DHR’s Account Executive Emily Brennan takes a look back at the teams memories of ‘back to school’ time, and looks forward to our plans for keeping entertained outside of work time over the coming colder, darker months.
It’s that time of year again; the evenings are getting shorter, shops are filled with special offers on ham and cheese, and there’s a looming sense of dread in the air. School is back, the summer dream is over! Conversation in DHR headquarters has naturally turned to our ‘back to school’ memories. For Sarah, who celebrated her birthday just last Monday, her personal memory was of the annual birthday gifts of stationary from her relatives, which she loved (who doesn’t love good stationary)! For Emily Kelly, the new stationary, groovy schoolbags and shiny shoes were definitely the most exciting aspects of returning to school. The smell of new books always brings me back to those days of coming home to a home cooked dinner waiting on the table, and when my biggest worry was mastering long division. That’s still a worry, actually…
The season of spontaneous after work socialising, outdoor film screenings and music festivals is almost over, and it can be a struggle to keep ourselves entertained as we head into winter. Never ones to rest on our laurels however, here are some of the activities the DHR crew will be getting up to this autumn!
The new school term has heralded the return of book club for Sarah and I. Sarah is getting stuck in to A Girl Is a Half Formed Thing by Eimear McBride, while I’m finally getting around to reading Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl. Unlike the book clubs, Emily Kelly’s art club didn’t take a summer hiatus, but was a bit more sporadic as outdoor activities like tag rugby took hold. Emily’s definitely looking forward to getting back into the weekly art club habit on a Wednesday evening to break up the week and it’s guaranteed to make the brain switch off! Last year I took a conversational French class in Block T, but this year I think I’ll try to focus on regaining what little German I have left, and I have no excuse now with our new colleague Herr Sebastian Enke!
There are so many health and fitness promotions around at the moment, with some of the team getting to grips with kettle bells and signing up for pilates classes, as well as taking our shiny new bicycles for spins. Our Managing Director, Catherine Heaney, a keen marathon runner, has also been trying to establish DHR Running Club, albeit with limited success to date!
With autumn comes lots of exciting events in Dublin, such as Culture Night, and the Theatre Festival. It’s not all exercise and intellectual pursuits though. I, for one, am excited about the many upcoming gigs and concerts, with Lykke Li on my must see list.
With all these plans, maybe the back to school fear isn’t all that bad! There’s something comforting in getting back into routine after the summer, and who can resist the prospect of curling up on the couch in front of a fire with a decent cup of tea!