Tuesday, March 16, 2010

40 shades of ennui

Here comes St Patrick's day, my least liked public holiday. I don't care for saints, parades, the collusion of the Irish in the depiction of themselves as being dysfunctionally cute, or commercial shades of green.

Rejecting any sense of occasion, I'll hide under my bed making more cushions from tea towels. If the blogging world is out there busily turning things into other things, so must I. There's even a good parenting imperative behind my tea towel to cushion compulsion now, as the rowdies have remarked that they need more cushions on which to bounce.


But for you, dear foreign reader, so that I don't come across as churlish or dismissive of the great international shamrock, here's a lesson in elementary Irish for the comment box:

Another cushion? How charmingly repetitive of you, my dear.
Ná habair go bhfuil tú fós ag déanamh cúisíní!

Those pastel colours are perhaps a bit passé.
Níl na dathanna báiteacha sin sa bhfaisean níos mó.

Please keep the blog posts a bit shorter.
Ná bíodh an oiread le rá agat.

If anyone has any spare fancy tea towels, would you fax them to me, or hold an exclusive little giveaway open only to the very best people and me? I'm running low.

41 comments:

  1. You deny your Heritage, so you do, Mise. I blame Guinness. Talk to any British pub owner this time of year, and they will give you LOADS of free tea-towels for to make the cushion covers, and you can have any colour you like, so long as it's Black (and White), to be sure.

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  2. Mise, we will soon all be various shades of green, with envy, when we see your finished tea towel cushion products. I will be phthalo green.

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  3. Sorry, I forgot 'Green', so I did.

    Methinks the killing of the Celtic Tiger has something to do with the resentment for anyone other than James Joyce being considered typically Irish? I have met Tinkers who can speak ONLY in poetry, never mind whether or not they are complete and utter bastards too! Us Brits must not be allowed to be more romantic than you Irish...

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  4. Lovely pillows. I don't mind that you hate St. Patrick's day. I probably would too if I were Irish. Sort of the way I am embarrassed and repulsed by American reality television.

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  5. St. Patrick's Day is one of my least favorite holidays too, beaten out only by the 4th of July as my absolute most despised holiday. I like quiet. Anything that disrupts my day to day with drunken revelry and/or disruptive fireworks leaves me with the desire to cover my head with pillows until the festivities pass. I could really use one of your tea towel cushions!

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  6. You are a very funny girl..love your humor and that of your commentators..How do I fax a teatowel?

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  7. No spare teatowels, sorry. No fancy teatowels either. I might be able to offer you a dishcloth for a teeny tiny and not at all stylish cushion though? x

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  8. Tom, are there romantics left in the UK? Last time I was there everyone was proud to be a member of their residents' association. Whereas in Ireland, many people romantically don't pay their taxes, the blighters.

    Brismod, you've given me a whole new shade of green!

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  9. mise, mó chara,ta bron orm, ni raibh a lan gaelige agam ach, nuair a bhi mé ar mo leathanta saoire ar cois na farraige ta a lan ocras orm.Cheannaigh me uachtar reoite agus ith mé é. Ta sé/sí go halainn.
    Chuaig mo leanbh go dti an gael scoil ach ta se sa leaba anois agus ni raibh aon leabhar gaeilge/bearla agamsa. arís, ta a lan bron orm mar ta mo gailge ro bocht .
    fan anseo agus ná bhi ag caint.
    la feile padraig mo thon.

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  10. Mise, given my irish heritage father named patrick there is a little history in our family of celebrating the day - mind you that was generally my mum and given my dad is quiet he could quite possibly vote your way - who is to know! Also given my hopeless giveaway status I would lkove to, next time I op shop to find you the most aussie tea towel I can and possible enable you to make the most dreadful kitch tea towel in all ireland - to de green you a tad. We love a bit of cultural cringe here in oz - let me know...

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  11. Wow, Irish computers have a fada key? Or are you just super special? Nice work on the tea towels, M. Do you remember our rose striped walls and Mauvy pink couch and matching chairs? They could have used some tea towel cushions, for sure.

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  12. Serve those rowdies. They seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. I hope you are too, down there, beneath your bed, cranking out those cushions.

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  13. That jumping on the bed is just about the best picture ever!

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  14. Did you take this jumping beauty picture? (can't decide if this question is insulting either way, you tell me.) Love it.

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  15. Hey Mise
    Well I guess I had better not say Happy St Pat's Day.. haha I think the reason we celebrated it in our household was it was my grandmother's birthday.. and my dad was a big Guinness drinker.. well a big anything beer drinker really...

    So St pat's here is a bit of a drunken pub crawl.. did i tell you about the time we went to Star City on St Pat's day and by the end of the night I was on stage in an Irish bar singing in turkish.. the band joined in... heck.. the whole bar danced to it... yes those were the days my friend... [working on the tea towel giveaway this minute!!!] Have a fab Tuesday.... xxx Julie

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  16. Ah, St. Patrick's Day...we have our own Disney-like version over here in the States. A day of dreadful, unconvincing fake Irish accents and green beer. It's painful to watch. However, I have been trained from my earliest youth to fear reprisals for not wearing green on March 17, so I will at least put on some green socks tomorrow.

    Unfortunately, I don't know how to write this in Irish, but I would like to say that I am jealous that you live in a land that offers tea towels that are lovely enough to be made into cushions (passé pastels notwithstanding).

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  17. Ah begorrah, those tea towel cushions will be the making of you, to be sure, Mise.
    I can see it now. First, an Etsy shop and then, John Lewis , Harrods and then, world domination.You'll be sowing for Ireland, ao you will.
    Top 'o the morning to you !!!! XXXX
    P.S. Loved your comment over at mine !!

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  18. Just SO you know, I do know it's meant to be sew and not sow, unless you're turning your hand to farming as well !! XXXX

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  19. Mise I will send you tea towels if you tell me how to take such gorgeous photos of bouncing children!! Now - I will admit to a HUUUUUGE void before you crossed my blog path. But I could never put my finger on what that gaping hole was. I knew it wasn't a hankering for green the dislike of little green people we obviously share, it's the Martians that bother me more mind ;-)

    I'm with Brismod dearie - pthalo green's my favourite (and the phthalo blue's even better!)

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  20. Hahaha! I want to see Julie singing in Turkish!

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  21. It's less cute here in France - perhaps you should come and visit one St P's Day! It's just an excuse to have Celtic music (in its broadest sense, because Breton music is Celtic too) and a good time! Enjoy your cushions...

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  22. Faxing seems awfully archaic nowadays, dear Mise. Can I scan and email you a tea towel instead?

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  23. I'm proud to say that I am NOT a member of my local resident's association. Thanks so much for the tea/toast splutter!

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  24. Mise - I don't belong to the residents' association but do hail from that part of the world - this particular saints day passed me by until I moved to the other side of the world - now there's a place to see shades of green & a huge display of 'dysfunctional cuteness' by those with even a merest remote connection to the emerald isle (or not). I was shocked, so I was...I didn't even have a cushion to hide my head under as they were all in storage...x

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  25. Blimey, Mise...don't come over to my place for a couple days...I posted Shamrock Oxalis, attractive flowers and leaflets on bulb-forming plants!
    xx Becky

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  26. we foreigners only make a big deal of this day because we re jealous and its an excuse for a party, pub crawl, whatever.
    my blood runs half irish and half german so no wonder i will be right in there.
    ~laura

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  27. I love this. Gorgeous photos too! I'm very tempted to make teatowel cushions now.
    My favourite thing to do on Patricks day is not go to the parade. I'm boycotting it. But I did just make a big pot of green tea so i must be in the mood...

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  28. Ah go wan, you know you want to march in a parade dressed as a cushion :-0
    I'll join you as a giant cacao pod!!

    Jumping on beds is just endless fun. I wish I could still do it ... but I am afraid for the furniture.

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  29. I do love your cushions and pastel colors!

    I'll be quietly enjoying the holiday (i.e. watching every travel program on Ireland and dreaming of going there.). I hope I did okay with my post today a little green in the countryside but no leprechauns, green beads, or dreaded corn beef and cabbage in sight.

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  30. Dont worry Mise, I will never tire of you and your tea towel makeovers. You can post about them as much as you please.

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  31. Aw, those rowdies...! I'm personally not much for national holidays of any kind - so I hear you. May I come hide with you and help you with the cushions?

    xoox,
    -maria

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  32. Thank you dear Mise! I'm so glad as to not offend. I do try to make up for the Americans they let escape the country without proper talkings too. hehe :)

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  33. I see you and Tom have become chums. He has a way with words, as do you. A good fit I think.
    Love that shot of your hoolie jumping on the pillows. I'm not big on St. Patricks day either - when is it? Who cares.

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  34. Mise, I am with Jackie on this one. I see these tea towel cushions opening a whole new world for you...sew on!
    Jeanne :)

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  35. Do you think Heather's try the old Irish 'match-making' game with us, Mise? All the residents associations here in Blighty were at full stretch last night, trying to deal with all the drunken 'Hooligans' (a real Irish family from the Victorian East End) who had suddenly turned Irish for the night. Any excuse.

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  36. Did you hear about the bank robber dressed as a leprechaun who was shot yesterday in the states?

    No, that's not the start of a joke - look!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8573736.stm

    It's a REALLY weird world...

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  37. I couldn't agree with you more, St. Patrick's Day in new york is an absolute affront to the Irish! Every Irish person I've ever come across hates the phenomenon. Why people with absolutely no Irish heritage feel the need to paint themselves green and drink at otherwise unacceptable times of day in the name of dear St. Patrick I'll never know. so glad that your cushions are coming out so well!

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  38. Brilliant...quite simply brilliant! Cx

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  39. MOTH tossed a couple of drops of green food colouring into his beer to celebrate St. Pat's day with his Irish mate Mad Frank. He's still on the ceiling!! You Irish have a lot to answer for!
    Millie ^_^

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  40. In answer to Beatnheart's question, "How do you fax a tea towel?", if it's an Irish fax machine, you simply put one end of it between the rollers, turn the big handle on the side and - hey presto - it comes out of the other end!

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  41. In the absence of anyone to be romantic with I shall spend my evening jumping on the bed - I could do with having as much fun as your little rowdy! xozonsig

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