The first post challenge in Blogtober 2017 is “All about you.” My take on this is to do the A to Z challenge, where I tell you something about me that relates to each letter of the alphabet. Hopefully you find it fun and learn something about me in the process.
A – is for Apples, they’re my favourite fruit!
B – is for Ben, my husband of 9 years (10th anniversary in July 2018!) who changed my life.
C – is for Cruising. I love going on cruises. It’s not just for old folks you know! I went on my first cruise with my husband when we were just 23, and our honeymoon was a 2 week cruise around the Greek Islands. Altogether we have been on 6 cruises so far. We’d go a lot more, but they are a little pricey for regular travel. We are hoping to take William on one in 2019 (we plan ahead and 2018 is already booked for Edinburgh and the Highlands!), when he will be 2 years old. Cruising with a toddler, fun or a disaster? We’ll find out.
D – is for Driving. Except it’s not, because I don’t have a license. This often surprises people but my health stops me driving.
E – is for Equestrianism. I love horses, but more specifically equestrianism and show jumping. One of my favourite events is the Horse of the Year Show. I haven’t been there live since the birth of my son but I hope to make it back soon. Both the Birmingham NEC and London Olympia are amazing venues with large international show jumping events.
F – is for Fostering. Due to infertility, we can’t have any more kids, but we intend to be part of the foster program when we move into our larger house. I have a great respect for foster carers.
G – is for Grandmother. I was raised by my mother and grandmother together as my father wasn’t part of my life. My grandmother meant everything to me. Now my mum is a fabulous grandmother to my son, and I hope they have as close a relationship as I did with mine.
H – is for Horses. Horses are my favourite animal and I started learning to ride when I was 6 years old. I hope my son enjoys riding as well, we’ll see!
I – is for Ireland. Dublin is one of my favourite cities. When Ben and I were dating we went there for a weekend. I didn’t like Guinness but we went to the Guinness factory and your entry ticket included a pint. He drank his and mine very quickly and then got quite tipsy which was hilarious!
J – is for Jacuzzi. The best way for me to relax.
K – is for Keyboard, in two senses! I have a Corsair K70 Gaming Keyboard with mechanical switches to help me type as comfortably as possible. I also play the keyboard (and piano).
L – is for Lily. My favourite flower and my grandmothers name! It’s also for Lavender, my favourite scent.
M – is for Munchies. I have a serious issue with snacking and I love to eat. I’m trying to keep it healthy and lose the baby weight but it’s been a long-term battle for me.
N – is for the Norwegian Fjords. In 2012 we took a 10 day cruise up the coast of Norway through the Fjords, to the northernmost tip of Europe. It was amazing, and my best trip. I can’t wait to go back there.
O – is for Only. I’m an only child, just like William will be.
P – is for Purple, my favourite colour.
Q – is for Quickly. I can type 130 words per minute. I’m a trained and certified typist – although that’s a bit old fashioned these days. It helps a lot with blogging though.
R – is for Ragdoll. I have two cats, a Ragdoll named Luna and a Bengal named Dawn. I wanted a Ragdoll because I wanted a chilled out relaxed breed to counteract the insanity that is a Bengal. It worked. She’s the floppiest, dopiest cat in the world.
S – is for Skye. That’s the name of my 10 year old German Shepherd, who is an integral part of our family.
T – is for Tinnitus. When I was 17 I suffered a head injury and concussion. Ever since then I have suffered from mild, but annoying, tinnitus.
U – is for Unique. I’d like to think that’s me?
V – is for vacuum. I hate vacuuming and it’s my least favourite household chore by far. I usually beg my husband to do it! Give me laundry or dishes any day.
W – is for William, my son. After 8 years of battling infertility we finally completed our family in 2017. Due to health reasons, there won’t be a second, but we’re incredibly grateful for the one we have.
X – is for X-Ray. I’ve had a lot. I was a very clumsy kid and had broken my arm by the time I was 7 years old and was constantly falling down. It got worse after I took up skateboarding as a teenager…
Y – is for Yawn. I yawn a lot. It doesn’t mean I’m bored, just that my autoimmune makes me exhausted suddenly sometimes and my body’s response is to yawn. I’ve heard the comment “I’m not boring you am I?” a million times. If I start yawning when you’re speaking, it’s nothing personal, I promise.
Z – is for Zoo. I have worked for zoos in the past and I still love visiting them (if they’re a good one!) I think there is a balance to be found between education, conservation and entertainment. Great zoos find that perfect balance.
That’s probably more than you wanted to know about me!