Some things I am thankful for!

I’m a little behind. Everyone has been posting things they are thankful for every day this month. Thanksgiving is tomorrow so here are some things I am thankful for this year! 

Please note these are in no particular order. 

1. Jordan. I am so lucky to have someone who puts up with my insanity. 

2. Schrodinger: He is my baby

3. My family. The more I interact with other people and their families the more thankful I am for mine! I have my amazing parents, a sister who is my best friend, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws (including Jordan’s parents, sisters, brothers in-law, and new baby nephew.) 

4. My job at FACA. I am lucky to have my dream job! Great students, wonderful co-workers, and the arts!!! 

5. The townhouse. As quirky as it is, I am thankful to have an affordable, safe, and fun place to live. 

6. My friends. I am thankful I have people to share my adventures and misadventures with. 

7. Daisy Bug: I am thankful I can afford such a nice reliable car. 

8. My education. From Sacred Heart to Highland to Kent State to soon to be grad school at Akron U, I am thankful for having these great educational opportunities. 

9. Camp Quality. I am thankful that I have the time to help others at Camp Quality. I am also thankful for the friendships I’ve formed there and the wacky things we do there (Dude, where’s my golf cart?) 

10. That I live in the future. Iphone, laptop, Netflix, etc…so thankful to live in the future where I have all these things to make my life easier…and more distracting. 

11. My health. Good health isn’t something everyone has. 

12. That I have always been employed. Some of these jobs weren’t the greatest but I have always had work! I am thankful for Highlander Golf, AFSC, OHDELA, and (again) FACA!

13. The Muppets. How boring would my life be without them?

14. Science Fiction TV/Movies. Where would I be without Star Wars, Dr. Who, Star Trek, Firefly, etc…?

15. Oldies Music. I’m thankful for my parents introducing me to good music at a young age so I don’t listen to any of this country or rap crap!

16.  My positive self image: Apparently there are people out there who 1. don’t think I am as awesome as I know I am and/or 2. don’t think they are as awesome as I know I am. 

17. My ability to make things up as I go. Some people make these things called “plans.” 

18. Getting over most of my irrational fears. Still don’t like snakes,drift wood, and surprises gotten better about dinosaurs, heights, and I went to Mr. Fun’s alone recently. 

19. Getting involved in foam fighting. It’s how I met Jordan and some great friends so as much as I rip on it now, I am glad I had it when I needed it. 

20. Learning how to cut negative people out of my life. This was a hard lesson to learn but I think it has really helped me this past year. 

21. Getting trapped on the elevator that fateful day in Leebrick Hall because it was the key moment that led to the creation of RoFLPuff…A.K.A the best college years ever! 

22. Italian food. Enough said. 

23. Princess Leia. My childhood idol. 

24. Coca Cola: I’m addiction. 

25. Chocolate. My other addiction. 

26. America. Living in a free country. 

27. Being a geek. Boy do I love it! 

28. Reading. Yet another addiction. 

29. My collections of trolls, frogs and other tacky things. 

30. All the great people, places and things in my life I am sure I am forgetting right now but will come to me at 3 a.m. 

 

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In Defense of Geek Culture

I wrote this in response to a complaint that was written in the Sound Off section of the local paper after the staff of my school dressed up as nerds for Halloween:

Dear Record Courier,

I would like to submit this as a rebuttal to the anonymous submission in your Sound Off section in regards to the Falcon Academy staff’s choice in Halloween costumes. The writer was clearly unaware of the significance of the costume choice and while not concerned enough to approach the staff in person, cared enough to complain anonymously in a print publication for the whole town to see.

I am a teacher at Falcon Academy of Creative Arts. It is my dream job and I am very thankful to work with such wonderfully supportive people. I am also one of the large percentage of Americans who identify as a nerd. My nerdyness has been a part of me since childhood; the long nights of Star Trek marathons, waiting in line for hours for the next Harry Potter book, years and years spent studying so I could get good grades so I could get into a good college. I am proud to be a nerd.

Fortunately, I work with very understanding and supportive people who put up with my geeking-out on a daily basis.  When Halloween rolled around I excitedly suggested the FACA staff choose a group costume again this year. For those of you who are not nerds and may not be aware of nerd holidays and traditions, Halloween is essentially Nerd Christmas.  I asked, “Do we want to do a group costume or am I the only nerd who loved that?” As a display of solidarity, it was decided we would all embrace our inner geekyness and rock nerd costumes for Halloween.

The author of the aforementioned submission has missed an important trend: geek has become chic.  Being a nerd is no longer something to bully, it’s something to celebrate. Look to the popularity of shows like “The Big Bang Theory” and movies like “The Avengers” and you will see that things like comics, computers, and video games are the new cool.  It’s a nerd revolution. People who identify as nerds have finally stood up for themselves and their interests. Google “May the Force be with Katie” and you will see a community of self proclaimed nerds rallying around a little girl who was bullied at school for being a “nerd.” Why can’t Falcon Academy do the same? At Falcon Academy we take bullying seriously and we encourage our students to be themselves. Our students are free to be artists, athletes, writers, actors, dancers musicians and yes even nerds. We are a welcoming and safe environment for students, which is one more thing that makes FACA great.  We were in no way mocking our students. Our costumes were so outlandish that the students clearly understood it was meant to be funny.

As a life-long nerd, I am glad that being a nerd is cool these days. Nerds are the innovators and dreamers who create the technology, art, music, books and movies we love. These nerds are people our students should be imitating on Halloween and every day.

Kate’s Kitschy Korner: Oddmall Finds

This past weekend Jordan and I went with some friends to Oddmall, a craft show specializing in unique and downright weird art and crafts that happens twice a year. This is the second time we’ve gone and I feel like the the show was a little smaller and a little less weird but we ended up buying more so I guess I shouldn’t complain. 

 

Recently, I’ve developed an interest in salt and pepper shakers so I was really excited to find these ones at a vintage booth. 

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We are trying to add more art to our home but art isn’t cheap. To solve this we have started buying small prints and postcards of art we like. We are working on a way to display these in our dinning room. I saw this print at Oddmall and it gave me that warm, fuzzy, vintage science fiction feeling so I had to have it. 

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