Friday, March 10, 2017

Random Tid Bits

  1. I love listening to the stories of the Dalai Lama in a CD I won called The Book of Joy. I won it off of Mom's Own Words. He's all about peace, which is what we need right now. I get sick of negativity, people being put down, and being called names: left wing, right wing, and so on. I say it's name calling because those terms are generally used in a negative context. Even our president, and last president I've heard being called names. If one doesn't agree with someone, does it give them the right to call that person a name? I don't think so. We learned that when we were in elementary school. I wish just once that we could see that we all have differences. I wish we could see one another from all sides like Picasso drew. Maybe our differences is all we have in common. That's ok. I wish you all even though we may be different - peace, love, happiness, and understanding in this difficult thing we call life.

  2. Lately I've been swiped - unfriended on facebook by two people. Most normally I wouldn't care. I do care. Why does it bother me? I just wish they'd message me a heads up, so I could understand what I did wrong. After all we're adults. If I said something offensive I could apologize. I have no way of knowing what I said, posted, or did to swipe me from their friend list.

    There was one person I unfriended. The reason? She attacked another friend on a thread I posted. I won't stand for attacking others. Especially when they didn't know each other. Typically I'm for free speech. Even if I disagree with you - I won't defriend you. That's just not in my character. 

  3. Mica has an interesting way of looking at things at times. Yes sometimes I learn things through my own children. He said, "Mom I just don't understand why kids my age (11) would have a facebook page. It's not legal to have one at my age. You have to lie about your age to have one." He's very matter of fact about everything. On safety patrol if someone is not following the rules they get written up by Mica. It doesn't matter if they are friend or foe. I like that neutral quality about him. He's very by the book.

    There are times when his loved trait can be a not so good trait. Everything has a little yin and yang to it. He points out when he thinks something isn't fair. He said, "Mom the leader at camp only gives candy to some kids who win. That isn't fair. They should give it to all the kids in my opinion." I said, "Mica then all the kids in the camp would have nothing to work toward. There would be no goals to achieve. By only giving candy to the winners, others will try harder the next time." I think he got it. Remember he was raised in a society where all the kids get a ribbon no matter if they won something, or not.

    If you're a rule breaker, or not a very fair person stay clear of Mica. If you a fair person that follows the rules he'll be your best friend ever!

  4. Isaak is sweet and sour. Don't cross him! He won't let you forget it. Be nice to him, and he'll have your back like he has his own back. He's managed to hang on to his friends for all of elementary except 1. That 1 has issues at home, feeds off of negative behavior, so he lost the whole group.

  5. There's always one student in every class that seems to want to call the teacher out on their mistakes. I have one in each class right now. I'm far from perfect! I will admit that. One I can handle. The other I steer away from. She called me out last week. I was going over multicultural design. I was talking about how we don't eat bugs here, but how they do in other countries. I had a video that was featured on Fast Company's blog some time ago that had a company that was proposing the idea. She looked it up on her cell phone trying to figure out if the company went anywhere. Apparently they didn't get the company off the ground. I did find it, but the design was horrible. Part of me wonders if the company that proposed the big idea got bought out. First off they are not supposed to be on their cell phones during lecture - period. Second I never said the company went anywhere. I only proposed it as an idea. Third I connected it to the news that discussed a few weeks ago that a group at University of Lincoln is making bug products to sell for protein. The way this student says things is like - ha I got you! It's like she's trying to make someone feel small. Have you ever had anyone in your life try to push you down, and make you feel small?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Rock On! Giveaway

Things that we've always collected are: Rocks, Arrowheads, Fossils, and Mineral Specimens.

We got the spelling of our son Mica from the mineral Mica, which is a shiny silicate mineral with a layered structure, found as minute scales in granite and other rocks, or as crystals. It is used as a thermal or electrical insulator.

We have arrowheads hanging up in shadow boxes in our hallway.

I was super excited to review and giveaway Rock On! The Geology Game of Brains and Sheer Determination

What the Set Includes:

  • A Fun Learning Game
  • A 15 Specimen Rock Collection
  • 60+ Small Polished Rocks
  • Cards with Fun Facts on Rocks and Minerals
  • A Hard Plastic Carry Case

The Game

Mica liked the set because Mica is in it. He enjoyed playing the game with me as well. The game reminded me of bingo.

There are 5 levels for up to 6 players. The game is educational. It's filled with science. It's meant for elementary ages, and beyond.

If you don't care for games, it's just cool to look through the rocks and minerals. 


The rocks are fairly small, and are all polished. 


The set comes with card to help identify everything. 



Win It:

One of my readers is going to win Rock On! The giveaway is open to residents of the US, 18+, and will run through 3/23. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is selected.

No PO Boxes. Open to the US.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclaimer: I received Rock On! to assist with this review. I wrote this post, and was not influenced at all with an opinion. I only review things that I find interesting, or that would benefit my readers or family. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

I'm Still in a Fog

I scheduled my ENT appointment for later this month. That's when they could get me in.

I've already messaged my allergy/asthma doctor twice. The first time was to get a sheet that they forgot to give me at the office. I don't blame them for forgetting. I kept them there an hour past closing time.

Here's my original post if you feel like you're reading this, and you're lost.

Here's a list of foods I shouldn't have during season where their counterparts are in bloom or in seed:

First column is spring, second is summer, third is late summer and early fall, and last is fall.

I can have any one of these things. Just not when their relative is in seed, or in bloom. 

We were very successful with growing tomatoes last year. Luckily we don't have them very much during the summer. We canned most of them late fall and winter. The tomato liquid was frozen into ice cube trays, and we use them for soups, beans and rice, and dishes like that.

We can make sauerkraut with the cabbage we grow. Then we can have cabbage at any time.

Fruits that shouldn't be consumed in one season can be frozen for smoothies for another season. 

I like peanut butter, but should stay off it now. Almond butter would be ok though.

Isaak and Mica should stick to this pretty well too. They don't have the asthma I have, but did get some of my allergies. Not nearly as bad as me. Both can be around dogs. Isaak can be around cats with no problems. Mica sneezes and his eyes itch around cats. They both have seasonal allergies. Isaak's poor eyes get it bad! 

I've been waiting for a list like this my whole life. They never had this when I went to an allergist before. 

Another message was sent in to Doctor Shakir. I was to be off my meds for 5 days prior to seeing my him - my allergy, asthma doctor. I need to know if I should be off anything before seeing my ENT. Doctor Shakir was very clear that he wanted to get my polyps down in size. If I go off my meds they will get bigger. That's good because then the ENT can see what he's up against surgery wise. It's bad because he won't really know their real size. I know they've gone down. I can breathe through my nose a bit.

I still have a cloudy WTH feeling going on in my head. That's from the powerful steriods I'm on. They're stronger than a typical inhaler used for asthma. 

Of course it's hard to focus on school things. It's midterm week. I couldn't even read papers one day last week. I did get through them the next day. If I can just finish writing the tests, I should be good. They are already there from last year. There's a computer program that grades them for me - YAY! 

Have you ever been on a med that made it hard to concentrate? 


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