Saturday, February 6, 2010


My, what a busy week! Sorry I'm only getting around my favourite bloggers to comment tonight, but I will catch up on everyone before the weekend is over.

On top of the normal things, there were a few meetings to attend, both in my own school and in the children's school. And on Tuesday my friend Deirdra was in Dublin , so we had lunch together. We hadn't met in a year, and it was lovely to see her and to have the conversations that you don't have on the phone.

Which brings me to the title of this post. Deirdra is hoping to embark on a new career, and is trying to figure out where her passion lies. I think it's in writing- she is a born storyteller.

She asked me what I'm passionate about, and I couldn't give her just one answer.
So here are some of the things things that I'm passionate about, in no particular order (with the exception of number 1 ):

1. Being a mother. And this is the hardest one, because of course I want to be the perfect mother, and of course that is impossible. I'm bound to make mistakes, but I just hope that I can be a good enough mother. No pictures here.

2. I've been into Aromatherapy for about 15 years now, and I still love it, and still find lots to learn about these wonderful oils. This is my "small" box- about half of the oils I use!

3. Music, and in particular the French Horn (me playing it, that is!). I started 4 years ago, and I love it! I love playing in the band of which I'm part. Making music is such fun! My newest pieces are Mozart Horn Concerto No 2, and "I got Rhythm" (Gershwin). I've got a Grade 6 exam this year, so I'll be busy practising!

4. Teaching Business and Accounting- I've been a teacher for 31 years (can't believe that myself!) and I still get a fantastic thrill when a student grasps a new concept. They laugh at me sometimes, cos I clap my hands or jump up and down in excitement when they give me a great answer! Seriously, isn't that some job satisfaction?

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I've done other things in my life that I'm proud of, or passionate about, but now I'd like to hand over to you and to hear about your passions...

And one last word on passion- hubby and I went to see "It's Complicated" tonight- thoroughly enjoyed it, what a laugh!


  1. I'm so glad to know that it was busy-ness and, some fun - not illness - that kept you offline. You were missed.

    I'm taking up your challenge but later in the week so I can think about it. I hope that I will find that my passions are the things I write about - as are yours.

  2. You play the french horn? You rock!

  3. Passionate about mothering is certainly number one and now grandmothering for me.
    These past couple of years it's been photography for me and wanting to get better. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever get it right but it's a hugh part of me.
    Music has always been a part of my life since Glee Club in 5th grade. I always wanted to be a singer but I'm not that good. :)
    You play the French Horn and you're in a band - so COOL!

    You have so many wonderful things in your life Mimi. Y

  4. I always considered playing a French horn must be complicated, and accountancy is like a foreign language to me, so I'm doubly impressed by your talents. Well done, girl.

  5. That sounds like good things to make you happy. :-)

    Nuts in May

  6. That was such a great list! The first one is my favorite. I think that we all feel that way. You are so talented! You just started learning to play the french horn 3 years ago?! I am so amazed! Isn't it one of the hardest instruments to play? I am so impressed. I love the case of essential oils, I can see that this really is a passion if that is only half of the oils that you use. Wonderful thing to have a knowledge of.
    Wow, 31 years of teaching! I have a new found respect for you, I don't think I'd last two. I've been in the schools quite a bit with my girls, and to have a teacher that gets that excited over a student understanding a concept is refreshing! I love you enthusiasim! Keep it up.

  7. I think we were visiting each other at the exact same moment. Kind of silly! I'm going to have to make you REALLY jealous. We still have 3 feet of snow piled up on my lawn that won't melt until the middle of June. Or at least that's how it's beginning to feel. I love the snow, but I'm getting tired of having to shovel my driveway every day. *sigh*

  8. Mimi, I'd love some day to visit Dublin and you! I have a cousin who lives in Limerick. My maternal grandmother came from there. My paternal grandparents came from Mayo. It is like a dream in my mind - Ireland. The economy isn't so good here either... If your friends canstick it out there they are probably better off.

  9. I want to see a french horn video... pretty please!!

  10. A grade six exam? Well done you! I did level six on flute many years ago, but sadly I abandoned it too young and no longer play.

    Wouldn't life be dull and drab if we didn't have things to be passionate about...

  11. Thank you all for your comments.
    I'm feeling embarassed now to have mentioned playing the french horn, and ED as to posting a video....oh you don't really want that.
    I'll practice some more and then we'll see!