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. 

 

 

Day 18 of Isolation

6 years ago today I fell, fracturing my knee cap and tearing my meniscus.  Immobilized leg for 3 months, then the meniscus surgery with additional immobile time.  Another 6 months of physical therapy to be not quite back to normal.  Since that fated day, I gained 35 pounds!  Guess my activity levels dropped more than I thought.  In the last 17 weeks, I’ve lost 28 of those pounds!

Because we are watching more closely what we are eating, today I made homemade unsweetened applesauce to have with the BBQ pork loin and asparagus for dinner.  It was so easy!  Cut up, boil, and blend in food processor.  Start to finish was 20 minutes and then a few hours in the frig.  Didn’t even peel them.  Don’t want to lose those nutrients.

What foods have you experimented with during your self-isolation?

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Day 17 of Isolation

We ordered mulch and steer manure online and went to Home Depot to pick it up.  They even load it into the car.  Today was planter mulching day!  Grass seed and steer manure soon and then our yard will smell absolutely fabulous!

John also repaired the bench on the front porch.  Some of my honey-do list is getting done!!  Happy wife here!!

What projects have you worked on?

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Day 16 of Isolation

We had a very relaxing day after our Mai Tai party last night.  We might have had too many!

It has been so great having the Kiddo around!

Kiddo made a great lentil soup I have to rave about.  It was a Moroccan Lentil soup with lentils, garbanzo beans, diced tomato, cauliflower, celery, onion, and spices.

I only had dried garbanzo beans – they were so easy to make in the Instant Pot.  One cup of beans and 6 cups of water for 50 minutes.  Turned out wonderfully!