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Has it really been two months since my last update?

Apparently, almost.

When I first started this blog back in the day, I didn’t really know where I was going with it.  Truth is, I still don’t.  It sorta started as a way for me to expound upon things I enjoy (typically sports, media, advertising, design, journalism, food, you name it) while informing friends back home what I was up to in my graduate studies in Texas.

As most of you know, I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin’s master’s program in advertising in December and then started the job hunt.  Fast forward five months, and I’m finally (yet it really didn’t feel that long) working.  But not without my fair share of excitement.  I moved 1,500 miles back home to Virginia, ate a giant piece of humble pie and conducted the majority of my job search from my parents’ living room.

Anyway, you never know when or how it’s going to work out.  I had my second interview for my current job on a Friday in mid-May, was informed that I got the job that Monday and if I accepted the job, was expected to start Wednesday.  I was crashing with my best friend at the time and barely had enough clothes with me to make it through the first week.  But considering my instantly euphoric “Oh my God, I got a job!” state, I barely noticed.

So what am I up to these days?  I am now the PR/Media Coordinator at a trade association in Washington, D.C.  Every day I learn something new and I’m given the opportunity to use the skills I learned in school in my daily work.  I have been working at my office for about a month and a half now and I’ve already been on two business trips, have helped get press coverage for some of our member companies and have had my first dabbling in crisis communications.  And since I work in an office with such a small staff I am afforded the luxury of being part of the organization’s decision making, the ability to create and tackle projects limited only by my own creativity and the opportunity to learn from such seasoned communicators and professionals.

This Wednesday I’m going on my first overnight trip where I’ll be giving a brief presentation to our Board of Directors about a cable TV project I got to be a(n infinitesimal) part of during my first week at work.  I’ve been putting my PR, journalism and advertising skills to use every day and any day now I’ll get to add graphic design and social media to the mix.  And I couldn’t be more excited about it.

Sorry if this post hasn’t been the most riveting to many of you.  But for some, you finally know what I’ve been up to lately.  If you’re in the D.C. area, you know how to find me, so let’s make time to catch up!  To everyone else:  it’s time to nag me and remind me to give you a call or send you an update.  I miss so many of you all the time.

To everyone else, this is a promise of better things coming.  I have a few blog post drafts that need tending to, but I just want you to know I haven’t completely forgotten about the blog.  And since you’ve actually read this far, what would you like me to write more about?  What topics have you enjoyed me covering in the past?

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Happy Easter!

Everyone has a favorite holiday.  For some it’s Christmas.  For others it’s New Year’s, Halloween or St. Patrick’s Day.  Some enjoy their birthdays most.  For crazy ol’ me, my favorite is actually the 4th of July.

Easter, though loved internationally, doesn’t really get a lot of respect.  It’s not on the same date every year (let alone month) and not everyone is Christian.  But even still, I think we can all agree on the excellence of the sweets associated with the holiday.

For whatever reason back in the day, Easter was deemed the holiday of pastel candy.  I’m not exactly sure how Jesus’ resurrection and pastel candy in baskets with fake plastic grass go hand in hand, but I’m down.  I’m all for a holiday where people dunk hard-boiled eggs in a colorful vinegar concoction and then later search for them in their yard.  I’m also for feasting on Reese’s cups shaped like eggs, giant chocolate bunnies (hollow chocolate bunnies if your parents don’t, ahem, the Easter bunny doesn’t, like you), SweetTarts shaped like bunnies, chicks and ducks, pastel-colored M&Ms and of course, sugar dusted marshmallow chicks and bunnies.

Mmmmm, Peeps.  The tasty mystery dessert best enjoyed stale.

As it turns out, Peeps aren’t just fun for eating.  In fact in Washington, D.C. the whimsical treats are an excuse for good old-fashioned creativity and silliness.  How old fashioned?  Think fourth grade.  Think arts and crafts.  Think dioramas.

That’s exactly how The Washington Post views Peeps.  In 2007 the paper had its first “Peeps Show” diorama contest.  The contest was an instant hit and won the hearts of locals and faraway readers alike.  Now it’s a yearly tradition, and this weekend the winner and finalists from Peeps Show III were announced.  (And if you can’t get enough, be sure to check out the finalists from last year’s Peeps Show II as well.)

This year’s winner:  “NightPeeps,” a take on the Edward Hopper’s 1942 “Nighthawks” painting.  The winning artist, graphic designer Melissa Harvey of Arlington, Va., spent 45 hours on the project.  She took the top prize amongst the 1,100 dioramas submitted for this year’s competition.

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Here are a few of my other favorites from this year’s contest:

“Double Peep Strike”
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“Mrs. Peepcock, in the Conservatory, with the Revolver”

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“Chinese Olympeep Women Gymnasts Win the Gold”

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“A Very Peeps Passover”

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“Steve Jobs Presents iPeep Nano”

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And not one of my favorites, but I’ll end with this one because everyone loves “As Seen on TV” products and this one prominently features everyone’s favorite, the Snuggie:

“As Seen on Peep TV”

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I spent much of today daydreaming about possibilities for next year’s diorama contest.  Will I be crowned Peeps Show IV Queen?  Doubtful, but you never know.  Either way, can’t wait to see what next year’s Easter crop brings.

All images courtesy of WashingtonPost.com.

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Opening Day at the Nationals New Stadium

Tonight the Washington Nationals christened their brand new ballpark. Having lived in DC the past two years, witnessing the past two opening days in person, and watching 20-plus games at old RFK, this game certainly piqued my interest. It also didn’t hurt that the Nationals opened up against my beloved Atlanta Braves.

Based on all I could see radiating from my TV set, the new stadium is an amazing upgrade from the personality-lacking RFK. Food venues looked decent, the field didn’t show the evidence of splitting duties with a soccer team, and on the whole the stadium looked like a great place to enjoy a night or afternoon of baseball (perhaps this was aided by a 40,000+ crowd on hand). I can’t wait to catch a game there the next time I’m in the area.

I’ve yet to see a quality photo of the finished stadium as yet, but this might give you a good idea:

Picture source: The Ballparks of Baseball website
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Now that looks like a real ballpark. Eerily similar to the Braves’ own Turner Field… Apparently the Nats’ new home offers views of the Capitol and National Monument as well.

Sadly, the Braves lost 3-2… I didn’t have the chance to see much of the game, but I did see the Braves come from behind in the top of the 9th to tie it up 2-2 on a passed ball, but this excitement was brief. In the bottom of the inning Ryan Zimmerman hit a walk-off homer to make the inaugural day memorable for Nats fans. At least Zimmerman is a UVA baseball alum, so that lessens the pain.

Overall it’s been an abysmal day for teams I like… Texas lost by almost 20, and won’t be joining the Final 4. Also, Davidson lost by 2 to Kansas, ending the awe of the nation. We will now be “treated” to a Final Four with four #1s, which has never before happened. I don’t know what angers me more, how dull and uninteresting that makes next weekend or that millions of basketball idiots across the country who make picks solely on the basis of seed are slaughtering me.

For the record, I picked two of them, UNC and UCLA. My final is UNC over UCLA.

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