Monday Musings…


All wrapped up for winter — cosy!

I haven’t had a chance to do up one of these in a couple of weeks, apologies gang! Working, my Birthday celebrations, driving and other general life stuff has taken over, so it’s all about trying to find a good balance, as I love the site and want to start posting more than I have been in the coming weeks.

Anyway, I can’t believe today is September 2nd! Lots of good things happen this time of year: September issues, an excuse to wrap up in winter woolies (I really thought the above picture was the most appropriate!) as we get the colder weather, Christmas talk (I know, already?!), and just general cosiness. You just can’t beat it. This year has been one of the quickest that I’ve ever remembered, but I’m feeling very happy as I’m really looking forward to the coming months. September to Christmas is also the busiest time of year in the newsroom, which I love. There’s nothing better than being busy, I always say. Is anyone else a fan of the winter months?

The beautiful Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary

The beautiful Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary

Firstly, I am SO excited as I’ve booked a teeny mini-Christmas trip away to Budapest in the second week of December. Squeeeeeee! I’m just going over for 4 days, but I’m dying to see my friends (a few of my great friends live there, and they are kind enough to always let me stay with them whenever I visit) and the beautiful city in the winter months. It is going to be COLD AS HELL, but there will be Christmas markets (woo too!), Christmas jumpers, Goulash (YUM) and it will just be magical to be in the city at that time of year. I first visited the city last summer, and I’m eager to see it in colder weather as last year we were walking around in 38 degree heat, and it was just too hot. I just booked the flights yesterday (and they weren’t too pricy; there’s a lot to be said for booking your flight 4 months in advance! and I’m SO excited; I’m counting down the days as of now! Has anyone else ever visited the city?

Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace

Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace

Next, I’ve been watching an awful lot of movies lately, I’m glad to say. I’m really into older films, particularly any ‘cult’ or ‘classic’ films and only last week, I finally got a chance to visit the lovely Light House Cinema. It’s a fantastic cinema and they have a really great selection of both the newer and older releases (for example, this month it’s Marlon Brando season and they are showing all his classics). Myself and my very cool and lovely friend Tara, went to see the now cult movie Ghost World last week (which I’ll be doing a review on in the coming days), and today we’re going to see the newly released Lovelace which I’m really looking forward to. The biopic stars Amanda Seyfriend (who I recently wrote about when she did that incredible fashion editorial for Harper’s Bazaar Kora), as adult film star Linda Boreman. The film premiered at the Sundance Film festival in January this year, and after much hype, the film was released here a couple of weeks ago.  The film certainly sees Seyfried step away from her more innocent roles, taking on a more complex and risker film, and as I’ve always been a fan of hers, I’ll be eager to see how she steps up this role. I’ll also be reviewing this one as soon as possible, so keep an eye out for that too. Anyone seen it yet? What did you think?

Books, books, and well, more books. Obviously.

Books, books, and well, more books. Yay!

Finally, I got a really nice surprise in the post this week, when the lovely people at Penguin Ireland kindly wrote to me and asked whether I would be interested in reviewing a book or two on the site and naturally, I was delighted so I said yes. It’s been ages since I sat down with a good book! I received five titles, the majority by Irish authors, and a lot of them who were releasing their debut books, so I can’t  wait to get reading and reviewing. I love having a book or two to read and curl up with in the dark evenings. I’ll have to start my winter reading list soon. And no offense to anyone who enjoys these, but thank christ the season of by-the-pool summer reads are at an end, if I’ve read one, I’ve read a dozen and they just hold very little interest for me. I have a few favourites of course  — Foreign Affairs by Patricia Scanlan will forever remain one of my all time classics, which I re-read every year — but generally, I like stories with a little more meat on them, if that makes sense! Has anyone read any really great books lately that they’d  like to recommend?

So, that’s the Monday Musings all done for another week! What has everyone else been up to? Any thoughts on the above? Don’t be shy, tell all in the comments section!


  1. Budapest sounds lovely!! We’re just back from Electric Picnic had a great time!!

  2. I’d say Electric Picnic was brilliant! I’ll have to try and get there next year, I’ve never been and it’s the one festival I’ve always wanted to go to.

  3. Ah I do love my Monday Musings!! Again so jealous about Budapest, make sure to take loads of pictures with your new camera 🙂

  4. Ha, I definitely will be doing that Elaine! 🙂 So wish you were coming too, we’ll have to plan a trip next year for sure 😉

  5. Emma Whitty says:

    just had a look at your blog, tis fab, will def share the page to my fb friends! 🙂

    • Ah, thank you so much! It’s always lovely to hear people are enjoying the website. 🙂 Feel free to comment on your favourite posts etc, I love chatting with the readers.