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Triumphant return

Welp, I’m finally done. I turned in my last paper two weeks ago and got my last final grade today (Not too shabby I must say). I don’t think I’ve gotten to fully enjoy being done with the stress of the holidays immediately following school, plus the stress of trying to find a good job. Plus, I don’t actually walk until May, so it was like “Yay! I’m done with school…but I have to go to work tomorrow.” It is nice being able to come home and not have any articles to read or papers to write though, I can tell you that much. As Gretchen pointed out, I also no longer have an excuse for not updating my blog more often. I’ll have to find some other excuse now… just kidding 🙂

I did have a lot of things I wanted to post as they were happening, but now it seems silly to post about something I did 2 months ago, but I’ll try to include some photos at some point of things I’ve been up to, like visiting Graceland!

I’m really excited to have more free time though. I’ve already started reading for fun again! I’m almost done with Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, which I’ve only been reading since this summer! I’m really looking forward to having more time to cook (I got some fun new kitchen items for Christmas to try out too!) and to exercise more. I’m going to start doing Bikram yoga with my friend Erin, and I’m more than a little terrified. I don’t handle the heat well, so I’m legitimately scared I will either pass out, throw up, or throw up and pass out. I’m excited to try it nonetheless though.

I’m also hopefully heading down to North Carolina tomorrow to visit family. My grandma had a stroke a month or so ago and she’s moving to a nursing home this week. My family from Florida is down there helping her get settled in so I want to go down and see everyone since I don’t get to see any of them very often. It’ll be a short trip, but I’m excited to get to spend some time with my stepmom too. She’s pretty awesome, even if she didn’t make me a lasagna (Hi Kathy!).

Wow, this post is all over the place. It’s hard when you’re playing catchup. Hopefully I can get back on track and post regularly and try to find some kind of focus.



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Almost done.


This is me currently, minus the smoking and pills of course. Coffee is accurate though. Very accurate.

My, my, it sure has been awhile. I am a mere twelve days away from being done with my Master’s. Twelve. Days. It’s safe to say I’m a little stressed right now. I have 4 papers left to write, one of which will get done tonight. Comps have come and gone (high pass thank you very much). It’s hard to believe in just twelve short days I’ll be done with all of this. It’s going to feel strange not to have any more papers to write, articles to read, or projects to do. What am I going to do with my life??


I have many updates about things I’ve been up to in the past few months, but they’ll just have to wait until after the 15th 🙂

Also, I have to admit, the only reason I decided to write a post tonight was because I actually had to look up my own blog address when I was commenting on a blog earlier. I guess it has been awhile, huh?


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Time Management and Pie

Let’s face it, pandas aren’t good at time management. They don’t need to be…not real pandas. But this one does, and she’s not. I never have been and I hoped that in grad school I would get better. I mean, I always manage to get everything done, but it’s always in a huge furry at the end. I think that’s how I work best though. I’ve really been trying hard to keep up with all of the readings for my classes this semester though. I figure it’s the last semester, so I should try to give it my all, but I’m finding that it’s leaving little time for anything else. Including blogging…although considering that I spend most of my time reading articles about museum ethics and material culture or watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I’m not sure any of that is really blog-worthy.

I’ve been really missing out on cooking lately though, and I’ve found that it really helps me de-stress. So when I came home from class on Wednesday with a paper to write that I didn’t know about, I needed to bake something. I had a recipe in mind for the past week, but hadn’t had the time or some of the ingredients, but finally the stars had aligned and I was ready for an afternoon in the kitchen.

My friend, Hannah, (who’s in the same Master’s program as me) sent me Pillsbury’s Flickr page a few weeks ago. It was love at first sight. I found recipe after recipe that I wanted to try. I had a lot of apples that I needed to use, so I decided on an apple pie, which only fueled my  desire for Fall to come. I found this amazing recipe. Now I have to admit, this was the first pie I’ve made. I’ve helped my mom make pies when I was little, but this was the first one where I was in charge (I did have some help from Mike–I think he was more interested in eating the apples though!) I followed the recipe exactly and I have to say, it turned out delicious. Here are some pictures of the process:

Coating the apples

This next picture is of the apples after the cream and vanilla has been added:

Adding the mixture

Painting on the egg white and sprinkling with sugar!

And now for the finished product:

Fresh out of the oven!

Jack is Back and approves of this pie:

The pie didn’t last long. I may or may not, but did, have three pieces myself. Don’t judge. I was at least nice and shared with others.

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! I’m going out of town for a long weekend and will have lots to post about it.


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T.G.I.The Weekend.

So I actually wrote half of this yesterday, but never finished it…so here’s to some weekend blogging….

Finally. The week is over. What a week it has been…I won’t miss it one bit.

For most of the summer I’ve been obsessed with iced coffee, but this morning I had a bit of a brisk walk to the metro and my office has been even chillier than usual, so I opted for a nice cup of hot tea. I think part of me just wants to believe that Fall is closer than it actually is, but that’s okay.

Fall in a mug

That’s my trusty work mug. I love it. I bought it in Atlanta while I was on a work trip. While we were there, we went on a tour of the CNN studio. Ever since it has been my “work mug” and has even come to my new job. It makes me miss traveling for my old job, we had a lot of fun on those trips and we’d always manage to find a really good steak, mmm! (I skipped breakfast, can you tell?)

This past week hasn’t been all bad really. Last weekend was fantastic. My best friend, Jess, was in town from Colorado again…well technically she was in Williamsburg with her parents, but they invited me down for the weekend and I was more than happy to go. It had been years since I spent a weekend with the Lunsfords and her parents are amazing. Plus they’re all really into history too, so they’re my people 🙂

We went to Fort Monroe down in Hampton on Saturday afternoon. I had never been there before and really didn’t know anything about it, but they had all been there and thought I should check it out. It was beautiful! It’s a fort right along the Chesapeake Bay that was built in 1819 and used during the Civil War. It became a safe-haven for slaves during the war because slaves would escape from Virginia and go to the fort and the soldiers at the fort wouldn’t return the slaves to their owners in Virginia since Virginia was a foreign country to them. I thought that was really cool. Also, after the war, Jefferson Davis was held prisoner at Fort Monroe for about 2 years. The exhibit they had on Jefferson Davis was really interesting too (they hung a giant American flag in his room!) I could’ve stayed there all day. The area was gorgeous, there were plenty of picturesque buildings, an old lighthouse, and everything was right by the water. I didn’t take as many pictures as I would’ve liked, but I can definitely see myself going back and spending more time there.

Jefferson Davis' Cell

Then we went to a Norfolk Tides game and ate some good ballpark food and drank some beer…made for a pretty great evening. It was a great weekend with the Lunsfords and reminded me a lot of high school (minus the beer).

The other highlight of my week was meeting up for dinner with my friend Harry. He left for Somalia today for the next year and I’m so glad I got to spend a little time with him before he took off. I’m so excited for the adventure he’s going on (working at a school there) and I can’t wait to hear all about it, but I’ll definitely miss him being here. Harry is one of those people who I know I will have fun with no matter what we do. I talked to him some about blogging and I hope he’ll start one while he’s there, it’d be a great way to keep up with what he’s doing over there. Good luck buddy!!

Harry and me

Other than that, I spent most of the week being stressed out about work and not feeling very well…not the ideal way to spend my last week of “summer vacation.” Not that I had any kind of vacation. Classes start next week though, and I’m pretty excited about them, I think it’s going to be a great last semester!

Well, time to get some work done and get ready for dinner, it’s Restaurant Week in Alexandria! I’ll leave you with a picture of the “art” Mike created with our purchases from the farmer’s market the other day.

The pepper eyebrows are my favorite!

Have a great weekend!!

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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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Not to brag, but…

I secured my summer internship today! It’s here:

Photo: David Bjorgen

I know, I’d be jealous too. Seriously though, I could not be more excited. I’ve been coming to Smithsonian museums since I was a little girl, but to actually be working in one…wow. I’m so excited!! It’s going to be hard to get through these last few weeks at Sully. It will be quite the change of pace going from a small house museum to a fast-paced Smithsonian museum on the Mall. I’m actually working on a project that I worked on for a class last semester. We created banners using Adobe In Design about GPS. Mine was about who is in charge of GPS and why that is important. The banners were displayed for a few months in the museum. I’ll be working on an exhibit that is a larger version of that, developing the themes and doing a lot of research. Here is the press release for the exhibit:

It’s a really cool topic! I had a lot of fun researching for my banner last semester and it sounds like there will be some neat things to get into with this project. I start in June, so I’ll pretty much be going straight into it from Sully. I also am starting a class in two weeks called “Culture of Consumption in Early America.” Basically, what I’ve realized is I won’t have a break at all between now and when I finish my masters. It’s going to be a crazy eight months!


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I was really hoping to get started on my post about Sunday’s adventure, but instead I spent the night working on stuff for a meeting tomorrow about an internship tomorrow (I’ll be sure to update about that!) and working on some packing.

Here’s the current state of our living room:

I managed to pack up one of my bookcases tonight (the largest one), so that was an accomplishment at least. It seems like slow progress for sure though.

In other news, I gave two tours today at Sully. One was to a group of ESL students (English as a second language) and then a group of five older ladies. I feel like my tour is finally getting pretty good and I’m becoming more comfortable with it. It’s hard to believe I only have a few more weeks left there. I still have SO much work to do before I leave!

Mike and I had a very full day of history on Sunday so hopefully I’ll get that posted tomorrow because it was a lot of fun!

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