About Me

My readership has grown somewhat and now it seems people actually read this blog who I don't personally know, so I thought I would take a break from the normal posts today to tell you a little about myself.

Me
I'm a 40-year-old married woman. I've been married for almost 10 years to my hubby, who is a writer and artist and art supplies salesman. We have no kids, three cats. We live in Seattle, but we both grew up in the Omaha, NE area. I grew up on the Iowa side (Council Bluffs) and he grew up on the Nebraska side with some brief stints in other places because his dad worked in the meat industry and those guys kind of move around. We met in 2002, married in 2004 and moved out here right afterward. I was 31 years old at that time.

My 20's were a crazy time, like everyone's, but mine maybe a bit more so because I have a condition called PMDD that makes me extra crazy in the week before my period. I go blank and stop caring about anything, and sometimes I get very depressed. I am usually an overachiever, but PMDD makes me into another person and I have made a lot of bad decisions during that time. I would take jobs and quit jobs as if they were nothing, and I dropped out of college a few times before managing to finish even though when I did go to class I had basically straight A's. I had weird relationships and dysfunctional interactions with others that then I was always trying to dig out of when I wasn't in the throes of this condition. 

Once I figured it out, got some treatment, and learned how to manage it, I spent a few years cleaning things up and straightening things out. I've tried different things over the years, but for the past 6 years or so I have been taking 10 mg of fluoxetine a day and it helps a lot. It's not perfect, and my doctor says I could take more, but I have found a balance that works for me with the minimum amount of medication possible, so I'm OK with that.

Sometimes people ask me why I moved to Seattle, and I never have a great answer. It seemed like a good idea to go somewhere else after getting married. It seemed like a good idea to make a lot of big changes back then when I was still in that sort of "life cleanup" stage, and for the most part I am happy that we moved out here. It's culturally and creatively more amenable to our interests. The one big downside is that's it's very expensive to live in Seattle! Financially, we are not where we should be or where I would want to be. 

The positive side is that since I have lived here, I have seen and done so many cool things that I would not have done back home. We subscribed to the ballet for a while. We've been to a place right on the salt water where oysters are grown. We've spent summer vacations on the Oregon coast.

Somewhere near Cannon Beach

I fell into being an IT person at work about eight years ago, and over the years learned a lot about IT. I'm not sure that would have happened had I stayed back home. I really enjoy it as a profession and almost can't believe I didn't think to go to school for computer science, but that's all water under the bridge now. I work in an environment with a lot of confidential processes and information, so you won't see me writing about it on the blog. Nor would I want to since this blog is more for writing about fun and hobbies than for my work.

I have a Master's degree in English with an emphasis in American literature. I used to specifically write book reviews on this blog and aspired to more intellectual pursuits. But over the years as my "day job" work has gotten more intense and more complex and become more of a real career, my personal interests have gotten lighter. Nowadays in my non-work hours I am more interested in makeup, nail art, historical fiction and other lifestyle stuff like cooking and homekeeping. I was participating in a lot of online forums and groups about those things, so I decided to start writing on a regular basis on my blog about that stuff. I really enjoy trying all these products and books and reviewing them for others. It's a way to make a bit of extra cash and/or try out a lot of new products as well.

Many lifetimes ago, I wrote and performed poetry, and I have outlined and started to write a novel, but I haven't worked on it for a while. I actually met my husband because he saw me performing poetry at an open mic in Omaha all those years ago. It was the most true embodiment of that old saw about how if you just do what pleases you, the right person will come along. What pleased me that day was reading a poem about being trapped in the ladies room at Mutual of Omaha, crying because I hated working there so much, and for some reason that touched my husband and moved him to seek out my contact information (a bit harder in the days before Facebook). And the rest is history.

Our history includes a lot of sandwiches.
My voice as a writer changes over time, but one thing I know for sure is that I always need to be writing something. I don't make a living with this blog, and I don't have that as a goal.  I've never wanted to be a full-time writer because I want to find some balance between the work I do in "real life" and the work one does a writer, which, unless you are at the very top of the profession, is ephemeral at best. I always want the work I do to have some kind of impact, even if the impact is simply that you find out that NatureBox is great and the Honest Company is overrated, that's enough for me. That's probably why I feel more motivated to write blog posts than to write a novel, although the novel is important too and needs to be finished. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. 

2 comments:

  1. Hey Angie, I loved this. Hopefully, your writing will help you work through the PMDD and keeping your life on track. :-) Thanks for sharing your personal side. Diana

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  2. Great bio, Angie, and great to get to know you a little better. I am glad you found some relief from your PMDD. I take Fluoxetine also, not for PMDD. It has helped me a lot. Take care, Susan Casey *waves*

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