Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Body broken. Did not appreciate yesterday's yoga/running combination.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Queen of procrastination & last-minute-itis still up & praying work is academically rigorous as opposed to resembling nonsensical ramblings

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Just been to see "The Ghost Writer". One for DVD me thinks. Always nice to see Ewan McGregor's bare ass though.

Friday, April 24, 2009

April 23rd

Why is it that it always seems to rain on a Thursday when I have to make my way up that M50? Pouring again but out I went to DCU to educate the masses. Cost me €20 on petrol, another €1.35 on a banana and popcorn and €5.60 on the Toll so I really hope they learned something. At least I remembered how cold it's been out there lately and dressed for the location. One of my students, however, obviously impervious to the arctic temperatures had decided to do a naked run through a lecture theatre and film it for his presentation and also the class's pleasure. A+ I think!


I have just spent hours with mixers, food processers and blenders in preparation for Saturday's feast. I truly am a culinary genius. Well, Jamie Oliver is, I just followed his recipe. Never mind the fact that there may be more food splattered all over me and my kitchen than is actually left to eat. I have made the most amazing thai green curry paste (though I am mildly concerned about the lemongrass stalks still being a little stalky), a most delicious roasted red pepper hummus and also have started in on the cake, which, once decorated and drowned in booze will be a gastronomic extravaganza! Mmmmm. Pity it will be covered in cream so I won't be able to eat any L

€48.56 on groceries.

Total spent today - €75.51

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

April 22nd

It's freezing in here today. Yesterday I wore a polo-neck and by the time I got home I had a heat rash and stank to high heaven. Today I have dressed for Spring as opposed to Winter and I may be developing frostbite on my toes. €1.70 gone on tea in an effort to warm up.

Put on the radiators in a further quest for heat. It's a disgrace that it's so sunny outside yet this room doesn't warm up thereby necessitating the use of the central heating. Anyhoo, I also had a soup €3.95 so am now beginning to feel my toes again and have also indulged in an apple, pear and ginger juice – delicious. Ever since the small size went down to €2 the Zumo guys have been super busy providing me and my fellow students with fruity juicy goodness. Cheaper than a cappuccino and 10 times healthier. Yum!

Nothing much else to report today. It's nearly bed time and I'm freezing again. I spent €2.49 on a bag of cashews earlier – was famished. Have spent most of the evening writing my shopping list for the weekend's big dinner. It's 2 pages long and there is a kilo and a half of prawns on it so all I can say it watch this space!

Total spent today €10.14



April 21st – Breaking the Law

Today started off innocuously enough. Made it into college in one piece at a reasonable hour and got busy with the many things that I need to get done. I deemed lunch a relative success when I got soup, a roll, beans and a baked potato for €5.40. It was only after the meal when I couldn't breathe through my nose for about an hour that I began to wonder what was in my food that was bunging me up yet again. An allergy test will definitely be taken in May when I have some money. Some students were collecting for Cystic Fibrosis so I gave them €2, conscious of the fact that my charitable giving had already exceeded €80 this week and it was only Tuesday.

The problems started for real when I had to drive out to Blackrock to sit in on an exam. Lord knows what's going on out there but for the first time in my life I couldn't get a parking space anywhere on campus. I drove around for about 15 minutes and almost had a spot before some guy in a jeep beat me to the chase. Needless to say I cursed him repeatedly as I did one more lap of the carpark before giving up. Out onto Avoca Avenue I went and parked my car on the street. Upon my return four hours later I noticed a little slip of yellow paper on my windscreen informing me that I would be getting a parking ticket in the post. Fantastic. That's all I need. I was going to call the guards to find out what my parking misdemeanour was that warranted such a ticket, but as I was driving at the time I thought the better of it.

Deciding it was too nice a day to let the yellow slip of paper get the better of me I zoomed off home. I needed to buy groceries but didn't pass SuperValu on my route to Rathfarnham so was left with a little dilemma. 1) Take advantage of the lovely evening and walk to Tesco or 2) get back in the stuffy car and drive to SuperValu. I elected to go for option 1. Much as it pained me it was just too nice an evening to pass up a little walk. €13.64 on Groceries and back I went to cook up a lovely dinner for Brian and Eric and sit back for more heart in mouth football courtesy of Liverpool and Arsenal.

Total spent today - €21.04