Friday, February 14, 2020

Random Tid Bits

  1. Isaak switched over to his new Math teacher. It seems like a great fit. His old teacher did end up getting fired. I have no clue what will happen with the rest of that class. He hasn't looked clueless, for a good week. His old teacher taught the kids like they were in 7th grade. She was a 7th grade teacher, for the most part. Isaak has always been pretty good at math. He wasn't ready for an honors course that he didn't sign up for.

  2. I was worried about Isaak loosing friends, and having a hard time making friends in this new Math class. I guess it's not a big deal. He knows some of the kids. Some kids wanted to sit next to him because they love his drawing skills. His new teacher told Isaak she loves his drawings as well. Confident boosting has helped!

  3. I have a few student in my senior class that have jobs. I'm feeling a bit like they have senioritis bad. They are a great class, but done.

  4. In all the classes I have there's drama that I'd love to disappear.

    One girl complains about her teachers to other teachers. She even complains about her Mom to her teachers. She had my sympathy, but lately I don't know if I can trust anything she says. Her Mom might be a great Mom. The teachers she's complaining about are great teachers.

    On Friday she was telling me that some teachers are so subjective in what they like. She was referring to an assignment she has with a different instructor. I said, "With each assignment we have objectives. They are clearly laid out. In the assignment you are showing me, I'm assuming the objective was to use as little points in the paths that you are making as possible. Then it can be a smooth line, and not a big file in size. I'm not the instructor for that class. If you want the exact objectives, refer to the video the instructor left for you on the server. Your teacher has taught here, for years. I know he wants certain things to come out of the assignment. If you don't like what he has to say, duplicate the assignment, create one how you'd like it to be, and the other how he'd like it to be." She walked away. Then started complaining that her computer didn't work.

    One other girl has gone to administration about me twice. It's over silly things. The first time it was about 3 questions on a 121 question test. This time it was because we were talking about current events in class. The discussion was healthy. We weren't picking sides in our conversation. No one was mad, but apparently her. She wasn't even part of the discussion. Instead of standing up and saying, "Can you guys keep it down.", or "I don't like this conversation." she went to administration to tell them. I've been feeling a bit like I can't say anything. My tongue is tied. If I said I was going to rest room, that might be too much information, for her. I don't know what I'll do in a few weeks when I'm supposed to talk about Health Insurance. How does one talk about that, and not bring up the government? It's in regards to freelancers; getting their own insurance. It comes down to...this is college, not elementary, middle or high school. It's important to have dialogue.

    One other girl hates life. She hates her computer. She hates work that's done on the computer. God hates her. I've heard all those things. She's a great illustrator. When it comes to creating things on the computer, she puts her head down, and doesn't even want to try. We put all our videos on a server, for them to watch. It's hard because she hasn't been showing up. She's so negative. I wish I could reach her. I kept her behind last class to show her a demo in baby steps. If she looked at the videos, it would be the same thing. Watch it fast, or watch it slow.

    One other girl is always left out. She stays late just so she doesn't have to go home. I want to wrap her up, take her home, and tell her it's all going to be ok.

  5.  Mica's great. Minus his bus not showing up a lot lately. He just picked out high schools. He was torn between two. 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Living With Dementia

My Grandma got Dementia in the late 90s. That's when she started sending me duplicate cards, for birthdays and other holidays.

Before that time she was really with it! She gardened, sewed, did cross-stitching, played games, swam at the Y and more.

When I had Mica and Isaak, she loved them so much! Her face would light up, when she saw them. She always called them "girls". Probably because she had girls of her own. Her oldest grandchildren were girls. Mica used to say, "She has bubbles in her hair!" Referring to her silver white curls.

There were two times that really scared me: 

1. When she ran away, while my Grandpa was in the shower. They had an alarm system that would go off if she tried to leave. It did. BUT he was in the buff, and she took one of his shoes.

An immigrate from Mexico found her hurt. He didn't speak any English, but helped her up, and called 911. She had a broken wrist. It was then, that they decided to put her in a home. Something My Grandpa and her promised each other would never happen.

Looking back - I wish I would have thought to do something. I envisioned putting a vinyl up of a book shelf on the door. Then she wouldn't think of it as a door. I was about to do it, but it was too late. They decided it was best to move her.

2. Towards the end she would get agitated being around a lot of people. Family gatherings were hard. It's best to have small gatherings, during the day time. When the sun goes down, they have more confusion. This is called, "Sundowning". She would gather all the paper plates to wash by hand. Then she'd try and leave out the garage door, which is where my Uncle had his Wood Shop. Not a great place, for Grandma to have been.

Why I'm bringing all this up: 

Mica was supposed to work with patients that have Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, and Dementia this semester for his Healthcare Academy class.

The M.S. Forward group is amazing. They really try to be there for the students. They helped set up Goalball, play catch with the students (kind of a challenge when some of them can't see), plan cook outs and more.

People that have Parkinson's work with M.S. Forward.

Working with Dementia patients is a newish thing. It's been in the works all year. They just went on their first field trip to the home. After permission slips were signed, lunches were gotten, and the bus was called. Get this...the class gets there, and only 2 patients came out. The rest were too busy in the game room to come out. They were playing Solitaire and BINGO. I totally blame the Director of the home, not the patients, and not the teacher. It kind of makes me sad. I was so looking forward to Mica working with them. He started his life out with my Grandma, that probably seemed a bit crazy to him. When really she was a totally great person, who's brain was being attacked.

His teacher was so disappointed. She planned for it all year. The poor lady has had a difficult class anyhow. This not to happening field trip didn't help.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

WW: Poetry Slam {Linky}

I've had this photo on my desktop for awhile, and never posted it. Isaak has been super into Poetry Slam. He's the only boy in it. His teacher said, "Some of the best poets are males." He enjoys it. He was picked to go to a field trip, that had speakers, and groups where college students worked with the middle school students. When I saw that our local library had a Poetry Slam Contest, I signed Isaak up.

I asked my husband why Isaak didn't have his coat off? He said, "That's just who Isaak is." Truth be told Isaak typically tries to wear his coat everywhere. Mica barely wears his.

Travis said he is a great public speaker. He was the youngest poet. He didn't win, but I'm glad he put forth the effort.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Random Tid Bits

  1. I decided to email Isaak's Councilor at school, in regards to his Math teacher not being there. The change of substitute teachers everyday has been having a toll on him.

    She called me back. Of course I was in class, and didn't get the call. We managed to connect a call right before I started afternoon lecture.

    She couldn't answer me in regards to when his teacher would be back. She's on Administrative Leave. She of course couldn't tell me what caused the leave. I don't know that it matters. Her suggestion: Let Isaak switch classes.

    There are three problems with this: 1. The other classes are full. That's why Isaak's Math teacher had a sixth grade class, when she has always taught seventh grade. 2. The teacher he switches to may be in a different spot in Math. Currently all the substitute teachers are going off his previous teacher's lesson plans. 3. A few of Isaak's friends were in that Math class.

    I agreed to talk it over with Isaak. Isaak said really fast that he wanted to switch classes! I brought up all the cons, and he didn't seem to care. He still wanted to switch. 

  2. Isaak's councilor also told me that she was so excited Isaak won an award for his Piano class, two quarters ago. She said his face just lit up!

    Once a week Isaak goes to Piano lessons. Everything is going well, except that Isaak lost one of his Piano books. We have no clue what happened to it. We're going to check to see if he left it at the house, he takes lessons at before I buy it again.

    Their dog always lays there, and listens to Isaak pound away on the piano. He probably does that because allergic me doesn't give it any attention. Sorry doggie!

  3. I have a class on Monday and Friday in first year. I hate teaching both those days. One of those days is totally fine. It's just that the students slack in showing up Mondays and Fridays.

  4. I called a student out, for not being in class, and relying on others to help her through things. All handouts, videos of lectures, and PowerPoints are on the server. She'll listen to someone else talk about the assignment wrong, do it wrong, and blame them. Now I'm the bad guy, for calling her out. She's been complaining to other instructors and students about me.

  5. In my other class students were talking about what was on the TV the night before (Trump). I reminded them that there are two sides, but that it was good they were discussing current events. A girl went to administration said they were pissed there was a heated discussion about politics in the classroom. It's not elementary, middle or high school. I was not sharing my opinion(s). Regardless I'm typically in the middle. One person may have over reacted by tearing someone's speech up, one other person runs at the mouth way too much. I am not a happy camper about that. What is something that has upset you lately?

Thursday, February 6, 2020

How to Plan a Honeymoon in LA

There are many reasons to plan your honeymoon in Loa Angeles, it has everything from art and culture, amazing cuisines and cocktails and some of the best views in the world. There are some of the most gorgeous beaches in America and there’s Hollywood and Universal Studios too. Here is a guide to planning the best honeymoon in Los Angeles.

I've never been to Los Angeles, but it looks like a great place to go. Have you been?

Best Time for a Honeymoon in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is blessed with good weather for most of the year. However, it is suggested that you travel the windows between March-May and September-November for a better trip. This is because the crowds are smaller, and the weather is also amazing if you want to explore the out-doors. It is best to avoid the busier summer months as the rates are more expensive and it is difficult to have quiet romantic moments when there are huge crowds of people.

Ideal Duration

For a relaxed and fun-filled honeymoon, it is suggested that you have a 10-15-day break in Los Angeles. Not only does it give you enough time to relax and explore the full extent of what Los Angeles have to offer, it also gives you enough time to take a one- or two-day trip to another destination that is close by.

Best Honeymoon Experiences

The honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to wind down after the stress of organizing a wed-ding. The honeymoon gives you a chance to be together and a generous dose of culture. There are lots of places in Los Angeles that will suit anyone and everyone.
  1. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

    This is the venue to go to if you want to watch some American sport in an outdoor stadium. It is home to the USC Trojans and the Los Angeles Rams. Even if you are not interested in sports, it is definitely something you must experience when you go to Los Angeles and can be the perfect surprise for your new husband. Go to for tickets.

  2. Griffith Observatory

    This is situated on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood and makes for a romantic and magical experience. It is one of the best honeymoon spots in Los Angeles. You can go in the late afternoon to experience a beautiful sunset, followed by an incredible view of the starry night sky using the public telescope. There is a café and a bookstore so you can spend some quiet moments amongst the beautiful scenery.

  3. Universal Studios Hollywood

    This is somewhere that you must experience when in Los Angeles. You cannot miss the chance to go behind the scenes of your favorite movies. There are also rides such as The Simpsons and Harry Potter ride which can be really fun too and will add a dose of adrenaline to your honeymoon. You can also visit Disneyland where you will meet Mickey & Minnie, fairytale princesses and also get a chance to witness the parade and the fireworks. It will add a touch of nostalgia and fun to your honeymoon as you meet the characters that shaped your childhood.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

WW: In Da Hood {Linky}

The Perks of Loose Leaf Tea

Not all Teas are Equal 

It would be great if all teas were equal, but they are not. Matcha and loose leaf tea are far superior to bagged tea.

Bagged teas are heavily mass produced. They are typically made from broken leaves; that have been around for a long extended amount of time. Occasionally there’s dust in the bottom of a tea box. The lowest grade of teas are called “dust” or “fannings”. Farmer’s rake up the dropped leaves, and that is what goes into your bagged tea. Drinking dropped, or damaged leaves doesn’t seem appealing.

Think of it like this, if you have a box of crackers you eat them with enjoyment. You gobble them up to the point where there’s a bunch of crumbs that are on the bottom of the bag. At times there are crumbs beyond the bag that have made into the box. Those crumbs are similar to the “fannings” or “dust” in tea bags.

Loose leaf tea are the crackers, not the crumbs. Freshly picked, unbroken leaves, and leaf buds are used in loose leaf tea. It’s not made from the broken leaves on the ground.

It is all in the Flavor

Bagged tea does have a consistent flavor. It’s measured out, the instructions are clear on the box. It’s convenient to travel with something that is packaged and contained.

With loose leaf tea there are no rules. If you want your tea strong, you add more in, and let it steep for longer. Everyone has a preference for how they like their coffee. With tea, it should be the same way.

There’s something great about making your own of anything. With tea there’s no exception. Measuring out loose leaf tea isn’t a lot of work. It is pretty equal to the task of getting out a tea bag. If you want to mix a few varieties, than go for it! It should be a rewarding ritual.

Is Loose Leaf Tea Really Expensive?

Loose leaf tea is more expensive than bagged tea. If you are a tea drinker, it is time to splurge! Think of the money that coffee drinkers spend on their preferred drink. Loose leaf tea doesn’t even compare to the price of a cup of joe.

Brewing Methods

There are many tea diffusers you can buy. You have to find the right one that interests you.

They make a whimsical, medical grade, silicone tea diffusers. It is a fun conversation topic when ever someone is spotted using a mantatee.

It should be called a mantatea diffuser. There are other fun animal diffusers to buy.

There is a fancy wire strainer diffuser. This diffuser unclips, so the loose tea fits in, and then it is clasped back up. It can be slightly tricky to clean out. If you open it up, dump the tea in the compost, the diffuser can be swirled in soapy water, rinsed, and it is good to go!

There are compostable tea bags. They are similar to a coffee filter. When you are done, you can pitch the filter, and loose leaf tea in the compost to break down.

There is also a no filter method. Use a tall glass. Heat the water up, put the desired tea in, and drink it. For some, they can not get over the pulp. For others, the pulp doesn’t bother them. It sinks to the bottom of the glass. Very little tea pulp is actually consumed.

Much Love for Matcha

If you’ve ever had matcha tea, it’s ground up loose leaf tea. It is meant to drink whole. The pulp in loose leaf tea, and powder in matcha are really healthy for you.

Perks of Matcha

It is packed with powerful antioxidants
It lowers blood sugar
It lowers bad cholesterol
It helps prevent some diseases
It boots your metabolism
It detoxifies your system
It helps with concentration
Common colds are minimized because it contains zinc, vitamin C, and magnesium

Matcha is just like any other tea, where it calms the body. Pair it with yoga and meditation, and you’ll be a relaxed and peaceful person.

Tea Should Be Part of Your Everyday

If you love tea, choose wisely, and make it part of your daily routine. They have many varieties to choose from. If brewed longer, your tea will get stronger, for your morning kick off. If you need to wind down at the end of the day, there are tea options for that too.

Need an energy boost try Yerba Mate
When you are sick or allergic try Ginger Tea
After a morning workout try Matcha
To boost your metabolism try Green Tea
To reduce bad cholesterol try Black Tea

Best of all, enjoy all the variety of flavors when it is tea time!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Random Tid Bits

  1. Isaak school lost a Principal because he had a starter pistol in the main office. This is a school that considers scissors a weapon, and will kick kids out for having them. He had an Interim Principal, for a few months. The old one was fired. Now he has a new one.

  2. All the sudden Isaak doesn't have a Math teacher. He doesn't know what happened. Math is his most challenging subject. One good thing, he has less homework. One bad thing, he has zero consistency.

  3. Travis' coworker sent him a link to the Coronavirus hitting University Nebraska Lincoln. He clicked on the link. It was a big naked man. Click bait. Boy did it get him! I was cracking up.

    He's been freaking out about it. He's like we need to get the boy's masks, and a good spray. Me on the other hand am like, "I think we can wait on the masks", or "Sure honey. Whatever you want."

  4. Mica's hungry all the time! After dinner one night he was complaining about being hungry. I said, "There's brownies to make. Make them." He did. He said, "Mom I think I need a bigger bowl to mix them in." I turned around from doing dishes, and saw him mixing brownie mix in a small salad bowl. I couldn't stop laughing. It's a total Mica thing!

  5. As soon as it warms up, it gets cold and snows again. I'm ready for spring already. What's your favorite season? 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

What You Need to Know About Peptides and Weight Loss

Trying to lose weight can be a challenge, and many people that find exercise and dieting to not work for them turn to other strategies. However, the health community is full of buzzwords and fads promising quick, effortless solutions, which makes the genuine options harder to find. One such strategy, popularized by entrepreneurs like Ryan Smith Lexington KY, is peptide supplements, and from the talk around them you'd think they were a miracle cure. What are peptides, though, and what do they do for weight loss?

Peptides: A Primer

Peptides are short chains of amino acids, much like smaller proteins—about 50 units at most, in contrast to proteins that are hundreds long. Many peptides come from breaking down proteins in food. Because of their size, peptides don't fold up into complex molecular shapes like proteins—this means they can be more easily distributed through the bloodstream and absorbed by cells. Also, many hormones are based on bioactive peptides because of this permeability.

Peptides to Look For

Despite this common structure, peptides differ in how they interact with the body. If you're looking for peptides to help with managing weight, you want supplements containing particular kinds of peptides:
  • Collagen is known as a component of skin and connective tissue, but it also helps curb excess hunger.
  • Creatine can aid metabolism in muscle cells to replenish energy stores; this can give you a boost when working out.
  • Ipamorelin signals the pituitary gland to produce human growth hormone, which stimulates cell regeneration.
Some peptides are still under experimentation to determine how they affect the body; an example is follistatin, which has shown correlation with regulating muscle growth in lab mice.

Are Peptides Enough?

Many swear by peptides in helping lose weight and stay in shape. However, be wary of claims that peptides are an end-all, be-all solution. Managing your health is an ongoing multi-step process that peptides can aid but not fully replace. Exercise, and eating a balanced diet really helps. Also, human bodies vary in how they respond to supplements, so try them out for a short time before committing.

Disclaimer: This is a guest post. I may have been paid, for this post.

Care for a #Gecko

Recently I decided to work with some photos I have, to create some two page spreads. First off to play with InDesign, a program I teach.

I also feel like not very many average people know how to care, for Geckos. At least I didn't. There's a lot of false information out there. We made mistakes! At the pet stores, the workers seem to know very little, in comparison to dogs and cats. There are a lot of things sold there that just isn't the right care strategies, for geckos.

I know it's hard to read in the two page spread on here, so I typed it in below.

A gecko is a great first pet. You don’t have a to worry about people having allergies around them. They can be held, but don’t have to be. It’s super easy to care for them.

Types of Geckos That Make Great Pets

• Crested Gecko

• Day Geckos

• Fat-Tailed Gecko

• Gargoyle Gecko

• Leopard Gecko

• Pictus Gecko

What to Buy Your First Gecko

There are a lot of unnecessary kits and items that stores try to sell first time gecko owners. Be mindful of what your pet really needs.

A Gecko’s Home

Start out with at least a 20 gallon tank. If you buy a gecko as a baby this size of tank may seem huge. Fill the tank up with hides, rocks, and branches then it will not seem so big. A screen top is important to get. If you already have a tank, you can get screen tops separately. The top will keep unwanted bugs out.

Belly Heat

Gecko’s need belly heat, for proper digestion, so heat mats for the bottom of the tank are a must. Only half the tank will need heat mats. The other half will be the cool side of the tank. The mats do not always stay put, so make sure you have some Duct tape to secure them.

On the Floor

The floor of the tank should not include substrate, or sand. Both of these things pet stores try to sell consumers. It’s in the gecko’s nature to lick as they walk sometimes. Any loose flooring can make a gecko impacted. Then you’ will have to go to the Vet.

Instead of sand or substrate, use paper towels, floor tile, non adhesive shelf paper, or cork tiles. Tiles, cork and shelf paper wipe up easily. Paper towels are inexpensive to replace.

Hide and Seek

Geckos like to hide, so get them three to four hide structures. You can make your own hides if you’d like to. They even like to lay under rocks and logs. There should be a hide in the cool area of the tank, and in the warm area of the tank. When they shed, they do best with a moist hide.

For a moist hide, lay damp paper towels in a mason jar, or in a plastic container that has a hole cut out of it. Make sure you sand down, or burn the edges of the plastic opening. Freshly cut edges can be sharp.

Keep it Cozy

A temperature | humidity gauge is important. A gecko’s tank should be kept around 92 degrees, on the warm side of the tank. Remember they are cold blooded animals.


It is a rumor that geckos need an orange light at night. Orange bulbs are sold in gecko kits at the pet stores. Do not buy into this. An orange bulb is hard on gecko’s eyes, and will actually over time blind them

They do however need light during the daytime; if they are not in a well lit up area.

Food and Water Dishes

Your gecko will need a few flat food dishes, or you could repurpose throw away lids to be feeding dishes. Your gecko will need a dish for water, food, and calcium with vitamin D3.

What do Geckos Eat?

• Mealworms

• Crickets

• Dubia Roaches

• Superworms

• Hornworms

• Silkworms

• Wax Worms

• Locusts

Their staple diet should be Mealworms, Crickets, and Dubia Roaches. It is best to vary their diet.

It is best to feed their food (bugs and worms) veggies, for a few days before feeding it to your gecko. This is called, “Gut loading” their food. It is also great to shake the bugs and worms in calcium with vitamin D3 powder before feedings. Geckos like their food alive.

Traits of Geckos


Geckos are nocturnal. They do very well with no lights on at all. When you sleep, they party and play.

Geckos sleep during the day. Often times they lay flat on their belly, with their legs in a sprawl. This way of laying is called “Splooting”, or “Sploot”.

To Be Held, or Not to Be Held

Geckos are good around people. Usually they only like twenty minutes of human interaction a day. The timing varies, from each individual gecko. Not all geckos are the same. They do like to climb up on your shoulder. Be careful to not let them fall.

You can pet a gecko. They love the top of their head, back, and tummy rubbed.


A gecko’s tank should be cleaned once every other week. They typically go to the bathroom in one spot. Check that spot to keep it clean. Change their water daily.

Geckos can have a shallow warm bath. Do watch them the whole time they are in there. They can not swim. Bathing does help when they are having problems going to the bathroom, and helps their skin when they are about to shed.

Be Careful

• Do not ever pick geckos up by their tail. They can loose their tail. It will grow back. It is not desirable to have a gecko loose their tail.

• Do not hold a gecko on their back. Gecko’s can not breathe if they are on their back.

• Do not put more than one gecko in a tank. They are solitary animals.

• Do not have loose substrate, or sand in their tank. This could lead to digestive impaction.

• Do not use red light. This could lead to blindness.

• Do not remove their shed. They will do that on their own. You can assist them with putting them in a moist hide, or by giving them a shallow bath.

Enjoy Your Pet

The most important thing is to enjoy spending time with your pet. Geckos are super fun to watch!

If you are serious about buying a gecko for the first time: 

Download this this sheet. It will help you with your gecko's care.


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