On the train

I am writing this blog post from the train. We just pulled off about 20 mins ago. There is free wifi on bord. It was a breeze getting to the train station. I had a very nice taxi driver, who brought me in, and left me at the ticket office. Some nice people let me go ahead of them to get my ticket. Then one of the workers at the station brought me and Nitro on the train. So all is good. I’ve had my lunch and Nitro is fine. I’m going to sit back now, read, relax and maybe sleep a little. I should be in Dublin in 2.5 hours. Once I arrive I’ll get a taxi to my friends house.

Remember, You have a choice

it me emily
yesterday me and eileen talked a lot
about going to dublin
and i was tellin her that carol anne agreed
to go cuz our friend is in a bad way
and she wanted to be kind
and help him out
and eileen said carol anne is just too kind sometimes
and that we had a choice
that it is always an option not to go
but carol anne said no, that is not true
that we’d be letting our friend down
and she doesnt wanna do it
so we are going
but she promised to keep us kids safe
and she said we dont got to come out when we’re there
and interact with our friend
that we can just come out to blog
or write emails
or we can watch what is going on from inside
and she said we wont be going out anywhere
that we’d be staying home in our friends house
so that part is good
i feel a little better now about going
but eileen kept remindin us
that its our choice now
and that we can say no if we choose to
but we’re always afraid to do it
say no and hurt peoples feelings
so we dont do it
at the end of our session yesterday
she said it again to us
she said it isnt our responsibility
to look out for our friend
and that really
he shouldnt have put it upon us
but he doesnt got a lot of friends
and we wanted to help
so we will
and we’ll be ok
we might even have fun
and nitro will be with us and he’ll enjoy the train journey
and our friend is going to pay for our taxi’s
that was sweet of him to offer to do that
butterfly hugs
loves you,
emily xoxo

Trip to Dublin next weekend

So next weekend I’m going to Dublin. From Friday until Sunday. I’m going to visit my friend Pat. He’s blind, and I havent seen him in ages, so I thihnk its time we had a catch up.

I’m excited to go. Nitro will also be going. We’ll take the train to get there. It will be awesome to just hang out with him and chat. We’ve known each other for 18 years now.

He’s a diabetic, type one, and he got a kidney transplant some years back, he’s been doing well since then, but now he has hip problems, and so he’s not able to travel much. He called me tonight saying he feels isolated and lonely and he asked me if I’d come visit him. Of course I jumped at the chance to do that.

I’ll take my laptop with me when I go so I will still be able to be in touch with everyone, of course I’ll also have my phone with me. He has a guide dog too, sweeney, so Nitro will have a buddy for the weekend.

Its going to be a fun trip I think!

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A lotto win!

I just won 60 euro on the lottery!
Yay! I am delighted! I hardly ever win, even though I do it every week!
I am putting another 40 euro to the 60 I won, and buying 100 dollars with it!
Thats spending money for when I go to colorado next may!
I already have 200 dollars saved for my spending money! This is going to make it 300! Yay!
A few more wins like that, and I’ll have tons of spending money!
My plan is to bring about 2000 dollars with me!
I probably wont need that much but its nice to have it!

Celebrating some birthdays!

Tomorrow my nephew turns 7! And on Sunday his dad turns 32.

My sister took both of them away for a weekend break to Killarney!

Killarney is like our second home! Its cool there. Its easy to get to its only an hour and a half drive from cork!

My nephew wants to go to the aquadome which is a huge swimming pool for his birthday so they are going to do that and then go bolling and at dinner that evening my sister is going to ask the restaurant to bring out a cake.

I gave him money for his birthday, I think my sis is going to take him to a toyshop in Killarney to spend it.

I got my sisters partner some lottery tickets, so I hope he wins on them!

Lesson learned

So after our weekend away, we got the train home. Would I do it again? Not a chance.

The train was overbooked. It was standing room only. There was a mad rush for seats. We got assistance, so we did get a seat, but only just.

It was crazy. Definitely not my favourite thing. I felt so blessed that we actually got a seat.

The lesson in all of this is, book the tickets. Don’t depend on using your train pass! Especially on a bank holiday weekend! Book the seats before you go, that way you’ll definitely have a seat!

And that, I will do in the future!

I was just glad to be able to get home safely. I met a friend of mine whose also blind at the station, I met her at 1:30 in the afternoon. She had to travel from Kerry to Dublin, and then on to wexford, and she said she was not going to get home until after 9 PM! No thank you!

Makes me glad I only live 90 minutes from Killarney! Its not a long ways off at all!