Hello and thanks for reading my very first post on my very first blog.  In the words of someone who used to be famous:  “Who am I? What am I doing here?”  Well… I think that’s what this blog will ultimately be about.  So, without further… (you know…)

Just a bit of background… I’m a forty-something, married mother of two living in a development referred to by the locals as “Wellington” — hence the name of the blog.  I was inspired by Alistair Cooke’s series on the BBC Radio called “Letter from America”.  I spent some time living in London when I was in college and I loved listening to this program, or should that be “programme”?   I love a lot of English things — too many to list here, but I’m sure they will come up from time to time.

I decided to start this blog for two reasons — the first is that I wanted some experience with blogging tools.  I’ve been working in web-related activities ever since the web was invented (by Tim Berners-Lee, not Al Gore), but I never worked with blogging tools, so I want to give that a try.

The second reason is that I, like so many other bloggers, am a frustrated writer.  I love to write, but I don’t really know what to do about it.  I thought about journaling, but it seemed too much like singing in the shower.  If I keep all my writings to myself, then no one will ever appreciate them, learn from me, agree with me, or even argue with me.

So, with that, I will close this post. Here’s hoping that someone out will stumble upon this and engage with me.

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These are a few of my favorite things…

Some things that I’m into (and no, this isn’t a keyword-stuffing strategy):

Cooking — nothing fancy, but I like to cook from scratch whenever I can.  I just made Mark Bittman’s Mock Lattice Pie and I can’t stop eating it. 🙂  I will definitely be blogging about my cooking projects.

Food — it seems like this should be the same category as cooking, but not exactly.  I’m very concerned about where my food comes from.  I buy grass-fed beef and lamb and local eggs.  I also buy organic whenever I can.  Actually — I should say that I buy organic when I feel that it matters and it’s not just a marketing ploy.

Computers — especially Apple computers.  I’m a huge Mac fan.  I’ve been using them since 1986 — no, that’s not a typo.  I’ve worked in the IT sector for nearly 20 years and so I’ve had to work with different types of computers, but Apple is my favorite.

Broadway Musicals — if you couldn’t tell that from the title of this post, then you probably aren’t as crazy about Broadway as I am.  When you find yourself thinking in show tune lyrics, you know you’ve got it bad.

History — of what?  Of just about anything.  With the exception of a few guilty pleasures (i.e. soaps and a couple reality shows), most of what I watch or read has to do with history.  I finally decided to get serious about it and take a real class.  I loved it, so I enrolled in an online university to do a B.A. in History.  It’s my second B.A.,  so the plan was that I would only have to take the major requirements (about 12 classes) to get the degree.  I took two and decided it was a little too easy, so I moved up the M.A. program.  I’ll take my first class in September.

Well — it’s not everything, but, as the title says, it’s a few.  Thanks for reading.

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