Decisions, decisions…

So here I am, sitting on the couch, being kicked by a snoring dog and I have a thought; why don’t I get my laptop, go online and have an aul’ moan about life… so here goes…


Right, so this is going to be less of a topic-focused piece of writing and more of a ‘make it up as I go along and hope it’s not sh*t’ sort of thing.

I haven’t really felt like writing anything lately and I wasn’t sure why. Now that I think about it, I think it’s because my life is boring as f*ck and I had nothing to write about. Ah no, I’m only kiddin’… It’s only a little bit boring!

So for anyone who hasn’t read my other blog posts, I talked before about how I went for the manager’s position where I work because it suddenly ‘became vacant’. (That kind of sounds like something really sinister happened to my boss but no, they were just fired.) I don’t even know if I’m allowed to talk about this but sure f*ck it. YOLO and all that.

So anyways, after 2 months of working in the store alone, waiting and waiting for an answer about the job, I was finally told that my old boss was being given their job back, due to a ‘technicality’ and they would be coming back to work, wait for it….. THE NEXT DAY. Talk about a slap in the face. All I could do was laugh at the time…. Ha.

It actually didn’t bother me that I hadn’t gotten the job, but it was more the fact that they had gotten their job back when they so obviously didn’t deserve it. (That’s a story for another day.)

Cutting a very long story short, I am now working in one of the Dublin branches covering for other staff for the time being. It’s a pain in the hole having to drive up and down everyday, but in the last 2 weeks, I’ve met some genuinely nice people who work for the company and we get along really well, so the craic has been ninety.

My options at the minute come down to these; go back to working in the branch I was originally in (yeah right), keep travelling up and down to Dublin everyday making my commute time almost 4 hours per day and spend a fortune on diesel and the tolls, find myself a new job or quit my job and go on a year-long sesh around the world. (The last one’s my fave.)

I actually have no idea what I’m going to do. Luckily enough, I have a week off starting on Tuesday so I can have a think about it. I’m usually a realist about these things and go for the smartest (most boring) option, but to be honest, I am getting sick and tired of always doing the realistic thing all the time. I know for a fact that in 10 or 20 years time I will look back and completely regret it if I waste my whole life just working and having nothing to show for it. I know this is getting a bit heavy and serious now, so here’s a cute pic of a dog wearing a wig to lighten the mood a bit…

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Aww…

So yeah, that’s my current predicament. Or part of it anyway. Don’t even get me started on the other stuff!! I suppose I am just at a stage now where I feel as if I should be doing so much more than I am at the moment. I’ve realised that I’m the sort of person who hates predictability and I quickly get fed-up of doing the same thing over and over again to the point where I think I’m going mad! I have all these plans in my head and I think I’ll burst if I don’t just get off me arse and do something about them! Something as simple as going to see some old friends from school seems like an impossible task anymore but that’s so stupid! You know there’s something wrong when you don’t even have the time to do that. Then I see other people on all these great adventures around the world and all I feel is complete jealousy! Pure, thick, green in the face jealousy… Obviously I’m happy for them too but I’d be happier if it was me!

I spend an awful lot of time online ‘planning’ my next trip or adventure but I never actually do it. What’s stopping me?… ME! It’s my own fault! What am I so afraid of? Obviously you have to think about money and that too but I don’t even think that’s to blame.

I think I am just feeling a little bit lost at the minute. With the way work is going and the way I’m sort of just floating about not knowing where I will end up, I feel as if this should be a turning point but I don’t really know what way to turn! (Any guidance would be appreciated!)

Yeah, I know this is seriously a first-world problem compared to most things, but it’s kind of a big issue in relation to whether or not I’ll be happy in life and to be honest, I’m not happy now… and if you’re not happy, what is the point?

PS: I know this is a proper rant/moan, but I think we all need to have one every now and then!

J.

What did I do in Iceland?

I went on a 4 day trip to Iceland in mid October. I went by myself (by choice) and it was pretty nice. I spent a lot of time walking, taking pictures and just taking in all that Reykjavik had to show me.

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The first evening I arrived in Iceland, we went straight to the hotel, got changed and headed off to the Blue Lagoon. The weather was ‘a bit Irish’ on arrival as the wind and rain was playing havoc. I had convinced myself that I wasn’t setting foot in any water and that I would just hide somewhere until we were leaving again. How glad I am that I didn’t stick to that stupid plan. It was the most surreal experience I have ever had. Just to set the scene. It was a freezing cold night, there were crazy winds and it was pitch-dark. Walking outside into that weather wasn’t ideal but once I stepped foot into the lagoon that is 38 degrees centigrade all year round, I was pleasantly surprised. It was the most amazing feeling in the world. Complete relaxation despite being beat in the face by the elements. I would recommend it to anyone. Although I couldn’t get any pictures due to the darkness and rain; It. Was. Fantastic.

The first morning I walked the length and breadth of the city. I’m not gonna lie, it would rob you blind there. Let’s just say you would want to have saved a good bit of dough if you planned to do any shopping. The shopping I did included a doughnut, a fridge magnet and a teeny-weeny puffin teddy. Wasn’t impressed with that side of things but then again, I wasn’t there to shop. We have Penneys for that.

I spent my second morning there with a beautiful horse at a place named ‘Solhestar’ who showed me some of outer Reykjavik. Being an animal lover, I was over the moon. I hadn’t ridden a horse in about 10 years so I was very keen to get back in the saddle! After that, I hopped on a tour bus to see many of the natural wonders of Iceland including the Strokkur geyser that erupts every 10 minutes or so. Unfortunately, because of the amount of clouds, I didn’t get to see the northern lights (sad face). The activity required for the lights to be visible happened to be very high the weekend I was there, however, the clouds were being d**ks and I couldn’t see a thing!

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Major pro of Iceland; tap water is 100% consumable and 100% free. Up until a few years ago, shops in Iceland didn’t sell bottled water, however, because of tourists, they started to sell it. After finding out about the whole water ‘sitch-ee-ation’, I filled my bottle up from the tap in my hotel room and it was cold perfection!

I did go and see other things in Iceland but to be honest, it’s hard to make a waterfall sound exciting unless you see it for yourself. I will more than likely post more pics soon!

I’m starting to bore myself now so I’m gonna wrap this shizz up. I would 100% recommend Reykjavik to people as a place to visit IF you like sight-seeing and a quiet life. It really is a beautiful place but if you’re looking for a party destination and cheap thrills, Iceland is not the place for you! Would I go back? If I am ever rolling in the monies, then yes I would!

Enjoy the video, it’s perdy cool.

J.

What to expect…

Well. This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this and I feel as if I have a lot to say. I don’t want to make this messy so I’ll keep it short. I want to use this website/blog to share my experiences when I do the things I love (and some that I won’t). Expect to read a lot of things about music, animals, food, the gym, power-lifting, my weight-loss journey and any adventures I embark upon. There may be the odd fashion/make-up post but I haven’t got much experience in that! If I can help someone with what I have to say or even just get a laugh out of someone, then I’ll be happy!

J.