Monday, July 28, 2014

"Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us." -David Richo

I need to thank Oprah for that quote it came in an e-mail this morning.  I don't know who David Richo is but this seems like a solid idea and I am going to read more about him and his work later.

Onto the most boring/exciting weekend, you read that right, boring/exciting.  For all the things that weren't awesome and kind of left me bored there were equally exciting things.  Normally, I would let the boring parts bring me down to the most tiring, lifeless levels instead, I channeled it into exciting things, things that I was ok with doing by myself.  I did have The Kinks "Tired of Waiting" playing repeat in my head.

Well, Friday night, you read about Friday night right?  It is the previous post.  Saturday, I woke up bright and early to drive to New Jersey because my friend was in town from Missouri.  We had a morning walk around Moorestown, where we talked about relationships, teaching, art, some of the things I don't normally talk about with people, particularly the teaching and art aspect.  We saw an awesome house for rent, which I used my company's app to find (this thing is in the test phase and I'm really trying to break it).  We also saw two hawks, maybe they were hawks, they were big.  There just happened to be a bird massacre, feathers sprawled across the front yard which had us looking up for whatever did it.   Then, we went to breakfast where I just wanted pancakes, delicious, delicious pancakes.  I housed almost five of them and then two eggs on top of that.  I drove back to Pennsylvania to go about my day.

I laid about trying to work on the rest of my resume.  I was paused for most of the day, which made me think that I should have just went swimming at my friend's Uncle's house.  I did manage to convince myself to go get a pedicure, which I don't normally do.  It is some girly crap but, it was nice to get out of the house and just be ok being by myself.  In the evening, I was looking forward to catching Dazed & Confused outside at Liberty Lands but, the person I was supposed to go with apparently, took a nap at 3pm and didn't wake up until after midnight.  I was a bit bummed but, why am I relying on others to do things?  This lack of hanging out prompted me to sign up for Stand Up Paddleboarding with LL Bean.  Yep, I am just trying to put all those negatives into positives.

I went to bed relatively early after re-watching the first episode of the third season of Sherlock.  If you are on a break, do you wait to figure out if you are going to watch a series together?  I don't know...I'm going to do it.  I needed some witty Britishness to help work the funk out.  I woke up early and prepared for Stand Up Paddleboarding, it was something that was on my list of things to try.  It was only $20 with LL Bean and it was a group of 5 with an instructor, which is awesome.  I rolled up to Marsh Creek, late as per usual.  I am the type of person that when a sign says ROAD CLOSED in this many feet, I really want to see it to believe it.  It was.  I had to back track a little.

Stand up Paddleboarding was pretty interesting.  I was ok for awhile, standing and paddling, my knees were shaking a lot.  You know, I'm not used to standing on a board, on water, propelling myself from one place to another.  I was good...I was good...I was good....a boat went by and produced a little wake...still good...still good.  BAM...I think I lost my concentration and down I went, right into the water.  I did NOT lose my paddle and was able to hoist myself back on the board.  The second time I fell, I have no idea what happened.  Hoisted back up again.  Someone yelled a tip, move up further so I would have better balance.  I did that, it seemed to work.  On the way back, I did have to do some kneeled/sit down paddling.  When the wind and the water somehow float you into a large piece of driftwood because all of your paddling efforts are disregarded by nature, you kneel and paddle your face off.  It was fun, I'll admit it.  I will probably do it again.

I came home and then, was hoping to hang out with my niece's Mom but, she decided to stay in.  Getting used to being by myself (again) I headed down to Passyunk Ave for the street festival-car show-craft fair.  I got there just in time to still see the cars and buy a few things and stopped by my friend's shop Volta Market for iced tea, lots of iced tea and some chit chat.  It is an awesome spot and Lisa the owner and her family are pretty great people.

I drove to South Street to pick up my friend and just drove him the ferry to Jersey, it was a good little car ride.  Then, I headed to have dinner with my niece, my brother, and his girlfriend.  We ended up at Watkin's Drinkery, it was weird going into a bar with a kid, also, I was so freakin' hungry and it felt like it took forever to get the food.  It was delicious but, maybe too much on the sweet side.  I ordered banana pakoras and cauliflower tempeh curry.  The tempeh was maybe the best prepped I ever had. Then, we went and got gelato which my niece was pretty much in love with the swivel chairs, and drinking the melted gelato.

After this long, long day and weekend I was kept up at night by some amazing but, loud and bright thunderstorms rolling through the area.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday night, Lonely night (sing to the tune of Holy night)

I have been fishing around for teaching resources.  I somehow came upon a site about Connected Learning.  I am telling you, it is all about discovery on Google+, who knew I was missing so much.  Regardless, I ended up spending an hour watching this webinar from last month and the woman who wrote the book I am currently reading is taking part of the discussion.  Just a little odd.  

I was supposed to be working on my resume, I think I have to just rip through a couple paper ones and see it where it gets me in the end.  Seriously, it is probably one of the most difficult things for me to do, I even went back over the slides from the resume class.  I have a hard time with making myself sound so awesome, I know I am but, how do you convey it to another person whom you have never met?  It is difficult.  

I also spent a portion of my day researching things in Orlando, Florida.  There is a pretty decent job there but, it would be interesting how I handle the heat and the humidity.  I can mull over this all I want, I still need to apply.  

I rejoined Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.  I've been getting mail from them for years to renew and I must admit I enjoyed reading the magazine they sent.  I am looking into the Association for Educational Communication and Technology.  Based on the way technology is taking education by storm it might be a useful organization to belong to.  That is still being debated.  

I had some really good thoughts today.  I have some truly amazing friends all over the country that are so supportive and remind me to be productive with my time.  They tell me what they are thinking and have no fear in sharing and I am glad that they are in my life.  

On another note, I miss the dude.  Moving on....

Club Bed is calling.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"You see I do what they can't do, I just do me....."

Having great focus is awesome and getting stuff done amazing.  What do you do when you feel your momentum wane?  I just feel run down, maybe from work, running around to appointments, figuring out the awesome things to learn on the internet about teaching, education, art, and technology.  I put up the roadblock of not being a wordsmith and maybe not coming up with an awesome resume.  Which is a total joke, honestly.  DO THE RESUME. DO IT!

The resume workshop I attended last week was mind blowing but, it requires A LOT of focus to redo your resume.  You need to scrap what you have, it is totally completely useless in it's current format.  Which is a hard pill to swallow, just delete and recreate.  I let a plethora of people read the snippet of my resume that was re-written for the workshop and they just were like, wow, this sounds so amazing.  You are aiming for the impact you will have on a company.  I would recommend Anthony Gold, from Anthony's Desk , he is a wealth of knowledge and resources.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Preparing for the worst but, hoping for the best.

I used that phrase today, "I am preparing for the worst but, hoping for the best."  All I can do is move forward, clumsily but, forward.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


I went on a wild laptop hunt today.  I had pretty much made up my mind, I did NOT want a Windows 8 machine and I did NOT want a touchscreen.  I immediately gravitated towards a Mac, you know because I want to hip.  HIP.  I ended up with a MacBook Air.  I have already changed settings and figured out what I'm doing for the most part.  It is pretty exciting!  I am looking forward to all sorts of awesome things to do with it.  Since, those animated shorts were just so amazing yesterday, I may save up for an animation program (yes!).  Otherwise, not much else to report on today.  Uploading all of the photos to flickr, ALLof the photos.  There are a lot, just for back up and to organize later.

There was a lot of missing of a certain person today.  That is all.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Why is that man smoking under the misting station?

I started to read a book by Meenoo Rami called 'Thrive; 5 ways to (Re)Invigorate your Teaching', the main focus is finding mentors.  Which I came to realize that I don't really have any mentors and maybe that is part of the issue with this teaching business.  Also, there was a mention of Susan Cain in the book, this was the 3rd time in two days I heard mention of her.  It was time to listen to her TED talk....The Power of Introverts.


and there was also this wonderful post written from Art Project Girl: Teach like an INTROVERT.

I don't really know where I was going with this introvert chat but, maybe I figured I would put it out there in the universe. 

In other news, I hung out with some friends of mine at Artscrape in Baltimore.  I really did see a man smoking a cigarette under a misting station.  All he really needed was to be in his undies, which he could have been, because there was a pants check (like a coat check).  We watched animated shorts, a dance demonstration and lesson (I am not too uncoordinated), art and more art, craft fair, free stuff, art cars, and people watching.  I had a pretty solid day.  On the way back we hit up a grocery store going out of business, which is weird, mostly empty shelves and bright signs saying 30% off all groceries and then, we went to outlet stores in Perryville, Maryland, it was quiet and closed, filled with empty stores.  Both of these places were on the verge of being abandoned and what happens to the economy all around and the effects.  Kind of crazy and super creepy.  

Anyway, I am home and my eyes are narrowing on the computer screen and I'm stretching my mouth with nice, big yawns.

Today was a good day.

Friday, July 18, 2014

"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall."

My brain is still humming loudly from what I learned yesterday. From remembering how to prepare well for an interview, taking in hours upon hours of art education knowledge, and lastly having my idea of a resume challenged and reshaped. right.  

I haven't had an interview for a teaching job in a couple of years, throw in a phone and it has been even longer. I am so very thankful for the assistant principal to agree to it, it helped me recognize how much more prepared I have to be. I need to be articulate, confident, and always have relevant and thoughtful questions.  

The Art of Education had an on-line art education conference. Filled with short video presentations from educators around the USA. There were a couple I was really energized for but, some of them I wish they were conveying their knowledge to me in person to add more enthusiasm. I don't doubt that it is there, some just felt a little flat.  

After a quick dinner, I drove into the coty for a resume workshop hosted by Girl Develop It and Anthony Gold. MY MIND WAS BLOWN! I get to rewrite my resume and question myself every single step. 

I can not forget the awesome mail from yesterday. My niece (her mom) sent me a super awesome card of monsters, Bree sent a postcard from Italy, and Mo sent me a package of shirts, Girl Dwvelop It swag and Detroit items (never been but it may be love at first sight when I do get there).