Life Lately

Coffee at Super Miss Sue for Lunch -

Is it just me, or is time absolutely flying by? I feel as though I’ve barely had time to write a post or get organised since before I went to Morocco, so I thought I’d do a little catch up post first…

From Marrakesh to Moscow - a travel update - lilacpaperdoll blog

Big Move

We are in the process of moving from Glasnevin to the city. It’s exciting, but life is pretty hectic at the moment. There is so much to do. The apartment we’re moving into is lovely, but it needed some sprucing up.

As for our current home, we have been boxing everything up and getting ready to say goodbye. We’ve been here for  a little over a year and its been wonderful to live in a house with a garden and in a nice residential neighbourhood. I’ve loved living close to Drumcondra, where I grew up, but also close to Phibsboro, which we’ve loved getting to explore.

phibsboro - bang bang coffee

Feeling ecstatic in Phibsboro the day we discovered Bang Bang coffee!

Although it’s really exciting to be moving into the city centre, it’s a little sad to say goodbye to our old place. It’s also fairly stressful trying to get everything organized and moved in between work shifts.

But when I think of all the great food and coffee choices that will be right at our doorstep, it’s well worth it. And, we’ll have a balcony! I have always had a thing for balconies. There’s something so nice about sitting out on a balcony, even in an Irish winter, sipping on a coffee, or a glass of wine.


Writing Tools

Work-wise, everything is very busy, but great. I love my job, but sometimes it can be tough, especially when the news turns to things like fatal police shootings of black men in the US, and terrorism, of course. The other week, I had the task of writing about the girlfriend on Philando Castile who was shot and killed by a police officer while his girlfriend and her 4 year old were in the car.

After she was released from the police station (where she was kept until 5am, separated from her daughter and not even told that her boyfriend was dead) she spoke to a crowd of media and her neighbours that had gathered. She gave an emotional, powerful and raw speech, which was very difficult to listen to, hearing someone’s pain like that can be tough, especially as it seems so senseless from our relatively safe Ireland.

Even though covering this news is hard, it’s also important, I think, and I’m so lucky to be able to shine  a light on her story, even though it doesn’t help with her loss.

I’ve recently started doing some freelance writing for Lonely Planet, which I’m delighted about.




Lately I’ve been watching the new Pretty Little Liars, which is great, although its moving quite fast.

I’ve been majorly binging on Gilmore Girls since it became available on Irish Netflix. I can’t wait for the new episodes in November! It can be funny watching back over the episodes. I watched an episode the other day where Suki mentioned Donald Trump, calling him an asshole. It was pretty surreal to think no one had any idea back then that he would one day be running for president!


Travels with myself and another - marth Gelhorn

I’m really not making enough time for reading at the moment, but I have a few books on the go at the same time.

Travels with Myself and Another – Martha Gelhorn

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

I’m reading The Alchemist when I brush my teeth at night. Weird? Yes!

Sometimes I like to read when I’m brushing my teeth, especially when I’m not getting any other reading done. The Alchemist has been on my to read list for a while. I picked up this copy in Morocco and am enjoying reading little snippets each night.


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  1. August 2, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    Good luck with your move and new adventure!! Moving is always such an exciting time!

  2. August 3, 2016 / 6:37 am

    Your life is suoer busy but I can get that happy feeling from your post 🙂

  3. August 3, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    I loved reading the alchemist – it’s a short but sweet book! Congratulations on the new writing gig! xo

  4. August 3, 2016 / 7:14 pm

    Good luck with the move! I moved from a small town to the centre of a big city a while ago and it’s such a big difference!

  5. August 3, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    I’m moving into a new apartment as well, so I know the feeling…Great post!
    Alexandra ~ ArtMandy

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