Wednesday, February 28, 2007

And introducing in 2007 ...




The following new lists of 100 things were added recently:










There! I hope I haven't missed announcing anybody! But the complete list is linked on the side bar over there.

Be the first to be added to the March list! I've started a temporary list to track them at the right as I add them to my blogroll. Tell your friends! OK, I'll shut up now...

Friday, January 05, 2007

100 Things Collections


I've created a blogrolling blogroll so that I can collect and save internet's 100 things lists more easily to this blog.

I will be on the lookout for people's 100 things lists that I have not collected so far.

If I have missed yours and you want to be linked here, please respond to this post and I will gladly add you with trumpet flare! [ Yes I know that's a saxophone ~ :-) ]

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Just a fly by on my broom!

Happy Hallowe'en, Internets!!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Me Claddagh


Look at the lovely blog pin that Mysterious Lady made for me. I love it!

Isn't she special to do that?? Now go on give her a hug will ya?

It's a claddagh symbol. Click here to or here learn more about the legend or re me paraphrase below:

Richard Joyce was a fisherman who lived in the 1500's in the village of Claddagh near Galway on the West Coast of Ireland. He was captured by Spanish pirates and sold into slavery in Africa where he lived many years and learned to become a goldsmith and eventually made it back to Ireland, to his true love, Margaret, who remained unwed during all this time. He designed the ring for her, for which the heart symbolizes love, the crown symbolizes his undying loyalty and the hands symbolize friendship, the very foundation of love.

The claddagh has special meaning to me for a number of reasons including:
- it's Irish and so am I (by birth to my Irish born mother)
- the claddagh story and meaning (above)
- Richard was my grandfathers name - I have a charcoal portrait of him inherited from my aunt hanging in my hallway. I remember him from when I visited Ireland when I was five years old with my aunt. He was very kind to me and took my around on his shoulders playing horsey which I really enjoyed. He died in 1967 when I was 8.
- Margaret is my mother's name and my middle name. She passed away suddenly last year. I'm very sentimental about all things Irish and about her as I miss her terribly.
- me oldest daughter has worn a claddagh ring for years.
- the region around Galway is one of the places I have visited many times.
- I'm especially intrigued about the fishing villages and islands off the west coast of Ireland. I have been to the Aran Islands twice and have read a great deal about the Blasket Islands off the coast of Dingle (Kerry) and I hope to visit them next time I am there.

I just love how she put the little ICL in the heart!

Now read her 100 things about her linked at right!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Why ICL?

Why am I called Irish Church Lady?

I'm fairly active in my church. People at work started calling me church lady as my nickname from time to time. I recently received my Irish passport and confirmation of Irish Citizenship through my mother (RIP June 2005). I love to laugh at funny silly things.
My daughter gave me a funny photo of an old nun blogging on the internet (that I used to use as my photo). Irish Church Lady seemed appropriate.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Short 'n Sweet


I work, I play, I try to stay sane. I am wife to Pool Boy and mother to DQ Girl (25), Mr. Philosopher (22), Nurse-a-baby (21) and Batgirl (16). I love animals, running, biking, TV, humour. I heart blogging these days.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Me language


Taken from me second blog

This is me third blog.

Counting Down from 10 ... more stuff about moi


From Lisa @ A "Textbook-Good" Visit

*10 FAVORITES*
1) Favorite Colors: This colour green, right now
2) Favorite Food: anything Mexican
3) Favorite Musical Group: Green Day
4) Favorite Song right now: Hey Mama - Black Eyed Peas
5) Favorite Movie: So I Married an Axe Murderer 1993 kind of a cult film for those who like it. Mutant Reviewers (check out the quotes at the bottom ~ hilarious!), Synopsis, Credits, Movie Mistakes, Quizi (coming soon)
6) Favorite Sport: Running
7) Favorite Season: Summer with fall a close second!
8) Favorite Day Of the Week: Saturday
9) Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mocha Almond Fudge
10) Favorite Time of Day: When I get home from work and get greeted by my dog!


~9 CURRENTS~
1) Current Mood: Lazy. It's a rainy Saturday!
2) Current Taste: Koffee
3) Current Clothes: ah, er, PJ's or is that TMI?!
4) Current Desktop: a pic of Ardfert Abbey, County Kerry, Ireland, ruins with sky showing through windows ~ symbolizes Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to me.
5) Current Music: Burning Up/Holiday ~ Madonna (Monday's a holiday here yay!)
Current Time: 1:38 PM
7) Current Surroundings: My bedroom ~ in bed with my laptop on the breakfast table
8) Current Thoughts: I really should be doing something useful.
9) Current Status: Married ha ha

*8 FIRSTS*

1) First Best Friend: Sonja, my neighbor when I was 4. Still a very good friend!
2) First Kiss: I can't really remember ... isn't that a shame?
3) First Screen Name: if you mean blog name then it's Irish Church Lady
4) First Pet: technically a budgie named Laddie.
5) First Piercing: my ears - self pierced 'em when I was 16. Man it hurt!
6) First Crush: David
7) First Music: I can't remember what first single I bought with my own money ... how sad ..l however I do remember the first album that I had which was The Monkees bought for me and my sisters by my aunt when she was babysitting for us when my folks when away for a few days. She bought it for us at the corner drugstore after church when we were walking home. We were so excited. Thanks for bringing back that memory!
8) First Love: Mark.

~7 LASTS~
1) Last Cigarette: Never chain smoked and never will. I have had the odd cigarette now and then throughout my life but it's been so long now that I can't remember. It might have been in France about 5 years ago during a night of drinking. Everyone smokes there.
2) Last Drink: My Friday night wine tasting hee
3) Last Car Ride: Kool. It was Thursday 'cause I rode my bike to work yesterday. I rock!
4) Last Kiss: Last night I kissed the pool boy.
5) Last Movie Seen: In the theater, Brokeback Mountain, on DVD I can't remember.
6) Last Phone Call: Blockbuster video reminder my daughter about her DVD rentals
7) Last CD Played: Irish Pub Songs on St. Patty's ... ya I don't listen to much music ... mostly talk radio in the car

*6 HAVE YOU EVERS*
1) Have You Ever Dated One Of Your Best Guy/Girl Friends: Only once that I recall. Very short term. It was a university project partner. We spent way too much time together working on this statistics project and kinda grew on each other and had a very short term relationship after that. He was funny, which is why he started growing on me but there was no physical attraction even though I tried.
2) Have You Ever Broken the Law: Speeding, red lights all that stuff. My biggest lawbreaker was I stole a street sign in University that was of my last name (which is kind unusual ~my maiden name). I just had to have it before I graduated. My ma was horrified when I came home with that. It was hard to steal too. Went with my BF late at night with tools. He had to hoist me on his shoulders. Cars went by and everything. We were lucky we did not get caught! Ah memories! The funny thing is that I don't know where it is now. My youngest sister may have taken it over. But it was attached to another street sign, we had to take both at the same time, they came together. Well I brought the two home together still attached when I came back home after graduating from University and get this, my Dad just threw out the other street sign a few weeks ago when I was helping him sort out old stuff from the house. He said he didn't want the police going through his garbage haha. I was always so attached to my maiden name because my parents had four daughters, no one to carry on the family name and my Dad is an only son. I thought about keeping it an naming my daughter with that last name but my married name is kinda kool too and with marrying and becoming an instant mom to three kids I figured it would be less complicated for me to have the same name as my step-kids and I didn't want for my birth daughter to have a different name from her siblings. Sorry to go on and one but I just have to say this stuff.
3) Have You Ever Been Arrested: No, TG. I guess there's always a first time but I sure hope I never am. Not that I'm doing things that would get me arrested now but it's just that I don't think you should ever be so sure of yourself. If someone killed my kids I may in rage do the same (regretfully) so never say never but please pray for me if this happens. LOL
4) Have You Ever Skinny Dipped: Ya, every chance I get. Oh, ya!
5) Have You Ever Been on TV: Yes, the news. Last time was when we were interviewed at the airport heading off to Florida two days before Christmas
6) Have You Ever Kissed Someone You Didn't Know: I don't think I have. I may need to put that on my list of things to do before I die. hee hee

~5 THINGS~
1) 1 Thing You're Wearing: Oh gawd, you're not going to make me say I'm still in my jammies again. (I call these pyjama days!)
2) 1 Thing You've Done Today: blog - now I'm pathetic
3) 1 Thing You're Listening To Right Now: Beautiful Day by U2
4) 1 Thing You Can't Live Without: me
5) 1 Thing You Do When You're Bored: Don't get bored too often, but if I was I would do an on-line crossword.


*4 PLACES YOU'VE BEEN TODAY or Yesterday PPL if today is so friggin boring uh uh*
1. The forest on my way to work on my bike
2. Work
3. The road around the industrial park where I work (to run)
4. The park after work with the doggies.
Even yesterday was pretty boring.

~3 PEOPLE YOU CAN TELL ANYTHING TO~
1. Pool Boy
2. My kids
3. Lise my running partner
'kay so technically that's 6 people but if I just picked 3 that would leave some'un out.

*2 CHOICES*
1. Black or White: Black
2. Hot or Cold: Hot

~1 THING YOU WANT TO DO~
1. Make it to heaven.

Why 2 blogs?


Read all about it here 'cause it's all your fault!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

It's all about me

103 things about me minus 1

1. I don't smoke
2a. I love my husband!
2b. I love my sweetie!
3. I love my kids!
4. I love my pets!
5. I love my family!
6. I love my extended family!
7. I love my friends!
8. I love my job!
This is getting boring....for you
9. I was born in 1959 ~ surprise, surprise
10. I am near the end of the baby boomers
11. I could stand to lose 30 pounds.
12. I run for exercise, with my best runner pal, Lise.
13. I'm a workaholic.
14. I watch a lot of TV.
15. I've recently discovered web blogs (and have become slightly addicted!)
16. My Mum died last June (26th, 2005), suddenly.
17. I miss her lots.
18. I became an instant Mum at age 29!
19. And I wouldn't change a thing!
20. I have 4 kids.
21. I am very proud of them.
22. They have put me through hell.
23. And I'm still here to blog about 'em.
24. I am an Irish citizen by birth through my Mum.
25. I was born in Ottawa so am Canadian too.
26. I just recently got my Irish passport, of which I am very proud.
27. I'm extroverted at times and introverted at times.
28. I love to sing in church.
29. I'm Catholic.
30. I love to go to church, but I'm in a dark period right now and haven't gone since Christmas.
31. I will go to confession soon.
32. I was sexually molested as a kid (not by a relative, let's clear that up now).
33. I wish I waited for marriage.
34. I didn't experience the big O until I was in my twenties.
35. That was a good thing.
36. I can't achieve the big O through penetration.
37. I think this is somehow related to #33. (Twisted catholic thinking I know!)
38. I urged my husband to have a vasectomy, which he did.
39. I did not know it was a sin at that time. (feel foolish about this!)
40. I'm wiser now.
41. I wanted to have 2 kids on top of my 3 step kids.
42. I just had one, 'cause we were too busy and my eldest told me there was enough kids in this family so I listened.
43. We got a dog instead. He's my baby for sure.
44. I'm a people pleaser (recently discovered).
45. I like music but I don't listen to a lot of it.
46. I would like to go for a hot air balloon ride.
47. I've flown on the Corporate Jet twice - way kool!
48. I have a fantastic mother-in-law! Salt of the earth!
49. My father-in-law is not in great health.
50. My dad's in good health now, TBTG!
51. My Auntie Kay was a great influence in my life and I love and miss her too!
52. And Mrs. Dickie RIP.
53. I have great relatives overseas! Well everyone has great relatives!
54. I was in two car accidents this year which is very uncharacteristic of me.
55. I find reading music difficult.
56. I can wiggle my ears....
57. ...but not roll my tongue very well.
58. I wish I could speak more French.
59. I'm a good speller.
60. I'm an all or nothing perfectionist.
61. I started doing windows last year with newspaper and vinegar. Works good!
62. I have crappy discs in my back that poop out when I don't treat them well!
63. I take prozac and it works!
64. I MSN with my nieces and nephews which I enjoy and they tolerate.
65. I MSN with my friend Cathy when we've had a few glasses of wine and it's a riot!
66. I started a new thing this year where I try to throw out one thing a day to get rid of clutter in the house.
67. Money (lack of it) always seems to be a problem so I've slowed down my spending habits and we'll see how that goes.
68. I haven't had a raise for 5 years and I've asked for one recently.
69. I definitely deserve one and they and I know it!
70. I would like to help out in a children's orphanage in Romania or Mexico with my holidays some year.
71. I've tried pot a long time ago. Didn't do much for me as I recall.
72. I consider myself politically astute due to my politically minded family.
73. My husband is very kind and generous and I'm blessed to have him.
74. I'm still sleeping in my husband's first wife's bed (RIP) and I don't mind that.
75. I'm a grandmother to a dog....and that's just fine for me now girls.
76. I spoil her like any Nama should.
77. My 'real' baby just turned 16 and we got her her own 'puter.
78. I love colours, gifs, humour stuff like that.
79. I think I have a bit of a creative streak.
80. I love new tools and technologies....omg I'm always trying new things a work.
81. But I'm useless at working the DVD player and TV - too many remotes - I call in the help.
82. My pool boy is a hot tamale!
83. My dream is to get an RV and travel around the continent. ("Clark, that there's an RV. Beauty ain't it?")
84. I love coffee omg I can't believe I got to #84 before I mentioned this ("Excuse me waitress, I believe I ordered a large capuccino! HELLO!" - guess what movie that's from?)
85. I need coffee.
86. If I don't drink coffee in the morning I get a huge head banger.
87. I share my birthday with my uncle Fred and his daughter, my cousin Blanaid in Ireland and also Pierre Trudeau. (wooped dee do!) October 18
88. My husband is 7 years older than me.
89. He's a great guy.
90. He's a Knights of Columbus.
91. I've had to remind him recently that their motto is family first, 'cause he does a lot for them.
92. He used this excuse to stay home and play with me recently. hee hee...had to really twist his arm. NOT!
93. Dad sold the fla house ....sad but true....lots of good memories but oh well....life goes on.
94. I've never broken a bone (touch wood)
95. My baby was born by caesarian.
96. I'm pro breast feeding.
97. I like to drive.
98. I like to drive to Florida.
99. I hate doing my taxes.
100. ...even though I'm a professional accountant

101. I'm afraid of big fish ... but I like these fish

102. I wrote 102 things about me because 2 is better than 1 dontcha think?