Monday, February 4, 2008


My friend Melissa tagged me in a game of blog-tag, so here it is.

10 years ago...
I was engaged to be married and I was finishing up my junior year -- of college. No, I was not in high school like my younger friends who've already done this. (You girls make me feel old. ) I had transferred that year to Fairmont State College ( now a university) from West Virginia Wesleyan College. I had already moved past that fun part of know, the parties, sorority, and eventful social life. I wasn't thrilled about going to school at FSC because I loved Wesleyan. I transferred to save money and because I could live at home before I got married that year, plus it was a good school for teachers. I commuted 45 minutes to go to classes and never hung around for anything else. Brad was nearby at WVU, and we spent all of our time together unless I was working at the WVU Hospitals Child Development Center, or we were in classes. I attended a student branch for the first time, and spent time with my brother, Daniel, and sisters, Heather and Shannon, who were all in college at the same time I was. I think my callings at church that year were Primary President (for one child) and Relief Society Music Leader and teacher.

5 Things on my ToDo list today.....

1 Laundry
2 Help Bethany work on some birthday thank-you notes
3 Plan Family Home Evening for tonight. It's my turn to do the lesson. :)
4 Start planning my talk for this Sunday, and my primary lesson, and Sharing time, and singing time......aaaaaaahhh!
5 Refill shampoo bottles and face soap bottle for shower (thrilling, I know.)

5 Snacks I Enjoy

1 Cinnamon Raisin toast
2 Hot chocolate with real marshmallows (not the can't-even-see-them-they're-so-tiny ones)
3 Raisinets
4 Popcorn
5 Multi-Grain Wheat Thins

5 Places I've Lived

1 Hope Mills and Fayetteville, North Carolina (5 different houses in just that area!)
2 Morgantown, West Virginia (the first three years of our marriage)
3 Buckhannon, West Virginia (during 2 yrs of college)
4 Elkins, West Virginia (for 6 months so far...)
5 Arthurdale, West Virginia (for 21 years of my life)

5 Jobs I've Had

1 Dairy Queen and Captain D's (the fastfood years)
2 Softball Team Workstudy at Wesleyan
3 DayCare worker for WVU Hospital employees' children
4 Substitute Teacher for grades K-8 (only did a half day with middle school - NIGHTMARE!)
5 4th and 5th grade teacher at Gallberry Farm Elementary School- Hope Mills, NC

5 Things People Probably Don't Know About Me

1 I sang Wilson Phillips songs with two of my friends in junior high, all the time! (even in a talent was awful.)
2 I didn't make the school softball team (which broke my heart- I'm the least talented of a family of athletes), so I traveled with the baseball team, which my brother and friends played on, and kept the scorebook. It was so much more fun than playing softball on the school team would have been, and what a view! (Baseball players are too cute!) ;)
3 I played the french horn for years (I know, Heather....HORN, not french horn.) I guess I was good at it, but grew tired of it when they expected me to practice for hours a day in college.
4 My middle name is Donise. (I know, you've never heard of it. My students couldn't guess it for the two years I had them in class, and they even had the first letter and the total number of letters- not even for the promised prize of a Happy Meal.)
5 I have perfect pitch, according to all the musical authorities I've dealt with over the years. For me, it means I can hear every note that is even the slightest bit off key, especially my own, and I can remember the starting note, and key, of songs I'm familiar with. (Lots of people would have done more with this gift than I have, I know.)

Okay, so I have to tag three people, but I don't know if three people read my blog who haven't already done this. So, if you read this, have a blog, and haven't already done're tagged!


Ashlie said...

Mandy! The beach picture is adorable. I didn't know you could play the french horn! That's so cool. I played flute for 3 years. I loved it.

Melissa said...

I can't get over the fact that you have perfect pitch. I just can't believe that in all of that time we spent together, it never once came up!! What an amazing gift!!! I'm pretty jealous. :) I loved reading more about you. It's amazing how you think you know someone so well, but there are always surprises. :) I miss you guys so much!!

Amber said...

Fun to get to know more things about you. I love that you enjoy raisinets! yea!! i love those things. I too, had no idea you had perfect pitch!! That is so awesome! You definitely don't want to sing anywhere near me!