Thursday, May 23, 2013

I Make a Difference, Now What About You

I love Pinterest. I think it's spectacular. I think whoever made it is probably swimming in a vault of dolla-dolla-bills yall as if he/she is Mr. Scrooge. And you know what? I hope that is the case, because he/she deserves it for creating something that blows my mind and occupies my time and sequesters my bordem all at once. My dear brother, Kevin, wants to find out how to invest in Pinterest because he wants a cut of that cash, and if he finds it - I want in, too.

All this to say, I came across this video on Pinterest today, and I couldn't help but share it. Working in the field of education, and having so many friends as teachers, this video made me want to give a standing ovation. Go ahead, watch it while I hop on my soap box....


The opening line is this:

"You see, the problem with teachers is
what is a kid gonna learn from someone
who decided his best option in life
was to become a teacher?"

And you know what, I have had some really crappy teachers. We all have. Teachers who broke me down to build themselves up, teachers who could have cared less. Teachers who shouldn't teach because they don't care about kids. We've all been there, and it's the pits.

But...

You know what else? I have had some outstanding teachers too. Teachers who challenged me. Teachers who taught me more than math or history, but who taught me about life. Teachers who shaped and molded the person I am today, simply by being teachers. There was Mrs. Wayman who taught me not to give up when she said it was okay to stumble when I read aloud. And Mrs. Sanders who molded my literary mind when she made me love to read. And there was Mr. Adams who challenged me not to be mediocre by teaching me multiplication tables. And Mrs. Constantine who taught me not to act dumb to appear less intimidating to boys while teaching me American history. And Mr. Harlin who showed me that good things come to those who wait when he taught me how to write DBQs. And Ms. Stice who taught me to open my eyes to others opinions when she handed me a pocket Constitution. And that's just elementary through high school - don't even get me started on how Laura Stansell and Sally Parish and Kathy Jones changed my life in college - that's a soap box of I'll never get off!

I have had some amazing teachers. Men and women I am so thrilled chose to become educators when they could have been doctors or lawyers or CEOs and bringing home better bacon. One of those fantastic teachers who shall rename unidentified told me senior year of high school that I was "too smart to be a teacher." And I will never forget that. I'm sure it was meant to be a compliment, and I appreciated that teacher saying I'm intelligent. But it's devastating to me that that mindset is what educators are up against. We should be doing cartwheels into schools knowing that we are learning from men and women who are smart enough to be doing anything else.....

So. Thank a teacher today - academic or otherwise. Without them, you wouldn't know how to read, write, count, share, or really, be you! I'd like to say a special "thank you" to all of the wonderful teachers listed above, and to Katie and Julia for braving this mindset - I envy the students you will teach! I am so proud of you both!! You know I'd quadruple your salary if I could :)

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The Keys with The Katies

So...two months to the date without a post...basically I'm the worst blogger ever. My sincerest apologies to whoever may actually read this (what up, Hilly). So let's play catch up...first on the agenda? My vacation to The Keys with Katie and Katie and the first Katie's family...yep...this will get confusing. 

My college roommate, Katie, has two close friends from high school - both also named Katie. So, two Katies and I went down to The Keys for "Spring Break" (they're both teachers and actually have Spring Break....I just have vacation days haha). And of course there was no shortage of food or cocktails...


We honestly just spent the entire week laying by the pool at the fantastic house where we stayed on Key Colony Beach. We enjoyed time with each other, and Katie's family came down for their Spring Break and we loved spending time with all of them, too! Lots of sun, good food, great cocktails, and amazing friends :-)


We took one night and got all dolled up and drove down to my favorite restaurant ever - The Southern Most Cafe in Key West. Last year, Katie and I ate there and I had the most fantastic fish just smothered in the most dreamy lobster hollandaise sauce that you could ever imagine. When I say dreamy, I mean it - I literally dream about this meal. When we returned this year, there was no hollandaise in sight. I was disappointed that I couldn't revisit my all time favorite meal, but the lobster mac and cheese I got instead was just about as dreamy. And the truffle fries with parmesan? Honey...those babies will change you. If you haven't noticed yet, I am a huge foodie....and yes, I realize I have a problem.


The Keys are just incredible. It is simply the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I'm sure like anywhere, if I lived there full time, it would lose it's wonder after a while, but I just love love love love that place....check out some of the views...


I also discovered the Vine App during this trip...for those of you who are unaware, it's basically Instagram, but for videos, and it's fantastic! So you can check out some of our videos here, just click on the image if it's not already playing and make sure it's not muted by scrolling over the top left corner of the video....complicated I know...sorry folks....

Just enjoying the view...



And the nighttime view...




Katie getting excited for dinner...



Katie and I dancing the night away! It really is a shame we didn't get the Footloose dance on film. For those of you who know me well, I love to dance to "Footloose." And it is a workout, my friends. Footloose aint for pansies. Katie will tell ya....



One night, all of us girls hung out laughing and talking and having so much fun! I honestly was sobbing from laughing so hard. And then the impressions began, and that's when I just about stopped breathing. Megan did a spot-on imitation of the girl in the newest Pixar film, "Brave:"


And then Kelly had us rolling in laughter by impersonating a woman on her Long Island campus who was discussing "The South" with her before her flight down to The Keys...



That night was not complete, however, until some intense games of Spoons! I kid you not, we played at least twenty rounds, and I'm honestly surprised there were no injuries! And, yes, I'm aware of how unattractive my spoon-stealing face is...


We had the best time! I just hate how quickly the time flew by. Before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye to The Keys...that is, until next year....


Special thanks to the Hubbell family for being so all-around spectacular and allowing me to crash your vacation - I love yall to the moon and back! 

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