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Curious Facts and Life Experiences About Me

Updated on March 28, 2013

Why Should I Read About You?

This lens is about me - I know, I know, why would anybody want to know about me and my life?

I'm not a celebrity, tops in my field or famous in any way, shape, form or fashion (at least outside of my mind). I don't have a rags to riches story nor have I overcome a serious health problem, or been beaten down by an addiction of some sort.

Why should you read about me?

Because -- I am nobody -- I am everybody -- yet, I am still somebody -- and so are you.

Differences are what make us interesting to one another (sometimes in a science project sort of way). The old adage "Opposites Attract" is so true. But, personally, I think we are searching for similarities. We are determined to find them in another person (the quest) because we are all drawn to the familiar; we like being able to relate.

So, lets start the discovery quest!

Photo Courtesy of My Mom

"Just the Facts, Ma'am"

Name: Amanda

Nickname: Mandee

DOB: Sometime after the discovery of fire but before Nixon was elected President

Hometown: long story (see below)

Parents: Yes, married, 54 years

Siblings: Older brother, 2 younger sisters

Pets: Jordan -- a Yorkie - Beagle Mix

Passions: Writing, Memoir, DIY decorating, Buffet decorating and helping others

Favorite Color: Red

Relationship Status: Married, for more than a quarter century

Children: 1 son and 1 daughter

During my life, I have noticed that no matter where I am, or who I meet, people have a curious habit of always asking new acquaintances "Where are you from?" and follow the question with a statement like "I'm from Brooklyn".

I might be at the Little League field watching my nephew play baseball or at one of my daughters' track meets or maybe just in the grocery store picking up a few things. A conversation is started with the person sitting next to me in the bleachers or bagging my groceries and, invariably, this is where the short exchange leads. I have observed this is especially true in Florida. Apparently, most Florida residents are from somewhere else.

My problem is that I have no clear cut answer for this question. If they had asked me "Where were you born?" I could have confidently answered in two words, "Pensacola, Florida".

If they had asked me "Where did you move from?", I could have answered "Illinois".

But to ask me where I am from, I would have to go into a long explanation that I am sure they don't really want to hear. So, to answer their question, I simply say something like, "We moved here from Illinois" or "I was born in Florida and am returning to the scene of the crime" -- cliché I know, but a passable answer to most people.

It's interesting to me how much emphasis we place on where we were born and raised. People look for it to possibly create a common thread or explain an accent. Or, maybe they are trying to form a familiar foundation for conversation and possibly a friendship.

Others still, look to pigeonhole you by association to your hometown or state. If you're from Tennessee -- you're a hillbilly. If you're from New York City -- you're rude and self-centered. If you're from anywhere in California -- you're a rich, liberal, environmentalist believing in psychics.

These societal generalizations are not fair (and not accurate), but are used as a measuring stick to your intellect, personality and personal belief system by some people.

It's like saying "I have nothing to offer the world or to teach people because I didn't graduate college". Everyone has something to offer. We just have to look and be willing to learn.

That doesn't make my life any better or any worse than anyone elses -- just different.

Photo Courtesy of MorgueFile

Ain't I Cute?

Ain't I Cute?
Ain't I Cute?

Schools Attended

Rochelle Elementary

Stewart Elementary

Poulsbo Elementary

David Wolfie Elementary

Sultan Elementary

Sultan Junior High

Arlington Middle

Arlington High

Agueda Johnston High

George Washington High

Graham High

Pendleton Heights High

Ball State University

Life Quotes I Love!

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Where I am From

Are you pigeonholed?

I can't be pigeonholed by association to a home state or hometown -- I don't have one. I have absolutely no idea what it is like to be born and raised in one area or town. I have always romanticised how I thought it would feel, been jealous of others that have grown up that way but never experienced it myself.

I lived vicariously through characters in books, on TV or in the movies. My imagination had me from "Mayberry" (The Andy Griffith Show), "Waltons Mountain" (The Waltons), "Walnut Grove" (Little House on the Prairie) or whatever L.A. Suburb "The Brady Bunch" was from.

Instead, I grew up moving from town to town; state to state: and once on a tiny island in the Pacific. Not a bad thing by any means, but a different story than traditional upbringing.

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Florida

  • Pensacola
  • Clermont - 2 homes

California

  • Long Beach - 2 homes
  • 29 Palms

Illinois

  • Rochelle - 2 homes
  • Steward - 2 homes
  • Paris - 2 homes

Washington

  • Poulsbo
  • Kingston - 2 homes
  • Sultan
  • Arlington

Guam

  • Agana
  • New Apra
  • Big Navy (Lockwood)

Kentucky

  • Graham - 3 homes
  • Greenville

North Carolina

  • Jacksonville - Camp LeJeune

Indiana

  • Fortville - 4 homes
  • Muncie - 3 homes
  • Pendleton - 3 homes
  • Lapel

I Want to Know About You!

I am sharing some of my experiences but I want to hear form you! How many different homes/apartments/dwellings did you live in from birth to your high school graduation?

How many homes did you live in from birth to H.S. Graduation?

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Me as a Cheerleader on Guam

Me as a Cheerleader on Guam
Me as a Cheerleader on Guam

Photos of Guam, USA Hafa Adai! - Photos Courtesy of guamonline.com

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I hung out at GabGab Beach a lot that year. The ocean was the most beautiful combination of blues and greens imaginable. The reef around the island allowed you to walk out quite a ways. WWII left its mark on GabGab. Places shells had landed on the apInarajan Natural Pools - This was one of our first stops when we were sightseeing around the island. It is gorgeous!Talafofo Falls - Again --Gorgeous is the only word!Because Guam is located on the other side of the International Date line in contrast to the rest of the United States it is one day ahead of the rest of the United States. This is where Guam gets it's slogan "Where America's Day Begins".This was me right before my last sunset on Guam. We were flying back to the states that evening.
I hung out at GabGab Beach a lot that year. The ocean was the most beautiful combination of blues and greens imaginable. The reef around the island allowed you to walk out quite a ways. WWII left its mark on GabGab. Places shells had landed on the ap
I hung out at GabGab Beach a lot that year. The ocean was the most beautiful combination of blues and greens imaginable. The reef around the island allowed you to walk out quite a ways. WWII left its mark on GabGab. Places shells had landed on the ap
Inarajan Natural Pools - This was one of our first stops when we were sightseeing around the island. It is gorgeous!
Inarajan Natural Pools - This was one of our first stops when we were sightseeing around the island. It is gorgeous!
Talafofo Falls - Again --Gorgeous is the only word!
Talafofo Falls - Again --Gorgeous is the only word!
Because Guam is located on the other side of the International Date line in contrast to the rest of the United States it is one day ahead of the rest of the United States. This is where Guam gets it's slogan "Where America's Day Begins".
Because Guam is located on the other side of the International Date line in contrast to the rest of the United States it is one day ahead of the rest of the United States. This is where Guam gets it's slogan "Where America's Day Begins".
This was me right before my last sunset on Guam. We were flying back to the states that evening.
This was me right before my last sunset on Guam. We were flying back to the states that evening.

Wherever my parents are is home -- The city and state does not matter. Their home is forever mine.

My memories are populated with the walnut end tables they got after they were married; the US Navy wall my mom has in her livingroom dedicated to both my grandfathers, both my parents and my big brother; my grandmothers Jewel Tea collection, the big green floor vase that has been around all my life, the pictures and stories and songs that are my family.

Wherever my siblings are is home.

Wherever my husband and kids are is home.

When Places are more important than people, there is a problem.

A certain location will never define my home -- people do.

Photo of my silly kids provided by me.

You Can't Always Get What You Want...

But if you try sometimes,

Well you just might find,

You get what you need

- Rolling Stones; Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

I am Me

A Poem

I did not grow up in one town

I did not graduate high school with friends I started kindergarten

I did not have a neighborhood

I did not have people in town that called me by name

I did not grow up in the same town my mother or father grew up in

I did not have the nostalgic, small town childhood of the movies and in books

Do not feel sorry for me...

I do know how a smile can break the ice on a first day at a new school

I do know how to adapt to new situations

I do know I can be alone without losing my mind

I do know I have visited and seen places others only dream of

I do know that I can make it anywhere

I do know that my family will be there for me every day of my life

Do not feel Glad for me...

I did not lose a parent growing up

I did not suffer from a disease

I did not lose a limb or become debilitated in any physical manner

I did not endure child abuse of any kind

Do not feel Glad for me...

I did go to 5 high schools in 4 years

I did live in 21 different homes during my years through graduation

I did leave my friends behind time after time

I did feel unlucky

Do not feel sorry for me...

I am a good, loyal friend

I am worldly in knowledge and trusting in humanity

I am a better person for all that I have known

I may not have roots; but I have wings

I am Me

Mandee Sears©2010

20 Curious Facts About Me - ...or at least facts.

  1. My given name is "Amanda" but no one calls me that (unless I'm in trouble).
  2. My older brother's name is Andrew -- we are 15 months apart. When we were little, people thought we were twins.
  3. It was confusing growing up with nicknames like "Andy and Mandee".
  4. I lived on the island of Guam, USA when I was 14 - 15.
  5. I talk to myself... a lot! I have found I am a great audience.
  6. I wrote an account of my mom having a seizure, December (2009). Submitted it to my local writer's association. It made it to the finals but didn't win. :(
  7. I have written wedding poems for years. Sappy and sentimental, they are. One was featured on a WE television show about weddings. The Mother of the Bride read it to her daughter at the rehearsal dinner. I actually got to see my name in the scrolling credits at the end of the show!
  8. I am terrified of snakes (and not too crazy about spiders).
  9. I have lived in 36 homes/apartments to date.
  10. I LOVE Frank Sinatra and anything to do with the "Rat Pack" era.
  11. I used to volunteer moderate on a Weddings Forum Board (now defunct).
  12. I have hypothyroid disease.
  13. I am a brunette with blue eyes (I don't count the gray).
  14. I gained 60 lbs with my first pregnancy. Still need to lose 40 of those pounds, but hey, its only been 26 years!
  15. My husband is a PGA Golf Professional (not a touring pro).
  16. My son is an apprentice PGA Golf Professional.
  17. My daughter thinks I was a wimp because I was a cheerleader. She is an athlete in golf, discus, javlin, shotput and basketball.
  18. My first pet was a dauchsund named "Hilda".
  19. I met my husband and married him 3 months later. That was 26 years ago. He's a good egg. :D
  20. I am a sap. I happy cry at sentimental commercials, when a contestant wins the big showcase, at talent tv shows when a contestant does well and at weddings. I can't help it.

A moped, a hill and a pinch of destiny. Here's the story of how I met my husband:

Stories of Love | My Love Story

Items I have Personally Bought from Amazon.com

McPrincess - Line Drawing [EXCLUSIVE] - Free Clip Art at FunDraw.com

  • Druthers Fast Food Restaurant
  • Volunteer at Nursing Home
  • Volunteer at Children's Home
  • Dishwasher -- Ball State University
  • Cafeteria Ticket Taker -- Ball State University
  • Toy's R Us -- CSR
  • Selling Vacuum Cleaners -- Ever heard of the Tri-Star?
  • Shell Gas Station Attendant
  • Owner of Golf Pro Shop -- Married a PGA Golf Pro
  • Pre-School Teachers Aide
  • Newsletter Author for Country Club
  • AA to the Board of Directors -- County Club
  • Clubhouse Manager at Country Club
  • Trophy/Awards Shop Manager
  • Owner of a Golf Course -- Restaurant Manager, Catering Manager, Wedding Coordinator, Pro Shop Manager and chief bottle washer
  • Unemployed
  • Worked at Dick's Sporting Goods
  • Making a Living Online

My lens titled How to Decorate a Buffet - Buffetscapes was chosen as Lens of the Day on September 8th, 2010. Thank you very much to everyone that read and commented on it and thanks to skiesgreen for the nomination! *hugs*

I received my 2nd Lens of the Day on Sunday, October 7th, 2012 for the lens titled Create Your Own Vintage Halloween "Wicked" Dessert Table. What an unbelievable rush! Thank you so much for the nomination and bestowing me with a second LotD.

Silly Me!

Are you silly too?

I'm not sure I'm ready to grow up or if I ever will completely. Sure, I have two great kids and a husband that is my best friend but my sense of humor and actions are a bit more adolescent than most people my age. Example:

  • Today, I am driving to the craft store while jamming in my car to "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra. I was stopped at a red light just singing away.

    Now keep in mind, in my head I sound like Barbara Streisand or Celine Dion, when in actuality I sound more like Mr. Ed.

    Anyway, I look to my left and I am cracking up a family in the car next to me. Looked like parents in the front with two kiddies in the back. The little boy was really wah-wahing at me. I simply smiled and bowed my head for them!

  • I sing in the shower; use my hair brush as a microphone and sing while doing my hair; use words like "dork", "dude" and "ah man".
  • In my car, I have some mix CDs I listen to. Some of the songs I listen too?
    • Shaun Cassidy - "That's Rock and Roll"
    • Dean Martin - "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime"
    • Barry Manilow - "Mandy" (He spelled it wrong but I still claim it!)
    • Neil Sedaka - "When you Walk into a Room"
    • Englebert Humperdink - "Quando, Quando, Quando"
    • The Eagles - "Heartache Tonight"
    • Rod Stewart - "The Way you Look Tonight"
    • Prince - "Little Red Corvette"

  • Do cheers for my family when they have a victory of any sort (I was a cheerleader at 4 of the 5 high schools I attended).
  • Dance to the utter dismay and embarrassment of my kids
  • and stuff like that...

Oh, and here's my glamour shots magazine cover: My face and hair, not sure to whom the rest belongs...

What am I Doing Now?

It's been a rough few years in our household. Our family owned buisness became a fatal statistic of the recession. We re-located south. It took 7 months for my husband to find work (with a degree) and I had to wait 9 months for a job.

I have written an e-book about event decorating and started a few websites, Decorating For Events. Additionally, I have...

* Sites Include:

DIY Wedding and Event Decorating

Handee Mandee's Blog

My Favorite Things

Life Story Writing

The Stylish Buffet Table

A joint venture with a friend: Unique Wedding Ideas

* A Vintage/Antique Booth Space - Vintage With A Twist

* Online Article Writer at various websites

* Affiliate Marketer

I never expected to be starting over at my age but life is about the unexpected... a lesson I have learned.

So, I have decided to stick my chest out, place hands on hips (think Superman pose) and tell Fate, Karma and Luck to bring it on! I am one tough Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother and Aunt. I can take whatever they dish out!

Purple Star


Very honored to receive a Purple Star on September 23, 2010.
Thanks Wednesdays_elf for the nomination! *hugs*

Image Credit: Stars | Forward this Picture

Writing Memoir

I love to Write, How about You?

How to Write Your Memoir

What is Memoir?

The Gift of Personal Stories

Motivation for Writing

These lenses share my passion for writing memoir. If you have ever thought about it, are thinking about it or might do it one day, these are great starting points!

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      @fullofshoes: You got that right! I love it. Thank you!

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      @Starzz30: Thank you! I really appreciate it.

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      @iamraincrystal: Hope you got some inspiration from little ole me!

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      @texan203 lm: Thank you! What a wonderful compliment!

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      @jaredsgirl: LOL -- I'm sure you're wrong! Everybody is interesting!

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      jaredsgirl 4 years ago

      I wanted to read someone's bio before I did mine, I can't compete, yours is so so good!

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      texan203 lm 4 years ago

      Great lens I thoroughly enjoyed your upbeat humor and honesty.

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      I'm looking for an inspiration for an "about me" lens.. I'm glad I found yours ^_^ Great lens!

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      Starzz30 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens it was so original and fun!!

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      aishu19 5 years ago

      Nice learning so much about you

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      Kay 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your page. You really have had an amazing life!

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      ginayonque 5 years ago

      hi Mandee the freshness, originality and style of your writing is outstanding , thanks for making us a part of everything you went through by just reading the lens....

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading about a nobody who is a somebody, just like me. Wonderful lens. Congrats on your purple star :)

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Not so curious, but a plain fact...I am thankful for every day and try to pass that "thanks" on with a smile :+)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Wow, congrats on your purple star for this lens! It was really wonderful learning more about you! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, Mandee! It was good getting to know you through this lens. I, too, love The Chairman of the Board! All the best.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Your picture is an inviting window to your lense. Thanks for the view.

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      @victoriuh: See? You can't be pigeon holed either! Nice to meet you victoriuh! :D

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      Wow, I didn't know I was a rich, liberal, environmentalist believing in psychics until I came here. I thought I was just going to learn about you :)

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      IanMayfield 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens, Mandee. Going by some of the places you've lived, I'm guessing the reason you moved around so much growing up was because one (or both) of your parents was in the military.

      Whether I'm right or not, I think you might be interested in this article that was published recently on one of the other sites I contribute at:

      http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/what-milita...

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      hirephp lm 5 years ago

      nice cover lens

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      Mozaika 5 years ago

      Oh, even more curious is the fact that I had agreed to marry the man who is now my husband before we ever met in person! All our courtship was done over the phone and internet.

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      Mozaika 5 years ago

      Being born and raised in Ukraine, I refused to marry an American for the fear of leaving my home country; then several years later I married a Ukrainian and moved to America. Isn't it weird?

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      Rock Artist 5 years ago

      Nice to meet you Mandee! Great lens!

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      RaintreeAnnie 5 years ago from UK

      Lovely to meet you ! What a great page :)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Hi Mandee! You've inspired ME to do a similar lens! By the way... I never thought I'd be starting over either, but ... oh well, there ya have it! :) Fantastic story, and I'd love to meet you! I'm over in Port Orange FL for the winter though... probably quite a drive! :) Great job on this! (PS: I used to embarrass people like my step daughter when I'd burst into song and grab her hand to dance with her... but only in the living room! :) Blessings and hugs, Kath

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      TheHealthCabin 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens and a pleasure to read, Thank you.

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      TheHealthCabin 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens and a pleasure to read, Thank you.

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      RazzbarryBreeze 5 years ago

      What a great lens.... such a clever idea! Blessed indeed! Have a great day!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      Don't know of any. ;) I'm happy I found you on the front page!

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      You are an incredibly gifted writer. I am enjoying each of your lenses but found this one exceptionally outstanding. (I'm sure there are others but Squidoo is not my day job, so I can't spend as much time here as I'd like to but I will get to all of them). Blessed and featured on "Wing-ing it on Squidoo," a tribute to the best lenses I've found since donning my wings.

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      @Afteretc: What a wonderful compliment! Thanks so much for reading.

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      Afteretc 5 years ago

      What I love about squidoo is finding little gem pages likes yours. Loved reading all the places you lived. Love your humor too.

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: Obviously I don't go the the homepage often enough! I haven't been feeling well but logged on the morning and couldn't figure out why I had so many visits so far today... The front page makes a difference for sure! LOL Thanks Pat. You know I feel the same about your life!

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I think your life is fascinating, Mandee -- congrats on having it featured on the Front Page!

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      @Holysheepskin LM: Thanks for stopping by! Yup, it's not always an easy answer...

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      @TravelingRae: Thanks Rae! You have one up on me for sure, I haven't ever lived in an RV. Never say never though!

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      Holysheepskin LM 5 years ago

      Hi Mandee, great lens about you!

      Can totally relate to the moving around deal, funny how you really don't know how to answer that one.

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      Now that I live full-time in an RV and home is where I'm parked I answer "Canada" to the "where are you from question." This is a very interesting lens. You're a hoot! :::blessed:::

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      @PollyFreakingAnna: That is a curious fact! LOL I love it. And, yes, it is a hard question to answer sometimes!

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      PollyFreakingAnna 5 years ago

      I LOVE THIS LENS! It's so weird that I feel like I know you and I'm compelled to read the second part.

      I grew up in Texas (wasn't born there), so I get the "where are you from" thing all the time. Of course, they all assume so much when I say Texas...

      Curious fact: I can say all 50 states in alphabetical order in less than 20 seconds.

      You should sell wedding custom wedding vows online.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      It was great getting to know you better, Mandee! So many places you've lived and so much adventure - no wonder you have so many stories to tell.

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      itsmuzza2011 6 years ago

      great lens, i loved your peom, nice to meet you and have a nice time on Squidoo

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      Love your lens! I grew up in one home and have spent the past 47 Christmases with my parents going back to the same house I grew up in. I can't imagine moving all over growing up. This has been blessed by your Squidoo "About Me" angel!

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      AbsoluteJeanius1 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for blessing my Growing Up in the Country lens. I confess that I have gone back to it again and again, just because I loved the dragonfly pictures so much. *s* Curious fact...I paint watercolour paintings about 1/2 inch by 3/4 inch...which I mount onto small pendant frames...and I'm old enough that I'm coveting one of those huge magnifiers you hang around your neck!!!! :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      This lens has been featured on and lensrolled to my "SquidAngel Blessings by an Elf" lens. :-)

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      LoKackl 6 years ago

      Delightful lens! But then I prefer to read (and write) about intangibles like "about me." Not a big money-making activity but akin to smelling the daisies. Rolling to emily dickinson less is more poet - for starters.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      What fun to have a life filled with so many different places and experiences. I really enjoyed getting to know more about you. The only curious fact I can think of about me is that I still live less than 20 miles from the place I was born!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @kimmanleyort: Hi Kim! Yes, I think it is cool too... now. Not so much while growing up. My dad retired from the Navy while stationed in Indianapolis at a recruiting office so most of my family is there while my brother and i are in Florida. Go Cardinals! I hope your son enjoys Ball State as much as I did!

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Well, I have moved around a bit too but not nearly as much as you! I saw you mentioned Butler University somewhere and wondered where you were from since I live in Indianapolis (but I'm Canadian). I see you went to Ball State U. My son is there now. I think it's so cool you've lived in so many places.

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      JohannaBaker 6 years ago

      I have six children and twelve grandchildren and I still feel like I am younger than my children at times!

      I write and I like to paint.

      I love to check out houses and house plans, anything with designs gets me drooling....

      Thanks for your lens and liking mine!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @SoyCandleLover: LOL, thank you for your kind words! Extraordinary - naahhh. Interesting? At times! LOL

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      BW Duerr 6 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      It sounds like you are living an extraordinary life. I can't wait to read part 2, so off I go. Congrats on you well deserved Purple Star. Tweeted your poll. Oh, and I love the Deadline Whooshing mouse pad. That's all me. :D.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @Ann Hinds: Awwww, you are too sweet! Thank you for the blessing! Yes, we understand each other. It's hard but we are doing it (and so are you). Life throws you a curve ball every once in a while but you can still hit a home run. Good luck and blessings as you climb back up!

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Our business was not recession proof either. It's been hard on everyone and I know what you mean about starting over at this age. However, survival is what what it is and we are all making new lives. It's interesting to say the least. Loved the poll on living in how many houses. Times have certainly changed based on the responses. Loved learning about you. Angel blessed.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Purple Star. Thanks for sharing your story and I hope everything will brighter for the New Year. :)

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @anonymous: You said it AJ! Life is certainly different now but I am growing and learning again, which is what it is all about. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congrats on your Purple Star Mandee and it is great to get to know you better through this lens.

      Seems we have a lot in common. My brother and I ran a family business, which was a huge casualty of the recession - it is not good to be in property renovation when property values tumble.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      Thank you! I appreciate the welcome!

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      Tagsforkids 6 years ago

      Thanks for the intro and bio on yourself, a great lens...and welcome back to the Sunshine State!

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      Excellent job keep doing what you have been and you will be a success here at Squidoo land.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      Hmmmm.... I like to collect playing cards, and have a small troll collection. I am from Wisconsin, but live in Kentucky now. I enjoyed learning about what makes you special. It is great to meet you!

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      What a wonderful way to get to know you, Mandee! There are quite a few of us who have trouble with that question "So, where are you from?" but as you point out there are riches to be gained from moving about and seeing other places.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you. I think it does too. These are my favorite type of lens to read. I feel like I know people so much better!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @anonymous: You can Kathy, I've read your lenses. Thank you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love this! I've been encouraging people to build a lens about themselves for a long time. It helps bridge the miles that separate us. My first pet was also a dachshund. We lived several places, but not as many as you. When people ask where I'm from, I just say, "the midwest."

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a wonderful lens about you, I wish I could "talk" about myself half as good! Loved it! - Kathy

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      Thanks AJ! You are a great friend!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just back to bless this lens, Mandee...**Blessed by a Squid-Angel and featured on Squid Angel Blessings by AJ**

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @LisaAuch1: Kinda scary isn't it? LOL Thanks Lisa!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @WindyWintersHubs: Thanks Wendy! :)

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @GrowWear: Thanks Mimi! It was a wonderful surprise!

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Congratulations for your purple star!

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Congratulations on your Purple Star, I have this vision of you standing in a superwoman pose now!

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Purple Star!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: BTW, get to work on that "about me" lense! With your sense of humor and adventure, I can't wait to read it!!!!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: While you were reading this I was laughing my "you know what" off reading your Potholder soup lens! I left a comment for you.

      So, now I have lingering tears from laughing and new ones from a great friend! Thanks so much!!!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Mandee, Mandee ...... you've been living my life! The similarities are astounding ... no wonder I was drawn to you and enjoy your lenses so much. It's like talking to my 'alter ego'. :).

      Let's see -- 8 different grade schools, 2 different juniour highs, just one high school. Haven't yet added up all the times I moved as a child (more than 9 homes was my answer in the poll -- all in the same state (NY), but as an adult I've lived in 9 different states (a couple more than once) and, I think, if I counted right, 17 different homes. That's to date -- but, wait, I'm moving again in 2 weeks, so the saga continues! You're very right -- home is where your family is! I've had plans for awhile to write an About Me story -- guess it's time to do it now that yours has brought back all these memories! I LOVED your "curious facts about you", am crazy about your poem, and am proud to call you friend! ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Mandee, it was really nice to read about you, your family and your life so far! Wow dude, you sure have moved quite a bit. Well, I guess I'm not the only one who talks to myself, that's good to know ;) Thanks for sharing your life so openly ~ it's really nice to "meet" you! All the best as you continue life's journey...God bless! :)

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @missbat: Thank you MissBat. Very kind of you!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @Leanne Chesser: I am a goofball, or so my kids tell me! Glad to know I am not the only one that LOVED Shaun Cassidy or says dude! I will definitely tell my kids! LOL

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      Leanne Chesser 6 years ago

      What a great lens - - it's good to meet you! I also talk to myself (a lot). I say "dude" too, and I used to think that Shaun Cassidy was totally hot. I cracked up about your singing in the car story (and the family who was cracking up).

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      missbat 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing about yourself. The way you designed this lens was really creative and inventive!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan and I bet we would! LOL

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I agree with Barb. Fantastic bio. I think you and I would get along very well!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      @GramaBarb: Thank you GramaBarb! I had fun putting it together. I love to read the Squidoo "about me" lenses. Glad mine held your attention and humbled by your blessing! :)

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      I love a bio that holds my attention! I read every word and now I feel like I know you. What a pleasure. Angel blessed!