Rachel, over at When a Lion Sleeps, Let it Sleep (good advice, Rachel!) bestowed on me the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Rachel!
I've done this before, actually a few times, but since there are many new visitors here, I'll do it again, so you can learn a little more about me. I'm supposed to give you seven random tidbits of information about myself. Then I'm supposed to pass this on to seven more people, which I'm not entirely sure I'm going to do, since I'm the Mama, and I make up my own rules.
Here are some random things about me:
1. I am a professional musician who plays and teaches violin, viola and piano. I have a lot of stories I could share related to my life as a musician, but I'll share just one: In 2004, when I was five months pregnant with Bubba (my second child), I had the brilliant idea to compete in the Paris International Viola Competition. I don't know what I was thinking, being so sleep deprived and sick from the pregnancy, but since I'm crazy, I did it anyway. Circling over Charles de Gault airport, waiting to land in Paris, was the worst. I tried really hard to not throw up, but I couldn't hold it back. The flight attendant provided a nice brown bag, and everyone stared at the poor, pathetic pregnant woman as she heaved up her insides. Totally embarrassing! (For those of you who are interested, I somehow managed to be a semi-finalist in the competition. I think the judges felt sorry for me. Either that, or they found me extremely amusing.)
2. Before kids, I was a PADI Scuba instructor. I have lots of stories related to that, too, but I'll limit it to one: I was on a night dive in Cozumel, Mexico, swimming along, minding my own business, when an octopus decided to suction cup my face. Yep. I got a grand eight-legged hug from the cephalopod that covered my entire face. Talk about a little startling! I managed not to panic, and got the thing off of me, but it left me in a nice cloud of ink. Oy!
3. I've always been interested in science. If I wasn't a musician or author, I'd be a scientist (and probably make a lot more money!) I enjoy studying genetic engineering, and had also considered being a pediatrician or brain surgeon.
4. This is a weird one. Sometimes I have dreams where I see things happening, and then the next day or sometime later, the things happen just as I dreamed them. The first time I remember this happening, was when I was eight years old. I dreamed I was in school. I saw the girl chosen for the May crowning, I heard what the teacher said, and I even saw a paper fall off a desk. The next day it all happened just as a saw it- even the paper falling off the desk. It was the strangest thing. Has that ever happened to anyone else?
5. I've always wanted to skydive. It's on my bucket list. I'll probably end up doing it when I'm 83 years old!
6. I love to travel. It's my goal to visit every continent and every state in the United States.
7. The two things I wanted to be when I was a kid were an astronaut and an opera singer. I still find outer space fascinating. But I'm sure none of you would want to hear my opera singing skills!
Okay. That's it. I'm running out of time here, so I'm not going to select 7 people. If you have less than 200 followers, please take this award! Hope you enjoyed reading these random things about me.