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Tea blog: the travel bug

I have been working my butt off for the last few months in prep for June, a month which was supposed to be purely full of birthday fun and travel. Although I realise that you have seen very little of it as life, as it tends to do, has decided to throw a few curve balls in my path. So far I have just had to learn to work within my limits and focus on one project at a time- otherwise I may end up putting myself round the twist.

My plan for June was all about about friends and family- and while I have managed to do all these it has not all been as relaxed as I had hoped it would be. I am currently typing this post from a shady sun bed by the pool in Portugal so to say that there has been no relaxing would be an exaggeration. However events at home have made it more difficult to turn off and appreciate where we (as a family) are at.

My birthday was on the 23rd of June and part of my celebration was a visit to friends living in London. Just a few days of hanging out and sight seeing with my girls who I haven’t seen in person since last October. However the highlight of the trip was going to see the two shows of Harry  Potter and the Cursed Child which is currently showing in London on Saturday the 18th of June. Now respecting JK’s wishes and not wanting to ruin it for anyone waiting/wishing to go see it I won’t write a review/spoilers. However I really enjoyed the experience, re-entering the HP universe and the characters we all love. The special affects in particular were amazing. However the plot in my opinion wasn’t what I was expecting – but in agreement with my friends – it is best to view the play as a Christmas special. Something out of the norm, which allows you a special glimpse into the world however the events have no effect on the story or really progress the plot in anyway. Overall, truly worth a visit and really funny.

While in London we also managed to squeeze in a couple of visits to West End live which was happening the same weekend in Trafalgar Square. We saw Wicked, Matilda, Guys and Dolls, Stump, Triller and The Lion King. They each performed a couple of songs from their performance (although it felt like we saw the entire Thriller play) and they were all great. However the stand out by far for me was The Lion King. They performed three song and the music, the performance, the choir were just amazing. I have seen glimpses of the play from tv etc but I would truly love to see the whole thing if they ever tour again or when I manage to get back to London.

After this it was almost time to go, however we squeezed in a cinema date to see the new X-Men Apocalypse which was great, really taking the plot back to the days of the cartoon which is where I developed my love of the series. And quick pop into the udderbelly comedy festival before flying back into Belfast.

After a very quick repack we (as a family this time) flew out to Portugal we landed on the 22nd and the EU referendum for the UK was on the 23rd and waking to hear that the UK had left the EU has been a source of much stress and fear over the last few days, not only for myself but friends and family. This turn of events compounded changes with work which had conspired the week before my holidays began.
I have been forced to relocate or ‘transfer’ with work to a branch were I have had some negative working experiences which is also further/more awkward to reach. And this relocation is almost immediate, as I am to start work there upon my return from annual leave, which is stressing me out quite a bit. I am also returning to work after being out of the loop quite a bit, as the company I work for is an EU based company was branches in the UK and so far, I have not heard what the consequences for Northern Irish companies has or will be, which is just adding to my stress levels. I am only 24 but with job offers, rejections, relocation’s and political upheaval I feel this might be what a quarter life crisis feels like. However I am staying positive, continuing to work on my c.v., applying to jobs where I can use my skills more and working on myself mentally and physically.

Thank you for taking the time to share in my mental debrief.



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Tea Blog: Long needed Catch up!

Hello my tea lovelies,
I am ashamed to say that this is the longest leave of absence I have yet on my little blog but my life is currently in the middle of a serious transition. I have moved house 3 times in my life and I have never moved beyond my little town in Northern Ireland. Now however I have taken the plunge and after successfully graduating from Queens University this July, I got accepted into Napier University in Edinburgh! So it is time for one giant move and a huge leap in the hope of achieving my career dreams – working for a publishing house.

So tea, and today cookie, in hand, its time for an update.

Last we spoke, I have just finished celebrating my 21st birthday, first with my family at home and then with my friends from Uni. It was an amazing weekend, especially since I don’t really celebrate my birthday due to the time of year most people are away on holidays etc, plus being the centre of attention is not exactly my favourite thing in the world. I also mentioned a special birthday present that I was waiting to receive in the post – this was my 14″ Cambridge Satchel bag in purple. I am completely in love with it. This I received from my parents and I divered and divered over whether I should let them buy it, because I don’t spend that kind of money on a bag of all things. However my mum convinced me that it was a life long present that would age with me and it is even more perfect now that I am going back to uni for another year. Its still in its box, bubble wrap & all. I am determined I am going to do a box opening & review video. I will be brave!

Now I am in the middle of organising everything I need for the year to live. I’ve bought cutlery, plates & bathroom cleaning products for the first time ever! I feel seriously grown up. As well as the painful experience of organising my finances for the year. :s However one life saver has been thrown my way during this whole process & that was with work. I currently work in a Nike Outlet store in Ireland, and thanks to my lovely boss & my soon to be boss – I have been transferred. This is one giant rock lifted from my shoulders, meaning one less thing to worry about once I move. That word, move, is seriously starting to stress me out.

Stress has been the main reason for my absence. As it has caused me to have a serious case of readers block. Even tho I have a growing tower of unread books I cant seem to pick up anything new. I am stuck re-reading favourite books, & as tacky as it may seem to some, romance novels have been one of my absolute life lines at the minute. I my case specifically historical romances, as they appeal to the historian in me, even those which make me want to write an author & their editor a letter explaining some of their historical mistakes so they don’t repeat them :), but these books, the likes of Lynsay Sands, Johanna Lindsey and Kinley MacGregor aka Sherrilyn Kenyon, all guarantee a little thrill, a lot of romance and a happy ending. Which just help me to de-stress and feel better. I might do a mini, collective review on these. However they are all quite old and people have probably read them, so am never sure if people would be interested.
Opinions please?

However the only reason I have managed to make it this far with only minimal stress acne and panic attacks is thanks to my English Besties Hannah and Siobhan. However I have to throw out a special shout out to Siobhan, without whom, my parents probably would have had to institutionalise me. Even while on away on holiday with Hannah, She has been sharing my stress and tolerating our many phone dates/rants, as she is in a similar situation, moving to do a masters. I owe her serious hugs when I next get to see her, I hope she knows how much I appreciate her – so this is my little way of letting her know for certain. mwah!

But not only is my life crazy but my extended family too. On one side of the family there have been two engagements and on the other side there have been two new additions to the family, only six weeks apart. Which means lots of presents and parties to celebrate. And finally my brother and a couple of my numerous cousins have been receiving their examination results this week for gcse and alevels. Stressful again but successful for the most part.:)

So I mostly just wanted to say a little thank you for sticking with me and I hope yous are willing to continue to stay with me during my adventures in Scotland which I am planning to do more kinda travels blogs on. As I have never been to Scotland so I want to share my first visit with yous.

I Love and appreciate all my Tea Buddies, & I promise it wont be as long until my next update & hopefully my readers block will end too as my stress levels decline, so reviews too. And here is a link if anyone wants to try the White chocolate and Cranberry cookies I baked and I am currently enjoying. They are seriously delicious!

Maebhe x

p.s I also have a craft project on the way. As I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned that I crochet? 🙂 Would you’s like to learn how to make these little spring flowers?