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  1. Congrats on the Baba (and commiseration on the cmpa/ intolerance. In one of the (few) truly progressive things my co has done, is introduce 8 weeks fully paid paternity leave to all new fathers. It’s great. A friend of mine is looking at his second (in 2 years) in November. 6 yers go, as the mum, I got 18 weeks fully paid (then 10 @230€ a week), and now the dads are getting 8 weeks. It’s truly fab.
  2. I understand that the COVID architecture was on different (modern) systems and is mostly autonomous from HSe legacy infrastructure (thankfully). Easter didn’t appear to bounce that high so I don’t expect the previous (extension of travel limits, introduction of outside sports eg golf, tennis, limited amateur soccer, GAA etc) relaxation to bump much, and this weeks relaxation won’t show too next week. J was shouting with delight when told he could register for vaccine next week. He didn’t expect to be so moved.
  3. For sure. It’s still going on. A friend of mine was bringing his daughter to the Rotunda (very badly impacted, one of the 3 maternity hospitals in Dublin) and apparently it’s really tough. Loads of staff working OT, days off etc, but very difficult, slow and time consuming. Coming into the 5th day now. (Obvs know they are based abroad, and many are state sponsored, so utter pipedream alert). I’d love to see them tried for attempted murder on thousands of counts. Utter barstewards. COVID wise, Ireland appears to be in an ok place. First day of non essential retail today since just after Xmas. Hotels back in 3 weeks. Hopefully outdoor dining at a similar time (all restaurants have been closed since Xmas). Currently vaccinating 50-59 yr olds. Good take up rated. NIAC (national immunisation advisory council) owed the use of AZ and J&J to those under 50 provided an mRNA isn’t available, which should be helpful. Expecting registration for vaccination to be opened for 40-49 year olds late this week, early next week. Probably another 4 weeks before they get to 30-39 year olds though, as the 40s is a very large cohort.
  4. This sounds lovely, though I’m more likely to have for lunch than dinner. I’d been looking for a good home made soup that wasn’t either cauliflower, or butternut squash/sweet potato. I never think my tomato or mushroom soups are worth the effort to do at home.
  5. Oh I’m like a zoo keeper at the penguin enclosure at feeding time, instead of fish it’s haribo and rice cakes. the problem is she runs interference with the 2 year old. He’s much happier doing whatever she does. And tbf, she is very good. Also, she thinks Khan kids is a video game. He is a terror though.
  6. Nope. No vaccines here for those under ?65 without underlying vulnerability or front line health care worker. Will be age based from here (which I agree with) but as in late 30s will probably be late May/early June before I get my first sho
  7. I love my children. They are 2 and 6. They are funny, and kind, and interesting and BLOODY IMPOSSIBLE to work with effectively. Te first two COVID cases got diagnosed in their Creche which means 2 weeks (assuming they are negative ) of them being home while I try to work. And it’s awful. It just is. Between requests for nappy changes, or fighting, or requests fr treats as they know I’ll say yes to shut them up. Argh.
  8. Argh. The first two positive cases in my children’s Creche today. Small likely to be home for 2 weeks. Big probably out of school too. I HATE working with a 2 year old in the house. Looks like work hours just expanded to as and when seven through eleven. Hoping I’ll get my first shot in May, probably June though. excuse me while I go order premium spirits
  9. Is Book 5 nearly done? Would be wonderful if so
  10. I nominated novels, and nominated what I enjoyed, which was, this year, all books by women. I typically prefer to read novel length fantasy to sci fi, and I nominated in accordance with that for novels (I nominated some sci fi shorter fiction by both men and women). There are authors I like, follow on SM, whose books I read in 2020/21 that I didn’t nominate, so it wasn’t solely SM focused. I don’t see how or why I should have to explain or apologise for my all female novel slate though. I’d be quite happy to nominate men next year, if I enjoyed their work. I do think the snide blog post was unwarranted so I’ll probably make an effort to see some of the other nommed work, or simply vote no award
  11. So with less than 3 weeks of nominating left is anyone here nominating anything. I think I will nominate A Deadly education by Naomi Novik. I know I read a short by Elizabeth Bear I liked so will have to look that up . I think Ursula Vernon / T kingfisher might have something nominatable. Otherwise I’m not sure I read that much new this year.
  12. Deedles

    Lit Prizes

    The long list for the Dublin literary award, (previously impac) were announced today. Longlist Can’t say I have read many but I’ll try. I do like that it’s international libraries that nominate to the long list.
  13. We found boy names easier, (probably cos I was a div over girls names). We both wanted fairly short, fairly strong. I wanted Hugh, he wanted Ronan, we compromised on Evan.
  14. Tessa Dare or Courtney Milan keep getting recced to me?
  15. The second Bridgerton book (the viscount who loved me) was a 99c Amazon deal a few days ago, so, I picked it up and tore through it. It was just a really easy, fun read. I liked it a lot.
  16. For sure! As an interested observer I’m not sure being able to obsessively check and recheck tallies would be good for mental health. As not directly impacted, and as 2.40 am, I’m 2 gins and an amaretto coffee in
  17. Oof! Timely question as it’s something I’m struggling with at the moment. I am a life underwriter, underwriting mortality and morbidity. I can read a P+L and balance sheet, so the departmental go to on that. I’ve been moved into a new section where I’m 50% data analysis and prepping presentations for execs. I’m also supposed to be facilitating change for old team, so prepping problem statements, solution papers and liasing with IT, and trying to make the dept grumbling actionable. my old team has new managers who are heavily consulting with me on management and I’m prepping a few of their resourcing pitches. im just struggling to identify how I can leverage what I’m doing into promotions. I’m as senior as you can be without going into mgt with personal reports. I like what i do, and I’m good at it, but not sure I want to do it for he next 30 years. Do I go hard into data, requiring leaning sql/r, with some competing with the actuaries but coming from an ops POV. Do I go down change mgt. I’m torn.
  18. Planning on being there. Friend and voted, so should be an attending I think!
  19. Potato and onion frittata with leaves, doughnut peaches, toasted pine nuts and goats cheese
  20. Have started “whose body’” by Dorothy Sayers. Enjoying it but not loving it. Good enough to get the next though.
  21. New one is fabulous. Identifiably Kay and just gorgeous.
  22. Eeekkk. Out tomorrow. I am excited (and my kindle will be downloading).
  23. If you want Portland on steroids, you want West Cork, e.g. Skibereen or Clonakilty. There’s a huge counter culture community down there, some I agree with, some I don’t (anti vas sentiment is high down there, but that’s a subject for another thread). Lots of immigrants for lifestyle, rather than econmic reasons, and a distinct live and let live ethos. Nearish Cork airport, but, to be fair, still fairly small. Trans is a funny issue over here. As Karaddin notes, the feminist movement and most women’s rights groups are proudly trans inclusive, with some exceptions. However, in the majority of the country, it feels like trans hasn’t permeated consciousness. In a way, stealth may be easier rurally, as it’s just not a thought someone like my 60ish y/o Dad would consider in the first, second or third instance. It’s becoming slightly more prominent, but not hugely from what I can see. I didn’t watch it, so possibly shouldn’t comment, but RTE, the state broadcaster, recently put out a series called my trans life. Might be worth digging out.
  24. Oh that’s very exciting. A definite “must read” ASAP for me. thanks for the unexpected good news.
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