A couple of weeks ago some of the very talented writers in the Irish Parenting Bloggers group started writing A-Z’s about themselves. As ever, I’m a bit late to the party, but was tagged by Clare who writes at The Clevs to add mine, so here goes!
A One of the things that infuriates me is apathy. I really can’t get my head around the mindset of people who have no interest in what’s happening in the world, or who just sit around and whine things are bad but do nothing about it. Drives me demented.
B Books. Well there was never going to be anything else for B really was there? I have everything in this list except not enough of 5 and 11 and will always need more 12’s.
C Chocolate, crisps and cake, three of my biggest weaknesses when it comes to snacking. I’ve never tried to make crisps or chocolate, but love to make cake……. These were my first attempt at hot cross buns (before baking)
D Dandy Walker Syndrome, the rare neurological condition our beautiful daughter was born with nearly eight years ago. Becoming a parent for the first time changes your life in ways you could never have imagined, but this diagnosis (which came prenatally) took our lives in a direction we never knew existed.
E I love elephants, no idea where this came from or why but I just love them.
F I can’t remember when I first heard the word feminism or discovered what it meant (and then went on to discover how it has many different interpretations) but I vividly remember the first time it was used in a derogatory sense towards me. Yes it was the classic “You must be a bra-burning feminist then” when I expressed an opinion aged 15 in the school library that I didn’t think it necessary for women to change their surname upon marriage. F is also for Fionnuala, my amazing and adored daughter.
G On a good day (and today is dry at least!) I can easily spend an hour just sitting in the garden listening to birds and daydreaming. A great way to switch off.
H my truly wonderful husband. Falling in love with him changed my life in ways I could never have imagined, and has enriched it immeasurably. And following on from F above, I didn’t take his name when we married. As he put it so well when talking to another person “She has a perfectly good name of her own.”
I Imagination – mine is always on the go. Sometimes it would be nice to turn it off for a little while.
J Growing our own fruit and veg has made me come up with ways to preserve our bounty. Jam is something I made rather a lot of last year – gooseberry, gooseberry & elderflower, blueberry, marrow & orange, marrow & ginger, blackberry & apple (ok that was jelly). I haven’t entirely got the hang of it yet but there’s a nice feeling in seeing the jars all full and neatly labelled.
K One of my forms of therapy is knitting. I don’t claim to be very good at it and I’m not terribly fast, but I enjoy it and it helps me to relax and unwind. Apart from when a pattern goes wrong and I curse it to the pit of hell.
L Liverpool, a city very dear to me and the football team I’ve supported since I was 6 years old. The latter fact played a small part in my choices for university applications and I’ve never regretted going there as a very nervous fresher 23 years ago. Great city, great people. I ended up staying for 10 years.
M Money. Like many people I spend a certain amount of time having to think about money and usually how to make it go further. I’m not however motivated by it and have zero desire to accumulate a lot of it. Once I have enough to meet my living expenses I’m not bothered about having more. Here’s another mindset I can’t understand: people who have made more money than they could spend in 20 lifetimes yet they carry on making more. WHY???? A certain wealthy businessman who lives in Malta comes to mind here.
N Current affairs, politics, news, I’m a news junkie. Two daily newspapers, the news/current affairs radio programmes, never miss at least one evening news show on TV.
O I hold very strong opinions on a lot of topics and am not afraid to express them. Sometimes this annoys people. See F above. However, I maintain – well I would wouldn’t I ? – that my opinions are as valid as anyone else’s. And hopefully better thought out than some. I am working hard on listening better to other people’s opinions too.
P Power. I had some fascinating discussions and arguments about power and its meaning, use and abuse while studying community development last year. Still pondering this one through but I think its something we hand over way too easily. And see A above.
Q As a child I asked questions constantly. Why this? Why that? Why does…. ? why doesn’t…….? I keep questioning, always will.
R A rose by any other name would smell as sweet apparently. They are my favourite flower, apart from yellow ones. They don’t feel or look right to me.
S Being by the sea is one of my favourite places. It doesn’t matter which sea or where I’m near it. But I wouldn’t want to live on the coast – I like to keep it as somewhere to go for a treat and to relax.
T I was never that keen on or interested in gardening as a child and teenager (probably not that unusual) but developed an interest in growing food around the time I really learnt to cook. This would be 20 odd years ago now. Over the years this has deepened and now we grow some fruit, some veg and herbs. So why is this not under G for garden or F for food? Cos deep down I really want to be Barbara from The Good Life!! Love the idea of self-sufficiency and hope to make more moves in this direction.
U University. Sometimes I feel I didn’t make enough of my time at university. Don’t be too surprised if I end up at one again in the not too distant future!
V Vino. Red for preference. There is something incredibly relaxing for me about sipping a glass of good red on a Friday evening. A good way to start the weekend!
W Walking. I have started to walk between 4 and 5kms every day, don’t hugely enjoy it (I could be at home reading a book!!!) but I can feel the benefits so will persevere!
X Xenophobia – the fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or their politics or culture. That is the definition from the online Collins English Dictionary. I cannot, and never could, understand prejudice. Its the most frightening mindset out there and I do my best to challenge it when I hear it.
Y I’ve only done Yoga a few times, but every time I have loved it and found it a great stress reliever. I would love to incorporate it into my weekly routine somehow.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz I love my sleep and I love my bed! Curling up in there with a good book is a great pleasure.