Posted by: chiarraigrrl | February 7, 2018

“Fancy knitting”


You may have heard about how knitting is good for your health in many ways, not least of which is in reducing stress. This week I’ve been carrying “fancy knitting” with me – I usually have a few projects on the go (surprise!) and some of them are more complicated than others. The complicated ones- where I’m trying a new technique, for example – are the ones I call “fancy knitting”. At the moment I’m attempting my very first cardigan – this is intended for a friend’s new arrival (coming in May). In the process I’m learning (on a very small scale) how to make a sweater, which is pretty exciting. Usually I would keep this at home for evening knitting, and work on the scarf I’ve been carrying around lately – but this week is full of meetings where I have to make arguments on behalf of my project team, or in other ways have often-frustrating work encounters – so it’s a week for carrying around “fancy knitting”. On my breaks I have something interesting, challenging (in a good way), and fun to focus on, which means by the time I get back to my desk I’m refreshed and ready to get back in the fight.

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Posted by: chiarraigrrl | January 23, 2018

Hello world

It’s been a while. For various reasons, posting wasn’t much of a priority – but I was chewing over a few things the last few days, and writing again has been niggling at me.

For some reason over the weekend, as I was recovering from a less-severe-than-it-might-have-been dose of ‘flu, I got caught in a loop of mentally rehashing an old argument with a former college friend. The injustice! The lack of consideration!

And then I stopped. First of all, if her actions had so consistently and clearly bothered me over an extended period of time, it was unlikely that our friendship was on solid footing to start with – or that the person she had become “aligned with my core values” (to steal a phrase from a very good budgeting article I read recently). Someone who posted (even just to friends) on social media about how much they “get PAID!” probably doesn’t have the same priorities (or salary, let’s be honest) as me. Enough. Time to let it go.

Secondly – was this how I wanted to spend my time and energy? I’m lucky to have really amazing, kind, smart, funny people in my life. I don’t need to chase after people that don’t really fit there anyway. There are lots of other things I’m occupied with – and goodness knows, if my time wasn’t already taken up in lots of ways, there are plenty of more productive ways to spend time and energy than rehashing an old argument.

And then there’s this. I saw this quote at work the other day, and thought it was a good thing to be reminded of – and to be conscious of, in terms of deciding how we spend our time: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Montgomery, Alabama, 1957

Posted by: chiarraigrrl | September 27, 2015

A few thoughts about birthdays

I had a conversation this week with an old acquaintance who expressed the opinion that “grown adults didn’t celebrate birthdays”. That seemed like a pretty unhappy way to go through life. Birthdays are a great opportunity to recognize a friend- to say “I see you, and I’m glad to know you, and I’m grateful you’re here”. It’s a good opportunity to let people know that they matter, and wish them happiness.

As for celebrating my own birthday- it’s the one day every year I absolutely take time off. I like to spend time with my mother, to thank her for all her kindness, and to do something nice I might not otherwise make time for- like day trips to Howth and to Newgrange and Mellifont Abbey and GLendalough in Ireland, or to the Erie Canal in upstate New York. It’s a chance to give thanks. And that matters.

Posted by: chiarraigrrl | July 13, 2015

Just another day on the Erie canal….

Posted by: chiarraigrrl | July 8, 2015

The annual Edinburgh-in-August recommendations

My recommendations for Edinburgh in August this year are up over on helptraveling…

Help traveling-

Evening on the Royal Mile

Going to Edinburgh in August? Every year for the past 5 years or so, I write up a post with my recommendations from the thousands of shows available in Edinburgh during the month of August, between the Edinburgh International Festival, the Festival Fringe, and the International Book Festival– so once again putting pen (or keypad strikes) to paper, I submit to you, dear reader, my recommendations for Edinburgh in August 2015. I tend to focus on the Fringe and the Book Festival, never having quite made it to the actual Festival myself- but I hear the lineup this year is terrific.

The Fringe

If you’ve ever been to Edinburgh in August, you know the drill- there’s a million shows on every single day, all of them are touted to be “genius” and “laugh-out-loud funny”, and it can be hard to sift the wheat from the chaff. Only…

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Posted by: chiarraigrrl | April 4, 2015

So pretty :)

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Posted by: chiarraigrrl | March 17, 2015

This is important

marginh/t @masey_b

Posted by: chiarraigrrl | February 3, 2015

Make some art



Much better 🙂

Posted by: chiarraigrrl | January 14, 2015

A photo a day…

Good morning

Keeps the creative blues away. At least, that’s what I hope. I’m back on the photo-a-day regimen- link is here, for those interested:

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