Back to School

I have always loved back to school. I was never the child who stamped their feet and screamed at the prospect of returning to those brick buildings and green lawns. I loved every August when my mom would take us to Target or Walmart and we would load up on binders, notebook paper, hi-lighters, new pencils and pens. I would always come home from the store and sit in front of the TV and organize my back-pack for that first day of school.

I’ll admit it, I’m a romatic. I love the smell of new school supplies, the prospect of new friends and new memories, and learning. I genuinely love learning. I love campuses. I love the brick buildings, manicured lawns, the beautiful towers, the people, the community, the sense of comradery among people who are all working towards something.

Today’s Daily Promp asked if you could go back to school to learn one thing, what would it be? My answer, everything. There are so many different things i’d love to learn about. There are so many interesting careers that I could love doing.

History– History classes have always been one class that I could sit through and find myself writing down every word out of the teachers mouth. I love learning about the times gone by. The lives of ancient kings, the scandals of the monarchs. I would love to have the knowledge to work in a museum or be able to retell the fascinating stories to a new generation.

Writing– I’ll admit, writing is in some ways, a raw talent. It can be crafted, but at the core some people are “born writers” and others are not. I’d love to learn the art of journalism, and find myself ensconsed in a quiet corner of a cafe working on some article for the Washington Post or the New York Times.

Editing– I love books. I love that feeling you get when you can go to a book-store on a rainy afternoon or cool autumn evening and find yourself lost in the shelves for hours. One of the best problems in the world is when you have to ask yourself, “Which one of these great stories is coming home with me?” While it is the author with the true talent, a good editor can make or break a book. I want to be the person who looks through hundreds of books, taking a diamond, and polishing it until it shines.

Psychology– Technically this one is cheating, I took several psychology classes when I was an undergraduate. I was a psychology minor for a few semesters, but when I switched to the business track I left my minor unfinished. Something I find myself wondering often is, why is someone acting the way they are? Sure, they might be acting badly, but why? I always like to try and figure out what it is that makes someone act that way. I find that once you’ve been able to pin-point that, you can forgive them for their unpleasent behaviors, and learn how to work better with them. I’d love to learn more about psychology, so I can figure it out more, and share the knowledge with others. I think if more people understood why some people act the way they do, a great portion of societies ‘dramas’ could be avoided.

Politics– I’ll admit, I tend to be politically apethetic. Not because I don’t care, but because a lot of it seems like petty arguments. Sometimes when I see politicians on TV all I can think of are two kids sitting in the backseat arguing, while Mom is up front screaming ,”Don’t make me come back there!” That being said, I’d love to know more. I’d love to know how my government works, and how it works in comparison to other countries. Where do we fit in, in the big picture.

I know there are more things I’d love to learn about, but for now I’m going to wrap this up. What would you go back to school for? Check out the original post here.

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

This weeks writing challenge is to write a recipe for yourself.  Check it out here for more of an explanation. Just a warning, this recipe is not for the faint of heart.

What You’ll Need

Foundation
-1 Cup Silliness
-1/2 Cup Pink Flower (yes, flower)
-2 Puppy Dog Snuggles (preferably 1 boy, 1 girl)
-1 Freshly Lit Candle
-1 Fuzzy Blanket (may substitute 2 pillows)
-3 Sugar Cookies
Seasonings
-2 heaping tablespoons Crazy
-3 fluid ounces Sadness & Remorse
-2 shakes Blissful Ignorance
-1 teaspoon Judgement
-1/2 teaspoon Cheerfulness (to sweeten)
-4 cups pink glitter
-An iPad with Netflix streaming capability

To Prepare:

While it has never been proven to effect the outcome of the recipe, it is highly recommended that the first step in preparing this recipe is to set up the iPad and immediately begin streaming “How I Met Your Mother” or “Scrubs” reruns- it soothes the ingredients.

In large pink mixing bowl combine the 1 cup silliness, 1/2 cup pink flower, 2 puppy dog snuggles, 1 freshly lit candle, and 3 sugar cookies. Immediately make your decision about whether you will be using 1 fuzzy blanket or 2 pillows. This is important, if you need to substitute 2 pillows for the fuzzy blanket, begin reassuring the ingredients that everything will be okay. If the ingredients are not properly warned and consoled about the substitution the entire recipe will fall to pieces. Once the other ingredients are prepared, add either the fuzzy blanket or the two pillows (although it is highly recommended you stick to the fuzzy blanket).

In a separate bowl dump in the two heaping tablespoons of Crazy, which should be immediately followed by the Sadness and Remorse. Make sure to really mix these ingredients together so that they are evenly distributed throughout the whole recipe. Once mixed, add in the Blissful Ignorance and Judgement. At this point you should taste for flavor. You’ll likely find this too sour, in which case, add in the Cheerfulness to sweeten it up.

Begin to fold the seasonings into the foundational ingredients. Work slowly, you want to make sure that every bite will have a little bit of everything. Once everything has been combined top with the 4 cups pink glitter. You may find it’s still not quite enough, so just add more, there really can’t ever be too much.

To serve

This dish is best served on a silver platter, with a grande (not tall, not venti, and certainly not treinta) coffee from Starbucks. Enjoy with your favorite book!