I recently saw a few of these posts floating around the blogsphere and thought it might be an interesting thing to do. I’ve completed posts or nominations such as the Love/Hate Challenge and 11 Things post which have both given my lovely readers a bit more insight into who I am but I figured doing an A-Z of me could build on those posts. So here it goes.
A is for Alexander. It’s BattleKid’s first name and one we decided on for him about 2/3 of the way through our pregnancy. It’s a name that we thought stood up to the school yard test and can be shortened to Alex as we’ve done. We chose it for two reasons; Alexander the Great (my husband’s love of history) and Alexander Skargard (Eric of True Blood, my guilty pleasure).
B is for Botswana. I was born on a diamond mine in Botswana as was my next sister and it is somewhere I really want to visit when BattleKid is old enough. I’ve no memory of there as we left when I was two but Africa has always held a special place in my heart.
C is for Catherine, my name. Hi /waves. I was named after my father’s mother and is a name I think I’ve grown into. No-one ever shortened it in Ireland but I’ve become Cath since I moved to the UK, which I don’t mind. Just don’t call me Cathy if you want me to answer, grr. I’m also a Capricorn.
D is for driving, a skill I only learned to do when I was the ripe old age of 31. In Ireland there was never a need as I lived close enough to college and got the bus everywhere else but I think it’s essential to do early if living in the UK. We couldn’t live where we do and me work in Cardiff if I couldn’t drive.
E is for elephants. They’re one of my favourite animals alongside dogs and cheetahs. So much so that BattleKid has several teddy elephants although he doesn’t pay them much attention. I actually have one teddy elephant who is 30 years old this Christmas and has travelled from South Africa to Ireland to Wales with me and is still going strong, albeit in a bag in the attic for safe keeping.
F is for four. I’m the eldest of four girls, with 13 years between me and the youngest. My poor dad was surrounded by females until my nephew came along. Now he has 2 grandsons, 2 son-in-law’s and 2 son-in-law’s to be. F is also for fame as I once ate dinner two tables away from Sean Connery (I’m a massive James Bond fan).
G is for German Shepherd. They’re our favourite breed of dog and we have two black ones, fondly referred to as the BattleDogs. Both are fully trained and are extremely loyal and protective, yet very gentle and loving around BattleKid.
H is for holidays. I love to travel having got the bug when I was younger and after our parents brought us home from South Africa. We also spent 2 months in Saudi Arabia when I was 10 and ever since I’ve loved travelling. I wish I had more annual leave days than I do so I could take more holidays in the year.
I is for Irish. Both myself and BattleDad are from Ireland. I also love visiting places in Ireland I haven’t been to before. I’m definitely looking forward to summer holidays in Ireland with BattleKid.
J is for Jordan, both my surname and a place I’d like to visit, specifically Petra. It’s on my bucket list. J is also for juggling: life, a toddler, work, a home, blogging and a marriage. But I’m doing it, just!
K is for kindle, something I resisted for ages but wouldn’t be without now. It makes packing for holidays so much easier as both BattleDad and I now have all the books we need at our fingertips rather than in our suitcases. I also have a dodgy knee from hours spent on the back of BattleDad’s motorbikes. Small price to pay for the fun.
L is for lightning. Something I hate! I’ve been terrified of it since South Africa. We used to get fork lightening there during storms and our nanny used to hurry us into one room with the curtains closed during storms. I think that’s where my fear stems from.
M is for motorbikes. One of my biggest passions. Riding pillion, or watching MotoGP or the TT, I love them! BattleKid is fast getting in on the act. M is also for dance music, another passion of mine and m is also for melktart.
N is for the Northern Lights. I’ve been lucky enough to see them twice. Once for about 10 seconds while in Iceland, and then briefly one night in Norway followed by a few hours the next night on the same trip in Norway. They are amazing and I’m already planning a return trip to Tromso with BattleKid when he’ll be old enough to remember it.
O is for organised. I’m generally quite an organised person. I have to be as BattleDad is useless!
P is for photography, a hobby I took up about 5 years ago. I’ve done 4 short photography courses and enjoy taking pictures when I get the time. One of my courses, Photographing People, comes in very handy now we have BattleKid as I can see good pictures from bad whereas before I’d have generally said they were all good.
Q is for the QEII. It’s the ship my parents travelled on when they emigrated to South Africa and it played it’s part in my African heritage where I was raised until I was 9.
R is for reading. I’ve enjoyed reading since I was little having started reading with my parents. I don’t get much time to read books these days except on holidays which I’m a little sad about.
S is for scientist. It’s my day job and one I love. I do chemical analysis and am planning to write about my day job in a future post, although I’m not sure when that will be.
T is for tea. My only vice since giving up alcohol over a year ago. It’s also the staple go-to beverage in every Irish household. You’re not feeling well, have a cup of tea. Someone’s died, have a cup of tea. The weather’s awful, have a cup of tea. See what I mean?!
U is for university. From start to finish I did 9 years straight in university and finally graduated with a PhD in chemistry. I’m proud of myself for achieving that.
V is for vertigo, a condition I first started suffering from about 3 years ago. I had 3 bouts in that year and it was awful. Thankfully I haven’t had more than one a year since but it’s a horrible thing to suffer from.
W is for Waterbabies which BattleKid and I attend. It’s important to me to teach him to swim from an early age like my parents did for me. W is also for Wales which is home for us now.
X is for x-ray. I’ve only ever had one in my life and it was on my teeth in Saudi Arabia where they discovered I don’t have an adult pre-molar on my lower jaw and that the milk tooth would need to be pulled at some stage if it didn’t come itself. That occurred when I was 12 and since then two of my three sisters have also discovered they too don’t have an adult tooth at the exact same spot. There’s genetics right there for you!
Y is for Yellowstone National Park. Another thing on my bucket list and one we’re hoping to maybe visit in the next couple of years.
And finally Z is for Zebras. They’re just horses in stripey pyjamas. I hate animal print clothes so you’ll never see me wearing zebra print pyjamas. Each to their own hey!
So there you have it, an A-Z of BattleMum.