Things I Learned Saturday

On Saturday I was in Dublin for my sister Martha’s 30th Birthday celebrations. Aside from great company, lots of laughs, food, music and dancing at The Clarendon and Odessa here’s a few random things happened, discovered or learned…

1. I can’t go out anymore, it takes days to recover, days, such a time waste. I don’t need to be drinking, just out very late. The funny thing is I can get by on very little sleep normally, five hours is plenty, and in most ways have more energy than I’ve ever had but going out kills me and no matter what time I go to bed I’m up with the lark, outwardly fresh, inwardly wrecked. P.S. I didn’t really learn this on Saturday just this summer generally.

Lesson: I don’t want to go out.


2. Just when you think you are past it you go to a city or just anywhere with life in it and get a massive ego boost from both gay men and straight men, chatted up and complements to beat the band. The gay guy comps were the best :)  

Lesson: Nothing ages a woman like living in the country.


I was called ‘very sensible’ for drinking tea at four in the morning, yep.

Lesson: There’s nothing sensible about four in the morning.


3. For the first time in my life I was pressed to smoke weed. She was some random stranger, the girlfriend of a roommate of one of Martha’s friends twice removed or something like that. I mean properly pressed, arm pulling and everything plus this memorable line ‘You need a challenge, challenge is good for you‘ Bahahaha, can you believe it? This never even happened me in college!

Lesson: From Salvador Dali, ‘I don’t do drugs, I am drugs.’


4. I slept with a cat. If you know me you know this is big. Martha’s cat is new and not allowed out at night yet. His name is O’Brien and when you surprise him he meep’s, very winning. He didn’t think much of the downstairs festivities and here I was in his safe place. There was nothing for it, we had to share a bed, after all he was there first I was just the sensible tea drinking visitor. If anyone had told me this would ever happen I’d have said not a chance but with each passing day I turn ever more into a cat lady. By morning, two hours later, we were happy out. I’ve shared a bed with worse.

Lesson: A leopard can change her spots.

a family pic

Siblings from L to R, Colm, Laura, Brenda, Me, Martha and not forgetting my daughter Shaylyn in Dublin on Saturday night :)

 

 

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8 Responses to Things I Learned Saturday

  1. ann marie

    what a laugh Jane and again I can relate to all the sentiments , takes me days to recover now and I love wine but it hates me . Sleeping with the cat is nothing new I am a little ashamed to admit as growing up in Ireland the cats place was not in the bedroom . You are looking amazing so no surprise on all the compliments ,

     
    • Jane

      Thanks Ann Marie :) I love wine and it doesn’t mind me, so long as I get my five hours in bed that is!!!

       
  2. Kerry McClernon

    Fabulous quotes!! I’m in stitches reading that!! Especially, “Nothing ages a woman like living in the Country”. I’ve aged 20 years in the last 7 since moving here, become an agroraphobic battery chicken and definitely feeling the early stages of brain shrinkage!! And cat ladydom comes to us all! :-) Great stuff Jane! Glad you had a great time! xo

     
    • Jane

      I’m the one laughing now hahaha! You paint quite the picture of life in Drumreilly :) Thanks Kerry

       
  3. Emily

    Ditto to all you said, but NO NO NO to the cat. Noooooo!!!

     
    • Jane

      Yes, I know what you mean, I’d have said the same last week, even now possibly! Ah he was sweet though, I love his little meep :)

       
  4. Shalagh Hogan

    Nothing ages you more than your little sister getting older. But the stories are worth the telling. So so funny. Peer pressure and four am tes and the sweet meeping kitty, your adventure was enjoyable to all. Thank you dear Jane. I feel a little younger already.
    Love,
    Shalagh
    Ps Compliments is compliments. You’re a hot tamale.

     
    • Jane

      That’s one I haven’t had before! Thanks Shalagh

       

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