Tuesday, 20 September 2016

#LWIBloggies2016: All the craic from the night

The Setting 

So on the 15th, myself and Bicky attended our first Blog Awards Ireland Blog Awards, this year being held in Dún Laoghaire in Duffy's Circus tent and hosted by Littlewoods Ireland. See previous posts here and here and here.

It was an amazing night, and I'm not just saying that. I honestly don't think I can think of one criticism. It was causal yet professionally organised, quick entrance with sturdy wrist bands, the street food was so delicious and catered to all dietary requirements -I had the falafel from Eathos. So good! The wrist bands had pull off tabs that worked as tokens -one for food, three drinks, and one for a snack (popcorn or candyfloss).

Beginning at 6.30pm, the drink reception was held outside the front of the tent prior to the beginning of the awards ceremony at 8pm. The open layout of the pier gave to a festival feel, with food trucks, drink stalls and picnic table seating for those needing to sit down. It was nice having time to mingle prior to the show, and the weather being mild was an added bonus (although I don't think I we can give credit to Blog Awards Ireland for that one, ha).

I suppose the one criticism, the one thing all outdoor events fail on -toilets! Now I'm no stranger to festivals and so no stranger to portaloos. But these ones were in a van, so had a few steps up. As you know I'm sure, women's toilets always have a queue, and it was a tight squeeze in and out of the toilet door -up the steps which had a rather lose rail. This was a bit of an issue for someone like me with mobility problems. I'm sure the other lady contestants may have had other issues with them, but all-in-all they were pretty good for toilets at an outdoor event. Lights and all, of course. I didn't trip down (or up) the steps so a plus from me, LOL.

The circus tent itself was large and the seating not as uncomfortable as I had expected it would be... Although it has been about 20 years since I have been in a circus tent so really was surprised. It was very pretty and magical.

I met several bloggers throughout the night including the lovely Avril from a Paler Shade of Beauty -who came third in our category of Health and Well-being! I didn't win of course (obviously that would be the first thing I would have mentioned, lol) but I would have been far too nervous to win (going up there to the mic... vom!). In the future I will 100% feel different, but I'm still really new to all this stuff and I'm happy to sit back and enjoy the ride first. Saying that, I am still very proud and honored to have made it to the finalists list, especially in my first year of running. I'm not even sure how that happened to be honest... Avril, we didn't even get a selfie with each other!? We should not even be allowed to blog, haha!

A big hello to Nicci from LadyNicci.com, Fiona from FionaGrowsFood.com and Caroline from Bibliocook.com -Great meeting you guys! And everyone else I was chatting to, who I either didn't get names from/ can't recall at the min!

The Winners

Massive congrats to the third, second and first place in my category (click on logos for their sites and check em out):




Wednesday, 14 September 2016

#LWIBloggies2016: The eve of the awards

Tomorrow is the big awards day! For previous posts about it, see here and here. This is the second time I have ever been nominated for a blog award, and the first time that I have ever been shortlisted and then placed into the finalist list (the previous awards didn't have any shortening on the nominations prior to the awards night).

I've been so unwell lately, that I'm quite nervous about attending. I've had two social occasions recently/ the last couple months that really took it out of me -even though walking was limited on each occasion as much as possible. Where once an event (sitting down, relaxing, not really doing anything) would have had me in bed for the next day or two afterwards, events (of any kind) now have me in bed and in pain for days So while I have to choose wisely and have a massive sense of guilt about attending, I'm still determined to go.

Guilt might like seem like an odd term there... I suppose I should explain.

As you may have read in previous postings, or even rants on my Facebook page, every activity takes so much more energy to accomplish when you are unwell. Hence where the spoon theory comes into play (although it isn't always as straight forward). I have to pick and choose small activities as well as the bigger ones -which is important to do now, which can wait. This ranges from getting dressed to walking the dogs briefly, to doing the dishes or to bigger events like socialising.

If I choose something on the top scale today, going to socialise with a friend for a couple of hours, then I can't do anything else that day or the next day. If I do the laundry and wash the dishes then I will have to nap and can't play with the dogs. If I wash my hair then I can't make dinner and Bicky has to make it (which he does loads, I'm not at all being sexist and saying women should make it, LOL! Just of course I also enjoy doing it and want to help out more often). It's give and take and many times I feel like I'm letting others down, in never ending and forever loosing battle to accomplish as much as possible.

I desperately want to work full time and miss my job, even part-time, but I get up and use my energy to get dressed (yes, that's how ridiculous it is) so then I need to nap or at least rest for a while. I need to get up extra early to prep myself -take my pills, sit up and try get my BP higher/ normal before standing, pop my joints into place, move my hands and feet to try get some feeling back into them (peripheral neuropathy issues). Of course sleep is something not really in my control, and either is waking up. From "painsomnia" to phases of sleeping 20 plus hours, completely knocked out and non responsive to anyone trying to wake me. It's an endless rotation.

Monday, 5 September 2016

#LWIBloggies2016: Circus theme inspiration boards

In light of the blog awards being circus themed, I've went all girly and created some inspiration boards -styles I love, loosely based around the more vintage, creepy take on the circus. Perhaps even more reminiscent of a freak show than traditional circus. I plan to dress comfortably myself, as I can't wear heals unfortunately and I might not bring the wheelchair -so as much comfort as possible will be my main agenda. I have a few ideas in mind, a dress ordered online that I hope will arrive on time, but other than that I'm keeping my lips sealed. Although I promise you, it really is nothing too elaborate!

I know the night in general is meant to be "casual formal" dress but less face it -all you ladies are going to dress up to some extent! And sure why not? And just today they have released that fun dress up within the circus theme is indeed encouraged.

So fellow bloggers, what are you considering wearing on the night? (Guys too!). Will you incorporate the circus theme in little, subtle tones or go full steam ahead to be the belle of the tent? Or maybe you just aren't feeling it and want to steer clear of the concept entirely (fancy dress isn't your thing, or you're going super casual, or you've had an outfit already planned for ages perhaps?). Would love to know what everyone's thoughts are, so leave a comment 😃

If you haven't had a chance to consider an outfit yet, and looking for some circus-y inspiration, I hope these help.

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