Life Update

Life Update: 5/23 – 5/30

Happy Memorial Day Weekend. A lot of words have beens aid about remembering the sacrifices of our soldiers, a lot more than I can say, but this Cracked article captures a perspective we’re all familiar with but probably haven’t thought too much about: the casualty notification officers whose job it is to inform the families.

Next week is the last week of instruction and then it’s finals. Grades haven’t been as high as I’d like, so I’ll have to work harder. I’m probably not going to post anything (except for usual Treasure Box and Life Updates) for the coming weeks.

Turned in my second history paper (have high hopes for this one: wrote about male vs. female reformers for women’s liberation at the turn of the century, namely Qiu Jin and Ding Ling) and my second workshop story; I also took advantage of the long weekend to finish a third for my final portfolio. This weekend has been nicely productive.

This last week did have its ups, though. Her Campus at UCD hosted the last stretch of Plan B’s Perfectly Imperfect Tour with Girl Code‘s Carly and Nessa to promote emergency contraception education on college campuses! It was pretty rad (seriously, they were awesome):

Two 20th birthdays in my apartment, so we went out for sushi and burgers! One of the girls is transferring schools, so we also took her to an incredible ice cream place. I got geranium and Mexican chocolate!

SCHOOL RECAP:

Finished SOZABOY in Intro to Modern Lit. Eukaryotic regulation of gene expression and development genetics in, well, Genetics. Big happenings in Chinese History: almost done with the People’s Republic of China, including the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and reform/opening up.

BOOKS/MOVIES/MUSIC RECAP:

Almost done with HANDS TO WORK. This was mostly a singles week: three great songs on Discover Spotify: “Lost in the Supermarket” by The Clash, “Baby Britain” by Elliot Smith, and “I Don’t Know How to Deal With It” by Stephen Steinbrink, as well as some pretty good tracks added to The Last Shadow Puppets’ “What We’re Listening To” playlist by Monk Tamony, Jeff Wootton, Louis Berry, and The Lapelles.

And then there’s this. HOLY MOTHER:

That’s Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who was praising the Lord and shredding an electric guitar decades before Chuck Berry. Seriously, look her up–she’s been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and the godmother of rock ‘n’ roll!

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