The Incidental Family – a bit about us

Hi! I’m Erica. I’m *cough* nearly 40 *cough*

I’m sarcastic, funny (actually make that hilarious – sometimes), sweary, love a bit of innuendo, a bit political, a feminist that likes to have the door held open for her.  I like food, drink (particularly Prosecco), music, films, travel, beauty (I’d wear more make up if I had time) and long walks on the beach.

I live in Kent, just outside London, with my three boys. One grown up boy, Vince, who is French (he can’t help it) who shares my birthday (git) but is 7 years younger than me (lucky me).  Our two children are the two Ls. I will refer to them as Big L & Little L. Big L is 5 and at school and Little L (who was somewhat of a surprise) arrived in March last year.

My Mum lives about 5 minutes away from us (lucky Vince!).  She brought me up by herself so you either have her to thank or blame depending on how you look at it.  She’s been my best friend for as long as I can remember and I don’t know what I’d do without her.

Vince’s family lives in France, we visit each other as often as we can – which is not nearly enough – but Skype and Messenger keep us in contact.

On to my extended family.  My best friends! Thankfully I have some fierce women in my life to balance out the testosterone I live with. My absolute Bestie who’s put up with me pretty much since we both exited the womb is SC. We grew up together and bathed together. Living along the road from each other and neither having siblings we’re more like sisters.  We’ve been through an awful lot together. No matter what life throws at us it will be us two, forever.  A bit like Edina and Patsy, I won’t say who is who.

Then there’s CL, we met at playschool and have been friends ever since.  I became her son’s godmother at age 17, I think we can all agree that set him up for life! I went on my first holiday abroad with her at age 20. To Kavos. It was an experience.

Last but not least is JP. We met a few years ago but it feels like we’ve known each other for at least one lifetime (if not more).  We just clicked.  She is a couple of years younger than me and was in my cousin’s year at school so we had met in a previous life.  She’s one of those people that’s super popular.  You’d be hard pressed not to like her.  Pretty, friendly and bubbly.  Don’t bother to try to compete with that!

This blog is an outlet for me, to rant, vent, make people laugh (I like doing that). It’s about nothing specific but family life crops up more often than not. I’m a mother but it isn’t a Mummy blog.  I’m a vegetarian but it’s not a foodie blog.  I have Crohn’s disease but that is also incidental. I’m a left leaning hippie that wants to punch slow-moving people in the back of the head. I’m not a professional writer – can you tell?

I’m me. I’m possibly a bit Marmite (which I happen to like, makes veggie food much more interesting). Basically I like to have a good rant now and again, mainly with good humour and just a pinch (shovel) of sarcasm.