So it's been a while, mostly because of life. I was away on holidays for a few days and then there were people visiting and so this update is a while in the making - which means the stuff that made me happy a few weeks ago is no longer relevant (I'm looking at you Cheeky Nandos)..
Still there are a number of high points in the last few weeks that are still making me feel all squishy inside. Firstly, Roller coasters.. I was in Germany visiting the inlaws a while back and himself, himself's sister and myself went to this place called Safaripark Zoo Stuckenbrock..
It's a Safari Park with all the requisite animals (check out the lion - it was super close).. but in addition to the killer beasts, it is also a 'family amusement park'.. In other words.. it has roller coasters.
So apparently this place gets mega busy at the weekends and during the school holidays.. but we went on a Monday, and it was like a ghost town.. it was super spooky for the first while as we weren't sure if it was even properly open (it felt a bit like that park from Zombieland).. but we found staff and they reassured us it was open.. We would walk up to a ride, they would turn it on, and we would have a go.. in fact frequently we had multiple goes as there was noone else, and no queues going on.. it was a-may-zing.. Now I'm an Irish country girl at heart.. the type of Irish country girl who grew up in the 80s and 90s when there was barely a funderland, so this was my idea of heaven. By the end of the day I was so exhausted I couldn't speak.. It was brilliant.
The week after our trip to Germany, Ireland held the vote to extend marriage equality to everyone regardless of gender (which is a ridiculous thing to have to vote on as everyone should be equal, full stop), which was super nerve-wracking and quite traumatic for loads of people. But I've got to say the joy I felt reading #hometovote and then immersing myself in Twitter on the Saturday of the count was a thing of joy... and tears.. I'm not going to lie.. I cried a lot that weekend.
I ended up heading to Dublin Castle for a little bit of the afternoon. Everyone was gathering there to watch the count. The atmosphere was fabulous, the Grá was palpable. I think it was a weekend I was proud to be Irish. We have a lot wrong with our little country, but sometimes we do things right. And we did this thing and it was amazing.
The final thing that made me happy, and it's a thing that happened this week.. I went to see Mad Max: Fury Road and it was the best thing I have seen in the cinema in forever. I can't even really single one thing out that was why it worked.. it just worked. The editing was ridiculously good, the score was phenomenal, Charlize Theron was on fire and Tom Hardy was suitably Mad Maxy. But the character I loved most, the only one with a real story arc, was Nux.. Witness that poor lamb all shiny and chrome.. witness him. love him.. protect him from all the bad things. My sweet Nux.