My name is Emily.
I hold 2 BAs: History and German. My focus is in central and eastern European history. History is my passion in life, above all other things. I’ve always been interested in history. My absolute favorite is Russian history, though secondary is Czech. I like what is technically the branching period from medieval to “early modern” European history to western European history scholars, though, by consideration in Russia, the timing is a bit different.
I’m learning languages to help learn more history, and also because I love to learn new languages to speak. I’m currently only bilingual (English & German), but hopefully in the next year I can begin learning Russian at my local community college. I can read the Cyrillic alphabet at this point, but not actual words. After that I’m going to try to learn Czech, which is a bit more difficult to learn at a community college.
I love collecting books, of which I’ve found several great ones at antique or old book stores. My book collection is my pride and joy, though I can’t actually say how many I have anymore, due to 90% of them being in storage over the last few years.
Random facts about me:
- Green Bay Packers fan
- Dracula is my favorite book
- Star Trek (TOS) fan
- Tchaikovsky – my favorite composer
- Opera – my favorites are Russian and Czech
- Lomonosov (Imperial Porcelain Factory) – I collect their figurines
- Snowboarding – every winter for 16 years
- Crocheting – 16 years
- Vegetarian – 8 years
Or, no doubt, the reason you’re actually here, reading this blog of mine. And obviously the reason you’re reading this whole “about me” section.
- Urban setting – or, I hate camping
- Slavic paganism – researching
- I use rune stones
- I’m beginning to work with tarot
- I collect religious items (such as rosaries, statues, writings, etc) from all faiths
That is the basics for now, I think. I’ll add more if/when I think of it. I’ll also be updating it when things change, or I learn more about myself. So this is a running log on me and my practices/interests more than the definitive final word on who I am and what my beliefs are. Hopefully this was at least partially interesting to you…and if you just skipped right to the end that’s cool too. If you have any questions for me, about me…whatever, do feel free to ask. I’m always willing to chat with people.
5 November 2013