The only true currency in this bankrupt world... is what you share with someone else when you're uncool.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

First Week

Well, I've had my first two classes of the semester and things seem to be going pretty well thus far. I'm taking an Introduction to New Media class which seems like it will be pretty fun (yes, I'm a nerd) and the professor seems very cool, so that always helps. The other class is a bit scarier--it's historiography, which basically means the history of history itself... we're reading lots of theory books (not my favorite) but this is going to be a very important class for all my later classes, so it's good I'm taking it now. For our final paper in that class, I think I'm going to write the historiography of Eleanor Roosevelt--looking at all the stuff that has been written about her... did you know that in newer biographies they think that she was a lesbian (or, as the grandma in "The Wedding Crashers" said, a "big dyke"?)

Otherwise, I've been working at the Center for History and New Media. I'm working on a project called Historical Thinking Matters, which will be a tool for high school history teachers that teaches students to use primary sources and to think like historians. Right now, I'm researching the Social Security Act and finding all sorts of primary sources from the 1930s and the Great Depression (primary sources are the original documents or records of events described by someone who was there). I know, I know, I'm probably boring you already.

I've decided not to get a waitressing job on the side because I think it will just stress me out way too much. I tend to get very anxious and frantic when school is in session. I may be teaching some spinning classes at a gym here though.

Okay, more historiography reading. Woo!

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Is this what my Saturday nights are going to be like for the next 3 years?

So I'm currently in the middle of what just might be the least exciting Saturday night I've had in quite awhile. I had two separate plans to hang out with friends fall through (which sucks because 2 is the exact number of friends I have in this area), and so I've been reading the *enthralling* "Telling the Truth About History," and just took a break to watch "Notting Hill," which is just as cheesy as I remember, but Hugh Grant is adorable. I also ordered a "Fit and Delicious" Pizza from Pizza Hut, which was neither fit nor delicious... And now I will probably read some more.

As this blog continues, it will probably prove a fascinating study in the onset of depression...

*Sigh* It's really not that bad I suppose. It's hard to get excited about things that aren't happening though. And doesn't it suck that the one person you really want to talk to, you're not supposed to be the one to call?

Friday, August 26, 2005

Let the Freak Out Commence

I had my new phd orientaton last night and am now sufficiently freaked out. I am having U Va anxiety flashbacks and the semester hasn't even started yet. Of utmost concern is the oral exam I'm going to have to take in 3 years... I only have to know everything about all of American history... my blood pressure is rising just thinking about it.

Otherwise, I'm just beginning to delve into my books for the semester, working on my website, and playing around on the computer. In otherwords, I'm being a big fat loser. Oh well.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Starting Over

Okay, so I kind of ran out of steam on the xanga thing, but I just took a workshop on blogging and photoblogging and modblogging and podcasts and vodcasts and other funny sounding words, so I figured I'd hop back on the technological stream. Plus this way you can see what I'm up to without actually having to talk to me (haha, no really, please still call me).

I've moved into my house in Fairfax, VA. I'm living with 3 other girls--Stephanie, Sarah and Kendall--right across the street from campus, so that's pretty sweet. Classes start next Monday; I'm taking History Theory, Introduction to New Media and a PhD colloquium--only 7 credits. I'm also working 20 hours a week for the Center for History and New Media, earning my piddling stipend...

So I have some things I want to update on my site nomiddlename.com, but I just wanted to get this thing started.

Love,
meg