15 Thing Friday

1. I didn’t make it to Orange Theory a single time this week. I enrolled in a class every day, but never got out of work in time to go. Look like it’s time to switch back to that 5 am class.

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2. I noticed a significant increase in Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” floating around social media this week. It’s important to understand the context of this quote and the fact that Franklin was actually arguing in favor government and increased safety on the frontier.

3. I’ve also seen a lot of complaining about “revisionist history.” I’m a fan of constantly reexamining and revising history especially since American history is largely documented by white men alone. There are endless voices and experiences that haven’t been part of that narrative, and I completely support including them. This story about Fawn Weaver is the perfect example of someone who pursued and pushed the true story of the true first distiller of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, Nearest Green. She persisted!

4. Building off last week’s conversation on “gender” reveal parties, “Raise a Child, Not a Gender.”

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5. I finished the final episode of Ozark last night and I enjoyed the show a lot. I am always down for Jason Bateman’s style of neurotic funny guy and I love shows about crime gone HOT MESS.

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6. This whole situation is clearly awful, but I think you should definitely not agree to go on the maiden voyage of a homemade submarine. Ever.

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7. “Losing It in the Anti-Dieting Age.”

8. A list of books about America’s history of racism and connections to Nazi Germany. We can’t change until we know who really are.

9. I can’t stand smarmy James Woods, so of course I’m completely pleased by people going at him for his asinine tweet. Hey, James, no one wants to tear down statues of WINNERS.

10. Apparently Emilia Clarke thinks that Ser Friendzone has always been “the one” for Daenerys.

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11. The Anti-Transgender bathroom bill has failed in Texas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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12. Creamy Ricotta Corn and Tomato Baked Ziti. GET IN MY MOUTH.

13. “Why you see swastikas in America but not Germany.” While Germany worked to eradicate opportunities for lost cause supporters, America has continued to keep statues glorifying a lost cause that ripped our country apart and ended with the deaths of approximately one million Americans. People who lose wars don’t get statues. People who lead armies against their country to protect their right to keep people in chains do not deserve statues. I don’t give a shit that they were brilliant military tacticians because they fought on the wrong side of history. To Lee’s credit, he at least understood the damage that statues of him would cause to the country moving forward.

14. J.Crew had a sale last week and I had a couple of rewards cards to use, so I bought this dress and I LOVE IT. I can’t resist stripes in general, but it’s also so comfortable and flattering. AND THERE ARE POCKETS.

15. I am going to watch the hell out of Molly’s Game. If you’re not familiar with the story – this Vanity Fair article is fascinating.

Ten Thing Friday

1. The Crown season 2 trailer!!!!!!!!

2. What doesn’t feel good in Texas – “What Texas Tells Us About the Latest Threats to Women’s Healthcare.

3. Sari and I finally got caught up on the second season of Insecure this week and it is sooooo good. Issa and Molly are both such treasures. I could watch Issa practice in the mirror for hours and Molly’s struggle with equal pay is too real. If you want a delightful break from your life, then PLEASE give Insecure a chance.

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4. Book recommendations from independent bookstores.

5. We (the California State University system of 23 campuses) are FINALLY changing the way we do remediation and I am THRILLED. When I started college I didn’t test high enough (I believe that the technical term is “totally bombed)  on my placement test for math to enroll in college algebra (which was the lowest level of math required for my major). Instead of throwing me into a remedial course which I wouldn’t have received credit for and where I sincerely doubt my math skills would have improved, I was put in college algebra with review. I went to the regular class three days a week, then on Tuesday and Thursday I had an hour and a half of supplemental instruction where I was part of a small group with a TA who went back over the lesson, helped us with our homework, and went through additional practice problems. And, I got an A in the class!

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There is no way I would have come out of a remedial class (if I ever even tested high enough to even get out) prepared enough to get an A in college algebra. I’m so glad that we are finally going to employ methods to help students get the support they need to be successful in credit-bearing courses.

6. The draft of the federal climate change report!

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7. Would Trump let you immigrate to America? Without higher education, then I would have been a big ol’ nope.

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8. As Affirmative Action comes under fire – “The Myth of Reverse Racism.

You’re wrong. SUPER WRONG. Here’s a different perspective on who is actually pushing you out of top institutions, “At 38 colleges in America, including five in the Ivy League — Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Penn and Brown — more students came from the top one percent of the income scale than from the entire bottom 60 percent.”

9. Twitter reactions from Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode. SPOILERS ABOUND.

10. Have a great weekend and let’s all hope that President Cheetodust is too busy golfing to instigate war via Twitter.Image result for this is fine dog gif

10 Thing Friday

1. Lisa and I went on a friend date on Monday to see Girls Trip. It was absolutely hilarious and totally lovely. Jada Pinkett Smith was so cute and nerdy that I just wanted to put her in my pocket. She usually plays such badass characters, so it was fun to see her in a totally different role. And Tiffany Haddish is a freaking riot. Go see it!

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As an added bonus, it’s rife with very handsome men (Mike Colter! Larenz Tate! Kofi Siriboe! Common! William Levy!).

2. I am desperately having to use all of my self control to not fly to London in February to see the Ocean Liners: Speed & Style exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. SO FABULOUS.

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3. I started watching Fortitude on Amazon Prime a couple of weeks ago, and I don’t really know what to think about it. The first season ended with an interesting problem, but I don’t quite understand the big picture of what is going on in season 2 at all (I only have two episodes left). I like that it’s consistently strange, creepy, and a bit gory. It is also mostly filmed in Iceland which makes for stunning scenery and lots and lots of cold and snow, so that’s lovely.

4. National Geographic‘s Best Drone Photos of the Year.

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5. This is the kind of salad I can get behind.

This Avocado Chicken Salad recipe is a keeper! Easy, excellent chicken salad with lemon dressing, plenty of avocado, irresistible bites of bacon and corn | natashaskitchen.com

6. Your Handy Field Guide to the Plethora of Princess Diana Anniversary Specials.

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8. Halo is now the best-selling pint of ice cream in the United States. Have y’all even had BlueBell? Or Tillamook?? I’ve tried several flavors of Halo and it all tastes weirdly dry to me. I don’t even know why I have such a strong opinion about this because I don’t eat much ice cream, but, seriously, have you had BlueBell?

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Kids are such strange creatures and I love them for it.

10. On mental health and climate change.

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10 Thing Friday

1. I watched the Diana, Our Mother documentary on HBO earlier this week and pretty much cried through the entire thing. I have read criticisms that Harry and Will are “rewriting their mother’s legacy,” but I think they are refocusing it. She was a dedicated humanitarian who made a difference in the world. While she was a complex person with her own personal challenges, her love life shouldn’t define how she is remembered. I was also frustrated at statements about how the princes should “stop whining” and “get over it.” I don’t think anyone who had a wonderful parent ever actually gets over the loss of them. And I certainly don’t think you ever recover from the loss of a parent at such a young age. I’m glad they are talking about her and sharing their experiences with grief and their ongoing challenges related to her loss. It was a lovely documentary and a wonderful reminder of the work she did and the impact she had on her boys.

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2. If you are outraged over Donald’s announcement barring transgender members of the military – this list includes resources for transgender people in crisis, transgender organizations you can throw your support behind, and other general information. We should feel grateful for every single person who volunteers their life to serve our country – and they all deserve our support. Thank you to the approximately 15,000 transgender people serving with courage and bravery in our military.

3. Outlander season three trailer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

While I had to quit reading the series because it was just got too ridiculous for my taste, I do greatly enjoy the show despite it’s overwrought story lines. It’s just so pretty and there are a lot of great actors doing their thing. Also, Jamie is cuuuuuuuuuuuuute.

4. Princess Anne doing things always gives me such great joy.

5. The Girl Scouts have added new badges for STEM! YAY!!!!!!!!! Get that science, girls!

6. The funniest reactions to Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2, “Stormborn.”

7.  We have to wait until December 2019 for the Wonder Woman sequel. WHY, GOD, WHY??? Will we even exist in 2019? Will we all be watching it in Russian by then??

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8. Caitlyn Jenner will never not be ignorant and entitled.

9. I can’t stop laughing at these “My Favorite Color is Hitler” totes. FONT MATTERS.

10. I am going to see Girls Trip this weekend because anything with Queen Latifah in it can have ALL OF MY MONEY.

10 Thing Friday

1. I finished Fleabag this week and I wasn’t expecting to be so emotional at the end.

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2. “The Remains of the Romanovs.”

If you’re interested in a deeper dive on this topic, then Robert K. Massie’s The Romanovs: The Final Chapter covers a lot of the ground on the impostors, issues with the remains, and the DNA testing. Greg King’s The Fate of the Romanovs does a worthy job reconstructing their final years.

3. Insurance companies could once again deny insurance based on preexisting conditions in the new Senate bill.

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4. 21 (Not Boring) Chicken Breast Recipes Made for Meal Prep.


5. I was talking to Ashley, Sari, and Doug about our next trip to Europe (TRAGICALLY not happening until fall 2018) and I suddenly had a strong craving for some mussels. After work on Tuesday, I drove to Roseville and had a wonderful dinner of mussels in a shallot broth, duck fat french fries, and a beer at Monk’s Cellar. It was perfect.

6. I’ve had two non-Whole30 meals since last week, but I have successfully avoided dairy and sugar. I feel like this is a small miracle.

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7. I just had to Google this question yesterday: WTF are hip dips? I just don’t really understand the singular focus on specific body parts. Not in my entire life have I ever noticed the “hip dip” on someone’s body. Or a thigh gap. Or how pronounced their collar bones are. I’m so glad I’m not 20 anymore. YOUR BODY IS TOTALLY FINE, KIDS.

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8. One of the biggest icebergs in recorded history just broke loose from Antarctica.

9. For Minority Female Astronomers, a New Research Effort Backs Up Anecdotes of Harassment. This doesn’t happen at my campus because we don’t even have any faculty teaching astronomy who are women. UGH. Of additional relevance, add to that the five biases pushing women of STEM and the fact that many men don’t believe that bias in STEM is real.

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10. A first look at A Wrinkle in Time!!!