Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Closure and Depression :(

Many of you know I've been looking for jobs off and on, for a few years. I had opportunities that were close to happening. I had opportunities I had to pass up because I was under a contract.

I only had a few months to look for work during the summer time. Even then, the school I work for had me sign that contract, for the fall almost as soon as the summertime hit.

It was really hard to move in any direction, but straight.

We were told that we could work from home late March. Online classes were hard. I think I could get used to them, but it was different from what I developed before. I stayed up until 10 almost every night during finals time; working on tests.

Yesterday we had a staff meeting. It was just a few of us. My boss said that enrollment was already low, and got impossible when COVID-19 hit. They decided to close the school down, for this incoming class. Along with that went the full time instructors.

Was I surprised? Not really.

Was I sad? Yes. I mean I've been there, since 2002. Before I even had kids.

Was I panicked? Certainly! I had a bite of a job before COVID-19 hit. Well I emailed them again, and they picked someone else. I felt so good about that interview. To be honest I was more mad at them, than getting laid off. I really wanted that job. The person that interviewed me said she'd let me know as soon as a decision was made. They majorly dragged their feet in deciding. Now I'm stabbing at anything trying to get something. During a pandemic it's not really the time to be picky.

I just paid a $1,000 bill for Travis' endoscopy, Travis needs a crown, and I paid our mortgage bill.

I have tons of stuff on my work computer, because I've had it for ages. I don't have any of the Adobe Suit on my home laptop. Scrabble time!

Even though I'm sad, I'm most concerned about Isaak. There's days now where he just wants to lay in bed. Granted he's been going to bed late, but he seems depressed. I don't know what to do. It's not like I can drop everything to spend time with him. I'm applying to places.

If you don't see me much, it's because I'm on the hunt. The job hunt. Who knows maybe I will have to let off steam, and blog. Then you have to listen to me rant. Ha! Please be safe! Our hospitals here are filling up fast, since things have opened up. I love my blogger friends. I don't want to kiss you, but I love your comments, and friendship!

Peace and Love 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

WW: Double Take {Linky}

Isaak came to me all excited to try something new. He wanted to have me take a pan photo, but he'd or I would quickly move to get more than one of us.

Here's the results. They aren't perfect, but certainly a fun idea!

An interesting concept anyhow. 

Have you ever tried camera effects?

Wooden #Puzzles for Toddlers

Not too long ago, I was told I'm going to be an aunt again. My nieces and nephew's call me Aunt Lissy. I'm excited to have a niece after many years. I have only one other niece, and she's around the age of 26. I start to loose track, once a person goes past the age of 10. She was born when I was in college, so I think I have her age right. Margaret will be born late August. She'll have 4 brothers. Help her! Ha!

Along with the excitement of having a new girl in the family, I have new products to review. One, is a puzzle set for Miss Margaret. I hope she finds it to build her fine motor skills well.

Age Range:

It says for ages 3 and up. 

Mica got into puzzles well before age 3. It probably depends on the child. 

What the Set Comes With:

Four wooden puzzles + a storage bag

My favorite:

Olivia the Owl is my favorite. They aren't named, but I named them. 

Second Favorite:

I love bees because they are cute, and if you leave them alone they aren't a threat. I called his one Bella Bee. 

Third Favorite:

I like this one, although I think the fish could pop out more - contrast wise. A lot of yellow in the background, and a lot of yellow in the fish. I called his one Fishy Faith.

Fourth Favorite:

I like this one just about as much as the fish, but I have to be honest here - the background totally peeled up. It's like it wasn't even glued down. If a 3 year old kid got ahold of that, it would be a goner. It's cute, but give me a held up product! I will probably paint Elmer's glue on it, and place it myself. I called his one Lizzy Lady.

The Bag:

The bag isn't a quality bag, but it's handy. What little kid doesn't like to carry stuff around, and pretend to go on a nowhere trip? I can't think of one. Isaak always packed to go nowhere. All the puzzles fit inside. 

Which puzzle is your favorite?

You to can pick up this product on Amazon: for $19.99 on sale for $13.87.

Disclaimer: I got this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and words are my own. 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Random Tid Bits

  1. Today is Graduation Day, for the college I work at. I'm kind of sad about it it. Usually there's a rented place, gowns, top portfolio awards, funny awards that a goofball instructor says, and a ceremony.

    This year it will be a Zoom video that will literally be just the Director talking, and a bunch of names read off. No speeches, no special awards, and no funny awards. Usually inside I roll my eyes at the funny awards, but this year I'll miss them. I am goofy, but I always felt like a graduation wasn't really the time, or the place for it.

  2. I was invited to a past friends daughter's graduation. She babysat, for us once. Her siblings are in Mica and Isaak's classes. We've kind of parted ways. Not because we don't like each other. It's just that we all got busy, and their kids went to a different middle school, than our boys. Do I A. Send a card and money, or do I B. Just not do anything?

    Then our neighbor graduated high school. We literally only say, "Hi" and maybe a 5 minute conversation. We've invited them over early on when we moved to our house. The people across the street have had many neighbors over, invited them, and they never show up. We don't ever get a Christmas card. We weren't invited to anything. I only know their son is graduating because they have a banner in front of their house. Do I A. Send a card and money, or do I B. Just not do anything?

    I'm not saying I need to get something to give something. It's not like that! I just don't know what's expected, or is there a right thing to do? I don't really feel like I know these kids. If they had a party I'd show up. Then I'd justify giving because we went to the party. I'm leaning more towards giving anyhow. How much do you give to this kid you don't know? I think too much! Maybe I'm overthinking this because of the talk about us possibly going into another Great Depression. I have no idea what will happen with my job, when the fall rolls around.

  3. Every year I look at my disgusting windows and think, "Man they need to be cleaned!" Travis is like, "Who cares!". Well apparently I do care. It really doesn't take that long, it looks better, and I feel better after doing it. He grinds metal below our 3 main windows. Boy do they get dirty!

    This year Mica helped. He helped reach where I couldn't. It was wonderful!

  4. Mr. Mica has been acting like a third parent. Has anyone else's kid done this? I know Isaak's 12, a punk-a-monk age. Travis is back at work, and I'm supposed to be working here. He's like, "Mom you should be more strict with Isaak. He's getting away with this _______." The blank changes with the day. What he's getting away with, is the same stuff Mica did when he was Isaak's age.

  5. I have about 3 doctor appointments coming up: Both boys have a check-up + Allergy Doctor for me. I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of not wanting to go considering how lackadaisical people have been in Omaha. Many don't wear masks at all. Do you feel this way, when you leave the house?

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Spray Gourmet Liquid Seasonings Review

Spray Gourmet Liquid Seasonings are so good! 

I got Ginger.

They also have: 

  • Black Pepper
  • Chili Pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin

I can think of uses, for all the above, so much of me wants to buy their other flavors.

My first thought was, wow that Cinnamon Spray would make Cinnamon Toast, so easy to make! 

Travis and I typically like our food to have more kick than the boys like it. That's where the Chili Pepper Spray would come in handy.

What flavor would you like to try, and what would you try it on?

Why I Picked Ginger:

I've been trying to include ginger in my diet on a regular basis. It's anti inflammatory, which is wonderful when it comes to my asthma. Have breathing problems? Eat or drink ginger and turmeric. Both are helpful.

What I've Used it On:

  • Peach and Mango Smoothie
  • Rice Bowl

Where to Get Spray Gourmet Liquid Seasonings:

Each spray is around $6 to $7 dollars on Amazon. It is not on Prime, so there is a $2 shipping fee.

Disclaimer: I got this product, for free in exchange for an honest review. I was not told what to write. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Dear Isaak,

You just turned 12 today! Happy Birthday little man!

For Your Birthday You Got: 

Stratego - a board game

Some artsy markers

A room makeover, which was a lot of work! See pictures below! We went with triangles!

 I painted the base coat over the tape to prevent it from bleeding through:

You helped label what triangles were going to be what colors:

We mixed our own tints, to give variety without having to buy more paint. Tape tear off reveal:

All day yesterday you worked on putting your room back in order:

 I'm thinking about making 3 of these (the colors of his room) to go on the blue wall:

You've been acting 12, for a few months now. I remember when Mica was about that age.

Things You Like:

To Draw: Muscle men mostly | You got the Art Award in Beveridge Magnet Middle School

To Talk: You are a talker, sometimes I need a mental peace and quiet break and have Mica and you go for walks | You love to talk on the phone to your girl friends

YouTube: You like to watch prank and art videos

Movies: You've always liked action and superhero movies, but I'm noticing you like romantic comedies sometimes too

Shows: In particular you love that new show on Amazon called Upload, and if Chris Harrison is on with some cheesy Bachelor type show you are glued to the TV

Food: Pizza and Tacos

Pet: You got his first pet this year named Sunny, he's a Leopard Gecko

Piano: An instrument you picked up just this year | We got you lessons, then COVID-19 happened | You got the Piano Award in Beveridge Magnet Middle School

Things You Don't Like:

Chores of any kind, for the most part - Does any 12 year old like to do chores?

Being cold, you wear your heavy duty robe around the house, and coat around when you were in school

You say that you don't like school, but you were really sad when you found out that school wasn't happening for the rest of the year

COVID 19 is messing up everyone's daily routine | We won't do a lot of celebrating because of this! We do plan on having Pizza Hut pizza, and playing games

When people act like jerks

Your hair getting longer, and in those eyes

Overall you are sensitive to other's feelings. You are creative, innovative, charming, and a great son to have!



Friday, May 15, 2020

Random Tid Bits

  1. Today is my last day of classes. It's the boy's last day as well. Kind of odd feeling!

  2. It took me for...ever to write my final exams! Getting used to google forms wasn't that big of a deal. Except I kept forgetting to make questions mandatory. Why do they even have that feature? If you didn't want them mandatory, just don't assign points to those particular questions!

    I wrote about 300 questions in total, 100 or so for each of my 3 classes. Of course I've changed things being all online, so it really was new everything.

  3. I decided to go to get my allergy shots yesterday. I was in a rush because shhh I was supposed to be working. Hey some nights I've been working in the evenings writing tests.

    Off I went. On the way I realized the main street that takes me to the clinic was closed, due to construction. I'm not complaining about them working on the street. I just don't know the area well, or what way to turn. Off I went into a neighborhood  I was hoping would take me to the clinic. Instead I got lost. Finally I got out. I decided to use Waze to take me to the clinic. There were a lot of roundabouts the way it took me. I finally got there.

    Afterwards I got home, and was all wheezy. This is the third time I got like that after shots.

  4. The boys are getting a fresh coat of paint, for their birthdays. Isaak's getting triangles. Much like this image. Except he's getting an undercoat of cream, and red-orange and blue-green triangles.

  5. Now I'm being all indecisive on his bedding. I have so many in my shopping cart, just sitting there. I don't know that I want to give him new bedding now, maybe for Christmas.

    I think this is my favorite! BUT I'd have to get a duvet. It's just a cover. It looks like Isaak, considering he loves to draw.

    These are at Target:

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

WW: Repurposed {Linky}

I've had the idea to turn a trunk we have into an ottoman, for quite some time.

I have nothing against CHEEZ-IT GROOVES, but just didn't know that I wanted a trunk that said that in our living room forever. I really liked the red, and the storage space. We needed an ottoman, so why not repurpose ?

My husband cut a board bigger than the trunk top:

He used stuffing from a loveseat we took apart, and lots of pulling, and staples:

I got the idea to cover buttons from my Grandma, who gave me a tin of buttons. The fabric was too thick, so we went with a scrap of red we had from something else. 

The fabric was left over from a chair he designed. 

He put screws up through the bottom of the lid, and into the wood he cut. Poof we had an ottoman! I wish I had one more. 

I didn't help as much as I thought I would, but the idea was mine. 


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