You know how everyone throws up those blog posts with tons of exciting links on Fridays? I like those, as I am a sucker for any and all clickbait, routinely finding myself on those endless lists titled things like “Fights That Kate Middleton Secretly Wants to Start With Her Grandmother-inlaw.” But I always feel like they should come on Mondays, the day where you look up and wonder where the weekend went and when is it coming back. So here, for your procrastinating pleasure, are some Monday this and that’s, that basically devolve into rambling. Oh wait, that is basically the definition of a blog.
Grey sweaters are my official fall uniform this year. I swiped two Madewell ones for 10 bucks each at the last JCrew warehouse sale, but had I not a strict clothing-buying ban happening in my closet, I would have my eye on this one or this one.
Despite all your noble efforts, I still can’t make soup. As it is soup time of year, I am sticking to my standby blackbean-pumpkin and developing a deep intimacy with Trader Joe’s roasted butternut squash soup topped with pumpkin seeds.
Ok sorry, last food one. You should make these breakfast cookies. I recipe tested them for Caroline a couple weeks ago and despite my skepticism about a grain-free, sugar-free, egg-free, dairy-free cookie, they were amazing.
A student sent me this video and I have watched it at least 10 times, getting goosebumps when the music speeds up every time. Obviously it highlights Paris’ innate superiority, but New York does a decent job playing supporting actor.
Kitten delivery– GENIUS.
Someone loaned me the book Gone Girl and I just need y’all to be frank with me: if I start reading it in the evenings, with James gone, and a known proclivity to freak myself out, will I still sleep? Or will I resort to taking the cast-iron skillet to bed with me because it is the deadliest thing in our apartment?
Apparently women in Academia are supposed to dress like men. Tell that to my curlers and desk drawer full of heels.
And apparently my generation and on down is ruined because we weren’t allowed to fail, fall, and fear. From what I’ve seen of students, it’s true.
Still, every now and then you see that the wild and open opportunities that millennials were encouraged to explore leads to great things. Like this amazing urban farming project that had me ready to try planting produce in my back yard. And then I remember that I have never kept a plant alive beyond a week.
I have long been a diehard fan of “This American Life” and I recently got sucked into the new “Serial” podcast from the same creators. As in, almost makes me want to workout so I can find out what happens. Almost.
I saw this on Facebook the other day and I loved it. For its truth, yes, but also because a couple weeks ago my department head asked me if I could snap some pictures of graduate students and instructors “doing our thing” which I obviously took to mean the photos below, ie, “excessively enthusiastic staged teaching on a subject that I have never actually taught to any of my undergrads” and “a calm leisurely stroll on campus the likes of which we wouldn’t actually take.” But doesn’t it make you want to come join our French department?Ok- your turn. What random things are you mulling over at the start of this new week?