Friday

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Hello! How are you this bright Friday? Here in Tidewater Virginia we’ve been having 70 degree days for almost the entire month of February. At first I resisted (because Spring. Ugh.), but now I’m resigned, and dare I say, delighted about the weather. Playing ultimate frisbee with your entire cohort, while a breeze blows and your feet are bare and your bottles of Corona glisten and warm in the sun, will do that to a person.

Here are some things I’ve been thinking about lately:

A podcast episode. In my Material Culture class on Monday, we briefly discussed the repatriation of objects and human remains, and the workings of NAGPRA. After class, I commented to a friend that I needed to learn more about these things. She suggested I listen to an episode of the podcast Undone, called “The Ancient One.” It’s a fairly brief episode, but a fascinating introduction to repatriation via the debates surrounding Kennewick Man. I’ll be thinking about it for a long time.

P.S. As of two weeks ago, Kennewick Man’s body has finally been put to rest.

Have you been watching the live feed of April the giraffe? She’s heavily pregnant and could give birth any day. I spent a good deal of last weekend with April on in the background while I studied. April is charming — and my god, what a champ to be pregnant for so long — but she can’t hold a candle to my dearly departed Bao Bao.

Graciousness and the Oscars. You know I was watching on Sunday night when La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture. Since then, much has been made of the grace with which the cast and crew of La La Land gave up their stage space to the real winner, Moonlight. But is it grace when it’s really just the right thing to do and when the fact is, Moonlight won fair and square?

P.S. I’m hurrying to see the rest of the Best Picture nominees while they’re still in theaters. Hidden Figures this weekend, hopefully.

I went to the library yesterday with the express purpose of finding fiction books to read for my own enjoyment. I had previously decided that I don’t have time for such luxuries, but quickly discovered that I don’t feel like myself unless I read a few pages of a novel every night. I’m currently reading Sweetbitter, and like it a lot. Next up is The Regional Office is Under Attack! How can you go wrong with such a title?

It has to be said. My eyebrows currently look fantastically big and dark. My gentleman caller has taken to commenting on them because he knows how much I love bushy eyebrows: “hey, your eyebrows look huge today!” I ask for no higher praise than that. Credit to Glossier.

Listening to: Bob Dylan’s “Shelter From the Storm,” Jake Bugg’s “Lightning Bolt,” and yes, “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. Over and over and over.

Following the University of Minnesota men’s basketball team has been one of the highlights of my winter. I was determined this year to follow the team from the beginning of the season, instead of waiting until March Madness to start watching games. This team has seen low lows and high highs, and play with an encouraging amount of heart. Not to mention, shocking my parents with my newfound sports knowledge has been a lot of fun.

My Spring Break is officially commenced. Which means I’ll be … staying in town and studying as usual next week. I’m digging my heels into my major research paper for the semester, and it’s a joy, as always, to work with primary sources. My advisor once described herself as “an archives rat.” I think I’m one, too.

What are you up to this weekend?

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