As much as I know you LOVE my song parodies, and as much as I almost couldn’t resist the urge to start this post with “Blogger, Blogger,” I will not, I repeat, I will NOT be changing the lyrics to a popular Marvin Gaye tune.
Now, if you don’t know the song, then you must live under a rock. Oops! Did I just say that, um, I mean write that? Anyway, I figured that since it’s been a while since my last post, I’d fill everyone in on…well, what’s been going on.
Over the Hill
If you haven’t figured it out, I just turned 40! OK, maybe not “just” but it was only a few weeks ago. And so, once upon a time, I had a goal to write a children’s book by my 40th birthday. It wasn’t just any children’s book; it was one I started way back in 2011 after my second daughter was born. I kept putting off finishing it for years until I went to a book pitching event where I put my idea out there and pleasantly received positive feedback. But there was still work to do. After about another year, I FINALLY finished my first draft only to find that a book with a very similar story line was soon to be released. I was devastated! I had to step away from the project for a little while until I figured out what I was going to do.
And then, one day it hit me! I had an idea for a new story line using the character I had already created! With my birthday nearing, I got to work and focused on finishing the book. After some rounds of edits, I finished the book exactly one week before I turned 40! So, now I just have to find a publisher to take on the project.
OH, THAT’S ALL? HAHAHA!
I am just beginning the next part of the process, but am feeling an amazing sense of accomplishment for what I have done so far. I have always wanted to be an author and even recently found pitch letters I sent to publishers when I was a mere 14 years old, as well as some of the responses. Here’s one of the pitches:
I can definitely learn a thing or two about drive and persistence from my younger self! 🙂 Needless to say, I have some more ideas up my sleeve. I’m even working on a book for other bloggers about my favorite pastime besides cooking…writing! I look forward to posting updates and links to my books. Speaking of updates…
The State of the Uterus
Previously, I wrote a very lengthy blog post about some female medical issues I was having. At the end, I mentioned I’d provide an update, and so the time has do so. As I warned the first time around, if you don’t have a uterus, or never had one, you might want to just skip to the next section. If you missed the post, you can check it out here: Endometriosis and Adenomyosis and IBS, Oh My!
Anyway, I’ll make it brief this time. When I started taking the continuous birth control medication, the pains I had been experiencing seemed to lighten up significantly. However, on the downside, instead of no period, I had a perpetual period. I think it was five months of constant bleeding minus a week or two here and there. Not the result I was hoping for! I had to experiment with dosage and then…Eureka! Something finally worked! It turned out that I needed a much higher estrogen dose than is typically prescribed.
I’m happy to report that ALL of the pains have subsided! And, I’m feeling better than I ever have! But, perhaps I can’t contribute everything to the medicine alone. I did DRASTICALLY change my diet as well, which I will talk about in an upcoming post…