You know you live in NH when your commute includes a dirt road...


Yup, that's right, a dirt road. My commute is 3.9 miles (8 minutes), so I can't complain, but it is definitely different. We're finally starting to feel settled here and when I say "let's go home" our house is now popping into my mind. My co-workers have been teasing me that we need to buy a few things now that we live in NH:

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I've got a lot to say...


I haven't blogged in way too long, so I've got a lot of updates. My life has been a bit of a whirlwind this year, and I suspect that won't be ending anytime too soon, so I'll keep this as short as possible.

Panic/excitement sets in...


Yup, that's right, we just put in an offer for a house and it was accepted! Holy cow. I'm panicking and bouncing off the wall with excitement at the same time. It's a 4 bedroom, 2 bath contemporary on 5.75 acres of land in Merrimack, NH. It's about 10 minutes to work for me and about 20 for Neil. It also has outstanding perennial gardens. I don't believe in omens, but after 21 months of looking, there were 4 wild turkeys in the front yard when we drove up AND we went to see it on Neil's birthday. It might not be an omen, but it is a pretty cool story.

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SciFi posters, computer games, and junk food turn female students off


I was reading through the SWE magazine and came across a quick article on Classroom Environments Provide Cues and Impact Participation. It was about a study that showed that females who were exposed to a stereotypically geeky classroom (SciFi posters, coke cans, video game boxes) were less interested in computer science than those shown non-geeky objects in the classroom (nature posters, a dictionary, coffee mugs, etc.). How crazy is that?

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