My Ankle Has Improved!

My last post talked about how I injured a ligament in my right ankle when I was walking down some steps, and although it was EXTREMELY painful at the time, it has improved greatly since then!

For a while I was walking with a limp but now I try to walk as normal as I can. I don’t need the crutches anymore, and pain wise it’s actually fine now. I can’t twist my foot though, or run (which I found out yesterday) but I can walk around as usual. I just have to be that extra careful the way I move my foot.

It’s still bruised and theres still a little bit of swelling, so that causes pain when I touch it, so I don’t know when all that will disappear. The times when it’s sore is usually after I walk for a while, I turn it a funny way and when I wake up in the morning and walk on it.

It will be 3 weeks this Tuesday since I injured it, and at the beginning I thought it would take ages to heal. I could hardly move it, it was bruised and really swollen.

But I’m surprised that it is healing ok though and I can walk on it. I’m still doing the alphabet with my foot (which is a little sore to do), I do stretches and I balance on the bad ankle. Apparently this is to build up muscle so that a sprain is less likely to happen in the future.

I read that now that because I sprained it once it’s going to be easier for me to do it again, which I certainly do not want to happen again!! Thankfully I’ve never broken a bone or had anything major happen me, but this was the sorest thing that happened me, so I really don’t want to experience that again!

I haven’t drove yet but I might go out tomorrow and see how it is. Ireland is starting phase 1 of it’s recovery tomorrow so hardware shops, garden centres and other work places will be open again. But it’s never going to be the same again, at least not for a long long time.

Aisling

Getting Pulled Over

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Recently the Irish Government gave police, or as we call them here ‘Garda =singular, or Gardaí =plural the power to arrest people who were out driving over 2km from their home and without a good reason. Well, I mean they can arrest someone if they are adamant about getting through or won’t turn around. Usually they just turn people back if it’s not an essential journey. Shopping for necessities or having to go to work (with a valid letter to show this) are really the only two reasons to be out.

My Dad is, as the Government calls it ‘Cocooning’; he’s not allowed to leave the house at all because he is over a certain age. He has been keeping himself busy by:

Cutting the grass

Making birdhouses

Digging up trees

Moving trees

Planting shrubs

Painting the house

Making a compost area

Planting potatoes and peas

Strimming the hedges

So… he is definitely keeping busy! My Mum is also in the high risk group, so she doesn’t venture out either.

So it’s up to myself and my husband to do the weekly shop for the essentials. I don’t particularly enjoy going out; it’s awkward, you always have to dodge people, and it’s just not a nice environment to be in!

Plus it takes extra long because there is a queue to enter places like Lidl and Aldi. One person leaves the shop, and only then can the next person in the queue enter. So you could wait for a while to get in! I’m sure this is the same all over the world!

We usually go during the week and get meat, milk, bread and things like that, but my Dad always enjoys reading the paper on a Sunday. That means we have to take a quick spin up to the shop to get this for him.

Myself and my husband (he comes with me just to get out of the house) went to the shop in the morning to get the newspaper (plus some milk), and on the road up ahead we saw a Garda car and two Gardai in the middle of the road. They were stopping every car that was leaving town or heading into town. So they stopped us and asked us:

What is my purpose for being out?

Where do I live?

I explained to them that I was getting milk and that I only live down the road (which is true) and we were let through. When we got our bits we were driving back home and the Gardai were leaving then!

So next Sunday came about, and my Dad asked if I would go and get the newspaper for him, which I suspected he would! So off we went.

This time there were no Gardai about, so that was great!

But as we were coming back there they were again, set up a bit further down the road than last Sunday. I stopped again and they asked me what was my reason for being out. My husband was beside me with the bread, newspaper and chocolate on his lap, and I pointed to it and said “Oh I was getting some bread”. So then he asked did I live far and I said “Oh I live about 5 minutes away”. (It’s actually not it’s prob like 1 or 2 minutes away by car).

So then he let us go. I was kind of glad we bought the bread as I doubt he would think it was a ‘necessary journey’ with me just buying a newspaper!

We decided that on Sundays we would always buy something that is deemed essential, like bread, milk, eggs or something like that! That way we can justify our outing!

On the weekday when we do our big shop we don’t see anybody, so they must reinforce this on the weekends. But it’s good though, it shows they are strict.

I check the time that we got home and it was around 11am, so I’m thinking they must set up at around that time. Next Sunday when we go I will go earlier and see if they are patrolling!

Aisling

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

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

I lied!

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So, my last blog I wrote about our plans for Mexico and what not….. was a lie! We have actually arrived back to Ireland at the beginning of June! My last blog was really for my Mum (she is the biggest fan of my blog) and I didn’t want her to suspect anything.  You can check it out here: Looking To The Future

After my parents left Mexico after visiting us, we decided to leave in the next few months. We realised we were in Mexico too long and it just didn’t work out for neither of us. We weren’t able to get a job because we were busy with the weddings (ours and my husbands sister), then we would have had to move to Mexico city because in the city where we were there just weren’t any jobs for me.

I don’t see it as a failure though; I enjoyed my experience there, I came from literally zero Spanish to now being able to have day to day conversations, we got married and had our perfect wedding, and finally my parents came to visit. So some things didn’t work out but a lot of others did. It’s nice to be closer to my family though in Ireland. The weather is crap though, so I do miss the weather in Mexico! But I’ve been enjoying eating lots of white and brown bread.

I’d also like to think we are getting back on course to figuring out where we want to live and all that ‘life’ stuff. Maybe it will be in Ireland or maybe somewhere else in Europe, we will see!

But it’s nice being with my family for a while, with no flight to leave for for a while!

Aisling