Monday, February 10, 2014

I <3 Grad School (at This One Moment in Time)


"The shortage of academic jobs relative to PhD candidates leads some to say fewer people should do a PhD. But that is a complete misunderstanding of the purpose of higher education. One objective of education is to gain the skills required for a job, but higher education isn’t a trade school. ... Instead, the most valuable skills are intangible: how you process and present information, work well with others, and learn new things."

(Despite this warm-and-fuzzy grad school moment, check in with me tomorrow while I'm writing my dissertation, and I might give you an, uh, different opinion.)

Thursday, February 06, 2014

In Which We Brainwash Children

Woman with child at Starbucks: The yellow soda is Mountain Dew. It has caffeine and that's not very good for children.
Boy: Only grown-ups?
Woman: Yes.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Another Thought From a New Dog-Owner

Owning a dog helps with one's vanity—as in, totally rids one of any notion of vanity. Because sometimes the dog needs to pee before you've put your make-up on. Or real clothing. Or a real head-covering. 

I may have walked the dog this morning in pajamas (gray with green hearts, just in case you were wondering) with a USC sweatshirt and skirt on top in a ridiculous knitted beret and a jacket and flip-flops. 

I used to make fun of people who wore their pajamas outside, but the dog just does not understand having to wait so I can put on a shaitel and eyeliner. At least I wasn't wearing the pink penguin pajamas. Those are probably more embarrassing.