really like Tunisia because of the heat and the fact that it was very scary. When we got back on the boat, guess what we saw on TV??… All the riots and protests that were going on in Tunisia! Just thinking that we were there while those protests were going on just made it even scarier.

The next day we went to Rome, which included going to the Vatican City. I was so exciting. We went into St. Peters Basilica and did the guided tour around it. I have to say, I fell in love with Rome and can’t wait to go back! I loved walking around the city and going to the colosseum. Our tour guide in Rome was absolutely brilliant. She was so full of information and she was so interested in it, and that just made even better. We got back just in time for dinner and we also got to see the sunset while eating. The next 3 days we basically just did whatever we wanted. We didn’t do any of the guided tours and we could hop on and hop off the boat whenever we liked. We went to Livorno the day after Rome and then Genoa the next.

The final day, it was Nice in South France. We didn’t get off at all there because we lived there for a month in 2008 so we saw no point in getting off the boat. So we spent our last day all on the boat, lounging around the pool. That night I was absolutely stunned that the time had flown by so quickly. I couldn’t believe we were leaving the boat the next morning. When we got off the boat the spent the night in Barcelona and flew home the next day! It was the best holiday ever – I would recommend a cruise to everyone, no matter what age 2-102!

The Summer Of Fun!

The Gaeltacht

Colaiste Na nOilean  Coliste nOillean image

  At the start of the summer, I was allowed a few weeks of R&R (rest & relaxation) and a few lie-ins before heading off to a Gealtacht in Connemara called Colaiste Na nOilean for 10 days. I have to say, I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it actually was. I went with my friend Lorraine, but I also made lots of new friends. I was in a house with 9 other girls including Lorraine. 7 of the girls were from Tullow so they all knew each other and the other but one girl named Ann-Marie came all on her own. I don’t know how she wasn’t nervous!

The next day was our first proper day… We started out with our Irish classes first thing in the morning and we had our usual break and lunch, and in the afternoon we did sports and then went off to a ceilí or disco. On our first day we basically started to get our bearings of the school and the teachers (and the fact that you had to speak Irish all day. If you are caught speaking English you are put on a list and then you are not allowed to go to the ceilí and instead you have an extra Irish class!). The classes were good fun because we just really played games. All the teachers were very nice and good fun- different.

Crowd  I think the worst day of it all was when I ended up in a bicycle sandwich…  I was out cycling with loads of other guys and girls which was great fun and kind of went a tad too fast (trying to beat the boys back to the college)!  We are just cycling back into the college when 5 seconds later I was on the ground with 2 bikes and a guy, Conor, on top of me! You see, Conor almost drove into the back of another guy and then he skidded across the road and bashed into me. I didn’t get terribly injured but Conor did sprain his wrist.

I think the best part of it was definitely the ceilís. You dance with a different person everything night and there is a theme each night with a fashion show. I would absolutely recommend the Gaeltacht to anyone between the ages of 13-18. It was honestly the most fun I have had in ages!

R.I.P Cory Monteith

 

Cory Monteith 1  Cory Allan Michael Monteith was born in Calgary, Alberta on May 11th, 1982, to Ann McGregor and Joe Monteith, an interior decorator and a military man. Cory had an older brother called Shaun. His parents got divorced when he was only 7 years old, leaving him and his brother in the hands of their mother. He saw very little of his father after the divorce because of military service. At the young age of only 13 years old, he began to use alcohol and marijuana and mitching from school.

After attending 16 schools, including programs for troubled teens, he dropped out at only 16.. His drug dependency increased he turned to crime; stealing money from friends and family to buy alcohol and drugs. When he was 19 his mother and friends stepped in and basically said “ No More Cory!”. After this he eventually went on to get his high school diploma in 2011 from an alternative school which he attended in his youth in Victoria, British Columbia.

Before breaking into show business, Cory worked loads of different jobs; Wal-Mart people greeter, taxi driver, school bus driver and even a roofer.  

Now we may have seen Cory in many movies here and there, but he is most famous for his big role in Glee as Star-quarterback (and dreamy!!) Finn Hudson!!

In 2009, he blew the producers of Glee away with his drumming, singing and even dancing!! They said that they liked the fact that he was “naive, but not stupid, sweetness.”

 

Finn is the star quarterback of his high school football team, and risks alienation from his friends by joining the school’s glee club. He is a popular jock at the top of the school’s social hierarchy, but when forced to join the glee club, he finds he loves it. His storylines have seen him struggle with his decision to stay in the club, which is at the bottom of the social ladder, while he maintains his popular reputation and the respect of the other jocks. The character must deal with his attraction to both, his girlfriend, the head cheerleader Quinn Fabray and glee club star singer Rachel Berry, and his storylines increasingly focus on his relationship with them both.

Cory Monteith  Cory as Finn won the 2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Actor comedy.

Finn appeared in all episodes of seasons one through three, and appeared on fifteen episodes of season four.

The episode “Sweet Dreams” was Monteiths final appearance on Glee before he died. Monteith’s last recorded song on the show is “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)”, a duet with Mark Salling (Puck). The last performance in which he was featured was Rachel’s audition version of “Don’t Stop Believin” with the original New Directions members in the episode “Sweet Dreams,” which was originally sung in the series “Pilot” episode.

On July 13, 2013, at the age of 31, Monteith was found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver. He had been scheduled to check out that day following a seven-night stay, but when he failed to do so, hotel staff entered his room and discovered his body around noon. The Vancouver Police Department stated that the cause of death was not immediately apparent, but ruled out foul play.

On July 20, 2013, Ryan Murphy said in various media outlets that Cory will have a tribute in the third episode of season five and it will also deal with the death of Monteith’s character, Finn.

 

Letter to my imaginary future daughter

how-to-survive-medical-school  Hello everybody,

   Sorry it has been so long since my last post! 

This evening I am posting my English writing assignment – a letter to my imaginary future daughter to give her advice on a significant milestone in her life, I chose the junior cert as I will be facing into this next year… eeek!

Dear Victoria,

As you probably already know, your Junior Cert is quickly approaching and I would just like to give you a bit of advice. Don’t ignore help! If you are like I was when I was your age then you will think that you don’t need any help and that you will get by with just studying. But all the studying in the world will only help you so much. So if anyone offers a helping hand then just reach out and grab it. It can’t hurt! Same goes for your Leaving Cert.

As you know, that when you are in Transition year, they ask what you want to be when you grow up and then put you in work experience for that job. But don’t fret over picking a profession and thinking that you have to stick to it because you have got your whole life ahead you. So change your mind and change it again because nothings permanent. So make as many mistakes as you can! All I would like is for you to grow up doing whatever makes you happy. Just be who you are and people love you!

All my love,

Katie xxx

P.S. Never lose sight of your dreams, go and catch them!

Bending Water – now anyone can do it!

BEND WATER

Bending Water can be quite a fun and relaxing thing to watch or even do. It is a fun way to pass the time. By bending water you can also amaze your friends and even trick them!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Nylon comb
  • Woollen sweater or cloth
  • A clean running supply

 

What you do:

  • Turn on the tap gently to make a steady flow of water
  • Rub the back of the comb on something woollen
  • Then hold the back of the comb to the water and watch it bend.

 

Bending Water

Thinking of Walking in the Wicklow Hills this Mid-term?

STANDARD FIRST AID ITEMS

These are the standard first aid items that should been in every first aid box, which everyone should have.

  • Plasters and adhesive dressings.
  • Sterile dressings.
  • Gauze pads.
  • Crepe bandages.
  • Thermometer.
  • Small pair of scissors.
  • Sterile scalpel.
  • Safety pins.
  • Disposable gloves.

 

WHAT YOU NEED FOR WHEN YOU ARE HIKING OR HILL-WALKING.

We are writing this because ever since we have started hiking and hill-walking we know how important it is to have all these items.

  • Compass- For knowing where north, south, east and west are.
  • Bivvy bag- A ground marker.
  • Flashlight- To find your way around at night
  • Space blanket- The sun’s rays and flash an S.O.S signal
  • Phone- Relevant numbers
  • Mini flares- For create a smoke signal
  • Mountain boots- Must be water proof
  • Spare socks- In case the first pair get wet
  • Multi-tool set must have knives, scissors and pliers.

Teenage Dreams Become Real Life

The youngest girl ever to performing at London fashion week in the music industry!!!

As I was  reading through a teen magazine recently called ‘Shout’, I came across a truly fascinating article. A 16 year old girl, Misty Miller, is taking part in London fashion week  – but in the music industry!

Misty has been in the music industry since she was 10 when she used to play alongside  her two brothers. She tried to play the guitar and piano, but it wasn’t until she started playing the ukulele that she really got into song writing and playing solo. The ukulele is a small, four-stringed guitar that has a really nice Hawaiian sound.

She played her first proper gig when she was 14. A jazz musician heard her music and asked her if she wanted to support for 2 nights in Paris.

When she got back from Paris, she set off for London. She had a gig on in the Burberry store in convent garden

A while after that she sang at London fashion week! She was wearing a gorgeous Burberry dress and she got to keep it! She signed up with PRS For Music about a year ago.

In August, PRS For Music held a Class Of 2011 event to recognise and celebrate the UK’s most promising and highest earning young performers, which included Misty!

Misty Miller

 

Misty’s advice:

My advice to anyone who wants to have a career in music would be to just keep doing it and enjoy it. Keep playing live a lot as it helps you to meet people who can help you. Also getting your music out there is important, so getting in YouTube and Facebook is vital if you want to make it.”

Wicca

A hip guide to modern wicca:

Some say that you have to be born a witch-a witch cannot be made. I disagree. In our society, where the majority of alternative spirituality is hushed or treated with derision and scepticism, it can be hard to hear your inner calling.

Spells: spell boundaries

Casting circles and making your own sacred space

Before you can do any magickal work- ritual, healing, spellcasting- you need first to create sacred. To do this witches cast a circle  between the worlds in which to formally worship our deities and conduct magickal workings. Circle casting is one of the most fundamental rituals a new witch can learn as a sacred circle plays a major role in containing and intensifying magickal energies, as well as keeping out potential unwanted nasties like hostile psychic entities and negative energies(unless you invite them of course!).

 

Wicca Symbols

 
 

Wicca girl

Fabulous frocks

 

There is something very special about a dress. No other piece of clothing 

The Party Dress!

 is   as beautiful as dress or as elegant as dress not even a skirt. As you probably already know there are many different types of dresses. There are three main ones:

  • The party dress 
     
  • The little black dress

 

 

And, of course

 

 

  • The wedding dress

 

The LBD!

   It has been more than 80 years since coco Chanel invented the little black dress, but every woman still has one in her wardrobe. Its decades since women discovered trousers and separates, but every woman dreams of wearing a glorious, glamorous gown at least once, whether it’s on a Hollywood red carpet, or on her wedding day.

 

 

 

As I was reading through the book fabulous frocks, I came across a really nice saying:

 

     “ the dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines. It must  accompany  its wearer and when a woman  smiles the dress  must  smile with her”

This saying was said by Vionnet, a very famous dress designer.

 

The ultimate must surely be … The Wedding Dress!

 

The Wedding Dress