Sight – This week I watched this adorable video called Caine’s Arcade. I was incredibly inspired not only by Caine, but also by the filmmaker, Nirvan. I think we can all learn a small lesson from watching Nirvan’s childlike spirit. I can’t help but think of all the people who walked past Caine’s arcade without giving it a second thought because they were rushing home to make dinner, hurrying to catch a bus, or just thought it was a silly little project Caine was working on to occupy himself over the summer. I think as adults we often lose the ability to PLAY because we get caught up in paying bills, working overtime, sitting in traffic, household chores, etc., etc.
This time next year, I will be teaching in a Chicago Public School, most likely in a low-income area. I wish every teacher, principal, and administrator would watch this video and realize that you do not need fancy supplies and expensive electronic equipment to spark creativity and innovation amongst kids. I think it also shows the importance of project-based learning. I can’t wait to use this idea in my future classroom and see what kids will make using everyday cardboard items. The possibilities are endless!
Hear – I saw Regina Spektor live in concert at the Chicago Theater on Wednesday night. Holy moly. That was one of the best live concerts I have ever been to in my life. She is incredibly talented and wonderful live.
Feel – I activated my 3-month membership to Pure Wellness this week. I can’t say enough fantastic things about this place. Small class sizes (maximum of 10), serene atmosphere, great teachers, awesome support from the ladies that attend the classes, and a clean facility. I had been going there consistently all summer but haven’t been in almost 8 weeks. Terrible! I started off with my favorite class they offer, Pure Core. Boy am I feeling muscles I forgot I had!
Smell – My favorite smell in the entire world is garlic and onion sautéing in olive oil. When I was in college, I was waiting in line at the post office. An older woman came in and was noticeably flustered. I started talking to her and found out that she had just had an argument with her husband. I asked her what it was about and she told me she was irritated because she had been working all day cleaning the house while he sat on the couch watching TV. He had been hounding her to make him some food and she was really annoyed that he couldn’t get off the couch and make himself “a damn sandwich.” So, she put some olive oil, garlic, and onions in a pan, turned on the stove and left. She said the smell of the onions and garlic will trick him into thinking she is cooking. “He’s going to notice you’re gone eventually,” I said. “So?” she replied. I laughed and think of her every time I cook with olive oil, onions, and garlic.
Taste – I bought a pack of Chimes Ginger/Mango Chews while I was waiting in line at Binny’s. It was a total impulse buy, but I am having a hard time exercising self-control with them! They are SO good. Definitely recommend them.
Happy Friday, and have a fantastic weekend!