We all love Kards Unlimited. I do. I know you do. Pretty much everyone who experiences us loves us. Because, let’s not mince words, the store rocks. It’s the best place to be. Period. So, on her birthday, I want to thank (blame?) the party responsible, our boss, Kristen Kershner.
Working at KU attracts a certain type of person. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’re fun-loving. We’re smart. We relish a good book (and some bad books.) We also relish champagne (with one or two notable exceptions.) To varying degrees we exhibit a charming blend of sweet and tart. And we are family. I don’t know where I’ll be in twenty (or even ten or even five) years, but if or when my time at KU is done, I know that I will never forget it. I know that every job I ever have will be measured against my time here and probably found wanting in at least one aspect. All of these are a reflection of Kristen.
I’m going to stop writing now in favor of going in to work early to hang out with the birthday girl a bit. Happy birthday, Lady. Many happy returns. And thank you for everything.
No, I didn’t do my homework. But yes, I love learning: A Not So Good Student’s Perspective on Teacher Appreciation Week
I’ll be frank with you guys. Sometimes I was not a very good student. Oh, I was clever enough, but I frequently didn’t pay the most attention and even more frequently just straight up ignored work that I didn’t want to do. Despite these failings, I did relatively well in school. Normally this is where I’d make a joke about how it was definitely because I’m so freaking brilliant. But that is decidedly false. At best, it’s an incomplete and overly simplified explanation. The real reason, or the lion’s share of the reason, was that I had (by and large) excellent teachers.
For example, when I started fourth grade, I switched from a public school where I was basically just coasting by to a private (Catholic) school where I actually had to do things like pay attention and turn in homework. As you might expect, that was not a graceful transition for me. I had one teacher in particular whose homework I didn’t do a lot of the time and who gave me detention several times because of it. Needless to say, she wasn’t my favorite person just then. She taught science and while I tend to be more of a language-oriented, liberal arts type, surprisingly she made me love what she taught. I had her for home room the next year and she became one of my all-time favorite teachers.
Another example: my junior year in high school I had a teacher for English who expected a lot of us. And by that I mean she expected us to do homework and turn it in on time. Preferably having followed her instructions with regard to length and content. Torture. Even by eleventh grade I had not yet mastered homework doing and I didn’t do particularly well in her class because of it. Nevertheless, the end of the year came and I discovered that not only had she really helped my writing skills, her class had changed from a time of day that I had dreaded to one of the best.
My point is that even kids who do well in school don’t always make their teachers’ jobs/lives easy. And even when the students do make their teachers’ lives easy, teachers do a ton of homework of their own. It’s common knowledge that teachers work much longer hours than kids are in school. And that they pay for a ton of their classroom materials out of pocket with little or no reimbursement. (My sister, who teaches first grade, told me the other day that the total amount she can claim on her taxes for classroom supplies is $250. I.e. what she spends in about 2 months, max.)
All this is to try and explain to you why Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4th through May 8th this year) is important to me. Teachers make up a surprisingly high percentage of people who are personally important to me, but even if you don’t know any teachers in a non-professional setting, remember that at least one teacher had an impact on your life. More than likely, a bunch of teachers spent more time and effort on you than you know. So if you have the chance, try to show some appreciation this week. And, really, always.
So here at Kards Unlimited, we love books. We really can’t stress that enough. I can’t speak for everyone, but books are the air I breathe. Books make consciousness worthwhile. Books, in short, are life.
Get Caught Reading Month is part of the Get Caught Reading initiative by the Association of American Publishers. It encourages people of all ages (but, I think, mostly kids) to remember how much fun it is to read. Now, let me just add this: Reading is fun. It’s one of the most fun things a person can do. But (so so so much) more importantly, reading is good for you. In the same way that eating cruciferous vegetables and exercising regularly are good for you, so too is reading. But whereas broccoli and marathons are good for your physical self, reading nourishes your mind; it tones and strengthens your soul.
Yes, it may sometimes be inconvenient. Of course it is frequently challenging (both challenging to the mind and challenging simply to find a time and place.) But reading is worth it.
So whether you’re supposed to be doing math homework, doing your job, doing the dishes, doing whatever, don’t be afraid to pick up a book and Get Caught Reading! A little subversion for the sake of mental health never hurt anybody!
Hurray! It’s May! May is really great, you guys. Everything’s all spring-y, the flowers are out in force, the outdoors are constantly beckoning. Basically it rocks. KU has everything you need to make your spring (and summer!) awesome, so come on down and stock up on fun! Click READ MORE to find out what all is happening in the wide world this month!
Forget everything you ever thought you knew about competitions, because you never knew what you were missing.
Fortunately, I am here to tell you all about it. First and very much foremost, there is such a thing in the world as the American Pie Council. Yeah. Just let that sink in for a minute. Are you imagining the best governing body of any organization in the history of the universe? Something like the White Council of Deliciousness? Yes. You are.
And the American Pie Council holds, every year since 1995, the National Pie Championships! Yes! Literally the best competition in the history of the world! The Trojan War? Please! The Summer Olympics? As if! The Superbowl? Don’t make me laugh! National. Freaking. Pie. Championships. That’s basically all you need to know.
So the National Pie Championships are on April 10th and 11th in Orlando, FL this year. If you need me during those days, that’s where I’ll be.
A good friend of mine once told me, “Paul Rudd is like ice cream.” And he was not wrong.
On April 6, 1969, one of the funniest men of our times was born. And his name is Paul Rudd. You probably know him from his roles in movies like Anchorman and The 40 Year-Old Virgin. My personal favorite of his is probably Role Models. But here’s an interesting thing about Paul Rudd: (And actually about the whole cohort to which he belongs) he’s literally been in everything.
Remember Clueless? (Lol, of course you do.) He was Josh!
Leo DiCaprio may have had the starring role in Romeo + Juliet, but Paul Rudd was there too! As Paris!
Wet Hot American Summer? Don’t pretend you don’t love it. And Paul’s character Andy kind of makes the film.
Oh hey, remember when he was Phoebe’s husband Mike on Friends? Yeah, that’s real life.
Basically what I’m saying is that if you like anything in television or film from the past, like, 20+ years, Paul Rudd (apparently) most likely had something to do with it because he rocks. Did I mention he’s also a writer/director/producer or that he’s hosted SNL 3 times? Well I was trying to avoid making people’s heads explode. Oh well.
Oh man, April. You are so cute! April is like, the cutest month, you guys. Because it’s all, like, trying to be so spring-y and verdant and flowerful, but it’s mostly just a ton of rain forever and ever. Like, I just imagine April standing somewhere, dripping wet, like, “hey guys! What’s up?” So cute. ANYway and as usual, there’s a ton of fun happening at KU this month, so click READ MORE to find out what’s on our agenda!
Ok, so granted, not everyone takes pleasure in the simple act of writing by hand. And sure, plenty of people barely ever write anything anymore, preferring (and having the opportunity to) type all the information they need to record. However! A fountain pen, roller ball, or even a high quality ballpoint is a classic congratulatory gift or to mark any special occasion and that’s where KU comes in!
We carry a variety of great pens from several companies and I’d love to tell you all about them! Behold!