1. I’ve been living in D.C. for a year now. Things I have done:

    • hiked Great Falls A, B, C trails
    • hiked Harper’s Ferry
    • consumed a hotdog at Ben’s Chili Bowl
    • hiked Rock Creek Park (many times)
    • walked along the Mall
    • walked along the Georgetown waterfront
    • visited Alexandria
    • seen a Nats game
    • obtained a driver’s license, library card, and voter’s registration card
    • lived in Van Ness, Logan Circle, and Cleveland Park
    • picnicked in Meridian Hill Park
    • read in Dupont
    • smelled the corpse flower at the U.S. Botanical Garden
    • visited Congressional Cemetery (and the goats)
    • had lunch with Gene Weingarten in a dingy Chinese restaurant
    • visited both Air and Space Museums
    • visited every Smithsonian
    • visited the Watergate
    • visited West Virginia University
    • Library of Congress tour
    • Folger Shakespeare Library tour
    • toured the National Cathedral
    • used Tyler Cowen’s ethnic dining guide as my own dining guide
    • visited Eden Center for tofu

    Still on the list:

    • National Arboretum
    • Dumbarton Oaks
    • National Kite Festival (canceled this year due to rain)
    • Shenandoah National Park
    • Blue Ridge Parkway
    • Chapel Hill / Durham NC
    • Outer Banks NC
    • fresh fish on the SW waterfront
    • bowling at the White House
    • take the Senator monorail
    • White House briefing room with Tamara Keith
    • Washington Mystics game
    • sunrise on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
    • drinks on top of the Kennedy Center

  2. Anonymous asked: "A" is a she? Not that there's anything wrong with it.

    Yes, A is a she. I thought this has always been fairly obvious — at least, for the past decade or so — but apparently not. So I will be more public about it.

  3. lilsanies asked: I don't really know how to respond to a post on tumblr; but as a Philly to DC transplant, I share your love of water ice. There is a Rita's in Chinatown on H between 6th and 7th. There also might be another one on H St. NE by all the bars and such in the Atlas District. Definitely worth the hike once it hits summer.

    This is the best news I’ve heard all week. Thank you. I didn’t know this.

  4. I wish Washington DC had water ice.

    I wish Washington DC had water ice.

  5. Anonymous asked: Tell us more about "A." What does s/he do? How'd you meet? Your tumblr family of nosy aunts and uncles wants to know! :)

    Oh gosh, A isn’t on social media and I respect her privacy. We met on OK Cupid, as all modern day romances do these days. Our first date was at a board game themed bar. We planned to play Parcheesi. Instead, we talked for several hours. Yada yada yada….we’re pretty boring. Normal night: dinner, watch something on Netflix, play with dog, sleep. 

  6. the npr social media desk →

    Started putting up my internal daily emails on a Tumblr so everyone could learn + benefit. Enjoy.

  7. Just got back from five days in Portland, where we were visiting A’s Dad, who lives a block away from Reed College and a few blocks away from this garden.
Portland was lovely: full of good food and eccentric people. I enjoyed the plethora of independent bookstores and the variety of donuts. 
Next up: NYC for work, Austin for work, Baltimore for a wedding, NYC again, Chicago for work, Outer Banks for fun, Disney World for my brother’s wedding, and California for the holidays.
And to think, a year ago I was still in school. My my, how the times change. 

    Just got back from five days in Portland, where we were visiting A’s Dad, who lives a block away from Reed College and a few blocks away from this garden.

    Portland was lovely: full of good food and eccentric people. I enjoyed the plethora of independent bookstores and the variety of donuts. 

    Next up: NYC for work, Austin for work, Baltimore for a wedding, NYC again, Chicago for work, Outer Banks for fun, Disney World for my brother’s wedding, and California for the holidays.

    And to think, a year ago I was still in school. My my, how the times change. 

  8. geekestudiocreativo:

#ghostbusters #80s #retro #oldschool #nostalgia #billmurray #geek

Tomorrow I am speaking at Columbia’s Journalism School to 75 journalists about reporting and sourcing and social tools. I am not used to doing things like this yet, but I’m beginning to feel more comfortable speaking in front of large groups. I basically put a rubber band on my wrist and flick it when I feel nervous, which transfers my nervousness away. It might seem silly but it seems to do the trick.
The first scene of Ghostbusters takes place at Columbia’s library and it will take everything in my power as a human being not to recreate it tomorrow.

    geekestudiocreativo:

    #ghostbusters #80s #retro #oldschool #nostalgia #billmurray #geek

    Tomorrow I am speaking at Columbia’s Journalism School to 75 journalists about reporting and sourcing and social tools. I am not used to doing things like this yet, but I’m beginning to feel more comfortable speaking in front of large groups. I basically put a rubber band on my wrist and flick it when I feel nervous, which transfers my nervousness away. It might seem silly but it seems to do the trick.

    The first scene of Ghostbusters takes place at Columbia’s library and it will take everything in my power as a human being not to recreate it tomorrow.

  9. The Best Thing All Year Results Are In. 
I read through all 105 submissions. Here’s what I learned:
A majority of you would get in a bathtub with a platypus.
No one thought they’d leave the survey without a hug.
Summary of the best things: feeling accomplished, feeling fulfilled, going on vacations, getting married, publishing books, singing and dancing with friends, immigrating, promotions, more dancing, reconnecting with relatives, getting pregnant, launching blogs, going on Jeopardy, meeting favorite novelists, children moving along in life, discovering new things, Melody Joy Kramer (thanks A - I hope that’s you.), getting new appliances, moving to Brazil, feeling more liberated, feeling permanent, taking trips, shenanigans and trips and wine and feel ing creatively fulfilled. Watching children grow, visiting new places, DOMA getting trashed, presenting a steak sandwich to John Hodgman, really good magazines and books and Twitter conversations, the TV show Fosters, traveling, adopting a second cat, quitting grad school, falling in love, biking, living, moving, breathing, being.
I am thoroughly impressed by all of the good things that have befallen us.
Summary of the worst things: illness, death, standing in lines, cancelations, hospitals, forbidden entrances into other countries, getting thrown off planes, gaining weight, hearts breaking, being on lock down, pets getting sick or dying, becoming unemployed, finding out things about friends that were upsetting, moving, parents saying upsetting things, nervous breakdowns, writing a book, feeling depressed, job slumps, knee surgeries, something sexual but undefined, terrible ice cream, radio shows being canceled, being stranded, cat-scratch fever, ankles breaking, finding a moth in a soda, suicide, grief, sadness, loss.
I got teary several times while reading our worst things. 
We are looking forward to wonderful things: jobs starting, tuition ending, finishing school, starting school, becoming comfortable at work, moving, buying homes, having healthy relatives and children and having children, turning 30, Melody Joy Kramer (<3), bar trivia, half marathons and exercise and learning to be a better friend and continuing to grow and finding what’s next — jobs, relationships, love, life — and planting vegetables, and platypus baths, and conferences, and midterm elections and exploration and better schedules and travel and visiting good people and graduating and living happy lives as ourselves and weddings and applications and admission and the world is our oyster.
There are 11 months to go. I appreciate you filling this out. To 2014, my friends!

    The Best Thing All Year Results Are In. 

    I read through all 105 submissions. Here’s what I learned:

    • A majority of you would get in a bathtub with a platypus.
    • No one thought they’d leave the survey without a hug.
    • Summary of the best things: feeling accomplished, feeling fulfilled, going on vacations, getting married, publishing books, singing and dancing with friends, immigrating, promotions, more dancing, reconnecting with relatives, getting pregnant, launching blogs, going on Jeopardy, meeting favorite novelists, children moving along in life, discovering new things, Melody Joy Kramer (thanks A - I hope that’s you.), getting new appliances, moving to Brazil, feeling more liberated, feeling permanent, taking trips, shenanigans and trips and wine and feel ing creatively fulfilled. Watching children grow, visiting new places, DOMA getting trashed, presenting a steak sandwich to John Hodgman, really good magazines and books and Twitter conversations, the TV show Fosters, traveling, adopting a second cat, quitting grad school, falling in love, biking, living, moving, breathing, being.
    • I am thoroughly impressed by all of the good things that have befallen us.
    • Summary of the worst things: illness, death, standing in lines, cancelations, hospitals, forbidden entrances into other countries, getting thrown off planes, gaining weight, hearts breaking, being on lock down, pets getting sick or dying, becoming unemployed, finding out things about friends that were upsetting, moving, parents saying upsetting things, nervous breakdowns, writing a book, feeling depressed, job slumps, knee surgeries, something sexual but undefined, terrible ice cream, radio shows being canceled, being stranded, cat-scratch fever, ankles breaking, finding a moth in a soda, suicide, grief, sadness, loss.
    • I got teary several times while reading our worst things. 
    • We are looking forward to wonderful things: jobs starting, tuition ending, finishing school, starting school, becoming comfortable at work, moving, buying homes, having healthy relatives and children and having children, turning 30, Melody Joy Kramer (<3), bar trivia, half marathons and exercise and learning to be a better friend and continuing to grow and finding what’s next — jobs, relationships, love, life — and planting vegetables, and platypus baths, and conferences, and midterm elections and exploration and better schedules and travel and visiting good people and graduating and living happy lives as ourselves and weddings and applications and admission and the world is our oyster.
    • There are 11 months to go. I appreciate you filling this out. To 2014, my friends!

  10. #bestthingallyear annual survey by melody joy kramer, human. →

    Please take my annual Best Thing All Year survey. It is short, as am I.

  11. Can we all post pictures of our bar and bat mitzvah t-shirts from the 90s to celebrate the greatest game of Jewish geography that has ever been played?

    Can we all post pictures of our bar and bat mitzvah t-shirts from the 90s to celebrate the greatest game of Jewish geography that has ever been played?

  12. “The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.

    For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”

    — Neil deGrasse Tyson (reddit, 2012)

  13. 2013

    2013 has been filled with really high highs and really low lows. Let’s recap:

    • quit grad school
    • prior to quitting grad school, spent hours upon hours in the Temple Medical School Library and the Good Karma coffee house at 10th and Pine
    • moved from Philadelphia to Washington DC
    • got a gig writing at National Geographic
    • got a gig doing digital and social strategy at NPR
    • fell in love (this should be higher up.)
    • obtained a dog in the process (as should this.)
    • traveled to California (twice), New Orleans (solo), New York (four times), Boston (twice), Atlanta (conference), West Virginia (twice!), Delaware (turned 29) and between Philadelphia and DC lots
    • attended one wedding for two linguists
    • wrote 70 or so articles
    • met a few of my favorite writers
    • read 30 or so books
    • traveled via Megabus twice (never again.)
    • traveled via air three times
    • rode amtrak 30 or so times.
    • attended one baseball game and one hockey game
    • attended a secretive meeting at the National Zoo
    • Skyped with Judy Blume
    • did not break any laws
    • roasted two chickens
    • made new friends between the ages of 5 and 87.
    • cried out of sadness
    • cried out of happiness
    • cried for no reason, really.
    • laughed more than I cried.

    2013: The Year of Changes, of No Regrets, and of Following Heart, Instinct and more Heart. To 2014. To fewer changes, to stability, to surprises, and hopefully more heart.

  14. This was my desktop for much of the last year. I&#8217;m going to retire it.

    This was my desktop for much of the last year. I’m going to retire it.

  15. urbanarchives:

A lone pedestrian makes his way across Broad St in the rain.
1971, April 7.
From the George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Photograph collection:
http://digital.library.temple.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15037coll3/id/7592

WDC &#8212;&gt; PHL in the rain.

    urbanarchives:

    A lone pedestrian makes his way across Broad St in the rain.

    1971, April 7.

    From the George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Photograph collection:

    http://digital.library.temple.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15037coll3/id/7592

    WDC —> PHL in the rain.