Our Little Abode

So I’ve been saying on one of my blogs that I would post a few photos of the mobile home that we are living in right now, so here they are! Now this isn’t a modern mobile at all! I would say it’s from the 1980’s or 1990’s, so it’s a very flowery home! But we really like it and it’s fine for us. (Minus the spiders of course) You can check out that post here: Losing The War (With Spiders)

So the photo below is the main seating area. We brought my old TV from my bedroom in the main house so we are using that to watch Netflix and all that. The size is just about ok to watch from. If it was any smaller I think we would have to buy a bigger one. But it’s ok for the moment and if we decide to stay longer then we’ll invest in a bigger one.

We put the blue covers on the sofas because they are quite discoloured because of the sun. The thing on the right is the heating. This was my Nannys so it’s also very old! It doesn’t give out a lot of heat and we haven’t used it hardly at all because we don’t want to waste the gas.  My Dad brought us the coffee table that he had in a shed.

 

The next picture is the entrance, you see my sister and her boyfriend bought this mobile about 7 years ago when they had their first child, so my Dad built a little wooden patio and that so you can sit outside.

This is our view from the main window.

Below is our seating area. It can sit about 4 people around it. These are photos from when we just moved in, so now my husbands laptop and drawing tablet has taken over half of it!

Here is the cooking area. It’s a great size and there are enough cupboards to put our things in. In the hall on the left is a bathroom, on the right there is another door that leads outside. We locked it because there is about a 2 foot drop as my Dad didn’t put steps there. Down a bit on the right is another smaller toilet and across from that my nephews rooms is there. Straight down is our bedroom.

We have a good sized bathroom. Something fell on the sink so Dad had to cover up the hole, and also we don’t use the shower as the pipes broke when it was very cold weather one winter. Do you see the grate at the top? With the influx of spiders entering, I covered all of these up, so at least I know they aren’t getting in from those!

We actually found out there is a huge hole under the oven though! There is a piece of wood covering it but when my sister said ‘There is a hole under the oven for the gas’ we opened it and low and behold! So yeah, my concerns are right from my previous blog; there are definitely holes in the mobile where I can’t see. A perfect opportunity for those spiders to come in!

This here is the bedroom. There is a little vanity area behind the door on the left with a mirror, and there is a wardrobe beside it. Beside this room, on the right was another small bedroom that could fit one bed, but my sister decided to take the wall away and make this bigger.

This is the other smaller bathroom. We actually don’t use this one at all.

This is the other bedroom with the single bed. We keep our clothes and our shoes here. The main bedroom would have been very small and cramped if they didn’t take the wall away, so now I feel it’s much better! And we have two doors that enter into the bedroom, how lucky are we!

The final picture is the other bedroom between the main bedroom and the big bathroom. My nephew used to sleep here. Now it’s full of rubbish that my Dad put in so we don’t use it. I don’t go in either because I’m sure there are spiders hiding in it! I couldn’t cover the grate in this room so I’m just praying they aren’t entering from there!

So there you go! I’m sure some people are thinking “Oh god I’d hate to live there”, but for myself and my husband it’s fine. Now there are problems with it, and the walls are paper thin so you can hear everything outside, plus the winters will be tough because there’s no insulation, but for the time being it’s ok.

We are lucky enough that my parents have a big garden and that was why we were able to put the mobile here. You see my parents house was built in 1910/1911 by the council. At that time houses were able to have big gardens because there wasn’t a lack of space. Now the newer houses usually only have small ones, but with older houses, their gardens are bigger. I think it was also so that the families could plant their own food. The house was my Dad’s parents, so they used to grow loads of vegetables to sell.

At night time I especially love it! It’s very cosy and if there is a chill we use hot water bottles to heat ourselves up. Plus we have an electric blanket for the bed. We even have wifi throughout the whole mobile! When my sister was here they could only get the wifi in a sitting room!

When my sister had their second child it became too small for them, so that is why they moved, but she tells me she misses living here, she said it was ‘cosy’. And it is.

Even with our eight legged friends as our guests.

Aisling

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Losing The War (With Spiders)

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We’ve been living in the mobile home now for a few weeks… and I’ve realised one downside of living in it. Spiders!

Before we moved into it it was empty for about 2 years,  so we had to give it a good cleaning and airing out. We did find a few spiders about when we were cleaning it, so it was lovely and clean when we were finished!

So ever since we would find a spider on the wall, on the ceiling, in the shower…. and I wasn’t actually too chuffed about this at all.

You see I hate spiders. My husband doesn’t like rats or cockroaches, (the time in China when he felt something moving on his leg and he found it was a huge cockroach cemented this hatred) but for me it’s spiders.

And also, there are small holes in the mobile so they are perfect little entrances for them! Holes from connecting the wire for the internet, where the toilet doesn’t quite fit and there is a small gap between the toilet and the floor, things like that.  There are vents on the floors and the walls so the air can ventilate throughout the mobile, so this means very easy access for those pesky spiders!

Anyway, we kind of made it worse with our spider invasion! It was a sunny warm day and we decided to wash the outside of the mobile. There was loads of green stuff all over it so we had to hose it and scrub the stuff off. We made sure the cobwebs were gone from outside and there were no spiders to be seen! Great! The mobile looked lovely now!

“Oh I see a spider outside the window” I said, as I walked outside with the spider spray. I started spraying the spider. “Oh there’s another one!” I spray that one then.

ANOTHER ONE!

ANOTHER ONE!

About 10 spiders started weaving down on their cobwebs from the top of the window. I was shocked. ‘All those spiders were hiding behind the gutter on the roof!’ I thought!

So that got me all flustered. I went around the whole mobile spraying the windows and the wee crevices. The spiders were hiding at the top of the windows where there was a little dip they could stay. So of course the water couldn’t reach them.

After, I went around the whole mobile to make sure they were gone, then I felt a bit better.

Until.

We moved their hiding place. So of course where do you think they would travel to next?

Inside the mobile.

The next few days we were seeing spider after spider. From the sitting room to the bathroom. In every area.  I had to inspect the areas every night, armed with my spray while my husband relaxed on the computer. (He’s not as concerned with spiders as I am)

To help me worry less, I got tape and covered all the little holes I saw around the place. Because the mobile is quite old, the windows don’t close 100%, so they will also be able to get through from there. But I covered all the holes (that I could see anway).

And do you know what? They are still getting in.

Honestly, it’s a losing battle. Every night I do my rounds, I go outside and spray spider repellant (it smells strongly like peppermint so I think it’s really just water and peppermint, but I sprayed it at a few spiders and they didn’t like it at all, so it does work), then I go inside and spray the repellant around the doors and the windows.

But, they keep on coming. There must be a hole somewhere that I can’t see and that’s where they are coming from. Or maybe it’s the windows. I spray repellant around them every night though so I don’t know.

But anyway, it’s a losing battle for the moment!

And what’s worse, I’ve hallucinations at night about spiders, so they are actually coming true now!

Aisling

Not Much To Say

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I’ve tried hard to keep writing things for this blog, but to be honest I’ve been living a pretty boring life at the moment, and I’ve nothing really to talk about!

Weeks have turned into 2 months of not finding a job for neither of us here in Ireland, so we haven’t been doing anything in order to try and save money. We splurged a few days ago and bought an Air Fryer for €40 so that we could air fry some things in the mobile home without having to go to my parents house. It’s actually great and I would recommend you buy one. You don’t need to add oil so everything you cook is much healthier than using a pan or whatever else. We usually air fry sausages and that in it.

I try and think of the positives of not having a job, and being with the family is a big one. But now I’m just kind of getting fed up now. Not earning any money at all is hitting us too, so we are just trying to be careful with our spending.

I was a bit upset a few days ago because I’ve been applying to jobs and getting rejections and it brings me back to why I left Ireland over 5 years ago in the first place. I couldn’t get a job. So now, being back and yet again not being able to get a job just upsets me. I didn’t expect it would be this difficult and I honestly had high hopes of securing something by now. I feel as if I’m back to when I was finished college 6 years ago and was applying for this and that and not getting anywhere.

Then what annoys me is that I know with 100% certainty I would get a job in China in an instant. I really really miss China, and somedays when I’m frustrated I just feel like packing up and moving back, but now I just want to be close to my family and that’s that. I’d never say China is out of the picture; it will always still be on the cards, but I think it would be like a last resort for us. But I have to say I really do miss it!

It’s hard though. Sometimes I feel it was a mistake to leave China. A lot of things didn’t go to plan and over a year later we still don’t know what we are at. Every path we choose has hurdles so we need to carefully plan what our next steps are, if it would benefit us and what are the obstacles if we do this or that.

But I hope the month of August will bring some good news for us!

Aisling.

No Experience? No Qualification? No Job

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When I was in Mexico, I would be looking at jobs in Ireland and I was amazed at how many there were that I could apply for. I was thinking ‘Aw it’s a pity I’m here and I can’t apply for any of them’

So now that we are back in Ireland, I’ve been applying and with no success at all. All the time spent away in Ireland I always thought ‘Whenever I go back to Ireland I’ll get a job ok. Things are different now and I have more experience’. I was a bit more positive back then.

Now that I’m back it feels like none of my 5 years working in China has benefited me at all. I’ve gotten experience all right, but not the right experience for the jobs I’m applying for. I can’t even apply for a teaching job because I don’t have a CELTA! So I’ve actually loads of experience teaching but I need a qualification to teach in Ireland. So unfair.

I just feel like we are in a rut. Yet Again. This time in Ireland. I’m trying to be positive though and keep busy; I’m still studying my spanish. I know my speaking has gone down though, but I think my verb conjugations are improving and I’m continuously learning new words. So that’s good. Also I do enjoy being with my family. I was very lonely in Mexico so now that feeling is gone and I’m enjoying my time here. We have our own space in the garden in an old mobile home that we live in now. I said I’d post about that one day and I will. The shower doesn’t work so we have showers in my parents house (which I don’t mind at all), and we need to get gas for the cooker, but apart from that everything is great. Well, in the winter it will be absolutely freezing because there’s no insulation at all and we only have a small gas heater, but we’ll worry about that when we get to it.

We also got the internet hooked up from my parents house so now we have our small TV and we can watch Netflix which is great. So I do enjoy having our own space and at the same time I can also be with the family.

I was just surprised at how difficult it is to get a job. Even my husband was surprised, and he has been applying for loads with no success. My Dad always says “Everything will work out”. But my answer is “When will it work out?”.

I don’t exactly want to wait 5 years for ‘everything to work out’.

Aisling

The Flying Dinosaur

About a week ago, my new nephews received two balloon dinosaurs. They have stick on legs and a cord so when you pull it they look as it they are walking.  The oldest one got a T-Rex and the youngest got a Brachiosauros (the one with the long neck).

So they were playing with them and what not, until the youngest broke off one of the legs off his. They would have to stick it back on but of course it wouldn’t last as the youngest just loves breaking things. (He once got a PJMasks figurine that talks and within an hour of getting it he put it in the water and wouldn’t work. Amazingly it was ok after being beside the fire).

Of course everything doesn’t last, and now both of the dinosaurs were legless and were floating between the bathroom and the sitting room on the roof for the past few days.

So the next day we were cleaning and we had both the front door and the back door of the house open to let in some fresh air. I was sitting across the house in the mobile home that myself and my husband are living in for the time being (I’ll post one day about our move), and I look out the window and I see the Brachiosaurus dinosaur floating outside the house!

I start shouting ‘F*CK F*CK!!’ and I start frantically running outside. My husband is thinking “Oh god something must have happened to her Mum or Dad!” and he jumps up too, until he looks out the window and sees it. I run outside as the balloon is gently floating through the garden, getting higher and higher. I get to it, but it’s too late. The Brachiosaurus is out of reach, as it serenely floats higher and higher and over the field behind our garden….. until it’s just the shape of the brachiosaurus that could be seen.

Myself, my husband, my Mum and Dad all just stood in the garden looking at it as it floated away into the clouds, while I was thinking “Oh god, my nephew is going to be so upset when he finds out it’s gone…”

It must have came out of the front door and floated down the side of the house into the garden. It was very funny though…but I can imagine if my nephew was there he would be distraught!

The T-Rex is still floating in the house though… so we’ll see how long it lasts until his bid for freedom.

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The Dinosaur that escaped Source; google

Aisling

Apparently I’m Not Clever Enough

So now that I’m back in Ireland I have been looking at jobs that I’d be interested in in and around Dublin. I’ve been thinking about whether I should do a tourism course near me or If I should just apply directly for jobs. I don’t have the experience or the qualifications so I was thinking if I at least get a qualification in something then that at least will help me.

Anyway, I happened to come across a website that were looking for travel agents, so I said well I may as well apply and just see what happens! Apparently they are a good company to work for with good benefits and all that, so I filled out their application form and then just waited for an email.

I got an emailed back and they wanted me to do a mental agility test. I’ve never heard of this before so I didn’t really know what to expect. They said that I had 50 questions and I had to answer as many of them as possible in 15 minutes. So I started and honestly I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing! Maths, reasoning and comprehension are included in it and there are 5 ( I think) choices to choose from. You have to add maths quickly (I am atrocious at maths), another one is that you have to choose what the second letter of the last word is and then write it down of a sentence that is jumbled up. Then there was an example of ‘ Mansion is to hovel, as house is to…..’ and you had to click out of 5 possible answers which one ‘house’ is to.

Mental agility test sample

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I finished all of them but I didn’t have enough time to recheck them again. On all the Maths one I just guessed them because I didn’t have a clue! So then again I waited for their reply, not expecting anything to come out of it!

And…. I was right! I got an email a day later saying that my score wasn’t high enough. So that was that. I wasn’t annoyed or anything that I didn’t get through, I think I was just a little annoyed that apparently to them, I wasn’t clever enough to even have an interview with them.

I know I’m not good at maths, I know that. I’m perfectly aware of it; I don’t want to be an accountant, I wouldn’t even dream of it because I know I’ll never have the maths skills to do it. I just don’t feel it’s fair to be made answer maths questions and be judged on your answers because of it. So half the scores were low because of my bad maths.

Maybe I’m totally wrong and these tests are very effective, but in my opinion I don’t think so. I was already at a disadvantage with having bad maths, and I don’t think that’s right.

And anyway, this position was to become a TRAVEL AGENT. Not an accountant, not a lawyer, not a surgeon. Like come on, I think it’s a bit much just to be a travel agent.  The company also makes potential employers have a 40 minutes telephone interview, then another interview in their company, THEN another geography and maths test! So even if I did pass their mental agility test, I would have had to do another maths test anyway!

So maybe it was good that I didn’t get any further in their rigorous job application for the extremely demanding, difficult, life saving job of being a………

travel agent.

Aisling

My Nephews Are Turning American

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With the dawn of YouTube and the majority of films that come from America of course people are going to pick up some American slang. Since returning home to Ireland, I am flabbergasted at the amount of words my two nephews use that come from America! The 4 year old especially loves watching ‘Funnelvision’ on Youtube; a channel about the goings on of an American family and they travel to different places. The 8 year old used to be engrossed in watching people playing computer games on it. Now that we have Netflix, they are currently enjoying a series called ‘PJ Masks’. (they are literally watching it right now)

So I’ll give you a list of what my Irish nephews says which are American;

Smelly butt. In Ireland they would usually say smelly bum.

Trash can. The 8 year old says this one a lot. Here we usually say ‘bin’.

Candy. The 4 year old always says this. We say ‘sweets’ here.

Mom. I’m actually surprised that now I’m seeing a lot of posts on Facebook and many Irish adults refer to their mother as ‘Mom’. I have no idea why…. Have they always used ‘Mom’ since they were little or are they only starting to use it now?? Is it now deemed ‘popular’ to use Mom? Also ‘awesome’ has become a hit with Irish Facebook users too.  Anyway, the 4 year old uses ‘Mom’ quite a bit. We use ‘Mum’ or the even more Irish one of ‘Mam’.

This is a funny one….My Mum was making burgers one day and everyone except the 4 year old got the meat for the inside. He asked “Where is my patty??”

WHAT DID HE JUST SAY??????

We were sitting around the table in shock, thinking… ‘Did he really just use that word???’ I asked him again and he replied “My patty!”

This is a word that like no Irish person would say normally (until now that is), we always just say ‘meat’, so to hear ‘patty’ really was a shock to us!

“Oh man”. When the 4 year old is playing a game on the Ipad, sometimes we would hear him say “oh man” to himself. It’s funny to hear as he does it in an American accent too!

Another thing he does is say ‘water’ with an American accent.

It’s just mad though how they pick all these words and accents up just from watching TV. It’s also scary how TV can influence them as well though.

So I will have to keep an ear out for any new American expressions from them and make another post one day of them!

Aisling