Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Life, Updated

As March rolls to a close I bring to you my life, updated. A few pictures and a few words is all I have the time for, but enjoy nonetheless.

just because I couldn't resist

I've realized my new favorite word is halcyon. It's an adjective denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful. I'm sentimental as they come, and this word describes a lot of my life.

It's strange because during the moment these times aren't always happy and peaceful, yet looking back from a new perspective that is exactly how I would describe them. 

Life is crazy. That's all I can say.

Calculus homework in a hammock is slightly more enjoyable than calculus homework not done in a hammock (or at least that's what studies show).

My meal that accompanied me through the series finale of Parks and Recreation a few weeks ago. Sad to think there will be no new episodes, but I suppose life moves on. This is the first show that I've loved that has come to a close, so it's a new feeling for me, but like I said, life moves on. 

(Also strange to think that I'm this emotionally attached to something as superficial as a TV show, and yet I'm not that ashamed.)

Also (don't hate me) but this is a sunrise not a sunset. Scandalous, it is.

I must also add that I'm leaving for New York this coming Monday. I say this because my blog posting has been spotty and I'm not sure if I'll post again until after my trip. This is my first time making the 10 hour trek from North Carolina to NYC and the word excited is an understatement. Expect great pictures and great stories.

Have a fabulous day. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

My Favorite Women (Part Three)

In case you missed it:
Part One
Part Two

Part three is courtesy of Leslie Knope. Enjoy.

Okay, Leslie Knope may be a fictional character, but that has never stopped anyone. I will say, I love Amy Poehler (who plays Leslie Knope) just as much, but what fun is it if all your role models are real people? No fun at all I'll tell you.

Leslie Knope is from the TV show Parks and Recreation, which I'm pretty sure I fangirl over way too much on here. Her love for bureaucracy and breakfast foods makes me insanely happy. She also loves women as much as me (and I'm sure you all thought that wasn't possible).

Also Leslie works in the parks and recreation department of her local government and eventually runs for city councilwoman (and then eventually becomes the governor of Indiana). Like her, I am also extremely zealous when it comes to government.

In a perfect world I would become a politician in a similar Leslie Knope fashion, but alas I'm middle class and have a vagina. Not that that should ever stop anyone, but I'm not trying to get my hopes up. Politics is a rich man's game, and I have no connections, money, or desire to become a man.

But maybe some day I shall get there.

Anyway, Leslie is fabulous. I HIGHLY recommend Parks and Recreation if you're ever bored on Netflix (which I hear is quite a common occurrence).

Have a fabulous day.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

My Favorite Women (Part Two) (Happy Birthday Ruth Bader Ginsburg)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg turns the glorious 82 today. That's 82 years of badassery worth celebrating in this one meager blog post, but try I will. From being the second woman on the United States Supreme Court to pregaming the State of the Union, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is my hero. Happy birthday Notorious RBG.

First off, Ruth can accessorize. She has a jabot specific to all her supreme court justice-ing needs including one for dissents and another for majority opinions. Read here if you are dying to know more about Ruth and her wide jabot selection.

Her dissenting jabot whose black velvet and studs scream "I'm right, everyone else is wrong."
But there's more to Ruth than just her fashion or the fact that she fell asleep at the State of the Union because she was tipsy. She made up one of nine women (out of 500 students in all) in her Harvard Law class. She was even asked what it felt like to be taking up the spots of "more deserving, qualified males." When her husband was diagnosed with cancer within her first year at Harvard, she typed his term papers (upon his dictation) and took his notes for him, all while maintaining her own workload. She graduated first in her class.

In 1965, while working at Rutgers University Law School, she hid her second pregnancy to avoid discriminatory employment practices. She was Columbia's first female tenured professor. She served as the director (and co-founder) of the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. She realized equal gender rights were not just for women, but men as well. She argued a case before the Supreme Court (and won) regarding a portion of the Social Security Act that granted certain benefits to widows, but not widowers. 

You go Ruth, you go.

Her and unlikely best friend Supreme Court Justic Scalia have an opera named after them — Scalia/Ginsburg by Derrick Wang. Ruth was also diagnosed with Colon cancer in 1999 and didn't miss a single day on the bench amid radiation, chemo, and surgery. In 2009 she had surgery relating to cancer in the pancreas and 12 days later heard oral arguments.

She also does the Canadian Air Force Exercises on the daily. She even used to Jazzercise.

Ruth is the star of her own comic book and even has a LEGO figurine modeled after her thanks to Maia Weinstock (although this project was note affiliated with the actual LEGO company as they have a policy against creating political figurines). She also has numerous shirts donned with her namesake. I once watched an interview where she admitted that she gave Notorious RBG t-shirts to her law clerks on their birthdays. 

Amid all this, I'm not sure how you can't help but love her. And love her I do. Happy birthday RBG. I hope you out live us all.


Have a fabulous day.

Friday, March 13, 2015

My Favorite Women (Part One)

In order to fully culminate the grand event that is Women's History Month, I will be discussing some of my favorite women in random un-scheduled posts (as per usual). I realize March is almost halfway over. I realize I should have planned this out more, but let's not dwell on such realizations.

Without further ado, I bring to you Claudette Colvin.

Claudette was a pioneer of the civil rights movement. Think Rosa Parks before there was Rosa Parks. She was the first person to be arrested after resisting bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama (nine months before Rosa Parks might I add). She was one of four plaintiffs in the landmark legal case Browder v. Gayle which helped end segregation on Montgomery public buses. 

For a long time her case was not publicized because she was a teenager, pregnant, and unmarried (three words that still aren't accepted together today much less in 1955). The NAACP instead chose others such as Rosa Parks to represent their movement, and because of that, I feel the need to share this magnificent lady with you all.

To me, she is the lost leader of the Civil Rights Movement. A spark that ignited the flame. An ingenious mind that knew what she wanted. And for that, I am forever thankful.

Hats off to you Claudette, hats off to you.

Have a fabulous day.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Women Women Women

Today marks International Women's Day while March is simultaneously Women's History Month. That's a lot of women crammed into such a small time period if we're being real. Today I will mark off International Women's Day with a short post on women (shocker, I'm sure).

(I now that I've had some conflicting feelings on International Women's Day, but this year I'm just going to to embrace it and move on. I have bigger fish to fry I suppose.)

I really wish I had the time to write a beautiful and moving post about women, but at the moment I have limited time and a limited schedule, so instead I will be bringing to you some of my favorite quotes from my favorite women (although not all quotes will be specifically about women). As always, better posts to come soon. I promise.


Have a fabulous day.