A wonderful opportunity

I got a call today from a friend of mine who works in the tech department of the national council for the blind. He told me that the organisation are roling out a new initiative. Its an initiative to get blind and visually impaired people into the work force. What it is is a six week course, where you get training, in what I am not sure, but you do six weeks training, and then there is a work placement option, the national council for the blind will set us all up with a work placement, and we would be working in a tech firm, different companies around cork city, tech companies, would take us all on, for a period of time, the idea being that if you got on well and if the company liked you that they may keep you on in payed employment after the initial period of work experience has ended.
He offered me a place on the training course, which is being run over the summer, I jumped at the chance, this is a fantastic opportunity, and I will take it while I’m being offered it.
The course is being run one day a week, and I am not sure how often you would work, or for how long, but I’m sure I will find out soon enough.
He told me to send in my CV, so I did. It hasnt been updated since 2017, but he said that was ok, just send it in as is. So now its gone in to him via email and now I await the call to tell me more about how this all works.
I am super excited. I’d love to be working, and have a payed job. I’d love to be in full time employment. This is my opportunity to try it out and see if its right for me.
Wish me luck!

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Relaxing at home!

I had a fabulous afternoon! We all enjoyed the afternoon tea. What a treat! It was lovely. So much food too! It looks like there isnt too much of it, but when you start eating you realise there’s actually lots of food! We had sandwiches, and mini cakes, and scones with jam and cream. The sandwiches were filled with cream cheese and salmon, roast beef with horse raddish and lettuce, egg and watercress, and chicken and pesto. They were delicious. The cakes were delicious too. I had promised myself I’d only eat one or two, but my promise sorta went out the window, I ate way more than that. I couldnt resist. I am not going to worry about it now though. Whats done is done. I dont do this every weekend so a treat is ok. We also had tea and coffee to drink. It really was such a lovely treat. After our afternoon tea we went next door to the blarney wollenmills store, which is a store that is very expensive, but tourists shop there a lot, they sell lots of wool items. They also sell other stuff like dishes, and furniture and other stuff. I bought some oil for my defuser, ginger and lemon grass. It smells divine. It was 20 euro a bottle, but I said I’d treat myself to a bottle since I am out. After looking around for a while we left. We had to go to a local grocery store as I needed some fruit, water, and sweet potato fries, and then on our way back to mom and dads we had to stop off to get my dad some food. We’re only just home a few minutes. I plan on relaxing for the rest of the evening. I’m a little tired, so I might have an early night. We’ll see how it goes. I had a lovely day though.

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Writing prompt…

Heres where the pot of gold is hidden
Heres where the pot of gold is hidden
Here? where?
Its hidden
Somewhere, but I dont know where
I dont see it
Everywhere I look
I wonder
Where it is?
Wandering the streets
Certain I’ll find it
If I look hard enough
If I work hard
On myself
Search for my destiny
I’m bound to reach it
That pot of gold
No matter how
elusive it seems to be
I live in the land of lepracauns after all
Isnt ireland the land of the lepracaun?
Surely that pot of gold is just around the corner?


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We’re in Killarney and enjoying our selves. We are having a great time. So much fun.

we went into the town and did a little shopping earlier this afternoon. I didnt buy much though, I bought a pajamas, and I went looking in another store, at dresses, I want to buy a dress for my cousins wedding, he’s getting married in june.
I saw a nice black dress on sale, but I didnt end up buying it. I was worried that I’d buy it and then lose a ton more weight and it wouldnt fit me, so I dont think I’ll buy it until nearer the time of the wedding.
We went to aldi after looking around, and bought some food for dinner. We made pizza, wings, and I got a nice sweet potato curry too.
We came back to the apartment, cooked, ate and now mom and my sister are having some drinks, I am not drinking though.
Tomorrow we’re going to go back into town, going shopping for the day, we’re also going to go for a meal, have dinner out somewhere. We also got lauren a birthday cake, as her birthday is tomorrow.
My aunt and cousin are going to come tomorrow evening and spend the night with us, we have plenty of room here in the apartment, so they’re going to drive down here and we’ll have drinks, well I wont, but the rest of them will.
Its a cool apartment, we have two bedrooms, a livingroom and kitchen area and two bathrooms, its really nice.
I’m loving that we are having this break away, feels so nice to be able to just relax and chill out.
carol anne

Saturday plans, going to the glow christmas market

today we’re going to a christmas market. its in the city centre.

its called glow. I’m going with my mom and sister and my niece and nephew. It should be fun!

There is live music, a food market, and there is even a ferris wheel! I dont think I’ll go on the ferris wheel. I love the atmosphere in there though. So many people milling around, such a nice, festive atmosphere.

I think I’ll get something to eat from one of the food stalls. They are quite expensive but the food is so nice! So yummy! I might get a crape, or a doughnut, or something else!

The highlight of the market is that a park has been turned into a winter wonderland. This years theme is christmas time in old cork, you know, like long ago what it was like to be spending christmas in cork!

I’m so excited to go! We’re going to have an amazing day I think!

I will post photos later today!

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Radio documentary

So today my supervisor in friendly call got a call from the local radio broadcaster here in cork. They want to do a radio documentary about friendly call. They want to talk about how people are experiencing isolation and loneliness, and about the friendly call service. My supervisor asked myself and 2 other volunteers to take part in it.
So on Sunday afternoon, we are going to do it. We’ll all be interviewed, and a documentary will be made for the radio. When it airs I will share it here with you all.
I am so excited! This is a great opportunity!
Its also a great opportunity to get the work of friendly call out there, and show off our great service!

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Heard on the radio

I’m listening to the radio. I’m listening to a talk show, from earlier in the week, I think its last friday. A mother is on talking about her 12 year old daughter and her friend, who were almost abducted on their way home from school a few days ago.
It is so scary! 5 foreign guys in their 20’s, and one guy in his 40’s approached them, the guys were in a car, and they beckoned the girls to get in. The girls knew not to, but they panicked, and luckily another man in a van came along and blocked the car and allowed the girls time to run off into a nearby store.
God knows what would have happened if he hadnt come along! The girls may have been seriously hurt, or even killed!
Whats the world coming to? Kids cant even walk a short distance home from school nowadays! Everywhere is so unsafe, nothing and no one is safe these days.
I really shouldnt be listening to such things before bed. Now I definitely wont sleep thinking about this.

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