Hello again!

I just realized last night that it has been almost 2 months since my last post! I’ve been so caught up in work and various projects, that I completely forgot that I even had a blog. Oops! So here are a few updates to catch you all up on what I’ve been doing.

I have received 2 letters and 2 postcards so far from my penpal in Australia! Her name is Melanie and we seem to have a lot of interests in common. I’m really enjoying learning about Australia and how different (and similar) things are from where I live. It’s currently my turn to write, so I need to get my butt in gear! If you’ve ever been interested in having a pen pal, I highly recommend the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club. They match you with geeky girls & guys that like the same sort of things as you and all geeky enjoyments are welcome! 🙂

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My first letter from my penpal!

I also participated in a Paint Nite with some of my friends from work. It was a ton of fun! I haven’t had the chance to paint since high school and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. Everyone’s paintings came out so unique; it was really neat to see everyone’s interpretations of the sample painting. I will admit to throwing a small nod to my geology background into mine by turning one of my mountains into a tiny volcano. 😉

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My crew and our paintings.

I’m coming along well with my Reading Challenge. I am on my 35th & 36th books for the challenge.

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I’m currently reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell for my “500+ page book”. It’s pretty interesting so far. I saw that they started a mini-series on BBC America this past weekend and I’m curious how well the book is represented. I’ll have to watch it when they do a rerun after I’ve finished the book. I’m also reading Frankenstein for my “book you were supposed to read in school, but didn’t”. I was never actually assigned this book in school, but since I couldn’t remember a book I WAS assigned that I didn’t read, I picked a book that the AP English class got to read. I remember being so annoyed that they got to read Frankenstein while I was stuck with The Crucible, lol. It’s interesting so far too. I’m letting myself do the audio book for this one, since I have so much trouble reading Victorian Era books. I don’t know what it is about them that I find difficult, I’ve just never been able to get more than one chapter into any Victorian Era book that I’ve tried to read. ::shrugs::

Speaking of audio books, have you all heard about Librivox.org? They have tons of free public domain audio books. You can download them or listen directly from the website! Since they are all read by volunteers, some of the recordings aren’t as good as others, but I’ve already listened to The Secret Garden and A Study In Scarlet as well as Frankenstein and I have enjoyed every minute of it! 😀

Well, that’s all for me for now. I’ll try to get some Book Reviews up soon!

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Pen Pal Received!

Just a quickie update to let you all know that I was paired with my first pen pal this weekend! She is from Australia and we seem to have quite a lot in common. I’m very excited! She’s going to be sending me a letter first, so I’ll be sure to let you all know when it has arrived!

If you would like to try for a pen pal of your very own, I’ve found a couple of websites that seem good (I’m sure there are more, but these are the ones I stumbled across when I was searching out my own pen pal):

International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club (http://geekgirlpenpals.com/) – The title is a bit misleading; this one is for both gals AND guys. Basically anyone who wants to chat about things they are passionate about, like their favorite fandoms, hobbies, etc. The website also has forums and activities, so you can hang out with the crew online as well. 🙂

The Postal Society (http://thepostalsociety.com/) – Are you passionate about mail itself? This website is for people who enjoy the actual act of putting together mail and sending their creations out into the world. Some of the items they’ve posted pictures of are amazing! If you are super into pen palling, this is probably the spot for you. 🙂

Have fun and Happy Pen Palling!

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First Pen Pal!

At the beginning of March, I discovered The International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club!

It’s pretty cool site where you can sign up for a pen pal based on your favorite geeky things. There are forums, contests, and all sorts of other things too. Basically it’s a site where you can be overly enthusiastic about whatever geeky things you love and no one will look at you weird for it. I HAVE FOUND MY PEOPLE. 😉

So I decided to go ahead and sign up for a pen pal this month. It will be my very first ever pen pal! I’ve never really corresponded (even with friends and family) via snail mail, so this will be an entirely new experience for me. Let’s hope that I’m better at striking up conversation in writing than I am face to face. 😉

We will be assigned our pen pals in the next couple of days and I am super-excited! I will keep you all in the loop on how it goes. Wish me luck! 😀