Friday, April 4, 2014


Friday Open Thread

Today is Maya Angelou's 86th birthday: happy birthday, Maya Angelou. To all who are not Maya Angelou, happy Friday, and thank you for hanging out with us over a week in which we:

• Dreamed about teeth, thought about mysteries, mourned Selena

• Celebrated the Sternum Equinox or drank wine while we landscaped

• Discovered how many of us are BLAH girls and put on fedoras as performance art

• Made our spring reading lists, remembered our most formative costumes

• Tried to stop worrying about finding someone; what if someone tried to get us one of those phone cases, anyway?

• Lastly, we tried to get clean.

Have a wonderful weekend, and we'll see you back here on Monday.

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Putting the plants outside!


This sounds so different!@n


Uuuggghhhh fuuuuck this week. Anyone else? I actually had to take a personal day on Wednesday, after getting 4 fillings and then having a lady at work chew me out in the break room for forgetting to respond to an email. That was just like, the thing that broke me and I had to go home because I couldn't stop crying. Good times.

I did make a lunch trip to Trader Joe's, where I acquired some cheap wine and some of this cookie butter I've heard so much about, as I plan tonight on getting wine drunk and eating my weight in graham crackers smothered in this stuff. (You know, if it is as good as people have made it sound.)


@coolallison yeah this week was nuts. Happy weekend!

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@coolallison I personally believe that cookie butter is indeed worth the hype. I hope you like it too.

I spent most of the week sick, with like the weirdest cold-type-thing I've ever had. That wasn't much fun either :(


uuuugh you gueyssss.
I'm seriously thinking about transferring grad programs. So much so that I'm applying and everything. I kind of hate the program I'm in now -- I have one professor that's canceled class 4 times already this semester. The worst part is no one in my cohort cares. So, there's another school in my city that has a "better" program, but it's also more expensive. But. I just feel like I deserve a better education for my money. Hope i get in!!!
Has anyone else transferred schools ever? I think it's sort of uncommon for grad programs. Anyways, my April horoscope was so on point so I'm just going with it.


@flashcrash I did! I was in a situation much like yours. I moved to New York for grad school, and in short order realized that it was not a great program. The professors were jaded, the other students restless and bored like undergrad freshmen. I felt like the smartest student in all of my classes, sometimes felt like the smartest person in the room.

I decided that I would stick to it, til after one of my classes a prof ushered me into her office and told me that I should leave and go to a better school. I took her advice. I'm in a city I like less now, but a program I like more.

Maybe grad school transfers are uncommon. So what? The thing about grad school is that it is meant to be very directed in a way that undergrad is not. In undergrad you can feel a pretty deep ambivalence, and that can be okay, because it's a time for sorting shit out. But with grad school one's purpose is to plot the trajectory of one's career in a very tangible sense. All of that is to say that you should trust your gut on this. It's been said (and I believe) that you should feel challenged by grad school, even to the point of wondering if you've been let in by mistake. But when it feels like you're punching below your weight class, so to speak, that's a sign you should reevaluate your situation. If you're paying to be in school you shouldn't feel like you're getting short shrift, especially at that level. Apply away, you'll feel better.


@Danzig! wow thank you so much. Seriously, I needed to hear that from someone other than my boyfriend. I'm in a situation just like you described regarding my cohort and my professors. It really feels like a crappy undergrad program. I'm almost done with my app, and even the possibility of being in a program where the students are interested and driven and smart is getting me so pumped. I will keep you updated!


@flashcrash Please do!

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

Let's try this again this week, even though some of us had a crummy go of it.

5 Things I Like This Week

1. My tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters (!!)
2. Putting honey in my tea
3. Un-congested sinuses
4. My Montreal Canadiens clinching a playoff spot
5. (This week, as all weeks) Cats


@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)
This is way too hard. Um, let me think.

1. I am hanging out with some lady friends tonight for an event we have dubbed "wine and whine."
2. I am going, by myself, to see Jillian Michaels on Sunday. I kind of didn't want to take anyone with me because I was afraid they'd make fun of me or whatever, so I'm gonna go alone!
3. It feels nice outside?
4. I got a massage on Wednesday. It had been about a year since my last one. It was divine.
5. I found a network of ladies who all hate their careers, and we are trying to join together to attend networking events, which is nice because going to those things alone is fairly brutal.

Oof. Hopefully next week I'll have an easier time coming up with 5 things! I like being forced to snap out of my bad mood for a few minutes though. Thanks, Rookie...

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@coolallison "wine and whine" = brilliant. I love it. I may use it for my own purposes and give you any royalties it gets, which will probably be none except for bragging rights

lasso tabasco

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

1. Making out with beardy men
2. Cheerful people
4. My best friend/roommate. She is my other half <3
5. Pho


@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)
1. The cute and sassy 3 year old I currently nanny
2. Cheap (but decent) French wine
3. Warm (for me) Spring weather
4. Feeling sore after re-starting my plyometric/strength workouts
5. Seeing improvement in my sprints


@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

Whoohoo! Let's see:

1) Camping.
2) Grilled cheese sandwiches.
3) Pisco sours.
4) Yoga studio: now in biking distance.
5) Signing up for Fall classes.

Clara Morena

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

1.I'm leaving my job .
2.one of my former students brought over her 2-year-old sister and she is so cute.
4.The new buzzfeed creepy video.
5. Hot showers


@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

I want to get on board this weekly feel-good train.

1. Surprising my boyfriend with an awesome surprise which was:
2. Making my first ever D & D character
3. Having my Global 2 class pull their grades out of the toilet and engage in class
4. Weather warmer than 50 degrees
5. One week left until Spring Break

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@adorable-eggplant @all
These are great, everyone. I read the last few today, after kind of a disappointing Sunday, and they made me happy.


I know I am not supposed to care about this but I guess the media has twisted/ruined my brain, so here goes: I am 31 1/2 years old and I am gaining weight like it is going out of style. It seems like whatever I eat, and no matter how much I exercise: increased pounds. (And I don't have a slow thyroid or anything; just got a physical and those functions seem okay). I really don't want to be a woman who complains about her weight, but I liked where I was and I want it to stop!


@DoMark Oh man, I can look at food and gain weight. I have to actively try to lose weight just to maintain. (I'm going to be 31 in 3 weeks.) I've had it all tested as well, and "everything is fine." I had the thought that I am going to have to track my calories for the rest of my life (just to even stay where I am, hopefully), and the thought exhausts me. So... I feel your pain.

de Pizan

@DoMark For me, I think my weight gain been the medication I'm on. I've gained 30 pounds in the last two years, even though I'm eating much better and exercising regularly, and nothing seems to help. It's frustrating.


so with all the eclipse news and my need to be anxious about anything other than my real life, I really just hope the Galactic Rabbit comes back to the 'Pin.

but also big ups because I think this weeks content was awesome!


@PennyCentury she is coming, although belatedly! monday, i think :)


@PennyCentury Me too! I am hoping to have better news from ye old rabbit this month. Last round was kinda rough...


@j-i-a you have made my entire WEEK. thank you thank you thank you.


@PennyCentury yes! All this eclipse news, I need more galactic guidance


Leaving work in 10 minutes to go see Captain America!!!! I have been waiting for this day all week. It might be a sign of good things to come since this afternoon I got some good news about my job that I can't talk about yet but am super excited for.


I just got stood up...it was supposed to be our fourth date and I had prepared accordingly. So I bought some wine and some chocolate and I am now chilling at home. Woohoo! This month has also been really rough for me (trying to figure out the future, whether I'm staying in France, where to go with my education/learning French, essentially being dumped by fade away) - I really hope this month is better!


@Gin-tastic Wine + chocolate! Do you have netflix? I feel like this calls for watching a cheesy series (perhaps, To Beautiful You, if you like kdramas) and polishing off that vin. Hugs, though on the life choices front. I'm a list maker in times of indecision, but sometimes that make it harder, rather than easier...


@adorable-eggplant I've been catching up on some political dramas (and the odd horrible reality television series-my guilty pleasure). I am most definitely more bummed out over the future decisions that must be made front and I am also a list maker haha! However, I was hoping for a lovely romantic distraction especially after the other guy I was seeing before (and kinda sorta really liked) essentially just disappeared.


@Gin-tastic Do you already watch The Good Wife? I swear it will a) entertain you and b) make you feel like you can make life decisions.


@Gin-tastic I am currently watching/catching up on: The Good Wife, Scandal, Suits, The Following, and Hannibal


I love Jia and Emma (and Mallory and Nicole and all my editrixes) but sadly much of my writing sucks too much to be published by anyone other than myself. So I'm writing little things and publishing them myself! It is what they call a "TinyLetter": https://tinyletter.com/JWThompson Subscribe if you want to! Lots of cool people do them now. Charlotte Shane's is a favorite.

One day I will again be struck with an idea worthy of the 'Pin, but until then, I write about teeth, or anonymous love letters, or sleeping, or whatever.

Clara Morena

Toying with the idea of canceling my bank of America account. I rarely use it and I have a different bank account. Thoughts? comments ?concerns?

up cubed

@ clara morena Is it a debt account or a credit card? If a debt account, maybe consolidate your accounts and close it? If a credit card, you might want to keep it, since I think part of your credit rating includes how long you've had an account.


Is anyone else listening to this amazing shit? Jigglypuff interlude, for christ's sake!


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i'm not sure about this post but is it me who or does any one find kind a down a little bet!!!
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