Day 23 of Isolation

Sunday April 5, 2020

More masks were worked on today.  I like feeling like I have a project that MUST get finished is giving me a purpose.

It was nice yesterday to have Kiddo #2 ironing the ties while I was sewing.

John woke up this morning dizzy and tired.  Maybe it is related to our sleep patterns.  I sure hope this doesn’t mean COVID-19 has hit our house.  His last outing was to the store 3 days ago.  At this moment, John and Kiddo #2 are both napping.  This unique stressor is messing with our sleep patterns.  We were up until 2 am last night watching “Tiger King“.  Only one more episode to go!

Both of us need to get some lesson plans finished to post tonight.  Last week I assigned a photo journal.  Every picture had to be described by its relationship to a micro-ecosystem in their yard.  Of my 140 students, 7 completed it.  Every one of them took pictures of the sun and water!  There were worms, ladybugs, bees, goats, cows, spiders, dogs, cats, lizards, flowers, trees, and grass.  Those that completed this did a great job!

Day 22 of Isolation

Batch 1 of masks are finished.  Here’s what they look like finished.

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John’s Mom (age 89) stopped by to drop off birthday card for Kiddo #2.  She didn’t get out of her car, rolled down the passenger window and practically threw the card out at us!  We ended up sitting on the front steps about 12 feet from her car and had a nice visit for about 45 minutes.  When she called, she made it obvious she was wanting to get out of her house and even took a very different route to our place to be out and about longer. She is about 9 miles away if you take the shortest route.  Based on her description, I bet she traveled 20 miles to get to our place!

We worry about her.  She invited neighbors over, claiming they sat on the patio and maintained at least 6 feet between them at all times.  Our county today issued orders that any gathering can only be with those people you live with except at essential outings (Dr, grocery, etc).  I assume the order is because of Holy Week.

How do we “force” her to stay home?

 

Day 21 of Isolation

Masks!  Almost done making a dozen masks.  Just need to finish the ties.  Kiddo #1 put in an order for 12 as well – she is so kind – she wants to give a pair to her in-laws!

John spent a large part of the day working on repairing the sprinkler system.

No work related obligations today.  Lesson planning can wait a day.

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After 3 weeks, things are finally settling into a new normal routine.  It is weird not going out for anything or seeing other people.

Week 3 Isolation Movies

Movies:

  1. Why Him
  2. No Strings Attached
  3. Blood Father
  4. Aftermath
  5. Outbreak
  6. Hunger Games #1, #2, #3a

 

Non-Movie watching:

  • The Ranch on netflix
  • Tiger King on netflix
  • Jimmy Fallon At Home
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO
  • recent TV episodes of:
    • The Walking Dead
    • The Talking Dead
    • Bless This Mess
    • Survivor
  • Last Man Standing
  • finished Kominsky Method on netflix
  • Grey’s Anatomy – we hadn’t watched in years.  Kiddo watched recent episode and we asked too many questions to get caught up!

 

Kiddo Watching that we mocked (ok, she is on vacation but…):

  • Keeping up with the Kardashians

Day 20 of Isolation

Today we both had multiple Google Meets meetings.  I’m feeling slightly more comfortable hosting a meet with the students.  Some educators have mentioned that their darling students are sending the links to friends and then the friends are “having fun” during the meeting.  You can remove them but then they can just rejoin.

Anyone having this issue with uninvited visitors to their Google Meet meetings or is it just a middle school student thing?  We aren’t allowed to use Zoom with the students, which is having even more issues in general.

On other news, went outside and found this beautiful flower had blossomed!

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Day 19 of Isolation

Well, it happened.  We aren’t going back to work for the rest of this school year.  All California schools are shut until June 19th.  Why that random date?  I think because by then all schools will be officially out.

So now we have a new challenge – holding office hours virtually!  We also can’t teach any new content.  This will make office hours interesting!  I’ll keep you updated with some of the things my darling middle school students talk about during office hours.

I was able to figure out why I couldn’t hear anything when I was on a Google Meet.  I have the extension “Disable HTML5 Autoplay” installed on Chrome.  After spending about an hour searching online for a solution, one person of many in a thread mentioned their autoplay blocker prevented them from hearing others.  Disabled mine and VOILA! I can hear!  It is so much easier than using the phone for audio and computer for video.  John and I tested it with him continually saying “can you hear me now?”  Just be sure to refresh for the change to take effect!

Another thing happening in California (our county) is the recommendation that everyone wear cloth masks IF they must leave home for essentials.  So today was figuring out which sheet and pillowcase I was going to cut up to make them.  I also am using a water repellent boat cover that we happened to have in the garage as part of the design.

Here is the pattern I’m using.  Kaiser Permanente has on online pattern and video tutorial for making masks.  Thank you Kaiser!

It was an eventful day!

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Almost done cutting out the mask supplies.