31 May, 2011

Ten Things I Love Tuesday #2

Welcome to the second installment of 10TILT! Here are 10 things I'm loving this week:

1. All of Jamie's work at From Me To You, but especially this piece.

I wish I could wear heels like these.
I'd tower over my husband though, and I'm not such a big fan of that. So... I'll just sigh and stick to wearing my flats. It's not easy finding shoes in my size anyway, let alone heels.

30 May, 2011

Memorial Day Memories

Happy Memorial Day to all my American friends and followers!

When I was a kid, Memorial Day was something I looked forward to all year. This day marked the opening of our summer home in Anchor Point, Alaska.

Now, before you get all excited - our "summer home" was a 24' travel trailer on a camping lot just north of Homer on the Sterling Highway. We had a garden that the moose loved to snack on, and little pomeranians that we had to watch extra close so the Eagles wouldn't carry them away for dinner. True story.

All through the 6 months of winter and spring, waiting for "breakup" made me antzy for summer. I longed for the midnight sun, the late-night/early morning campfires, the Bald Eagles soaring above the river that our campsite overlooked, and the fresh fish we caught almost daily.

(a photo straight from my scrapbook of my mom and me around 1992, on our summer lot)

29 May, 2011


Lavender, lavender,
From where the bee hums,

27 May, 2011

Delicious Chocolate Raisinutty Clusters: A recipe

It is no secret that I am a lover of chocolate. I wanted to make some chocolate chip cookies, but alas, I am missing one of the main ingredients.

I had to have Chocolate Chip SOMETHING though, so I came up with this super quick recipe!

Chocolate Raisinutty Clusters

26 May, 2011

mind traveling

Also known as Daydreaming.

I've been doing this alllll day. Mainly because we're booking our tickets to Sweden for the summer holidays, and I can't help but think of all the places in and outside of Europe that I want to see for myself. Air fare from Ireland to many places in the European Union (EU) are really reasonable, so it's hard not to dream. Here is a (short) list of places I'd like to go to, in no particular order.


25 May, 2011


Since I decided not to dye my hair dark anymore, I've gotten it into my head to bleach it, instead.

My current obsession: Platinum/White Blond a la Marilyn Monroe

24 May, 2011

Ten Things I Love Tuesday #1

It looks like some of you got a preview of today's post, from when I accidentally clicked "publish post" instead of "save as draft". Silly me! I thought I had put it into draft mode quickly enough, but alas - all of the lovely followers who read my blog through Google Reader were able to read the whole darn thing! I like to think of it like a preview... you know, like if you won tickets to see an advance release of a movie or something :) Whether you were able to see it early, or if you had to wait until now, I hope you enjoy the first installment of my new series, 10TILT.

I've decided that each Tuesday, I'll post 10 things that I love ... so welcome to my very first 10TILT!

I love...

1. This Owl Candle from WestElm.com

It's a shame they only ship to the US. My consolation is that even if they did ship to Ireland, the cost would be astronomical. But! It's still adorable, and fun to dream about!

23 May, 2011


For the last several days - nearly a week, I've been experiencing headaches at least once a day, but sometimes more.

Usually, I'm not one to get headaches. Loud music pumped into my ears, a jackhammer right outside my window, bright lights (big city...), bonking my head... none of these things usually cause my head to feel like it does right now.


22 May, 2011

The End of the World

Greetings from heaven!!! Althought, heaven sure looks a lot like my living room, and I can't seem to find my Mom, Grandma, or Cousin anywhere!

Right about now, I'm wondering how the man who spent all of his savings on advertising for the rapture feels.

Or how Harold Camping, the man who calculated the date of the rapture of 2011 feels.

Or how all those people with those damn bumper stickers feel.

21 May, 2011

Enniscorthy Adventures

Happy weekend, everyone!

V and I went to County Wexford, which is a two hour drive, to pick something up (and I will tell you all about in another post, soon) and decided that since we were all the way out there, we'd make a day of it.
When we were done with our "bidness", we visited the town of Enniscorthy, since it was so close.

First stop (after parking) was St. Aidan's Cathedral.

Of course, genius that I am, I forgot to take a photo of it from the outside... good job, right? Here's one that I found on the internet (right here, in fact).

The inside of the cathedral is absolutely, mind-blowingly gorgeous. See... I'm not the type of tourist who actually enjoys going inside all these churches and cathedrals. Why? Well, so far for me, they're all pretty much the same. Super high rafters, some amazing pillars, some gildy-gildedness, some more gilded overdoneness, and usually a statue or twelve.

20 May, 2011

Errands and Retro Photo Phun... I mean fun...

My friend M called me bright and early this morning wondering if I wanted to go to Cork to run some errands... and possibly see the Queen of England, who is visiting Ireland for the first time ever.
All over the radio today are reports of where the Queen is and what she's doing... when she's expected where and what she said here. The security was insane, and for the first time I've ever known (including Sundays), Cork was empty.

19 May, 2011

Historical Fiction

I must admit that my education relating to history is quite lax. The only history classes I took were in junior high school, and high school and at age 14-17, History was B-O-R-I-N-G. I barely stayed awake through my classes!
Had my teacher(s) but turned me onto the joys of historical fiction though, I would have probably had a much keener interest.

I'm actually a little embarrassed of my lack of historical and geographical knowledge, which is something my husband knows and likes to poke fun of now and then.
See... for me, it was hard to think of the events as actually happening to other people. To me it was just a story told in the most boring way possible by the most bored teachers ever.
Granted, when reading historical fiction, you have to be able to discern the line between history and fiction - but for the most part, that's pretty easy.

18 May, 2011

My Irish Backyard

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Today as I was milling around the house doing this and that, I couldn't help but stop to look out the window each time I happened to be in our bedroom.  The breeze blowing the long grass of the field behind my house; the way the sunlight and clouds kept changing the colors of the trees; the hills; the mountains in the background... all it needed was a little Irish bagpipe.

Please take a moment to enjoy this short (1 minute 30 second) video I made, appreciating the scenery. It's best enjoyed with speakers on low (unless you really, REALLY like bagpipes) and in full screen.

My Irish Backyard from Shannon Shackelford on Vimeo.

Enjoying the small things,

Android photography

About three years ago, I purchased an iPhone 2G. That was what was out at the time. About a week after my purchase, the iPhone 3G came out, for less money and I have to say I was super pissed. 
That being said, I've held onto and used my iPhone 2G continuously the whole time, and have very few complaints. The software updates almost always bring something newly upgraded, and it has kept me very happy. 

I gave up my beloved iPhone recently when we had a bit of a mishap with V's phone. His screen cracked rendering the phone pretty useless, except to accept incoming calls (or dial a number you know by heart). Since he'd had his phone for quite a while, we decided it was time for an upgrade for him. V painstakingly read reviews and information online about new phones for a week before finally choosing one that he was happy with and that fit our budget.  

17 May, 2011

15 cents...

... for just 15 cents a day, you could change this kitty's life...

16 May, 2011

Christmas in May.

This past weekend, for me, had a distinct theme: Christmas.

Our courier came from Poland this weekend, with boxes of stuff we had ordered!! You would not believe the stuff you can get in Poland, including the cost of courier services - for sometimes less than half the price of what you'd pay in Ireland. It's amazing! So I've learned to navigate Poland's market site, with a little help from my sweet husband.

13 May, 2011


Ever since our kitten Bilbo grew into an adult-ish cat, he has started to develop more and more of his own quirky personality. I'm loving it, most of the time. 

11 May, 2011


Last weekend, V and I had finally had enough with the arrangement of our upstairs rooms. The wrong furniture placed in the wrong rooms... and a bunch of clutter to boot! Because of these things, our already small-ish rooms seemed tiny!
We decided to tackle this problem because after all, this is our home. We should feel happy in our spaces. Right? Of course right.

It took a few days to find places for everything and put everything in it's place but at last! It's complete!
If you'd like a little preface of how the house looked when we moved in, read this blog.

Let's start with the smallest and work our way up, shall we?

My Craft Room!

It's small, small, small - in fact, it's smaller than our largest bathroom. BUT it's mine! It is still a work in progress, but look how far it's come!

My room's humble beginnings. This is how it looked when we moved in.

10 May, 2011

Come follow me...

... the blo-o-gger said...

If you grew up LDS and attended sacrament meeting and primary often, please tell me that I'm not the only one (17+ years later) still singing the primary songs now and then.
And this is coming from someone that hasn't attended church in ohh... 5 years or so. It's not like I'm inundated with this music on a weekly basis. Please tell me I'm not alone... *sobs*


Moving on...

... let's get down to the point of this post. Facebook.

09 May, 2011

Creamy Spinach & Tomato Tortellini: A Recipe

Hello there!
It's been forever since I shared a recipe with you, so I'd like to fix that right now. This recipe is definitely one of my favorites, but not one we make all that often because it's soooo... sinfully delicious, if you know what I mean. With that being said, we indulge ourselves about once or twice a year (not that we're health nuts - we just really like variety)! So let's get started, shall we?


05 May, 2011

My newest friend

 Hello everyone!

I'd like you to meet my new friend Ollie the Great Horned Owl.

03 May, 2011

Bank Holiday Weekend

Hope yours was better than mine.


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