Me in a nutshell

No, I won’t actually fit in a nutshell; but this is the short version of “me” (maybe someday I’ll bother w/the long version, but today is not that day)…

I’m older than I look <G>, happily married to my best friend and very own Johnny Lingo (which is how you’ll see me refer to hub on my blog), the mother of one pretty fabulous little girl (on my blog she’s Glam, short for Glamouriffic), and step-mum to a smart, gorgeous young woman (on my blog she’s Indie, short for Ms. Independent).

I’m employed by a well-respected strategic communications firm in SLC, where I wear different hats as needed, including editor, technical writer, instructional designer, and proofreader. I also work as a local account manager for Advantage Medical & Pharmacy, specialising in compounded medications for pain management, wound care, and scar treatment. Additionally, I’m a voice actor (I’ve also done some tv/film work and really enjoyed it) and what one of my friends jokingly refers to as a “serial entrepreneur” (s’all good, he labels himself the same way, haha).

I was born in Virginia but grew up mostly between Germany and Texas, courtesy of the U.S. Army (yes, I still know—and use—the phonetic alphabet, and yes, I still run all of my clocks on 24-hr time); San Antonio has a very special place in my heart and will always be “home” to me… ❤ I’m the eldest of four, and for several years now all of my family have all lived within a 20-mi radius of each other (something I don’t think any of us ever expected would happen) just south of Salt Lake City, Utah (something else I don’t think any of us ever expected would happen). We enjoy having family nearby, and I have to admit I do think the Wasatch Mountains are incredibly beautiful, plus I really enjoy having actual seasons (kinduva novelty for a South Texas gal) 😉

I love music (especially classical, jazz, and “spa”; but I’ve got a decent little collection of EDM and dubstep, too), reading, cooking, and all things girly (I have a fondness for nail lacquer, and I’m partial to mineral makeup, esp indie companies; I also collect fine fragrances—niche perfumers are my faves). I’m allergic to fur, feathers, dust, pollen, mould (yeah, pretty much everything ;\ haha); but I had two kittehs, Stormy and Einstein, and I miss my girls a LOT (ex kept them since I can’t have pets where I live right now). my favourite snack is popcorn (yes, w/butter and salt); I use a special blend of sedative/soporific essential oils at night to help me sleep (no more sleeping pills for me!); I collect recipes and have more than I could ever possibly try in one lifetime; I tend to carry my stress in my neck and shoulders; I’m a scifi geek (anything Star Wars, Star Trek, or Doctor Who will pretty much instantly distract me from whatever else I was just doing, haha); I’m on a mini-crusade to help people understand PMDD and hormone imbalance; I adore “statement” jewellery; and it drives me absolutely BATS when people waste food.

Anyone who’s spent any time around me—or even just poking around my blog—tends to quickly figure out that I’m pret-ty random: I have a tendency to rapidly progress in my head from Topic A to Topic K, but what usually gets verbalized is only A and K, which tends to confuse the heck out of people. In the Disney-Pixar animated film Up, one of my favourite scenes is where Dug the talking dog was in mid-sentence when he’s suddenly sidetracked, along the lines of: “I love my master, he is good and kind and SQUIRREL!” and his head jerks violently in the direction of the critter that distracted him—I can relate a little too well, haha. My “Easily Distracted” blog title is a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgment of my innate randomness 🙂

I found this little name-meaning thingy on someone else’s blog, thought it was kinda fun and decided to add it to my “About Me” page:

What Tanya Means

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless – and you have a lot of questions about life.
You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You’re most comfortable when you’re far away from home.
You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are usually the best at everything … you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic “Type A” personality.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.
You may miss out by not settling down, but you’re too busy having fun to care.

Not all of this is accurate (I’m actually pretty much a homebody), but most of it’s reasonably close to describing me. Makes me kinda curious who comes up w/meanings for names and how they do it (but not so curious that I’ll spend any time researching it).

Here’s another “personality test” someone sent me, results say I’m HFPS (Humanity, Foreground, Big Picture, and Shape)—the Humanitarian: “You perceive the world with particular attention to humanity. You focus on what’s in front of you (the foreground) and how that fits into the larger picture. You are also particularly drawn towards the shapes around you. Because of the value you place on humanity, you tend to seek out other people and get energized by being around others. You like to deal directly with whatever comes your way without dealing with speculating possibilities or outcomes you can’t control. You are in tune with all that is around you and understand your life as part of a larger whole. You prefer a structured environment within which to live and you like things to be predictable.”  I’m not sure how they came to some of those conclusions, esp since I need plenty of “alone” time.

I took another personality-typing test in Oct ’08—it was a professional test administered to my dad as part of his application for a senior position at a local college, and he was able to bring the test home, so he helped me take it. Most people get 3 different results w/3 different personality types that blend together; I had ONE personality type across the board: “creative”—you can read the related blog post here.

I’ll continue to update this as appropriate, but that’s enough for now 🙂

15 thoughts on “Me in a nutshell”

  1. Rebecca said:

    Love the blog, looks great and has good info on PMDD. I so know what you mean about the stress in the neck and shoulders, it’s me too.

  2. kerry said:

    Love your blog> I also settle stree in my neck,shoulders & throat. I don’t know what it feels like not to feel tension anymore in these areas.

  3. martydrury said:

    Hi. Amazing blog. Would love to add your blog to my blog roll on (my blog) if that is ok with you?

    Best wishes,



  4. My friend on Facebook shared this link with me and I’m not dissapointed that I came here.

  5. Not that I’m impressed a lot, but this is a lot more than I expected when I stumpled upon a link on Delicious telling that the info here is awesome. Thanks.

  6. Great Post.

    Thanks for the info.

  7. I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog. Thanks,

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  8. clay freeman said:

    I caught a tweet on twitter saw your pic and thought she’s interesting looking. Well its a half hour later and wanted to say I loved your blog. You are in the right place in front of the camera Nichole Kidman has nothing on you I could point out what I like but it would sound creepy. Maybe I’ll see you in person at Mi Tierra.

  9. Hope it is ok to Blog roll you. If you would like me to remove link just say so. I have enjoyed your randomness…hehe. Thanks for sharing, Ed

    • tanyaross said:

      thx for visiting me, Ed — glad you enjoy my randomness 😀 it’s an honour to be added to your blog roll, I appreciate it!


  10. Denny said:

    Easily distracted or Tanya, who has a lively mind that sort of dances all the time, we need more like you.

    I laughed from the beginning to the end of your blog, creative and non conformist.

    From Doctor Who forwards and backwards.

    Well not sure if you have read “The Mind that Changes Itself” by Norman Doidge but if you have the chance please do, you will enjoy greatly.

    I found your site researching and you made my day, well afternoon~evening here in Canada.

    Warmest Wishes and thanks,


    • tanyaross said:

      what a lovely compliment, Denny, thank you! I’m delighted that you enjoyed my meandering little blog so much — thank you for visiting me, and pls feel free to come back any time 😉


  11. Janet said:

    I think it’s so amazing that you take the time to share with all of us…I’ve been searching for info….how old do you think it all started with you?
    Thanks for your help

    • tanyaross said:

      Janet, I’m glad you find my willingness to share my story helpful—it’s readers like you who make keeping this blog worthwhile, so thank you! Not counting the obvious hormone fluctuations during puberty, I’ve had some kind of hormone imbalance (usually progesterone deficiency) since I was at least 25, but it didn’t get severe enough to start interfering with my life until after my daughter was born (I was 32). The first couple of years could easily have been PPD, as that’s been noted to last up to 24 months after giving birth, but after that, especially due to the cyclical nature of my symptoms, it was more accurately diagnosed as PMDD. HTH! ~~T

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