February means we’re really and truly in to 2017, we’ve got our St Bridget’s crosses made (shout out to Emily’s mammy, Brigid!) and we’re working on the Valentine’s cards!

It’s been a soggy old start to February but we’re keeping busy working with our clients in Guaranteed Irish, the Coalition to Repeal the 8th, the Irish Research Council, Dress for Success Dublin and a lot more besides. It’s been a brilliant start to the month. We’ve even had some time to ourselves this week and we’ve been getting out and about!

Out and About:

Emily had a very ‘out-doorsy’ start to February and got out on the new bike again. This time she took off to North Bull Island and walked along the beach. She also took her nieces and nephew to the Child Vision Petting Farm and Playground in Drumcondra.  She said it was really cool – free in to the petting farm with lots of rabbits, birds, sheep and geese and they also have a very cool playground which she enjoyed way more than the children. Sounds brill!

Niamh had a reunion weekend with her old pals from college; one was on a flying visit from Dubai, and another has come back from a year living in New York. February
We also had a lovely visit from our friend and old intern John on Wednesday . He came with a very large box of  donuts from The Rolling Donut in O’Connell St in hand. All will power went out the window, and Elaine and Ciara who are both working from home are very jealous!
 
Ciara got to see ‘La La Land’ this week and loved it! She thinks people don’t break into spontaneous song and dance enough in real life and she’s right! Everyone also loved Emma Stones clothes and the soundtrack is still on loop in everyone’s home and in the office. I suspect it’s a 10/10 from the Alice Team for ‘La La Land’.

On the plate:

February means that Ciara is getting ever-closer to her due date and is craving doughnuts but being very abstemious and good with her cucumber and mint water. She has great stamina! She did have a lovely lunch in Siam Thai too and spent Sunday with her little sister Aoibh for her 12th birthday eating pizza!

Emily donned her apron in an effort to replicate her mother’s brown bread which she was a bit disappointed with. But Ciara has stepped in with the best tip from her granny. Apparently adding slightly less milk and a tub of hazelnut yoghurt is the difference between OK brown bread and amazing brown bread. You heard it here first – you’re welcome! Send on your photos of your amazing bakes and stay tuned for more #GrannyTips next week!

On the screen:

Emily watched Blackfish on Netflix (a bit late to the party) – and thought it was “SO good”, but also very depressing. Especially now that she knows that the whale at the centre of it, Tilikum, has died. February

Martina went to see the much anticipated ‘T2 Trainspotting’ on Sunday night.  In fact, she had a Trainspotting-heavy weekend: on Saturday, she watched the original Trainspotting in preparation for the cinema trip on Sunday.  The original is one of her favourite-ever films and pretty much provided the soundtrack to her teenage years.  She was (and is!) one of the many who had the “Choose Life” manifesto on her bedroom walls.  She loved T2 – great to revisit all the characters & another cracking soundtrack.

 

On the airwaves:
Martina listened to this show on RTÉ Radio 1 on Monday night about people who moved to Ireland from abroad and then made a significant contribution to arts and culture here. She really enjoyed it and you can listen back here.
 
What did you get up to this week? We’d love to hear what tickled you! Please let us know in the comments section below.

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