I’ve started watching Doctor Who recently. I’m on Season 2 Episode 13 and the snarky smack talk between the cybermen and the daleks is legitimately hilarious.
Today, women make up half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong. And in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. Women deserve equal pay for equal work.
She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or a sick parent without running into hardship. And you know what? A father does too. It is time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode.
PRESIDENT OBAMA, during the State of the Union.
Favorite part of the sotu.
I finally watched the NBC version of The Sound of Music. Let the Audra McDonald obsession begin. She should play all the roles ever.
book-babe asked: Have the books for Crash Course Literature been picked yet? There was a poll a while back, but I don't remember seeing the results of that. Thanks!
You bet they have!
The Odyssey by Homer
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Hamlet by Bill Shakespeare
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Crash Course Literature is coming up soon! Episodes will start being released some time in February, so get yer read on.
Yay. I am so stoked about this.
So excited! I’ve read all but 2 of these, soon to be all but 1. Can’t wait!
1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Finished a fruit/veggie cleanse. Brought service to TCU through theCrew. Took a long road trip to bring my car to Texas. Moved into an on campus apartment. Became the first director of service at theCrew.
2. Did you keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I’ve never really been one to make New Year’s Resolutions. I usually try to improve throughout the year. Not just on the first of the year. Right now I’m working on setting and working within a more strict budget, working on creating a kick ass honors project, sticking to a strict project and work schedule, being more patient, and expressing my feelings more productively.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! My cousin Anna gave birth to her second son. Spending time with her two boys is always so much fun.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes. My high school choir teacher recently died. So many of my favorite memories from high school include her and it’s sad knowing that I won’t be able to visit and see her anymore. I’m just glad to know she won’t be in pain anymore. Also, my friend Clay died a few days ago. I still don’t know how he died, and in a way that’s almost harder to deal with.
5. What countries did you visit?
None. I spent all of this year in the good ol’ US of A.
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Consistency and discipline. I will have a lot of work with school, honors project, and work; I need to be better at managing my time, prioritizing, and staying on task.
7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Not really any specific date. A lot of really cool things have happened this year but I don’t pay a lot of attention to dates.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Probably creating and running a new branch of theCrew. I don’t know that I’ve always done the best job at it, but I’ve worked hard and accomplished a lot. Brought TCU its first service week, first 12 hour free hugs marathon, Chuck the chicken, and so much more. I hope it’s making TCU a better place to go to school.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Balance. Both in managing my time and managing the way I deal with emotions.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
A couple of colds toward the beginning of the year. Then I got a really bad stomach bug during the summer.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I din’t buy it personally but I got a new laptop which has been really amazing. Something that I actually bought was a ticket to visit Brad for his birthday and that was pretty great.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I’m pretty impressed with my fellow directors during a really weird work situation. I also think my boss should always be celebrated. He is an amazing boss and person. He is so encouraging and is an amazing leader of our organization. Plus my dad got a promotion this year that he should have gotten for several years so that’s pretty good.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Gonna be honest here, I was really upset by the behavior of some of my coworkers. They took a pretty simple issue and turned it into something so much bigger. The way they handled the situation really hurt me and broke the trust I had with people I really considered some of my best friends.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Probably food and clothes. I should probably cut down on the clothes spending in 2014.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Teaching. I’m really excited to move forward in the process of becoming a teacher and learning more to help my students. Also super excited to see my boyfriend graduate this year and see where his life takes him (and us).
16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
I don’t know if I have one song that reminds me of 2013.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or Sadder: Maybe about the same, maybe a little sadder. But I have good feelings about 2014.
Thinner or Fatter: A couple pounds fatter.
Richer or Poorer: About the same.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Spending time with Brad. Not really like there was a good way to spend more time with him. But if nothing else, when were apart I wish I would have worked harder to effectively communicate.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying. I always need to spend less time worrying. I get way too far in my own head and think way too much.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent Christmas day with my parents in the morning and my boyfriend and his family in the evening.
22. Did you fall in love in 2013?
I stayed in love with my wonderful boyfriend.
23. How many one-night stands?
24. What was your favorite TV program?
I got really into Breaking Bad this year. Also, I’ve gotten really into Lost in the past couple of weeks. My affinity for silly TV shows has continued.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t hate anybody.
26. What was the best book you read?
I’ve had a great year for reading books. I really liked some of the books I read for school, basically all the books I’ve read this year have been for school. The books I’ve rated as 5 on goodreads are:
Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
SoulPancake by Rainn Wilson
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I don’t really have one.
28. What did you want and get?
A new laptop! My parents got me a Vaio Flip laptop/tablet hybrid for Christmas. Definitely awesome.
29. What did you want and not get?
I didn’t get this really cool summer teaching internship so that was kind of a bummer, but I was able to take some summer classes instead so it was ok.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I actually ended up really enjoying Catching Fire. I don’t see a lot of movies in theaters so it’s a little hard for me to pick.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 20 this year. Honestly, I don’t really remember what I did. I know my birthday was on a Monday and I worked an event called Have a Merry UnBirthday. But other than that I kind of forget…
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Spending more time with my boyfriend and spending a lot less time stressing out.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
I’ve been working on getting more work appropriate clothes and more secondhand clothing. I think my wardrobe has gotten a little boring and I want some more fun clothes.
34. What kept you sane?
Brad. He makes me so much better, and I love him for it.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don’t know if there are really any.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The gay rights issue has been really interesting this year. It’s been really encouraging to see some progress happen within the law this year.
37. Who did you miss? (in no particular order)
Brad. Mom and Dad. Tiffany. Lately I’ve really missed my friendship with Leah.We were friends for a long time and I miss the type of relationship I had with her.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
I’ve met a bunch of great people at school, through both classes and work and that’s pretty awesome.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013:
How you deal with negative situations defines who you are.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I got nothing.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE WAS CHIP SKYLARK AND NOBODY TOLD ME????????
False. Chris Kirkpatrick voiced Chip Skylark.
I HAVE WAITED ALL YEAR TO POST THIS
THE ONLY CHRISTMAS MOVIE THAT MATTERS
My favorite! “Marley and Marley oooh”
Screams Internally: the Kermit the Frog story
My favorite Christmas movie.
Photo courtesy of Heather Johnson
Dr. Hughes teaches at TCU! Good to know my school is so full of awesome.
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