Welcome! If you’re wondering what all the 31 hubbub is about. Read this.
My friend, Lindsey, and I have known each other for over 10 years. It is kind of crazy to believe. She lives in Fishers, IN and is the graphic designer for Connor Prairie. She is one of the most artistic people that I know. She loves art, has a crazy passion for good music, is an awesome aunt and a really good friend. I am not the best at keeping in contact with friends who live far away and Lindsey has always made sure to randomly send me a message to say hi and ask me how life is. She is the friend that makes sure we get together every once in a while and I’m so thankful. Lindsey and I both agree that it is so wonderful to have friends that you can get together with after months apart and feel like you just talked to them the day before.
We met while working in the admissions office at the University of Indianapolis. She had the fun job of calling people and asking them for money. I had the fun job of entering random information into the computer and, thankfully, didn’t have to talk to anyone. I was a senior and she was a sophomore and it was the year 2001 and aol instant messaging was the thing to do. We spent many afternoons working and messaging each other while sitting two computers away. And we may have done a few prank phone calls, too. Ah yes, we were a wild and crazy pair.
If it weren’t for working in the same office, Lindsey and I probably would have never met. She was taking a ton of art classes and I was stuck in a ton of science labs. But, for whatever reason, we became friends and have stayed friends. Probably because we’re just too cool. At least that’s what I’m going with.
So Lindsey has made the hobby of concert going into a fine science. We discovered a few years ago that we both love the band NeedtoBreathe (she was going to hear them in Indy back in 2003 when no one knew who they were) and so she is sure to let me know when they will be nearby in concert. This past weekend we went to see them and, just like Emily, she was stuck in the car with me and so I was able to interview her despite her protests. I’m so evil.
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What is your middle name? “Erin. I wasn’t too excited about my name growing up. I think my parents thought I was going to be a boy so they just picked random names for me.” Well I like your name. It is unique. Just ask the Anns, the Lynns and the Maries.
Where did you grow up? “Southport, IN”
Where did you go to school? “Southport Elementary, Southport Middle School (although, technically for one year it was Keystone Middle School) and Southport High School.” And college of course was U of I. What exactly is your degree? “I have a masters of science …(and I laugh because she has an aversion to science and math)… in Visual Communication Design and a minor in studio art. I was one class away from a minor in marketing, but didn’t have enough time with all of my art classes. And I just wanted to be done.”
When you were little, what did you want to be? “I wanted to be a ballerina. And then after one week of ballet, I knew that wasn’t happening. But I’ve always been interested in art. I was thinking animation for a while, but after looking at art schools, they were just too expensive. I got a scholarship at U of I and so ended up there.” I’m glad or we probably would have never met!
Have you ever taken a personality test? “I had to take one when I worked at CP Morgan but I can’t remember what it said. I know it was ridiculous and took over an hour.” She is a definite middle child, though. She has an older sister and a younger sister so there is no getting around that. And she has a soft spot for Alex. In fact, all of my middle children friends tend to stick up for the little guy. Perhaps there is a Middle Children Unite club that I am unaware of.
Tell me something interesting about the last movie you watched. “The Hobbit–apparently there’s three of them.” Oh my goodness! I had the same surprise. Near the end of the movie, I kept thinking–that mountain looks really far away and there is only five minutes left. Of course, then William tells me there are two more movies. And how did you feel about the dwarves singing? “well it was interesting. And then I thought maybe that’s just their thing.”
What were you doing 10 years ago? “2003? I did my math for today! It was the end of my junior year–beginning of my senior year. I can’t think of what I was doing.” I’m sure you were missing me not being there. “Well yes. It was the year that all of our older friends graduated.” I think she just called me old. I would take offense, but when we left the concert the other night, we were all limping so I know I’m not alone. Seriously, though. We looked like a bunch of old women (and man since Billy was there). It was pitiful.
What is your favorite song right now? “Oh that is too hard. I’m really loving a band right now called Bronze Radio Return. I was on a free music site called Noise Trade and I stumbled across their music. A song of theirs is Further On.” Seriously, people. I love that she always knows the most random bands. I told her that I’m going to sign up for a subscription to Lindsey’s Monthly Music and she can send me music in the mail each month. Then she told me she was going to start my first monthly music mix this week. yay!
What has been your favorite concert? “One of the best concerts was Mumford & Sons. But I like Will Hoge and NeedtoBreathe is always good.”
What has been your favorite vacation? “Going to Italy as a U of I alumni. We graduated in May and the trip was in October. We actually called to make sure we really did qualify as alumni. They told us we did and we went to the first informational meeting and we were the youngest ones there by years. It was a lot of fun, though, because they took us under their wing. We went to Florence, Tuscany, Nice in France, Monaco and lots of little Italian cities along the way.”
What vacation exceeded your expectations? “I’m always excited to get out of town. I went to Cali with my dad when I was in college. You never know if it will be fun when traveling with your parent but we had a really good time.”
What is your current hobby? “taking pictures, going to concerts, reading when I get the chance”
What book are you reading right now? “Well I just finished a book that Emily recommended. But I can’t remember…I’ll have to ask her when we get to her house.” So I waited until we got to Emily’s house. The book was Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson.
Tell me something that people would find surprising about you. “I don’t know. I don’t think I’m very interesting.”
My dear husband then says, “Well you have long thigh bones.” And we crack up. She had told us earlier when she got in our car about how her legs are irregular and she sometimes feels cramped in between seats. So we could have gone with that, but then she tells me about how in junior high she got the back of her overalls stuck on the handle of the school cafeteria door and people kept going in and out and she couldn’t get off of it. And so now I’m laughing again. So we could have gone with that, too.
But then she emails me later. “I was the first in my family to graduate from college. Also, I am left-handed but “draw” and design on the computer with my right. I realize now that I probably should use my dominant hand, but it’s the way I learned and now it’s what I’m comfortable with!” And she thinks she isn’t interesting.
If you weren’t afraid, what would you do? “I really want to sky dive but I’m afraid of heights. I’ll probably still force myself to do it one of these days. I wish I was braver to travel alone. I’d travel more if I would just go when I had the time and money instead of waiting for when others also had time and money.” I want to go skydiving, too, Lindsey. Let’s travel somewhere and skydive together. You will, however, have to wait until I have the time and money. So see you in about 15 years.
What’s been your most life changing moment? “becoming an aunt”
Finish this sentence. Before I die, I want to “be debt free. And have a family.”
Thanks Lindsey for being such a great friend!
Two more days people. Two more days.