Hello and welcome! Thanks for reading. My name’s Siobhán and I live in Dublin, Ireland, with my husband, Joseph and our son, Boone. This is where I write about all of the things that are a boon to us: love, life, and lagniappe.

A few things about me

You know that question in interviews, when you get asked “so, tell me a bit about yourself”? Well, I’ve always wanted to answer: I’m a Virgo, that’s pretty much all you need to know. Give me all the details all the time, give me to time to think and overthink, give me to time to . . . wait, can I just tidy your desk for you?

As well as being a Virgo, I’m interested in anything and everything to do with language—language with a big L and language with a little l. Besides that one time I worked on an alligator swamp tour, and the odd stint in the financial and travel sectors, I’ve mostly worked in the world o’ words: book publishing, English language teaching, and freelance copy-editing. These days, I spend most of my time with Boone and when he’s in playschool, I teach or work on copy-editing projects or write, depending on the season. I’m always “actively seeking new opportunities.”

The past few years have been very difficult. I would describe myself as “in recovery.” I’ve gotten very interested in change, the messy back and forth nature of it, how it happens, and what it looks like when it does. I’m learning to take better care of myself.

Somewhat related, I like to knit.

Most definitely related, I’m vegan.

I get cranky if I don’t have a book (or three) on the go. My favourite genres are the personal essay, short stories, and memoir.

It took me until I was 33 to realise that I’m very fond of listening to music and going to gigs. Thomas Mars, by the way, is my boyfriend.

I could happily sit in a cinema all day long and/or look at pictures. Oh, wait, I already do that on Pinterest.

I love Dublin like a bad boyfriend.

About the blog

I started this blog because I love blogs and wanted to make one for myself, as a way to practice writing and preserve some of my memories before they were eaten up by time and/or long-term sleep deprivation.

I like expounding on themes I’ve picked out from pieces of dialogue in Coronation Street. Conversely, I’ve been a dedicated watcher of Home and Away since 1989, but none of the dialogue has ever caught my attention, for some reason (blinding sunshine) or another (gratuitous shots of half-naked teenagers.)

Here are the most popular posts of my blog so far:

On grief and loss:

A month’s mind

En grève

On trying to buy a house:

One more time, except this time with feeling

Another day, another destiny

On going vegan and self-care:

So far, right now

Take the decision out: social media

On mothering:

Going to (play) school

Mother’s Day

My precious/Update: Never trust a crocodile


I would love to hear from you. My email address is aboontous@gmail.com. Feel free to follow me on Bloglovin’, Instagram, PinterestTwitter, and Goodreads.







2 thoughts on “About

  1. I LOVE it!!! I’m so glad you are doing this. It’s so hard to be an ocean away, wishing we were closer, but after reading this, I feel more connected to all of you. This is absolutely lovely, and I truly look forward to reading more in the future!


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