I have one husband, two children (10 and 8 right now), and – big exciting update – two cats!

I was born, bred, and educated in Dublin, Ireland. In 2003 I left my cushy software-company editing job behind and, newly minted green card in hand, emigrated to the USA to join my then-boyfriend. Since then I’ve been a personal assistant in Pennsylvania, a tech writer in Texas, and now I’m a mom in Maryland. Hooray for alliteration. However, I maintain that editing is a calling, not just a paycheck (not even a paycheck, much of the time), and that’s how I think of myself when not being a sherpa/chauffeur/personal milk dispenser.

Since having children it has turned out that I lean more towards the attachment-parenting model of things: please don’t hold it against me. Now and then I will take a soapbox stand on issues such as low-intervention childbirth, breastfeeding, and co-sleeping. It’s my blog, so I’m allowed.

The plan was to return to Ireland for good some day, but jobs and recessions being what they are, we’re not clear when or if that’s going to happen; for reasons more practical than sentimental, I became a naturalized American in January 2013. I never intended to be a crazy hippie raising American children, but it seems to be turning out that way, just a little.

You can also find my writing at TheDCMoms.com, and I’ve had posts syndicated and featured at BlogHer. I used to write for the long-lamented Parent.ie group blog, but those posts are lost in the mists of the Internet.

February 2017

A note on names:

My son’s blog-name was Monkey, until 19 October 2011 when I changed it to Dash. Please do not be confused by this turn of events. He’s the same child.

My daughter started out as Miss, and became Mabel. She’s the same child too.

A note on internal links and older photos:
Most of the internal links and many of the photos are broken because I’ve moved the blog several times and not taken the many hours/decades it would take to put everything back where it belongs. Sorry about that.


All content is copyright of Awfully Chipper (unless otherwise stated). All photos are my own.

The current sidebar photo (2018) was taken by me on top of Killiney Hill, Co. Dublin.



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