the tale of bartlet and terminator

after a summer of deliberating the possibility of acquiring pets, which included a brief stint of looking after my boyfriend's cousin's hamster, hammond, during their transition from edinburgh to belfast, we finally took the plunge.

keith and i are the proud owners of two russian dwarf hamsters. when we purchased them, the pet-store girl informed us that they were male. we brought them home, made up their cozy bed, and named them bartlet and terminator. i chose bartlet, as i was going through (another) west wing phase. keith chose terminator, for reasons which remain unknown.

however, in the weeks that followed, terminator got very fat. i have taken to (affectionately) calling him fatty.

keith got scared that terminator was a she, and was pregnant.

and so followed a session that involved youtube videos of sexing, a clear ikea box held above our heads, and me trying to hold them still long enough for keith to see...

we think they're both girls. in any case, they're definitely the same.

so if they're girls, should their names be changed? i like 'poppy'...

wedding no. 3

the last of the three weddings this summer: jacqui and ken

i was a bridesmaid for my cousin, and this wedding was in belfast castle

despite the constant rain, it was a fantastic wedding.

for more photos, check out my flickr stream :


my poor forgotten blog

i will make no more promises

i shall just try harder

something fun

click this for a fun gadget that will generate your ikea name.

mine is 'skatrindord' and im a chair.

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confetti shower

highland wedding

last weekend i attended the wedding of my cousin david to fiona, which took place at the dalmunzie hotel in glenshee, scotland. despite earlier threats of it being a bleak and rainy occasion, the sun came out, creating a spectacular backdrop for their day.

as i tend to get carried away with taking photographs at events like these, i thought i would post just a couple at a time, as i plan to take my time editing the 600 or so that i shot. and i'll begin with a teaser :


i have been neglectful, enjoying my summer and not using this as a distraction. so i therefore pledge to get back into this.

bonfire exhibition at belfast exposed

john duncan's exhibition at belfast exposed gallery.

final year exhibition at belfast art college

somehow, with only having the odd hours to do at work, and not much else, i havent found time to post lately.

but i did find time to visit and take snaps at the final year exhibition at belfast art college.

new york : museum : moma : part 2

the store at moma is nearly as exciting as the art contained in the museum. on my last trip, i purchased a black mug, pens, pencils, A1 posters, notebooks, guidebooks, etc etc.

they also have a comprehensive online store, so technically i could be shopping there all year round, but there's something about physically being there and seeing everything that is much more satisfying. i'm eyeing up the following items :

Art In Our Time: A Chronicle of The Museum Of Modern Art ($50)

Rothko: Number 10 poster ($10)

white eraser ($3)

architects blueprint paperweight ($25)

nantaka joy notebooks ($15) : see the artists blog - oh joy!

moma 'average day at the museum' watch ($40)

moma 'average day at the museum' pouch ($10)

sky umbrella ($48)

moma pull down keyholder ($6)

inside out martini glass ($65)

credit card at the ready...

new york : museum : moma : part 1

with an impending trip to boston and new york in august, i've begun researching all the activities that i plan to squeeze in to the time i have. i thought a good way to encourage myself to do this thoroughly would be to post regular entries on each of the attractions.

i'll begin with one i visited before on my last trip, to ease myself in : MOMA.

MOMA was founded by three women: Miss Lillie Bliss, Mrs Cornelius Sullivan and Mrs John Rockefeller, in 1929. These women felt ' a need to challenge the conservative policies of traditional museums and to establish an institution devoted exclusively to modern art.' The first director was Alfred H. Barr Jr, and it changed premises three times in its first ten years, due to the need for more space, before finally settling at its current location in midtown Manhattan. It recently underwent massive renovation, with the design of the architect Yoshio Taniguchi, and the new MoMA features 630,000 square feet of new and redesigned space.

Some highlights of the museum's permanent collection that i'm looking forward to seeing:

Frank Lloyd Wright, Clerestory Windows from Avery Coonley Playhouse, Riverside, Illinois. (1912).

William de Kooning, Seated Women (1952).

Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles D'Avignon (1907).

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Street, Dresden. (1908).

Henri Matisse, The Red Studio (1911).

Umberto Boccioni, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913).

Piet Mondrian, Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942-43).

Mark Rothko, No3/No13 (1949).

Jackson Pollock, One/Number 31 (1950).

Robert Rauschenberg, Bed (1955).

James Rosenquist, F111 (1964-65).

i think this post has become long enough. a part 2 will follow.

reiss... my new favourite clothing shop in belfast, which is located within the new victoria square complex. it is also the provider of my upcoming graduation outfit.

check out their website if some money's burning a hole in your pocket.

a jaunt to pbt


a bypass to coleraine for a dirty takeout and visit to lidl
visiting the bushmills distillery
watching the nanny diaries
walking along the beach
a visit to morellis for overcharged ice-cream sundaes
breakfasting at the copper kettle
drinking in sweeneys

crazy pirate golf

we then payed a surprise visit to the crazy pirate golf course at dundonald.