My Not-So-Summer

A typical summer in the life of me:

Finish school in an exhilarated, exhausted daze of relief looking forward to 3 months of bliss, travel, excitement and freedom (in a Dobby-with-a-sock type way). For the past few years I’ve managed to jam pack my summers with lots of fun things. I’m not someone who likes to lay around at home doing nothing. Aint nobody got time for that. I believe in living your life now. Who knows what will happen tomorrow – so do it today! I usually start off with a week at home of rest, recuperation, reading, baking and some well needed cleaning, Then I would go traveling with my friends. So far we’ve gone to London and Paris and Disneyland. Of course I fell completely in love with these places. The architecture, the culture, the cafes, the people-watching, the toy-store in London, the bookshops in Paris, the smell of freshly baked croissants and the bargain price burger when you literally have only cents left. I have longing to explore and to see the world and summers are the best time to do that. For the remainder of the summer, I spend a few weeks in Sligo at my Cousins’ and go to Spain with my family. I visit friends and go to the beach. I’ve been to Irish College, learned the guitar, redecorated my room, read books on the grass and stayed up late at night watching the stars come out. Every summer I write a bucket list of things I’m going to do. Half of these I don’t get done but I like to be ambitious.

However the summer of 2015 was different.
It was my summer but it was also not my summer.

When I finished college, I had a three week gap before I was going to start working as an intern in Intel in Ireland. I was excited and very nervous. I would be living away from home, knowing nobody. I would leave all my friends behind as they would have fun and make memories without me. I would leave my poor poor cat and hope she wouldn’t forget me. But then one day, during these three weeks, my Dad was working cutting trees when he fell off one and hit his head and fractured his spine. He was in hospital for a few nights and I was terrified and didn’t know what was going to happen. Whether he’d be able to walk again. Who would mind him? Would I have to stay home this summer? Would I have to drop out of college? How could we pay the bills?
I cried for hours at night and couldn’t sleep and hardly ever ate. I was falling apart and even thought he might die. Incredibly fortunately he didn’t need surgery and was put in a brace for 3 months. But he could hardly move and had to sleep on the floor. So I took full responsibility for everything. I did what I usually did; cooking, cleaning, shopping. But I also had to do all the driving, cleaning and making the fire, feeding the cats, washing clothes, ironing, looking after my sister, helping her with her homework, drive him to the hospital. Without help it was hard. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot, but I was exhausted. I didn’t have time to do anything I wanted to do. I only left the house to buy food or bring Dad to the hospital. Without knowing it I was turning into a hermit.

Just before I left to start my internship, I met up with 3 friends. And they talked about what had been happening in their lives. Lives that didn’t really include me anymore. As they talked I sat in silence. Being more silent than I usually am. I was trying to stop myself from screaming. I felt like I was drowning. All I wanted to do was to run away. And these were my friends. But they felt like strangers. That night I went home and ran through a few fields before I just lay crumpled in the grass and cried.

In their own turn, my friends messaged me and asked me why I had been so quiet. I told them how I felt bad and what was happening at home. I said I would be okay.

I went off to my internship and stayed in a b&b type place where I had a small little room and a tiny en-suite and a little skylight window that i thought was pretty cool at the start but then it began to feel like a prison. > I walked to work and back everyday. I was probably the youngest on site and with the least amount of knowledge. I learned  how to use the Linux command Line and how to instal OS. I worked on virtualisation but needed help with everything cause it all just went whoosh – right over my head. There were 36 interns in total working that summer. I got to know a few and became good friends with one in particular. We had donuts every week but I hated going to this. I loved the free cookie but having to socialise made me sick. So I started coming up with excuses like I was too busy working or had to leave work early or something.

The interns were given a challenge to build something with a Galileo board and were given a room on site to improve. We were divided into teams and I helped work on the Gym room and did the CSS on our website. We made a little model with lego for our demo. We showed how we tracked equipment usage with sensors and used this to record workouts per member with their badge and then they could look online to see how much they had exercised and on what machine for all time or for day/week.. etc. We showcased this at the end of August and to our immense surprise we won!

Getting to work in such an environment, work on the Galileo challenge, and learn many things was a great experience. I just wish I had tried more. Like throw my hand at everything even if I failed. Or get to know people, colleagues and make connections. I also wish I had found better accommodation because living on your own in a room with nothing but a bed and lamp was awful. I wasn’t allowed to use the cooker and in the morning I could only have toast, tea or cereal. I ate my dinner at work around 12/1 and didn’t eat until the following day then. So I started to go to the shop on the way home to get a sandwich cause I was starting to starve. When I went home I went for a shower and just lay in bed talking to my soon to be boyfriend. With so much time to think I started to analyse everything in my life. I listened to sad music and cried myself to sleep. I thought about my family, my friends, my mother, people out in the world who had it so much worse. I felt like crap most of the time and had no interest in reading or baking. I was lacking positivity and motivation.

I did come home at weekends but with all the traveling that meant only a day and a half at home. So I tried to fit this time with meeting friends, dates, going to cousins. All the time my sister telling me that I don’t spend enough time with her. Thus I began to just stay at home. I didn’t want to go out.

But now I’m back and much happier. But still really bad at socialising. I crawled under my duvet and cried the first morning of college because I couldn’t handle being with so many people.

But it was okay. I got through it.

And now I’m looking forward to Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!
Marian  ^_^


  • Ranu September 20, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I…don't really know how to respond to this post. I can't think of how hard it is to share such a personal post. But I'm glad you're okay now, and hope life gets better for you! <3

    And CHRISTMAS!! Bring forth the presents and the trees and the carols! 🙂

    Ranu @ The Araliya Bookshelf

  • Kat September 20, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Aww… poor Marian!! I really hope your dad's okay, and that things get better for you. It'll be my Christmas for you 🙂

  • Marian September 23, 2015 at 9:45 am

    That's okies ^_^ I wrote this without editing and now I realise I probably shouldn't have said so much. I sound so depressed :L
    But thank you Ranu!

    YUS! And the snow and hot chocolate and books by the fireside ^_^

  • Marian September 23, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Thanks Kat. He's much better. You're so sweet Kat. Thank you! I am way happier now and excited to read and blog again. Merry Christmas! ^_^

  • Emily October 17, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Hello Marian my dear!

    I have not been reading your blog in far too long — school is horribly, excruciatingly busy — but here I am. Can I say straight up: thank you for the honesty of this post. In an online world where most of stick to gifs, fangirling and nothing about our real lives, you put so much of yourself into your blog and I really admire that. It's why I feel like I know you so well, despite never having seen your face.

    I'm so sorry about what happened, but how amazing that your dad is recovering! Most nineteen year olds would have no clue how to deal with what you dealt with — well done for staying so strong throughout.

    I'm so glad you had the opportunity to be an intern in Intel in Ireland (a tongue twister)! Even the scariest experiences can teach us a lot, and at the end of the day, looking back at things, the good can almost always cancel out the bad. Sure, you'll never think happily to that cell-like room or hungry nights, but you will remember with pride winning the competition, and be glad you had the whole experience. AND you will bear in mind that, had you not done the internship, you would not have met your boyfriend! "… just lay in bed talking to my soon to be boyfriend." — what a throwaway line!! Are you planning to tell us more?!

    I really hope you feel things improving over the next few months, as your dad gets better and you settle into a more normal routine. If you ever want to chat please email me!

    Emily xx

  • July Emmance October 19, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Oh my word!! Marian! I had no idea that this all was going on. I'm so sorry about what happened to your dad and how that effected you. It sounds like things are getting better now though?
    And you have a boyfriend?? You have to go into more detail about that…
    Is this your first year at college? I bet your cat misses you when you're gone, haha.
    Come back to post again soon!
    – July,

  • Marian October 22, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Awwww Thank you Emily. Sometimes I think I'm a little too honest… :/ But this blog is essentially a mirror of me. So what happens in life, what happens to me, who I am is reflected in this blog. I don't set out to do that but I guess it just happens. It's my little space in this vast, prodigious, scary world.

    Yeah, he is incredibly lucky. That seems like a lifetime ago now. Life is full of surprises.

    Hehehehe, yeah I had a little giggle as I typed that tongue twister. Overall it was a great experience. Like how many people my age can say that they got to work in such a multi-national company? I wish I had enjoyed it more, or made the most of it.

    Yes, I somehow have a boyfriend. … Shocking right? I'm still thinking when will I wake up and realise it was all in my head? :L but yeah…. weird :L I am yet to give him the contagious book addiction and enlist him into fangirling. I'll wait till after we're married for that. …but don't tell him :L

    Thank you! Things are much better. The most troubling thing right now is endless college work and stress.

    Thanks for stopping by Ems.
    Hope you're doing great and you have college applications all sorted.
    Marian xxx

  • Marian October 22, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Aw, that's okay. Yes things are much better now.

    Hehehe… yus XD more detail?… hmmm…. He's the sweetest guy on earth. And that's not just because he takes so much sugar in his tea :L

    I'm in second year now *yawn* . 1st year was so much easier and nicer. My cat *of course* misses me. She loves me!
    I will — soon! Hopefully!
    Thanks for stopping by July!! ^_^

  • Amy-Anne Williams November 8, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Hey Marian, are you okay? You haven't posted in a while!

    Little Moon Elephant

  • Marian November 9, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Yus, I'm fine. Just swamped in college work :/
    It's so sweet of you to ask, thank you Amy! ^_^
    Hopefully I'll have some spare time soon to blog again


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