Carnitas Snack Shack

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My favorite dish EVER is the poutine here. My good friend Liz Baird helps run the show there, and turned me on to adding sliced serrano peppers. I recommend it.


I also love their pork belly (sweet Asian glaze) and their most famous item, the Triple Threat sandwich (pork schnitzel, carnitas, and bacon). I’ve never had anything bad there, but I also just keep going back for my favorite three.


Also, if I’m in San Diego going to Carnitas Snack Shack, then I’m probably also seeing my good buddy/mentor Dave Rios. (What’s up, dude?)

Anyway, if you want to occasionally drool on your phone, follow them!


Carnitas Snack Shack

An endo w/ good bedside manner

It’s #ThankfulThursday , and I’d like to share my gratitude for my new endocrinologist. His name is Charles Morales, and he is an Endocrine Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator at Sierra Endocrine Associates.

I switched to him because I was really unhappy with my prior endocrinology appointments. I won’t be petty and name names, but I simply wasn’t receiving quality care from the woman I was seeing for diabetic care previously.

Look. It’s no secret that I am not the most successful type-1 diabetic. I have struggled to get my numbers under control, and that’s MY responsibility. (Though I will note, for the record, that having a chronic disease like diabetes sucks. It’s no fun.) But prior to my switch, I felt like I was being chastised (shamed, even) when I went in for periodic check-ups. So I took care of myself in a way that I’m proud of: I made a change.

And I’m so happy that I did! What I appreciate about Charles is that he wants to help me get better. And the path he has chosen feels a lot like I’m his student, and he’s a really good teacher. He has allowed me to attempt my own diabetes regulation in the ways that I thought would work best for me. He has gently led me down a road where my numbers are (kindly) presented to me in such a way that I simply cannot deny that my way is not working. Then he proposes a new path. But he doesn’t grab my pump from me and adjust my numbers. He teaches me. He explains why I might want to consider another way. He answers my clarifying questions, recognizing that I wasn’t challenging him by asking them…just seeking to understand better.

He has taught me more in our three appointments than I have learned from an endo in quite a while. Also, he noticed something in my bloodwork that led to treatment of another condition I have that had gone undiagnosed for who-knows-how-long! He taught me some next-level pump tricks…stuff that I totally should have been shown before.

I suppose I still can’t say with certainty that he has improved my diabetes numbers…but for some reason, I feel very confident that things are looking up!

An endo w/ good bedside manner

Progress Not Perfection


If my understanding is correct, this gem comes to us from the world of 12-step recovery. As someone who was raised to relentlessly pursue perfection, this phrase has been so important for me to grasp onto.

In a paradoxical way, when I strive for perfection, I make less progress than when I let go of perfection. The stress of being perfect paralyzes me into inaction. When I work, instead, to get better, I can reach smaller milestones which snowball into tremendous progress over time.

In poking around for the exact source of this idea, I came across the original quotation from the book called Alcoholics Anonymous (sometimes called The Big Book by those in recovery):

“No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.”

I love the idea contained herein. “We are not saints.” I need to remember that. I need to give myself a break. NOT AN EXCUSE…a break. I’m not perfect. I won’t ever BE perfect! And if I accept that, I can work on growing. On improving. On doing my best without the pressure of perfection. Good stuff.

Progress Not Perfection

Shake Up Learning


Want to dip your toes into the learning? Check out the blog.

Want to dive in deeper? Be amazed at the curated resources.

When I present about GAFE tools to teachers, I point them to this site.

MY latest nugget from her: I’ve been switching between my Google accounts all wrong (and so have you). I fixed that today, and I already love it. No, I’m not going to tell you how; go to her site and figure it out!

Shake Up Learning

False Growth Mindset

The article in Edutopia

Carol Dweck, if you don’t know, is the original expositor of the idea of growth mindset that has caught fire in the word of education (at least in the twitterverse!). She addresses some of the subtle twists that have started happening out in the wild, and offers some redirection that would lead an educator to deeper affinity with her ideas.

I’m pretty sure I’ve guilty of a couple of these mis-steps! But her clarifications really resonated with me. Enjoy the read!


False Growth Mindset

Romans 7:18

“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.”

This is the current memory verse for the Bible study group I’m a part of on Monday nights. Some days, it’s easy to agree with this verse without reservation. Other times, I get into a little self-debate about the “nothing good dwells in me” part. [I’ll remind the reader that I have NO training in exposition or anything like it. These are untrained thoughts.] I feel like Paul is writing this with the understanding that he means in me apart from God. When submitted to God, I don’t think this is true any longer. But submission to God, as I am acutely aware, is not an automatic state even after conversion.

Warren Wiersbe BE Bible series commentary:

The legalist says, “Obey the law and you will do good and live a good life.” But the law only reveals and arouses sin, showing how sinful it is! It is impossible for me to obey the law because I have a sinful nature that rebels against the law. Even if I think I have done good, I know that evil is present. The law is good, but by nature, I am bad! So the legalist is wrong: The law cannot enable us to do good.

Romans 7:18


I’ve always loved words. My current bathroom reading, for instance, is a dictionary of word origins. I’m reading it word for word. I try to read it regularly.

I forget when I learned the word floccinaucinihilipilification. But it stuck. It’s the longest non-scientific word in the English language. Which, of course, begs the question:

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis…that’s what.

Floccinaucinihilipilification is the act of determining something to be useless.

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a coal miner’s lung disease.

pneumono – related to the lungs

ultramicroscopic – really small

silico – dust

volcano – volcanic

coniosis – related to inflammation (also pulled from the pre-existing and more common pneumonoconiosis)

I was a bit flummoxed to learn tonight that my pronunciation of both of these words was slightly off. I’m giving myself grace, though, because the “push-this-button-to-hear-the-word-pronounced-correctly” button didn’t exist in my adolescence.