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What have you been up to?

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In an attempt to make small talk and catch up with people, we often say things like, “How are you doing?” and “What have you been up to?”
Which, if you are like me, may result in similar feelings of panic that come when people ask things like What do you want to do after you graduate?”.
Because a.) I’m not sure how detailed of response people want and b.) my answers change from time to time and so I’m always reevaluating those.
And at the same, my life remains pretty constant and I participate in the same activities over and over again.And since I’m tired of feeling lame by repeating those activities to those who want to know “what I’ve been up to” (whatever that expression even means or asking for), I made a pie chart to carry around and show people what I spend my waking time doing. Yes, I do things like this. Which was partly in honor of pi day yesterday, which we celebrating by singing pi carols around our pi tree, throwing confetti at 9:26:53, eating 14 pies (with many friends), and…

How Not to be a Miserable Peon

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I used the word peon approximately 33 times this week. After about the 16th time, my roommate Carol asked what the heck that even meant. Because to her, it sounded like someone getting peed on. Which I definitely did not mean. So to be clear about the actual definition of peon, let me (okay actually the dictionary) enlighten you:

1.(in Spanish America) a farm worker or unskilled laborer; day laborer. 2.(formerly, especially in Mexico) a person held in servitude to work off debts or other obligations. 3.any person of low social status, especially one who does work regarded as menial or unskilled; drudge.
4. any very poor person



When I use the word peon, I’m not trying to make any racial slurs. I am usually referring to a poor person.
The feeling of being low in social status. A person in unfortunate circumstances. Someone forced to be humble. I often use this word to describe myself in the moments when I feel like a peasant but I’ve already overused the peasant metaphor so I try to use a dif…