My positive news yay!

hey guys! i’m ecstatic!
my work experience placement has been finalised! I start next week! Next friday!
yay! sooo happy!
so i’ll be working in a place called child vision. its a preschool for children with special needs, like physical disabilities like blindness, developmental disabilities, and learning and sensory disabilities.
I’ll be working with one other preschool teacher, there will be four kids in my class. twins, and two others.
I’m not sure yet of their ages, or what their disabilities are.
but I emailed the coordinator this afternoon to ask her some questions.
I’ll be working on friday afternoons, 1 to 4 PM.
Not sure what all of my duties will be. but this is so awesome!
I’ll be starting out doing a 10 week placement, but I am hopeful they’ll extend it if I like it there.
so thats my positive news for today.
carol anne

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recipe of the day. Irish soda bread

Irish Soda Bread
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup raisins
In a bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Combine 1 egg and buttermilk; stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Fold in raisins. Knead on a floured surface for 1 minute. Shape into a round loaf; place on a greased baking sheet. Cut a 1/4 inch dash deep cross in the top of the loaf. Beat remaining egg; brush over loaf. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
Makes 1 loaf.

vacation starts tomorrow, yay

all my packing is done. finally!

we start our mini vacation tomorrow! my sister is picking mom and me up at 11 AM. we have to pack up the car and then its a 2 hour drive to where we’re going.

we’re going to stop and have lunch on the way. we decided to pack a picnic and stop at a park or somewhere where there are picnic tables. it will be nice to just sit outside, provided no wasps come around. i’m pretty nervous about that. i know this is the time of year when they are dying off.

check in to our apartment isnt until 4 PM, so we’ll have a little bit of hanging around before then, maybe we can go to killarney national park, thats right next to the hotel we’ll be at. the killarney national park is huge. there is tons to do in there. even if we didnt do something big like go to one of the touristy places in the park, we could just walk around breatheing in the fresh air.

i tried on my bathing suit. it didnt fit me. i was a little depressed about that. but what can I do. I’ll just sit and have a coffee while the others go swimming in the hotel pool. its not the end of the world.

I’m looking forward to the entertainment at night in the hotel bar and in the concert venue thats alongside it. on saturday night we’re going to a concert there. cant wait.

so yeah i think this vacation will be fun! am excited to get going!

Volunteering

i didnt go to the basement club yesterday. i was supposed to volunteer, tuesday is my day for volunteering. but i didnt. it was because i was seeing eileen at the time i usually volunteer. i rang them and let them know i wouldnt be in. i’ll probably go in on thursday afternoon. just for a chat to some of the other members. a catch up. i dont think there is a lot going on right now in the basement club. but i might go to catch up to see what is happening. maybe there will be groups coming up. i have supervision on the 24th with emily. i get supervision every month. i love supervision. i know i’m weird because most people dont like supervision. but i do. i feel it is a great way to air things and talk about how i’m doing and what is working and what isnt working. emily has good ideas to enhance the admin role and she takes our ideas on board too. i’m thinking i’ll start up the newsletter again. i used to do a monthly newsletter for the members about things that were happening in the basement club. i stopped for a couple months but now i think i’m ready to take that back up again. i need to run it by emily in supervision but i’m sure she’ll agree to it. thats a lot of work but i love researching tings and putting all the info together. so yeah. feeling positive and good about my role as a volunteer.

maybe meeting the president today

today we are going to the irish guide dogs event thats taking place for the 40th anniversary of their organisation being established in ireland. i am going with our PA. the president of ireland will be there. i am hoping to get some photos taken with him, although i’m not sure if he’ll stand around for photos or not. i am excited to go to this event. lots of people i know will be there, and we are all bringing our dogs. there will be food and stuff too. it should be a great afternoon. if i get a photo with the president i will post it this evening once i get home.

Europe’s largest rollercoaster are pictures on it

So yesterday we went to a theme park. My sister, my niece Lauren, and we got on Europe’s largest rollercoaster. It was totally awesome and amazing. Here are our photographs. I took these from the original photographs or pictures of them I’ll have my phone so I hope they came out okay. If you’re ever in Ireland I suggest you take a trip to Tate a park. It’s amazing and you love it there, I did.

We’re going on vacation next week

and I cant wait. We booked it yesterday. I’m going with my mom and my sister and my sisters two kids
we are going to a theme park and a water park, and staying in a hotel for two nights. i had to book my own room in the hotel…they got a family deal, mine cost more, but i dont care, its gonna be so worth it.
we are going from thursday 4th August, until saturday 6th August. this is just what I need right now, something good to look forward to and to lift my mood as i’ve been kinda down and feeling flat lately.