So, I figured it was about time I started a food blog, considering I’ve been an active part of the food blog world for years now! Known as “Anne P” in the blog world, you have seen me hanging out with Jenna and Meghann in Tampa, running and lunching with Kath in Charlotte on my drive from Tampa to DC, and dining with Chandra, Melissa, and others in Boston at the Healthy Living Summit. Plus, I’m sure you’ve noticed my witty and well placed comments among the years (kidding), on some of my other favorite blogs like OhSheGlows, Healthy Tipping Point, CarrotsnCake, and more. I’m so excited to finally become an “official” part of the food blog world 🙂 And to get sucked in to Twitter. I tried resisting as long as I could, but I don’t think anyone’s strong enough for that.
Anyway! As you know, my name is Anne. I graduated from Dickinson College in 2004 with a BA in Sociology (interesting? yes. marketable?? …probably not.) and moved to the Washington D.C. area afterward, ready to begin what was sure to be a fast track to career success, money, and happiness. Right? Isn’t that how it works?? Hmm… apparently not. An internship (newspaper writer), three random jobs (office manager, PR minion, and government contractor), a really evil boss, and lots of long, boring hours in cubicles later, I decided it was time I cash in on my dreams of teaching English abroad. It was now or never, and I didn’t know if I’d ever forgive myself if I didn’t have the guts to go. So I did it! I left D.C. last fall and spent an amazing 9 months in Prague, Czech Republic teaching at a primary school, traveling, and meeting lots of awesome people. I even had a blog while I was there, called “Czech Anne Out“, which kept my family and friends updated on my adventures. It was the experience of a lifetime and I’m so glad I did it!
I returned from Europe in June, ready to move forward and embark on a bigger dream: becoming an RD. This was something I’d been mulling over for a long time, as I had literally zero science classes from undergrad and would basically need to start from scratch. But I figured… why not? Why waste more time in cubes when I could be working towards something I might actually find interesting? So I spent the summer living in Tampa, FL with my parents (definitely spent too much money traveling in Europe to pay rent again that fast!), taking Chemistry 1 and 2, and studying for and taking the GRE. Whew! I was on my way.
This fall, I returned to D.C., happy to be back among all my friends again. I’m taking classes part time – Organic Chemistry (eeek!) and Bio 101 plus their labs – and working part time from home doing marketing writing and editing for a company here in Virginia. I’m planning on applying to start a Masters in Dietetics/Nutrition next fall 2010, and will be traveling around some this winter to check out some of my top choices.
I hope you enjoy the blog. I plan for it to be a compilation of recipes, exercise-related posts, pictures, and musings, and I hope you’ll find it a fun place to come and be entertained and, hopefully, inspired. I think I will just see where the blog – and life – take me, and I hope you enjoy the ride.