A Man Said to the Universe

When I was in the 11th grade, I read a poem in my English class that has always stayed with me – Stephen Crane’s “A Man Said the Universe.”  The poem has stayed with me because of its simplicity in stressing how there is more to the world than us and we are only a small part of what happens in this world.

Today, I was able to experience the total solar eclipse here in Nashville and that experience was the perfect manifestation of the poem for me!  The phenomenon of what happened with the interplay between the moon and the sun gives such an incredible appreciation for nature and the universe.

Kaleya and I went to Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage to view it with friends and it was amazing! I did not get good pictures, but viewing the corona was so cool, I saw Baily beads, and the diamond ring as the moon receded was spectacular!

Before the day, I learned of a coloring page for the eclipse from Skip to My Lou.  I totally got my inner child on and colored it to document the experience. I don’t color often, but it was fun to do to pass time as we waited.

Had such a great time! Now I’m ready to plan my travel for the next one in 2024; I’m not as fortunate to have it happen in the city where I live 🙂

Could I Be Any Happier?!!!

This weekend, we went to Lexington ComicCon and I could not have been happier? Why? Becuase I was able to meet Lee Majors and get his signature! This was exciting for me because my name came from an episode of the Six Million Dollar Man.  In the episode “Taneha” he chased a wild cougar (the namesake) and my mother saw this episode shortly before I was born. She like the name, and chose it for me (though misremembering the exact spelling). I was able to tell Lee about my story and he told me I had a nice name 🙂 total fangirl moment! This is one picture that I am definitely printing out!

In addition to this, Kaleya was able to meet the author of My Little Pony (MLP), Christina Rice. Kaleya is a big fan of MLP.  I’ve watched several episodes with her and find it absolutely charming. Kaleya told me I’m like the pony Twilight because Twilight likes to read, does family history, is organized, and loves the color purple. Check, check, check, and check!  Christina is a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library and was very sweet and kind to talk to. She signed an MLP book for Kaleya too.

Kalonji was eager to meet Brian O’Hallaran and Marilyn Ghigliotti – stars of Kevin Smith’s movie Clerks. Kalonji loves their roles in the movie and Brian’s character Dante’s signature line “I’m not even supposed to be here today.”  They were very personable and even took a joint picture with Kalonji. My personal favorite movie of Kevin Smith’s is Dogma so I’d love to meet Kevin himself one day.

On top of this, there we so many great cosplayers! We took many pictures. We also joined friends there for the day so that made it even more enjoyable.

StayPuft and a Ghostbuster

Kalonji and Rocky Doll – a well-known cosplayer
Red Queen and the Mad Hatter
I was all about the Jack Sparrow cosplay!

We took many more pictures than I can put here so you can see them online in our photo album.  This was by far the largest comic convention we’ve been to and it was so cool! Next year, I want to dress up. I need to start working on plans now…

New Office Space

The past couple of weeks have marked a major transition for me at work. Back in April there were organizational changes at my employer and I became part of a new unit – the Center for Knowledge Management at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

As part of that restructure, on we moved into new space. And finally, 9 months later, we have finally moved! January 5th was our moving date.

Love our new spaces!

my new office
view from my window
i color-coded the keys to my cabinets 🙂
our office building

My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

Now that the new year is off to a start, I have 2 resolutions:

  1. Up my organization game
  2. Better connect with friends and family

Resolution #1: Up My Organization Game : Over the past few years I have been increasingly working to stay better organized. Between Google Calendar, Google Docs, Evernote, setting up multiple account profiles in Chrome so that I can sync my extensions and bookmarks across devices, setting up reminders for myself, and using Google Music, I am much better organized than I used to be. But, I can do so much better I know! So, this year, I am beginning a Bullet Journal to use as a counterpart to all that I do electronically and I will also plan organize all of my family photos.

Bullet Journal – after learning about bullet journaling through some of my genealogy buddies, it seems like a good fit for some aspects about my personal organization system that I have found lacking over the past year.  I do a lot so I can use all the help I can get! 🙂 There are 4 components in particular I want to address:  1) my perpetual to-do list! While I use Evernote well as a repository, I’ve never felt I was able to get a good grasp on my to-do list. I think it is because when my list is electronic, the adage “out of sight, out of mind” is all too true for me.  2) I think it will also help my long-term planning as unlike a digital calendar, I can get a more long-term view of what I have going on, and unlike a traditional physical planner, the use of space on the page is more flexible. 3) I also have a lot of ideas that come into my head, so being able to capture them in the bullet journal should help.  4) I like the monthly tracker pages I’ve seen and I think this will be fun for tracking things that I need to do on a regular basis. Again, out of sight, out of mind in my digital tracking has been an issue for some of my activities. I’ve chosen to use Staples Arc system (junior size) as pages are insertable and the size is one that I will be able to carry with me wherever I go.

my new bullet journal

Photo Organization – For the most part, the physical pictures that I have are in one of 3 locations in our house – a set of photo albums I have, a couple of picture boxes, and a cabinet in our living room.  And… up until about 2008, I was pretty good at printing out my digital pictures. Well, not so much anymore – I’m about 8 years behind! So, my 2017 goals are to: 1) reorganize my physical pictures into a set of binders with photo sleeves (like these – but they come in different configurations) , 2) print out pictures from 2008 – present, and 3) better capture photos taken by family members that are posted to social media so that I can include them among my photos moving forward.  Last year I made some headway with beginning to better organize my personal genealogy files by creating what I call “Treasure Boxes“, so this part of my resolution is a great compliment to that. And yesterday, I ordered print photos for all of 2016 so now I’m really only 7 years behind. Ultimately, my goal for my personal mementos is to have one bookshelf that I instruct my family to keep should something ever happen to me even if they got rid of absolutely everything else of mine! 🙂

some of my photoboxes

Resolution #2: Better Connect with Friends and Family: My family and friend real life and social media network is pretty big – probably because of all the genealogy and family history I do – so I am connected to a LOT of family and great friends.  I want to do more to better connect and stay in more frequent contact.  This year, I am making it a goal to send physical birthday & other life celebration/important event cards – I just think it is a nice, friendly touch (for all the reasons mentioned here).  I also want to come up with a way to add family history touches when I send out cards, but I have not yet figured out a plan for that – will take some more thought. Maybe the card sending can be a resolution for this year, with family history touches a resolution for 2018.

Here’s to 2017!!!