About me

April 2016

Hi!

I’m married to the British independent author Michelle McMurrie. Michelle is transgender and her books available so far were written under her previous name of Michael Pugh. We’ve been married since 2010 and live together in Liverpool, though I am originally from Leeds. As I am Michelle’s editor/publisher/publicist, I may blog about the occasional book related thing on here, but really this is my downtime blog where I get to relax, follow my friends’ blog posts and chat about fun stuff!

I love to create posts around fab things I’ve seen on Twitter.

I am obsessed with WordPress and I love to follow lots of different kinds of blogs…

music and film blogs as I tend to blog mostly about my favourite music or films I’ve seen recently. I’ve picked up loads of film recommendations from film blog posts so my Netflix list is quite long at the minute!

book blogs as I have always loved reading and I am always looking for recommendations to add to my Goodreads ‘to read’ list.

– any kind of cooking or baking blogs, as I’m not very good at cooking but there are so many recipes I want to try on people’s blog posts. Not a good idea to check their posts when you’re hungry as I usually end up craving everything I see! I save the recipes in an internet folder, and once I try the recipe in the future, I’ll be able to post the original recipe post. Credit where credit’s due!

travel blogs as I love to visit new places.

nostalgia blogs. I was born in 1978 so the decades of my childhood were the 1980s and 1990s. I love to reminisce about the music, fashions and trends of back then.

craft and knitting blogs as I have always been interested in crafting and knitting. I have recently gotten back into knitting after not making anything for 25 years!

aspirational and good news stories blogs. You hear so many negative and upsetting news stories in the media, and those blogs redress the balance by bringing positive and happy news stories into your life.

nature and animal blogs. I love ducks, they are my favourite of all of the creatures and I would spend hours feeding them if I could.

vegan blogs as we became vegan at the start of January 2016. We had been toying with the idea of becoming vegan for a long time, and feel so happy that we’ve taken the leap with it.

healthy eating and weight loss blogs (especially Slimming World blogs) as I’m currently trying (semi-successfully) to lose weight, so I do post about my weight loss journey when I’ve got something to celebrate!

My other websites
As well as this downtime blog, I also run a family of websites under the ‘Merryn’ umbrella. You can read more about them below:
Merryn Books (interviews with UK and Ireland self-published authors)
Merryn Charity (interviews with UK and Ireland charities and community projects)
Merryn Magazine (a quarterly magazine which is on hiatus, but I am still blogging posts about things that interest me)
Merryn Music (interviews with UK and Ireland unsigned artists)

All in all it means I’m very busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way! 🙂

54 thoughts on “About me

    1. Thank you for the howdy, nice to meet you too! I am so jealous that you’re in Nashville, it’s on my list of places to visit once I win the lottery lol 🙂

  1. Hi jenny… Thanks for liking my post and following my blog.. and I was indeed right there is a sequel to pitch perfect (just done reading your post).. Looking forward to it!!!! 😀

    Ajja!!Nice blogging!!!

  2. Hi Jenny,
    thank you for following my blog – I hope you will enjoy the posts! I visited Leeds last summer, but since it was raining quite badly the whole time, I do not have any nice shots from Leeds. It seemed a nice city though!

    Cheers,
    Ilona

  3. Hey there Jenny! You started following my blog so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi!” From your “about” page, I can see that you’re into lots of cool stuff that I’m into too. I’m gonna go poke around on your blog a bit now. Celeste 🙂

  4. If you’re lactose intolerant, don’t forget to take a good all round calcium supplement and get plenty of weight-bearing exercise. Osteoporosis is a serious condition you don’t want to end up with in old age.

    I’ve been taking calcium for something like 30 years ever since I was found to have a problem with dairy foods and increased my dose when I turned 45. A bone density scan some 8-9 years ago revealed I now have a bone density of 94% – way about the usual for a middle aged Caucasian female. Looks like my calcium tablets, plenty of walking and diet is working well.

    1. Ooh, thanks for that, I’ll definitely pick some calcium supplements up. I have been eating and drinking dairy so far as I am still learning what’s good (WordPress is so helpful!) so I know I have been having some calcium intake. I’m aiming to go vegan altogether so a calcium supplement would support me there. My husband and I will soon be starting a walking regime, is this the right kind of exercise?

      1. I have to be honest (having studied all the diets of long living cultures over the last 25 years) and discourage you from a vegan diet. It is way too restrictive in nutritional intake, particularly vitamin B12. I would be trying vegetarian first and seeing how your body adapts. (I have tried most diets, but the Paleo diet works best for me – no grains or dairy, basically). Some people do well without meat, I never did. If you’re going vegan, I can’t stress enough how important B12 supplementation is. By the time nerve symptoms of lack of B12 appear in your body, it is already too late and nerve damage is permanent.

        You really have to know about nutrition & food if you’re going vegan.

        My best friends were vegetarian all their lives and only recently (he’s 62) had to start eating meat again due to 2 heart attacks in quick succession. His cardiologist was concerned he wasn’t getting enough of the 8 essential amino acids necessary for good heart health (which are in meat). At least with vegetarian, you can get the full compliment of essential amino acids with food combining (lentils & rice, Beans & pasta, chickpeas & tahini in humus, and so on).

        I never did well on vegetarian, or a fish only diet, but the Paleo diet works well for my dairy & gluten intolerances. I still eat a little dairy & some rye sourdough bread every now & then (and suffer the consequences). If you’re going Vegan, I would also recommend fish/krill oil capsules to boost your Omega 3 levels.

        Yes, walking is excellent exercise and even more so if you carry some weights (or in my case, I carry a little backpack & camera bag with a couple of cameras/lenses whenever I go outdoors. The weight of lunch, drink, sunhat, 2 cameras & lens is enough to qualify for ‘weight-bearing’ exercise for sure). I chose walking because it fits in with my outdoor nature photography and with a serious ‘medicated’ heart condition, I can’t do the vigorous exercise & power walking regime I used to do many years ago. By the way my heart condition is inherited, not because I don’t exercise or eat right. It has only been giving me serious symptoms since 2009.

        Swimming is another excellent exercise as it takes the weight off the joints. In fact, most sports are good exercise. Walking is easy, as depending on your lifestyle, it can be incorporated into your day without having to spend any money (except on supportive walking shoes). 20-30 mins brisk walk every day would be ideal, but at least do some exercise 3 times per week as a minimum).

        Late 1990s/early 2000s I used to do just over an hour’s walking most days as I walked to/from work, occasional walk at lunchtime and a long walk through the nearly Botanic Gardens after work. I used to do 30 mins toning & stretching exercises every morning in winter and about 3-4 mornings a week in summer (as that’s when I’d do more outdoor walking). Unfortunately I can’t do these morning exercises now, but I still try to get out 3-4 afternoons a week walking.

      2. Wow, thank you so much for taking the time out to reply to me, you have certainly given me a lot to think about! I will look into Paleo at the weekend, it sounds like a great option for me.

        I will also look into vitamin B12 and Omega 3 oil supplements if I am not getting enough in my diet.

        We are aiming to start walking in the next couple of weeks, and will be slowly building up to a 4 mile walk 5 days a week, which we used to do a few years ago, but we gave up when the weather got too hot, then we never went back to it for various reasons. This means we will be walking 20 miles a week. Taking some weights sounds like a great idea! I usually carry my water bottle in my hand, so I could take a backpack instead.

        You have really given me food for thought, pardon the expression, so thank you again for taking the time out to help me 🙂

  5. Hi
    I notminated you for both the sunshine award & the inner peace award. Feel free to take a peek if you’re interested 🙂
    http:lovefromtara.com

  6. i love your “About”! What a delightful and talented lady you are! How wonderful it would be to have you and your husband as one’s friend.

    1. Wow, thank you so much! Your message could not have come at a better time as I was just wondering if I should even continue with my blog, as at times I struggle with creating interesting posts.

      Thank you so much for nominating me, I would love to take part! I also love your blog. I have been so busy recently that I haven’t had much time to interact with your blog, so I know I don’t look like I look at your blog, but I really do.

      I hope you’re having a nice Saturday and I hope that I continue to make you smile. You’re so lovely and deserve nothing but smiley days xx

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