May Madness: What We’ve Been Up To

There is sunshine, everyone is far chirpier – the Leaving Cert weather has officially begun and we couldn’t be happier about it (unless there was a breeze of course). June has officially kicked off, so it’s time to look back on the month that was May! Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to lately!

May Madness - What We've Been Up To


Currently I’m making my way through One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley, Carol Ann Lee’s biography of the female killer. It’s an intense read, very knowledge dense, so it’s taking a while to get through, but despite the dark content it is absolutely fascinating. 

This post from My Thoughts On A Page about the goings on at a literary festival have me very interested in checking out one to attend – it definitely sounds like it’s good for getting the creative juices flowing, which is exactly what I need at the moment. The idea is there, the mojo isn’t – this post makes me feel like it’s something like this that I need!

The lovely Kellie from My Little Babóg compiled this amazing list of blogging tips which I’m trying to use for my own blog – she’s one who definitely knows what she’s talking about. Hopefully these may give some good results to getting more readers interested in my little blog!


On Monday 23rd May , RTE aired “The Story of Yes”. There was ugly crying, lots of it. So much emotion tied up in the incredible work done by the Yes Equality team, and by the Irish people as a whole, voting to give equal rights to everyone regardless of sexual orientation. It’s up on the RTE Player, if you missed it, it’s a definite must watch. It’s rare to see a good news story dealt with in detail, and that’s exactly what it is – even if you may (as I did) find your blood pressure rising with reminders of what those debates were like and just how twisted some of the arguments became. Here’s a preview to pique your interest!


I’ve been keeping up with my normal podcasts – The Women’s Podcast from the Irish Times did a fabulous podcast on all things menopause last week, which while it (fingers crossed) is a long way off for me, it’s definitely good to know these things well in advance as a woman! They’ve also started a fantastic series with HerStory, each week telling all about lesser known amazing Irish women who deserve to have their stories known by all.

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Very happily, my old jeans. Or rather, jeans that haven’t fitted me in quite a while. As of last weekend, the last weigh in of May, I’m down 10% of my body weight since starting Slimming World, a fact that thrills me – the fitting into comfy jeans that are a size I like is even better. I’ve a fair way to go yet – just because I’m a fan of the size doesn’t mean I’m ready to stop. My height means that I’m meant to be a good bit lighter than what I am – there’s only so much calling myself under tall that I can do. However, 18lb in less than 2 months is an incredible start and has me in an excellent mood about it all, so hoping this momentum continues!


The glorious weather has meant that I’ve gotten to do a lot more walking throughout May- not that the rain really interfered with it, but it’s definitely more of an impetus to head to nicer places that are a bit further out from civilisation for wanders – no need to stay close to shops or home to escape a downpour. I’ve gotten to see some really beautiful parts of Cork that are right on my doorstep, just waiting to be explored. Hopefully this kind of weather sticks for the Summer, I’ve a lot more places to tick off on my to do list!

So that’s what we’ve been up to lately – loving the nice weather and hoping it lasts for the rest of the Summer! What have you been up to? Got any recommendations for me to check out? Let me know in the comments below!


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1 comment

  1. wow 18 pounds in 2 months .. incredible well done you . ! how you’re getting through that book is beyond me. I got a book of short stories for my holidays 3 weeks ago.. and as light-hearted as it it, just can’t find the time to read it

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