Monday, January 01, 2007
I’m freakishly linked to my mom, who named me after a Barry Manilow song which has led to a life long unrequited love to the man who “writes the songs.” I’m seriously the only person I know of who, at my age, owns most of his discography and has seen him numerous times in concert. If you should ever take a road trip me, consider yourself warned; there will be Barry Manilow tunes and lots of them. Road tripping is one of my favorite things to do in the warmer months because it usually leads me to my out of town friends.
I take immense comfort in reading, writing, and my Kitchen Aid mixer (which is possibly the best investment I’ve ever made beyond my college education). I can usually be found carrying around a book, a journal, and some sort of recipe. Reading has always been a way of life and writing always my therapy. Writing is the way I best express my thoughts, feelings, and desires. It allows me to empty the chaos of my thoughts and think a little more clearly, which is why I blog.
I often crave solitude, heading into nature to find it. Being out in a field, walking amongst the trees, or watching life in my small town unfold from the top of a hill, with only my dog for company, is where I find both balance and peace. It’s also where I gather my strength, do some of my best writing, and can spend hours of time lost in my own thoughts.
I have a soft spot in my heart for musical theater. As a child I was involved with a singing, dancing, and acting group which was a much needed creative outlet for me. I also spent my early teenage years taking part in local theater productions. I’ve been known to randomly bust out a Broadway tune or quote some overly dramatic line from a film or play, usually at a completely inappropriate time. Supporting the arts is one of my favorite causes, as is, animal rescue.
I have a great fondness for long dangly earrings, brightly colored scarves, and driving with the windows down while the music blares loudly. My weaknesses include distinguished looking older gentlemen, chocolate raspberry chai, and pink catawba wine. I find it incredibly daunting to write things like this, so if there’s anything you’re wondering or I’ve left out, please don’t hesitate to ask. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or I am also a big fan of old fashioned letters and cards.
Posted by Mandy at Monday, January 01, 2007