about colleen

I'm thirty, and I've been married for years. I'm going back to school. I'm girly, and a grownup. 

And I live in Queens with my husband, poodle, and a dickens of a cat.

about the name

Leenie is a pet name for Colleen.  

Colleen is the phoneticization of the Irish Gaelic "cailin" (definition: "girl"), which is a diminutization of the Old Irish "caile." In other words, my name is a common noun that is itself already diminutized, which everyone likes to diminutize further. It's as though, from birth, I've been called "Girly."