Friday, April 3, 2015

Four years.

He's four years gone today and I still remember the call, and I'm still not right for it.

My mother rang me Wednesday just gone, 19 minutes before I was due over for dinner. 

She wanted me to bring gravy, she'd run out and we were having beef.

Every time my parents ring unexpectedly, or pause before speaking, I expect bad news. 

More will come, and it has, though none like that day, thank God.

Gradually I stopped writing for fear someone else would go. As if this blog, had some sort of strange, dark power.

I told the story, of that day, to a friend only last Sunday and she started to cry. 

She'd never met my Granddad but when I told her that when my Granny heard the news she stood up and asked to be brought to him, at the bridge, where he lay, my friend cried for them.

On the day of his funeral Granny said that things would never be the same, and they're not.

For a man who said very little, his presence is missed. There's a hole in the front room, the kitchen, that'll never be filled. 

Something about the weather. Whist, the news is on. Turn up that radio while you're passing.

Still though, lovely day for it.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Roll on..

The following things have, in no particular order, not happened to me this year:

Two weddings
One funeral
Two boys
One girl
A brain tumour
An engagement
A cancer diagnosis
A first birthday 

A car crash 
Two new jobs
One new relationship

Monday, April 22, 2013

Three not-so-scary things that happen in work, sometimes.

Inspired by 13 scary things that always happened at school I started thinking of the grown up, work, equivalent. 

I thought of three before I started to get paranoid, a bit bored and realised I should actually be doing some work.

1. Turning up to work in your walking-to-work runners and realising you've forgotten your work shoes, and you've a meeting.

2. Calling your colleague, or worse still your manager, your boyfriend / girlfriend / husband / wife / child / dog's name.

3. Sleeping in and waking up with precisely enough time to get to work, if you don't have a shower, never mind get a coffee. 


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My mechanic just joined Viber...

On Sunday as I reached the beginning of the pier again, I checked my phone and saw a notification that said 'Alan Mechanic has joined Viber' and sighed. 

Don't get me wrong I'm not a technophobe, I love my phone and its apps and I've been an avid user of the internet since 1998.

My first internet profile was the name of a Beanie baby, followed by an underscore, my favourite number, another underscore, my second favourite number, yet another underscore and the year. As I said it was 1998.

You know when login into your PC in work, and you're asked to change your password? It's 9:01am, you haven't drained your coffee yet, words and thoughts can't form and so you end up changing it to stapler1? It was kind of like that. 

Though of course, in reality, you have to include an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, a 7-digit number, a hieroglyphic and your mother's shoe size, and it can't be any word you've spoken out loud or in your head in the last 28 days.

My point is, is it getting a bit much? As I wonder if I can some how use the internet to turn on the lamp, so I don't have to get up. 

I've a line of apps on my phone that includes Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. Each serve a different purpose, a different need and outlet, and allow me to connect with, learn from or ignore different people.

For some it's a link to the outside world, if for whatever reason they can't go out into it. Whatever you're into yourself, I always say, and if you don't like it...!!

Sometimes though it feels like a second job, and I barely have the energy for the first one. So quit, give it up, log off? Maybe, but probably not.

In the meantime, maybe a cup of tea, a funsize Twix and a book.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Spring forward, fall down.

Last week...

Someone in the office: Is it this weekend the hour changes?
K: Yeah, the clocks go forward.
S: So we lose an hour?
Me: Ah, I'm confused.
P: Just remember 'Spring forward, Fall back'...
Me: Oh, I know that, I just thought it was October.


N: They're putting our rent up..
Me: When your lease is up in April?
N: Yeah, so we're looking around.
Me: Sure at least it's summer and you've time to look with the school holidays...

Later today...

Me: They haven't given you much notice then?
N: Not really, they only told us today.
Me: When do you pay your rent?
N: The 29th of the month.
Me: So they've given you two weeks?!

Is it any wonder I haven't written anything here since October...!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

By chance..

Last Thursday evening I left work about ten or fifteen minutes later than my usual shiny-shaped hole in the door at 17:01. As I was walking close to home, I saw a little old lady walking towards me. 

I have a thing about smiling, nodding or saying hello to older people. They come from a better time when that’s what people did, and I always remember when I was in school hearing a story about a woman who would get the bus every day and sit on a bench in the shopping centre in the hope that someone would talk to her.

So I smiled and she looked up at me, then stopped me to ask directions. We were further along the road than she was looking for, but when I pointed the way nothing registered on her face. I quickly realised. She said she’d been walking for a long time, maybe for four miles, she liked to walk. 

I asked if she knew her address, and like it was a test she shot out the right answer. I told her I would look it up, and thanked technology for smart phones. She didn’t bat an eyelid, just thanked me and waited. 

I hadn’t heard the name before, but by chance I had met a man earlier that day from an adjoining road to hers and not having heard of it before, I asked him where it was. Behind the supermarket. So that’s how far she’d come. 

About 2 kms, 4 miles in old shoes. 
I told her I lived around the corner and could drive her home, and she agreed. We got into the car, fastened her seatbelt then mine, and I sent a text to say I’d to run an errand and would be home soon. 

As we drove she told me she was originally from Wexford, one of ten, and that her parents were still alive. It seemed unlikely, given she seemed to me older than my Granny (who at almost 87 told me recently that she was starting to get old, but that it was probably about time she did), but it wasn’t for me to decide. She told me she went to visit them every 3 weeks or so, and they came up to her too. That’s lovely. 

The kids would be out, on the road, they were always falling. She talked about the weather, saying how nice a day it was, and I somehow knew not to mention the awful rain at the start of the week, and then she said how lucky we’d been with the weather over the last few weeks, thanks be to God. 

I asked if there would be someone at home. She hoped so, as she had thrown her keys behind her. I hoped so too, and there was. 

The bell didn’t work, but the knock on the window did. ‘I have a delivery for you’, says I. ‘Where did you find her?’ the man in black slacks and matching polo shirt asked. ‘Down by the park’, I replied. He looked confused, ‘are you a nurse?’ and then tried to explain. I told him I understood, but he had to tell me, he had to explain, he had to say the words, ‘she has dementia’. He thanked me and I left.  

She looked at me, smiled and nodded, and went inside. I hadn’t even noticed before that she had no coat or bag, but had a good pair of shoes on. She liked to walk.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Things I've learned a little too recently...

Buffalo mozzarella is made from buffalo milk, and is not just big mozzarella.

Buffaloes come in male and female.

The plural of buffalo is buffaloes.

Nuns are not entitled to free travel, unless they are over 66, which they often are.

On a similar theme, Junior Minister doesn't necessarily mean young.

When your pregnant friend texts you from her hospital appointment saying 'head down, bum in the air' she means the baby.