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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

My Busy Little Life

My Busy Little Life

As life grows more and more hectic, in good ways and stressful ones, it becomes ever more difficult to stick to the themes and plans I have for my blog. It can be quite tiring at the end of a day to try and write a deep post, and I’ve been in such a good mood lately that I don’t feel the need for such a release, either.

It’s probably a bit inconvenient that I need to write more when I’m stressed out or upset, but I’m sure many of my fellow writers will identify with this… perhaps that’s why much of the poetry I’m studying right now is so depressing.

By way of an update, apology, and nice filler of the void that my blog has become recently, here’s what I’ve been up to.

In ten weeks I will sit an exam that determines what I will do and where I will live for the next three to four years of my life. Not unreasonably, this is taking up rather a lot of my time. I placed either where I wanted to be or better in all the results of my mock exams, apart from the maths papers which haven’t been marked yet… even though they were the most expensive to sit! Anyway, so far that makes me pretty happy.

I sat two other mock exams this week, too: Irish and French orals. Both went really well, which has taken a lot of pressure off. It’s terrifying having to speak a different language to somone for fifteen minutes, knowing it will make up between twenty and forty per cent of your grade!

Much of my study for Irish has been consumed by the Sraith Pictiuiri. If you’re a Leaving Cert student, you’ll know what these are and will understand my suffering. If you’re not, then in the words of Shakespeare, “be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck.” Trust me. This has meant my practise for conversation has suffered, so I was glad to find how much I could recall. Unlike my fellow students, I’ve only studied the language for six years, but I’ve managed to keep up higher level. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve benefitted so much from a third language that would otherwise have been left untouched.

In other news, there’s been an engagement in my family! Tiger has got a ring on Duchess’ finger at last, and I’m so happy for them. It’s so comforting to know that my brothers are being looked after and are happy…

…that is, all my brothers! I’m looking forward to a visit from Ferret on the day I finish my exams, with a special person in tow.

That makes all of us in the family happy and attached… for now, at least! I don’t see it as essential to be in a relationship, but isn’t it nice?!

This all happened on the same day that Phoenix turned eighteen! She is the first of my closest group of friends, and it’s getting rather scary now… I just can’t believe how old we’re all getting. I guess “old” is relative depending on the age of you, the reader, but understand how unsettling all this approaching adulthood can be!

We threw her a surprise party and it was so lovely to have everyone together… it reminded me how many lovely people I’m privileged to know.

In other news, I’ve given up cheese for lent and have never resented a decision more.

Getting out of bed has been difficult lately… I think I’ll write a blog post on that, once I’ve cracked the whole “actually getting up when the alarm goes” thing. It won’t be easy…

My whole outlook has become more positive lately and my overall mood has improved tenfold. Partly due to the wonderful things happening to those around me, and partly because I’ve stopped panicking about things I can’t control. This is something I always have to remind myself to do… I should probably take my own advice more. This ties in well with “strength” and I’ll probably write about it a bit more soon.

There was no real purpose or design to this post, I’m afraid. I just fancied writing after a busy day, and I thought a snapshot of my life might interest you… whether you’re a complete stranger or a friend or family member I haven’t had the chance to catch up with.

I’ll try to stick to my theme and structure in future, and of course leave some updates on all the excitement above!
Well done if you’ve got to the end of this nonsense.

Catherine Ann x 


  1. Hello Cathrine... Just discovered you on Twitter. I'm @AuthorJLForbes and have a blog myself. I like your post here... I don't think it gets much better than raw honesty and being human. We can all relate. We writers need to write - it's that desperate pulling inside of us which yearns for expression. Sometimes I believe in my former life, I must have been a lazy ass, so now my soul is causing havoc to make up for lost time. I also find that my expression is more fluid during times of stress or when emotions arise. A writer knows no difference between love or grief when their words flow through their fingertips as if to exonerate the pain. We need both monotony and excitement. The contrast creates great depth to our experiences, and breathes life into our writing. So thank you for this so-called "nonsense." If you're writing, then you are doing what you came here to do, and this nothing short of remarkable.

    1. Thank you SO much for the lovely comment, it's really made my day! My favourite part of blogging is coming into contact with such lovely people who send wonderful comments and make me feel good about my writing!
      I tend to steer away from writing about my personal life, 1) because its personal, and 2) because who would be interested? But I suppose a lot of the best pieces of writing I've read centre around everyday people's everyday lives. I've remembered that something doesn't necessarily have to be "deep" to speak to people... quite the opposite!
      I might do a few more of these little posts in the future.
      I'll definitely be looking at your blog! Hope you're having a lovely day :)


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