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packing

yesterday was my last day of work. It was a bittersweet moment as I have really enjoyed my time at AIB and made lots of good friends within the hallowed halls of Bankcentre and Donnybrook House. Last night during my walk home the wind and the rain were quite fierce and I got soaked (even though I had packed an umbrella) which is just Ireland’s way of saying “see ya!!”

my family and I have also had an excellent time touring the Irish countryside, which truly is one of the most beautiful places on earth. My final drive through the countryside (for now at least) will be the 3-4 hour trip to Rosslare tomorrow morning where I will catch a ferry to Cherbourg in France. From there I will go to hang out with my friends in Lyon (yay!) and give a presentation for school in Clermont (boo!) and then return to Canada on the 21st.

my NaNoWriMo writing has stalled while I pack up the house, travel and finish a final report for school. Although I am writing a great deal on this report every day it doesn’t technically count for NaNoWriMo and that is too bad. I’m hoping that I will have time after my return to Canada to whip out a good several thousand words. Who knows, I may be able to slip a few in here and there before my return.

tonight my friend Paul is coming over and we’re going to drink a few pints and watch the Premiership on TV. He and his wife Julie have a daughter named Helen and their family and our family got along famously during our 6 months here in Dublin. They will be missed.

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11. Nov, 2006
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progress

this year I am a willing participant in NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month that takes place every November. For those who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it is a competition held every year whereby a large group of people (this year I believe there are about 70,000 participants) attempt to write a novel of 50,000 words starting on November 1st and ending on November 30th. “Winning” the competition means completing 50,000 words by the end of November, so there can be any number of winners in any given year.

I have currently written somewhat over 8,000 words in my story, which means I am well on track to winning this year. Unfortunately, my trip to France, finishing up of class projects and subsequent return to Canada are going to make it difficult to continue this pace, so I might not manage to succeed this year, but I’m going to try.

in other news I have reached level 54 on weffriddles, which are extremely addicting, so beware. I am pleased with the fact that I managed to get this far without posting to the forums or asking for hints via PM, though I must admit that I have on more than one occasion perused the forums in search of that one elusive nudge that will point me in the right direction of finding the answer. Up to this point the forums seem useful in that they’ll give you some decent hints without actually telling you how to find the answers to riddles. Level 54 is a four-parter and for some reason I find it extremely difficult. Staring at the screen trying to figure out how to solve it is interrupting my NaNoWriMo writing time so I’ll have to return to it later.

at the moment I’m listening to three great Celtic bands; the Chieftains, Planxty, and Enya. I’m really enjoying it; I especially dug the Planxty CD with its rollicking Celtic riffs.

so, back to writing for an hour, and then dinner with some friends.

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05. Nov, 2006
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beeps

last night myself and a friend from work went to see LFO, one of the pioneering techno bands of the early 90s, and DJ Rob Hall, a DJ from the SKAM label, at the Temple Bar Music Centre.

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05. Nov, 2006