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Monday, January 20, 2014

2013 Highs and highs..

Hi doll,

I'm going to apologise in advance at how picture heavy this post is! It's always nice to look back and pictures (and posts) and remember the memories ;) I did a breakdown of the highlights of my year by month! When I thought about my 2013 originally I thought oh great my year was shit! Nothing amazing or nothing stood out to me, then when I went back through Facebook and pulled these pics I got reminded of the wonderful year I had altogether. I may not have gone wild, or gone partying or drinking every weekend or seen my girls that often (when I did it was great, but there's rarely a camera around these days)!

January was the month I had my 2 year anniversary with my boyfriend. I had taken a few days off work so spent them at my boyfriend's house. When he came home from work the picture above shows what was waiting for him when he came in. I filled the photo album with all pictures of our adventures of the previous 2 and half years (together 2 years and friends for 6 months prior). Our anniversary is kind of 2 days 21st and 22nd but we go with the 22nd because that's when it was 'official' (according to Facebook lol).
[Writing this reminds me I need to print 2013 pics and add it to the collection.]


Nothing 'crazy' happened in February. I had a lovely Valentine's day this month, same as previous years, Eddie Rockets and the cinema in Blackpool.

In March one of my friend's, Natalie, turned 21. She had a party in her local pub in Carrigaline. I was quite sick (with an enflamed trachea) and hyped up on meds so couldn't drink alcohol! It was a good, entertaining and funny night, this was also the night my college friend's got to meet Daniel properly for the first time!


I visited my best friend and her daughter around easter time to drop off some easter eggs and have a catch up. We went for a walk near the beach (watched some surfers ;)) and had a nice weekend together. Chloe was so grown up compared to Christmas (the last time I saw her before this).

I also passed my driving test in April, I was so nervous but passed the first time so I was ecstatic!! At this stage I was driving mom's car everywhere but didn't venture out too much! My goddaughter and cousin Jessica turned 5 this month, she is such a little cutie (and suck up ;))! She is very like me in many ways and it's lovely getting to see her grow into such a madam ;)


Beginning of summer and beginning of madness ;) May is the birthday month for me, I have 4 friend's birthday's, my sister's and my boyfriend's all within this month so it's a tight the funds month!  We went out for Daniel's birthday as a casual night out in Newcastle West with some chummies (sorry Louise Sprinkle of Glitter, it seemed fitting to rob this word here ;)). As you can see from pics below we had a great fun night out. Funnily enough we didn't stay out too long!!
Me and Caroline goofing around!
The Girls - (l-r) Jeananne, Natalie, Caroline and Me
The Boys - (l-r) Declan, Daniel, Richard, Ronan and John
Me and the 'birthday boy' poser!

My family and extended all went to Kinsale for a 'Gathering' as 2013 was the year of the gathering in Ireland my dad organised for family from the UK to come visit. You can read my post about it here.
Me and my dad
On June 9th, my bestie Caroline and I completed a 10km Pink Ribbon Walk for Breast Cancer. I have to admit this is one of the biggest achievements for me, as a plus size unfit woman, we completed the 10km walk in just over 2 hours and got medals and some free food and drink afterwards! I would recommend women (men and children) all over Ireland to find your nearest walk and take part, it was so much fun. The day we took part was one of the hottest days in Ireland so I'm super proud of us for achieving this and completing the walk even though we wanted to give up a few times ;)


I turned 24 in July! I brought my bestie down from Sligo and had a few days together of touring Cork (now that I can drive) and we headed on a night out. The night out went from good to bad to worse to good again! It was good fun out together even though it caused some unnecessary drama and I ended up losing a (so-called) best friend after my birthday! (not pictured).

Daniel, Birthday girl Me and Sharon - don't worry I changed my hair after this! :P
The day after my birthday night out we went for a drive to Passage West where my bestie Sharon used to live before she moved to Sligo!
Quiet as a cucumber! - Sharon, Salome and Me

In July, the next weekend we went to a BBQ at Caroline and John's! They couldn't come out in Cork for my birthday so we had another celebration the next week. There was so much food and plenty of drink flowing! We had a good night :)

Me and Caroline
Me and Aisha
As I mentioned above, I lost a friend this month! I'm not bothered as I don't find myself reaching for the phone to contact her or feel the need to try to get back friend's with her. She was a good friend and was old enough and a friend for long enough to realise when I'm not in a good mood or need my own space and to call me with such an attitude. I guess we all learn who our real lifelong friend's are over time!


In August my parent's bought me a Peugeot 207 from Johnson & Perrott in Mahon Point, Cork. I went to view the car and the next week I had it in the driveway! It's silver with red and black seats. I don't know why I didn't blog about about this last year!! I did post on twitter and instagram! Anyway, I got this car, the red Renault Clio I used to drive was my mom's now my sister's! I'm so happy and spoilt but so thankful! This is the reason I was able to move to Limerick. My brother also passed his driving test in 2013 so he got his own car and we no longer needed to share Mom's clio!

We attended more BBQ's at Caroline and John's :) Loads of burger's, sausages, chicken, drinks... :)


In September we went to Youghal for my Mom's birthday! Her birthday is in November but she wanted to still have some normal weather! My parent's, sister and her boyfriend, brother and his friend, Daniel and I all went to Youghal. We stayed in the Carlton Village in a self catering apartment (I stayed here years ago when I was around 14 with friend's from school!). We went to the town every evening for dinner, and spent the day time in the complex playing tennis, football and we wandered to the beach for a walk and some games too. Overall it was a nice trip, of course I was Miss Diva as usual!
Me and my momma
(Paul) Me and Daniel (my Brother Damian) - Pretty good photo bomb!
Me and my older sister Aileen
On 20th September, Daniel and I went to Sligo for the weekend as it was my goddaughter's 2nd birthday! As I missed her first one it was really important for me to be there to celebrate! Chloe's mommy and my bestie Sharon organised a lovely party at the house with all her family and friends. Chloe was spoilt with lots of books, toys and clothes.
Chloe eating some cake
Presents from Mommy and Daddy
Chloe and Mommy
On my way to Sligo I often see this transformer truck and so when I was heading home I stopped so Dan could take some pics ;)
Dan and his transformer obsession shining :P

My mom turned a big mile stone age this month! If I tell you her age I may never post again ;) We had some take out and cake. My sister was travelling to Australia for a wedding at the time so we had a family dinner at Christmas for both tradition and mom's birthday.

This month was also Caroline's 30th. This was being planned for months and months and it came and went so quickly but was such a fun night. The party was held at the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare, Limerick. We all stayed in the hotel that night. The party was held in a private room, we had champagne with frozen raspberries on entry to the room and the room was decorated with balloons, confetti and candles.

We had such a good night. We all had breakfast in the hotel in the morning and when we went to take our stuff away from the private room there was 5 candle holders missing! All the same style! We had 5 small silver mirrored candles and 5 large clear glass with diamond details. The 5 mirrored candle holders were stolen from the room! We were not impressed with the service from the hotel staff in an effort to assist us! They sent my friend a very unapologetic email to advise it was not their fault or their staff and sent her voucher for a one night stay in the hotel! (which is ridiculous as we live 20 minutes down the road!). They also popped all the balloons including the foil expensive one's that she received as a gift and gave her back the small tier of her cake which she requested be cut up for guests so she could take the bigger tier home!! This isn't the first time I've heard the hotel staff advise you can take the stuff in the morning and it's gone missing!! Not impressed!

On 30th November I finally moved in with my boyfriend! As he lived alone it was perfect and hassle free (for him)! I commute an hour to and from work Monday to Friday! He asked me to move in with him the first week of May 2012 and it took a year and half to finally happen! I put a lot on hold waiting to move, blogging, meeting with friends, buying new things etc.


I had the best Christmas by far this year, even though it was stressful and packed full of stuff to do and I felt very disorganised, I had a great Christmas! Caught up with a lot of friend's, went shopping in Dublin, saw my bestie and goddaughter in Sligo and woke up Christmas morning with the love of my life :) And I was spoilt ;) You can read about my Christmas here and see what I got here.

In 2013 I...

became obsessed with...

Eating cupcakes! YUM!

99 Ice Cream Cones - so good!!

Homemade pizza! - delicious!!

Munching on Saturday nights at our besties house

Wagamama's Chicken Katsu Curry! - Oh mi gg the best!!

Lots of Love

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