Day 25: Discuss someone who fascinates you and why.

Tupac Shakur (image via The Source)

Tupac Shakur (image via The Source)

This might be strange coming from a middle class white girl, but I find Tupac Shakur fascinating. About a year ago, I was researching the topic of accent prejudice (prescriptive versus descriptive grammar) and decided to narrow my focus to African American Vernacular English (AAVE). There is a lot that I could say about the research and the contents of the final essay, but in sum, accent prejudice has far-reaching implications with heavy roots in classism and racism. The reason I mention this paper at all is because Shakur’s work is an excellent example of someone refusing to bow to societal pressure to speak in “acceptable” prescriptive ways. Continue reading


Day 24: What is your favorite movie and why?

“I’m getting pulled over. Everyone just…pretend to be normal.”

-Richard Hoover, Little Miss Sunshine

I lurve this movie so much that I must use a made up word to express how much love I have for it. When I was in college, my roommate and I went to the movie in the theater. Neither of us realized what it was rated until after we finished the movie–watching anything above PG-13 was verboten  for students at my college–but I’m glad because otherwise, I would have missed out on a cinematic gem. Continue reading

Day 21: What is one of your favorite TV shows and why?

Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of Psych on Netflix. If you are sadly unfamiliar with this show, the basic premise is that there is a Sherlockian young man (Shawn Spencer) pretending to be a psychic. His childhood best friend (Burton “Gus” Guster) is his assistant, although they are much more like partners. Shenanigans ensue. You really ought to watch Psych for yourself, but here are some gifs (after the cut) that better explain the pure beauty of the show. Continue reading

Day 20: How important do you think education is?


Next topic!

Just kidding, although it’s tempting to leave it at that. I think education is incredibly important, but not all forms of education are equal. To explain the types of education that I believe are most valuable, I turn to one of my favorite educators. Continue reading

Day 19: What is your biggest regret in life?

I was afraid of the dark until I was a junior in college. Honestly, it’s silly. Isn’t that something that most people outgrow in childhood? And yet, there I was, a college junior, sleeping with the light on because I could not fight the fear that something would grab me before I could make it from the light switch to my bed. Continue reading

Day 18: What book could you read over and over again?

“From that first moment, in a way she could never explain, the Meadows claimed her and made her their own.” Elizabeth George Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Other than the Bible, I could probably read Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond every week for the rest of my life and never get tired of it. Within the first year or so of owning the book, I read it eight times. I love this book. Just thinking about it makes me want to go home and hug it tightly to my chest. No other novel comes even remotely close to how much I adore this story. Harry Potter and Narnia and Middle-Earth take a back seat to 1687’s New England. Continue reading

Day 17: List your highs and lows of this past year.

Let’s get the lows out of the way first, yes?


  • Getting laid off at the end of August was definitely a low point.
  • Having an antler crash on my mostly bare foot the same day I no longer had health insurance? Low point. (I still haven’t gotten it checked out.)
  • Getting a cold the day before I flew back from Chicago.
  • Cleaning up vomit at my old job was one of the worst tasks. 😛 I still don’t know how someone managed to get puke inside a toilet paper dispenser.

And now for some good stuff with pictures! Continue reading