Sunday, August 7, 2011

...drumroll, please....


Yes, you read that right.

Oh my gosh!

Monday, July 18, 2011


Day 2-Meaning behind your blog name

My URL is, and my blog name is "Mandy in Real Life." I named my blog that because it's a play on the title of the film Colin and I saw on our first date, "Dan in Real Life," starring Steve Carrell. I figured that a blog would be an account of my life, so it fit.

The username mandyinreallife was taken, however, so I used my nickname, Mandizzle. That was the nickname I got in college, when my roommates and I had "-izzle" nicknames. My big, Vanessa, even gave me the nickname "Dizzled Pink" when I became an Alpha Phi Omega brother in college, since my favorite color is pink. :-)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Here goes nothing!

Day 1-A recent picture and 15 interesting facts

This is me at Fenway Park 7/13/11

15 facts about me:

  1. I can only whistle one note. I can't whistle a tune to save my life.
  2. I'm an avid Patriots fan, and I have been for as long as I can remember. You won't be able to sway my allegiance! I was there when we hardly won, I've been there when it was -20 with a wind chill! I'm NOT a fair-weather fan.
  3. My graduating class from my public high school in rural Connecticut had 86 members. No wonder I wanted the "opposite of Cheers" for college: where no one knew my name!
  4. I can't drive a stick shift. I'm motor-challenged!
  5. I have recently become moderately obsessed with coupons.
  6. I have learned that can be a VERY valuable source for instruction when you're trying to teach yourself new knitting stitches... or how to crochet from the beginning! (I'd rather have my Mommadoo teach me, of course, but I'm a very visual learner and it's hard to learn new stitches over the phone. Boo to living so far away!)
  7. As I'm writing this post, I'm finding I use parentheses too often, but that's what I get for being a language arts teacher, right?
  8. I was obsessed - literally - with all things Disney during college. I was over at Walt Disney World at LEAST 3-5 times a month. I turned 21 there and drank around the world with my parents, who flew down to join my friends and me. You can't say that my parents aren't awesome!
  9. I'm a grammar and punctuation freak. If you know me at all, this is no surprise.
  10. Even though I didn't like it very much when my parents would make me read every informational sign and/or map when we went anywhere new while I was growing up, I now appreciate the ability to get my bearings with relative ease on maps and my craving for learning more about new places. Thanks and props to you, Mom and Dad!
  11. I'm pretty opinionated; however, MOST of the time, I can understand why others could have a differing opinion, and I do my very best to accept their opinion and not be confrontational....99% of the time. I just can't stand idiocy.
  12. I count things without realizing it, like steps, stairs, intersections, and lights.
  13. I taught internationally in 2007. I can't wait to go back to the UK for the Olympics next year!
  14. I've lived in 2 states and moved a total of 6 times. Since moving to Florida in 2004 for college, I've moved 5 of my total 6 times. I'm glad I own my house and I won't be moving for a while!
  15. Saying goodbye to my family in CT has gotten harder each and every time I leave. I spend most of today crying on and off. I'm sure I got some weird looks as I sat on the plane in sunglasses, trying to look stoic, with tears streaming down my face.
Well, that's it! Here's to hoping I'll follow through with the rest of the challenge! :)

I'm Baaaa-aaack!

Hi there again, blog!

It's been a long time since I've updated you. I'm sorry you have been neglected! I've had a busy end-of-the-year with school (without going into details: I'll be at a new, way BETTER school than I was!)

My friend Summer has a great blog that she's starting up. You can find her here. She has a 30-day challenge meme she got from a friend. I think a 30-day challenge (or 60-day..or 90-day...who am I kidding? I'm not as good a blogger as my KatiePIC, who updates every day!)

So, without further adieu, here are the instructions for the 30-day challenge:

Day 1-A recent picture and 15 interesting facts
Day 2-Meaning behind your blog name
Day 3-Your first love
Day 4-Your parents
Day 5-Your siblings
Day 6-A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 7-Favorite movies
Day 8-A place you've traveled to
Day 9-A picture of your friends
Day 10-Something you're afraid of
Day 11-Favorite tv shows
Day 12- Celebrity Crush
Day 13-A picture of you last year and now and how have you changed since then?
Day 14-A picture you love
Day 15-Bible verse
Day 16- Favorite Quote
Day 17-Something you're looking forward to
Day 18-Something you regret
Day 19-Something you miss
Day 20-Nicknames
Day 21-Picture of yourself
Day 22-Favorite city
Day 23-Favorite vacation
Day 24-Something you've learned
Day 25-Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
Day 26-Picture of your family
Day 27-Pets
Day 28-Something that stresses you out
Day 29-Wishes
Day 30-Yet another picture

Happy reading!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Things to be happy about!

I hate negativity.

Wow, talk about redundancy!

I wanted to post things to be happy about/things I enjoy/things I'm looking forward to.

To start out, check out the new hair cut. Can't beat the special Ulta was running!

When I was driving home, I saw this breathtaking sunset and I HAD to get a picture of it! This is the pond in my neighborhood:

pretty spectacular, huh?

We have a long weekend coming up from 3/18-21, since our school district's Spring Break isn't until APRIL 22ND!!! What the heck? I've never had a break start that late, even in CT. Oh well. I'm thankful that we'll have a nice four-day-weekend though. Colin and I are having a friend of mine take pictures of us, since we have never done that. It should be fun!

On that long weekend, my big, Vanessa (HI BIG!) will be here in Florida in part to celebrate her St. Patrick's Day birthday. I'm so looking forward to seeing her again and celebrating together.

So, after March comes APRIL....and APRIL brings 3 things:
  1. Baseball
  3. Easter
Yay for the Rays, me, and Jesus. Well, I guess it should be in reverse order. So YAY JESUS, me, and the Rays. Let's hope we have a great year (all of us!)

I'm also super excited because my brother, David, is graduating from college at Oklahoma State University in May, and my awesome mom found an airfare I could afford! I'll be flying into DFW Thursday night, and back Monday night. I'll get to see much of my extended family, so that's awesome!

This summer holds exciting events as well. We'll be going to Memphis to meet for our yearly vacation. I think it'll be mostly everyone: Mom, Dad, David, me, Colin, Melissa, Matt, Ruth Ellen, Emma, and CJ. I'm not sure about Lauren, but I'm sure she'll make an appearance if she's able.

So, yay for happiness, trips, and family! :-)

Saturday, January 15, 2011


I am finishing up my 3rd of 5 classes to earn my gifted endorsement. As one of the last assignments, we had to watch a talk/lecture by Elizabeth Gilbert (the author of "Eat, Pray, Love") about genius. She explains how people used to believe that we were visited by geniuses when we were toiling at our work; it was not until the Renaissance that people proclaimed themselves geniuses. It was very interesting and it's 19 minutes long. So, if you have a little while to spend, I suggest you watch!

If you can't (or don't have any interest...which I completely understand!), I wanted to share a quick quote/idea from the last few minutes of the lecture. Ms. Gilbert talked about how, long ago, when dancers in northern Africa would transcend and be seemingly "godlike" in their dance, the spectators would chant "Allah, Allah!" (God, God!) When the Spaniards were introduced to the region, they adapted the phrase to "Ole, Ole!" When people did fantastically in something, or were godlike in their performance, they would shout "Ole!"

"And when I have to sort of keep telling myself when I get really psyched out about that [her "freakish success"] is: don't be afraid. Don't be daunted. Just do your job. Continue to show up for your piece of it, whatever it might be. If you job is to dance, do your dance. If the divine, cockeyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed, for just one moment in your efforts, then "Ole!" And if not, do your dance anyhow. And "Ole!" to you, nonetheless. I believe this and I feel that we must teach it. "Ole!" to you, nonetheless, for just having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up."

So, keep on being your fabulous self.

And "Ole!" to you for that.