Week in Review: Hawking

I like to do some low-key bird watching, by which I mean I sit in my study or on my patio and look at the birds in my pollinator garden. Or I’ll watch for birds when I’m pulling a red wagon filled with my child and her collected rocks around the block. When I get really intense, I like to break out my regional Audubon field guide—I know, right? This week, I discovered that we have a new pair of hawks in the neighborhood, so … Read more…

Week in Review: Tech Tangle

My house is finally getting put back together after the holidays, and between that and the general new year, new start mentality, I’ve been steadily decluttering and reorganizing everything from my desk to the game cupboard to the linen closet. It’s been mostly great, leaving me with more storage space and a better sense of what I have on hand. What hasn’t been great? Electronics. The devices themselves aren’t as much of an issue, but the cords are everywhere. And while my husband probably doesn’t NEED … Read more…

Week in Review: Brrrrrrrrrr

Happy New Year! 2018 is off to a pretty frigid start for many of us, with this bomb cyclone that has brought historic low temperatures across the nation. Stay safe and bundle up! In addition to copious amounts of blankets, soup, and hot chocolate, we’ve got the hottest higher ed news to keep you warm. Scroll down for the latest. What’s new this week: Roberto Pedace, professor at Scripps College, made The Conversation’s roundup of its favorite charts from 2017 with his research on Hollywood’s … Read more…

Our Holiday Baking Traditions

Happy holidays! The TVP Comms team will be heading out for a short winter break—we will be closed starting Thursday, December 21 and we will reopen on Tuesday, January 2. Before we go, we wanted to share some of our favorite holiday baking traditions with you! Kristine Every Christmas Eve, for my entire life, I’ve received a plate of traditional Italian cookies that serve as Christmas morning breakfast. For about 35 years those cookies were made by my now 92-year-old grandmother, Michelena. She baked for … Read more…

Week in Review: Smell Ya Later, 2017

I’m not quite sure what to say about 2017, except maybe good riddance? It was truly an incredible year. (And for the most part, not in a positive way, but rather, in a way that was hard to believe). Hopefully as we head into the homestretch, we can all take a beat and reflect on lessons learned and how we can best move forward, individually and collectively, for a less tumultuous new year. And of course, we should all take some time to check out … Read more…

Week in Review: Jamming on my Planner

It’s a really exciting time of year—I get to order a new planner! I know I’ve professed my love for paper calendars before, and my love hasn’t wavered. I’ve been using a planner since we used to get free agendas in middle school, and I’ve never been able to kick the habit. For almost a decade, I’ve ordered the same Moleskine planner each year, despite the fact that I can access (and use) several calendars on my phone and computer. I don’t really duplicate items, … Read more…

Week in Review: Rabbit, Rabbit

Happy December! My dad and grandmother are big fans of saying “Rabbit, Rabbit” first thing in the morning on the first day of a new month. If you’re not familiar with the tradition and superstition, apparently it’s supposed to bring good luck, and if you forget, you’re doomed to a month of bad luck. I rarely remembered to say it right when I wake up, and most months I cringe after the first word from my mouth is something other than rabbit. December 2017 will … Read more…

Week in Review: The One with Every Thanksgiving Episode

I love Friends, and even though it’s a pretty dated show by now (off the air for over a decade), it is still in my regular rotation thanks to Netflix. Part of my annual Thanksgiving prep is to watch all of the Thanksgiving episodes of the show and plan out the meal. Bring on the meat sweats and complex carbohydrates! While some staples are hard to mess with (banana beef trifle, anyone?), now that I’ve been hosting a low-key affair for a few years (and for … Read more…

College Lessons from Christmas Creep

Let’s kick this off with stating, for the record, that I love the holiday season—I’m no curmudgeonly Grinch. But I’m adamantly against Christmas creep (sorry to the TVP Comms team members who are holly jolly creepers). I think this year may have set a record for earliest Christmas retail sighting, definitely before Halloween, and there seem to be no commercials that aren’t holiday themed. via GIPHY I can go out of my way to avoid TV and stores, but I’ve been plagued at home, too, … Read more…

Week in Review: End of Season

I know some parts of the country have already experienced snow, but after a very warm fall, we’ve just gotten our first freeze warning down here in Williamsburg. So, it looks like my 2017 garden’s days are numbered. Despite the fact that my fall greens, tomatoes, potatoes, and carrots are still going strong, I’ve been scrambling to pick everything that I can—it just keeps coming. I’ve even found new tomato and pepper plants that have shot up out of nowhere. But I’ve also got my eye … Read more…