I’ve always been called Cecil by friends & aside from a friend’s cat I haven’t met any. Finding out that the name Cecil is endangered and could well die out in the UK has made me love it more.
My family are great - each and every one of them. Mr is the best thing to ever have come out of Northern Ireland and is funny and kind, and not to bad on the eye either. Kids - Pinkie & Blue make my life complete. Puppy-face (the dog) is the cherry on the top. I had a happy childhood with loving parents & grew up in Essex, where I have remained ever since - not the exact same part of Essex, it’s a big county. Basically, I’m chipper because of the gang around me.
Loves & Hates
I love food - I even talk about my next meal while I’m chewing the current one. I’m a good baker and a bad dinner maker, it’s too dull coming up with ideas everyday. My favourite thing is laughing. I probably have hysterics most days (courtesy of Mr usually), and still find poo jokes hilarious, even a smelly field is enough to set me off. I love new places and am not shy so find I like most places. I love the smell of my own skin when sunbathing on a beach. My favourite shop is a large chemists, full of small packages of magic and wonder.
I hate my hair on a windy wet day, it looks like a textured tattoo. I pathologically hate it when people who are ill battle on and spread their germs. We can live without you for a day or two, stay at home and get better.
I genuinely enjoy exercise, not the thought of doing it (I’m not a complete crank), but I do love it when I’m there. I prefer to be outside exercising, either running with the dog or bootcamp type classes. I find the physical exertion declutters my head and allows my brain to rest. Obviously, I love reading but find I’m tired when I go to bed so a hefty tome takes a considerable time to read.
Recently, I’ve enjoyed David Nicholls’ novels. I really enjoy reading a book that is given to me, one that I would never choose for myself, only to find out its brilliant #smallthings. My favourite book of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m a glass half full person (unless that glass contains wine, any except Chardonnay).
It’s the shadow that hangs over me all the time. I hardly think about C.F at all anymore, it’s just there - lurking. www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk
I was rubbish at pregnant from the start and had two prem babies 3 years apart. The Blue one was first & after a few health scares, loads of sleepless nights & more worries than you can shake a stick at, he was declared fit & well. Then the Pink one came along shortly followed by the biggest shock and heartbreak of our lives - she has Cystic Fibrosis.
A Typical Day
Get the sidekicks off to their respective schools, drop whatever they have forgotten to their schools while swearing profusely about ‘this being the very last time I run about after you.”
Then it's off to do some exercise for an hour or so. If that exercise didn’t involve running with the dog, I then take him out for his morning constitutional. Shower. Complain that the day’s half gone. Get on with some work - writing or graphic design (my real job).
Collect the small Pink child from school, wait for the larger Blue child to return on the bus, then clubs and homework. Dinner - never exciting enough to mention here. Night time regime & a big glass of wine for me if I’m not on a health kick, when a peppermint tea and a feeling of wholesomeness are on the cards instead.