Chicken & Veg Soup/Pasta

I was making do with what I had in the fridge and I made a really tasty dish.

I had a “Cully & Sully Chicken & Veg Soup” in the fridge & brown pasta in the cupboard. I decided I would mix the two together to have a soupy pasta.

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The Creation

Ingredients : Serves x 2

1 x Cully & Sully Chicken & Veg Soup

200g Wholewheat Pasta

1 x Handful of Grated Cheese

Method : 

Cook the soup in one pot.

Boil the pasta in the other.

Once the Pasta is cooked pour the pasta into the soup.

Grate some cheese on top if you wish.

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What do I really want to do this Summer?

Many things. Like most people.


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I would go to NYC (Brooklyn) & work in a cafe/bakery during the day (hopefully I’d get a free stale jam doughnut or two to go at the end of the day) && then go to a hip hop dance class in the evening.

Then do the same again the next day, gladly for the whole Summer. I’d love to meet all sorts of new people.

Go to as many acting/singing auditions as possible.

That would be my ultimate dream for this Summer.

So what is stopping you Alanna?

 


Chronic pain, that is my limit. It affects me in many ways daily. On a day to day basis I can’t stand for too long without hunching over, I need to get friends/family to pop my back daily or I’ll be extremely stiff, my mood drops & changes as some mornings the pain get’s excruciating and I cannot move from my bed, and I begin to feel worthless.

Why do I feel worthless? I cannot be who I want to be, do what I want to do, as the pain stops me as I am physically unable. Back pain, muscle stiffness & stress is the worst thing I suffer from with it, which all relates to Fybromyalgia.

Sometimes... I do feel people don’t fully understand how the pain it affects me. I try my best daily to stay positive and get through each day. I think that out shines how much it affects me, which is a positive.

But . . .those walks? those cycles? those nights out? they are full of pain, it is something I try deal with as best as I can to still enjoy my life though. Which trust me, I do. I have a great life. I have supporters and a loving family surrounding me. I would be upset to think anyone doesn’t understand my pain and think’s I make excuses, or see’s me as someone going nowhere. I try my best at everything I do.

If I went for the ideal Summer Plan of a job in NYC? How can I accept a job when I know I can not put my all into it and will most likely have to quit once I have a bad flare up or a joint that’s not moving. I need a job that requires little physical activity. Which I will get. 

I can’t be in New York and just quit a job, as where will I get the money to keep me going while there?


So. The conclusion to this post? Is basically that I hope people have an understanding that when people suffer from Chronic Pain? The pain is real. It affect’s one daily and the best thing you can do for someone suffering? Is read up, understand their illness/pain & show your support.

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Chronic pain is a disease of the central nervous system.  It is defined as “pain without apparent biological value that has persisted beyond normal tissue healing time”. – http://www.chronicpain.ie

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Coincidence? or just…Life?

I downloaded my Twitter archive to look over memories, as my memory has not been great recently.

I went through the tweets from the time my dad passed from Suicide. For a few months before hand I was suffering from depression, anorexia and was not doing so well myself by the looks of things (my tweets).

This here was the last tweet I sent the night before he died :

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The Chorus to this lovely song is :  Don’t Go. Don’t Leave. Please Stay, With Me. You are the only thing I need to get by, to get by. 

Reading over this, I think… A lot.

Did I know this was going to happen? Did I unknowingly for see it happening that very next day?

Or is it just a coincidence?

A horrible unfortunate coincidence.

I don’t know. I’ll never know. It is the worst thing to happen to my life, even though it was his life that was lost.

It scares me, it worries me, it makes me think.

It makes me feel like the earth gives us signs, but sometimes we miss them.

#preventsuicide

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“Don’t go leave me now, Don’t go leave me,

Stay right here ’til my dark days into light years, imma shine,

Losing you is one of my fears,

But I ain’t selfish, I’ll share if I have to”

(lyrics from the song mentioned below)

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The Sunshine

When the sun is shining in Ireland.

Does it make Irish people happier?

Yes, Yes it does.

Proof?

Look Around. 

 

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I may have auditioned for X Factor.

I auditioned for X Factor 2015


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I wanted to audition for The X Factor for years. I began watching it in 2005 & have done so since. Even if I didn’t want too?.. I still would as it is something that takes over the TV screens, newspapers, online sites.

Why? Well, I love to sing. I love to dance. I’d love to be a performer. My tattoo says “Dream Big” && that’s my dream.

The thing is, I have confidence in my abilities ; singing/dancing.  I have lots of confidence, when I am in my room singing & dancing? Or in a pub/club dancing? I have so much confidence. With auditions? Brain goes*overthinking*. I need to get passed that ‘nerves’ section, which I know I can do, I just need someone to guide/push me, which is why I thought X Factor would be perfect for that.

I believe X Factor is a platform for people who don’t know where to begin in the industry, or don’t live anywhere near where they need to be to go for their dreams, and/or have financial issues to get them where they want to be.

I traveled 4 hours last Thursday to get to the Dublin auditions. I am so proud I tried. I know you cannot get anywhere without trying in life, so I had too! You can guess by now that NO! I didn’t get through to the next round, *sigh* but I did actually sing in front of two strangers (who were very friendly also). “All I want” by Kodaline was my song choice. A song I adore, it makes me think of my dad, & I like the way I sing it.

I guess I just was not something they were looking for, I didn’t have that super bass && that is OK. We can’t all be liked by everyone, if so? Jeez, Fair Play.

Any regrets? YES! I regret not asking for criticism, so that I can improve.

(below is a video I don’t think many have seen, but is hilarious and makes my face go as red as a rose. I didn’t think the editors of Connected would ever ever, ever use this for anything. It’s good to laugh at yourself being you, me singing/bopping/doing strange movements along to Rihanna’s ‘Jump’)

 

 

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No more “Daily Diet” Updates For 2 Weeks.

Hello Guys!


 Just a quick update to let you all know that there will no longer be a ‘daily diet‘ update for two weeks.

*sobs* . . .I kid.

I have been eating  a lot of sugary foods etc and posting it all on this blog daily.

It has made me think about all the food I eat a bit too much. As I previously suffered from an eating disorder I fear I am bringing up a dark past by keeping these habits going, so for now, I have to let this part go for a while.

So for the next two weeks, or maybe forever, I am going to help myself by not posting a daily diet update and hopefully Ill be feeling healthier by then and will have cut back on my sugar intake. 


 

Thanks for Reading.

:)

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My 5 Favorite Places I’ve Traveled Too

– Quebec –

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 The streets in this predominantly french speaking city of ‘Old & New Quebec’ were the prettiest thing about the place. The architecture of the buildings were eye catching & beautiful. The streets were very clean, something I noticed was that there was no litter to be seen anywhere. There is a fabulous boardwalk with a spectacular view that I imagine you would walk down everyday if you lived there. There was something very calm & relaxed about my visit to Quebec in Canada.

 – Vila Moura – 

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Vila Moura is in the center of the Algarve in Portugal. It is a tourist resort and is all situated around a stunning marina. It has a very peaceful atmosphere during the day yet there are many tourists wandering around. One can rent a bike to explore the rest of Portugal. At night time we headed in to try many of the restaurants situated on the marina which had very affordable yummy meals on offer. This place offers apartments, villa’s and luxury hotel (which we did sneak into to use their pools)

– New York City- o-NEW-YORK

 Ah New York. I have been here twice and it is the place that stole my heart. I fell in love with New York City the moment I saw the very impressive Skyline on my way in, crossing over one of it’s many large bridges. I love the how big the buildings are, how many there are, the diverse ethnicity’s, the fashion, the media industry, the food, the opportunities and so forth. I do believe I will live there for a while. It will be magical.

– London – download

 London Calling. There is a lot to see in London. The great thing about visiting London is that a lot of the tourist attractions can be reached on foot. So once you are there, a lot of the sight seeing is free. Big Ben, London Eye, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace. All the famous landmarks? Are close in walking distance, or a quick tube journey. I have been to London 4 times and will end up going again to visit Family.

– South Street Seaport – 

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This place is just under the Brooklyn Bridge, which has been mentioned regarding NYC above, but I felt this location needed a mention all to itself. It was the place that I kept re-visiting in my last trip to New York. I’d get the train in & just wander about the seaport and the pretty stalls. There is a fantastic View of the Brooklyn bridge which goes over the Hudson/East River. There are outdoor movie screenings, live concerts, street performers. It is a bit of a tourist trap but if you walk a mile down the boardwalk you end up in a fabulous city park with a view of the statue of Liberty. My favorite find of wandering NYC by myself.

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 References for Images : (Quebec ; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec_City,  vila moura ; http://www.vilamourauncovered.com/. New York ;  http://camp-campbell.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/o-NEW-YORK.jpg. London ; http://www.excel-london.co.uk/media/26705/why-london-hero-shot.jpg. South Street Seaport ; http://thisisitnyc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Seaport-620×400.jpg)
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Thursday 16th April

April 16th

 

Chocolate Croissant.

NAKD Bar. Cornetto. 

4 Crackers W/Cheese.

Chicken Roll W/Mayo/Lettuce.

€1 Sweets.

2 Cookies. 

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Wednesday 15th April

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Smoothie.

Granola Bar. 2 Handful’s of Rice Crackers.

€1 worth of penny sweets.

Roast Beef Dinner.

Mini Ice Cream. Fruit & Nut Bar. 2 Squares Caramel. 

 

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Tuesday 14th April

April 14th

 

Berry/Pineapple/Banana/Almond Milk/Yogurt Smoothie.

Nakd Bar. Skittles.

2 Handful’s of Rice Crackers. 

Creamy Mushroom/Chicken/Tagliatelle.

Giant Buttons. Loop De Loop.

Half  A Slice of Chocolate Cake. 

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