27 January, 2012

The Chaos

As you may or may not know, my husband is Polish. All of the family on his side speak Polish, and nobody that I have met yet, speaks English other than his siblings... in which case, only his brother is actually comfortable with speaking English (which he does very well, as much as he may think otherwise).

I have been sllllooowwwlllyyy learning the Polish language ever since I met my husband, who thankfully, is a stickler for pronunciation; his parents are too, which I assume is where he learned to be so adamant about it. 

V: it's "cześć"... easy. It means "hello".
Me: cheeeee---
V: no. Czeeeeeeeeśśśśććć
Me: chhoooooo---
V: no. Cheh. Sh. Ch. Cześć.
Me: chaaaaaaa---
V: *facepalm*
myself as I imagine I look saying,"Brzeczyszczykiewicz..."

At any rate, my pronunciation of the words I know is very decent (at least that's what my husband tells me...), but in the Polish language, saying something and reading something is a completely different experience for a learner, as there are all kinds of new accents on letters and sooo many "z"s!!! "Dz" does not sound at all like "sz" or "cz", which do sound kind of like "ś" and "ć" but they aren't. It often makes my head spin.

At any rate, as a native English speaker, I tend to think that English as a whole is much easier to learn than Polish... or I did, until I read a poem called "The Chaos" by Dutch writer Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870 - 1946) which I will share with you now...

The Chaos

23 January, 2012

No Poo


ok... ok I don't mean constipation.
When I first heard the term "no poo" I really thought, without reading further, that someone was talking about not pooping.
I was wrong, now I am "no poo" too, and you can be too!

22 January, 2012


Lately, I have just been inspired by crochet. I can't get enough.

17 January, 2012


It's true what they say - you don't know what you're missing until it's gone.

07 January, 2012

New Year, New Resolution

Yaaay resolution! I used to be a big fan of new years' resolutions but after many attempts, I found the only real success I had with one (read: my only resolution that lasted past February) was when I was 14. I went on a soda/cola/pop/fizzy drink fast with my older brother and whomever broke the fast first lost. We lasted until about May when my brother sheepishly called me to tell me he had given in to some Dr. Pepper.
A worthy drink to break your soda fast on, indeed.

The last several years have not included a new years resolution for me. Sure, I joked about one now and then but I haven't really committed to one at the beginning of the year in at least 5 years, that I recall.

I have decided on January 1 that I would like to have a new years resolution this year, and share it with you here on my blog!

Drumroll please...

05 January, 2012

Bunratty Castle

Just a quick snap as I drove by (I pulled over to take it) on my way home from Shannon, Co. Clare for a family session.
Clouds, rain, and insane wind all day... all day that is, until I finished my shoot. Blah.

02 January, 2012

Happy New Year!

New year is always fun for me. The last two new years eves were spent either sleeping after a fantastic meal or watching a movie and deciding to get married. This year, we spent time with friends making new friends in Cork. We listened to music, ate a bit of food, and danced... which ended with everyone getting styling gel in their hair to make silly hair styles. For me, it was fine, with my new short hair - but for others? Not so much. All in good fun though!

OH! Short hair! Lookie!

I chopped all my hair off! After several attempts to get to platinum blond, my hair had had enough. Brittle and with 2873462873 split ends, I decided it was time.


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