Friday, September 29, 2017

Random Tid Bits

  1. Have you ever taken one of those colored personality tests? I'm always pretty even across the board. One color isn't a lot stronger than another. Either I'm confused, or I'm a well rounded person. 

  2. I have a first year student that wanted to know how I grade. I'm assuming she wondered why she got a B, and not her usual A that she got in her high school art class. I said, "I grade on the points that I have on the handout, which are also listed on the grade slip. I think about the good and bad examples I showed in class, and think about if you followed some of what I discussed in those pieces. What I've covered in class is pretty important; have you been listening? Finally I grade on what the body of student's work looks like. Then I ask another teacher to see if they agree on what order I have in the line up of grading. There's a lot more to it, than it may seem. Partly it's subjective, but mostly it's about having trained eyes."

    She looked at me blankly. I think she wanted her work graded much like a math worksheet would be graded. #3 is wrong, and #4 is right.

    Artwork isn't really graded like that. I do write on their grade slip things they can approve upon, and they have a week to get it back to me.

  3. I've felt a bit like I've been dragging all week. Isaak got the stomach flu late Saturday night. He was sick all Sunday. I got it Monday at the tail end of work. I felt awful! Travis got it a little after me. I had to tease him because he kept telling Isaak he needed to eat bread when he wasn't feeling well. My mom and I said, "Clear liquids first". When Travis was sick I kept saying, "Eat some bread! How about some pizza?" Mica got it on Tuesday night, but it never amounted to anything. He just slept and slept.

  4. I finally went in to get my eyes tested. If you remember I didn't do the best on my driver's test for the vision part. I didn't want to get my eyes tested because I didn't know if it was polyps pushing on my eyes, allergies, or actually my eyes. I finally made it into an eye doctor. My one astigmatism, and other eye that doesn't have one are basically playing tug of war. I actually see pretty well. So I'm getting glasses as soon as they come in.

  5. Do you remember the kid that got attacked by a gator on Disney's turf? It happened awhile back. The little boy that died is from here. The parents haven't talked in public until now. What they have done to honor his name is truly wonderful! 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

$22 Off Your First Month of Winc @usfg

I love wine. I had too many allergies tied to the sulphates in wine, and hops in beer. Guess what? My allergy doctor said after I got an Aspirin treatment, that I'd be able to try wine once again! YAY! I haven't tried it yet. I appreciate fine wines and high end beers.

Maybe it's the designer in me that loves the the packaging, bottle design, and taste of wine. Wine is often served at art openings. It's just a part an artist's culture.

I'd love to try the wine that Winc sends my way.

Apparently they personalize the packaging quite a bit, which adds a positive vibe to the experience.

Winc is Not Your Traditional Wine Club: 

  • They are a direct-distribution global wine company that personalizes the entire wine experience.

  • They are perfecting how wine is made, distributed, perceived and purchased via our Palate Profile quiz that recommends wine based on your unique tastes.

  • It is enjoyed on behalf of a new generation of wine drinkers. 

  • It takes the hassle and guesswork out of picking a bottle from your local liquor store and delivers the perfect bottle directly to your doorstep. 

  • They do all this as part of their quest to improve the experience for consumers, create a platform for artisanal winemaking, and build a grape-to-glass supply chain that's sustainable for the planet. 

  • No more intimidating language and steep price points, and more joy in the act of sharing a bottle.


$22 Off Your First Month of Winc Wine - Winc offers 4 personalized wines each month. Bottles start at $13 each.

Disclaimer: I'm writing this in hopes for reviewing some wine from Winc. There will be a follow up review that will be written honestly - if I'm picked to review this. This company didn't influence my review. I only review products I think will fit my family, or my readers.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Osceola Cheese

On our way home from our trip to Branson, Missouri I kept seeing signs for Osceola Cheese. I said, "We have to stop there to stretch our legs."

Travis thought we passed it on accident, but I spotted the exit.

If you ever pass through Osceola, Missouri stop at Osceola Cheese. They have fancy meats, pickles, and jams you can buy there as well. 

What I loved were the samples! They had so many options of different cheeses to try! We were all in heaven! 

They have over 275 cheeses on stock! They have been open since 1944, so they've had plenty of time to perfect their flavors. I think I liked the hot cheese samples the best.

For a long time I stayed away from cheese. I thought I was allergic to all things dairy. My allergy test showed no dairy allergies. Cheese has been slowly added back into my diet. I love cheese!

What's your favorite kind of cheese?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

WW: Alpaca Farm {Linky}

I saw that Alpacas of the Heartland was having an open house. I always wanted to go there, but have missed it each time.

It was a total surprise to the boys. I think Isaak was happy to cuddle up to them!

Mica acts too cool for many things these days, but he enjoyed the farm as well.

Travis liked enjoyed them as well!

I love the look of this one:

This one they called grumpy, but it held still for photos:

I like the photos I got of these 2:

This little one we couldn't touch:

These are the hills they live by:

Have you ever seen Alpacas?


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