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  3. How Did 2017 Treat You?

    Loved reading your post Noll! I am so glad you've had a good year
  4. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    We've started to watch Suits again, from the beginning (before continuing with the new season)
  5. Today
  6. How Did 2017 Treat You?

    Good for you Noll - its good to know that things are looking up both you and your Mum.
  7. What's the weather like?

    Defiantly. It was actually warmer today in Reykjavik (1 degree) than it was here (minus 3 when I left for work). It is really strange how little snow we have had at work just a few miles from where I live, but here the car park is like a skating rink. I had to get Coran to help me park after I got home as the wheels were spinning everywhere. I felt like a bit of an idiot to be honest, but I knew I would never get out in the morning if I didn't reverse in tonight. Having said that, it is supposed to rain tonight, so hopefully it might wash a lot of it away.
  8. Mine too . Thanks !
  9. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    I finished Orphan Black. It got a bit improbable at times but it was fun.
  10. What's the weather like?

    -13C overnight. Still plenty of lovely snow about.
  11. Athena's Reading List 2017

    That decluttering chapter in Gretchen Rubin`s book was my favourite. Hope you enjoy Happier at Home !
  12. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    I wouldn't mind having a go, it may also encourage me to participate more in the forum, I haven't been around as much as I'd like this year.
  13. How many books have you read this year?

    I'm up to 75, which was a reduced goal from 100, so I've upped my goal back to up 80. So 5 more books to read before the 31st! Shouldn't be an issue.
  14. Book Titles A to Z

    A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She is Today -- Kate Bornstein
  15. Read-a-thon - 2017

    I should hopefully be able to do that one in January, first weekend after I'm back to work.
  16. How Did 2017 Treat You?

    2017 has been a pretty great year for me, and it hasn't been often (if ever) I could say that. It started off on a very bleak note, as I came out the other side of losing my favourite house I've ever rented, having to take what I could get (a miserable, dirty student house shared with like 5 guys), and adapting to taking medication for the first time ever for my anxiety after I basically had a breakdown in November/December 2016, partially due to losing the house but also due to inability to go through with a job interview that I should have done and just the pressure on every level weighing down on top of the day to day anxiety. Christmas also wasn't great in 2016 as we all knew my dad would be leaving after Christmas, and the stress, anxiety, and financial difficulty that still plagues my mum to this day as she attempts to pay enough that the loan companies don't take her to court to repo her house, has been unpleasant to say the least. That said, she has been seeing a nice man recently, which has lifted her spirits endlessly and which I am delighted about. For me though, after those first couple of months, 2017 started looking up, and up, and up. I met my OH at the start of Feb and by May (partially coz he needed a tenant to help pay rent, he'd been paying 800 a month since his ex-wife left in 2016, and partially because I was living in a hole) I moved in with him. I can't really get my head around how much my life has changed since then. It just works so well and feels so natural that it's actually very easy to take for granted that, yes, of course we live together and are together etc. But sometimes it hits me how fortunate I am. I got a lovely house in a lovely quiet neighbourhood and a dog out of the deal too. On top of that, my job contract was supposed to end in September, so I did a course in Medical Admin so I'd have some kind of admin speciality behind me going hunting for an admin job (really all I'm qualified to do). As it turned out, my contract got extended a month, and then three months, and the job I bailed on last year is coming up again, and everyone wants me to go for it. No guarantee I'll get it as it's a university and they have strict guidelines on assessing candidates, but still. And on top of all THAT, I learned just how much I don't want to work in admin when I discovered a single-semester 6 module certificate course (Level 8, basically equating to half an undergrad), online in the other main college here in Cork. It was in Digital Media Development and Design, and was created as a special purpose award for seguing into a Masters in E-Learning. So I did the course (with modules like Animation and Sound, Creative Strategies, Digital Cultures, and E-Learning), loved every second of it, applied for the Masters, and got offered a place. So that will begin in Feb. I'll be doing it part-time (not least because it's too expensive to do in one go, but also because the single-semester course was way too intense while working full time). The masters is also all online, so flexible around work. And, if I get the job, the work will align nicely with the masters, because I'll be working in a training centre. AND even if it doesn't work out, I've now got a cert and will be working on a masters in digital media, instructional design and e-learning, which will hopefully open up job opportunities in an area I'd prefer. (Basically what I've been doing all along, but with a bit of academia to back it up.) So yeah, if I can just get that job here in UCC, which will probably come up in January, that will be the absolute icing on the cake. It's really weird coming to the end of a year that didn't suck. This is usually my time of melancholic contemplation during which I think about how crappy my year was but how I got through it anyway, Happiness is a nice change.
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  18. What's the weather like?

    About 4 degrees here, which is common these days, and rainy. We don't get snow here, about 16 counties did but this far south you just don't really.
  19. Christmas planning and chat

    I haven't done the Christmas card thing this year, been too busy with coursework. I have cards, just haven't written or posted them, and at this stage it's unlikely I will. My Christmas tree is up, though, which is something. I haven't got any of my decorations in Cork, since I moved in with my partner 6 months after moving into the previous temporary house, I just had to cull so many of my belongings and last January and May Christmas decorations weren't an issue. Haven't been home to Kerry in that time so they're all still down there! OH had a tree though and some decorations, so that's up, and we've a few bits in the window and polar bears in the porch. Would like to get a wreath but time is getting on so again, dunno if I'll bother this year. Have some window snowflake stickers still to put up. Will be more organised next year as I won't be doing a course at the same time!
  20. I read The Students of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin, Luna PĂ©rez Visairas - M is for Autism. This is a fictional story based on the true experiences of the students. I enjoyed reading this story. It's only 93 pages, I kind of wish it was longer, that it had gone on beyond the ending. I liked the illustrations.
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  22. Yesterday
  23. Christmas planning and chat

    Can't wait to see that picture! Good luck with the move.
  24. What's the weather like?

    Rained most of the morning, then sleet and snow for a while, then back to rain; dry when I came home but very cold, not looking forward to a freeze tomorrow! I bet Iceland will handle cold weather much better than we do here!
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