I have accepted a seven-day blogging challenge, today’s challenge is: “Who are you?”
I am a full-time mom and a part-time web designer with a B Comm LLB degree. But is that really who I am? My Myers-Briggs personality type varies between “The Mediator” INFP and “The Advocate” INFJ. I do appreciate the irony of being an introvert with purple hair. I currently live in the West Rand of Johannesburg with my son, my husband and our zoo consisting of:
- two labrador siblings (Echo and Fudge): never ever get two dogs from the same litter ever, I implore you. Learn from our mistakes.
- two cats (Electra aka Lex and Jet aka Beanie)
- a collection of tropical fish in two tanks
I used to cloth diaper but I have not for the past year due to needing to take care of my emotional health. 2016 was off to really rough start when my dad was murdered in his home by three, as yet unidentified, intruders. Dealing with my dad’s death has been incredibly challenging and forced me to re-evaluate my positions on things like the death penalty, and gave me a non-academic look at the investigative portion of the criminal justice system. During my final year of University, while completing my Bachelor of Law degree, I did some additional community service with the Inquest division of the Johannesburg Magistrate Court, and I have dug very deep on those memories in asking questions about the investigation and follow up. I must admit that I am horrified by the experiences and lack of resources our police service have. And I worry about people who do not have my skill set needing to follow up with the loss of their loved ones to violence. Our system is broken, and I am not sure how it can be fixed. For now though I am focussing on the micro and not really looking at getting involved with fixing what is broken, perhaps one day in the future, but for now, I am taking care of myself.
I live with anxiety and depression and now grief. Grieving with a young child is complicated. When my mom passed away suddenly in 2011 I was able to retreat into my shell, with a toddler you need to make sure that they are clean and fed and stories still need to be read, puzzles need to be built and cuddles returned.
In 2009, Riaan got an opportunity to move to Costa Rica which meant choosing between staying in South Africa or going on an adventure. We chose an adventure and in our two years of living on the edge of a rain forest in the outskirts of Costa Rica’s central valley, I learned about web design, html and css. We also spent a bit of time travelling around Nicaragua, Chile, Honduras, Washington DC.
As a geek and a lover of museums my all time favourite tourist city is Washington DC with its vast museums to explore, but I am proud to say that the best museum that I have ever been to is Maropeng in South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind.
*My “Hello computer” greeting comes from Scotty’s encounter with a rather primitive computer in Star Trek:
Love and biography,