an autobiography in trivia

Name – Amy
Occupation – Claims Team Leader (supervisor) for an insurance company
Hobbies – sleeping, reading, writing, knitting, photography
Area of Expertise – insurance, iPods, random crafty things
Weaknesses – I can program anything but the VCR. And, yes, there are others, but I don’t want to frighten anyone.
Favorite Fiction BookTo Kill a Mockingbird, Charlotte’s Web
Favorite Non-Fiction BookBird by Bird, Traveling Mercies, Ragamuffin Gospel
Favorite Authors – Anne Lamott, Brennan Manning, Augusten Burroughs, Bailey White, Ken Gire, Harper Lee, Eudora Welty, Frederick Buechner
Favorite Style of Music – acoustic/folk/alt-country
Favorite Musicians – David Wilcox, Kate Campbell, U2, Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Andrew Peterson
Favorite Visual Artists – Ruth Bernhard, Makoto Fujimura
Favorite color – orange
Favorite flower – Gerber daisy
Favorite time of day – after work
Favorite shoes – Dansko Sport Clogs
Favorite season – fall
Favorite place to be – the beach on the Gulf Coast
Favorite quote(s)…..
#1The best apprenticeship for a creative person is to become like Christ.For like Him, we must enflesh our words in such a way that they reach people where they live.Like Him, our voices must be full of grace and truth.Like Him, we must resist the temptation to deflect from our calling, regardless how stark the wilderness, or how seductive the food offered us.Like Him, we must not be afraid to touch subjects that are shunned by others.Like Him, we must speak the words that in some way raise what in dead in all of us, heal what is sick, calm what is storming.Like Him, we must try in out own work to give rest to the part of the soul that is weary, food to the part that is hungry, drink to the part that is thirsty.And like Him, if our work is to be reborn in the hearts of others, we must experience something of His struggle in Gethsemane, something of His suffering on Calvary, and something of His stay in the grave. Ken Gire, 11/8/1996
#2″…you don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it, too.”-Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Favorite Hymns – Come Thou Fount, On Jordon’s Stormy Banks, Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise
Favorite words – bliss, redemptive, creative, dark, melancholic, plethora, davenport, trashy, community, ethereal, definitely
Least favorite words – sanitary, nodule, legalistic, pus, irregardless, copasetic, chunky, nougat, thong, i-beam, terminal, capable, doctrine
Greatest Fear(s) – breaking my teeth, small rodents
Last great book read – Art & Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts
Last great movie seen – The Squid and the Whale
Favorite Movie – Dead Poets Society
Random Childhood Memory – Peeing on stage during practice for the 1st Grade Christmas Play because I was scared to ask if I could go to the bathroom. I was terrified of the noise public toilets make upon flushing.
First car – 81 Ford Escort, nicknamed ‘The Lawnmower’
Personality Type – INFJ
Pet Peeve – gum smacking
Favorite cuisine – Italian
Favorite Board Game – Scrabble. Scattegories runs a close second.
Favorite Dessert – Hot Apple Pie ala mode.
Unhealthy Obsessions – web surfing, grande non-fat latte with no foam and one sweet ‘n low
Aversions – retractable blades – like box openers, snow
Long Term Goals/Dreams – buy a house, write a book, be published, MFA in Creative Writing or Photography, find Mr. Right.
Other random tidbits:
– I once hitched a ride from Atlanta to Birmingham with a truck driver after my car broke down.
– I have ridden an elephant. And a camel.
– I am doing a photo series using Plastic Action-Figure Jesus as the subject.
– I have completed a half-marathon.
– I have my favorite coffee (Southern Pecan Crème) shipped to me from Birmingham every month.
– I have a strange addiction to Moleskine journals & brown felt-tip pens.
– I never leave home without my iPod, cell phone, journal, a book, and usually a camera.

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