Friday, May 10, 2019

a new idea?

Hello everyone,

I got a bright idea for this blog...I a couple of weeks ago I was having a chat with some friends, we were talking about movies and tv shows and what ones we had seen and hadn't seen. It was shocking at the amount of movies etc that I haven't seen, which gave me the idea to turn this blog into a movie review blog. It may be a bright idea but not work out, but time will tell. I'll be starting this in a few days so watch this space!

Until then,

Insomanic x

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

a rare update

Heyo everyone,

Hope you're all doing well. I decided to give a rare update on what's been happening. So without further ado...

  • In January of this year, I went to London with my mom and sis, we went because I was celebrating a certain birthday, I'm so old lol. I think we all enjoyed ourselves. We went to V&A, Tate Modern, The National History Museum and we went on a bus tour of London. It was a busy, but fun trip to London.
  • In December of last year, I went to Cyprus with my sis, I went cos I needed a break (I was doing lots of things), we went for about a week. It was fun, we didn't do a huge amount apart from watching movies and we went to an animal sanctuary, the donkeys were quite cheeky!
  • We still have our cats but unfortunately, we lost Minnie last August, we were all gutted at the time.
  • I still read books but not as much as I'd like to do, but I have a 'to read' pile that I'll get through eventually. 
  • I still listen to music, I tend to listen to my phone's radio these days instead of my iPod as the iPod I have is tiny and could be easily lost. I was hoping to see Christine and the queens with my sis, but unfortunately, the singer was sick and had to cancel the concert at the last minute. That was a bummer...but I'm sure I'll make it to another concert at some stage.
  • I still do my autism presentations every few months, they're a pleasure to do, I did my first one of the year a few weeks ago, I believe my next one might be in July, yay! 
I have loads more to update on so I'll save that for another post, 

Until then,

Insomanic x 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

part 2 of the last 2 years in bullet points

Greetings readers,

Continuing my post about the last 2 years:

  • We have also inherited another cat (apart from Ettie and Minnie), it happened as we noticed a stray cat hanging around our house, and my Mom befriended her, she wouldn't come in at first as Lassie (granny's dog we were minding) was there but when she died the cat made herself at home in our house. We're not sure how old she is but we reckon about 4 or 5 or maybe older. We're unsure of her name but we named her 'Chaddy', here she is :
  • About a year and a bit ago himself came back into my life, I was a bit wary at first as I didn't want to jinx myself but all good so far. We try to meet up on the weekends.
  • Regarding my migraines, 2017 was quite a bad year for them, and when I mean bad, I mean bad, at my worst, I was having them daily and getting sick with them, along with stomach troubles. From December to April I was constantly having migraines, and for the rest of the year I was trying some different things to improve them which include medications, taking out lactose out of my diet which I tried for 5 months (I also suspected I was lactose intolerant but came up negative), taking medications at different times instead of all together and giving up coca cola (shock horror!) all with varying amounts of success. By October I was so sick of being sick that I decided to come home to my folk's house for some TLC for a while to get them under control. As it stands at the moment I'm still in my folk's house (I go back to my apartment now and again but spend the majority of my time here). My migraines have greatly improved I'm glad to say, the intensity of them has gone down and I'm sick with them far less than I have been. I think we've established that my migraines are due to some stress and not being in a routine, which helps. I hope to go back to my apartment full time this year, my folks and I have set out a plan to ease me gradually back which I am starting soon. 
  • Regarding my tummy 2017 also wasn't a great year for it, but like my migraines, it has improved greatly as well. I still get the odd bad day with it but not as much as I was
  • I still use boards on a daily basis, I rarely post on the public bits of boards now, but I found a private bit of boards which is now my home (aka favourite place on boards). I'm still in contact with J and I went to another meet up in Dublin in 2016 which was a lovely day. I hope to make another one :) 
  • I still do my autism presentations every few months, I have one coming up next month, the presentation is far longer than it was as I added a q & a  section to it (questions and answers). I'm getting the impression that I'm becoming known/famous for the presentations as its always very highly spoken of and when I go into town people say hi to me who I don't know (I don't really pay attention to the audience as I find it makes me more nervous). One of the highlights was doing the presentation for UCC in 2016.It was class!
  • And last but not least I updated the pages of the blog, some things have changed for me on the bucket list page as I no longer want a job. I found out work wasn't suited to me by accident when I was on work experience in my time in college when I made a mistake and ended up having a panic attack in the back room. Not fun. The idea of work is stressful for me so I'm happy enough:). I also took out swimming with dolphins as I'm not a fan of water, and I added getting a tattoo, designing a website and a forum to the list. I also took off my twitter as I don't use it
So that's all for now, if I think of more things to update I'll write another post, maybe I'll write here more regularly or do an annual post of my year, who knows?!


Insomanic x 

Friday, January 5, 2018

the last 2 years in bullet points

Hello all,

It seems like an age since I was here last, a friend a mine suggested updating this so without further ado here is what I've been doing for the last two years:

  • In September of last year, I finished up my college course after 2 and a half years, I was sorry to leave as I really liked the place and the people but I knew I couldn't stay forever, it was well worth doing though, I'm very pleased I managed to achieve the course
  • As for writing I got up to 170k words of my book which is fantastic, but I was quite sick in 2017 (migraines, tummy), so my book was put on hiatus for a while. I hope to get back to it properly this year and get my first draft finished. I reckon it's about 70% finished so here hoping I can do it :) This is what my manuscript looks like printed out (the most recent one on the right)

  • One of my bucket list items came true and I got a cat!!!!! Actually ended up with 2 of them as I explain. Last April when my sickness was at it's worst the college suggested taking a month off (which was a brilliant idea as I really needed it). Before I took the break my sis suggested spending time with her in Dublin and she got the bright idea of fostering kittens while on my time off. I was excited by the idea as I really like cats but at the same time, I was curious as we didn't know how young or old they were or what was their background. When I got my break I went up to Dublin and I agreed to my sis's suggestion. My sis contacted the DSPCA and had to fill out a form but once that was done they sent out a weekly email with details of kittens/cat they had for people to foster. The first few emails weren't suitable for us but in the second week (I think) they sent us an email saying that 2 six old kittens were due to arrive and asked if that was suitable for us to foster them. We both jumped at the chance and we collected them that afternoon. They both were sisters, six weeks old and quite simply adorable! Me and my sis minded them for 2 weeks which was very enjoyable and sometimes hard, it was enjoyable as I like cats, they were cute and very funny. But at the same time, it was hard as they were very nervous at first so you couldn't pet them at first..but they came round :) The week they were to go back something granny's dog that my folks were minding died which was sad, but in that same week my sis suggested that rather than giving the kittens back, that my sis takes them permanently and when my folks were ready we move them down to tipp. We named them Ettie and Minnie. Ettie and Minnie lived in Dublin for 10 months before moving to Tipp nearly 2 weeks ago. Legally we put my sis's name down as an owner but technically they are mine, they live in my folk's house as I can't have pets in my apartment. Here is what they look like:

This is turning into an essay of a post so I'll break my updates into parts,

Talk soon,

Insomanic x 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

life update

Howdy hi readers (I love that saying)

Hope everyone is well.

I've been very busy in the last few months, busy as a bee! I thought I'd blog and give you a short update on what's been happening with me

Here's what's new with me these days :

  • I'm about 9 or 10 months into my course in college( will be there a year in March), I think it's going well. I quite like the work as it's not too easy or hard and seems to suit me in the way I work. My classmates and tutors seem to be quite nice and friendly. I think it's one of the best things that I've done :)
  • I'm delighted to say that I'm making headway with my book, finally! I've been working away on it over the last few months. It's now a 48 thousand word document :D::D I'm delighted with the progress made on it so I am. There's nothing more satisfying than being stuck on it for a long time and finally being able to make progress on it. My heartbreak gave me the inspiration for it as I felt terrible and the writing got me through the most difficult period of my life. Back in February, it was just a series of documents and now it's all coming together to make a proper manuscript. I feel quite positive about it now, although there are niggling doubts I'm not good enough etc, I'm gonna get it written first and cross the bridge about everything else when I have it finished. It's not easy, though. Nobody told me it would be this hard! 
  • I got to see Hozier play live!! I was planning to see him in London, got the tickets and all and went over there with my sis. Sadly on the day on the concert, Hozier was sick and the concert had to be postponed. I wasn't a happy camper but thankfully by chance he was playing in Dublin a few weeks later, and I decided to go. It was a part of a three-day festival when he was playing, so I decided to go to one of the days. As a first festival experience for me, it wasn't half bad, well worth the wait to see Hozier. I did enjoy London too despite the bummer. I hope to make one of his indoor concerts at some stage
  • My granny wasn't well during the year, she suffered a stroke, it was a very scary time for us all, but thankfully she survived (think someone is looking out for her!)
  • Sadly we lost Pepsi during the year, she was getting very old and very fragile, so it was the kindest thing to do. I do miss her, but I think she had quite a good life, have many fond memories of her!
  • Earlier in the month I went to a dinner dance on my own in a hotel, the college had a Christmas party for the students, I honestly didn't know what to expect, but I quite enjoyed myself, even got dressed up! I'm quite proud of going cos there was no way I'd have gone on my own last year!
  • I still have my broadband in my apartment, still quite happy with it
  • Not doing as much reading as I'd like but read now and again.
  • I'm not watching movies/tv programmes as much as I'd like, my book has been taking up most of my focus this year. Will catch up eventually
So there you have it! My run down of the year. 2015 has been hard in some ways, but overall it's been a great year. Hope to make 2016 even better!

Hope you all had a great year,

Back when I can,

Insomniac x 

Saturday, June 27, 2015


For the readers who don't follow me on Facebook, I posted this on my blog page last night:

Hi peeps!
You may have noticed I haven't been blogging recently, but not to worry, all well in insomanic's land, I've been crazy busy lately since starting back in college. Also I'm focusing more so on the book nowadays, it's coming along nicely now. I've felt 'struck' on the book over the last two years but now that things have changed in my life my creativity seems to have been unleashed! It's a little odd as my mind is always on writing and I'm writing a lot , but it feels great grin emoticon
Anyway just a quick note to say hi and I haven't vanished off the face of the earth

Back when I can,

Insomniac x 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

nearly caught up!

Howdy fellow readers,

I think I'm nearly caught up on blogging now.  So here's a general update:

  • It's nearly mid week, yay! god the year is flying ain't it!
  • I've got back into reading, I finished off the book I was reading called 'last chance soloan' and on the next book which is 'sushi for beginners' by 'maran keyes'. I'm only a few pages in but good so far.
  • My sleep pattern is better than it used to be, as I'm busy during the week I'm very tired at the right time so I usually am asleep quite quickly. I have a bad night now and again but not too frequent
  • My migraines and tummy upsets are less frequent too I'm glad to say, I had a migraine at the weekend, put on my hat and it was gone within a few hours, and I took no medication, yay! I think it works, I wish I'd known about it sooner! I haven't been sick with a migraine for about 8 weeks so a big improvement. In terms of my tummy, I have pains now and again but the running to the loo has improved. 
  • I'm just over a month in college now, think it's going well :) I'm getting up and going in each morning which is a major feat for me as I'm not a morning person. Doing new things such as a 5k walk, baking and gardening (yes you read that right!). Finding it hard to ask for help and talk to people as my confidence has taken a knock but it's coming back slowly. I'm enjoying it so far anyway :) 
  • 8 weeks single at the weekend, I'm finding it gets easier as time goes on although I have good and bad days. I spoke to someone about it in college as it was on my mind and they could tell something was up, it was good to get it off my chest. Sometimes feel a bit lonely but friends and family have been great.
  • I've also decided to take up knitting! My mom asked me ages ago and I thought about it, and decided to give it a shot. I think it would be a good way to unwind after college/in the evenings. We start this week with a hat or a small square, something simple!
So that's it for today,

I have maybe one or two posts to do and then all caught up

Back soon, 

Insomniac x