A Little About Me

One of the best things about this blog of mine is the opportunity to talk to people from all walks of life, all areas of the country (and many from around the world!), and varied backgrounds. Please comment or email me at any time – I love hearing from my readers! Of course, if we’re going to be spending time together, you might want to learn a little more about what makes me tick. We’ve probably got a few things in common but run crossways on a few others, and that’s okay! Here are fourteen facts about me:

14 Facts About Andi

  1. I’ve run multiple marathons and half marathons, including some while pregnant, despite a strong urge to veg on the couch and watch TV or use my iPad. My running achievements can only be explained by my need for stress relief and a rabid compulsion to never do anything halfway.
  2. I love my children more than life itself, and I like many specific kids (the progeny of my close friends, for instance), but I’m not a fan of children in general, and especially not in large groups. I don’t go on field trips and have never been a room mom. I don’t even take my kids to the fall festival at school – I make Mr. Andi do it.
  3. My education includes a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In my former life, I worked as a power engineer. As part of my training, I learned to climb power poles with just a strap and spikes.
  4. I met my husband in the human resources waiting area of Alabama Power Company. We were interviewing for the same job.
  5. I believe in Auburn and love it, and my love for it has nothing to do with sports (although I do love Auburn football, too!)
  6. The first time I was ever published I was thirteen; it was a letter to the editor of the Birmingham News about Auburn football. More recently, I’ve appeared in The Huffington Post, BlogHer, WhattoExpect.com, Parents.com, Dandelion Magazine, DifferentDream.com, TheMighty.com, and published an ebook for special needs parents.
  7. I converted to Catholicism in 2009 after years of study and prayer, but my heart was Catholic from childhood, despite over three decades as a Southern Baptist.
  8. I have an uncanny knack for recognizing faces in movies, commercials and TV and knowing what else they have been in. I’m also pretty good with identifying actors in voiceovers, but I can rarely remember actual names.
  9. I’ve taken Myers-Briggs personality tests (INTJ) as part of a group several times in my life, and every time people express surprise that I am an introvert. Being an INTJ puts me in the same group as real-life personalities Vladimir Putin and Jane Austen and fictional characters Walter White (“Breaking Bad”) and Katniss Everdeen (“The Hunger Games”).
  10. I’m a rare variety of lifelong Southerner who drinks my iced tea unsweetened (though I do add sugar or honey to my hot tea).
  11. I’ve read Gone With the Wind over thirty times. My sister once had me recite the entire first page of the book to a tour guide wearing a hoop skirt in Atlanta, Georgia.
  12. I love violets. I have an entire curio cabinet filled with violet items and a tattoo of a violet on my upper right hip; I got it two months before I became pregnant with Sarah Kate. The only time I’ve ever regretted having it was when Sarah Kate was born and the doctor asked us to line up blood donations in case she needed a transfusion. I was not allowed to donate because I had gotten a tattoo within the last twelve months.
  13. I love Dr. Pepper, Doritos, British television, both dogs AND cats, Goo Goo Dolls, ABBA, Walt Disney World, Mickey Mouse, Mark Wahlberg, the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, running skirts, yoga pants, Tervis Tumblers, and ESPN.
  14. I can’t stand the school car line, charter buses, compact fluorescent light bulbs, holiday decorating, cold weather, decision-making, all board games (but especially Pictionary), shopping for anything other than groceries, mopping, turtlenecks, all types of gardening, making phone calls, and bowling.

Now it’s your turn – tell me a few facts about YOU!


  1. says

    1. I met my husband when we both 18 years old. We were married 4 years later and will be celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary in June.
    2. I have 2 children, a 24 year old son and a 22 year old daughter
    3. My son was born with Down syndrome and my daughter told us in September she was gay (We had no clue, she’s always had serious boyfriends)
    4. I was born and raised in Southern California, moved to Oregon for 7 years when I was 23 then moved back to Southern California after my son was born.
    5. My favorite foods are Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels and guacamole.
    6. I love, love, love moving sidewalks in airports and hate when people stand still. It defeats the purpose!
    7. We moved to a small town in Northern Nevada near Lake Tahoe three years ago and built our dream home. In March our home was completely destroyed by a fire. It turns out the fireplace installer failed to install the spacer that seperates the fire box from the combustibles. Our smoke alarm saved our lives.
    8. Northern Nevada has very few opportunities for employment for adults with intellectual disabilities so I’m starting a business for my son in February called Doodle Duck Design.
    9. My husband and I own a successful business manufacturing obsolete Mustang parts which we started when we were 18 years old. In January we are auctioning a 1964 1/2 fully restored Mustang Convertible at the Mecum Car Auction in Florida with 100% of the proceeds going to the National Down Syndrome Society.
    10. I was raised Catholic and have a crush on Pope Francis
    11. I love to scuba dive, snow ski, hike, waterski, and travel. Africa is my all time favorite vacation.

  2. says

    Although I hoped Troy would one day go to college, it wasn’t really in the cards for him. He struggles a lot with language and never really enjoyed the academic part of school. So I used the money I would have spent on college and bought a Canon Arizona flatbed printer that is capable of printing on anything solid up 4 X 8 feet. I’m in the process of renovating a 5,000 square foot building which should be finished sometime in January.
    Doodle Duck Design will start off printing inspirational art on wood, metal and other solid surfaces which will be sold on Etsy. We also plan on making personalized plaques to hold medals won at sporting event such as Special Olympics and marathons.
    My vision for this company is to eventually hire other individuals with intellectual disabilities as well as typical employees who will work side by side. I don’t want this company to be anything like a sheltered workshop. Troy tried working at one and hated it. He’s quite mechanical and loves working with his hands so this is a perfect fit for him. Like all parents, my goal for him is to work at a job he enjoys, a job that celebrates his strengths and a job where he and other employees will be paid a fair wage. Any money made will go to Troy, the other employees, and charities. My husband and I are merely there for support.
    I’m so excited about this adventure! I’ll keep you posted on our progress.and let you know when our Etsy site is up and running.
    Your children are absolutely adorable! I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about our experiences with Troy since he’s so much older than Nathan.

    • Andi says

      When you start making medal hangers, LET ME KNOW! I have a lot of marathoning friends and will be sure to send them your way!

  3. says

    1. I have an incredibly diverse education and work background, everything from nuclear reactors to photography to medicine and more.
    2. I have a mitochondrial myopathy, a neuromuscular disorder. It’s progressive and fatal, but I don’t live like it’s a big deal.
    3. I got married when I was barely 22, but when I lost our first child at almost 20 weeks gestation, my husband left me after being married over 6 years. I’ve been single since, although I would love to have a family.
    4. I love making other people happy. So much more than getting anything for myself.
    5. I have something like 11 blogs and I’m horrible about updating any of them.
    6. Everything in my life lately is rather haphazard. I don’t have a regular schedule for anything, not even work.
    7. I find pretty much anything more important than housework, so my house is in an advanced state of entropy. i used to be embarrassed about it, but I’ve largely gotten over that.
    8. I was raised atheist, but one day woke up and decided to be Catholic. I went through about 2 months of RCIA and was baptized in 2007. Now, I’m planning on getting a Master’s degree in Theology.
    9. I still have no idea what I want to do when I grow up and I turned 37 two days ago.
    10. I live in Michigan, but I hate the winter because of the hazardous driving conditions and my 100-mile-per-day commute.
    11. My schedule abhors a void. If I have free time… I soon won’t.
    12. I love pop music, the Olympics, bright colors and people.
    13. I hate onions, green peppers and marshmallow.
    14. I’m ridiculously optimistic and can’t stay in a bad mood for very long.

  4. Karen M says

    Hi Andi, I love your blog! I’ve been following it for a few years now and eagerly await your posts. My daughter was born with Down Syndrome and is 6 years old. Your blog inspired me to write a blog while we are taking a vacation for a couple weeks in Europe. If you would be interested in reading about our travels, please send me an email. It’s a private blog (I’m not as brave as you to put it out for the full web to view) for friends and family but you feel like a friend with all the stories you have shared. Keep the sunshine coming when you’re up for sharing!

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