Wednesday, September 16, 2009

All I need to know I learned in California


So, it's been two weeks since my last post, and for that I am sorry. I have been so incredibly busy these weeks, so I don't feel too bad. I just came back from a week long conference for Theatre Educators. It was a great conference, and I learned so much about why I do what I do, and how to do it better. I was overwhelmed by the information and the amount of work that I have to do in my job. While we were in Los Angeles (where the conference was located) we went to the fabric district to get ALL of the fabric and costumes for our school theatre season. UGH. My wife and fabric stores are like an addict and heroin. We came away with so much fabric and costumes, we got terrible gas mileage.

Overall, I am invigorated and ready to make a REAL difference not only in the lives of my students, but in the ARTS in general. I want to be a leader of the arts.

A funny story, which is also sort of embarrassing: We wanted to sit by the pool and just relax, and we had about an hour and a half. I was so excited to just read, and swim, and relax. I bought some 30 SPF sunblock for 5 bucks in the lobby, and was set to go. I thought to myself, "Self, don't' get sunburned...it's miserable for an Irish-German to burn. 30 SPF should be applied every 30 mins." So that is what I did. The next day....BURNED CRISPY. I was so bugged. On top of it all, I got a 3rd degree burn inside my belly button. Blisters, burns, etc.... Then, the next day, the blisters burst and got infected. I came home with so much pain and so much medicine stuffed into my belly button. Ridiculous.

So...my thought for the week:

NEVER TAKE YOUR BELLY BUTTON FOR GRANTED....IT'S USED MORE THAN YOU KNOW

Take that and apply it into your lives, as they will never be the same.

7 comments:

Lara said...

Yeah, you need like SPF 90. That's what I used. I'm German-English. I hear you. And I feel very sad for your belly button.

Skinner Family said...

Thought: When was the expiration date of the sunscreen. What if they sold you a bad bottle.

Glad you got a chance to "get away". See you in a few weeks!

Tiff said...

That's what you get for coming to SoCal and not visiting the Nutters. Maybe your belly button will scar as a permanent reminder to never forget to contact us ever again...

;)

Tiffani said...

Oh NO!!!! I second Tiff's comment, but inserting my own name. :) Glad the conference was a success!

Christie Gardiner said...

Andrew, I have missed your humor. You are hilarious my friend.

Granny Wendy said...

Love your blog- this is the first time I've looked at it. I understand the sunburn thing (just say the word "sun" to me and I'm in trouble. Do you ever come up here for the holidays? There's a chance this year that all the Kannos will be home at the same time (Nick's release date is Dec 23 from Minnesota). We'd love to see you!

Heidi said...

I got sunburned on my upper back a few weeks ago. My upper back hasn't seen the sun in a VERY VERY long time. I feel your pain.

PS: I just totally added you to my Reader! ha ha! :)