It's been a while since I've shared moments that have made me smile, despite there being plenty of them. They certainly outnumbered the ones that made me frown, and that's always a good thing. So, what recent reasons do I have to be cheerful then? Let me see .....
Well, there was the finally opened Christmas 2014 present of a perfume fragranced with a hint of nostalgia. That definitely turned any frown I may have had upside down! A spritz of this flashback perfume is enough to hurl me back to the heady days of the late 80's and early 90's, at warp speed I might add, to a time when this was my perfume of choice. Without the padded shoulders and permed hair of the time you'll no doubt be glad to hear!
Happy Dance Day
Standing on a weighing scales to find that - after many ups and downs, determination and false starts - you have reached your weight loss target and are finally down one whole stone since Christmas! That's 14 lbs in old money. Not only that but the psychological achievement of getting barely below the 9 stone mark, for the first time in two years, is the real cause of my Happy Weight Loss Dance this week! My current cholesterol lowering healthy eating regime seems to be keeping me on track. However this will be challenged by an upcoming Bank Holiday weekend and a school midterm break, which will hopefully be filled with meals out and, let's be honest, a glass or two of wine! A short-term, mini abandonment of my regime is a sacrifice I'm willing to make. I have to 'live' too you know!
All of a sudden we seem to have come to the end of the first school term. It has gone by in a flurry of uniform pressing and lunch making, with tons of emails and phone calls sent and made with enough regularity to make your head spin. These work experience opportunities and the Gaisce President's Award challenges don't land themselves at your front door, after all. I am happy to report that the apparent general consensus out there about Transition Year being a 'doss year' is clearly mis-informed! Organisational skills aside this school year has gotten off to a great start with the teenagers at our school being kept very busy in lots of areas. Lots of checking their own phones for text messages and making their own way on public transport to meet up in Dublin city centre for a charity collection, or in a nearby town for a course for example. Opportunities for opening their minds to new experiences, new found lunch venues with school friends, burgeoning independence and self confidence abound. Confident enough even to insist on going to school on the bus today, wearing a daring yet ridiculous Hallowe'een costume of an all-in-one - that's head-to-toe-to-fingertips people - body skin for the final day of term. In purple! It was so naff it was extremely cool!
I don't like to bore you with yet another sea view, honestly I don't. But living so close to these readily available, anytime any day views, I simply cannot resist. I will never tire of them and they will never fail to put a smile on my face!