I Am...

May. 24th, 2016 09:11 pm
imagineireann: (All Star)
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!

Chaos

May. 9th, 2016 09:27 pm
imagineireann: (Good Things)
I discovered today there are a couple of guys in our IT department who play Dungeons & Dragons, and have spent this afternoon trying to convince me to join them. Not really my kind of thing but their passion was definitely enjoyable.

They were trying to decide what alignment I would be. I looked at them very blankly because quite frankly, I didn't have a clue. Possibly they were speaking Klingon...

But no, it seems your character's alignment is central to a D&D character's personality. D&D uses two measures to determine a specific character's ethical and moral attitudes and behaviour.

The moral axis has three positions: good, neutral and evil. Good characters generally care about the welfare of others. Neutral people generally care about their own welfare. Evil people generally seek to harm the others' welfare.

The ethical axis has three positions as well: lawful, neutral, and chaotic. Lawful people generally follow the social rules as they understand them. Neutral people follow those rules find convenient or obviously necessary. And chaotic people seek to upset the social order and either institute change, or simply create anarchy.


For some reason I actually agreed to take this... personality test type thing that would tell them about my character's view of right and wrong.
And the survey said:
Chaotic Good
A chaotic good character acts as his conscience directs him with little regard for what others expect of him. He makes his own way, but he’s kind and benevolent. He believes in goodness and right but has little use for laws and regulations. He hates it when people try to intimidate others and tell them what to do. He follows his own moral compass, which, although good, may not agree with that of society. Chaotic good is the best alignment you can be because it combines a good heart with a free spirit.
Sounds pretty accurate, actually. Although you still won't find me playing Dungeons & Dragons! ;)

Beach

May. 6th, 2016 09:34 pm
imagineireann: (Roses)
I have the strangest desire to be sitting on a beach; somewhere tropical, with clear blue skies, translucent water, golden sand beneath me. A book in one hand and a cocktail in the other.

Unfortunately, there's so much wrong with that image I don't even know where to begin!
I hate beaches, sand getting everywhere and making everything all gritty.
Hot sun? I'll turn into a lobster.
Cocktail? I'd rather an ice-cold bottle of beer.
And I couldn't sit still for five minutes without getting bored, getting up and wanting to do something. How do people do it? Lay there for hours cooking themselves? How are they not bored?

So I have no idea where this daydream came from. I suspect it isn't mine so if you've lost it, let me know and you an come and pick it up...

Where would I rather be?
I'd like to be wandering the streets of Amsterdam. It houses more historic buildings than any other city in the world and it has one of the largest historic city centres in Europe, consisting of 90 islands linked by 400 bridges. Most of its historic buildings and streets have remained unchanged since the 19th century, due to the fact that there was no major bombing in the city during World War II.

Where am I?
London. I do however have that ice-cold bottle of beer in my hand!.
imagineireann: (Daisies)
In an effort to try and kick myself up the ass and post more, I'm stealing the 30 Day Challenge meme that [personal profile] vanillamagick has started posting. Wish me luck?

Day 1 asks Write some basic things about yourself

The basics are that I’m a 40 year old bisexual, polyamorous woman who works as a graphic designer in the travel industry. I live in London with my wife, children and cats. I love God, caffeine, chinese food, classic rock, and classic films.

I’ve was born in East London and have lived here all my life, despite having a name that means ‘Ireland’. I have a twin brother called Brody – and it’s very important to note that I am five minutes older than he is – and we’re very close. He’s quite literally my other half.

My parents, however, disowned me when I came out as bisexual in my early 20s. I haven’t spoken to them for over 15 years.

I graduated from University Of The Arts in London in 1997 with a BA (Hons) Fine Art & History of Art, and I completed my MA Digital Arts (Visual Arts) in 2014 through Camberwell College of Arts in London.
I work for The Flight Centre as a Graphic Designer although most of my job revolves around usability and layout of company literature – both internal and external

As well as a passion for art, I’m fascinated by Psychology and Philosophy and am seriously thinking about completing some kind of course around them.

I met my wife Jade Rachel in 2010 and we have been married since 30 March 2015. We have two children, Regan who is 17, and Caden Bryce who is 5.

That’s the serious stuff out of the way:
I believe in God.
I drink too much coffee (and vodka) and eat too much take out (and chocolate).
I support Arsenal FC
I love Disney movies
My favourite band is The Beatles, my favourite movie is Casablanca, my favourite colour is red, my favourite author is JRR Tolkien and my favourite painter is Leonardo Da Vinci
imagineireann: (Daisies)
An interesting meme I've seen on blogs over the last couple of days - [personal profile] vanillamagick included, so I'm joining in ad posting about the 5 Things in My Purse at All Times

Wet wipes/hand sanitiser One of the perils of travelling by public transport, you never know when you're going to touch something unpleasant.

Pocket rocket vibrator Oh, don't look at me like that. Sometimes a woman gets frustrated during the course of her day and needs to get herself off in the bathroom!

Spare pair of glasses I'm as blind as a bat without my glasses, and I don't get on with wearing contact lenses all day. Spare glasses are essential as a 'just in case'

Hair accessories Ive always got a couple of hair grips and a band or two with me. London can get very humid at times and avoiding bad hair day frizz is always handy

Tablet computer For working on the go

That's not to say those are the only things in my purse, but those are definitely among my essentials.
imagineireann: (Love More)
Sometimes it's amazing how fast time goes by. It's like life has started rushing by like it's trying to break a land-speed record and I'm scared it's going to pass me by and I'm going to miss it.

How is it possible that we're coming up to Jade Rachel & I's first wedding anniversary? I still remember the first moment I saw her and that was six years ago now. SIX YEARS.
Note to self: what are you going to do to celebrate this?

How is it possible that Regan is 18 this year. 18, driving, (hopefully) leaving home and going to university. And Caden Bryce is 5. I was there when he was born, this tiny little wrinkled baby and he's now this exuberant 5 year old who loves cars and monkeys and lego and counting.

I feel like I blinked and half a decade has gone by. I remember how long the six-week school holidays felt as a child, stretching out into this foreverness of freedom. And now it's almost March - weren't we just celebrating Christmas?

Can we please slow time down a little so I don't miss anything?
imagineireann: (All Star)
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.
imagineireann: (Adventure)
I think I have an 'About Me' page for my website that I'm pretty pleased with. Thank you, all, for your tips and advice. It was very much appreciated.

It goes some thing like this )

Please do let me know what you think - all constructive criticism welcomed :)

Who am I?

Feb. 5th, 2016 01:07 pm
imagineireann: (Default)
I've had this blank 'about me' page for my website 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!
imagineireann: (Cherry Blossoms)
I can certainly see how writers, how anyone who writes, could get Writer’s Block. I have discovered, upon opening up this ‘post an entry’ page that sitting staring at a blank white screen with a flashing cursor is in fact quite foreboding. Maybe its the expanse of white, I’m not quite sure but I’ve certainly never had that same heart-clenching feeling when working on graphics.

Facing your fear of the unknown, it’s such a rush. Especially when you dive in head first.
Which is what I’m attempting to do here.
My first first blog entry.
How thrilling.
I feel like I should be 15, not 37. Surely I’m too old to be doing something like blogging?
Apparently not, since here I am. Blogging.
Well, attempting to.

I’m guessing at the beginning is a good place to start, and possibly with an introduction

My name is Erin.
Technically, it’s Éireann but I use the Anglicised version for ease. I’m not Irish, I have no Irish blood in me at all but I have parents who adore Gaelic names. And you don’t get much more Gaelic than a name that simply means Ireland. I’ve never even been to Ireland, which is something I do intend on rectifying. I live in East London, I’ve lived in East London my entire life and I’ve no doubt I shall probably die here. And yes, I’m a Cockney. A living, breathing, born in the sound of the bow bells Cockney but, along with netspeak, you’ll never hear me use Cockney Slang unless I’m taking the piss. It was one of those things my father used to spank out of me and my brother. Cockney Rhyming Slang, that is, not netspeak. That hadn’t been invented when I was young enough for my father to still put over his knee!

I mentioned my brother there. He’s one of the people I have no doubt I will mention many times when blogging as he’s one of the people I’m closest to… and you don’t get much closer than being twins! His name is Brody – another Gaelic name, meaning ditch. I’ve been trying to lose him in one for the last 30 years but he keeps on coming back In a way, it’s wonderful. He’s my best friend, my confidant, my partner in crime. Other times, there’s nothing worse than someone knowing what you’re thinking, whos always there.

I think I’ve said enough for my first post. And it’s given me pause to thought about what else I’m going to talk about as well. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. If you’re still here, thank you!

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