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Monday, February 25, 2013

Numbers aren't my thing.

Good news! The research team that I'm on is probably going to be presenting at a conference! 

Bad news: To get there, we have to actually have data ready to go. So, I get to be the Data Monkey and crunch the numbers. At least at first, until we can get a useable amount to put in SPSS. 

Not that I don't love calculating the mean, meadian, and mode of a data set, but numbers all start to look the same after a while. Don't we pay grad students to do this? Don't grad students like, come in on Friday nights and do this sort of thing for fun?!? 

But seriously, if anyone really loves Excel and wants to do this for me... I'll pay you. 


Monday, February 11, 2013

Small Victories

Don't you love the little things that make your day so much better? Yeah.

1. Brenden Roberts admitted that I was right about something. If you know him, this is an extremely  rare occasion. There's a music app called Songza (it's really good, go get it) that is free and has no adds interrupting the music. I told dear Brenden to download it but he was his ever skeptical self and doubted me. Except now he likes it and I was right. SO THERE.

2. Really comfortable work clothes. I have a job in Clemson working for the University's Human Resources department and I spend more time at work than I do in class (yay Senior year!) I only wear business clothes anymore. So it's really really great when said business clothes just so happen to be super comfortable. Today is one of those days. Super soft khakis and a cotton button-down. Yes please.

3. Putting my iPod on shuffle and hearing the exact song I wanted to hear. It's like it knows me. It's either really creepy or really awesome, so I'm gonna go with really awesome.

4. Experimenting with something and it actually turning out okay. Example: I got an LL Bean sweater that was a bit boxy in the shape. I took a risk and decided to use my sewing machine and take the sides in a bit. I had NO IDEA what I was doing WHATSOEVER because I don't know how to alter clothes, but I just started sewing and it just kind of worked. So now my boxy sweater is slightly narrower AND I have another sewing victory under my belt.

It's the little things....


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Can we just talk about something for one second?

Can we just talk about something for a sec?

Can someone tell me WHY women are still making 80 cents for every dollar a man makes?

I know what you're thinking. "Get off your rant, Amanda. There are real reasons for this," you say.

Studies have shown that women, (women in 2013, not 1960!) are still making less than men. Numerous studies have controlled for all possible variables, and are STILL finding this to be true.

But women are more likely to stay home with kids, obviously they'll be making less!

Even when studies control for that. 

Well, women are more likely to work part-time, thus bringing home a smaller salary.

Even if you control for that. 

But women are more likely to be in lower paying occupations, like administration or teaching!

Still less, even when you control for those factors. 

Women are more likely to be in non-technical fields, which pay less than engineering or scientific jobs!

Even if you control for that. 


Seriously, America. Equal pay for equal work? I think it's time to step into this century. Please.




Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Blackberry Scones


On Saturday, my roommates and I decided to get fancy and make blackberry scones for brunch! I found a recipe online from Sarah Jio. I had originally found a recipe form 101 Cookbooks, but it was a little fancy for us, and Sarah's was a little more our speed.

First things first: Blackberries. I've never been a huge fan of blackberries because the seeds are kind of weird, but this batch looked pretty good!


Next we had to do the "mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately, then mix them together" thing. Slowly add in the blackberries until they're mixed throughout the dough. 


Unfortunately, this is where we went wrong.  We ran out of flour and had to add more in later and had to keep stirring. In Sarah Jio's recipe, it says to stir gently as to not crush the blackberries. Well, that's impossible. Especially when you're trying to stir in extra flour that should have made it in the first time around (cough, Rachel, cough). 

Anyway, after we got it all mixed (thanks to Melissa's awesome stirring muscles!) we had crushed a good bit of the blackberries and the dough turned into blue alien goo. BLUE ALIEN GOO. 


I know.... It's kind of freaky. But hey, I've never met a blue scone I didn't like. Our hands got a nice blue tint when we had to form them into the scones. 

The recipe said to make the dough into a ball and then cut it into triangles. Also impossible. So instead we made them into blobs (what, I've seen round scones before! I think.) and baked them on a cookie sheet.  



Well, it was our lucky day because they turned out beautifully! And they tasted fan-freaking-tastic too. 



We made a nice little lemon glaze to pour over them because there wasn't any actual sugar in the scones, and I think that was a nice touch. These are definitely something I'd make again, despite the initial leaving out of flour and mashing the blackberries.  



Another kitchen success. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Now Playing

Because I should be doing homework but can't possibly concentrate, here's a list of the songs making the rounds on my iPod right now.

Domino- Jessie J

Troublemaker- Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida (My current theme song)

I Will Wait- Mumford and Sons

Heartbeat- Childish Gambino (P.S. Donald Glover if you're reading this will you marry me?)

I Knew You Were Trouble- Taylor Swift

American- Lana Del Rey

Brokenhearted- Karmin

Primadonna and How To Be a Heartbreaker- Marina & The Diamonds

Wanted- Hunter Hayes **


** Note: I don't even like country music. At all. But I just...can't...stop...singing...