a little bit more about me

My name is Beth and I accidentally have found myself living in Arizona but I'm originally from Tennessee. My education is in history and anthropology, which means that I know a little about a lot of things and can hold my own at a cocktail party in mixed company. I work in museums, doing all sorts of things ranging from researching and writing exhibits to cataloguing absolute wickety wak. I love comedy, baking, photography, my daughter, dogs, and above all else, napping.*

* 2013 edit: Oh yeah, and my new son too.

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    About Me

    This blog started in 2006 as a creative outlet for me, a place where I could write on whatever I liked. Until I abandoned graduate school in 2008, I'd been struggling to really get going on my dissertation. After a few setbacks, I'd hoped that writing triviality here would get the creative juices flowing enough to "trickle down" to the dissertation. But as it turned out, I really wasn't interested in writing a dissertation or finishing graduate school. I was just interested in writing.

    I really like to write. It’s what drew me to grad school in the first place. And rather than restrict my writing to a single topic, this site allows me to share all kinds of smart-ass observations. Writing in graduate school or for work is just so ... thinky, and sometimes I just want to share my near stream of consciousness ideas, mercifully edited so that your brain doesn’t explode. Well, there's also my unfiltered thoughts, which are not edited, so you may be picking up brain matter anyway.

    This work in progress has a few themes that keep popping up again and again. Things like how I struggle to find work-life balance, my work in museums, and making light of serious stuff. But I also have some funny episodes to share -- everyday stuff that makes up the bulk of my life. Some of them are from my line of work (with identifying characteristics altered), some are from my personal life. Think of the blog as a chronicle of my life these days...

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