- Girl Power – My favourite thing that I have seen this week and possibly this year has been Aly Raisman’s kick ass (pardon the french, but I feel strongly about this) address to her gymnastics coach. Aly vocalized what many victims only dream of telling their attacker / harasser: “I have the power and the voice now; you are nothing.” Not only did she defend herself and other women, but Aly full on attacked the infrastructure of the US Gymnastics Organization. Her conviction brought me to tears and also enlightened me about this very serious issue that seems to have been swept under the rug for way too long. Watch her speech here.
- Getting creative – I finally opened my Etsy shop! I’ve been closed since December and also working on some new products for my Disney loving friends. My favourite thing that I have designed for 2018 are cosmetic bags (and I’m partial to the Mary Poppins one).
- Evaluation Research – this is a very specific thing that may not apply to everyone. As a future professor and a current TA, teaching evaluations are a large part of hiring processes in my life. I have been given tons of research by my union that has informed me of the incredible biases in these evaluations, especially concerning gender and race. Even though the research is depressing and disturbing, I am glad that this sort of research is being conducted to help better the job security of professors. Here are some of the more informative links:
- New Girl – I have recently started re-watching New Girl on Netflix and I don’t know why I ever stopped. Often I will choose to rewatch a show instead of starting something new and I really don’t regret it in this instance. I still relate to Jess just as much as I did 5 years ago. The only downside is that it makes me want to get bangs.
- Crazy Rich Asians – As a Ph.D. student, I read all the time; however, it is rarely for pleasure. I really wanted to read a highly engaging fictional book (for a female audience) and came across CRA on a “Best Sellers” shelf at Indigo and was intrigued. I mean… just look at that cover art! I bought it later at a used book store and could not put it down. The story telling is incredible and the ending leaves you wanting more! The characters are polarizing too – you love the lovable characters and you love to hate the mean ones. It is very much like a Cinderella Story-meets Gossip Girl-meets-Singapore type of feel. I 100% recommend it!