I just picked a coworker’s name out of a hat — and now I have until December 17th to get something good (for under $15 bucks) and make a dish for our holiday potluck. Hmm. What to get…what to get….? And what to make…what to make?
Update: As weird as this sounds, gifting someone here a book/DVD/CD would be strange, because we constantly receive them. (And my person is a female who has been working here a very, very long time.)
“I’ve been acting since I was 11. I’ve gotten to have so many amazing experiences and work with so many amazing people that it’s been sort of a school for me. Having the opportunity to go to university, … [I realized that] I wanted to take advantage of everything I could. And psychology seemed also a way where I could learn things that would be eventually helpful to my acting career without actually taking acting classes.”—Natalie Portman, on going to Harvard University to study psychology, in an interview on Fresh Air 11/30/10.
“I am an actor who believes film is the director’s medium. And I got along so well with [director] Ang Lee [on Brokeback Mountain] because I showed up and said ‘What color do you need me to be today in your painting?’ I was so happy to serve him and his story and his vision, so I would just do anything he told me to do.”—Anne Hathaway discussing her role in Brokeback Mountain, in an interview on Fresh Air.
As the oldest, I approve: Several surveys and studies conducted throughout the years have found that firstborns do edge out later-borns in lots of high-achieving professions, from corporate CEOs to college professors to U.S. presidents and Supreme Court justices. There’s even evidence that firstborn children are about 3 IQ points smarter than their second-born siblings. Question: Does this hold true in your family?