I was born in Poland, and emigrated with my parents and my sister via Austria to South Africa in early 1980s. I attended Brooklyn Primary and PHSG, and then two weeks before my matric exams I left SA to attend an American high school. I then studied economics and international relations in Boston, MA (one of my favourite places in the world). I eventually moved back to SA, where I have been heavily ingrained in the online space, in one way or another. I am a single mother of 2 fab kids (see below).
I am a frustrated creative-type, a wanna-be writer, a gardener-to-be, a perpetual student, and a soon-to-be-expat (maybe?). I have too much work, not enough time, I procrastinate and I hate to cook. I look for shortcuts to an easier life, I’d rather be the dumbest person in a room than the smartest, I overthink everything, I read everything, I am a grammar Nazi (apostrophes and its vs it’s), don’t know actors, directors, musicians, artists by name but do enjoy their work. I laugh at myself. I’m an optimist. I’m a tough critic. Don’t suffer fools. People who drive slower than me are idiots. Also people who drive faster than me. I am an extroverted introvert. I’m a loyal friend.
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She’s just turned 18, and was supposed to be starting an international pre-med college program with a sub-focus on data science in September. Needless to say, that is not happening this year. So she is a bit lost right now. Micole is the kindest and gentlest person you will meet, was never that “typical teenager” and I cannot believe she is now an adult! One of her defining life stories is that she was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor when she was just 2 years old. Needless to say, she beat all the odds. I’m grateful for her every day. Love that kid!
Posts featuring Micole can be found here
Ah, the apple of my eye. He’s 9, and a rather precious young man who melts my heart. He’s into space, and physics, and the stock market, and cars. And Fortnite. He likes to be right all the time, thinks he is much smarter than he really is (although…wow…is that kid smart!). He’s taking online schooling in his stride, and does not like reading “all that much”. He really is smart, though. And cute. And kind. Love him to bits.
Posts featuring Zac can be found here.
Strictly speaking, Craig is no longer a part of “us”, although I guess he always will be. He’s Zac’s dad (hence Zac Blumenow, not Zac Dmochowski 🙁 ). We were together for over 10 years. He left in October 2019 to go live in the UK. I still do not know what happened, or what went wrong. We’re still friends, although often I don’t think he deserves that. It amazes me that we can speak on the phone for an hour, but cannot maintain a relationship. He hurt me. Enough said. One of my main goals for myself is to make sure I am better off without him.
Posts featuring Craig can be found here.
That’s my sister. She is 7 years younger than me, no kids. She lives 2 km away from me (as does my mother…Pretoria is a bit of a village) and runs various offline businesses. We balance each other well. If were not related we would probably not be friends, but blood is thicker than water and we are each other’s frist-port-of-call. We speak probably 5 times a day, and when not in #lockdown have at least 1 coffee date a day.
The Boston Terrier. A cuter dog you have never seen. A bit crazy, true that. But so loveable. She is a full member of this family.