24 4 / 2014

Well May anyway.

I’m hoping that J gets to go to summer camp. I submitted his scholarship application yesterday so his summer days will be kind of busy. 9-1 I think it is. Dance, music, art and all that stuff. I think he’ll have a blast with other children all those days and I’ll get some stuff done on my own. Starts in June.

But May. I have to find things for us to do in May.

I found a post on our homeschool group about a horse play date. It usually costs but children of single parents get in free. Its called a horsey fun day. He gets to spend two hours feeding, brushing and playing with a miniature horse. That will happen this Tuesday maybe. Besides that, a beach trip. He’s asked for that too. I was thinking beach camping but I’m thinking maybe not. Two trips are all I can think of so far.

I’m excited.

I also found a free box for him. One of those…box a month things but I saw one offering a free box and I got it for him. Should be in tomorrow. An activity and a magazine. I’ll split it up though so he can have some in his little mailbox tomorrow or maybe Saturday (laundry day - to keep him busy) and something at another time. I’ve yet to go shopping for little things to put in his mailbox during the week but I may save that for summer.

Fun fun. Lots to plan for.

22 4 / 2014

This week I finally get out of my first term History class. I’m so done. Surprisingly, my final project, a PowerPoint presentation, was pretty easy. It took me 12 hours in one sitting to think it up and get it all together. I should have worked on it throughout the term but I do better writing in one bunch. Its about prejudice in WWII of which there was plenty so it was not difficult to write it. So that’s done and my first comment was positive!

i have one last short paper, a discussion question to write, have to review three other presentations and answer any questions about my own. I’m hoping to get everything done before the week is out so that I can spend the rest of my time getting ahead for next term since I have no breaks in between. I’ll have two classes next term. One wants us to create a movie. I love this kind of stuff but I’m mostly looking forward to typography and animation. My goal is to stay a week ahead on my projects and readings so I can end with at least B in my classes. I have my books already, I just need to get my lens and my supplies and I’ll be ready!

20 4 / 2014

19 4 / 2014

"Always expecting this and expecting that. May I recommend serenity to you? A life that is burdened with expectations is a heavy life. Its fruit is sorrow and disappointment. Learn to be one with the joy of the moment."

Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (via creatingaquietmind)

(Source: lookingsmug, via creatingaquietmind)

19 4 / 2014

09 4 / 2014

Tomorrow is the day we’ll finally leave the house. I don’t think we’ve done anything since Sunday. I didn’t feel well the last few days so we’ve stayed in plus it makes sense to not leave the house when you don’t really need to. We have Netflix, the internet and today I started a free trial for a preschool reading program.

He seems to be happy with it. Instead of doing our own little learning thing, he played with this for a couple hours while I tried not to move so much. It was nice. He’s not usually on the computer that long but I made an exception for today.

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Tomorrow I’m hoping to wake up feeling better because I have no choice. I have some stuff to do. I have a store or two to run to, the library (finally found those late books behind his dresser) need to get his camp scholarship application signed and turned in and then once I drop him off, I have a doctor appointment to check and see what this doctor thinks of my pain. Then class work that night.

Fun day tomorrow.

09 4 / 2014

"If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."

Martin Luther King Jr. (via creatingaquietmind)

(Source: prefontaine-lives, via creatingaquietmind)

08 4 / 2014

Last month, I had blood testing done and found out that aside from being Anemic (like always) and having a very low vitamin D level, I also had to start watching my carbs and sugar due to family history and my A1H number - 5.9. That’s at the cusp of the warning level. Pre pre diabetic depending on who you ask. To oversimplify it.

In the last few weeks I’ve been trying to do one sweet a day only so a desert at night with dinner (doesn’t always work) and one sweet drink a day (one cup of juice or tea etc) that is a little easier. This week I’m only doing water and so far not failing one bit. I’ve added one fruit and one veggie to every meal that I eat. J has never had any issue with eating well but I have. I don’t really like fruits or veggies. Its easier for me to eat better when I’m home though cause I can plan it a little better but on the go I’ve been failing and we were on the go all weekend. I’m going to start packing food with us just for that.

So aside from those, I’m now trying to figure out some pain relief. I’d like to be formally diagnosed with Endo and have all that checked out in case it isn’t that but its something else. I’ll do another blood test to see how my hormones are and recheck my vitamin D and iron levels in June and then I can decide how to treat myself a little better. I’m waiting for a referral from my doctor so that I can start looking into other options. Today I really don’t feel well. We’re not not even leaving the house because it hurts to walk and when I do walk like a normal person it tires me out too much so none of that mess today. We need to go grocery shopping, to the library and places that include walking. No thanks.

Acupuncture is probably what I’m going to go back to. I felt pretty good until my herb formula stopped working for whatever reason. My PCP’s coworker does acupuncture so I’m thinking of checking out her prices so I wont have to drive a half hour to go back where I was.

So that’s me and my health at the moment.

06 4 / 2014

I started an herbal course last night. 
I love it.
I’m nearly done through the first unit. There’s 10. Its designed to take you 6-12 months and then you become something of a trained/studied herbalist. There is so much to do and then quizzes that require to put your skills to the test like for this unit I need to make two things and detail them. I’m planning to do a hand sanitizer and maybe some kind of salve. I don’t know yet but hands on! Of course I have years to go regarding being as trained but this gets me going. I’ve been wanting to join an herbal study for years so here’s a start. I had been keeping a different one in mind but when I saw this, their payment plan and their coupon code, I went for it. I am using my school refund for all its worth.
Speaking of, I had to get a creative cloud cloud subscription for next semester which just made it that much more real that once I get the heck out of this WWII class, I’ll be working on actually designing things, making things, creating things.
Next on the list is a new lens, a portable drive, stuff like that that’s actually required and totally wanted too. This is getting expensive but I did request more financial aid so it can be covered. My debt hating mind wants to stop financial aid and just find a really good job to cover it but I know that’s highly unlikely. There’s just no way I’d be able to work enough to cover classes, extras, living expenses and then sending J to school. Its edging up to $5000 per month so financial aid will be working for me till I graduate in a year. I’m cool with that. Maybe in a year I’ll have some better income sources to work with.
The greatest thing ever is that I figured out how to tether my phone so I can use my data to set up the internet at the house for free (well through my phone plan but no extra cost). I got a prepaid phone (an android) and am using that.
This opens up doors.
I have an Udemy web development certification that I could finish. I have a Lightroom course that I can finish and use to work on photo editing on the side (I love PE). J needs to be able to work on his alphabets during the day and I like to use the internet for that and finding worksheets for him not to mention that it comes in handy for sending in my own school work so I definitely needed a cheap way to get at least a little bit of internet time at home. Our apartment complex is out of area for one of the only two options I could get so no go there. I’ll see how that goes for the week. So much excitement!

I started an herbal course last night.

I love it.

I’m nearly done through the first unit. There’s 10. Its designed to take you 6-12 months and then you become something of a trained/studied herbalist. There is so much to do and then quizzes that require to put your skills to the test like for this unit I need to make two things and detail them. I’m planning to do a hand sanitizer and maybe some kind of salve. I don’t know yet but hands on! Of course I have years to go regarding being as trained but this gets me going. I’ve been wanting to join an herbal study for years so here’s a start. I had been keeping a different one in mind but when I saw this, their payment plan and their coupon code, I went for it. I am using my school refund for all its worth.

Speaking of, I had to get a creative cloud cloud subscription for next semester which just made it that much more real that once I get the heck out of this WWII class, I’ll be working on actually designing things, making things, creating things.

Next on the list is a new lens, a portable drive, stuff like that that’s actually required and totally wanted too. This is getting expensive but I did request more financial aid so it can be covered. My debt hating mind wants to stop financial aid and just find a really good job to cover it but I know that’s highly unlikely. There’s just no way I’d be able to work enough to cover classes, extras, living expenses and then sending J to school. Its edging up to $5000 per month so financial aid will be working for me till I graduate in a year. I’m cool with that. Maybe in a year I’ll have some better income sources to work with.

The greatest thing ever is that I figured out how to tether my phone so I can use my data to set up the internet at the house for free (well through my phone plan but no extra cost). I got a prepaid phone (an android) and am using that.

This opens up doors.

I have an Udemy web development certification that I could finish. I have a Lightroom course that I can finish and use to work on photo editing on the side (I love PE). J needs to be able to work on his alphabets during the day and I like to use the internet for that and finding worksheets for him not to mention that it comes in handy for sending in my own school work so I definitely needed a cheap way to get at least a little bit of internet time at home. Our apartment complex is out of area for one of the only two options I could get so no go there. I’ll see how that goes for the week. So much excitement!

04 4 / 2014

gogetthatbody:

k-lionheart:

themaidenofthetree:

I want you to imagine a ten year old version of yourself sitting right there on this couch. Now this is the little girl who first believed that she was fat, and ugly, and an embarrassment.

This is groundbreaking

this is my third time rebloging this today. this is so important.

(via misandry-mermaid)

31 3 / 2014

thebicker:

100% true, except that if you don’t have healthcare you will pay either $95 or 1% of your annual income, and there is no jail time.

thebicker:

100% true, except that if you don’t have healthcare you will pay either $95 or 1% of your annual income, and there is no jail time.

(Source: runningrepublican)

31 3 / 2014

This is why everyone should have a sister in culinary school. Macarons!

This is why everyone should have a sister in culinary school. Macarons!

30 3 / 2014

I spent yesterday all by myself. J spent the day with his Lovey, his aunts and his great-grandmother. He was very happy to go even though I woke him up in a hurry, made him potty and before he knew what was going on, I was combing the tangles from his hair and telling him about everything I had stuffed in his backpack. He likes trips, going places, doing things. I hope that comes in handy later if we ever get to travel but for now, it reminds me of a thought I had when he was gone and I had gone back to bed. I was texting my sisters about him being gone and him being so happy about it and I had a thought.

That’s how it should be.

He should want to leave me and I should get to a point where I’m completely okay with that. I don’t think that point comes before a year old or before a few months old when you have to pack the kid off to care so you can head back to work. Where you spend all day (or all night in my case) wishing you could be back with your child doing a whole bunch of nothing but together. I think it feels better at this point where we’re both ready to go on a little bit. J has decided that he wants to go to school, wants to ride a bus, wants to take off with his friends. I’m ready to pick him up in the afternoon and ask him about his day, give him a snack and prep dinner while he colors. I’ll miss him like I did this weekend but I’m ready to be able to sit on my computer and work on some things alone. I think its better at this age than it would be any sooner. We’re both ready for some time apart. I think this is how it should be. Actually I’m pretty sure that’s how it should be.

 I’m thinking of doing a trial run with summer camp. It’s not an away camp but it is some hours during the day where he will go and do art, music dancing, some other stuff. I’m thinking about it big time. He seems to like the idea too. He wont be heading to school until I can find a good free school (ha! okay I’ll aim for inexpensive) or until he’s four next year but I think he may do very well because he’s ready and so am I.

29 3 / 2014

Freecycle dishes. Turns out, having one adult sized bowl,  three different sized plates and a hundred different kiddie dishes just doesn’t cut it.

Freecycle dishes. Turns out, having one adult sized bowl, three different sized plates and a hundred different kiddie dishes just doesn’t cut it.

29 3 / 2014

risarodil:

Yoooooo book nerds

risarodil:

Yoooooo book nerds

(via teachingliteracy)