Describe a little thing — one of the things you love that defines your world but is often overlooked.
I’ve assigned this Daily Prompt to my blogging students today, so obvi, I needed to write it myself.
The first thing that pops into my head whenever I see the words “Little Things” is a shock of nostalgia, one of my favorites from my teenage years:
I love nostalgia. It is the ultimate little thing that makes me feel alive. Nostalgia shoots me back (in this case to age 14 in 1994) while at the same time making feel
old evolved and accomplished.
One of the best things in life is friday happy hour with friends — I think almost everyone (of age) can agree. The thing that shoots it to the moon? Fantastic 90′s music spontaneously popping on the jukebox. Friday is just around the corner. Yessssss!!!!
This week, my friend Genny and I started a blogging intensive. It started out a bit rough, with heaps of
bitching and moaning reluctant energy such as “I wanted the camping intensive” and “this is soooo boring, I’m not coming to school this week”. Thankfully most, if not all of the negativity has died down (with the help of a few key absences, I’m sad to say). The kids are blogging away and creating some really great stuff so far! It really warms my little heart to see such awesomeness come out of them in such a short time. It’s a bit mind blowing to see how much they are capable of when they’re given free reign to create whatever it is they are interested in. We give them such little time in the regular school day to explore and work with these interests in a productive way, as we are all so consumed by the urgency of tests, grades and graduation. We (teachers) also assume or hope that they have enough direction and/or resources to explore these interests on their own outside of school. Sometimes we assume correctly and other times, not.
In the past three days, my kids have created blogs about gaming, music, food, fitness, sports and the apocalypse. Granted, they’re not perfect and they leave much to be desired in terms of grammar and punctuation (along with a bit of misinformation), but it’s a great start. I can’t wait to see how their blogs evolve over time. Fingers crossed they keep it up well after this week-long intensive ends! Check them out here:
I snapped a few pictures of some kiddos working hard and hardly working on the their blogs using WordPress.com (of course). <old lady rant> Teens these days have it so easy. When I was their age (’95), we created websites practically from scratch using actual html tags! </old lady rant>
Also, a pic of the teachers, a bit too up close and personal for some. #selfie…ish
Major thanks to Michelle and B for coming out to expert-talk with the kids about blogging. They buzzed about it for a bit afterwards and they now quote “we should write how we speak!” New goal for the kids: land yourself on Freshly Pressed!!
There’s no great way to start writing this post without giving a huge shout out and thank you to my bro-in-law for being my friend in a high place. Thanks, Dave (with my sister, below) for bringing me along to the White House Correspondents Dinner Pre-party event (not to be confused with the actual dinner). Next year? ;)
The night started off with me feeling very out of place and awkward – like a teenage kid being brought along to adult parties. It’s not every day I get dressed up in fancy gowns (first time, actually), and I don’t normally hobnob with politicians/reporters/celebrities. Pretty much a complete 180 from my usual crowd: teenagers with fart jokes. The awkwardness eventually gave way once I figured out how to maneuver around with such a long dress and stopped worrying about my bra showing. Getting to see Bradley Cooper helped up the fun factor immensely (as did a martini or two). I also got to molest a cardboard cut out of Conan. My night was complete.
gown: bcbg on super sale
It’s been a week or so since I’ve been here. My school just finished with our “SQR” – School Quality Review, where we have to prove that we are teaching. That is, teaching kids the way they want us to – formulaically with speaking, writing and reading - completely focused on the Common Core in every single class. So of course, since I work with a kick ass staff of dedicated insanely hardworking and collaborative people, we blew the dog and pony show out of the water. Needless to say, we were all pulling 12 hour days (buffering those long days on the weekends with beer while we work) and stressed to the max. So here’s a collection of bits and pieces from the past week.
I took a quick jaunt down to DC this weekend to meet my new niece Josephine (JoJo) Rei. She is just 3 weeks old right now and pretty much a feeding – pooping – sleeping machine, albeit a cute one in a bear outfit. I was chomping at the bit to see her and cuddle her, so the 4 hour bus ride was worth it. Also, it’s been 6 months since I’ve seen my mom, and she had salted pork jook (congee) waiting for me. Bonus!
Happy Lunar New Year! I have fond memories of celebrating Chinese new year as a kid, great food, firecracker papers turning the streets of Chinatown red and lion dances everywhere (along with heaps of money that I never was allowed to keep!). This new year is extra special for me though, because I have a new baby! Not really me, but close enough (actually, as close as it’s ever going to get). My sister pushed one out yesterday, her first, my niece Josephine Rei. You know how they say that even if you don’t like kids, you’ll love your own? I hate kids, but I already love this one, and I haven’t even met her in person yet. When I heard that my sister was in labor I was like a proud parent, telling everyone who would listen. I even went out and bought my crew Dunkin Doughnuts for an impromptu celebration (I never advocate for teens eating horribly unhealthy sugar and fat ladden treats, but this time it’s special). Josephine (JoJo) made it right in time to be a Dragon baby. One thing is for damn sure, she already has a dragon grip on me. I got to meet her right away over face-time (I love technology). Normally I think all babies look a bit like aliens. but
Jojo is perfect.
Gong Hay Fat Choi! Happy year of the snake!
No news here, just some new additions:
New hair – free, through the Model Project at Bumble and Bumble University. I don’t know when I started to get so cheap about my hair. In my early 20′s I used to have a regular stylist whom I visited religiously every 6 weeks to get my hair cut/colored/touched etc. I guess all that eventually gave me wallet fatigue, because I stopped doing much with my hair in my mid 20′s. It whittled down from $150 haircuts to $60 cuts to $12 Great Clips cuts to $0 sister with a pair to Friskars cuts.
New hole – B was out of town last weekend and I was bored on Saturday night but also didn’t feel like going all the way to Williamsburg to meet a friend for drinks. I’m no stranger to piercings (see here, here and here), so I headed to my friendly neighborhood shop, The End is Near. Hello new anti-tragus hole. It’s still swollen and the skin around it is flaking, but it’s healing nicely now. For those who have to ask, no, getting it done didn’t hurt. But the aftercare/healing hella hurts.
New stripey top – I went shopping yesterday and picked up a number of t-shirt type tops from Forever 21 and H&M. This one, from F21, is supposed to be a dress. But with my freakishly long torso and 6’0″ frame, it’s a shirt, albeit a long shirt. I like the stripes (like everyone else in the blogosphere/world, I love nautical stripes) and the little pocket on the boobie. It will be good for a lazy, I don’t want to think in the morning item to throw on for the classroom.
On that note, I haven’t been posting lately. I’ve been lazy and I haven’t bothered with being inventive with my wardrobe. So what have I been wearing lately? See this post and this post. That’s basically it, along with about 4 layers of sweaters, coats, scarves and hat because it’s been damn cold here in NY.
I’ve been listening to New Edition lately. I’m nostalgic for the days of classic R&B where they didn’t feel the need to include words like bitches, hoes, bootie, and ‘got your girl workin for me’. So, here’s a little palate cleanser.
Things that have been doing it for me lately, things that tickle that little happy place in my brain/heart.
1. Safari animal heads to hold my necklaces.
2. My newest addition from Retro Whale. West Side fo’ life.
3. Hella whiskey. B is getting quite a collection going.
4. A new watch (RIP the old MBMJ watch) and He, the holy Flying Spaghetti Monster with his noodley appendage, a broach.
5. Magazine rack built by B for us, from this DIY post.
6. Happy Bambi feet. I love my little punk ass dog so much.
P.S. Thanks B, for #1, #2, and #4 <3
nails from the past few months, from my instagram.