“Getting More Followers and Fans: Unless you can tell me what the hell they’re going to do for you, how you’re going to mobilize them, and what you’re going to give back to them that makes it worth their while to grant you their attention and continue to give it, who cares? People aren’t marbles, and you don’t get any points for collecting a bunch of staring eyeballs that are waiting for you to do something significant.”—
I have officially finished everything on my to do list for spring break! And just in the nick of time! This makes me happy. :-D Now I am going to submit another draft of my thesis (THIS SHOULD BE THE LAST ONE!! AREN’T YOU PROUD OF ME?!) and read more of The Blind Assassin.
Tim and I WERE going to look at puppies today, but after some responsible thinking it through, we decided to go take care of a few snags in our registry instead. Apparently, Crate & Barrel decided to discontinue our china pattern. And that was the one thing on the registry that I really liked! So we need to fix that and leave puppies for another day.
“On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.”—Friedrich Nietzsche (via frumiousme)
Book reading is better than thesis editing, right?
I saw today that the next Radical Readers & Feminisms For Dummies book club book is The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. I’ve wanted to read more Atwood after tackling The Penelopiad two summers ago, so I was pretty stoked about this. Also, I hit the super jackpot because a really nice, hardcover copy of The Blind Assassin was sitting amongst my mom’s books on the shelves in my closet. This, obviously made me even more stoked.
So remember my to do list from earlier today? I sent off my draft of my rhetorical analysis paper and made it to Tim’s, but have not even started editing my thesis. It’s not due till April 5, so I’m finding it difficult to be motivated, and I started reading The Blind Assassin, and now I’m hooked. I have so much to do, but I can’t put it down. Plus, it’s really nice to be sitting here, cuddling with Tim while he watches the basketball game and I read my book. It’s almost like this is what my life is supposed to be like rather than editing and writing and editing and writing and homework homework homework. Oh, and grading.
So, I think I’m going to continue to read rather than edit my thesis. In fact, I may put off the thesis-editing until April 4. I am just burnt out. Does this make me a bad grad student?
I don’t like the paper I stayed up until 2:00 AM writing last night. I stayed up so late that I slept super late and now I have a headache because I’m too lazy to make coffee and I skipped my workout today. Which is bad because I will probably also skip my workout tomorrow. I don’t want to grade, but I have so much of it to do. I don’t want to edit my thesis, but I have so much of it to do. I keep revising my to do list to reflect which days I want what accomplished on, and that’s just a waste of time.
I also just found out that somehow my college forgot to put me on the graduation list for this year, so they thought I wasn’t graduating in May and so I HAVE NO INFORMATION ON GRADUATION. Not like I’m walking anyway. I’m turning in these papers and shouting a big "Sleep tight ya morons!" as I walk away from that campus for the final time. I don’t need any more of their problems or general crap. I. Am. Done. Or I will be. In May. Maybe sooner.
In addition to all this, I (surprise, surprise) don’t have as much money as I thought I was going to have when I looked over my finances today. I’m not complaining about money at all, but my overestimate of free funds makes it very difficult to tell people that I was planning to do things and now I can’t do them right now and…. well, I’m sure we can all relate to that in some way.
So, new plan that will hopefully motivate me:
Reread the paper I wrote last night. Make a few edits, maybe add something from a theorist or two, and shoot it off to my prof. Hopefully, she’ll like it. And, if not, I’ve got at least a week to not think about it at all before she gets back to me.
Get my butt on the elliptical for at least 45 minutes while watching an episode of SVU. How’s that for motivation.
Go to Tim’s. Because I haven’t seen him in a week. Eat dinner and revise my thesis while I’m there so I feel better about it having someone to complain to that isn’t my internet following. (See, you guys get a break because of him!)
Maybe start grading.
Mani/pedi at 9:00 AM. Hey, a girl needs a little spring break pampering.
Workout/see the girls. Not sure what order.
Grade grade grade until my little eyeballs fall out.
Wake up and grade some more.
Finish some last minute grading, then write my lesson plans for the upcoming week. New quarter, new units, no clue what to do.
My Wordpress blog is not cooperating. I had a super awesome pink theme on it, and then I had to take it down because people were complaining that the paragraph spacing was not right. There was no extra space after the paragraphs, so it was difficult to read. I don’t want my blog to be difficult to read, so I’m working on changing the theme now, but I am bummed.
I couldn't DM you on twitter and my account is protected, so you probably didn't catch the tweet. But to your question if wearing heels & short skirts & makeup make you unfeminist or antifeminist - my answer is: enforcing a standard of appearance upon women is anti-feminist, no matter what that standard is. Whether you want to wear high heels or army boots, skirts or overalls, make-up or no, whether you shave your legs or not, whether you're fat or thin, pretty or ugly... none of these make you a 'better' or 'worse' feminist. However, deciding that other women should look a certain way to qualify as a proper feminist, now *that* is un-feminist, from my point of view. (this isn't really a question, but there you go. :P)
You are absolutely correct, in my opinion. Thanks for sharing. :)
Everyone stop everything you’re doing to be happy with me!
I just got re-dressed so I can run out to the indy bookstore up the road and buy Karen Healey’s first book “Guardian of the Dead”, and I am so happy because they called me and didn’t laugh at me when I started jumping up and down with…
From one fellow thesis-er to another, don’t let the thesis spoil your happiness! And don’t let it stop you from READING FUN THINGS!!!
I am at the car dealer, waiting for them to figure out what is wrong with my car (even though I already know) and fix it. Thank goodness for spring break so I have time to do this!
I’m reading Enlightened Sexism as I sit here and it’s really starting to annoy me. More on that later. I hope to finish it sometime over break.
Also this week, I must grade midterm essays from all of my classes as well as projects from my English 3 classes, work to raise money or my Avon Walk, get a haircut and see some friends, put the final edits on my thesis, write another 12-page paper and do homework for Rhetoric class. I think there is more, but it is going to be a busier week than my work weeks are!
Another teacher and myself are going to be presenting at a technology conference at our school this summer. We’re presenting a session on how to blog and effective ways to use blogging in the classroom. I have some thoughts, but would love yours as well! If you were to use blogging as a student or teacher, what would you want to know how to do? What would you want to be able to do with it? What information would you need? What would motivate you to implement it?
With all the work I’ve been doing with feminist blogging, I really needed a more fun/less work/less stress/more personal environment for expression of just FUN things. So, I’m here to have fun, I guess.
Also, on a more serious food-related note: When/why did you go veg?
I was a senior in high school, my dad had a rather serious heart attack (he’s ok now, but it was scary) and I wanted to be healthier. When I was a freshman in undergrad, this turned into more of a way to control something about myself (I felt like everything was out of control at that point), and control my weight (I was bombarded with “Don’t gain the freshman 15!” and ended up so afraid of it that I lost 15 pounds).
Then, shortly after, the body image issues started to resolve themselves, and I started actually reading up on it and talking to other people who were vegetarian/vegan and started realizing the importance of it socially and politically, and it stuck. Now, I’m starting to eat some fish because I was getting so fatigued during my day… almost sick, so I made that change and am now doing MUCH better. But I’ll probably wean that out when I’m done with grad school and have more time to cook healthier foods.
Yes, I’m linking from my own blog. But I think this is super important, and want to spread the word and get more thoughts from a wider audience. And I think it fits loosely with meloukhia’s posts about online bullying.