Friday, March 20, 2020

Random Tid Bits

  1. Getting used to this online teaching that happened oh so quickly has been interesting! I've had to change so many things that I do. I sent 2 big emails out to my students. After the 2nd email a student emailed, "Check in number 2". I spent 5 minutes looking at my 2nd email, trying to check what was wrong with it. She was just checking in saying, "I'm here!" Then I spent 5 more minute laughing about it. I needed that laugh.

  2. We were at my parent's house last weekend. We were having a conversation about Mica's eyebrows. He's always had a unibrow. I pluck those suckers out of there. Mica was complaining to my Mom about how it hurts. My Mom asked, "Mica why don't you just do it yourself?" Mica said, "Well Grandma I can't see the hairs up on my forehead to pluck them." My Mom said, "Haven't you ever heard of a mirror?" He said, "Oh I didn't think about that." We laughed and laughed. 

  3. If you remember Isaak had to switch Math teachers midyear. His first teacher (according to his carpool) didn't know how to teach. She was pushing the students really hard. Mainly because she was a 7th grade teacher, and Isaak is in 6th grade. She got put on Administrative Leave, then later fired.

    Isaak loved his new Math teacher. He was all the sudden excited about class. She even sent him this postcard, and his already big eyes lit up!

    Now that they don't have school Isaak's not only sad about not seeing his friends, but also pretty bummed that he doesn't have Math with Ms. Walton. He said, "Mom I was actually enjoying Math." :(

    Did you ever get excited about a certain class in school?

  4. I totally dropped the ball with signing the kids up for any camps. Travis signed up for an art residency, where the whole family would be involved. He had to call about it, to see if he got it. Turns out they didn't read anyone's applications, letters, look at their work. She just picked the top two applicants, and gave it to them. :(

    I'm thinking it's a blessing I didn't sign the kids up for any camps with all that's going on. They may not of been able to participate anyhow. They I may not of gotten my money back. Maybe everything does happen for a reason. 

  5. I was pretty ticked off yesterday. My boss has us still coming in to work, even though we totally could do it at home. They have signs on the doors, "If you're sick, don't come in!" One of my co-workers has been coughing, and snotting. It's not allergies. Then an Adjunct (which I really wish they weren't here!) just got done flying somewhere, and came in. That's totally how this COVID-19 spreads.

    The bossman offers suggestions to make this online stuff smoother. The coworker with a cold thinks the bossman is giving him more to do, making his job harder. I'm stuck in the middle of the two fighting.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

WW: Art Award {Linky}

Before Spring Break happened Isaak won the Art Award at school. They only awarded 2 kids per class. When he had Piano he was awarded that too. He was the only one that got that award.

Cheers to our creative one:

Peace to you during the time of COVID-19! I hope you, your family and friends have wellness during this time!

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Today is Saint Patricks Day. The next holiday to pop up is Mother's Day. 

Typically for Mother's Day I take my own Mom out for breakfast, lunch or dinner. As for me, the boys do the same. It's more of a - spend quality time with the Mom day.

This year things may be different. Because of COVID-19, going out to eat isn't recommended. Splurge a bit to get something a Mom would love! It will help those small businesses stay open!

Things to Purchase:

It's time to get a name necklace. I simply love the Engraved Family Stacked Circle Necklace. You could put children's names, Grand Children names, or even family last names: Your parent's last names, and your married name.

They always have the selection of: 

Sterling Silver
18K Gold Plated Silver
18K Rose Gold Plated Silver

I don't know about you, but I love options! My top option is Sterling Silver, or White Gold.

You can pick the number of circles, based on how many kids you have: 

2 to 5 circles

You have the selection of the chain length necklace sizes

14" 35cm for a child - if you want their parent's names on there
16" 40cm for a young adult - the length is equivalent to the collar
18" 45cm for an adult - dropping to the position close to the collarbone
20" 50cm for an adult - longer - dropping to the bottom of the collarbone
22" 55cm for an adult - even longer - close to the neckline

Prices vary on the different options. 

Keep things personalized name necklace cheap

Personalization is important. I remember as a child having the name Alissa, it wasn't on anything. I was always so jealous of Jenny's and Sarah's. With Get Namenecklace you can put whatever names on it. Isaak and Mica can go on any Get Namenecklace item.

Namenecklace has:






Cuff Links
Dog Collars 
Personalized Wallets 
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Have you thought about what you're going to get your Mom, for Mother's Day?

Disclaimer: This is a paid post. All opinions are my own. This was written by me. 

Crazy Days

I was worried about COVID-19 before it came into my state. Our world is inner connected. I do feel like there are people in the US that think they are way above everyone else in the world. We've for the most part become a cocky nation. We have the best of everything, but do we? We point blame, when we should at times point the thumb. Outsiders are human.

We're learning really fast that we're not above this virus. I believe that there is something to be learned from everything. Wherever there is bad, there's good too. The good might seem untouchable right now. Somewhere, out there it exists. If anything, maybe we'll have a place where more empathy exists, than it did before. Maybe our economy is oh so low now, but will bust at the seems when this is all said and done.


I learned Thursday, towards the end of the day that we (as teachers) were supposed to offer our students online learning as well as keep our doors open for those that wanted to learn in the classroom. We have less than 50 people, so the bossman decided to stay open.

At the end of the day I found out the students wouldn't be back. The school's decision is purely based on how many people the gov. suggests we can be around. At first it was said 250 people, then it went to 50 people, and now it's 10 people.

If it were my decision, I would have closed the doors right after spring break. Offer classes in an online fashion only. I'd give teachers the training to do so.

I had class, for the first time after spring break was a thing. Only two kids didn't show up. Those two I communicated with via email. I set up three blogs, so I can add text, videos, PDFs and so on, for my students. It's not easy with the instructional videos. I show examples. YouTube would take them down in a heartbeat because of copyright laws. They are too big to keep adding, and sharing with Google Drives. I'm still trying to figure out the kinks in my system. I'd love if my work would go with Google Classroom. As is I don't have the space to upload everything on Google Drive, and keep getting emails from students, with their files.

The boy's school is off "indefinitely". They will reevaluate every two weeks. They get 10 min of homework every day, but it's not graded. Mica's school - they can call to meet up with the principal to check out a laptop if needed. There's no word of that with Isaak's school. Same district, different schools. I think they don't grade the work because there's no guarantee that kids have a laptop, or internet.

Mica's Reaction: 

"I'll check my email, to see if any teachers gave me anything to do. This is serious stuff. I can't believe it's happening. It seems like pandemics happen in the 20's." He rattled off a bunch of things that have happened through time.

Isaak's Reaction: 

"This is so odd. I just don't even know that much about the Corona Virus. I guess I'll get to stay in my robe for another week." He was upset when he learned that school would be closed possibly for the rest of the year. He's like, "I'll never get to see my friends, or talk to them." We reminded him that he's lucky he has parents that can provide for him.

Restaurants, museums, and other places are closing. Where you live, is everything closing down?

Are you worried about the lack of numbers, for hospital beds and medical staff?


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