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I went to the drugstore earlier today to get Benadryl and calamine lotion... we went up north this weekend and I got bitten by bugs. I have a few red clustery patches on the back of one leg, and a few in other spots. Ugh until I got the Benadryl and calamine I was going crazy. It's still itchy, but it's feeling better.

I had today off, it's my 3-day weekend. I had no plans, and wasn't on the internet yet, I had a nice few quiet moments in the garage, thinking about how I would arrange stuff. I had been placing things, like tools, the lawnmower, my bike and and other stuff around the perimeter, but I want to be more efficient and hang some stuff off the floor so that I don't have to lean over something to get something else out. One side has a workbench, there are 3 windows, so I can't decide where to hang the garden tools. Not like it's a pressing issue, but it was nice to do nothing this morning and clear my head, to just enjoy the moment instead of rushing through.

I went out on my bike, it's been raining on and off throughout the day. I was delayed a bit at the mall because it was pouring down rain when I wanted to leave. I sat and waited, then realized I could go get the rest of the stuff I needed to make chili, so then I did that and it wasn't raining and so I went home.

Mr. Kitten is still being kept away in his bedroom. I let him out for a few hours at a time when I'm watching TV, puttering around the house, or when I'm trying to sleep in. I have let him out at 7am and gone back to bed, just to have some peace and quiet, which doesn't really work, because he comes and plays and how can I sleep through that?

Well I have put some veggie chili in the crockpot, and I think I will head out again on my bike, maybe shopping, maybe to just bike around.

Ugh I didn't watch any Coronation St. last week, I will have to sit down and watch a few tonight on the PVR.

Date: 2011-10-10 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kattgrrl.livejournal.com
Hiya :) I just added you to my f-list. We seem to have some things in common; Ireland, cats, crafty things, music. I haven't been posting much lately, but I go through spurts. Feel free to add me back if you like :)

Shannon

Date: 2011-10-10 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kamomil.livejournal.com
Did you come across me via a community, or interests? We do have a few interests in common!

Date: 2011-10-10 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kattgrrl.livejournal.com
I think I've seen in in one of the Irish communities, but I found you this morning when I did a search for Gaillimh :)

Date: 2011-10-10 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kamomil.livejournal.com
ahhh yes, that is where my dad is from! Actually it's near the Roscommon-Galway border. My mom is from Newfoundland, or Talamh an Eisc.

Date: 2011-10-10 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kattgrrl.livejournal.com
I went to Galway this past summer and absolutely fell in love with the place. I'd been to Cork earlier this year and wanted to love it - that's where my great grandmother is from - but it just didn't click with me the way Galway did. I'm hoping to go back again next summer for the Arts Festival.

Date: 2011-10-11 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kamomil.livejournal.com
I've never done anything touristy in Galway, except my dad and I drove to Spiddal and came back via the northern part of the peninsula. Mostly we have done family things when we've gone there. I did go with my mom on a whirlwind day-long tour of Dublin... we walked around for about 6 hours lol.

I wanted to research things to do near my grandma's house - she passed away a number of years ago but my uncle owns it so we have stayed there on holiday - but it is kind of in the middle of nowhere. There are a few things somewhat close by, eg. the Turoe Stone, and I was intrigued by the idea of prehistoric stone things that you can go see. I have a GPS, so I bought an Ireland map for it and started putting in locations of castles and other things to go see... I don't know when I'll go back again but I do love being there. I want to plan around a festival like the one you mentioned, if I go with my boyfriend we will have to see a few non-family things otherwise he will be bored to death lol.

Are you trying to learn Irish? I chip away at it off and on... it's not easy but I keep learning a few new things every so often.

Date: 2011-10-11 11:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kattgrrl.livejournal.com
I have a postal customer who just got back from Spiddal. He's from Ireland, I'm thinking he's from that area, he's the one who told me to go to Galway in the first place. He even brought me back a book/CD for learning Irish :)

I am learning it too, and like you, it's chipping away a little every day. It takes longer, but I'm in no hurry, and I don't have the energy for a total immersion program or anything. I have a few different books and CDs, and I watch TG4 hoping it will sink in by osmosis :)

The Arts Festival was very cool. I went to a play every night, and visited different galleries and exhibits during the day. There was music too, but nothing that interested me much. I volunteered for some of it too. There was a Dinosaur Petting Zoo event that was held on a few different days and I had a blast participating in that.

I think that's what I'm really looking forward to doing next year - Dinosaurs! But also I want to see more plays. I really wanted to see an Irish language play, but the one they had showing at the time was not my cup of tea. Hopefully next year it will be something more up my alley.

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