A Sort of Belated B-Day Post

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I went to the beach for a b-day picnic and the sea was gone, so we spent the day splashing in tide pools.

This month is almost over so it might be a little late for this, but I’ve done a b-day post 2 years running and to don’t want to break habit. June is my birth month and usually I make a special little post to celebrate it, but this year time sort of slipped away. I was drawing a new chapter for the comic strip I Collab on over on Mangatoon (click here for a link to it) and wanted to get it finished and posted as soon as possible, which took up a lot of the free time I use for art and blogging. (If you’re following the comic strip-Finding My Own Way, a new chapter should be up on Mangatoon very soon).

Last year I made a “Silly Things That Life Just Wouldn’t Be the Same Without” list and wanted to keep that sort of personal post thing going. So, after searching the far corners of my brain for a post idea, I’ve decided make a “getting to know you” type post (after realising I never actually made a proper one for this blog) and share 10 facts about myself, so you all can know a little more about me. So, before I ramble on any further, I bring to you:

10 Facts About The Things I’ve Seen Blogger:

1: My name is Kelly. Thought I’d start with an easy one (10 in a big number and it might be hard to reach). Some of you might already know this but Kelly is my actual name and Nel is a nickname I use sometimes.

2: I’m a huge night owl. Night seems to be the time where I come alive the most. During the morning and day, I’m usually not very talkative and kind of slow moving like a sloth, but at night I spring to life, have a load of energy and can get very chatty.

3: Anime preference. When it comes to anime, I’m very much a grazer and like to take my time with a series. Genre wise, I like Shounen, adventure, psychological and horror anime more (any sort of anime that gets you to really think or is mind-boggling). With the exception of a few anime (like Hal, Little Witch Academia and The Garden of Words) I’m not very fussed in romance or cutesy pink fluffy anime (shoujo) (strangely though I do like otome games and romance manga).

afp-519400037-4_34: Celeb crushes. Most people have a wee soft spot for someone famous, which is pretty harmless. I have 2, they are Leonardo DiCaprio (I swear that man is increasing in handsomeness with age) and Min Yoongi (a.k.a Suga), he’s so unbelievably cute.
(It was too hard to choose just one pic of Suga!)

5: A huge secret of mine is that I hate the taste of potatoes. Out of context this seems like a weird secret to keep, but I live in Ireland and for some reason most people here have a strange emotional attachment to potatoes (I’ve witnessed grown adults cry over potatoes, which really doesn’t help the whole Irish stereotype thing). Admitting you don’t like potatoes to other Irish people is a huge no no and would lead to me having to go into hiding. Okay that’s a bit of an exaggeration that probably wouldn’t happen. If I didn’t eat the disgusting flavourless claggy mush that is potatoes, my family and friends would just assume I was seriously ill, had developed an eating disorder or food phobia or was on my death bed and would become really concerned and want to take me to see a doctor urgently. I don’t want to make them worry unnecessarily, so I just choke some potatoes down every day and act like I’m enjoying it. Also potatoes are a staple here and I can’t eat beard or pasta (I have a wheat and barley allergy), so without potatoes my diet would just consist of vegetables, eggs and the odd bit of meat or fish (oh and chocolate and coffee, can’t forget those) and that’s probably not enough to stop me dying from malnourishment. Anyway, enough potato talk and on to the next fact.

6: I might have a bit of a coffee addiction. When I don’t have coffee for over 12 hours, I get really bad migraines, start to feel sick and become incredibly moody. To be honest I suffered from migraines before I became a coffee drinker, so at this point I’m not sure if the migraines are because of coffee withdraw or if the coffee keeps the migraines at bay. Either way without coffee, I don’t feel too good.

7: I’m naturally very quiet. I go hours without talking sometimes or making any sort of sound. This can come off like I’m extremely shy or snobbish sometimes, which is only half true (sometimes I feel too uncomfortable or stressed out to talk in certain people’s presences, so don’t unless absolutely necessary), but most of the time it’s just because I’m content and don’t really have anything be say. It’s not that I’m unsocial, I can start up a conversation even with a stranger. It’s just that I prefer to listen and don’t mind silence, so go quiet a lot.

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8: I love drawing Pokémon. I love doodling in general but Pokémon, I find myself doodling them a hell of a lot. They’re just so cute and some of them look really cool. When I’m thinking really hard, more often than not, I’ll end up doodling a Pikachu, Oddish or snorlax in the margin of the page.

9: I’m learning Korean because reading subtitles makes me sleepy and learning Japanese was too hard. This is a bit of a compromise and bit to do with my fascination with writing systems. Anyway, reading subtitles makes me feel very sleepy, but I really like watching anime, J and K-dramas and films which creates a dilemma between watching the shows I like and falling asleep. So, to solve this I decided to try to learn Japanese to eliminate the need to read subtitles. Unfortunately, I found it very difficult and got really confused and lost with the reading systems, so tried learning Korean instead (which still isn’t easy but its more manageable). I can only understand about 10-20% of what is said in a K-drama or horror, but on the bright side I really enjoy learning Korean and writing really random things in hangul.

10:  I always laugh at dad jokes. There’s just nothing like a good old dad joke to lift the spirit and I am the type of person who will laugh at them, even if they’re not funny. The cheesier the joke the better. It’s more the irony and cringeyness of the joke that I laugh at, than the joke itself.

Hope you enjoyed this post, if you’d like to share a fact about yourself, feel free to do so in the comments below. I’d love to hear it.

As always Thanks for reading!

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One last photo of Yoongi before you go. Love his gummy smile.

Weekend Halloween Celebrations in the City

thumbnail_20171027_201348I was serious when I said I was getting all Halloweeny over here.

thumbnail_20171027_201417 thumbnail_20171027_201426I actually broke my crowd rule and went to the Twilight Halloween market in the city.

thumbnail_20171027_201427 thumbnail_20171027_201420Unfortunately, the place was too crowded to take photos (I was also busy trying not to get trampled and concentrating on not freaky out, about being trapped in a sea of people).

thumbnail_20171027_201421 thumbnail_20171027_201423But luckily, I broke free of the crowds just in time to get a few pictures of the fireworks.

thumbnail_20171027_201200 thumbnail_20171027_201159They really are pretty, especially when viewed from the bridge on the canal.

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Oliver The Cheshire Cat (Bringing a Little Smile to Everyone’s Face)

thumbnail_20170718_123118Thankfully, I’ve survived storm Ophelia, with only minor injuries and still have a roof over my head. (I was sent out to secure the wheelie-bins and the blue recycle bin, blew over on top of me. Now, my ribs hurt). Unfortunately, we’ve now been told storm Brian will hit us on Saturday.

Two storms in one week, the weather is truly fringed. Ireland usually doesn’t get hit by storms, but if Ophelia was anything to go by. We’ll all acted not too bothered, until the news replaces the word storm with hurricane. Then we’ll all start acting like, it’s the zombie apocalypse. Which was actually kind of funny. People were rushing out to buy a month’s supply of bottle water and a life-time supply of candles. You would swear the storm was going to last weeks, not just a day. But in their defence, housing isn’t built to be hurricane proof here and we usually don’t have cellars/basements. So, if an actual hurricane hit we’d all be screwed and quite possibly homeless afterwards (if not dead).

Swapping the word storm with hurricane, put the fear of god in people and caused a bit of panic. So, to ease the tension and bring a little smile to everyone’s face. I thought I’d share, something I painted/drew that always brings a smile to me face and spread that smiley feeling. As always, I’ll share my process, but this time in reverses because I’m in an awkward mood today.

thumbnail_20171011_125525Alice in wonderland is one of my favourite books. I absolutely love the way it uses words. It makes characters appear to be talking nonsense. However, pay attention to the words they speak and I’ll find they’re actually making perfect sense and occasionally have a stab and showing how mad and crazy certain aspects of society actually are. But enough of my deep analysis of the book and back to the painting.

thumbnail_20171010_125317The Cheshire Cat is one of my favourite characters and as the book suggests, there is more than one Cheshire Cat in wonderland. I thought for my own amusement, I’d create my own Cheshire Cat and give him a proper name. Oliver the Cheshire Cat, turned out a lot better than I thought, so now I’m sharing him and spreading the amusement.

thumbnail_20171007_093919To be honest, Oliver looked possessed when I first drew him and was quite unnerving. But thankfully, when I finally painted in his eyes, he looked a bit more smiley and less soul devouring.

I hope Oliver has brought a smile to your face and brightened your evening. Hopefully storm Brian won’t be as bad as Ophelia and I’ll make it through it, without my house re-enacting the scene from The Wizard of Oz or being floored by anymore wheelie-bins.

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Running like maniacs, in the woods

thumbnail_20170718_125015My favourite pastime, wandering around the woods and seeing where I end up. Even better, when your sister decides to come with and brings the children.

thumbnail_20170809_183734Them little nutcases. You would swear, they had never seen trees before. Running around like little maniacs, shouting oh my glob, look how big that tree is.

thumbnail_20170718_123118Then attempting to climb the tree and barely getting an inch of the ground. Funniest thing, I seen in a while. No gold medals, for tree climbing, anyway.

thumbnail_20170718_125641They also have a weird fascination, with pinecones. Every 30 seconds, I was being handed pinecones and asked to hold onto them.

thumbnail_20170718_124722I left the woods, with pockets jam-packed, with pinecones. If someone had tried, pick pocketing me at that moment, they would have been left very confused.

thumbnail_20170718_123719My favourite thing about wandering around the woods, is the views and the places I end up. Truly beautiful. This time we ended up, by the shore and the view speaks for itself.

thumbnail_20170718_133909It feels like forever, since I’ve done one of these posts. I’ve shown you guys, a lot of scenery and weird forest finds, from the North of Ireland.

thumbnail_20170718_124928 I’ve only done one post of the South, so for my next wandering post, I’m going to try to wander, somewhere in the South of Ireland.

thumbnail_20170718_133901The 6 counties in the North and 26 in the South, can be complete opposites, in some ways, so it’ll be interesting to see the difference.

thumbnail_20170718_124229The woodland and forests aren’t as well-kept in the south and I’m not sure if they have themed forests, with random things placed, amongst the trees. But, the scenery is just as nice and hopefully, I’ll get some really nice photos.

Funny Irish Insults

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I’ve included picture of creepy sculptures, I found in the forest, the other day. 

Irish insults can be, both creative and hilarious. There just something about bringing seemingly innocent words together, to mean something insulting, that’s rather funny. Most just sounds like humorous nonsense, so I’ll include a definition for each (definitions and use may vary, in different parts of the country).

Don’t worry, I’ve not turned into an offensive monster. These insults are usually used amongst friends, as a bit of harmless banter, for a laugh and in good fun. Also, they’re mainly used to, endearingly tease someone (also known as slagging). However, I should warn you that, said in the wrong way, these words could really offend someone, so be careful.

Most insults in this list, are used throughout Ireland, but I’ve also include some that are unique to, the area I live in and unique to my own dialect. They were just too funny not to include.

 (Warning there may be words in this post, that look and sound similar to swear/curse words. These are technically not swear words, but I will admit they’re Irish peoples’, best attempt at avoiding cursing. Some people may still find these words offensive)  thumbnail_20170718_123610I think the best place to start this list is, with my personal favourite insult:

Humpy-looking- This doesn’t really have a meaning. It’s just used on anyone, you don’t like the look of, for whatever reason. However, a stereotypical humpy-looking person is, a middle-aged male, with the posture of a pervert and generally looks like a creep (e.g. Kureo Mado from Tokyo ghoul or Beetlejuice). Can be used on, young, old, male or female.

Boar-head- A person with a huge head or unpleasant demeanour

Calf’s-head- A person with a gigantic head and unfortunate in the looks department

thumbnail_20170718_123421Rough as a bear’s arse- Extremely unattractive or unpleasant in some way. Including things like behaviour, demeanour or dress sense. An example being, mutton dressed as lamb.

Gombeen- An annoying idiot. Can also be used on, someone who’s crooked or dishonest.

Gebdaw- So much of an idiot, they’re a lost cause. Worse than a gombeen or gobshite.

Gobshite-A know it all, that knows nothing or a person that considers themselves smart, but is really an idiot. Basically, someone that talks rubbish or a mouth piece.

thumbnail_20170718_123402Hair-brush- Can be used in two ways. One, to describe a friend, that has a head of wild-looking hair, that’s styled like, they were electrocuted or dragged through a bush back ways. Basically, in dire need of a hair brush. Two, to describe a bald man in an ironic fashion.

Dry- A person that is missing a sense of humour, usually always grumpy and pulling a sour face. The type of person, that never cracks a smile and if they did, their face would most likely crack and shatter.

Tight arse– Someone who refuses to part with their money. They never spend any money and if made spend money, they act like they’re having a limb unwillingly amputated. They’re happy to let other people, pay for them and you never see their wallet. You suspect they don’t even, have a wallet and if they do, it’s never been opened. If this wallet was ever opened, you’d expect a swarm of moths to come rushing out of it. If they ever give you money, you would closely inspect it for moth or mice bites, then frame it and very proudly hang it on your wall.

Bollix or in my dialect Bowl-lux– A very annoying person, that does shady, bad, dishonest, dishonourable or horrible thing. You also really want to punch this person. Essentially, a prick.

thumbnail_20170718_123326Skunk– A person that dresses like a thug and engages in thug want-to-be behaviours, just as harassing elderly people, stealing pointless or unnecessary things, damaging others’ property (just for the sake of it), taking illegal substances, threatening weaker people and fighting people, for the stupidest reasons known to man. They also see nothing wrong with these behaviours and think it’s something to be proud of.

Gargoyle– Someone with a horrible temperament and a personality and face, only a mother could love.

Tool– An extremely annoying idiot, that constantly mucks things up.

Header– A person who does crazy things, for no obvious reason. This is usually very amusing and entertaining.

Fecken Eejit– A loveable idiot. They’re harmless and mean no hurt. They get themselves into amusing predicament, due to being completely oblivious. They are often clueless and say the weirdest or most inappropriate thing, due to their cluelessness. But luckily, this is always, very amusing and you love them, for being a complete idiot. (I get called an eejit and header a lot, and can’t really argue otherwise.)

Enoying the last of the Sun Shine

20170510_120257Unfortunately, the beautiful sunny warm weather is gone and the rain and cold is back. Typical Irish weather. But no better way to spend the last of the nice weather, than in the sand. 

20170510_120312I say sand, because this is not actually a beach. It’s technically a harbour and I won’t recommend going in the water. Its gross and it’ll most likely make you sick.

20170510_120300 (1)Nevertheless, it doesn’t stop people enjoying the sand.

20170510_120305The view alone is worth coming here for. You can see the whole way to the other side of the harbour, on days like this.

20170510_120314Suppose we should be happy the rain is back. We had 2 weeks of lovely weather and none of the mountains caught fire (usually they do, after a week of warm weather and no rain). Another few days of sun shine and heat, probably would have caused fires, so we’re very lucky the rain is back.   

 

Sometimes you just have to Wander

20170502_115952The sun is out, the temperature is nice and it’s not raining. Perfect wandering weather and no better place to wander, then a forest on the side of a mountain. 

20170502_115958I truly missed this, when I lived on the north coast. It was so flat there and all you could see was wind turbines in the distance. The scenery was nothing like this.

New Phototastic CollageGoing off the trail for a bit can be rough,

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chairBut when you find something as random as this, in the middle of the forest, it’s all worth it.

6Beautiful bluebells everywhere. Too bad you’re not allowed to pick them. They smelled so lovely.

20170502_120058.jpgAll that walking and climbing is well worth it, when you can experience a view like this.