Monthly Archives: October 2012

One Lovely Blog Award

I am so excited to have been nominated for my first award! Thank you C.T. Westing! ūüôā

I recently started blogging as a way to decompress during the grueling editing process of my first book, which took almost four years to write.

¬†I’ve been a little overwhelmed, navigating through the blogosphere. But though I may be late to the party, I hope I am able to contribute to the merrymaking!

Seven random things about me:

  1. I am a TCK (Third Culture Kid)
  2. “Beduwen” is a play on the beautiful Arab nomad – the bedouin
  3. I’m afraid of snakes
  4. I was a French teacher in a private school
  5. I love Goldfish (the snack crackers)
  6. I worked at the rodeo in Mt Isa, Australia the summer I graduated from college
  7. 7 is my favorite number

My nominations for the award are (and if you’ve already received it, well, I think you deserve it again):

The Works of Rich Amooi

Amber Starts Today

Road To Manhood Blog

Expat With Kids

Munchie Musings

The Cowardly Feminist

Lynsie Buchanan

Thirsty Richmond

Tall Curly Biscuit

Ninja Mom

Kid Free Living

Cannibalistic Nerd

The Bloggess

When Pigs Fly

Blogging Dangerously

Now I’ll pass the baton….

The Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

2. List seven random things about yourself.

3. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.

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B-Vitamin Pee


What is it with vitamins anyway?¬†Am I the only one who is suspicious about how much your body actually benefits from something that is in pill form?¬†Do they really get absorbed into the body or do they just go in one end and out the other?¬†I’m pretty sure the ones¬†I’ve¬†taken have done absolutely nothing for me. Besides making me gag, that is.


Vitamins! (Photo credit: bradley j)

I have thought about this a lot over the years. I’ve wasted spent countless hours reading up on what vitamins are best for:

  • pregnancy
  • constipation
  • exhaustion
  • shiny hair
  • healthy fingernails
  • beautiful skin

(pretty much in that order, too.)

I admit, I’ve taken a lot of vitamins myself. Or rather, I’ve¬†tried¬†to.

I think my obsession with vitamins started when I was a kid. I begged my mom to buy the Flintstone ones that the neighbor kids were taking. Who wouldn’t want to take those cute little pink Wilmas and purple Dinos? They looked and tasted like¬†candy!¬†Instead of buying them, she made me eat more vegetables.


The first time I took a vitamin as an adult was when I was pregnant and my doctor prescribed prenatal vitamins. Bleccchhhh! ¬†They were friggin’ horse pills, with the unfortunate side effect of causing vomiting. I preferred the morning sickness and tossed the vitamins into the trash.

But every once in while, I buy some to try. Because there has to be something to vitamins…. after all, it’s a billion dollar industry. My sister even took part in one of those pyramid schemes where she sold “custom” vitamins: if you sent in a sample of your urine the company created a multivitamin tailored just for you. Unfortunately, before I had a chance to do it, she was on to the next scam¬†scheme – a pill that you put in your gas tank so your car could get better gas mileage. (I am¬†not¬†kidding. It was a vitamin for your car.)

Last year I tried a multivitamin specifically for women. The first and last one I took made me feel like I was carrying around a huge brick in my stomach. It was downright painful. Not to mention I felt sick.

A few months ago I bought a B-complex vitamin. I know those B vitamins are important (and someone told me they’re good for hangovers). The vitamin tasted so bad I literally had to hold my nose to take it. I felt okay, but when I went to the ladies room a little while later I noticed my pee was bright yellow¬†and it smelled exactly like the vitamin.

I haven’t taken another one.

I wonder, are there any vitamins out there that you can take without gagging and that are actually good for you?

Or was mom onto something after all?

(Comments welcome!)


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