Evernote might just be my favorite internet tool of all time. It is basically a scrapbook for your internet/technological life, allowing you to save, sort and organize websites, emails, pictures - basically anything you deem important or just cool. Even better - once you create an account you can upload from anywhere and it syncs across platforms - basically doing away with the good old fashioned “I’ll just email the link to myself,” method. And EVEN BETTER - you can tag and search within documents, pages, emails, pictures etc…the program converts pictures of words into searchable text. I’ve yet to use that feature, but its so nerdy-cool I hope I have a reason to eventually.
My evernote has a ton of recipes that I’ve never tried but want to, Stafford loan documents whose hard copy I’m afraid I’ll lose, a Vogue fashion pictorial or two, some particularly funny or useful blog posts and AdAge articles and a bunch of stuff I need to delete but won’t. The window looks like this
and is very easy to keep your content as organized or in my case disorganized as you’d like. Other than recipes and practical documents it is a wonderful tool for collecting inspirational, motivational, and creative things you find online, something which I hope to start using it for a lot more often. Evernote also allows you to record Notes with Isight/your webcam. You can also email Evernote content straight from the window. For me, it is the perfect combination of practicality and creativity - or, a practical way to save creative materials. Fab.
In which the purpose of this blog changes (slightly).
I started class on Monday, after three-ish days of orientation. Since then I have succeeded in getting my car towed, paying large amounts of money to get my car back, almost finished unpacking, made too many trips to Home Depot and not quite slept enough. I’ve abandoned the idea of painting my room - light turquoise is livable.
In Creative Thinking and Problem Solving on Monday Professor Vogel made it clear that we should start a blog to “develop a ‘published work of progress” in the class. So keep an eye out for that. Hopefully this will motivate me to post more since clearly I’ve been ignoring the site lately.
With that said - quick life update on the past month or so. I went home to VB for two weeks at the end of August, and went to Caitlyn and Kyle’s wedding in MD. It was such a beautiful and special day and I am glad I was able to make it there. I saw the entire Pollock clan for a few days and Lisa Denny came to the beach for a weekend. Highlights included having an extremely in-depth conversation with my 8 year old nephew about the pros and cons of Indiana Jones and Star Wars Legos at 8 am. I also got beaten up by a bike and had a breakthrough with Brooksie (unrelated events). Good Times. As of right now I am planning on being in Richmond for Thanksgiving. Christmas and New Years are still to be determined. Realllyyy hoping neither will be spent in Florida.
Jill and I moved into a new (much larger and conveniently located) apartment in Brookline with Laura. The actual move was a nightmare, but not as bad as my last move seeing as the movers didn’t take all of my belongings hostage and threaten to drive away forever with them this time - they were just 5 hours late for a move that was supposed to start at 430 pm. EW. Work the next day was less than amazing.
All of this was part of the Epic Karmic Retribution of 2009 which started with the loss of my phone I sincerely hope ended with the towing of my car - sidenote, if I owe you a call it could be because I don’t have your number.
Also - I am not going to either of the Homecomings I have coming up - not because I don’t want to see YOU but because its just not feasible.
The first two days of class have been good, I’m still finding my way around campus and getting used to a city campus has been a little strange. For example - found out the hard way I will need to factor in “elevator time” for some classes, not something I’m used to coming from an undergraduate campus where the academic buildings only have three floors. woops.