My brain is at it again!

Put me in front of a group of strangers, give me a set topic and I’ll talk the hind legs off a donkey with no problem at all. Place me in front of the same group without something specific to talk about and I’ll probably mutter and mumble for fifteen minutes before being able to make any sense at all. It’ll take another while before I actually relax and feel like myself. 

I don’t fare much better with individual people either, I’m the same gibbering wreck for a good half an hour or so. It’s a rare occurrence that I meet someone and instantly feel comfortable around them which, I guess, makes it all the nicer when it does happen.

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Like I need a reason to mention Bell X1!

Last week saw Phantom 105.2 announce the results of their reader poll to find the top 50 Irish songs of all time. The full list can be found here and, without spoiling it for those who haven’t read it yet, can I just say that I can’t stand the song that made it to number one. 

Each to there own though and not everyone is going to agree with my favourites from the list either (there are more than the two mentioned here).

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This week I’ve been reading #3

It’s been a few weeks since I did one of these but here’s a round up of blog posts, articles and stuff that caught my eye over the last week.

Sunday:

Over on me, mine and other bits Speccy writes beautifully about her Mum – herself 

Reclaim The Voice shares a poem with us, for the day that’s in it – Mother’s Day

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Break ups are hard and strange as it sounds this is something I’ve only realised within the past month. What makes things even harder to get my head around is the fact that technically the break up happened last summer.

You know the score, or maybe you don’t, a relationship that starts out great falls victim to a change in circumstance and you realise that it’s not going to last the distance (figuratively and literally). Breaking up before any resentment crept in and someone got hurt seemed like the best idea so we parted ways.

Things were a little weird, at first, but it really didn’t seem like a major deal at the time. Months passed, life threw some other issues at me and that prompted my ex to get in touch to see how I was doing. From this phone call grew a new friendship, it was different than it had been before (obviously) but, to us, it seemed perfectly normal.

Once again life entered the mix and over the course of phone, text and email conversations I realised I was pinning and was clearly still in love with her. So, you know, there was that!

After much thought and deliberation I decided it was best to know one way or the other if we had a shot (bearing in mind she was still living out of the country which was the original catalyst in our split). It back fired big time, she wasn’t impressed at all. 

This is where things started to get really messy, simply being friends wasn’t an option for me and I needed to cut all contact and at least try and move on. Having agreed to this, I was then bombarded by phone messages and emails from her which really didn’t help matters at all.

Asking her to stop didn’t work, nor did ignoring her and hoping she’d go away. In the end I had to ask a mutual friend to have a word. Whatever he said, it seemed to do the trick and I made the decision to look onwards again.

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This Week I’ve Been Reading #2

It’s time for another round up of blog posts that have caught my eye, I’ve discovered loads of new blogs this week so this is gonna be a long one.
 
Sunday:
 
 
Fiona Hanley writes a guest post about #TwitterJokeTrial over on Jack of Kent.
 
Queenofthecouch wonders when it became acceptable to teach young girls that boys show their interest in them my teasing, hitting etc. – You Didn’t Thank Me For Punching You in the Face. *Just a heads up that this post contains swear words, don’t say I didn’t warn you!*
 
Love is a Plague over on It Only Encourages Them. Cynical? Yes! But worth a read anyway.
 
Monday:
 
Derek treats us to his version of Tom Wait’s ‘Martha’. It’s his best cover yet!
 
Abigail Rieley writes about the arrest of a witness in a rape trial and a wider problem – A Matter of Respect.
 
 
Girlwiththeskew-earring has a different take on Valentine’s nails.
 
BritishBeautyBlogger reminds us of the dangers of Fake Make Up.
 
Leanne Woodfull shows us some photos from her shoot with David Mushegain.
 
 
Tuesday:
 
CherrySue appears on Beaut.ie with a Valentine’s Nail How-To.
 
 
 
Reclaim the Voice treats us to something beautiful, for the day that’s in it – Is It.
 
Wednesday:
 
Over on Beaut.ie, Lorraine is all about red lipstick.
 
Staying with Beaut.ie they introduced Emma as a new contributor and her first post was all about liquid, gel and cream blush.
 
 
Shameless plug time, I wrote a guest post over on It Only Encourages Them about Equal Rights and Adoption.
 
Thursday:
 
Gay Writer? Or a Writer who Happens to be Gay?Sean P. Farley wonders if the distinction actually matters.
 
Over on Fash Mob, Rosemary Mac Cabe shares her modern rules of dating.


Dee over at Viva Adonis has the lowdown on what’s what when it comes to La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar range.


Jennie talks about what to do when your heart isn’t always in strictly blogging about beauty anymore, you don’t say goodbye, you just change things up a little.


The Life and Times of Chantelle features a guest post by Chantelle’s friend Kate, all about being diagnosed with and coming to terms with Lupus.
 
Friday:


Migraine and how you don’t need to suffer are the topic of the day over on Beaut.ie.


For her latest Inspired by Literature post Jessica talks about Jane Austen and make up inspiration.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to let me know what your favourite blog post of the week has been in the comments below.

Music: The Power of Orange Knickers by Tori Amos and Damien Rice

I’d completely forgotten about this song until I came across it on YouTube on Saturday night. That’s right, me, a huge Tori Amos fan forgot about one of her songs.

But this no ordinary song, The Power of Orange Knickers featuring Damien Rice is possibly the most bizarre thing I’ve ever heard.

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This Week I’ve Been Reading #1

Here’s a round up of blog posts (and things) that have caught my attention this week. 
 
There are two blogs in particular that I look forward to checking out every Monday, they are Rant, with Occasional Music and CherrySue Doin’ the Do and as usual I wasn’t disappointed.
 
Derek treats us to his take on Bowie’s Life on Mars in his New Music Monday post.
 
CherrySue banishes the start-of-week blues by picking five good things that have happened the previous week for her Monday’s Moments post. There’s always something here that’ll put a smile on your face.
 
 
Over on The 5050 GroupPaul Bowler explains why he supports Gender Quotas. My own instincts tell me that gender quotas are wrong but the more I think about it the more I find myself accepting that they really are the only way to bring about that kind of change.
 
Tuesday saw Dylan Haskins, an Independent candidate for Dublin South East in last year’s general election, announce that he was donating the €10,00 surplus from his campaign to ten charities and campaigns. A brilliant idea, I think you’ll agree, round of applause for Mr Haskins.
 
Wednesday was the day I fell in love with make up all over again, thanks to Karen over at Lovely Girlie Bits. Just look at the gorgeousness of this Tom Ford Palette.
 
 
It Only Encourages Them takes a different turn with the inclusion of the poem Complicated Pleasures by Billy Ramsell. Go read it immediately, beautiful really isn’t a good enough word to describe it.
 
Thursday saw Chantelle show off her new runners. As someone who loves running I can understand her excitement.
 
If your phone, iPod or other gadget has had an accident involving water then Kat and Rachelle over at Dolly Rouge might be able to help with their tips on rescuing water logged gadgets.
 
Over on irunablog the topic is being sad and how it’s sometimes easier than being happy. Something I, for one, can relate too. Oh and there’s a pretty cool song choice in this post too.
 
Friday saw Sarah from Adoreabubbles experiment with bright eyeshadow and bold lipstick, here’s the look she came up with it.
 
What blogposts got you talking this week? Let me know in the comments below.

Musings: Running Away From my Thoughts

Why do I run? The obvious answer is that I do it for the exercise, it’s the easiest way for me to keep in shape because it doesn’t involve putting pressure on my hands and wrists so it doesn’t aggravate my arthritis. 
 
But the obvious answer isn’t always the honest answer and this week I discovered why I really enjoy running so much. It’s the best way to get away from whatever nonsense is going on in your head.

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