all my classes are ones that i chose because i wanted to take them - none of them were required
i’m working 1/3 of the hours that i was working last semester, which is going to give me less money but also a lot more sanity and free time
i’m going to be writing a lot more for the daily collegian at umass so i can build up my portfolio again
i’m getting back into photojournalism
i actually have time to see my friends and have lunch and dinner on campus
my readings are interesting!
and now, after a long day of class, doing a photo assignment, buying books all over town, going to the news meeting for the daily collegian, and homework, i’m going to curl up and watch the new episode of downton abbey and sleep.
Christina Degiovanni, a Humboldt State University student, was arrested Thursday after drug task force agents confiscated two pounds of processed marijuana, two rifles, a handgun and $49,000 in cash from her boyfriend’s Arcata home where Degiovanni had been staying, according to a release. The Humboldt County Drug Task Force responded to the Arcata home after learning from Reno police that Degiovanni’s boyfriend Scott Porter, 35, was involved in possible narcotics courier activity on a passenger rail train in Reno. Reno officers seized approximately $73,000 from Porter’s luggage during a narcotics courier sting. Porter was released at the scene but faces possible charges in the future. Upon learning about the sting, Arcata task force agents responded to Porter’s Arcata home where they made contact with Degiovanni. According to the release, agents were able to smell the odor of marijuana coming from the house and secured a search warrant for the residence. Degiovanni was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and being armed during the commission of a felony. Degiovanni has been booked into the Humboldt County jail.
so i have to read the book the success principles for my career seminar for the journalism dept. and basically it’s a motivational/self-help book about how to have a successful career/be a successful person.
except it’s seriously fucked up. it’s basically a how-to guide to be successful if you are a white, rich, male. the first principle he discusses in the book is to take responsibility for your life. makes sense in theory, but all his examples are incredibly fucked. he basically says you can’t blame anything on racism, you can’t blame your gender on why you didn’t get a job or why you can’t make as much money as men.
oh and he indulges in some ridiculously victim-blaming language and even uses this wonderful example:
You didn’t demand he join you in counseling or leave the first time he hit you, so now you’re still getting hit.
victim-blaming much? he should probably be made aware of the fact that not everyone can just up and leave an abusive relationship even if they want to. sometimes it’s because they have nowhere else to go, no money or their lives are threatened. it’s fucked up, but it’s not the person’s fault that they’re in that situation and can’t easily get out.
it's amazing how fast snow accumulates in massachusetts
i remember when i was growing up in portland, the sight of a few snow flakes would instantly get me ridiculously excited for snow days and seeing the city covered in a blanket of snow. of course, that rarely happened. i remember watching the tiny snow flakes as well as big fat snow flakes fall for hours and not stick on the often already wet ground.
here in amherst however, it’s been snowing for all of 15 minutes, with little teeny tiny snowflakes and theres already a dusting sticking firmly on the ground and more to come. somehow this seems to happen every time it snows here, even wen it’s just a little bit of snow. i just wish we were supposed to get a few feet of snow, rather than just a few inches.
from all the complaining on tumblr i gather that there’s a few east coast/mid westerner hipsters who are feeling reservations about moving to a state where…it actually rains.
i guess salem’s ridiculously flooded though which worries me bc i know a lot of people from there and i do hope that they/their houses/their family’s houses will be okay. but maybe if salem just sort of drifted away i doubt that anyone would be too sad about it…
I’m glad I moved back to Portland but if you’re looking for a queer utopia this isn’t the place. Also I grew up here.
Truth. Also I feel like the queer community in portland can be pretty inaccessible even (and sometimes especially) for people who grew up here. I love Portland but utopia, queer or otherwise, it is not. For anyone. I feel like a lot of people have extremely unrealistic expectations of the city.
“‘For instance,’ [Meryl Streep] says, forking at a bread-crumbed oyster, ‘we are taught about Benedict Arnold, the first traitor in America, but I’ve never heard—until I went onto the [National Women’s History Museum] Web site—about Deborah Sampson, the first woman to take a bullet for her nation. She was 21 years old in the Revolutionary War. She enlisted on the American side under a man’s name, wore boys’ clothing, was cut with a British saber across her forehead, and took a musket ball in her thigh.’ She’s a good storyteller, with a warm, urgent voice. ‘And her compatriots carried her six miles to the doctor’s, and he stitched up her head and she wouldn’t let him take her pants off—because he would discover she was a woman!’ So did she die of her wound? ‘No—she was very good with her needle, so she cut the musket ball out and sewed her own leg up and served another eighteen months. In 1783 she was discharged, went home and had three children.’ Sampson was granted £34 by the state of Massachusetts for exhibiting ‘an extraordinary instance of feminine heroism by discharging the duties of a faithful, gallant soldier, and at the same time preserving the virtue and chastity of her sex unsuspected and unblemished.’ Amazing story. ‘And I am 60 years old and I learn this story,’ says Streep. ‘I should have learned that story in the fourth grade. Because it helps you as a child to know that it is not just Paul Revere riding a horse and calling, ‘The British are coming, the British are coming.’ It’s not just Benjamin Franklin and George Washington and the battles won, it’s the bravery of all these people that are undiscovered, unknown.’”—“Meryl Streep: Force of Nature,” Vogue (via thatluciegirl) (via foodmusiclife)