I’m Nobody! Who are you? (260)
Emily Dickinson, 1830 – 1886
I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!
How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!
Hi! I’m Mandy, and I’m nobody. And I like it that way!
If you’re here, you’re either really bored or really curious. Or really dedicated to knowing the people you deal with. At least, those are generally the reasons I find myself reading someone’s “About Me” page. So if you’re any of those things, you won’t mind how long-winded I can be, even when I’m typing rather than speaking. But for those of you who may be pressed for time, the next paragraph is for you:
In life, whatever happens to me, however I am blessed, whatever I learn, whoever I become, whoever I meet, whatever I do, wherever I go, whatever I am, it’s all by the grace of God. I’m a follower of Christ, a part-time church secretary in rural North Carolina, married, and I love arts. If you want to know more than you ever needed to know about a stranger, read on:
I’ve lived in North Carolina all my life, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I graduated high school in 2001, and went on to earn an Associates in Business Administration. I worked my first job alongside my dad as an orthodontic lab technician, making custom retainers by hand, which mostly involved wire bending. After that, I worked for a temp agency throughout several positions at an insurance company, entering claims and such. I had one temp job working reception at a sleep clinic, which was interesting to say the least. After that, I had a pastor recommend a job to me at a local crisis pregnancy center. I worked there as director, and also as the office administrator. From there I moved on to my current job, as a church secretary and treasurer. I’ve been in this job since 2009 and it’s the best job I’ve had.
I met my husband, Joey, through our mutual love for the band Third Day, back in the early 2000s. He lived in Illinois, so all of our initial communication was done via Internet, which freaked our parents out. We weren’t looking for love; it just started to happen over time, and through a long chain of events that could only have been orchestrated by God, he found a job here in NC and moved here, which allowed our relationship to grow. He proposed on the beach in Emerald Isle, NC in 2005, and we were married in 2006 at the church I grew up in.
- I’m an extremely flawed follower of Christ, humbled to know that my eternity doesn’t depend on my personal merit (which wouldn’t get me half way to the front gate of Heaven).
- Joey and I have 2 dogs and a cat:
Toby the Westie Emmy the mutt Olivia the cat
- My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson (hence the poem at the beginning)!
- I love family!
- There is a story in my head that I hope to write someday. It started with a dream I had.
- I have a collection of unusual (or uncommon) musical instruments that I love but can’t play. But I did start lessons once on a hammered dulcimer that I hope to continue one day. Playing the hammered dulcimer has been a lifelong dream of mine.
- I love sponsoring children. I sponsored my first child, a little girl named Vumuliya, in 2005, and have been sponsoring ever since. I currently sponsor a teenage girl from Ethiopia named Kedriya, through Compassion International.
- In the US, I have not traveled west as far as the Mississippi, but I have been out of the country to Canada, the Bahamas, and Ukraine.
- I love writing, but have never found my prose writing “voice.” I used to write a lot of poetry, and pieces that I called “abstract writing.”
- Coffee, to me, smells like skunk spray. Obviously, I don’t drink it. I prefer apple cider or hot chocolate. The best apple cider is made with Biltmore Wassail Spice, purchased during a visit to the Biltmore Estate.
- My favorite band is Paper Aeroplanes.
- Genealogy is one of my biggest interests, though I don’t spend as much time on it as I’d like. I did an AncestryDNA test to find out what my DNA ethnicity is and was a little surprised:
- I eat nearly everything with a fork, if possible. Even sandwiches, pizza, and even cheese puffs. I’m very funny about my hands. I don’t like to get anything on them, especially sticky stuff.
- My mind is one of my biggest challenges. Keeping focused on one thing at a time takes serious concentration sometimes. I forget things super easily (think Dory from Finding Nemo). My thoughts fly at a million miles an hour sometimes, and it affects my conversations, and my writing. It’s nothing for me to take an uncomfortably long pause in the middle of a conversation, or before answering a question, because my mind is trying to narrow down the best way to word my sentences.
- My sister and my husband are my best friends.
- I have an irrational fear of inconveniencing people.
- One of my life goals is to trace my ancestry back to Ireland/Great Britain and take a trip to see the places where my ancestors lived.
- I love the beach, and I love the NC State Fair. Both of these are a necessary part of each year of my life.
- My favorite author is Stephen R. Lawhead.
- I love old stuff, including but not limited to antiques, music from the early-mid 1900s, phonographs and record players, old photographs, century-old books (I have a collection), and historical fiction.
- My favorite Christmas tradition is to pack a shoebox gift for Operation Christmas Child.