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I Met Temple Grandin

Happy New Year!  What?  Is there something wrong with celebrating the new year mid-March?  Deal with it.  OK, OK.  I thought if I came in “Wrong But Strong” I could bully you into forgetting how wayward I’ve been with my blogging.  But seriously, you guys?  I’ve had tons of RL shiz popping off.  Lots of life changes, and exciting goings-on.  This awesome story happened a while back, but I’m so happy about it, I had to share.  And, I wanted to start off my new year of blogging hopefully inspiring you folks a bit.

Temple Grandin (film)

Temple Grandin (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, here’s the tea:  my good friend, S, is a superhero who works with kids with autism spectrum disorders.  If you don’t know, I am very interested in autism and I really don’t think it gets enough attention.  S and I talk about autism all the time, and we are both huge fans of Temple Grandin, one of the leading animal behavior experts, autism advocates and a high-functioning autistic.

I first learned about Temple when I watched a biopic of her life , simply called “Temple Grandin,” starring Claire Danes.  If you haven’t seen this movie, it needs to go on your list.  Claire Danes is incredible as Temple.  After meeting Temple in real life, I can safely say that she perfectly captured her idiosyncrasies, humor, and feisty spirit. As a young woman with a little-understood disorder in the 1950s, this story of “the woman who thinks like a cow” is so inspirational to me.  Seriously.  She overcame crazy odds to earn advanced degrees and innovate autism therapies.

Long story short, S asked me to speak at an annual conference on autism spectrum disorders.  I was going to offer tips on interpersonal communication (what my degree is in), as well as grooming and dating tips.  BUT, the conference wrapped up way early, so I didn’t get to speak.  Ah well.  I still got to hang around, meet people, and hear Temple speak at that night’s dinner.

How did I meet her? Well, S was Temple’s escort for the evening, so she had to drive her back to the hotel at the end of the night.  She asked me to tag along, and I made it my mission to take at least ONE pic of S with Temple since she hadn’t gotten any.  At first I was so nervous to chat with Temple, but she was great.  Very funny.  I asked her about her squeeze machine (!), which she said she no longer needs.  Awesome!

Here’s a pic of Temple and me.  Those are little animal pins on her lanyard.  I love her!

Isn’t this cool?  I know, no need to tell me.  It’s rare to meet one of your heroes and she is exactly the same in person.  Meeting Temple Grandin was killer, but it was just one of the dope things that happened while I’ve been away.  Stay tuned.  I’ll fill you guys in ASAP! Thanks for stopping by! xx


I Grossly Overpaid For My Glasses

Warby Parker Home Try On

Warby Parker home try-on kit. Image by Ben Adamson via Flickr

. . . and I’m real mad about it!  Well, I really like my ‘specs, so maybe not that mad. They’re the one “couture” accessory I own, so they were worth the splurge!

However, I recently found a couple of websites that offer some really cute eyeglasses for c-h-e-a-p.  Today, I’ll feature my favorite site so far.

I was watching E! a few weeks back and they did a feature on this store called Warby Parker.  This online retailer specializes in classic shapes at an affordable price.  All of their eyewear retails for $95, including your prescription lenses (WHAAAA?!). What’s more, for every pair you buy, WP will donate a pair to someone in need.

They’ve also gotten around the pesky ‘I-bought-it-online-and-found-out-it-sucked-take-it-back” problem by offering a trial kit containing 5 pairs of glasses.  You can try the glasses out for five days- free of charge- and place an order for the frames you want.

They’ve also got a cool virtual try-on tool that I spent way too much time fooling around with.  You can change the color, size, and angle to find which Warby Parker frames seem like the best fit.

I hadn't quite gotten the hang of it yet. Note the crooked glasses!

This color is called "Whiskey Tortoise." I wish that were a real animal.

Right now I only need my glasses for reading.  Even though I read a lot, I’m not really in the market for a new pair.  So, I’ll pass on this information to you in the hopes that it saves you from ridonkulous prices in the future.

Have you tried Warby Parker eyewear?  Thumbs up or thumbs down?  What are some of your favorite online retailers?  Tell me in the comments!  Have a great day, everyone! xx


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