This guy was AMAZING. He’s 73 years old and could still remember the names of all my friend’s classmates, the clubs she was in and the article she wrote for the newspaper club — some 20 years after the fact! I was stunned.
You guys, I can’t even remember half of my students’ names from last semester. For real.2. While in Dayton, we visited the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Wright Cycle Company.
I learned a whole lot more about the Wright brothers than I ever thought I’d need to know. Like, hey, did you know they used to be printers and then bicycle-makers before they got into the crazy business of flying planes?
I also learned about Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African-American poet from Dayton, who I am kind of embarrassed to admit I never knew about. Like, hey did you know that his poem “Sympathy” included the line, “I know why the caged bird sings,” which inspired Maya Angelou’s poem with that title? I always thought she came up with that by herself. Wow, I kind of suck as a former English major.
Also, while in Dayton, I learned about some foods. Like, hey, did you know that French toast kabobs exist? And they are perfection.3. As of this Friday, I am officially on winter break, which means I’ll be work-free for an ENTIRE MONTH. YEEEEYYYYAAAAAAAHHHHH!
Since I worked all summer, I haven’t had a real break since my spring break last March. Which, I know, may not sound like a big deal for all you folks who are working non-teaching jobs that only give you two weeks of vacay each year. Trust me, I’ve lived that life before.
But then I became a teacher for a reason and that reason is PLENTIFUL VACATION TIME!
So I’ve got loads of fun trips and adventures lined up. In addition to plans to do ALL THE THINGS I’ve been meaning to do all year but haven’t gotten around to — like hanging up shelves in my bathroom and framing those prints that have been under my bed for nine years and uploading all my photo albums and cleaning out my closets and saving the world and on and on and on.
Or, I’ll just, you know, sit on my couch and watch Lifetime Christmas movies on Netflix all day.
It’s a toss up, really.4. My first winter break adventure starts this weekend, and it’s a trip to Detroit!
Despite having lived in Michigan for the last year and a half, this will be my first time visiting the Motor City since I moved here and I’m SO EXCITED. I know that sounds super strange because who in their right mind gets excited about visiting Detroit? But I’ve been hearing lots of awesome stuff about the city’s regeneration and all the fun things to do there.
(Don’t believe me? Check out this post by Hecktic Travels.)
Plus, as a girl from Buffalo, I feel like I’ve got to root for my fellow Rust Belt cities. GOOOOOOO, RUUSST BEELLTT!!!5. Speaking of Buffalo, I love this video about the history of Buffalo.
I had no idea my hometown was home to the first movie cinema and the first coffee break. These are like two of my favorite things!6. Have you seen Lonely Planet’s list of top places to visit in the United States for 2015?
It really made me feel the need to go visit Indianapolis already.
I can’t say I ever thought I’d say that.7. My mom called me this week to tell me she went to her “first gay wedding” last weekend. Which meant we had a conversation like this:
My mom: “I learned a new gay term!”
Me: “Umm, okay, what?
My mom: “Bear! It means –”
Me: “Mom, I know what bear means.”
My mom: “Oh, okay.”
Have I mentioned I love my mom?8. I’m reading Bone Clocks right now because everyone on the Facebook kept talking about it. Even NPR raved about it.
I’m not quite sure what I think of it yet. I like parts of it, but other parts are just kind of… ummm… weird. And I’m having trouble keeping track of all the characters.
Have you read it? Am I just not getting it?book lists that everyone keeps posting on their blogs.
I’ve been thinking about doing the same, but that would require my looking through my Kindle to try to remember all the books I read this year and then writing about each one, and that sounds like a lot of work because I read a ridiculous amount of books.
So maybe instead I’ll just tell you to read ALL THE BOOKS by Rainbow Rowell.
The end.10. I am almost (ALMOST) over my desire to put pumpkin into all the things. Which means I need to move on to a new baking ingredient. Preferably something really Christmassy.
I made this cranberry orange pecan coffee cake this week, but in muffin-form, and they were EVERYTHING. Should I just start putting cranberries into all the things? I feel like cranberries don’t get nearly enough love. They’re like the black sheep of the berry family — you know like that crusty, old uncle you only ever invite over for Thanksgiving.
But in a good way.
(Okay, I’ll admit that analogy did not make me want to put cranberries into anything ever.)11. I can relate so much to this post on C’est Christine, on life changes and how that affects your blog, and how some people kind of expect your blog to stay the same forever and ever, even when you don’t.
I occasionally get comments or emails from people who tell me they liked my blog much better when I lived in China and was writing about traveling more. I totally get it. I mean, life in China was probably a lot more interesting to read about. Especially when it involved tales of my ridiculously orange couch.
But, at the same time, how am I supposed to respond to comments like that. “I’m sorry you don’t like my life now, but it’s kinda working for me, so yeah…”?12. I found this article on what your airplane seat selection says about you spot-on for me.
I am totally an aisle person all the way. Because, FREEDOM!
Also, I drink a million gallons of water and have a bladder the size of a pinto bean.
Are you an aisle, window or middle seat person? (Ha! As if anyone would EVER be a middle-seat person! That’s just crazy-talk.)Hey folks, how was your week? What are you getting up to this weekend?