Monthly Archives: April 2010

Historical people say the darndest things

I just read something in Manhunt (yes, I’m still reading it!) that gave me the giggles. The author was talking about how it became illegal for anyone to talk badly about Lincoln after he was assassinated. He provided a letter that a U.S. Marine wrote home to his mother discussing what he would do to Booth if he saw him, and I quote:

“I would take a pair of shears and cut him in pieces as you would cut a piece of cloth. Then I would dig out his eyes and then pour in boiling hot oil. I’d fix him well…mother give my love to all the folks and believe me your affectionate son. Wesley Severs”

Holy graphic description Batman! Boiling hot oil in the eye sockets. Nice! Quickly followed by, ” Love you Mommy!” WHAT?? Oh and is it just me, or does it seem weird to do that after cutting him into a million pieces? …maybe I’m over-analyzing this.

Well, tonight I’m continuing to pack up the apartment…while catching up on some tv, duh. I’m working tomorrow, making some extra money is never ever bad. Then I’m off to Harrisonburg for the rest of the weekend and I might even have a new history adventure to blog about! Excite!!



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I was talking to my sister last night about my blog (Hi Twila!) and mentioned how hard it was to get into a routine of writing. She said if I do it every day for two weeks, then it should be easy to do. I’m taking her word for it. The hardest part of blogging though is not always having something blog-worthy to say, but I really want to stick with it. I hope she’s right!

I was at my internship today. I only have three weeks left! I’ve been giving more house tours lately and to be honest I’m not a huge fan of them. I’ve never been big on public speaking. I tend to talk very quickly and fumble over my words a lot, so the idea of having to do this for an hour is none to pleasing. I’ve had such different experiences giving tours though. A few weeks ago I gave a tour to a group of teenage girls. They were stranded here from England because of the Icelandic volcano! I didn’t think the tour went well at all. They didn’t seem very interested and I felt really unprepared going into it. When they left I felt really discouraged. Today was completely different. I gave a tour to a middle-aged couple (much better than 20 high school girls). They were originally from Spain and the man works for NASA and is in the area doing research. They were fantastic visitors! They asked tons of questions, were really interested in the house, and were very complementary of my tour. They had a lot of information to give as well, comparing the house to other places to visit and commenting on how much we take for granted compared to what they had back in the 1700s. I really felt on top of my game knowledge-wise as we went around the house and I really enjoyed talking with them. It’s funny how different tours there can be and how they can change your day!

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A Change Would Do You Good

Maybe Sheryl Crow is right.  In about three weeks (yikes!) roommate Evan and I are packing up and moving down the road to Arlington…Clarendon to be exact. We’re pretty excited. Clarendon has much more to offer. Fun friends to hang out with (Hi Dave and Harry!) and we can actually walk to places from our apartment! I’m probably most excited that I can walk to the metro again. At our current place, we have to drive or take a shuttle to the metro and it’s mega inconvenient.

With the excitement, comes the panic of having to pack up all of my possessions in just three weeks time, and let me tell you,  I have a lot of them. While we’re upgrading on location, we’re essentially downgrading our apartment, it’s both older and smaller. I offered to take the smaller of the two rooms ($$cha-ching$$). We’ll see if this is a good idea or not. I figured it’s a good way to save a few bucks and it will give me a reason to get rid of some things I don’t really need.

Anyone who knows me knows I have a lot of crap. I’m a bit of a pack rat. Pack rats are pretty cute though…

I like to think I get it from my grandmother. I remember helping clean out her house when we were getting ready to move her up closer to us and finding old school papers from some 20 years earlier when she was teaching. We found old office and school supplies that my grandfather was selling that she kept for years. There were boxes and boxes of “junk” stored upstairs that we spent days sifting through. As much as I loved my grandmother, I don’t want to be that old lady with a ton of junk in my attic. So I think this is a good opportunity to go through everything and throw out the “junk” that has been sitting untouched in my closet for the past year or more.

I already took 5 bags of clothes to Goodwill last weekend, so I made a pretty good dent!

Are you guys pack rats? Or do you try to keep it simple?

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The Path of the Panda

Ok, two post in one day…this is unprecedented. I’ve been sitting here for the past few hours working on my final project for the semester and I keep glancing over at this super cute bookmark that Mike bought me awhile ago:

Whenever I see that bug-eyed bear staring at me, I’m reminding of how I haven’t used my bookmark yet. I’m also reminded of how I’ll finally be able to in just a few short days. Once this project is turned in next week, I’ll finally have time for some fun reading, although I’ll still be doing some work for my internship… I thoroughly intend on finishing Manhunt (it’s so good!). It’ll only be the third semester I’ve been reading it, guh. Is grad school over yet?

Anyway, my little panda friend reminds me that the end is near and I might at least have a week or two of sweet, sweet freedom!

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One thing after another…

I know, I know. I said last time that I would be better. I haven’t been. This has honest to god been the craziest month of my life. When I thought nothing else could possibly go wrong, it did. And by it did, I mean the power to my 300+ apartment building went out…and by went out I mean the electrical room exploded. That’s a story for another day, because it’s a good one and I don’t have the time to tell it today. I have so many good stories to tell and pictures to post. After next week (when my semester, minus my internship, will be over) I VOW to update regularly and get my life ON TRACK. See you then. 🙂

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