Happy Kentucky Derby weekend! I really don’t get into horse racing except for this weekend – my family has a group text, winner takes all, and it’s a lovely way to connect with family across the country for a day or two, even if we are all talking trash. I’m seeing a friend I haven’t seen in aaaaages this morning for coffee, and I hope to finally deep clean my apartment post-flu. (Please, please get your flu shot, and don’t be like me. I was down for the count for around a week!) What’s on your weekend to-do list?
Well last week my hard drive crashed and life became a lot more interesting!
Luckily someone noticed it before me and I saved the majority of important files on my computer, but there’s something about being caught off-guard like that…it was a blessing inside a curse though, because I could pretend I didn’t have any responsibilities during last week’s Thanksgiving Break while the hard drive was off being replaced. Now, of course, it’s miraculously (and expensively) fixed, so I can go back to regularly checking my email and being a general workaholic.
I definitely didn’t go stir crazy without my computer though. Yes, I still had a phone and WiFi and all that jazz. And yes, I did miss West Wing on Netflix and may have watched five episodes in a row when I got my computer back. But did a lot of fun things sans computer too. I read Paper Towns by John Green, a book I’ve been meaning to read (in one day, no less! Girl’s still got it!). I cooked stuffing with my family to prep for Thanksgiving, I played with my adorable dog, and I actually got to relax. For me, it’s hard to relax in a college town as big as Columbia. There’s always someone to make plans with, something to do, somewhere to go. That can really get to me after a while, and I feel a bit emotionally exhausted.
Now, though, after a week of no-computer-no-problems, I feel more capable to tackle my inbox and assignments. I used to think it was annoying when people “unplugged” and then sang its praises. Well duh not using a computer for a week will make you feel better! It’s not rocket science!
But, alas, I have become one of those people. And I don’t know how to feel about it.
Here’s to hoping you get to unplug during the coming holiday weeks, and get to sing its praises too.
Classes have begun! After a small snafu involving my Africana Womanism English course (i.e. the professor didn’t come to class…at all?), I’m genuinely thrilled with the course load I’m taking (three journalism classes, yeah!). My sister also began her first week at college, which is equally surreal.
Who let me become a junior?
- This article about learning another language (French) is beautifully nuanced with racial commentary and what exactly a higher education represents in America today. Very complicated, very interesting read, if you have the time to spare.
- I have a book of love letters at home on my desk, but this piece about love letters from a couple between London and Lodz, Poland, really struck me. Being in an LDR, writing letters is a really nice way to connect with someone in a slightly different setting (it’s also just nice to write your friends letters!).
- Thoughtful piece about how Travel + Leisure magazine just hired a man with a background in marketing (advertising/branded content, specifically) as their EIC, not anyone with editorial experience. Fashionista asks if this is the start of a new kind of EIC for the print magazine world…I wonder…
- I JUST LOVE LONGREADS OKAY. Italian scientists are convicted of manslaughter after an earthquake killed just under 300 people and injured thousands in an Italian town. What could this case mean in the scientific community?
- The G(irls) 20 Summit is a conference dedicated to international women’s issues brought to the table by passionate young women (one of whom is my age!) who want those same issues addressed at the G20 summit. I love this Washington Post article about one of the G(irls) 20 Summit’s spearheading forces.
- Love this post about filtering out reality and changing how your life looks online.
Also, my friend Elise (there’s a lot of us on this campus) is posting again!! I love expeditionsofelise.com because she’s got the best eye for food, especially food created in a *dorm* which is insanely difficult (speaking from experience). I love reading Elise’s running recaps too; she makes me want to get out and get moving!
P.S. The revamped “Cosmos” series with Neil deGrasse Tyson is a new obsession of mine on Netflix. As a little girl who watched all the space shuttle launches with her father on the couch, I couldn’t be happier to turn on an episode and learn something completely new about the universe.
Okay phew, now I’m done!