I Am…

I will happily describe myself as an Aries because it’s true on many fronts. I was born April 13th, so just towards the end of the timescale that runs March 21 – April 20 but I’m also relatively typical of the traits of an Aries.

I can be adventurous, energetic, optimistic and confident but also self-centered, short-tempered, impulsive and impatient (but I never hold a grudge – I forgive and forget). I like to think I’m a pretty friendly person, and I have no tolerance for injustice. I do put myself first – but I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing. Oh, and if you’re looking for subtlety or diplomacy, I’m not your gal! I can talk for England – possibly Europe, I live very much in the moment and I will go and get what it is I want. See impatience; no time for waiting for it to come to me! I do not like insincere flattery – or the spelling of insincere.. is that even correct?

I’m definitely very passionate and now that I’ve met Jade Rachel I definitely believe in a love that can last forever. I’m not especially jealous or possessive though, which is are typical traits, but then I’m confident in our relationship.

Now, in the Chinese Zodiac, I was born in the Year Of The Rabbit. Rabbits tend to be gentle, quiet, elegant, and alert; quick, skillful, kind, and patient; and particularly responsible. However, they might be superficial, stubborn, melancholy, and overly-discreet. Generally speaking, people who belong to the Rabbit zodiac sign have likable characters.

I think that meshes very well with the traits of an Aries and is actually a relatively accurate overview of my personality.

Brody (my twin) on the other hand? Could not be less of an Aries if he tried! OK so yes he’s stubborn and impatient and impulsive but he’s not got the confidence. He’s much quieter, keeps to himself but notices everything. He’s a lot more Rabbit than Ram!

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The difference a generation makes

Jade Rachel & I were watching Top Gun earlier. It’s one of her favourite movies and neither of us can believe how long its been since the film premiered. 30 years next week. Some parts of it have dated, some parts of it are now nostalgic in their 80s-ness. It’s still a damn good film though – and I must say that Tom Cruise in it still makes my heart go aflutter.

I adored him back in the mid-80s. I err on the side of caution in calling it his prime, per se, because he is still making some pretty awesome movies. But my favourites of his were all from that time – the mid 80s-mid 90s:
Top Gun, Cocktail, Legend, Born On The Fourth Of July, Rain Man, The Colour Of Money, Days Of Thunder, A Few Good Men, The Firm, Interview With The Vampire, Mission Impossible, Jerry Maguire…
*sigh*

Regan walked in while we were watching and just rolled her eyes. It’s such an old, dated movie. Starring that scientology freak. Or so she tells us.
But will she still be swooning over Zac Efron in High School Musical in 20 years time?

Diversity

One of the things I still find most bizarre about having a step-daughter in her late teens, and one who is very smart at that, is some of the more peculiar conversations we have. This evening it was about the demography and diversity of the population in London.

For a little bit of context, Regan is starting a degree in socio-anthropology in the autumn so for her at least this is not that peculiar a topic – it’s simply her area of interest.

We were talking about all the different nationalities and languages we encounter, travelling by public transport everyday. Curiosity struck and I decided I might as well share some of the facts we learned.

Contrary to seemingly-popular belief, the largest ethnic group in London is ‘White’ with 59.79% of respondents in 2011 census. Over half the population of London identify as white. And the majority of these (44.89%) are ‘White-British’.
Asian/Asian-British come in at 18.49%, Black/Black-British at 13.32%, ‘Mixed’ at 4.96% and ‘Other’ (including Arab) at 3.44%
Clearly, London is being over-run with foreigners, just like shock media would want you to believe…

The census also recorded that 36.7% of Londoners are foreign born – with 24.5% being born in a non-European country. London has the second highest immigrant population in the world.
Although, that’s still only marginally over 1/3 being foreign born.

We then looked into languages.
77.9% of the population spoke English as a main language, with a further 19.8% speaking it as a second language or well to very well. That’s a total of 97.7% for those playing along at home. Yes, we’re being so taken over by foreigners that don’t speak English that… oh.. only 2.3% of Londoners don’t have English as first or second languages.
In fact, only 0.6% of those surveyed didn’t speak English at all. Not quite 2500 people out of a population of over 8 million.
The main languages, other than English, spoken here are Polish, Bengali, Guajarati, French, Urdu, Portuguese, Turkish and Spanish. Arabic is the 10th most common language with a grand total of 0.9% of the population.

The last thing we looked at was religion. And, like me, 48% of Londoners identify as Christian. The second most stated was ‘no religion’ at 20.73, with Muslim coming in third at 12.39%.
The remaining 18.88% was made up of ‘not stated’, Hindu, Jewish, Sikh, Buddhist and, like Jade Rachel, ‘other’.

I found all this absolutely fascinating to learn about to be honest with you. I love the diversity of the population of this city and was actually quite surprised by a lot of those figures. It just goes to show you the difference between the truth and what popular media wants you to believe.

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination

Today has been a day of lists. Sometimes I’m able to organise myself, sometimes I need to write a to-do list… and some days I need multiple ones. Today has definitely been one of the latter. Between going on holiday with Jade Rachel earlier in the month and the long weekend we’ve just had for Easter I’ve been feeling more than a little discombobulated.

I am now feeling a litle accomplished so I’m taking a moment to celebrate a couple of small victories. Go me!

I still need to chase a couple of content writers. Deadline is Thursday and I’ve heard nothing from them. Feeling a little concerned.

I would love to go to the cinema. I want to see Batman Vs Superman. As does Jade Rachel so I’m thinking date night (if we can get a babysitter). Jade Rachel and Caden Bryce also want to see Zootopia.
I’m really hoping superheroes win here!

I need to do laundry. I hate doing laundry. It’s probably my least favourite chore. I want to be able to pay for someone to do it for me. That would be a wonderful luxury.

Don’t Tell Anyone…

I am terrible at keeping secrets. It’s probably my worst habit. I’ve always been like it, and assumed, when I was younger, that it’s something I’d learn to do as I got older. I’m now in my 40s and now, I still cannot keep a secret.

It’s probably related to how much I talk. I’m really good at talking! Brody says it’s my best talent and that I was born kissing the Blarney Stone. Cheeky fucker!
When we were younger, I would tell him everything – and he, me. I think it just grew from there, that I have some biological imperative to share wi
th everything with the people I’m closest to.

Despite talking a lot, I am really really bad at lying. And keeping a straight face is pretty much impossible. Blushing gives me away so easily, and fidgeting with whatever is near to me. Sometimes that Freud was scarily right.

“No mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his finger-tips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore”

‘Dont tell anyone’ are the most horrifying words anyone can say to me. If Jade Rachel is planning a surprise for the kids, she can’t tell me because I get so excited about it I want to just blurt it out. I am getting better at thinking before I speak but really, I’m no good at keeping my lips sealed.

My life is very much an open book to my loved ones. They know pretty much everything about me. I have nothing to hide. And you know what? I like to think that being truthful, open and honest are very positive personality traits to have – my friends certainly think so and really, that’s all I need.

A Day in the Life: February 2016

I think I have an ‘About Me’ page that I’m pretty pleased with. Thank you, all, for your tips and advice. It was very much appreciated.
Please do let me know what you think – all constructive criticism welcomed 🙂

Now, on with the post:
ADITL-Feb2016A Day in the Life is a monthly link up ran by Georgie. On one day each month you are invited to summarise your day, using the prompts provided if you want.

What did you wear today?
It was a work day, so a pair of red wide-leg trousers, matching blazer and a black wrap blouser. Now that I’m home, I’m in a khaki tuni and black skinny jeans.

What made you laugh?
Caden Bryce, just being himself. He wanders up to me, sits down and looks at me very seriously before asking me if I wanted to know what he was thinking about. I told him yes. Then he looked all sad and told me he’d forgotten what he was going to say.

TIL (Today I Learned)
HTML. Or, at least, I started learning it. Using a wordpress template is all wel and good but I figured it would be nice to be able to do more than just bolding and italics. I’ve started a free online course at https://www.codecademy.com/

The weather
Right now it is 7C and a little cloudy, but dry. It’s been like this most of today.

Four People I Encountered Today

Jade Rachel
Well of course my wife is going to be on the list. She woke me up this morning with a lovely mug of steaming hot sweet black coffee. Could life get any better? ♥

Caden Bryce
Our sweet little boy. He’s been sick this last week, a really bad cold and he’s been very clingy. He hasn’t left me alone since I got home from work. This is not a complaint!

Aaron
One of the IT guys at work. I was having issues with connecting to our internal network and he came and fixed it. Sweet kid, and always has sweets/chocolate/cookies to share with everyone! 🙂

Emma
Emma is a young homeless girl who I always see at the tube station. I would say she’s about mid-twenties and has a border collie. I buy her breakfast and some dog food every day – always make sure she has blankets/gloves/hat when it’s cold, an umbrella/coat when it’s rainign.

Who am I?

I’ve had this blank ‘about me’ page open all morning with the cursor flashing at me but I haven’t been able to get any further than Hi, I’m Eireann. That’s usually all I say to start with. I’ve never really sat down to introduce myself at length before. I can tell you why you should hire me, but that’s not really appropriate here.

I then decided to do what all self-respecting people do when they need to do something they don’t know how to do. I asked Google. But Google just wanted to tell me about how to get paid for blogging, or how to write a professional about me page for a corporate site. Again, not really my intention here.

Google was, however, very insistent that this page is very important and should be interesting, original, unique.
So, I shouldn’t just go

Hi, I’m Eireann. I’m 40 years old and I live in London.
I’ve been married to Jade Rachel since March 2015 and we have two children Regan and Caden Bryce.
I have a twin brother called Brody.
I work as a Graphic Designer for Flight Centre, I have a BA (Hons) Fine Art & History of Art and an MA Digital Arts (Visual Arts)
I believe in God. I drink too much coffee (and vodka) and eat too much take out. I support Arsenal FC, I love Disney movies, my favourite band is The Beatles and my favourite movie is Casablanca

You would think as an artistic/creative type this would be easy. I’m not a ‘words’ person though!