Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

In suburban Philadelphia at Delaware Valley College, a three-day symposium called The Precarious Alliance kicked off with a screening of the 2009 Academy-Award nominated Food, Inc.  As an alumni of Delaware Valley College (affectionately known as DelVal) and someone increasingly interested in sustainability and eco-friendly or planet-friendly practices, I eagerly signed on to learn more about the first in a series of symposia, our food system and how we adapt to a changing world.

I learned new nuggets of information today.  From the movie, Food, Inc., I had no idea so many products contained a corn derivative.  Also, I suspected workers who processed our food, particularly meat, would be affected by how mechanized the food processing systems are.  However, I did not realize the apparent disregard for the care of the product (e.g., animal for the meat) was also extended to the workers.

The highlight of the evening was hearing from the Director, Robert Kenner, who graduated from a Bucks County high school, fielded questions from the attentive audience.

Day two begins bright and early tomorrow.  I look forward to new insights on this timely topic.

 

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

It seems everyone likes something new or do they?  Recently, Sonic, the drive-in fast food restaurant has opened here in suburban Philadelphia and the lunch scene was insane.  For some reason, I thought, "I'll hit the Sonic and head home to finish my work for the day".  Most of the drive-in booths were taken.  They had to have people directing traffic there.

My first exposure to Sonic was last Fall while visiting my 94 year old grandmother in rural East Texas.  I wonder if the draw here is the novelty - Sonic could be drawing people because it has been open for a very short while.    Plus, we do not get restaurants with so many milkshake options.  Let me say I recommend the Peanut Butter Fudge shake.  One of my Facebook friends recommended the Peanut Butter shake and I took it a bit further with the Fudge.  As a DOVE Chocolate Discoveries' Chocolatier, I had to do my research, you know.

I did savor my lunch. I was amazed at how busy the seating area, the drive-in parking booths, and the drive-through were.  I am quite pleased with how I spent my lunch hour today.

Now, go try something new today!

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

Recently, I read a tweet about people looking for shortcuts.  While some shortcuts in life may not be the best, all shortcuts aren't bad.  Taking some steps out of a process qualifies as a shortcut.  Shortcuts can simplify a process or route.  When shortcuts are related to traveling, it can be useful in many ways.

I found a few shortcuts that I am especially proud of regarding routes I frequent.  By cutting through some streets and avoiding traffic lights, I save time, gas, and money.  These are important resources for most people.  Are they important to you?

This reminds me of my current full-time job, which I started well over a decade ago.  One of the attractive features was traveling all over Philadelphia.  My secondary gain with taking this position was the opportunity to learn Philadelphia, a nearby major city that I was unfamiliar with.  Although I learned to navigate Atlanta, GA in college and Charlotte, NC in graduate school, I wanted the same for my hometown, Philadelphia.

Knowing where you are going and getting there in the most efficient way can be empowering!  I'll have more on the other kind of shortcuts later.

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

In my view, parenting is one of the biggest challenges I have faced in my life.  It is incredibly rewarding, gratifying, yet challenging.  I visited two informative Parent Discussion sessions reviewing parent books in the suburban Philadelphia area.

 

The first session covered discipline in general terms, like increasing appropriate behavior and techniques to decrease inappropriate behavior.  There are a lot of theories and experts available to review and discuss.  I like the general approach, especially since the group was small and we got to share a few scenarios for feedback by the facilitators.  Those areas of parenting were a refresher for me.  My takeaway from the Parent Discussion Group was that I need to modify my behavior in order to increase appropriate behavior or decrease inappropriate behavior.  The week following this Parent Discussion went smoothly as I implemented a new concept for me - "Get 2-Yeses for every No".  This approach reduces your child hearing "No" constantly and helps you express your desires in an agreeable manner (the "Yes" part) that your child responds to.  It actually helped me stay calm when addressing my son's behavior.  So, it worked beautifully for us!

 

I just participated in the second session, which drew a larger group.  Hearing the diversity of family configurations - the number of kids and the spectrum of ages in a given family helped me feel a sense of comraderie, like any kind of family might have challenges.  I attended the sessions more for me as I felt like I was becoming a Army general pushing my son through his morning and evening routines.  I learned a couple tips on engaging cooperation from my son.  Since it has only been a day, I have not tried the techniques yet.  I suspect the simplicity of the parenting techniques will work equally as well.  You'll hear about it, if it does not. 

 

The value of the local support with this Parent Discussion Group is quite comforting and I hope to participate in future sessions.

 

Savor life's best,

Aimee

 

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Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

With my nose to the grindstone, I often say "Gimme a Break".  I say it when exasperated or when I truly need a break from the day-to-day of life.  Well, be careful what you wish for.

 

My 3 year old has Spring Break right now.  We are in Day 3 and I took vacation from my full-time job so we could pal around town.  Now, that part is not so bad.  I live in suburban Philadelphia so there are plenty of things to do.  Most do not cost much either.  In fact, today, we went to a fundraiser for a children's organization, which was only 5 minutes away.  There were musicians who specialize in children's entertainment and music.  Needless to say, there was plenty of silliness.  They had face painting, which my son loves.  The young ladies who did the temporary tattoos and face painting were very pleasant.  My son was pleased.  That part was included in the admission price.  Let's say we got what we paid for in the face painting category.  My son had great pleasure in re-telling everyone at our subsequent stops about where he got his face painted.

 

The challenge is not keeping him busy and amused during the day.  I do not think I am doing enough to keep him physically active so he will go to sleep at night.  With each passing day, he is going to sleep later and later.  I told him at one point tonight - "Gimme a Break" and his response was "Gimme a Break.  I can't sleep Mommy".  I had his bedtime routine down and we were getting in bed early these last few months.  A few days of frolic and fun and all of that is gone.  Mind you, it shifts my usual routine as well.

 

I must admit I cannot wait to take him to the Crayola Factory.  I have been telling anyone who wants to hear it and that I did not know who was more excited - him or me.  We are still on track to do that.  I think I need to detour to the playground every day so we can get decent sleep at night and our school day bedtime is not re-set.  If not, by the time school restarts, I will be saying every night - "Gimme a Break"!

 

Savor life's best,

Aimee

 

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