Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I Went There. I Am Going There.

I WENT THERE.

I was determined not to go there. I was not going to become "one of them". I walked into the store with just wanting to update the basic to the newer basic cellphone. I had the basic in my hand. Then I faltered. It was shameful on my part I know it. I hang my head in shame. My animals just look at me and shake their heads because they see the shame in my eyes. Then they start baaing at me because they have not been fed in the past hour. See thats why I had to go there. I needed to feel the power and the status among those 4 legged baaers that create havoc in my life and make me feel less than human. Now I can stand right in their little circle while they munch on their hay and check my email, google, and even do other things but I don't know what they are because I have not gotten that far in the manual.

See I got a Blackberry. I know its not the Droid, I can't be that cool right away, but I now have a better phone than all of my students and I am cool in the barn too. Now I just have to remember not to leave it in the barn and forget where I put it because I know that those baaers are waiting for such an opportunity to mock my new found status;)
Now about Going There.....

Every summer I apply for a Teaching American History seminar. I often get accepted to one of the local universities. This year I decided to apply for a summer seminar out of state. Its a pretty prestigious institution for teaching American history and the application process is quite involved but I thought I will never know until I try. So I tried. I applied. And I got accepted. I applied for 2 places: Mount Vernon, George Washington's home or Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home. I was 1 of 28 people picked for the Mount Vernon seminar. I am a tad excited to be spending a week studying Washington and the American Revolution at Mount Vernon. I have been there twice with my students but I have only really seen a small portion of it.

It is a beautiful place just loaded with history......................

..............there is the famous 16 sided barn............

........then there is the Greenhouse and the gardens that I will get to explore........

..........and best of all Mount Vernon has a collection of Heritage Livestock! I am sure they do not sell any of the stock, but just in case I should probably take an animal crate. Just kidding Mom;)
So I will be spending a whole week at the home of America's First President. Living, breathing, and studying Colonial America. Reconnecting with America's past. An absolute perfect way to start my summer off.
And I will have a Blackberry to send messages/pics back to my baaers;)
Life doesn't get much better than this!

10 comments:

Christine said...

Wow, that would be awesome! Congratulations!!

Gail V said...

Cool, Kristi. Good job!

Kara said...

Very cool...on both accounts...Congrats!

Michelle said...

Oh, just rub our noses in it (both of "it"), why don't you! ;-)

Penny said...

Very cool! Good job ... you will have such a great time.

kristi said...

Thanks everyone! I promise to post pictures when I go esp. for Michelle!

Deb said...

Congratulations!!! What an awesome opportunity - It is so beautiful there. I will be so anxious to hear all about it. Think you can drive north and spend a day or two here? Would love to have you!!

I recently upgraded my phone but was to intimidated to get a blackberry. Maybe next time :) Have fun with it.

Mim said...

How wonderful for you to be chosen for the seminar! Since I don't have cell phone reception at home I don't even think past a phone to take to town for emergencies. Happy you have the Blackberry tho can't wait to see pictures!

kristi said...

Deb,
What a wonderful invitation! I would love to come and visit! Actually I am hoping to venture up your way this Fall...I get this New England itch really bad every couple of years!

Mim,
I am going to buy a new card for my camera because I know I am going to be a tad camera happy! Sitting along the Potomac River watching the sun set should be just about perfect;)

dixie said...

Just came across your blog. Congrats. I'll have to read more.