HIGH 5 LIGHTS

A big shout out to Mumtalk who nominated Seeking Serenity for a High 5 Meme. I wasn’t too clear as to what a meme was but think I get it and so here is my Top 5 Highlights of 2009.

Ok, in no particular order here goes…..

California Dreamin’
What can I tell you. We couldn’t afford it, it was a huge risk going so far for just one week and we incured the total disapproval of teachers for springing the girls out of school for a week. But we listened to our inner wisdom which told us to take a chance. And we did. And it was amazing. And we brought home huge, funny, brightly coloured, noisey memories.

Writing
Finally, I got a bit more serious about writing in 2009. I have taken a creative writing class (and will be continuing this year), I have written (and finished) two short stories, have experimented with poetry (My WordSongs), have had an essay published in an Anthology of Irish Writing (The Quiet Corner) and in 2009 I began blogging! And have enjoyed it all.

Basking in Reflected Glory
All my three girls have gifts and talents that are uniquely theirs, whether it’s in the retail travel business, or on the GAA pitch or playing music. And each of their achievements, big and small, brought me great joy in 2009.

Stayin’ Afloat
Me and him try hard to practice positivity and gratitude every day. But it is through his hard work and consistant marketing and PR that Paul has managed to keep us all afloat in these choppy seas. It has not been without its stress but through it all we have managed to get by and stay cheerful. And if we could do it in 2009, we will continue to do so in 2010.

Four Legged Friends
I have always loved and lived with animals. We share our lives with one dog and four cats. They fill my life with hair balls, vets bills, muddy floors, hairy patches on beds and chairs… but I wouldn’t be without them. They are a highlight of every year!

So that’s it. I hope I haven’t been too corny. 2009 was an interesting year. We have learnt lots of lessons.

Now I am passing this meme on to the following….

The Streaming Now – a new blog from Joy Frequencies and well worth a visit.

Across the pond to Inkpots n’Quills.

Around the world to Writer on the Way Home

And finally back home to Mia at Mia’s Room

And so over to you guys – looking forward to reading your high lights of 2009!

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’

Regular readers will know that I have been (virtually) very quiet this week as I was away with the family on holiday in California. It seemed like a long way to go for a week, but eldest daughter, who works in travel, got us a great deal which was too good to pass up. And although we spent 24 hours travelling each way, it was well worth it and not half as difficult as I thought it might be.

We had a busy schedule of things to do and we feel like we have been away for a month. It is like having an amazing dream and on waking, finding out that you were only asleep for ten minutes. But then again, many of us already know that time is elastic and not the straight line we perceive it as being!

I will refer you to Mia’s Room for a flavour of what we got up to. Mia can capture the spirit of our holiday much better than I. And if you visit – do leave her a comment. The excitement when she gets a comment on her blog is pure joy echoing through the house.

For me, suffice to say that I love America. We in Europe (and particularly in Ireland) could learn a thing or two about service from our neighbours on the other side of the ocean. And once again I have returned wondering how the Irish got the reputation of being the friendliest nation on earth. My experience of America has always been that they, in fact, are far worthier than us of this particular accolade.

And so from the sunshine and palm trees and fantasy of Hollywood, we return to Ireland which seems to be reluctantly moving into autumn. And one of the great things about travelling abroad is that it provides us with fresh eyes coming home. And as our flight sank through huge layers of grey cloud at Dublin Airport, we were greeted with the greenery and the autumnal colours of the fields of North Dublin. It’s great to get away. And it is also wonderful to arrive back home. Home, to the unbridled joy of Dylan and the more subtle welcome from the four moggies. Home to where we can feel complete, to where we belong and to where our hearts are. And home to begin to dream about where we might be able to travel to next.

What do you think? Do like returning home after holidays?