This isn't my first journal, I was 'icemaiden013' from 27th April 2004 to 2008. I felt 4 years was enough and it was time for a change...
Born and bred in Newry, Northern Ireland, I'm a 28 year old graduate of Queens University Belfast, I graduated (at long friggin' last!!) with a major in Politics and a minor in Culture and Media Studies. I had a chequered relationship with my university career but I'm certainly glad it's over and am proud of my accomplishment!
I used to live with my parents and then with friends in university however, from November 07 - June 08, I lived with my other half in Larne, Northern Ireland. Colin and I have been together officially since May 07, we were friends and dated for a while before that!. At that time, Colins Company decided to transfer him back to Houston, TX (where he lived and worked for almost 6 years before he met me!). My move to Houston for the first 6 months in particular was difficult. I suffered from homesickness, loneliness and insecurities but I've started to come into my own and have realised that it's changed me in many ways and I'm stronger as a result of it. In October 2009 we got married in a small court house ceremony, followed by my dream 'white wedding' a year to the day later, in 2010.
Also in October 2009 I began a volunteer position for the Schlumberger Spouses Association - It is a global, voluntary, social organisation for all local and international spouses and partners of Schlumberger employees. It's been a life line since I landed here in Texas and I was offered the volunteer position of Welcome Coordinator which I held for 2.5 years and I've just handed off my most recent position of Chapter Coordinator which I held for 18 months, basically I help people, which is something I've always loved doing and I find it a very rewarding job!
I am a HUGE hockey fan, it's actually where Col and I met...we loved watching our local team the Houston Aeros. Back home, I volunteered for our local team the Belfast Giants on a weekly basis, at the merchandise stand.
My other hobbies include, singing (sing star is awesome!) , writing, reading, knitting, cooking/baking, crocheting, photography, scrapbooking and hosting gatherings for my friends and family (and playing Buzz!). I love travelling, and tend to travel quite a bit.
Everyone has off days, everyone has bad days and low days and days they just want to curl up in a ball and cry, everyone has days they just want to scream and shout and pummel the hell out of things, days where not even their husband, lover or best friend can calm them down and make them see the light in their life, days when the black and dark engulfs, and that's normal, that's life. I write in my journal numerous times a day, I write mainly about all the bad stuff and I use this journal as a theraputic diary, of my innermost thoughts and emotions.
I know I crave attention sometimes, and I'd be the first person to admit that. But again, everyone does, some days I just want the world to revolve around me, for people to pay me attention, it's selfish and i'm not proud of it, but i won't lie and say it doesn't happen, it does. Sometimes I feel like my problems are bigger than the collective problems of everyone else in the world, and regardless of what happens to people, its so much worse, because i happens to me and sometimes, given what goes on in my life, I think that's understandable. At the end of the day i'm human, and I have my faults and flaws, but don't think i'm naive or blind to them, because I see them just as clearly, if not more so, than other people.
TV shows I like include West Wing, 24, Greys Anatomy, Bones, Friends, Ally McBeal, Star Trek (TNG, Voyager and DS9), Will & Grace, Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Private Practice, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Sopranos, Tudors and Rescue me, NCIS, NCIS:LA and ER to name but a few! lol!
Music I like include, guys with their guitars, Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, but in short (which you'll find I don't do very well! LOL!) a mix of RNB, pop, hip hop, rap, easy listening...Pink, Rihanna, Britney, Christina, Beyonce...love em!