I'm sort of in a funk. The weather here has been pretty crappy for a few days and it is amazing how that can affect your mood. I'm not depressed or anything like that. It's just a weird, little, icky funk. I mean, I'm fine. But, I miss my friends and family a lot. I miss having someone to do things with. With the hubs working most of the time, I find myself wandering around the town aimlessly at times by myself until it's time to go teach Zumba.
I don't mind doing things alone, I actually enjoy it, but sometimes, it's nice to have some company. It kind of sucks not having any friends to do things with, even if it is something as silly as going to Subway to eat a sandwich after a Zumba class. Or, just going to my mom's house and sitting there watching television. I'm having to start from scratch in the making friends department here and that is a little intimidating. My good friends back in the States, well, I've had them for YEARS so I don't really know how to go about making friends. I'm rusty. Aquaintances, I've got it covered no problem, but good, solid, tell anything to friends, I haven't a clue. Luckily, I do, for the first time have plans this weekend with some gals from Zumba class, so that has got me a little excited. I'm also very excited that hopefully some family and friends from the U.S. will be coming over to visit this summer!
Anyway, In between classes, I try to find things to keep me busy. For example, I clean, or I work on new Zumba routines and listen to music to find new Zumba songs. At times, I stand in the shop with Barry and just kind of hang around all the time being tempted by the wall of chocolate and gummies that rest behind me. They all whisper my name constantly, ya know. I suppose I could try and work on another book, but honestly, I have no desire to begin writing AT ALL. I'm hoping the desire will come, but at this point, I'm not so sure.
Otherwise, Zumba classes are going incredibly well! We are running out of space in our room and unfortunately I've not been able to find a bigger room for us to go to. I mean, it's a good problem to have and I'm so pleased so many people are loving the class, I'm just frustrated we don't have space to properly accomodate everyone. So, I guess that is contributing to the funk. I want to make everyone in class happy, but I'm afraid the space issue is working against me.
Moving on. To fight the funk and my raging home sickness, I've decided to focus on some things here in Derry that I've come to really enjoy aside from Barry and my Zumba classes, of course.
Number 1: Baked Wotsits (These can be found next to the aformentioned wall of chocolate. These have also been known to call my name. I enjoy a bag a day.)
Number 5: I love that "Fuck" can be said on television here. Everytime I hear it, it still shocks me.
Number 6: I'm also enjoying the fact that I'm beginning to understand the Derryisms floating around. Things like, "Yer Ma's yer Da" (the U.S. equivalent would be something like "Yo Momma"), "Mucker" (friend), "Whats the craic?" (What's going on?), "Yer a cabbage" (You're stupid), "Now yer suckin' diesel" (Now we're getting somewhere). For more, click here.
Number 7: Primark
Number 8: I like that everyone here gets really dolled up to go out to dinner. I often feel like a slob in comparison, though.
Number 9: Marks and Spencer chocolate mousse.
I do realize the majority of these are food related...what can I say. I likes me food.