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

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

This Time Last Year

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The University where I worked at

It’s strange to think that this is the first September that I’ve been in Ireland for 5 years. Every September I’ve been in China. It’s not very significant but it means a lot to me. It’s change, and that’s good.

This time last year I started teaching University students. I was making PPT’s for them and getting used to waking up at 6:30am, work at 8am. I was trying to learn all the students names and where my classes were for teaching every class. Little did I know that in a years time I would be at home enjoying time with my family and getting ready to go to Mexico. It’s a nice feeling to know that my life has changed (in a good way) from 12 months ago.

As for teaching and after my crappy students from last semester, I’ve gone off teaching altogether. I really want to try something new. I’m really fed up of teaching now. The students did a good job with that!

I think private teaching would be ok in the future. When I worked in a private company I had some great students and I really enjoyed their classes. But first I’ll try and do something that I want do, and then maybe for extra income I could work teaching privately. It’s good to know that I can fall back into teaching if everything else fails. (which I’m sure they won’t)

But yeah, it’s just a great feeling to know that things are moving now. I’m not stuck in China teaching yet again, for another year. I can start to learn Spanish, I can start looking at jobs I want to do, I can start doing things that I just couldn’t do in China.

Even making friends, I hope I can make new lifelong Mexican friends in Mexico. In China, we made friends and then lost them…. as everyone moves away eventually. So it’s hard to meet and keep in contact with people, especially in China.

I have to think, what will I be doing this time next year? I’ll most likely be in Mexico. Will my Spanish be good? I hope I’ll have new friends. I hope I’ll be living in an apartment. Ha I’ll push the boat out and hope I’ll win the lotto and be rich.

Who knows!

Aisling

While I’ve Been Back

While I’ve been home in Ireland, there are more and more things that I notice every time I come back. Here are a few since I came home.

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Roche Castle

There really are 4 seasons in 1 day

In China, it’s either sunny or cloudy/smoggy and there is little change during the day. In Ireland, in the morning it could be sunny, at noon it could be cloudy, in the evening it could be sunny and then all of a sudden rain would appear, and then maybe it will be cloudy again. It really does fluctuate here, and I’ve never realised how much it does until I came back here. So you really do have to have an umbrella and coat with you!

Ireland is dirty

Having lived in Chengdu which is very very clean, and then travelling around Japan, which is also spotless, I arrive in Ireland and there’s rubbish everywhere. A bottle here, a crisp packet there….. It’s only now that I realise how dirty it is. While we were in Dublin, I saw two dead rats on the pavement (plus loads of rubbish). I admit I feel quite ashamed of the state of my own country. Why do people think it’s ok to throw rubbish instead of just putting it in the bin? I’ll never understand it. But yeah, unfortunately Ireland is very dirty in comparison to Chengdu and Japan.

More variety in ethnicities.

Having moved from Ireland 5 years ago, I’ve noticed many more different ethnicities here. Even in my small town of 40,000 I’ve seen many more. (I really don’t understand why they would come to where I live, there’s nothing to do here!) I don’t see a problem with them coming here once they contribute to society and not just arrive to receive social benefits. Also in Dublin I’ve seen a lot more tourists about! It’s good to see but I can see in the future that the city won’t be able to handle the big influx. Dublin isn’t a very big city at all, so I feel there may be problems in the future.

More expensive

I was looking at the prices of sweets in shops, and a lot of small bars are like €1! Just for a chocolate bar! I don’t know whether I’ve just never noticed when I lived here before, but I really don’t remember having to pay €1 for a bar. Maybe 70cent. But yeah, I do notice things are expensive here. (Cry)

People are fat

Again, I’ve noticed that there are many bigger people here. Maybe it didn’t register when I lived here before, but I feel there are more people that would border on being obese than before.

Needing a car

My house is literally 5-10 minutes away by car from the town centre. It’s really close but yet I need a car to get there. There are no pavements on my road until closer to the town, and I wouldn’t feel safe walking on the road (it’s quite busy), so the only way to get there is by car. There are also no buses.

It’s actually quite annoying. My fiancés parents also said that they wouldn’t like to live here because you need a car. So it’s nice to live in the countryside but that means you will need your own transport to get around. The transport system here is crap, and unless you live in a big city like Dublin then you need a car to go pretty much anywhere.

I’m sure there are more that I can’t think of right now. It’s nice being with the family though. I love going to bed in my own bedroom and sticking something on to watch while I’m surrounded by all my own things. I couldn’t do that in China.

Aisling