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Non-Awkward Small Talk Thursday: OT for 3/1

Happy March, everyone! I got to thinking the other day of how much small talk I do on a daily basis, and how much of it is completely awkward and stilted.

We here at P-Mag, of course, do not have that problem, because we are witty and intelligent and engaging! So come on in and tell us about your week, the weather, those shoes you bought, or what a jerk your boss is. I promise it’ll be less awkward than chatting with the random acquaintance you ran into at the grocery store!

By [E] Rachel

I punctuate sentences with Oxford commas, and I punctuate disagreements with changesocks. Proud curmudgeon. Get off my lawn.

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Is this “parents pretty much totally paying for their kid’s college education” an actual thing? I  keep hearing people talk about it that way in certain spaces, and they’re just so casual about it. I mean, my knee-jerk reaction is “you are living in a wealthy little bubble and your world-view has been seriously fucking distorted,” but am I the one with the distortion?

It’s a thing insofar as some people do it, but I think people talk about it more than it actually happens, because that’s what parents are “supposed” to do. Some of these parents might be taking out their child’s student loans rather than actually paying up-front. My impression is that, out of parents who pay for their child’s education, this is the more common way they do it.

I myself have only paid for books and related stuff (and my six months abroad), while the government gave me the public transport pass and my parents paid the rest. It’s one of the things I really think are well done in the Netherlands. How much financial support you get depends on the salaries of your parents, if you’re living at home or on your own .. college/university needs to be available for as much people as possible.

The financial support you get in the US also depends on your parents and how much they make, where you live, etc. But sometimes the amount of non-loan support they give you based on your parent’s income doesn’t really make sense. A lot of times, they don’t give enough support to cover the ridiculous amount of tuition.

I also agree that college/university needs to be available to as many people as possible. It’s just so important!

I know a lot of people who paid for their kid’s education but it was usually what was left after grants/federal loans or  cheap state school, that sort of thing, but most of them had been saving since their kids were born (and money was a lot better back then – 2000-2004).

There’s very little making involved. Just sliced fresh ginger, a spoon of honey, and really hot water. Bada-boom-bada-bing. I think pickled ginger would also be workable if there’s no fresh about.

I have frog throat so it’s helping that feel a little better.

Ladies of P-Mag, I’m sorry to say that this is going down in my town. This school embroiled in this happening is a ten-minute drive away and my sister-in-law went to highschool there.

However, I am proud to say that my little sister texted me this morning to rant about all the slut-shaming in this kid’s ‘love letter to women’ as she’s watched the whole thing unfold via Twitter. When Jez covered the ‘guy walks around at BYU handing out notes to girls who are dressed provocatively ihho’, I kind of shook my head and thought, “Well, that’s Utah.” But here it is at home. Fuck. And people are going to say that this kid meant well and is ‘such a gentleman’ and call the principal who suspended him a bitch.

Ugh, that letter is so gross.

Not only because it’s a slut-shaming piece of crap, and that it’s basically ripping on conventional standards for women only to replace them with a new set, but his little part about how all the young women he’s addressing should, upon reading his letter, feel “completely absolved.” You know, like no one has ever told them that before. Like it isn’t entirely possible (and likely) that even the most self-loving women will have days where they are fighting to not listen to all the societal bullshit.

It’s like he thinks his message is some holy writ from God that will cure all self-doubt in these particular women.

But I bet it’s also intended to bring even more doubt to those who don’t fit his description.

Sigh.

Well, they should totally appreciate it, because it’s coming from a man of dignity. If they’re the type of heartless bitch who won’t appreciate it, they’re just shallow and don’t understand how awesome he is.

Give this kid another year or two; he’s gonna be that Craigslist Nice Guyâ„¢.

I got up to 3 extra weeks for an article I failed to finish by the original deadline. Well, I was sick for a while, so that derailed my plans a bit, but mostly I’ve just had a ridiculously hard time focusing. I better not mess it up this time!

Also, I wonder, when exactly does it get too late for a day’s OT…

Ok, so, I’ve just been told that the big presentation I’ve been working on all week, the one that had me up at 2:30 in the morning today with a case of the runs because I was nervous about presenting today, has been moved to Monday. I’m not sure if I’m relieved or pissed off.

I probably won’t have time to. This weekend is pretty packed for me. Part of the stress was not having time to run it by someone outside the office (my standard de-freakout method), so now I have time for that. But then I just feel like I made myself sick over nothing. Not really an awesome feeling.

Everytime I buy and wear a new bra I realize that I’ve gone on to long with the old ones. Hello girls and stuff.And I wanted to go all out at the Farmer’s market but there wasn’t an ATM around and I never carry a lot of cash on me so sob. I’m sure the library can cheer me up.

Not even that they get uncomfortable but more along the lines of ‘So they can fit you like a glove’/’Woah, up high!’ But now I bought three at once and err.. might have put an alarm in my phone to go buy new ones in six months or something, or at least think about it around that time. And handwash ‘m, this time.

Me as well. I have the double bonus of finding out that I have been buying the wrong size, so now I need to replace all the bras. But when I tried on the size I am supposed to wear, I was amazed at how much more comfortable it was.

I have the same problem. They’re just so goddamn expensive, and I keep wanting to wear them until they finally give out…but in reality they’d given out months (even years) before I replace them.

The ones I’ve been wearing are way too small, have been too small for at least 6 months, and I STILL am putting up with them.

Went to The Moth tonight at Royce Hall/UCLA.  I had such a lovely time – got to connect with a dear, long-standing friend and the stories were really good.  It was a little magical, really, sort of windy with a pretty half-moon.  Talking with my friend about good things and sad things.  It felt like an evening that I will remember everything about for the rest of my life.  Hopefully it will inspire me to write and enjoy it.  Everything feels possible right at this moment!

Me and my best friend both used to be in (seperate) choirs and we’re both like relatively good choral singers, and we enjoy spontaneously harmonising choral versions of “Smack that”, “Bob the Builder” and “I’ve got a brand new Combine Harvester”

AND YOU SHALL HAVE THEM! AND THEY SHALL BE MADE OF SUNSHINE AND PINE NEEDLES! AND THE TRUTH WILL NEVER BE FOUND TO BE LIES! AND OFF YOU SHALL SAIL INTO THE UNDYING LANDS CROSSING THE RIVER STYX THAT WAS NAMED NOT FOR THE GREEK LORE BUT FOR THE GREAT BAND AND GANDALF AND FRODO SHALL SING UNTO THEE THAT YOU ARE FREE TO FACE THE LIFE AHEAD OF YOU, and ItsLikeIHaveEspnOrSomething will stop typing in all caps and all shall be well!

I have Friday-Sunday off and I’m so excited. I normally only get third weekend off–yay working 21 days in a row!–and I haven’t had three consecutive days off in forever. Probably 6 months or more.

So my long weekend plans:I’m going to clean my entire (studio) apartment! I’m going to work out every day! I’m going to the thrift store tomorrow! I’m visiting my old work and bringing them chocolate chip cookies with Oreos in the middle! Lots of sleeping! Hopefully getting some writing done!

Cue the eerie music.  Strange, yet insignificant, coincidences just happened to me in a matter of 10 minutes! 

I had two entertainment obssessions this year: the book Cloud Atlas and the HBO show “Homeland”.  I come to Perseph this evening to find a review of Cloud Atlas.  As I’m commenting on it, Claire Danes, star of Homeland, is on the Colbert Report.  Then, I got a notification, click on it, and see that a friend, @Sharpest Shark, has Willy Wonka as an avatar.  What book are my son and I richly enjoying in our bedtime reading this week?  Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”! 

Clearly, the universe aligned for me tonight.  And, clearly, Perseph is the proper home for me on the internet!

GUISE! This is URGENT.

Patrick Swazye has a brother, Don. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0842023/bio

He is in this episode of Murder She Wrote! OMG! Season 7 Ep 21. Netflix Instant.

Tight jeans and incredible acting clearly run in the family. The hair though… That’s a unique trait.

You.Are.Welcome.

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