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Year of the Panda

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you have all had a wonderful first two days of the year. Admittedly 2010 was a pretty rough year for my family and me, so I’m hoping that the new year will change things. I feel like 2011 is a blank slate, I have no idea where I’ll be in a few weeks/months. 2011 might be the year of the Rabbit in China, but I’m declaring it the year of the Panda. Hopefully I’ll have a new job soon, hopefully I’ll still be in DC, but honestly I feel like everything’s up in the air. It’s all been really certain school/career-wise for the past few years, so it feels strange to be job hunting again and really frustrating in this market, but hopefully something will turn up soon.

I’m not usually one to make resolutions. I can’t remember the last time I made one to be honest and I’m pretty sure I’ve never kept one. I vow to be different this year. So I’ve come up with a few that I hope to achieve and hopefully through this blog I can be held accountable:

1. Cook one new recipe a week. During grad school it was really difficult for me to have time to cook like I wanted to or what I wanted to. Now that I have a little more free time, I really hope to expand my cooking knowledge. I have an entire bookcase full of cookbooks, mostly ones that belonged to my dad, and I can’t wait to explore them and find some fun recipes to share with you all.

2. Run 3 races. Gretchen and I ran a 5k this past Thanksgiving and I got bit by the race bug. Since one of her goals is to run an 8k and a 10k, hopefully we can work together on  that goal.

3. Run 400 miles. Just typing that makes me shudder. I don’t think I’ve run 400 miles in my entire life, and I want to run it all in one year?!?! It really doesn’t seem that bad though when I think about it. It’s less than 8 miles a week. Whenever I go out to run, I don’t plan on running less than 2 miles, so I just need to get my ass outside a few days a week.

4. Read 20 books. I thought about this one for awhile. I wasn’t sure what would be a realistic goal for books. I haven’t been able to read for fun in so long. I decided on 20 though. I’m not reading Dr. Seuss after all. I’ll start counting as soon as I finish Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I guess I better hurry up and finish it…

5. I think Gretch made this resolution for me, but I will blog more. Now that I don’t have school to blame anymore, I don’t have any excuse and by blogging I can track my other goals, share recipes, write about my running, and review books that I’ve read. Thanks Gretch! Smile

Hope everyone else is looking forward to 2011 as much as I am!



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I’m still here.

I was going for an abandoned theme here, but realized it also fits that I feel like I'm in prison, heh.

I haven’t given up on this blog I swear. I’ll be done with school in a mere 42 days (yikes!) and I have comps (huge final exam for the program) in 11 days (eeeep!) so all of  my exciting posts (maybe only exciting to me) will have to wait until at least after comps.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween!

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Busy Busy Bee

Sorry for the lack of posts. Between moving, finishing up my internship, work, ending Spring classes, starting summer classes, and anything else and can manage to squeeze in there, I haven’t had too much time to blog. I haven’t forgotten about it though. I fully intend on a write-up of my Monticello trip, but I have a big paper to finish up in the next week or two, so that is going to have to come first. I’m working on a paper supporting the use of social media at historic sites. I’m actually planning to mention Monticello because they do such a fantastic job. Check them out if you haven’t done so:

This one they just added not long ago. They tweet from Jefferson’s journals, 200 years ago to the day.

They’re also on Facebook!

For as large of an historic house as Monticello is, and for as many visitors as they get, they do a great job of interacting through social media and making it a two-way road. I hope more museums and historic sites follow their lead.

Well, that’s all I have for now. I need to read for class tomorrow. Apparently we have the hardest reading of the semester first…I guess that’s good?

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Appreciate your teachers!

So yesterday was National Teacher Day and all week is National Teacher Appreciation Week! When I posted yesterday about my getting my internship I got comments from at least three former teachers! I was so touched by this! They were teachers from middle school and even elementary school (not trying to make any of you feel old). I truly appreciate your well wishes though.

I hope everyone is thinking about the teachers you’ve had growing up that have helped you get to where you are. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for quite a few of my former teachers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

In closing, here’s a picture with my favorite teacher (aww!):

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Finally got the nerve…

I’ve always been a bit apprehensive about blogging. Are my posts just going to sound like stupid ramblings to everyone else? Well, that’s still up in the air, but I’ll give it a shot.

I hadn’t really planned to have a specific theme for this blog. It’s more of just an update of what’s going on in a hopefully classier medium than facebook. I’m not gonna lie, I’ll probably talk a lot about museums and school, so most of my friends will skip right over that. My boyfriend, Mike, and I have tried to cook more so I’ll probably be posting about those adventures as well.

That’s all for now!

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