Monthly Archives: September 2014

So you want to join a book club?

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The art of reading the paperback rather than the eBook

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The art of reading the paperback rather than the eBook

I don’t think I really have a right to have an opinion on an e-reader when I’ve only seen them in the shops, but I really don’t see the point of reading a book, whether it’s my favourite one or a new one on a small computer screen. I may sound old fashioned and scared to embrace new technology but I think there’s something magical about holding a paperback/hardback book in your hands, the smell of it the act of turning the page. I say this because eight years ago I got back into reading and loved the connection I got with the characters and getting involved in their story. I remember reading Pride and Prejudice, I bought it for 30p from the charity shop and I got hooked on reading. I love the paper form of a book, whether…

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Happiness is…….

* coffee and cake

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mmmmmm orange and cranberry muffin

* reading and

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* Listening to you favorite cheesy pop song and singing your heart out 😀

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* A full fridge!

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full healthy fridge

* Watching your favourite tv programme when you feel down

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or watching any film with Colin Firth in it ❤

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*being with furry friends…

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* Being around friends

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*watching cartoons

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*looking through catalogues

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*Having projects on the go

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*Family

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*and of course book club

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Thank you for reading

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Making my own identity

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There are many things in life that shape our identity. These can be ordinary things, such as where we grow up, the education we receive and the careers we choose, or extraordinary events beyond our control, such as having a disability or illness. All of these things may define who we are, but they should not determine what we are capable of.

I have a disability which in Ireland, seems to mean that I am perceived to be an object of care. Living with Cerebral Palsy has meant that over the years, I have had to allow many medical experts into my personal space, patiently enduring their prodding and poking, their testing my muscle tones in their relentless quest to determine my abilities and disabilities.

Never in a million years did these so-called ‘experts’ expect to be lost for words when I announced that I was pregnant in June 2011…

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It feels like Mary Poppins bag today

I’m loving today, I want more days like this. I have been out since 8am, changed tops at Primark, got Lego from smiths as requested by my sister and I got one to for going :D. Finally got jeans!!! changed my rucksack as it had split. And food shopped. I was let on the bus first as I had way too many bags. I then was home by 11am. I have since got three loads of washing on, cleaned the house and sorted a load of stuff from charity. All the stuff from my old house and more. I am now sitting happily sorting the office out and listening to the Frozen soundtrack.

I bumped into someone this morning, and they hadn’t seen me for a while, they said I looked less stressed than the last two years and looking a lot calmer. That might be because of everything I’ve been through, I’m not being called names anymore, I’m appreciated at work, and I do my best to avoid any negativity or negative people. I also seem to have my blood pressure under control after I found out it’s low. Hence why I felt so crappy over the past year or so. I know see signs that I need to drink, or grab a banana or bag of crisps. not too many crisps mind but if I feel a bit off it works a treat. You see apparently you need salt when you have low blood pressure so I’m trying to balance my diet. I’m also try walking a lot more rather than getting public transport. I’m also trying to keep track of things by writing lists, as I have a shocking memory, and  it needs repeating processes for it to actually stick.

So what to do with the rest of the day? Like I said I’m sorting my office out and see what else can be ousted out the house and what work I haven’t finished but promised to do and then just crash out and watch cheesy films. Lets have more days like this please.

Thank you for reading

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Customer Service…it works both ways you know.

I’ve found recently, I’ve know all along really, I think it’s just I’m starting to feel better about myself and how things are at the moment, that retail is one of the hardest sectors to work in. In recent years due to everyone tightening their belts, employers too, everyone wants more for their money, and damn right to!

However, that seems to bring lots more work, bad attitude, stress, and long hours for little pay in most places. Queue’s need to be kept to a minimum, nobody must wait for a set amount of period. Problem is anywhere you go especially on an afternoon, there’s always less staff on to cope with these queues.

Whatever time of the day it is and a person is left waiting means the poor customer service person (probably only in some cases) Is dreading how the next person is going to react. Yesterday I waited in a queue to talk to and hand over a cheque to make sure it was deposited safely and I was taken out just before I reached the counter, to be shown how to use the machine. It’s the same in supermarkets with these stupid self service things, that are ok until you put a bag of crisps on there then alarm bells go off and green light starts flashing requesting assistance and over stomps the cashier with their magic key. So if this is you, ask why they are stood in the queue, they might be lonely and want some human contact, That mught be the first person they’ve seen all day and you’ve just ruined it. It’s great having all this technology but sometimes the old ways are sometimes the best.

In retail, your told to smile constantly, greet the customer and ask how their day is. 90% of the time it feels like you shouldn’t have bothered. Then there’s the people who explode at you when somethings not right. If you just stayed calm you’d get a fantastic service, a replacement and out of there before you can say purple watermelons. But no, people have to throw a tantrum like a 5 year old and stop listening and it takes longer to sort out, by which point the assistant is fed-up and the rest of the shift is ruined.

Like I said in another post, we’re only human and need to look out for each other. People working in retail provide customers a service by selling them the goods they want but not always need or incase of needs food etc. As customers you are providing the service to allow us to have a job, to pay our bills and to buy the things we need. So please remember if you get bad service or your having a bad day, just stop and think before you react. It’s not easy, I know, but see how much of a difference it makes to the rest of your day.

Thank you for reading.

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