Monday, 23 January 2012

Train post.

So here i am with my 3 "girlfriends" in the train wagon, feels like i'm in women's penitentiary..adorable.
Earlier on the ferry i told my parents for the first time properly that i want to use my BA/MBA i will get at school to become a concierge at the disneyland hotel. The comments where expectable: you will be overqualified.
So what ?!? I know money is important, and don't say I'm shallow... you'll realise how important money is the moment you don't have it and REALLY need it, anyway i don't want to spend the majority of my life in a job where i get millions but hate !!! So disneyland is my dream whether it pays well or not, i mean if there are people who've been working there 20 years it can't be too bad right ? But then I don't care ! My parents are still shocked, they want me to work in one of the big and famous places like the 4 season... Yeh yeh as if.

Anyway that's it for now, i'll be arriving in lovely 11 hours in Milan....quick :/

Nighty nighy x
Julie x
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With an au-pair like...


The result can only be... a child like this !

Random post I'm aware... but I saw the order of those two pics and it was just perfect xD

Have a good night.

Julie x

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Friday, 13 January 2012

Flashback playlist of 2011.

I just got this idea from a thing I said in an old video... strange huh. Anyway in the video (a part I then edited out) I said that I plan songs to go with particular moments or situations, but most of the time they just happen. So, here is the "playlist" of songs that accompanied me all the way through 2011.

1. "Stay the Night - James Blunt" heard pretty much every single time Martina drove me to town in Castlebar, and she always sung to it.
2. "Skinny Genes - Eliza Doolittle" my alarm tone for a while... and the thing with alarm tones is that you genuinely start to hate them after a while.
3. "Pack Up - Eliza Doolittle" came on the radio very often when I was going to pick up the boys and had E'abha with me, I always sang along to that and she said that I only liked the song because of the "tweet tweet" part.
4. "Inside Out - Imelda May" the very first song I heard by her on the radio, it was always on and I always only understood the "...say you love me like a hobo" "..and your wobbly bits" parts so I had to google it with that :)
5. "Pulling the Rug - Imelda May" when I got her CD I always had it in the radio in the car and the radio sucked so it always started the CD from 1 and this was the first song, so this was my "starting the car" song xD
6. "Cosmic Love - Florence + The Machine" first on an advert for vodafone (?) then in my car.. loved it to bits !!!
7. "Lipstick - Jedward" uhm.. yeh.. this was around the time the Eurovision Song Contest was on... loved the song and E'abha always sang it to me.
8. "Masquerade - Lelia Broussard" this song was there a while but it was the song for when my car was broken and I had to walk the kids to school xD This was pretty upbeat but not too much so it was just right.
9. "Roadrunner - Imelda May" heard the first time at her concert, and then the best song of the summer all the way through my Paris days !
10. "Something Good can Work - Two door cinema club" always on the radio in Ireland but i always only repeated the sounds cause I could never ever tell what it was. I then finally found the song while sitting in the hostel in Paris xD
11."Under cover of darkness - the strokes" another ireland radio song :D
12. "Paris - Kate Nash" during my last days I wasn't really working even though I was alone with the kids, the mom told them to let me pack. E'abha though was always in my room messing with my mac and she listened to music and she absolutely loved this song and was always singing it the last days.
13. "I would walk 500 miles - the proclaimers" typical evening in a pub song !
14. "Danza kuduro" Summer song !!! Yikes I even learnt the choreo to that O_O
15. "Who's laughing now - Jessie J" always head that on when I was in the pool...
16. "Tonight tonight - Strawburry17" No particular reason
17. "Once upon a dream - Sleeping Beauty" my alarm tone in Paris.
18. "I wouldn't mind (goodgoose remix) by heiswe" now this song is very special and gave me the actual idea to do this post. I always and I mean ALWAYS put this song on repeat when I was on my way to Disneyland, on metro, while walking there, buses and so on. It got a special meaning because I got my "first warning" on the 13th of september and on the 14th I was off and went to disneyland and I had this song sooooo loud because I was really upset  and it was just perfect, then I always feel like dancing when I listen to music and this song drew such an amazing choreography in my head and it was just great to walk to it. 
19. "Sugar Plum Fairy - Tchaikovski" was my ringtone and what was pretty annoying was that I had my phone on "loud" only when I was out and about but at the same time I always had my ipod in so I never heard my phone, this ringtone was more for people around me. Knowing I wouldn't hear it anyway I put on something that wouldn't bother people too much and as a matter of fact I got a few "compliments" for it... how strange but nice :)
20. "Raggamuffin - Selah Sue" this song was on before Imelda May came on stage in Paris and before I heard that song already but didn't like it, but there they kinda had it on repeat and it grew on me. I really really like it now !
21. "La Seine - Vanessa Paradis" me and Edie decided that this is the song for Paris, since it was pretty much always on the radio and it was a song from the soundtrack to "Un monstre à Paris".
22. "Junk of the Heart - The Kooks" now that was MY paris song... I totally forgot it !

So this is it... I'm sure I missed a few.. but those were definitely the highlights and the ones that give me that "instant flashback" feeling :)
If anyone has the same taste in music as me feel free to listen to all of them... I bet you'll like them.

This is it for today. I'm off to watch the last 2 eps of Friends season 10 *cry*
Julie x
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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Late night ramblings...

To be honest, I'm just waiting for a "Friends" episode to load. In the meantime I can talk a bit about random stuffsss.

Sooo school is coming closer, 12 days till I move up to the land of Chocolate and Cheese... gotta pack again. You might think I'm starting to become a pro... nope wrong. Cause I have to pack for 6 months... AGAIN ! First Ireland then France then Switzerland and it's not over.. from July another 6 months trip and this will be my life for the next 5-7 years... Switzerland-Random Country-Switzerland-Random Country and so on.... I think by year 5 I will have figured out what to pack.

A thing that's already calming me a bit is that I'll have a school uniform, I'll look like a fool in it but at least I don't need to bother about what to wear. I said I'll look like a fool cause I did see myself in the uniform... I tried on stuff that's really close to it and.. nope business look doesn't suit me at all. Short, chubby and still looking like 14 in a blazer, shirt and a-line skirt ? ughhh a dream of a lifetime. The good thing though is that... those 7 years will definitely bring me closer to wearing the Disneyland Hotel uniform :) I tried to find a picture but sadly there isn't but let me tell you it's adorable ! That's the thing that will keep me going those 7 years... the castle at the end of the tunnel xD

I'm about to get an iPhone in a few days it should come in the mail and I've been looking for daily apps, because I need routine.. I'm starting to think I have an OCD but it might be just a slight obsession with having a routine... when I was in school and both in ireland and in paris I felt the desperate need of a routine. In ireland I got there.. in Paris slightly but mainly because of things I put into my day. I think at home I don't need it that much cause it's a "safe place" but as soon as I'm somewhere else... anyway back to the apps... I found a yoga one. Yoga is my mother's new favourite thing, every evening she comes and tells me how her work out went... not that she's going to a gym, no she's doing it in her room. So I found that and I might give it a shot, it relaxes me, might do some good to my back and it's some kind of excercise... but I definitely need other things to so if there's any suggestions let me know :)

Today I also realised I'm not scared of ALL phone calls anymore.. just the ones that are pretty much sure to end on a bad note. I had 2 phone calls in a row, which usually would have me in a crying fit and my parents telling the caller to call back in an hour. So first Nina called and she's the one I dread the most... strange how things change huh ?! anyway she asked about school and stuff, nothing fancy so the phonecall could have ended well but no.. guess who messed it up for me ? Edie...she made me look like a bitch to the teacher... and it's really not what I wanted to. Not gonna tell the whole thing cause it would take ages but if she for once kept her stupid, sarcastic and mean mouth shut it would do A LOT of good. Then the second one which was from a german number, and they hardly ever bring bad things and as a matter of fact it was a german friend which I love to bits... now she's almost 60 I think :) but she's the bubbliest and sweetest person alive. She's super intelligent and always puts me in such an amazing mood so it really cheered me up ! Although, she made me realise I'm 20... it was so strange. I got that question by Nina too before Christmas and it didn't dawn on me as much as it did today. I don't feel 20 at all, mainly cause i'm still at home wasting time like I used to do back in school days.. but still. This lady knew me since I was 4-5 and my best friend Martina too... it's so strange.. WE'RE 20 !

Anyway I'm going back to friends now, enjoy my ramblings :)
Good Night x
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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Bye bye 2011 !

Oh hello there, still here ? Well thank you for still following me after bit more than a month of absence. My life has been ridiculously boring and I fell into the same black pit I fell into last year around this time. Nothing to do, no real purpose to wake up, no mother to annoy me to get up. Don't get me wrong, my mother was in Germany until the 3rd of December therefore I had almost a whole month alone with dad, which was lovely, I felt like we really bonded, yikes I even watched a football match with him just to spend more time downstairs. He got sick I took care of him, I got sick, he took care of me, just amazing...then mother came back and yeh....

Anyway I don't want to talk about this boring parts of my life but about how this year went. 2011 was a really interesting year, starting from the fact that I moved to a new country, I moved to Ireland to work as an au-pair and "learn" english. This will be tough to sum up. I worked for a family with 3 kids, I didn't feel too much like a part of a family, but maybe I just didn't see it, cause right now I always think back to that time there. I had a lot of fun with the kids which kinda made me come to the conclusion that I might not be such a horrible mother like everyone made me believe, made such great friends, learnt that Ireland is a beautiful country with beautiful people and yikes who'd have known, I even developed a tiny irish accent, I'm really proud of :) 
Thanks to that new facebook "diary" option, I had the possibility to look back on what my statuses where back in the first months and I can't believe how much I hated it, now I realise that I should have appreciated things way more and I could have done so much more for the kids. But well can't change it now, but one thing is sure... those 6 months made me 1/3 irish !!

After that back to the boringness of my island... but it wasn't as boring as expected because yikes (yup I love that word, give me a synonym !!) I gained 7kg in Ireland... too much candy and hidden pleasures that those kids made me discover, but.. I regret nothing ! I still love and want to marry O'briens' carrot cake. Anyway so when I came back my mother, my friends, my friends' mothers were shocked so yup.. Julie went on a diet and I realised that if I DO try I can lose weight pretty easily, I swam 1 hour a day, went for runs, ate healthily and drank (water) like a fish... and those 7kg went away... great !

Then came Paris... oh do I have a lot to say about this. At first it seemed amazing, the girls, although a bit strange, were lovely, the parents seemed adorable and FLIPPIN HELL !!! I had an appartment with view on the eiffel tower ! Couldn't have been better huh ? yeh.. then after a week the first scolding came from my boss, I wasn't doing my job right but a simple "Look, try to do this..." would have helped instead of a third degree ! I mean I did this job before and whenever I did something wrong my boss just told me how to make it better. But no... and after that first argument came another 2 which eventually led to being fired. In any case this was a good thing, because what came after it made me grow as a person in a massive way... no I didn't gain another 7kg !!!! 

One decent thing my boss did was to advice me to try again in Disneyland, so there I went, the day after I got fired I presented my side of the story to the boss and she told me that. I went to Disneyland, I asked a dear italian cast member, I will never thank enough (Antonella from the Sequoia Lodge, put her on your Pluto Card ^_~) a million questions and you wouldn't believe it, she even drew me a map of how to get to the casting centre ! 
Some never ending days passed of me waiting and wandering around paris AND Disneyland. On the 4th of october I made the decision to get an annual passport... genius huh ? So to "get the money back"  I had to visit the park at least 4 times.. and I surely did even only to sit around and take photos. Then one day the mail came, I got a job interview for Disneyland, both amazing and incredibly untimely ! Because it meant I had to stay in Paris at least until the 3rd of Nov. So there I was... what now ? I booked myself a room in a hostel close to Bastille and after I lived with a prostitute in Nogent-sur-Marne. Yes, yes she was a prostitute. I slept on the floor in her pink flat with her 5yr old daughter but it was ok. Then the day of the casting came, I got there 4 hours early cause the goddamn e-mail with the time never arrived, but I spent 4 hours in a mall... boy can a mall be boring at 9am when you're not allowed to spend anymore money. The casting came, I spoke in french but it didn't go as well as I thought. But that day I was happy anyway... looking back I was so naïve ! Anyway I spent the afternoon in the mall, can't remember the reason, met a strange but kinda funny guy and we went on a date the same day... never heard back from him... your loss ;) jk

Then I flew back to Italy, more depressed than ever... I call my english teacher a.k.a. nina a.k.a. the godmother, to get some support, what do I get... ? Angry words on how I failed. Well that was really nice, but again a good thing in the bad thing... she advised me to go to the Disneyland Casting in Rome. So I went, and I couldn't be happier that I went... my french still sucks but I rocked it with my english and my enthusiasm and my politeness... yes I'm saying all this stuff, not because I'm vain but because the castings for Disneyland are held in two by two and the girl who came with me was absolutely ridiculous. 
1. Graduated Uni with the highest mark but spoke broken french AND broken english
2. Never looked at the interviewer
3. Didn't know anything about the contracts therefore needed explanations about everything.
4. After the casting she stood up and left and didn't even shake the interviewer's hand.

Small things that could have made a difference but then... I don't care. I'm selfish and I want a job for myself ! And it... the day the mail came I cried a lot... but then I re-read it and realised... "oh, so..what now ?" they pretty much told me that now I'm on a sort of waiting list or as they called it "the disney talent pool" and I have to wait till something pops up. As great as it sounds my mother didn't like my "waiting" and to be honest I didn't like it either, so she signed me up for the best hotel management school in Switzerland. It is ridiculously expensive and we can't even afford all of the years so unless I make a lot of money while studying.. I'll never graduate !

So this is how things are right now. The year ended... bring on 2012. I'm excited for this school but then I also know that I'm not the best student so it will definitely be tough. What I'm most excited about is the paid practical training that will be done in the second semester, you get to pick where you'd like to work in the world and you go there for 5-6 months. A person I know from the first year is now starting at the Bahamas :) Not where I'd go but still... great :) 

What I disliked about this year: I missed a lot of events with my best friends, Francy got her license but I wasn't there the first time she drove like she was there for me. Francy also got her confirmation and Marty was her godmother... wasn't there either. Missed both their birthdays... all in all friendshipwise it was a crappy year. I'm still friends with them but I can't help but feeling a bit left out sometimes and now.. I'm going away...AGAIN ! It's just horrible. 

What was great about this year: I discovered the amazing music of Imelda May, met her twice. Once backstage :D and another time in Paris where she recognised me, such a doll ! Love her !
I realised that youtube is extremely important to me and it was one of the only things that was constant this year... I'm in a collab and seeing the same people every week kind of kept me down which was absolutely fantastic. 

This is basically it for 2011... I hope 2012 will be a good year for all of us.

Julie x

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