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Life Update 6/13/18

Hi busy bees! This is Dori here, updating you on my life. So buckle up, buttercups.

There really hasn't been much change since May! So I graduated with my master's degree. The debt I have is scary. Education is great, but, HOT DAMN, it is not free. Next stop: doctorate?

I got a full-time job! I'm a shift supervisor at Rite Aid. It's rough working 40 hour weeks but it's been a month and I've learned so much! I close for the first time by myself tomorrow and I'm nervous and excited to be on my own (+cashiers). I get paid decent and my store manager and assistant manager are the coolest. I often forget I'm at work and feel like I'm working on a project with some friends. I just wish we were allowed to utilize social media. Because it's the nicest Rite Aid with so many products, especially liquor.

Otherwise, things are pretty quiet/the same. We are going to start kicking butt on the remodel of our house. We have some things we want to change and …

Absent

Hello, strangers. I miss you all. I've been absent. Absent from the blog. Mostly absent from social media. Absent from friends. Absent from life.

I have been busy and my life is becoming a blur. My body isn't used to this new routine of waking up early, working long hours, lifting, walking around 5 miles a day, and so on. My body doesn't like it. My brain is exhausted beyond belief. It's been less than a month since I graduated with my master's and got a full-time job. I love my job, but I've yet to settle into a routine. I feel like I'm drowning. How will I have time to exist?!

This has caused me to be super absent from many aspects of my life. I hate it. I like to have balance. I'm lacking so much balance. I love my job. I love blogging. I love my friends and family. I love it all, but I'm in a weird funk of hectic mess.

I'll figure it out eventually...

How Music Connects with Memories

Last night, I went to a concert in Cincinnati, Ohio. I saw New Found Glory, Bayside, The Movielife, and Ryan Key (solo act; from Yellowcard). During Ryan's set, he played "Ocean Avenue" by Yellowcard. The entire room sang-a-long with such emotion. I swear you could taste it. But, this made me really start reminiscing about moments and people that I associate with that song. I think of living in Myrtle Beach, first and foremost. I remember when that song was released and it would play on the radio constantly. I remember driving down Holmestown Road with the windows down a little, singing it as loud as I could. The next song to play was "Humps" by the Black-Eyed Peas. I think of the childhood crush that I associated this song with at the time. Yellowcard, overall, makes me think of Kelly McKinney and the summer days & nights we would spend together, blasting Yellowcard loud in the VW bug. It's insane how many associates people can make from music.

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April 2018 Television Renewals and Cancellations

It's May 9th.... I'm a little late. Hello! Hi! Ciao bella! Yes, I called you beautiful. What isn't beautiful is the shows we lost this month... It's sad. Be prepared to say goodbye, but don't fret... some longtime favorites have survived. Let's get ready to rumble.

Cancellations

Shades of Blue (NBC) will end with its upcoming 3rd season (premiering in June 2018)Everything Sucks (Netflix)The Quad (BET)Homeland (Showtime) Seven Seconds (Netflix)Taken (NBC) Living Bibically (CBS)Ash vs Evil Dead (Starz) The Path (Hulu) Here and Now (HBO)
Renewals

Arrow (CW)Black Lightning (CW)Dynasty (CW)The Flash (CW)Jane the Virgin (CW)Legends of Tomorrow (CW)Riverdale (CW)Supergirl (CW) Supernatural (CW)Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW) - Season 4 is likely the last season.Killing Eve (BBC America) - Season 2Mom (CBS) - Season 6Alexa & Katie (Netflix) - Season 2Barry (HBO) - Season 2Silicon Valley (HBO) - Season 6Broad City (Comedy Central) - Season 5 (Final season)Marvel's Jessica …

Life Update: 5/7/2018

The first part of my life update is to let you know that I got Ben and Jerry's ice cream on my 8 button and now I'm incredibly sad because it's sticky. Now let's get onto the actual update since my addiction to non-dairy delicious ice cream is not really an update. It's a constant.

Let's see...

Since April, I've had a lot of ups and downs in every aspect of my life. The week of my surgery was rough. My stepfather had a seizure at home (which in the last month... we have found out that no one can figure out why). It was the scariest situation because I've never had to call 9-1-1 before for a medical emergency and I felt completely helpless. Thankfully, he's okay now. A few days after that, I had surgery on my nose. It was gross and maybe one day I'll write a blog about the process. It happened on April 13th (Friday the 13th, woo!). I had a septoplasty, biturbinate reduction, and something to do with a concha bullosa. I have no idea what really an…

Why should I get a degree?

It's funny. I graduated high school in 2010. The main thing our guidance counselors shoved into our brains was that we had to get a degree to succeed. This may be true if you become a doctor or maybe a lawyer, but other degrees do not have the same output. Success tends to be measured by happiness and money. Degrees such as education, criminal justice, and others do not have the same income as others (like accounting, law, pre-med/medical school, etc.). 
So what is the purpose of getting a degree if that's true? Why put yourself into debt? What is the benefit of getting a degree? 
Honestly, it's up to the person. For example, my dream job is to be a professor. For me to do that, I have to get a master's degree to teach at a community college (associate/bachelor level) and a doctorate to teach at a university (undergraduate and graduate). For me to achieve my dream job, I have to get a degree. It also means that I get to go heavily in debt. I regret not doing better in …

Felon Disenfranchsement: Why Felons Deserve the Right to Vote

Felon Disenfranchisement: Why Felons Deserve the Right to Vote Dori McDonough West Virginia State University Spring 2016

Abstract Felon disenfranchisement, in regards to voting, effects several Americans in the United States. Felon disenfranchisement is when people are prohibited from voting due to being convicted of a felony. The purpose of this paper is to analyze felon disenfranchisement in regards to voting rights. First, I will review the history of felon disenfranchisement. Then, I will assess how felon disenfranchisement causes further racial disparities in the United States. Finally, I will justify why felons deserve the right to vote. I concluded and data suggested felon disenfranchisement causes more harm than good. Felon disenfranchisement affects all United States citizens, not just felons.

Felon Disenfranchisement: Why Felons Deserve the Right to Vote      Felon disenfranchisement, in regards to voting, effects several Americans in the United States. Felon disenfranchisem…