On My Radar: Week 4

Last week was a health-oriented week for me, and I spent most of my time off of the internet and with an ice pack on my face.

However, I didn’t forget to put together an On My Radar post because the nature of my career has me researching interesting topics all the time!

With all of that said, here are some of the top things that were on my radar last week:

ONE // How the passage of time is perceived can change depending on what country/culture you’re in.

I came across this LA Times article after an interesting 60+ comment spree erupted after an acquaintance posted wondering why people who are consistently late never appear to change their ways. The comments came from those guilty of being late and from many people hating on others for being late.

Many excuses vary from “it’s how I am” to social anxiety to culture. Then, someone shared this article, and I was instantly reminded of some of my linguistics class discussions surrounding how our language can reveal things about our culture. For example, we have the saying to not waste time which makes time quantifiable. And that is how we treat time in the American culture. If you aren’t using time, you’re wasting it.

It’s definitely an interesting read, and it’s interesting to evaluate how each of us thinks about time.

TWO //  Goodwill has 99 cent Sundays…

…which makes putting together a Halloween costume much easier! Daniel and I are going as Steve and Blue from Blues Clues, and I needed to find an all-blue outfit. I found two excellent options for 99 cents per piece, and Daniel found a Steve-esque sweater, too.

I haven’t been able to figure out whether this applies to all Goodwill locations or just the ones from around my area. However, it’s always a good alternative for a costume that I can wear at times other than Halloween. It definitely beats spending $30+ on one I’ll never wear again.

THREE // Daniel and I are thinking of becoming a Big Couple!

Chances are, you’ve probably heard of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of America. It’s where adults are matched up with an eligible child, and, by spending time with them multiple times a month, you can help them become more successful, more confident, and you can give your Little a great friendship.

I’ve always been interested in the program, and now that I’m eligible (and graduated), I decided to research it a bit more. So, while looking into it, I came across the opportunity to become a Big Couple. If accepted, Daniel and I would most likely be matched with a boy between the ages of 8 and 14 based on our interests. Hopefully all will go well with the application process.

The organization is focused on safety and education, while letting the Little have a good time. With such requirements, they have an extensive application and acceptance process, so I might not become a Big for a while, but I will update as soon as I know anything!

That’s all for this post. Keep Reading!

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