Musings of a Museum Fanatic: April 2017

4.28.2017

30 Things that Happened in 2002


We've time warped back to 2012 and 2007 why not head to 2002? I couldn't just skip high school years for so many of us!! So we're going FIFTEEN years back in time to see what was happening in 2002. I'm not sure how that's fifteen years because I'm pretty sure that the 90s are only 10 years ago right ... 




Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes dies in a car accident

Ice Age

We said good bye to the jean outfit matching relationship that was Britney and Justin

Two Snipers in Washington DC kill 10 people and injure 3



Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Halle Berry became the first African American actress to win an Oscar for Best Actress

Elizabeth Smart is kidnapped from her family's Salt Lake City home

Everyone had a collective gasp as we saw Michael Jackson dangle Prince Michael II off the hotel balcony



Kelly Clarkson won the first season of American Idol

Sanyo SCP-5300 was the first cell phone to have a built-in camera to be released in the US

Lilo and Stitch

The Euro becomes the official currency of twelve EU countries



My Big Fat Greek Wedding

No Child Left Behind Act is passed

Winter Olympic Games are held in Salt Lake City, Utah

U.S. begins it's invasion of Afghanistan



R. Kelly goes from being trapped in the closet to trapped in a cell when he's charged with 21 counts of having sex with a minor

Serena Williams beat her sister Venus Williams at Wimbledon

Catch Me if You Can

The Bachelor premiers



Kate Middleton models in a student charity fashion show where she now goes from friend to more than friend for Prince William

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America is published



I rocked out my junior year with these crazy ladies ...



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4.24.2017

31st Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective

A couple weekend ago Mom and I trecked downtown to the Newberry Library to see the 31st Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective. This past year Mom has taken several calligraphy classes at a local community college and her professor had several pieces that were selected for the show. So naturally because of that and her enjoyment of the medium we definitely wanted to go see the exhibit. 






There were a number of pieces that looked like what you'd think a calligraphy exhibit would contain, pen writing on paper. Then there were pieces that you wouldn't expect, like the piece below.





The piece below is one that my mom's professor made. This book was a technique that he has taught the class. I love the color scheme of this one. It makes your eye go straight to it. We even caught him checking out his work!





I think the tiny books were my favorite. I love anything miniature! Also they were in different languages which was really neat.



This piece was also super awesome. As someone who knows very little about the art of calligraphy I would have never thought that cut out piece like this one would be considered calligraphy. Clearly it shows you how much I know! We also got a huge kick out of the "procrastinate now" in the old English script.





As part of the opening in addition to delicious munchies and a speaker there were hands on stations. Mom made a little nine page book. The artist who was demonstrating the technique had a similar one on exhibit that was three times a large. It was this really neat technique where the pages crisscross each other.





My mom's professor was doing a demonstration as well. He would take a language and use it as inspiration to make a calligraphy style alphabet. Here is he demonstrating it using Arabic as inspiration. I don't know if even with inspiration I could be so creative on the fly. The event was so much fun. It was great to do things that both my mom and I enjoy all in one event.


The exhibit is open until June 16, 2017 so there is still time for you to visit!

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4.21.2017

Get $28 to try Hulu THIS WEEKEND ONLY!


If you've been thinking about trying Hulu, this weekend is the time to do it. Thanks to an offer through Swagbucks, you get $28 (paid in the form of points called SB) for trying Hulu for a month. That will cost you $7.99, so you're making $20 on the deal!

Hulu has tons of current and classic programming, movies, brilliant original series, and more. Here's how you do it:

1. Click this link
2. Create your Swagbucks account (takes 30 seconds)
3. Click "Continue" and sign up for Hulu
4. Enjoy Hulu! You should have your points within 30 minutes.

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? They're a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like online shopping, watching videos, taking surveys, and discovering deals and services you might like to try (like Hulu!). You then take those points and turn them into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

This is a great time to join because when you sign up for Swagbucks through the link above and get your 2800 SB from the Hulu offer, you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of May. So that's $28 (2800 SB) for trying Hulu plus your $3 (300 SB) bouns, which gets you 3100 SB, which means you make a profit of $23 total just for watching TV!



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4.19.2017

My Kind of Town Link Up


Finally I'm really truly starting up a project that I've been wanting to do for a long while ... hosting my own link up! It's been probably a year since I started thinking about what would be a good topic. I thought museums first of all or maybe something pop culture related. Those seemed like such specific topics and I really want the link up to be all inclusive.

So I went to another one of my favorite topics ... Chicago! Well that's even more specific isn't it? Then it occurred to me that I'm always saying how much I love my hometown of Chicago. Well if I love my hometown and want to share it with everyone I bet there are lots more people who would love to share their posts about their hometown! So a link up is born ...


This is a link up where you can share any type of post relating to your hometown. Just shared your experience at the delicious new Italian place? Share it! Finally visit that museum that's been on your list? Share it! Also hashtag that #MuseumFanatic. Attended a cool fun event? Share it. I want people to share what they love most about their hometown.

"My Kind of Town" link up isn't for that amazing new city or place you just visited on your vacation. Unless it was a staycation there is another link up for that kind of post somewhere I'm sure. The link up will be every third Wednesday of the month. I'd love to add co-hosts to this link up so if you're interested or you know someone who would be interested I'd love to connect!

Also I have to give a shout out to Angie from My So Called Chaos for the beautiful photo! She rocks the graphic design. Isn't it fabulous! So link up I can't wait to see what's happening in your hometown : )




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4.17.2017

6 Things You Can Do To Enhance Your Career


A goal of mine this year has been to really improve on myself in my career where I am right now. I'm not talking about finding a new job and getting a better salary. Talking about stuff you can do to improve where you are right now. Here are six things I've been doing lately to enhance my career.

Be a joiner
Here in the Chicago area there are so many options for professionals of all ages. With sites like Meetup and just the web in general it has made it easier than ever for people to connect to and join professional groups. Find a group and join! This will get you out of your own little work box and who knows what person you might meet who can help you in your current position or might give you that next big idea.

Get out of your comfort zone
While most of this advice might seem out of some or most of our comfort zones I'm talking about really getting out of your comfort zone. For me this came in the form of a nomination for the state museum professional organization's board last fall. When I got that phone call I was stunned that not just one but several people thought I was skilled enough to serve in this capacity.

In my mind this type of position was reserved for people who had been in the field for decades if not at least one decade. Starting in this position I definitely had a fish out of water feeling and knew I was out of my comfort zone but I knew that this would only help me grow. Since starting I've realized that I can use the skills I already have and really build on them in this position.

Make an actual effort to make new friends
I'm not talking about just going out to the bar and striking up a conversation. I'm talking about purposeful connecting. Yes I know networking is not a new concept but I know lots of people who just add people on their LinkedIn and only try to connect when they need something. Earlier this fall when Kevin and I enjoyed Open Archives Chicago 2016 I noted a couple of times how I was bummed out that I couldn't visit more places and meet more people because of the timing.

After thinking on that for a while it occurred to me I would do informational interviews and really work on connecting with other professionals. I know people in my field are always excited to show what their institution is about and what they're working on. This has really helped me not only professionally but also in pursuit of new places I can share here on the blog.

Get some class
No I'm not talking about etiquette school although I'm guessing that we all know a few people who might need that! I'm referring to continuing education type classes. Now with the internet there are TONS of online resources. One example is with a certain level of membership in the American Alliance of Museums you can listen to all of their webinars for free. FREE! There are hours worth of webinars on everything from apps for museums to fundraising. This is an amazing tool. I guarantee that in your field you can find resources like this.

Maybe going back to school for another degree or certificate is more your bag. Go for it. I'm currently taking an online class on project management for history professionals. Thinking of project management in a more formal term is really helping me hone those skills.

Fill in that awards section 
I was so excited a few years ago when I found out an exhibit I was a part of won an award. It was an awesome feeling getting to update that section of my LinkedIn profile and actually getting to add an award. I'm sure there is something that you've done, some project you've been a part of or something you're proud of that can be submitted for an award. If nothing else share that rocking accomplishment on your Facebook and LinkedIn so friends, family and colleagues can see the awesome work you've been doing.

Find a side hustle
This could be nothing relating to what you do for work or in my case it could compliment it really well. I'm guessing a lot of people reading this might be reading from their side hustle or main hustle ... blogging! The side hustle can be something you just use to get away but it can also be something you use to compliment your career and really enhance it.

What do you do to enhance your career?

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4.10.2017

Spring Popcorn Crunch Bark



Last winter Pampered Chef shared several fabulous Popcorn Crunch Bark recipes. The peppermint and peanut butter versions quickly became my go to for gifts and quick treats for work. Inspired by these recipes I decided to make a spring time version that is a perfect recipe for this time of year.


Spring Popcorn Crunch Bark
8 cups lightly salted, unbuttered popcorn (1 bag)
1 cup mini pretzels
12 oz vanilla flavored almond bark
1 cup lightly salted, dry roasted peanuts
1 cup Easter egg chocolate pieces or spring colored M&Ms
Sprinkles or other fun extra toppings (if desired)

Directions:
1. Spray bottom of Large Sheet Pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pop popcorn according to package directions.


2. Put popcorn in large mixing bowl (take out unpopped kernels!!). Crunch up pretzels into the popcorn.

3. Put almond bark in large Silicone Prep Bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 1½ minutes; stir. Keep heating for 30 seconds until completely melted.


4. Pour melted bark over popcorn mixture. Mix gently with until evenly coated. Add remaining mix-ins and mix gently.



5. Pour popcorn mixture onto pan, spreading evenly. Refrigerate 5–10 minutes or until set. Break into pieces and serve. Store at room temperature in airtight container for up to 5 days.



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4.05.2017

My Best Looks from the 90s

One of my favorite parts of scanning all of our old photos is getting to see and share all the photos from my childhood with family and friends. It's been interesting to look back and see some of my best looks from the 90s and 80s. I was definitely a 90s kid and had the looks to prove it. I thought it would be fun to share my most ridiculous outfits that I've found so far!


So when I was in second grade my Dad got a call to a church in Orlando so we went down for a visit and went to Disney! Clearly I made sure to wear my most fabulous 90s floral romper outfit to see Pluto. Also note my brother's ridiculous 90s print wind breaker. 


Oh Brownies. I'm sure there are many a young girl who enjoyed a goofy Girl Scout group photo. Clearly I win though with my matching bright purple floral print hoody and legging combo. Note the matching stretchy headband.


I think my go to look for the 90s was the bright colored romper. This tie dyed number I was sporting during a trip to visit family and friends in Houston. 


I know there is a full length photo of this outfit but I'm not sure it's been scanned yet. Pretty sure I'm wearing stretchy leggings with this fun top. I don't think they were matching though which was evidently a travesty. 


In addition to the oh so trendy romper my other go to was the matching outfit. I feel that was a major 90s theme in general.


I rocked this bright purple and turquoise coat for a number of years. It was the epitome of 90s neon chic. 


One of my favorites parts of 90s fashion was the hair bows. I can remember everyone wearing crazy bows and clips. In our house it seemed the bigger the better was the motto. My mom would make me awesome hair bows, I remember wearing this shoelace one all the time.


Leggings also seemed to be my go to look. It's funny looking back I can't remember actually wearing them that much but clearly I did! I feel like I was the LuLaroe poster child before there was LuLaroe. 

What was your best look from the 90s?!

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