About

Hello everyone!

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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!

Me + Prague Castle

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.

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25 Responses

  1. Welcome to blogging! I’ve seen you hanging out with all of the fabulous bloggers and then saw on Twitter that you started a blog (via Meghann). Congrats and I can’t wait to keep reading!

  2. I love your image at the top of the blog- GELATO!!!! Italy was AMAZING! 😉

  3. Welcome! I found you through a Twitter post, and I’m so excited to keep reading! Becoming an RD is something I’m thinking about as well, so it will be especially cool to read your posts as you work towards that yourself!

  4. love the blog! I go to school in DC, and was in Prague this summer …. lovedlovedloved it! i look forward to reading!

  5. Thanks for the sweet comments everyone!! 🙂

  6. Hi Anne! Can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up! You’re a smart woman for going back to school to pursue something you’re passionate about.

  7. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! I figured it was just a matter of time the way you were talking about it in Boston 🙂

    Unfortunately my blogging has come to a halt 😦 because my life is CRAZY right now but we shall see where that leads me!

    P.S. I’ll keep you posted on my upcoming DC trip but I may not be able to see you 😦 Our schedule is jam packed with stuff!!

    • Haha yeah, clearly it was only so long until I got sucked in 😉 What’s going on in your life right now??

      Aw I hope you can get a free second to meet up! Keep me posted, I’d love to do dinner or lunch or even just drinks 🙂

  8. Where in DC do you live? I’m originally from Bethesda, MD and my parents still live there.

  9. What an amazing journey! I DREAM of becoming an RD, too! Can’t wait to read more 🙂

  10. What a great story, and I can’t wait to read more! I am also becoming an RD, and started from scratch with Bio back in 2006…it’s a long road, but I believe it will be worth it. Best of luck…

  11. Welcome to blogging. 🙂 Can’t wait to read along!

  12. Just found you via Kath! I’m going back to school to be an RD too 🙂 (Haven’t announced that yet! I can’t believe I just typed it out for real.)

  13. welcome to the blog world!! you’re story is so inspiring, and i’m also returning back to school to become an RD! Can’t wait to read more 🙂

  14. I just jumped over from Kath’s blog. So excited to read more.

    I love Europe and always wanted to teach english. But I ended up teaching spanish in HS instead.

  15. Welcome, Anne!! I love your story–esp. the fact that you went abroad to teach because I constantly think about finding a way to live in Spain again!! Congrats on taking the leap to become an RD; I’m sure it will prove rewarding 🙂

    Sarah

  16. Wecome! I am new to this world as well; glad to have you!

    Good luck on your schooling adventures!

  17. It’s like you’re already a celebrity!

  18. Hey, I can relate to much of your bio, including lurking around the food blog world for years now but just recently starting my own, and living in DC! I thought food bloggers only lived in Florida, Boston, NC, or NYC!
    Looking forward to following along as I get my own blog up and running. 🙂

  19. Hi Anne!

    I really enjoy reading your blog and “hearing” your sense of humor, so funny!

    Emily:)

  20. Hi Anne! Thought I would pop over and check out your blog. Welcome back to DC! I love meeting other foodies in the area. Your post-grad adventures sound amazing!!

    – Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

  21. I just found your blog. I read that you want to become an RD. I am currently at Syracuse Unversity in my first year of grad school getting my masters in nutrition.I have a BS in bio and a minor in nutrition. Its a great school I highly suggest it 🙂

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