Friday, February 12, 2010

About me

My name is Jen. Or Jennifer. I used to be known as Jenny when I was younger, but I don't know, I just outgrew it. Now if anyone calls me Jenny it feels really funny. Awful, in fact. It just isn't me.

People always think they know me. Or have met me. Or that my name is Sarah. I think I have one of those really familiar faces. Truly, not a week goes by without someone grabbing me in a shopping centre, or waving at me somewhere. I always smile and wave back. I think it's rude not to.

I have a really really good memory. Crazy good actually. When I close my eyes, I can practically recall the words on a page in a book. And I memorise things really quickly. It's like a party trick. It has come in handy though: I managed to do pretty well at school and uni, and in my job where I have to know reams of laws it's an extremely helpful skill. It causes me problems sometimes though - people tend to think I'm smarter than I am. I can actually be a total airhead at times.

I'm a Pisces. But I don't actually know what that means. I've never really looked into it. I don't know why, but horoscopes just don't do it for me. People I know often nod their head knowingly when I say I am a pisces. Apparently I must fit the mould.

The lovely nutters of our world always find me. It doesn't really matter where I am. I could be surrounded by a million people, and still, I end up next to the person with a few mental health issues. Must be linked to the fact that people always think they know me.

I have a foul temper. But I never lose it. I have totally trained myself to never ever lose my head. I don't think that shouting and screaming gets you anywhere. Except for the person you are shouting and screaming at thinking you are crazy and unhinged. Which is not the ideal way to get your point across, or reach a conclusion that you're happy with. So I just don't. I don't even really get mad anymore. I much prefer smiling.

I am a milliner. This means I make hats, headpieces, silk flowers, headbands, and all sorts of other lovely creations for people to wear on their heads. I hope that one day I can do this full time.

I'm a perfectionist. I'm not someone who can throw together a totally last minute relaxed dinner party. Sure, I can make it look that way. But believe me, hours of planning, cleaning, prepping, and organising go on behind the scenes.

I really love cooking. Really love it. I'm an excellent recipe follower. Things usually turn out as they're supposed to. Unless the recipe is wrong. Then I'm stuffed. I'm not a 'natural' cook. I can't tell if a recipe isn't right. That's why I don't call myself a good cook. Excellent recipe follower is much more accurate.

I am a mum. To two adorable little babies. Twin boys: Hamish and Lachlan. I am obsessed with them. I adore them. I never knew I could love anyone so fiercely. Nothing could have prepared me for the intensity of emotion I felt when I first laid eyes on them. They were born 6 weeks prematurely, and were classified as very low birth weight (that's under 1500g / 3lbs) because of intrauterine growth restriction. They were so so tiny. So many tubes and machines. We spent a loooong month in the NICU with them when they were first born, and the day we brought them home is one of my most treasured memories.

I am completely in love with my husband T. We met when were 20. We married at 24. And I think we're in a stronger, better, healthier, more loving relationship than ever before. We're one of those lucky couples who grow together even though we met so young.

No-one I know in the real world knows I have this blog. Except T. I didn't start it to get a zillion followers. I started it because I wanted to create a conversation with my babies. I hope one day when they're old enough they can see how much I love them.

I've started this 'About Me' page so many times, and never bothered finishing it because I just didn't think it would be that interesting. After reading Chantelle's ebook (Let's Give Them Something To Blog About) I decided to just finish it off once and for all. xx


  1. This is so beautiful. Your boys are going to love reading it one day. xx

  2. Love this!

    I'm exactly like you with the super dooper memory. People think I'm a nerd because I remember stuff, but in reality, I'm a massive airhead!

    Well done for finally finishing your About Me page, I now feel like I know a little bit more about you. xx

  3. What a great 'about me' page! I so adore hats and headpieces I am so impressed that you are a milliner! I would love to see some of your pieces (well apart from the your profile pic! :P )


  4. thank you lovelies. I don't have many followers, but I really cherish those that take the time to check in on me and my little pocket of the universe.
    And thanks Carly - I feel very honoured. You're a total sweetheart.

  5. Ohhh I am an excellent recipe follower too. Never been a natural cook, but give me a recipe it'll turn out perfect!

  6. :) This is my first time on your blog, and you made me smile. Thanks for that.

    It is a great post and I am glad you decided to finally post it. I think I might have to steal your idea at some stage!

  7. Hi Jen, my name is Shannon and I blog at From Mum to Me. I only started this in late 2010, perhaps I should have looked into the name of existing blogs a bit more, but I was at a blogging course and they wanted us to name our blogs then and there. I have been looking around your blog and see many parallels between us that probably led to us having such similar names. I don't have twins (I love the picture of the five mums and 10 babies, it is beautiful) but I am four weeks away from Baby Number Three arriving. I live in Perth and am 34. I also started my blog, partly anyway, to chat with my children, also to keep a record of my life as a mum. I have such a shocking memory, I didn't want to forget any of it. Anyway, just wanted to say hello and that I enjoy your blog.


Thank you for posting! You've just made my day :)