The rules of this madness are:

1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
2. They must also answer the 11 questions the ‘tagger’ has set for them.
3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.
4. They must then choose 11 bloggers tag them in their post.
5. These lucky bloggers must then be told.
6. There are no tag backs

Dace over at The Long Way Home tagged me and so here we go…!

11 Things About Me:

1. If I could learn any language, it would probably be Anglo Saxon. That waes gode cyninga!
2. Some days I really wish I was more left-brained (practical) than I am… It would make life so much easier if I wasn’t such a dreamer!
3. I am convinced I was born in the wrong century. My skill set is such that it is very impractical for modern life, but would fit very well in ages past!
4. I have moments where I inexplicably know which of my immediate family is on the other end of the ringing phone.
5. I very nearly did not survive childhood. Twice.
6. I have a crazy tough skeleton — I’ve been in multiple situations where I should have broken bones, but didn’t. My husband teases me about being a Terminator.
7. The only culinary thing I have a talent for is pie. I always get asked to bake pies for events and things, and my pies always disappear first at potluck events — when other pies are still sitting on the table!
8. I am a Pisces and LOVE water, yet I have this unfathomable fear of water I cannot see to the bottom of.
9. My favorite fruit is the Asian pear.
10. If I could learn anything, I would want to learn how to make instruments like the old craftsmen did.
11. If I could have any superpower, it would be flight. 🙂

11 Questions:

1. what makes your heart skip a beat?

Birth control pills. You may laugh, but I’m going to use this as a moment for a word of caution to all you ladies who think the pill is the best thing since sliced bread. Like most women, I went on the pill right before I got married. Within three years, my libido had dropped, and I had all these weird little things going on — sudden onset of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, painful periods (that I hadn’t had since High School), and mood swings, for example. None of them were very serious, and so I wrote them off as ‘just a part of aging.’ Occasionally, I’d have to switch pills because one would quit working, and I sat through months of episodes of painful sex, irritability, problems with my period, and more. All, I was assured by my doctor at Planned Parenthood, were normal and nothing to worry about. Being the naive, trusting patient that I am, I believed them when I shouldn’t have.

Springtime of last year I developed sudden heart palpitations. I’d be fixing my coffee in the morning and my heart would start RACING, and I’d grow short of breath, as if I just ran five miles. Then, it would quit. The first time it happened, I wrote it off as a fluke. We’ve all had moments where our heart just started racing for no apparent reason and it was harmless.

Then it happened again, and again, and again. There were no heart problems in my family, but I was frightened, so I made an appointment with a local women’s doctor. We ran gamut after gamut of tests: blood tests, urine tests, questionnaire after questionnaire. By now (December 2011), I couldn’t even walk up the five steps into work without having trouble breathing. My heart was racing frequently, and never when I had been exerting myself. My doctor hooked me up to a heart monitor over Christmas weekend, and they found nothing amiss.

I asked them if it could have been the birth control, but they wrote me off saying it was “impossible” because “birth control is the safest drug out there for women.” So, I went home and dealt with the palpitations and the shortness of breath for the next four months, because there was nothing else I could do.

By mid March, I had started to get even sicker, at which point my husband suggested I quit the pill. I finished my last pill pack on April 28th, and within two weeks, the palpitations were GONE, the shortness of breath was GONE, and all the other “innocuous” symptoms — the painful periods, the painful sex, the irritable bowel, the mood swings, everything — was GONE. It has been six months now and I haven’t had any medical issues since.

Let this be a word of caution to you, ladies. Explore your birth control options well. There are other, safer methods out there (FAM is very good and straightforward, you can look it up). Our bodies are delicate, the hormonal systems in them aren’t designed to be played with so casually. The pill is NOT for everyone, though today’s doctors seem to think its the cure all for everything from rampant acne to irregular periods. So, if your doctor suggests the pill to you as an option, take a good, long, hard look. It’s much, MUCH better to have your heart skipping a beat from love instead of chemicals! 🙂

2. what qualities do you like in people?

Honesty, kindness, intelligence, and passion for the things they do

3. what is your passion?

Music. 🙂 and writing!

4. Why are you blogging?

I blog because it is fun to keep a journal of sorts, and it also helps me get the word out about my music and other published works.

5. What is your dream?

To change someone’s life for the better with a song I wrote. I can think of nothing more profound or beautiful.

6. If you had to give away a million dollars, what would you do?

If someone gave me a million bucks and I had to give it away, I would set up a trust or something to help small schools fund their music programs with grants. I would also set up a scholarship foundation to help underprivileged, musically talented youth go to college.

7. Who or what inspires you?

That’s a hard one. The places and people I get inspiration from are different every day.

8. How old would you be if you didn’t know old you are?

Haha, some days I feel nineteen and other I feel like I’m fifty….

9. When it has all been said and done, will you have said more than you have done?

Another hard question. I suspect I will have said more than I have done, simply because I like to talk about things — music, good literature, life, beauty, etc. — although I hope it’s the other way around…

10. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

I would go back to that moment in high school when I didn’t stand up for a friend of mine while the popular girls were talking smack, and I would tell them where to shove it. I regret that I stood by, silent, that day. I should have spoken up.

11. If someone offered you a million dollars for a night of sex, would you do it?

No way! At the end of my life, I want to be able to look back and know that I was faithful to my husband, that I maintained my self-worth, and that I kept my personal integrity. Those things — being able to stand yourself in the mirror — are so much more important to me than money… even if I really needed it! There are always other ways to get what you need that don’t involve sacrificing yourself.

11 Questions for Others!

1. If you could be any thing in the world — animal, vegetable, mineral, element, etc. — what would you be and why?
2. How did your passion find you?
3. Have you experienced any miracles in your life?
4. What thing have you been able to do, that you never thought you could?
5. If you were a book, what genre would you be, and why?
6. Have you ever surprised your family, and was it a good thing?
7. Do you have a “bucket list?”
8. What’s your favorite piece of advice?
9. What would your superpower be?
10. Money or happiness?
11. If you could paint a great work of art, what would it contain?

And the 11 Bloggers I Tag:

Well! I guess that’s everyone over there on my blog roll of Favorite People! 🙂

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