Time To Reintroduce Myself!

The blog has had a shiny new name and domain. So it seemed like a good time to reintroduce myself to you all! Honestly, I drafted this post ages ago but was putting off posting it because I literally have no recent photos of myself. That just seems daft though, so I’ll throw in some older photos instead.

So this is me, on my way to our wedding last year. My hair is now a lot darker, but it’s pretty much the most recent photo, so it’ll do. I’m really not one for having my photo taken!

Sewing My Wedding Dress: The Bodice

Things You Probably Don’t Want To Know, But I’ll Tell You Anyway…

The first thing you need to know about me is that I hate being called Vicky.

Which, of course, always prompts some comedian to immediately call me that. What a lot of people don’t know is that my parents were actually going to call me Vicky. Except they couldn’t agree on whether to spell it Vicky or Vikki. The story goes that my Dad went home and by the time he’d got back to the hospital I was registered as Victoria. They decided that no one would ever shorten it after that.

Victoria Tube Station Sign

I’m vegan…

…and, along with my family have been for two years now. My eldest daughter, who was six at the time, wanted us to try being vegetarian. My youngest is lactose-intolerant and so here we are!

I have no idea who walked me down the aisle.

My husband, Andy, and I got married last year on 4th May. Unfortunately, my Dad has MS and is unable to leave the house and so couldn’t walk me down the aisle. As we were having a Star Wars theme for our big day, I contacted the UK Garrison (a Star Wars costuming club who do appearances for charity) and we donated some money to have Darth Vader and three Stormtroopers as part of our ceremony. Darth Vader walked me down the aisle, but at no point did we meet the guys our of their costumes so we don’t know who they were!

Darth Vader #mauswedding19

I’m a qualified primary school teacher who now home educates.

We took our daughters out of school in July for various reasons. It’s already been a fascinating journey, especially for me as I find I’m constantly unpicking me own school experience and subsequent career choice. If you’re interested, our home education adventures have their own blog.

Time to Reintroduce Myself

I have endometriosis.

I started experiencing pain at around the age of 16 and was diagnosed at 20, whilst at university. I’ve written about my experiences with endometriosis here.

I hate getting up but The Miracle Morning changed me!

I was told that I’d never have children

… thanks to the severity of my endometriosis and related complications. The doctor actually said I had more chance of winning the lottery. By some miracle, we conceived our two daughters without any medical intervention and I’m eternally grateful for them.

Meet The Mauses

I taught myself to sew…

…and regret not asking my Grandma to teach me. My Grandma was an amazing dressmaker and passed away when I was 16; I couldn’t even sew on a button. When our eldest daughter was a baby I borrowed her old sewing machine and taught myself.

I sewed my own wedding dress…

…(and then failed to finish blogging about it!). I think my Grandma would have been pretty impressed. It’s the most complicated project I’ve ever taken on, but it was more than worth it. What was really lovely was that I managed to re-purpose an underskirt my Grandma made for me when I was a bridesmaid; so it was like there was a bit of her there on the day.

Sewing My Wedding Dress (Part One)

My sense of humour is very much influenced by Monty Python.

I can definitely blame this on my Dad. I even wrote about Monty Python in my GCSE English exam when asked to write about a major influence on me. We went to see ‘Spamalot!’ last week which I’ve wanted to see for years and it was so funny. It’s set me off on watching all things Python again… ni!

Monty Pythons Flying Circus

My favourite place in the whole world is Greece.

When I did my teaching degree, History was my specialist subject. As part of that, I was lucky enough to go on a week’s trip visiting historical sites like the Parthenon, Delphi and Olympia. I’ve loved Greece ever since. One of my life goals is to go with Andy, Eleanor and Phoebe.

Parthenon; Greece is my favourite place in the world

So there you go, that’s me!

Toria

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