Here is the meme:
1. List 7 random facts/habits about yourself.
2. Choose another 7 bloggers to tag and list their names in your blog.
3. Leave your 7 tagged bloggers comments to notify them of their tagging and to direct them to your blog for tag instructions.
My answers to #1:
1. My college education/training was BSC Biochemistry and then MSc Information Technology. I dropped any art or creative subjects at school when we had to chose our O level subjects (showing my age!). I did carry on with Music but that had as heavy a workload as History!
2. I was always creative as a child, though, writing poetry and 'stories' from a young age and dabbling with drawing. I could always draw pretty well but would get so upset every time I was made to paint my drawing - I would feel that I had ruined it.
3. I have multiple sclerosis. Mine is mild and relapsing/remitting. I am mostly affected in the cognitive areas of my CNS (central nervous system), i.e. problem solving, concentration, fatigue, reasoning, memory and so on. Since I was a computer programmer, I had to stop that and so am medically retired (but without a pension - merely benefits). I do have a few other symptoms (the most frustrating with regards to artwork being reduced hand-eye coordination) but I won't go into them here.
4. I am an avid photographer when I can get out and about with the cameras. Apparently I have a good eye for composition and that helps with the drawing as well.
(see natphotoblog and my gallery)
5. I am married to an amazing man and have two gorgeous cats, Pixel and Smudge, all of whom keep me sane and look after me.
6. I started to train as a copyeditor/proofreader once I 'retired' (I am a grammar nazi and language pedant) but decided that there was no real point because I could never guarantee my health from one day to the next enough to meet deadlines and/or find clients. It is for exactly the same reason that I have nor pursued a career in photography.
7. I have been 'retired' for 7 years now and it still feels like a week. I am still not used to not earning money. I still find it hard to give myself permission to sleep when the MS fatigue hits. I am definitely my own worst critic.
(I have just realised that, at some point today, I emailed someone or commented on a blog and said I had been retired for 17 years. D'oh!)
My responses to #2 and #3:
Due to my 'allergy' to tagging memes, I am not going to tag anyone explicitly. If, however, you read this and are inspired to do the meme, do let me know in a comment here and do feel free to link back to this entry!