Be yourself

Be true to you...with a little help
make the connection
say what you feel
and smile, more

Word for 2011

My word of the year is TRY.
I give up too easily,
I don't start because I think I'll never finish,
This year if it looks interesting,
if it looks worthwhile,
if it's something I always wanted to do,
well, this year I'm going to TRY
and lets see how much more I can achieve

About me

Life before blogging.  Let's try a linear approach.  Hmm....o.k
1950's born
erm, nope, not working for me.  Let's try key facts
Born 1955 virgo, 
Partner of five years, born 1952 aquarius.  
Him computer-scientist beardy-type, me socio-political people-person arts and crafts
ahh, clearly should have labelled this page 'About me and him'
He reads the Guiness book of Records.  And Which? magazine.  I read good books.
He watches news. 24/7.  I watch good films.
Both need outdoors and solitude
I have two sisters one brother all younger
He has brother and sister-in-law
We bring betwixt us seven children (three mine two boys one girl, him four boys)
and four grandchildren (one boy one girl him, two girls me)
I have seventeen nieces and nephews, three great-nieces three great-nephews
I like babies!
His mother is eighty-one 
and my Dad is seventy-nine
We live in small house, small town
I love where we live
We travel about a bit, we know the U.K. pretty well.
Prefer country to city mostly
He has a lifetime's target list of trig points and hills to tick off
I like watching birds
We both like maps
We haven't been to the cinema for four years ten months tomorrow (Valentine's day 2006)
We're unlikely to go to the cinema together, ever
He talks throughout movies because he doesn't 'get' what's going on
I love movies
We travelled abroad together for the first time this year (USA)
I had a great time
We're unlikely to travel abroad together, possibly never excepting if new grandchildren are involved obviously
He works in computers 24/7
I work at home
I've had many and varied occupations.  I used to work as a nurse (six years), as a debt adviser (five years), as an outreach worker, as a hotel maid, selling outdoor gear, as a waitress, as a sign language user's support worker, as a note-taker, in factories, in law courts, in hospitals, in colleges and in universities.  Not all at the same time.  The most jobs I ever held simultaneously (well , during the course of each twenty-four hour day) was three.  Oh, and raising three children aswell.  In fact, I believe I held three jobs in 1973, 1982-1987, and 2002-4.  This constitutes three time periods, they weren't the same three jobs.  
I've been paid rubbish.  I've had tips.  I've volunteered.
I keep hoping for better
I had a rubbish education
Until I was thirty five.  I went to college, it was sooo great.  I studied sociology psychology english counselling sign language, then university where I read sociology and social policy, anthropology, women's studies and forensic psychology, then post-grad school where I researched social polarisation in the built environment, then distance-learning university studying behavioural science, then night-school university where I took  management studies.
It stopped being so great
When I was fifty-five I quit studying
and started blogging 
*lol* hello! *waves*