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Em in Asia! 2012-12-27 03:16:56

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

This blog has an expiration date. It’s sad to think about, because blogging has become a major part of my life. It’s my way of reflecting, it’s catharsis, it’s a way to stay in touch with people… but I want to keep this blog pure. I want it to be a record of my time in Korea, and of my time with my students. That time is quickly reaching its end. I may or may not continue blogging, and if I do I’ll post my updated information, but as of right now nothing is sure other than this:

I need to get at least one viewer from Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota, or I’ll be really sad.

One of the more fascinating things I’ve been able to do with this blog is track my viewer statistics. As I’m not actively trying to increase my readership, I don’t do much with this information other than look at it. The following graphic is a screenshot of my google analytics page. It’s a map of the United States, and it shows how many visitors have come to my blog from July 2010 to December 2012. Surprisingly enough, I’ve had a visitor from every single state, except for Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Now, I’m sure that for some of these states I’ve only had one visitor, and that visitor probably came to my page by accident and stayed for one or two seconds, but still, that’s a visitor.


If a state is green, that means that it has had a visitor. How saturated it is, shows how many visitors to my blog have come from that state. As you can see, most of my readers are from Virginia and Massachusetts (hi family!), but almost every state is at least slightly green. Every state, that is, except for the concrete-gray Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Blog readers, help me. Spread the word. Unfurl the banners. We have until July, 2013 to make this happen.

Edublog Awards

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Best Teacher Blog/ Best Individual Blog: Mrs. Scribe for


Mrs. Scribe’s blog is an all encompassing account of her life, from school, to home, cooking, family and travels you get a snapshot into the seemingly ordinary life of this high school teacher which is spiced up with her extraordinarily hilarious witticisms and anecdotes. She details her trials and tribulations as a mother, educator, baker and oppressed creative soul under the regime of her evil nemesis- Principal Man. Occasionally she will cameo the critters in her home, or students of years past, always tying it in with something current or timely while keeping it fresh and funny.  She has a talent for creating perfectly descriptive and biting nicknames for the evil doers in her life, and you can be sure that a mention of #nachos will sneak its way in somehow. I nominate Mrs. Scribe for Best Teacher Blog and Best Individual Blog!


A place I wish I could be- Mrs. Scribe's classroom

Here we goooo…

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

When I started applying for a Fulbright grant last September, I never thought I would actually get it. I remember going through the process (which wasn’t the easiest thing I have ever done, let me tell you) and thinking “well this is a long shot…thank God I’m also applying to (fill in a company, organization, fast food chain name here) so I will actually have a job once I graduate and become a real person.” But, lo and behold, June rolls around and a nice little email pops up in my inbox telling me I got the grant and Kiev would be my home for the next 10 months. After a brief period of jumping up and down, crying, and calling/texting everyone I knew, it finally sunk in: I got the Fulbright.

Once I could feel all my limbs and remember my name again after the excitement of finding out, I had to start focusing on the journey ahead. Step 1: buy more winter clothes. Kiev is much colder than Virginia. Step 2: find somewhere that is selling winter clothes in the middle of July. Step 3: start learning Ukrainian. Step 4: settle for learning the Cyrillic alphabet. Step 5: well, you the get the idea.

As my “to do” lists started piling up, I decided to start a blog to keep track of my journey from Virginia to Ukraine and back. So, as my September departure (I don’t have an exact date yet but I will let you all know as soon as I do!) draws closer and my nervousness about the path ahead increases, I invite you all to join me as I take on the world (well, maybe just Ukraine) via this blog.

I’ll try my best to post often and I  guarantee a good story or two as I immerse myself into a new culture and lots of research.

So, here we go – time for my Fulbright dreams to become a reality!