Monday, April 21, 2014

Inspiration Monday: Colton

I'm about to tell you one of my most favorite stories about one of my most favorite people & I'm super excited about it!

I've known Colton since October 2007 when he became a student in my AP English Literature class online. He was a senior in high school & from our first conversation, I knew that I had a new favorite student (it's true, we have favorites...there are some students I connect with more than others, just like people in any situation in life).

We stayed in touch throughout Colton's college career (facebook IS good for some things): he had dual majors of English Literature & English Education. Just when I thought I couldn't be prouder, during Colton's senior year, he became my intern for two semesters. Naturally he excelled. (He excels at everything: he won so many awards in college that I use him as an example of "understatement" when I say that he did "OK" in college.)
Staff Conference 2011: First time I met Colton in real life!
Immediately after graduation, Colton was hired (of course) & became part of my team (of course). For the past 2 years, I've been his Lead Teacher (I'm sort of like a supervisor, but more like a helper), watching him learn & grow as an educator. Not only has he become an amazing English teacher, he has also pursued a Master's Degree in Publishing (I just read his thesis about the history of young adult literature & the role of censorship, SO rad!) & he graduates next month! Squeee! And just last week, I wrote him a recommendation letter (the 4th rec letter I've written for him) for a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. More squeee!
Staff Conference 2013
Every day, I am impressed with Colton's drive to succeed & his unending compassion as he interacts with his students & his colleagues. I am honored that he chose to become an English teacher & I am honored to work with him. Spending all day in IM with him is the highlight of every single workday. Not only is he my "work son," but he's also one of my very best friends.

Colton has said that one day he'd like to be our CEO. It wouldn't surprise me one bit. It also wouldn't surprise me if within 5 years, he'd be my boss. I hope he'll give me a raise!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Springtime Saturday in Philly

I went for a frolic today. Frolic is, of course, LJ for walk. This is what I saw.
many trees are flowering
not vegan friendly, but friendly nonetheless
people in Kahn Park...which isn't really that much of a park
more flowering trees
people in Washington Square Park...which is definitely more of a park
red doors. blue doors.
springtime selfie
Get out & enjoy the day if you haven't already! It's never too late for a frolic!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Another Thankful Thursday on a Friday

What? Thankful Friday? Yesterday was pretty much the worst day of my weeks of being sick. I went to 2 meetings for work while in bed, then rolled over & took a 2-hour nap. So yeah, that was my Thursday.

OK, so with a cold that has lasted almost 3 weeks that turned into a sinus infection while also having my period for going on 9 days, I still have time to be thankful.

This week, I am thankful for:
  • Being able to rally when it really mattered, despite feeling like shit. I had a good visit with my friend Kenda last week, scored some great vintage at the flea market last Saturday, got through my step-sister's wedding on Sunday, & made it to the Humane League's Philly Veg Dining Guide Release Party on Wednesday where I hung with old & new friends! 
    I look like such a weirdo. I AM such a weirdo.
  • My dad's friend's son-in-law, who is now my conveniently located primary care physician. He gave me antibiotics on Wednesday. They seem to be starting to work.
  • Instacart. I had groceries delivered & then I made soup. Because nobody needs to rally to go to Whole Foods.
  • Coconut oil. Without it, I'm pretty sure my nose would have like fallen off or something. Even with coconut oil, it's raw & red & hurty. But it could be worse.
  • Working from home. I can get my shit done & take care of myself. Win-win.
Oh just doing professional development. In bed.
That's enough of a list, don't you think? Of course, I'm always thankful for YOU, dear readers. It's nice to know that people are reading my ramblings. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Inspiration Monday

I'm not feeling inspired today. I feel sick & triggered & mad at the world.

My friends are still awesome & inspiring, but I'm just not feeling it today. The friend I was actually thinking about writing about today is even getting to me.

So what do you think, dear readers? Can I put this on you this week? Please tell me about someone who inspires YOU! It might even help lift me out of my funk.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Philly Veg Dining Guide Release Party

Did you know that there's a Philly Vegan Drinks that meets once a month at one of my favorite places, Tattooed Mom?

And did you know that this coming week, on Wednesday April 16 at 7pm, there is going to be an extra special Philly Vegan Drinks at Tattooed Mom?

Yes! It's true! It's the Release Party for The Humane League's Philly Veg Dining Guide. You don't want to miss this! Lots of goodies from lots of vegan-friendly jawns & lots of awesome vegan peeps! Don't Miss it! If you haven't RSVPed, yet, here's the link.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Oops. Forgot to post yesterday. I guess I'm thankful that nobody really cares, right? I really like focusing on the little things for this one, it was fun making a quick list like I did a couple weeks ago, so here it is.

I'm thankful for:
  • The wireless mouse I found in a box in my desk that still works.
  • That even though the weather is improving, my building management hasn't switched our system from heat to AC too soon like they did last April.
  • That the weather is improving. 70s for the next 4 days!
  • That I only worked 2 days this week.
  • That I got to spend about 36 hours with my friend Kenda who I see so rarely. 
  • That we ate at Vedge this week.
  • That my friend Betty & I are making a point of connecting more frequently.
  • That I'm connecting with more Yelp friends, especially the Yelp vegans.
  • Outdoor Flea Market Season!
  • That it's payday & after paying my bills, I have plenty left to treat myself. To these. And these. And this.
I could go on. But I need to get some work done & have some breakfast so I can go outside & frolic in the beautiful weather.

But before I go, if you haven't commented on my previous post about the dentist (& you haven't because nobody has) & you're interested in trying to win a giftcard, go there & comment now. If not, I'm thankful I have friends to give these giftcards to anyway. :)

Oh, & as always, I leave you with the opportunity to comment here or tweet at me something you're thankful for!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"It's Like a Spa Day for your Mouth!"

The title of this post comes from Chloe, my dental hygienist at Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia, & I think that's a great way to think about a trip to the dentist. The dentist is not something that you have to fear or suffer through: it's an important part of your self care & it can really be a positive experience, especially with the staff at Premier Dentistry!
Smile! Floss!
I've always enjoyed the dentist, but from my perspective (based on other life experiences), part of getting over that dread, is simply an attitude change. Thinking of it as a Spa Day for your Mouth puts a positive spin on it, & the friendly attitude at Premier Dentistry will help you feel immediately comfortable enough to discuss your what you need.

What I love about Premier Dentistry is that it's a judgment free zone. You haven't been to the dentist in years & you rarely floss? Don't worry, the amazing hygienists will be happy to work with you & help you on your path (but you should really start flossing every day...just make it part of your routine!).

Premier Dentistry has a Special Offer if you don't have dental insurance, but to show just how much Premier Dentistry cares about your smile, we're doing a giveaway! I currently have in my possession THREE $100 giftcards for Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia & I want THREE of you to win them!

Here's what you need to do:
  • Like Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia on Facebook and/or follow them on Twitter.
  • In the comments, share a story about your dental experience & why you'd like to win.
  • Include a way to contact you if you win; otherwise, I will have to choose someone else. 
  • Contest is open to people without dental insurance. (That seems fair, right?)
Three random winners will be selected on Tuesday, April 15 @ 8pm. Winners will be posted on Wednesday.