getting real. sorta.


Wait, this is it?
November 15, 2010, 6:51 pm
Filed under: the girl growing up

So it’s been awhile since the last time I’ve posted. To update all of you: I did indeed finish the conference. I have not been stuck in Denver this whole time, worry not dear loyal readers.

Also, my older sister got married! Yay! I think I’m still trying to process that one. It still seems like she just got engaged. I’m very happy for her and the wedding was perfection. Definitely a hard act to follow. So, you better get on it Elisabeth!

And also I started my job officially. My first big kid job. I’d love to say that I’ve fallen into a productive routine and I’ve got the hang of everything now, but I’d be lying. So I’ll instead ask: When do I become a full-fledged grown-up?

This question came to me last night when I caught my 23-year-old self jumping on my bed. When do I need to stop doing that? Or sleeping with a stuffed animal?

I think there should be a new age classification. Like how now there’s waddlers for between the toddler and infant stage. Or the tween from pre-teen to teen. The longer we live, the more the need for more exact representation of age. There needs to be some sort of classification for those of us in our post-collegiate pre-total-adult stage of life.

I’m open to suggestions although I’m partial to pradler myself (pre-adult).



snd denver: day 1
September 23, 2010, 9:48 pm
Filed under: the girl growing up

OH MAN, HERE I AM. It’s so crazy/awesome/crazy awesome/awesomely crazy to see all these people and meet all these professionals.

I’m totally geeking out and getting so excited/antsy (sp?) about getting back to designing newspapers. It’s also weird cuz people keep asking how I got the internship and others will come up to me and congratulate me, people I don’t even know. It’s weird how it takes strangers’ praise to really get me excited again about my job.

I’m nervous for tomorrow. I get to blog about one of the sessions on the SND website, which is awesome, however I’ve never interviewed anyone before and I’m nervous. I swear I’m the only person here who didn’t major in journalism! I feel a little out of my element. It’d be easier I think if I had friends here to be unsure with. As it is, I’m latching on to various other students from other schools.

There was a reception tonight. With a mechanical bull. Yup. I rode the bull. That was a first. And a last, no doubt.

I’m enjoying myself but I feel a little like my mind is elsewhere and I’m having a hard time fully committing to this experince emotionally. Maybe I’ll take my ADHD medication tomorrow to help me focus. My mind is racing and it feels like it needs to be stimulated but I’m so tired that I can’t read or do crosswords. I think I’m just also a little homesick and eager to get back to Seattle and then excited for Kelly’s wedding. I’m rambling now, I know. Also, my bed at the hotel has red velvet and satin blankets. No joke. Pretty much my favorite part :) hahaha.

I just feel very alone lately. It’d be nice to just have someone consistently here, ya know?

I really ought to have brought Mi-er Bunny along on this trip. Yeah, I’m a 23-year-old working professional and I still need my stuffed animal.

Anyone thinking of moving to Virginia??



The calm before the storm
September 22, 2010, 8:48 pm
Filed under: the girl growing up

THE ELECTRIC ANTICIPATION AND EXCITEMENT BUZZING IN THE AIR surrounding me is palpable. I’m like an 8-year-old sitting impatiently through Christmas Eve Mass, knowing after this I can go straight to bed to awake and find all my presents under the tree. Only instead of Christmas and presents, it’s the annual SND conference and workshops.

I find it fitting the conference is in Denver. For those of you who are unaware, I spent three very vital years of my childhood in Denver. When I think about being a little girl, I think of Denver. I’ve always wanted to go back to Colorado to visit, it’s been an itch in my chest too deep to scratch and now I feel it coming closer to the surface. It’s fitting that one of the last places I am to spend my time off before officially becoming a resident of the Real World is the place with which I associate much of my childhood.

I’m excited. But I also know the next couple weeks is going to be anything but smooth sailing. I feel as if I am aboard a ship commandeered (sp?) by a tyranous pirate crazy enough to take the storm ahead dead on. And instead of being petrified to my core, I’m simply choosing to not think about what all will transpire over the next several days, multiple destinaions and myriad events.

After this weekend of fulfilling my duties as a travel-grant recipient from SND, I’m headed on a plane back to Seattle. Notice how I said “Seattle” and not “home”? Yeah, that’s cuz I live in Virginia now. Crazy. (p.s. I LOVE my new apartment, which I’ve decided to call The Hilary as it has “Swank” written all over it). There, I will finish packing my belongings and attempt to see as many people as I can before leaving again four days after arriving. Then I’m off to Sacramento with the majority of my family to participate in the event of he year. Or at least one of the biggest/most important events of the year. My sister’s wedding. Yay! Then I’m headed back east again, with only a day or two of rest before starting the first day of my “career.”

And all I’m packing is a small carry-on. And six pairs of shoes.



getting real
September 8, 2010, 7:57 pm
Filed under: the girl growing up

SO, THIS IS MY FIRST POST UNDER MY NEW TITLE for my blog. for those of you who are just joining us — or for those of you who have been here all along, but weren’t aware of this change — i have changed the name of my blog from “life as an intern” to “getting real” because, as most of you have probably heard by now (since i’ve practically shouted it from the top of every steeple(sp?) in america due to the fact that i simply cannot retain my excitement) i got a job.

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the end of the intern
September 8, 2010, 7:23 pm
Filed under: the girl growing up, the underling

WELL, IT’S OFFICIAL. I’M GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE THE NAME¬†of this blog if i wish to continue it as i will no longer be an intern after sept. 17. however, i won’t be finished working at the pilot. come oct. 6, i will be a full-time designer at the virginian-pilot!

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through a lens
August 21, 2010, 3:24 am
Filed under: the east coaster, the girl growing up, the underling

I KNOW I’M A FEW WEEKS AWAY FROM BEING DONE with this fabulous experience i’ve had as an intern, but i wrote this as part of one one my papers. most of you are probably very aware of which papers i’m talking about here. so i’m sharing it with all of you so you can get into a little more of what i experienced with this internship.

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books are better than websites any old day
August 21, 2010, 2:52 am
Filed under: the girl growing up

COMING TO THE LIBRARY ALWAYS MAKES ME FEEL so inspired to do things. for some reason i feel like i have so many more resources at my disposal than when i’m at home on the internet.

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