I have been doing genealogy since my dad first introduced it to me back when I was in my early teens. I don’t recall the exact moment when I was bit by the bug. I have a letter I sent to my grandfather back in 1990 asking for information about his family, which is really the first documented item I have that I requested. Since then I have done genealogy off and on – mostly depending on what else I had going on and whether I could afford the Ancestry.com subscription. Back when I first started, your research options were nothing like they are today. I remember going to libraries to check out books, actual locations to talk to people who might have known the person we were searching for, even going to the national archives to look at census records on microfilm. The digital age has changed all that. I believe it started with Rootsweb, and then Ancestry.com and Cyndi’s List. Today there are way too many sites to even try to cover (just look at Cyndi’s List!!)
You might think that this is an odd title for a blog post. Especially seeing as though I am in my 40’s now. Where did the time go?! But I have thought a lot recently about what I want to be when I grow up. How do people figure out what they want to do with their lives – what they’re “meant” to do? Sometimes I feel like I just throw things at the wall to see what will stick. I discuss struggles with finding my passion in my previous blog post Another day, another butterfly. If you haven’t watched the link in there to Cass Phillipps TedX talk, I highly suggest watching it.
Image by renjith krishnan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
So many years ago I started having trouble with loss of muscle tone in my face. Kind of like a Bells Palsy. It would last for 10 mins or so and then resolve. I thought nothing of it – or maybe I was afraid to think anything of it. Eventually it progressed to involuntary arm movements and then to one very scary pseudo seizure. I call it pseudo because I was fully conscious so it wasn’t a real seizure. Back then I saw several doctors – some thought I was making it up – finally I received a diagnosis – Essential Myoclonus. I was put on medication that seemed to mostly keep it under control and things were ok. Eventually though I decided I wanted to ween myself off the drugs – at that time I was taking Neurontin (Gabapentin), Klonopin (Clonazepam) and Ativan (Lorazepam). I was getting married and I knew we wanted children, so in my mind if I could come off of all the medications I should. And I successfully did – one at a time. The Neurontin was the easiest. I ended up joining Benzo Buddies which was an online group to help come off the Klonopin and Ativan as they are both Benzodiazepines. I was super careful, using the titration taper plan. Finally I was off everything. And for the most part I was fine…
I am starting this blog to give an honest review of products I receive for free or at a discount in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of the product. A friend of mine has been doing it for a little while and I thought, “I totally should check that out!” I am a stay at home mom of identical twin girls, my little zaglings, who are currently 4 years old (the picture above is a bit dated – but so cute!). I have three degrees (Psychology, Legal Assistant and Finance) and was previously employed at a large bank as a Risk Analyst before I had my girls. I am very active in my local multiples club. I am always looking for items and products that are high quality that will make my life easier and healthier. Recently I discovered essential oils and am in the process of finding out how they work and if they are right for myself and my family. I’m also toying with the idea of working from home to make some extra cash – unfortunately I haven’t found a good fit yet though. Anyways, I look forward to sharing my findings with everyone!