Monday, January 30, 2012

Blogging from A to Z

Well everybody, I just signed up for a blogging challenge.  Say what?!  Yes, it's true.  For any of you who have participated or heard about NaNoWriMo, it's kind of like that.  As you can now see to the right side of my page I have signed up for the Blogging from A to Z challenge.  This is the third year of the event, which runs the length of April.  The challenge is as follows:

"Can you post every day except Sundays during this month? And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?

Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days--one day for each letter of the alphabet. When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month's challenge.

Using this premise, you would start beginning April First with a topic themed on something with the letter A, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z. It doesn't even have to be a word--it can be a proper noun, the letter used as a symbol, or the letter itself. The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.

To provide an example: My "A" topic in the first year's challenge was a debate using April Fool's Day. In 2011 my "B" topic was Blog Boggled--a regular feature on my blog. For the letter "C" one could use candy or cake and post a recipe. D could inspire a post about the letter grade "D" as you might receive on a test in school. Maybe F could be represented by FE, the symbol for iron. "  (courtesy of the Blogging from A to Z page)

Sounds pretty simple, doesn't it?  Well, we will find out!  In two months!  I don't know if this decision is a good one as I don't know how busy my life will be in April, but I am determined to at least try.  So if any of you people out there want to participate in this personal challenge you can check out the details here- Blogging Challenge.  I hope to have some fun with this challenge, and I hope everyone out there will support me as well! 

Now, who's ready for April?

Winslow Farm

Well hello everybody!  How are your January's going?  Mine is chugging along quite nicely. I've been meaning to write this post for about two weeks now, but coming back to uni has been a little time consuming.  And now it's January 30!  What in the world happened?!  Where did the time go?  I couldn't say. 

Well the basis of this post is my time at Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary in Norton, MA.  I interned there for a month while on Winter Break.  It wasn't the most thrilling of work, and the location wasn't overly exotic, but it was still important.  I arrived in the mornings and helped feed the animals and clean the pens.  The barn, the llama pen, and 'safe side' needed to be cleaned every day.  There were other pens that were cleaned on a varying basis, such as the pheasant and rabbit houses. 

While I was there there weren't all that many visitors, but that was probably due to the cold winter weather than anything else.  The best thing about working at Winslow was, of course, the animals.  Each one has a personality all his or her own.  There was more than one I would have loved to bring home myself, if only I didn't have to go back to school.  But, alas, back I went, leaving all the animals behind. 

Winslow is the home to over 200 animals, from alpacas to horses to peacocks.  The largest population on the farm would have to be that of the cats, which you can find roaming all over the place, as well as in the cat house.  Needless to say I was in kitty heaven.  But of course I was there for the other animals as well, of which there were many.  Let me tell you about some of them...