I'm so proud and delighted to let you all know that 'Talk to the Headscarf' is officially on sale in the UK now! Published by Piatkus it's in all major bookshops now!!
This is my first ever title to span outside of Ireland and I'm so thrilled to have the opportunity to spread my wings. Wish me luck and please tell anyone you know in the UK to buy as many books as they like!
I would like to introduce you to the two newest members of our house hold. Named Flipper and Dipper by my daughter Kim (see pic below) they're a great source of curiosity - especially to our stripy furry friend Tom the cat. He's done some so serious studying of them followed by a little spot of paw dipping! Needless to say Flipper and Dipper will need to swim very quickly in order to survive. Maybe I can send them to Base2Race hubby's triathlon store for some swim training in the endless pool? I wonder if they stock tri suits for fish? Let's hope they don't stock them for cats, or Clipper and Dipper will be a gonner!
Easter passed amid a flurry of chocolate. Instead of doing what most sensible people do - eating a small amount each day and spreading the eggs over the coming weeks I decided to take on the chocolate eating as a serious project. You see chocolate calls out to me. I speak fluent chocolate and therefore bars, eggs and treats communicate with me on a regular basis. I hear chocolate calling even if it's on top of a high shelf, at the back of a drawer or under a bed. It's voice is pure and clear and I always feel compelled towards it. Obviously, as a chosen chocolate mediator, it's my duty to help - so I ate the entire stash inside a week. I'm happy to say the process is now well and truly complete and relative normality has been restored.
Sacha my 11 year old was 'owed' a party since his birthday in January, so we decided to make hay while the sun shone. We hired an inflatable assault course and an inflatable jousting arena (www.bouncycrazy.ie) invited all the boys from his class and asked them to bring a Nerf gun. For those of you who aren't familiar with these guns - they shoot foam darts and come in all shapes and sizes. While I'm not an advocate of violence, I have to admit these guns are fantastic fun. The sun shone and the garden was filled with eager faces peeping out of bushes and crawling on their tummies while plotting the next ambush.
The jousting - which involved two people standing on opposing plinths and biffing one another with large rollers - was hilarious. The plinths are surrounded by a huge inflated area so the landing was soft and the laughter infectious! Food time was like a plague of locusts had descended! Unlike the girly parties where they only eat certain things or don't want anything, the boys ate everything! Brilliant! I am Mrs Doyle from Fr Ted at heart and love to see people digging in and enjoying food, so it was bliss!
Both hubby and I were astonished by how easy the party was too - for those of you with tiny little ones - there is a stage where children's parties don't leave you feeling violated and wanting to hide in the hot press with shredded nerves for a week afterwards. I know it's probably the calm before the teenage storm, but suffice it to say I'm at a very happy stage with my kids. They're old enough to enjoy their friends so play dates are a no-brainer, and yet they're not at the stage where they hate me yet! Result!
The battle with my old enemy cancer is raging once more. The tablets I was taking haven't had the desired result, so following a meeting with my oncologist Dr David Fennelly (Saint David) I'm on a different chemotherapy called Taxol. The prognosis is still positive and I'm certain this drug will knock those nasty nodes on the head.
I've begun to concentrate on maximizing my antioxidant intake in my diet. This doesn't mean I'm only going to eat sticks and leaves and never go to a restaurant ever again. It just involves boosting my intake of good stuff like fruit veggies and water. Water, water and more water is the name of the game. God I hate water. But I bought a new bright pink water bottle and I'm taking the drinking on as a new venture. For me - it's a little similar to having a paper round or other part time job. I have to apply myself and make myself do it. I've cut down on sugar too - which means 70% chocolate in moderate doses only... I also cut out coffee - I was down to one cup a day and have eliminated it for the time being.
Can you see my halo from where you're sitting?
It'll all be worth it when I'm glowing with health and bouncing with boundless energy...
My new novel 'The Pink Ladies Club' hits the shops in just over two weeks time and I'll show you all the cover as soon I get it! So between that and 'Talk to the Headscarf' hitting the UK - I simply don't have time for this cancer lark - so guess what? It going to have to go away isn't it! I have my boxing gloves and my highest girl-power heels on and I'm ready, willing and able to take on this fight again. Bring it on!
Hope you're all happy and having fun where ever you are and enjoying the brighter evenings. Adieu for now mes amis!