Today we went on a field trip to the American Museum of Natural History, which I’ve been to so many times that I always forget that it’s kind of a big deal. The most exciting part of the trip (besides the massive whale in the Hall of Biodiversity) was going to the planetarium. I’ve only been inside a few times and I was so excited to let Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s voice wash over all of us. The kids were completely mesmerized (except for the kid next to me who was bouncing and nearly in tears because he had to pee so badly) and couldn’t stop talking about it for the rest of the day. Most of them said it was their favorite part of the museum visit, too. Though one child said that his favorite part was the elevator ride to the planetarium. It’s the little things.
In other news, I have a terrible problem where I leave a billion tabs open because I have links I want to pass along to people, but never do. Here are five to check out…
1. Ten Things Happy People Don’t Believe //
I appreciate that despite my regularly case of “The Feels,” I’m so very in line with these ten points. I do believe (unless you have a clinical issue) that happiness is a choice. It’s too easy to fall into negativity and to feel sorry for yourself. To be able to take the good with the bad and to understand that there are many ways to actively pursue positivity is what can make all the difference. Seeing the beauty in the universe and enjoying every minute of its radiance.
2. Sing-Ed Sheeran. //
I wasn’t totally on board the Sheeran train before this song, but now? Hell to the yes. So he’s basically a British version of Patrick Stump, right? I can work with this. Sing is completely addictive and poppy and hot and it has made my commute this week infinitely better.
3. One wonderful thing about being back at work is witnessing all of the wonderful moments of greatness that my students create. One of my students is obsessed with tattoos and art. He came in the other day with a little bookmark type flyer for a new tattoo shop that opened on our block. I encouraged him to draw the lovely work that he saw and he was able to replicate it beautifully! I instagrammed it and the shop owners gave him a thumbs up. The kid was thrilled.
4. NYC Tips and Etiquette-Nathan W. Pyle //
I saw this linked on tumblr and again on A Cup of Jo. I laughed so hard that I teared up because it’s so incredibly accurate. New York City is a magical and often rage-inducing place. I love it. It’s really not all that difficult to follow these rules. The basically boil down to this: don’t be a jerk and get the hell out of the way.
5. And the Waltz Goes On-Sir Anthony Hopkins //
Another tumblr find. Actor, Anthony Hopkins hears a waltz that he wrote 50 years ago for the very first time. Take a second to wrap your head around that. I had no idea that he had ever been a composer. To know that he wrote this waltz when he was just a teenager is astounding. It’s a beautiful piece of music and the look on his face throughout it just lovely.
I’m off to close my tabs now. Have a great weekend, friends! ♥