Review of


I recently needed to order some printed mugs for a family member in Ireland. Shipping costs from the US were astronomical, so I ended up scouring the net for a place in Ireland that would do what I needed.

Most of the services that advertised as being in Ireland did not work out. While all of the services gave me ways of building the design I wanted, I ultimately needed to customize the photo in a photo editor on my computer and repeatedly upload versions until the print was going to match what I wanted.

Several would not accept payment from the US, including one that let me fill in a US billing address but they gave an error when I submitted the payment. Some required Ireland's postal code for the destination, but didn't like the address when it was filled in (!). Some were going to take a long time to ship the items, whereas I had about eight or nine days to get the item to its destination. Some sites used Flash for the interface, meaning they'll stop working fairly soon as browsers stop supporting it.

In the end was the best option.

The site itself worked quite well and was the prices were fairly reasonable, it allowed me to buy items from the US and then ship to family in Ireland. The only downside was that the shipping time to Ireland was a little long, ultimately because of the fact that the company was actually based in the UK and items were shipped over. That said, with a little more planning ahead it shouldn't be an issue for future orders.

Will definitely use the site again.

Three positive things, day seven


So, today was rather work-laden again, but

The first thing was... (drumroll).. kittens. Yes, again :p So we've had them for about a month but we've been keeping them in the main upstairs bathroom while they were getting a little older, and recovering from a bit of an eye infection they carried home with themselves. Over the past week we've been letting them out more and more, each time for an hour or two, gradually getting them used to the house and the big things that stomp around the place all day. And trying to get Kian used to them, specifically getting him to be gentle with them. Anyway, today we actually had them out since about six am until near bedtime, and it went fine! We had a few awkward Kian-vs-kitten and kitten-vs-fridge-door moments, but we're learning to always expect a kitten to be under our feet pretty much at all times. So they're pretty comfortable at this point and we're all adjusting rather well.

The second thing was the start of a movie called "From the Dark" that's set in County Offaly, which is closed to where I grew up and where several school friends lived. While the movie may end up being a pile of.. something.. it was fun seeing old familiar road signs, a car with the driver on the right side, etc.

The third and most positive, and amazing, thing today was that I saw my mum on TV :) There's an independent Irish "TV" station available online called "Irish TV" and they have weekly segments from different counties. Today's segment on County Westmeath was focused on

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