Sibling Gushing

February 25, 2012

Today I’m going to use my blog as a platform for some sibling gushing. You see, if you know me or have ever met me in person, you would be forgiven for assuming that I am the smartest of all 3 kids in my family. I’m not sure, but I think its my extensive and frighteningly in depth knowledge of all things celebrity, fashion and reality TV, or maybe its my random word choices and theatrical style delivery in conversation that leaves people stunned by the news that I don’t actually hold a PhD in anything, nor am I a member of MENSA, cos clearly, I should be, duh! Well, truth be told, and brace yourselves people, cos this is about to be, if not the the shock of the century, then most definitely the shock of the hour, I AM NOT ACTUALLY THE SMARTEST PERSON IN MY FAMILY. There, I said it. I know most of you are currently clinching your pearls and shaking your heads in utter disbelief, but its true. On top of that, I’m not even the nicest person in my family, not by a long shot. The honor of smartest and nicest person in my family, without a doubt, goes to my older brother, Edward. F’real.

As brother and sister we could not be more different. Its hard to even believe we grew up in the same family. I was the loud, in-your-face, demanding, pushy, pain-in-the-ass sister one hopes never to have and he was the kind, smart, reserved, grin-and-bare it type inflicted upon older brother who I believe must of had dreams of bounding, gagging and leaving me to rot in the back of a wardrobe somewhere on a daily basis. As grown ups our lives took completely differnt paths. While I focused on a career as a professional track athlete, he focused on his love of innovation and all things technology. While I was busy traveling the world, setting records, winning medals and competing at Olympics Games, he was doing the exact same thing, the only difference was his achievements were in a very specialized world, a world that unfortunately not everyone can relate to or understand, that doesn’t grab the spotlight in the same way an Olympic Games does, so his achievements did not always get the full acknowledgement and credit they deserved. But I truly believe, if the world of technology and development did have its own Olympic equivalent, my bother’s cabinet would be bursting with medals, records and titles.

This week however, my brother was recognized as one of the UK’s (he and his family now live and work in London, England) leading IT decision makers and he was interviewed by Testing Circle magazine, which I guess is tech worlds equivalent of Sports Illustrated. Either way my brother was the featured interview and honestly, if I didn’t know him well and hadn’t grown up along side him, I’d swear from reading the article he was some sort of IT Dalai Lama. Seriously. I’ve included a link to the article HERE. If you know Edward its definitely worth reading. And even if you don’t know him, its still definitely worth the read cos I promise, its less about geeky, techy stuff and more about Edward as a person and leader. You’ll be very impressed.

And as his sister I feel its my duty to keep him grounded, to protect him from any kind of serious head inflation resulting from this article, so I chose to post this image of him and I at 4 yrs old and 2 yrs old respectively. Look at me in my Paris Hilton style valor sweatsuit and my brother rocking the turtleneck and oversized collar combo, not to mention my parents choice of weird and over graphical carpet. Everything about this photo screams late 1970’s Ireland.

4 Responses to “Sibling Gushing”

  1. Edward says:

    Hi Sis,

    Thanks very much, a lovely blog entry I am very very flattered. I am still known to rock the turtlenecks 33 years since that picture. Think Howard out of The Big Bang Theory and you will get the idea.

  2. Sarah Shinkins says:

    Lovely blog entry Karen! Really cute pic of you both :)

  3. Dinara says:

    Great article! Thanks for including the link. I definately enjoyed reading this interview with the Head of QA at Betfair! Oh and congratulations on having such a great brother. Love the pic of you!

  4. Edward: I’m trying to help your geeky reputation, why you have to keep talking about your questionable fashion sense?? P.S, we forgot to draw attention to your high-waisted cords, hilarious.

    Sarah: I’ve changed A LOT, thank goodness.

    Dinara: Easy with the compliments or he’s gonna think he can start managing the rest of us ;)

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