Blog Award.

The very kind Mommabel from True Life is Stranger than Fiction nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award! I only found her blog on living with autoimmune disease recently, but am already enjoying another perspective on many of the same challenges I face. You can find her writing here.

The award involves picking 15 other bloggers to award, and listing seven interesting facts about yourself. I follow approximately a million blogs, but I thought I would stick to my favourite chronic illness/health bloggers, since that’s more likely to be relevant to my own readers, so I have a few less.

I would like to nominate:

http://livingsick.com/

http://sunlightinwinter.wordpress.com/

http://mlindh359.wordpress.com/

http://dysautonomiac.com/

http://mecfsdreamland.wordpress.com/

http://fibrofeist.com/

http://bobisdysautonomia.blogspot.com.au/

http://25pillsaday.wordpress.com/

I’ve been following some of these for longer than others, but all of them have a writing style I love (is it just me, or do people with chronic illness have an awesome sense of humour?) and a lot of useful information.

And I’m not sure how interesting these are, but some random facts about me:

1. I am ambidextrous. I could write with both hands until I was six, when my teachers told me to focus on one (I went with left). My writing has deteriorated through lack of practice, but I still use both for painting, sport, using scissors, makeup application, and pretty much anything else. I like that I defy generalisations regarding brain lateralisation!

2. In addition to a 2.5 year old black cat named Bella, I share my house with a 4 year old, 2.5 metre, 5 kg carpet python named Tannis. I was terrified of snakes when she moved in, but have grown much fonder of her since, although I’m still not brave enough for cuddles.

3. I am a word nerd. I studied linguistics briefly, and have English teacher as my back-up career. I am constantly mentally correcting typos and mistakes in other people’s writing (although I’m sure my own has plenty!), and correct my partner’s word usage a lot, which needless to say he does not particularly enjoy. It’s a compulsion.

4. I am wildly unathletic but have always enjoyed ballroom dancing (particularly Latin styles). I did lessons from the age of 10 to 16 and got to competition level. I’m still hopeful my back will allow me to restart lessons soon, although my spinal implants have forever ruined my fluid hip-swivel.

5. I am pretty awesome at baking, but can’t cook to save my life. If it does not have a high sugar content, I will ruin it. I recently started eating Paleo and am discovering that baking with grain, dairy, and sugar free ingredients is a lot more challenging.

6. I also have a black thumb. I kill plants at an alarming rate, even when I try really hard to keep them happy. I am still mourning the loss of a beautiful purple orchid, although I think this one survived for record time (about two months). Unfortunately, I live in the house my grandmother (an avid and talented gardener) used to live in, and I have killed at least half of the plants here.

7. My mother is Scottish, and I did some family history investigating for her recently. It turns out that her father’s family motto some several hundred years ago was Latin for ‘Swift and Strong’. Considering my family is more ‘Slow and Crippy’, I find this intensely amusing.

That’s it! Thanks again to Mommabel for the nomination.

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