The Life of Erin

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Don’t Want None Unless You Got Buns, Hun. March 13, 2009

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Today was Hot Dog Lunch Day at work. This is what happens when hundreds of employees haven’t had a raise in two and a half years because of an expired union contract and won’t get a raise in the near future because of the economy. You learn to improvise fun. Instead of going out to lunch or happy hour after work, we have Hot Dog Lunch Day. Everyone was in charge of bringing something.


easy cheese

I was in charge of condiments. See the Easy Cheese? I couldn’t resist.


Oh yeah, we had two grills going. We are no joke.


Hot dogs taste so much better on potato rolls. I’m so glad all of my coworkers agree because that’s what three people brought.

We’ve had a crock pot lunch, salad lunch, grilled cheese lunch (twice), and now hot dog lunch. What’s next? You’ll have to wait and see.


Ho Hum January 28, 2009

Filed under: random info.,work — erinp @ 9:39 pm
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I’m kind of just biding my time until Japan and I have some really fun things to write about. In the mean time, I had a crappy day at work so instead of following through with the purging diet, I asked Matt to go to WaWa so I could get a sandwich. I feel much better.

Today was my first day in the office since Friday because I was doing off-campus recruiting on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday I was at Temple Ambler. It’s like being out in the country. If I could, I’d probably rather work at Ambler–it’s like Cheers–everyone knows your name. Seriously. I was parking and asked some of the Campus Police if I needed a special permit. They asked me who I was seeing and when I told them they were like, “Oh, you don’t need a permit, we love her, she’s the best!” OK mister officer, please don’t turn around and tow my car. They didn’t and then later in the day they came to say hi to me. Weird.

Ambler houses Temple’s horticulture and landscape architecture majors. In the dead of winter, it is still beautiful:

herb gardenherbs

gardensculpture"bell" tower

Then on Tuesday I went to West Chester U. It wasn’t pretty, but an international student group was selling middle eastern food. I had this yummy homemade hummus for lunch: hummus

That’s all. Nothing else to see here.


My New Year starts tomorrow January 5, 2009

I wasn’t ready to let go of 2008 on January 1–not even this weekend–I was in denial. It seems fitting that since tomorrow is when I have to talk to Real Live People for the first time since 2008 (like, coworkers) that January 5th is the official start of my New Year. For the first time in my life, I’ve thought of some official resolutions:

I am going to cook more, and cook more healthy meals in 2009. I have a slow cooker and some new cook books and I am prepared to use them.

I will not watch trash TV five out of seven nights of the week. Matt and I canceled our cable and suspended our Netflix subscription. I think it’s true that people who watch less TV are happier. We have been focusing on DVDs and short clips online–Northern Exposure is still the greatest show of all time, and Weekend Update is the best part of SNL (thanks Hulu). And once a week I can gorge myself on Real Housewives clips or Top Chef reruns (thanks again, Hulu).

We are all going back to Japan. This has been Matt’s and my dream since we met: to return to Japan together. Timeline: I’ve been multiple times from 1985-2003; Matt lived there from 2001-2002; and we started dating in 2003. We’ve never been there together and we are finally getting the chance because my parents will live there for four months starting on Thursday! I will miss my parents and they are giving Matt and me a chance to return to our favorite city together.

I will not insist on cosmetic home improvements. We have some necessary work that needs to be done and that will come first. No more obsessing over the paint colors or landscaping, although these projects will hopefully be hobby-like distractions this year (I release all of my stress from March through September when I can weed, plant, and pick vegetables).

And finally, in 2009, I am going to sleep more. I never get enough sleep but I owe it to myself to get at least 7 hours a night on average.

That’s all I’ve come up with as far as “resolutions” go. I’m sure I’ll think of a lot more and maybe even convert my musings into a spreadsheet.

I wish you all a truly Happy Year, and leave you with a few photo highlights (because everyone knows that blogs with no photos are boring as hell).

me funnysquirrel
(My obsession with squirrels began.)

(I started custom-making jewelry…and selling it.)

(RIP, Nannie)

(We made it back to California.)

(We celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary.)

(We planted a garden.)

(We did some painting…)

(…and then our ceiling fell in…)

(…which turned into a full-scale demo project that lasted 6 months.)

(I spent a weekend with my best friends in DC and said goodbye to Bush.)

Whole Foods
(I sold more jewelry.)

(I got a new office.)

(I was warm in the summer.)

(More gardening.)

(I went to Montreal.)

Penn Yan
(We finally went to Penn Yan together.)

(I went to London.)

(The Phillies won.)

(Then Obama won.)

(Anita got married.)

(And the holiday season was filled with happiness.)

I’m exhausted. How will 2009 ever compare?


I put an away message on my phone today. December 22, 2008

Filed under: random info.,work — erinp @ 8:09 pm
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I was at work but the construction right next door made it impossible for me to talk on the phone for half of the day. And it smells.

This one is funny–at the end my coworker walks by and says “Oh gosh, poor thing!”


Memorial Day May 28, 2008

I am in D.C. this week for a conference, and since Virginie lives here, Anita and I came on Saturday to visit and do touristy stuff! We had a great time–saw all of the memorials, Rolling Thunder, and relaxed. Here are some photos.

This one meant a lot to me that day:

Pop-pop, I also thought a lot of you that day. Love, Erin


Global Rich Site March 11, 2008

Filed under: news and politics,random info.,work — erinp @ 11:17 pm

Just a break from our wonderful vacation photos to post this interesting site. I have no idea how accurate it is, but it does make you think a little bit.

Enjoy–and please respond with results!

Global Rich List


Obviously, white people like to study abroad February 28, 2008

Filed under: random info.,work — erinp @ 12:28 am
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On the blog “Stuff White People Like” you can find very politically incorrect but very true information that many people may not want to admit is true. I was particularly interested in #72:

Unfortunately this speaks to a bigger issue and even though this post is funny, the accuracy is scary. I am constantly trying to diversify the groups of students who study abroad and the statistics (real ones) I’ve come up with are amazing. For example, it is true that white people prefer to go where other white people are (Western Europe, Australia, etc.). But Black students and Asian Americans will mainly choose to go to Asia and Africa because they are already used to being viewed as a minority in the U.S., so why not abroad?

Do the minority students end up having a more enriching experience just because of where they go? Or is it because they have planned better in terms of social acceptance and norms? It’s hard to say, and study abroad is an area that still remains a mystery to me sometimes (even though I have worked in it for about 7 years).

The only thing I DO know, is that even if the experience wasn’t substantial while the student was there, when they return, the re-entry process may educate the student even more than their time overseas.