Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Come Get Me, 2019!!!

   It feels like 2018 aged me about ten years. The national political drama, primarily generated by the stupidest and most repulsive person we could have possibly found to be President of the United States (T.R.U.M.P.), has aged me. The stories about immigrant children from Mexico being separated from their families at the Mexico-U.S. border has aged me. I cannot believe the administrators in MY government would do this to children. People who hurt children on purpose should be sent to prison. There are ways of managing our immigration issues without being so cruel to desperate people. I keep calling the offices for my Senators and Representative. I live in Arkansas, ya'll. This state is RED. 
   I have discovered the "Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior" podcast (click on link above) and I became a proud Patreon supporter for it!!! 
Image courtesy of Stitcher

   I have been following Sarah Kendzior on Twitter for a while, and I am impressed with her knowledge of authoritarian leadership styles and her ability to clearly articulate her arguments. I get so mad about Trump and his crime family and his cronies I just start grunting and cursing. It is refreshing to hear someone who is highly educated talk eloquently about these important topics. 
   If you think the #MeToo movement has helped curb sexual assault and unwanted sexual advances, guess again. I have no real statistics to offer here, but I have an alarming story from my Ph.D. program at the University of Arkansas. A Master's student, a young boy in his twenties, told me a male professor at the University reached over and grabbed his upper inner thigh area this year while they were alone. The Master's student was mortified and he said to me, "Now I know how girls feel." He said he didn't know whether he should file a sexual harassment report or what. I of course encouraged him to file a report, but I don't know if he will. Graduate students are extremely vulnerable to professors who serve as their mentors. How can you be successful in your graduate program if you commit political suicide by reporting a mentor for sexual harassment? 
   This has been a tough, tough year. I needed a break from my typical day and academic career, so I got a part-time job at a Sephora in JCPenney! I have worked as a sales lady there for about two months, and I absolutely love it. I was a Mary Kay lady more than ten years ago, so I had some basic training in the cosmetics industry. Sephora has opened my eyes and my pores to a new, HUGE, glittering world of international cosmetics. I cannot express how much fun it has been trying out so many new make-up brands and skin-care products. 
The Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum and Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. 
Image courtesy of Sephora.

   My current favorite skin-care line is Drunk Elephant. I cannot live without their C-Firma Day Serum and their Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. They are both acidic serums and help remove the outer dead layers of your skin. I am convinced that microdermabrasion creams are for Neanderthals, and serums like the ones I just mentioned are the best ways to resurface your outer skin. The first time I used the C-Firma Day Serum, I didn't like how oily my skin felt. After it soaked in for a few minutes, my face felt GOOD. So good, in fact, I use it every day and I have recommended it to all my family and friends. 
   I hope to keep my job at Sephora in JCPenney after the holidays. I am a temporary worker right now, but I really do love working there. I will blog more about my favorite products later. 
   So, maybe I will get to graduate from my Ph.D. program in 2019. My program has been filled with YEARS of drama and closeted homosexuals and greed and lies and many things that are NOT academic in the deep South, and I'm sick of it. Maybe American academia is as corrupt and convoluted as the U.S. health care system. I don't see why I should cover for it. I am part of the institution, and I have zero tolerance for sexual misconduct in the system, particularly when it comes to students. Maybe that's why the young Master's student told me what happened to him. 
   I'm not very popular in my Ph.D. program at the University of Arkansas, and I am okay with that. 

Current mood.
 Image of The Expanse's Captain Camina Drummer (actress Cara Gee) courtesy of the SyFy channel.

   COME GET ME, 2019!!!!

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