Saturday, January 31, 2009

Running on Hormones

"I love running with attractive individuals of the opposite sex." -I think most runners find this true (although this person shall remain anonymous!).
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Friday, January 30, 2009

Athletic Dept. Tutoring

Really huge football player: Who you lookin' for?
Whitney: Not you. I'm looking for a swimmer.
Really huge football player: What? You sayin' I don't look like a swimmer?
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

54 in a 25

"Dear Friend, Public records indicate that you may have been charged with a SERIOUS TRAFFIC-RELATED OFFENSE. If convicted, you may face a possible jail sentence, substantial fine and civil penalty, criminal record and/or suspension of your driving privilege, depending on the charge." -a letter from an Alexandria attorney offering to help with my reckless driving ticket (oops). I'm amazed it even reached me, considering the envelope was addressed to Columbia, Maryland.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Write Process

"The miracle of turning inklings into thoughts and thoughts into words and words into metal and print and ink never palls for me." -John Updike, who passed away yesterday at age 76.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

Silly Billy

"Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery." -read the entire story here. Thanks to Meg for the article.

This kind of crushes my childhood fantasy of owning a goat (I'm serious, right Dad?!).
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Cold Weather Running

And speaking of frigid conditions, check out my latest Vox article here.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Nature of History

"Man views his past with boundless fascination, savoring its drama and victories, weeping at its failures and follies, probing it for clues to the meaning of human endeavor ... human interest in historical literature probably will never die." -Robert Shafer, A Guide to Historical Method. I'm actually pretty darn excited about some good grad school reading :)
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Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Back to school = back to consuming excessive amounts of Starbucks coffee = more The Way I See It quotes.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Classes Begin Again...

"What is essential is not that everyone shall speak, but that everything worth saying shall be heard!" -Alexander Meiklejohn
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Monday, January 19, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Geography Lesson

"If you're Flemish, are you from .... Fleming?" -Kristy (good thing she's going to be a biology teacher and not a geographer ;) ).

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Playing it Safe in DC

Whitney: The zookeepers gave the gorilla birth control pills every day in her banana.

Grandmommy: They should start handing out bananas downtown.
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Friday, January 16, 2009

Good To Be Back

Thrilled to be back in the Midwest today!
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Virginia Girls & Basketball

"Boston girls are charming, New York girls are smart, but it takes a Virginia girl to win a fella's heart. Florida girls are tan, Chicago girls got flow, but when you want the best looking girl Virginia's where you go. Girls will be girls from north, south, east to west, but everyone knows that a Virginia girl is best. To any man who reads this and truly wants to know: If you have a Virginia girl you should never let her go..." -being a good Virginia girl and cheering on my Wahoos tonight (UVA v UNC @ JPJ, Cville).
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Human Touch

"I believe that the living and breathing and the being with people you are fond of and the friendly exchange with them of ideas and stories and encouragement and love is the totality of what we are and of what we can do." -Jennifer Arkland, in Engleby.

Spending a few days with the grandparents :)
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Don't Worry, Be Happy

"Happiness is a function of fending for oneself ... happiness is an activity - it is inseparable from the pursuit of happiness." - George Will, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist.
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Only At Hogwarts

Spotted in Reston Town Center.
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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Talk To Me

"Light travels faster than sound - that's why some people appear bright until you hear them speak." -sent from a friend across the pond.
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Saturday, January 10, 2009

State of Affairs

"When Virginians learned that the U.S. Secret Service and other top officials had decided to bar personal vehicles from every bridge from the commonwealth into the District on Inauguration Day, many felt the underlying message to them was this: Drop dead." -Virginians get defensive! Read the Washington Post article here.
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Friday, January 9, 2009

Go Hoo$, Go!

“Few schools can match University of Virginia’s potent combination of phenomenal faculty, intelligent students, remarkable intercollegiate sports, and extraordinary academics. Indeed, students are continually impressed by the high caliber of opportunities available to them, both within the classroom and outside it. Notably, unlike other public institutions, there doesn’t seem to be a tendency for UVA students to be lost amid the paperwork and bureaucracy. Professors are accessible and devoted; many go out of their way to ensure that students are comfortable with the material.” -UVA racks up some praise from the Princeton Review. Wahoowa. See the Today Show clip here:

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Thursday, January 8, 2009


"I don't know how I became a journalist. It's not something I ever set out to do, though now I've done it I can see that it suits me temperamentally quite well. The other thing about journalism is that although at the top end it seems to attract well educated, even intelligent, people, it's basically quite unbelievably easy. You ask a question and write down the answer. You repeat the process a few times. Then you see what all the answers add up to, put them in sequential order with a simple linking narrative and go to the pub." -magazine journalist Mike Engleby, in Sebastian Faulks' Engleby (my first "fun" book of winter break).
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009


"I sing you to me." -best quote from the film (if only it was that easy to bring people together..!).
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009

Jackson's Future

Mom: You're going to have all girls ... and they're going to love playing with Barbies.

Jack: Barbie dolls in camouflage.
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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Saturday, January 3, 2009


"A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not even worth glancing at." -Oscar Wilde

Leaving paradise (St. John) today and heading back north to cold Virginia.
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Friday, January 2, 2009

Hang Over Cure

"I feel like I'm in rehab ... you know how in rehab they put you in a nice place and give you dark glasses?" -Jackson starts out 2009 wearing shades on the balcony after a wild night on Jost Van Dyke.
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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." -Benjamin Franklin.

Hello 2009 . . !
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