Weekly Recap #7

In blogging…

Courtney shares the time she spent in Morocco… which went completely wrong! Reading this, I was so surprised to see how different experiences can be in less-developed countries. I remember how it felt to be so vulnerable to everything there and although that may heighten the sensations that you experience, it can also be completely terrifying to be at others’ whims: in cultures so different from any form of the western ones that I’m used to, it’s hard to do the simplest things without guidance.

Some hopeful insight on whether you can travel even with crippling student loans (hear, hear!) from Jessie. Personally, I have quite a bit of debt, but I’ve been able to use that 6 month grace period after to spend my money however I like! It’ll get a bit interesting when I have to start paying it off though, so we’ll see how that goes. Fingers crossed.

Elsewhere…

This hilarious video of catcallers accidentally (more like set up) to catcall their own mothers. Which means that they’re such certified catcallers on the streets that they were able to bank on the fact they would catcall their disguised mothers.

One of those collection of illustrations that depicts modern things that we take for granted now. Apparently, modern life is crazy now. These kind of remind me of the illustrations done in the early 19th century back when the industrial revolution was taking place.

Congratulations, bloggers. Science says journaling is good for you! But we all knew that, which is why we’re all mentally healthy people :)

On how stillness is the key to happiness. Don’t believe it? Take it from a guy who became a buddhist monk after completing his PhD.

A few authors team up to answer the question: Is being a writer a job or a calling?

An interesting article on how privilege in the US is becoming increasingly heritable; the new aristocracy, if you will. Here’s the opening paragraph:

When the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination line up on stage for their first debate in August, there may be three contenders whose fathers also ran for president. Whoever wins may face the wife of a former president next year. It is odd that a country founded on the principle of hostility to inherited status should be so tolerant of dynasties.

What I did…

I saw Russell Peters, bitches! He was funny, as always. However—and I’m not sure if this is just because I wasn’t cognizant of this before, but I thought the ratio of laughing at the audience members to actual bit was skewed. He did way more of the former rather than the latter and I remember thinking When is his actual show supposed to start? during the middle of his stand-up. For those of you who have never seen any of his shows, they’re on Netflix (in the US) and they’re about race, done in a way where it’s like an inside joke with the audience members.

I completed and submitted the TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France) application, which would allow me to return to France for yet another year, but be paid while I’m at it. Although this isn’t necessarily the top of my list of what I want to be doing next year, I couldn’t resist tempting myself with the possibility of heading overseas again. Also, I keep changing my mind so I guess knowing that I might have the option of doing that would be great.

Went to a pre-screening of Kingsman: The Secret Service. While we’re talking about shows and events, I also went to see Bill Bryson‘s talk at the Long Center in Austin. Man, I’m on a roll!

Also, I finished this snazzy new resume of mine. At first, it was going to be horizontal, but I was advised to not be that creative and to just make it classy. I do tend to err on the side of risky rather than sensible/classy so I took their advice.

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  • http://www.californienne.com/ Marianne

    Ah I’ve thought about doing the TAPIF as a way of staying in France and extending my stay here. Somehow though, I just don’t know if I want to be teaching English in a foreign country. Do you know when the deadline to apply is?
    Congrats on the resume finish. That’s always fun (not.) I guess resume making is a bit more enjoyable than cover letter writing. That’s the worst.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Ah, the deadline already passed!! I didn’t know you might be interested in it too. I only applied because someone was talking about it, which reminded me to keep it open as an option, and luckily at that point they decided to extend the deadline.

      And thanks. It was a pain. For me, it’s hard to walk the line between too little personality and too much personality on the resume, haha.

      • http://www.californienne.com/ Marianne

        Ah oh well. Guess it’s not meant to be :)

  • http://www.melaniefontaine.com/ Melanie Fontaine

    I hope you’ll have success with that teacher application, Mish! Even if you do decide to do something different, it could be nice to have some options! :)

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Thanks, Mel :) who knows, I might do what I usually do and spontaneously decide something! :p

  • http://lanivcox.wordpress.com/ Lani

    I just finished writing an article on journalling so you and I are offically aligned. Don’t be frightened.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Also, oops, there was supposed to be link there. I done fucked up! The more you comment, the more frightened I get :p but I guess it’s good for me!

      Can’t wait to read it :)

      • http://lanivcox.wordpress.com/ Lani

        BTW, good luck on the France application!

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

          Thanks so much, Lani :))

  • http://www.crumbsinthebed.com/ Kerri

    Oooh another foreign adventure? I’ll keep my fingers crossed, even though you’re not 100% sold on the idea, just incase you change your mind :)

    I’ve not here of Russel Peters, I think I’ll check him out. I like looking for new comedians :)

    Uh resumes… they are a pain!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha I know! I would love to go abroad again :'(

      I love when I find a quality comedian and then binge on all their shows. But that happens so rarely that I’ve basically given up hope. First I discovered Russell, then Louis CK, then Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart, then John Mulaney. And that’s where I am right now :( Stuck. Suggestions?!

      • http://www.crumbsinthebed.com/ Kerri

        Ooh, umm. Comedian-wise I’m a big fan of British humour, with sarcasm and a story telling aspect to it. Some of Kris and I’s favourites are: Russel Howard, Jon Bishop, Rhod Gilbert & Sarah Millican… I can’t think of any more at the moment. If I remember some, I’ll let you know :)

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

          Haha, I do enjoy me some British humor! Was roughly introduced to it in Berlin and now I can’t get enough. I haven’t heard any of those names before, but if they end up just ok, I won’t laugh at anything you say ever again :p

          Please do let me know :)

          • http://www.crumbsinthebed.com/ Kerri

            That’s harsh. That’s really harsh.

  • http://www.adelanteblog.com/ Courtney @ Adelante

    Woohoo thanks for mentioning my post! I feel so honored :) And YAY you filled out the TAPIF app! I fully support the decision to come back to Europe. Especially if it’s while I’m still in Spain, so then we could go on an adventure somewhere!!!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha of course, Courtney! Yeah, I ended up filling it out because why not? Keep those options open! Oh my god, that would seriously be the best thing!!! Two gluten-intolerant girls heading off to some foreign place. Funnily enough, I didn’t make as many blog friends until back in US, and by then, everyone I’m friends with is abroad. Ugh.