I'm Jess, head writer at Catch A Single Thought. I started blogging in April 2012 after I found myself sitting in the lounge one morning at 6am, the only person up, cup of tea in hand (naturally) with a million thoughts and opinions buzzing round my head.
I didn't want to be confined to the term 'mummy blogger' and so I chose Catch A Single Thought to try to encapsulate the fact that I wanted to be able to write about all things, not just my journey as a mummy.
When I'm not blogging, I am a part-time Office Administrator, long time avid reader and master of list making. I can often be overheard using the phrase "If I was in charge of the world..."
I'm also a habitual daydreamer and could talk for hours about my grand plans for the future - I have always wanted to travel and almost achieved my dream of travelling to New Zealand before finding out I was pregnant in the summer of 2008.
I am mummy to two absolute beauties, if I do say so myself, Meg was born in 2009 and Eli followed almost exactly two years later in 2011. I left my job as a legal secretary when I was pregnant with Eli and took a local job when he was 5 months old. I currently work for a Church and get to dabble in all kinds of exciting things - event planning, website content and social media as well as administrative tasks.
You can follow me @jjmcglynn on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. You can email me at catchasinglethought at gmail dot com.
I am also the Editor of the Duck Egg Book Club, join us on Facebook.
My two world changers:
Meg, 3 years old
If you ever wanted to meet a precocious, opinionated miniature version of me...then look no further! My little fireball; she is strong willed, determined and bright as a button. She loves to create and is happiest when set loose with a paintbrush! Gorgeous curly blond hair (me, jealous?!?) and baby blue eyes, she's set to be a heartbreaker!
Eli, 1 year old
Why did nobody ever tell me that boys were the ultimate mischief makers? Eli loves nothing more than getting up to no good. If it can be climbed (heck, if it can't) he will scale it, if it's dirty, he'll roll in it, if it's food related, don't look the other way or it'll be gone in a flash! Chalk to his sister's cheese, he is as chilled out as they come, although don't take his tractor from him or it'll be the last thing you ever do!
My Other Half
Thinks of himself as a master of witticisms, most likely to be found watching David Attenborough documentaries (whilst I snooze on the sofa next to him) - he attracted me with his blue eyes, black hair and penchant for playing the electric guitar, yes I wanted to be that girl. Is an engineer not a builder, despite Meg's protestations that he is Bob the Builder reborn!
I once read a book which said "If you want to know what your puppy will be like, look at your children" - I'd like to give that writer an award for accuracy. A lab-collie cross Alfie is utterly bonkers and he fits right in! This is a photo of him as an adorable (if naughty!) puppy, there's no chance he'd hang around for a photo these days!
I hope you decide to stick around, there WILL be tea and cake (there's always cake!) and, if it's after lunch, probably some sparkling wine too although you'll have to make do with a tumbler, I dropped our last wine glass sometime in 2012...