Happily married, with 2 gorgeous, inevitably exasperating grown-up kids, and two crazy dogs.
Live in a sleepy village not far from Oxford. Used to live in the city of dreaming spires, but moved out in 2002, to a place of semi-tranquillity.
I used work from home, copy-editing and proof-reading scientific, technical and medical books and journals. Now I still do a little freelance, but I work full time at the University of Oxford in the finance administration.
I enjoy working and playing on the computer - I occasionally play Runescape, not as much as I did. Mostly these days I enjoy tabletop gaming - modern board games. I run my own gaming group - mostly my friends whom I've converted. We meet at least twice a month and we love it.
I love watching all sorts of sci-fi - currently Stranger Things - the list is just too long. I enjoy going to scifi conventions, with my best friend Sue, who has been into Star Trek for decades.
I love making lace, although I’m not a lacey sort of person, so I don’t wear any of the stuff I make. I mostly make mats, bookmarks, table centres. I also enjoy lots of different sorts of needlework. Especially Hardanger, cross stitch and needlepoint.
I used to practise Taekwondo twice a week. I got my black belt aged 41. Sadly, real life got in the way and I had to stop. I need to find something else to keep me fit. I enjoy ballroom & latin dance classes, but that's not really enough...
I have a sister who's a singer/songwriter, who should be a megastar already, but has decided not to sell her soul to the big record companies, so remains independent for now. Check out https://beccyowen.bandcamp.com/! She's now in a band called Joy Atlas, who have a steady following in the northeast of England. She used to be in a band called Sharks Took The Rest. I also have a brother, who is an awesome windsurfer.
Like many people I suppose, sometimes I'm high, sometimes low. Most of the time I'm on an even keel. I had a bad dose of PND after my daughter was born, so I know how it feels to wake up and not cope, with anything. Some days you just feel like you're not connected to the world, you know - on the outside looking in? Nowadays I'm better (I think! You tell me! Or ask my kids!), but I can get thoughtful and riddled with self-doubt. Doesn't everybody go through stages like this?
I try to respect other people's politics and religious beliefs. Personally I hate politics - all politicians should be shot! - and I'm a Christian at heart, but don't practise organised religion very often. I know what I believe and I don't often talk about it.
I like to think I'm open-minded, and I'm not easily offended if anybody's opinion is different from mine. On an off day I can be overly sensitive though. Quite often I can see both sides of an argument. Which is exasperating to other people, I'm sure. Comes from being a Gemini, maybe? Schizo!
As an old gal, I don't feel I'd have that much in common with people under 21 or thereabouts, so please don't be offended if I don't friend you...
I don't post as much as I should. Which is a shame. Facebook seems easier, but it's a lot shallower.
I'm the moderator of a little community called learn4life. It's for posting all those little chunks of useless information that we pick up. Take a look!
Oh, if I didn’t need sleep, I’d get so much more done.
Favourite quotes "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." ... Albert Einstein
"I prefer the wicked rather than the foolish. The wicked sometimes rest"... Alexandre Dumas
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one" ... Albert Einstein
"Either find a solution to your problem or stop considering it a problem." Jeffrey Deaver, The Broken Window.
"He who strikes the first blow admits he's lost the argument" ... Chinese Proverb
"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals" ... Sir Winston Churchill
"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint." ... Mark Twain
"If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes." ... Source Unknown