Oscar: One positive thing to come out of this quarantine is I've finally been able to pick up a new language. My 6-year old brother and I decided to pick up Japanese and it's been going great! These books (& Duolingo) have been great in learning Hiragana.
I've also picked up Biking to relieve the stress from being in-doors on a desk all day.
|Lori: "I neglected to put leftovers out last night for our mama greenbelt bunny. I think she noticed."||Hope: My backyard has become a flower and herb oasis. My latest addition of purple and yellow flowers makes me smile as I anticipate fall LSU football season.|
Katie: Feeling more connected to my community and catching up on my reading pile(s)
Anne: The pets are getting extra love and attention!
Allison: I've exercised more. Have had time to learn more technology.
Kaleigh: We're getting some things done around the house that we've been needing to do for quite a while.
Mikha: Enjoying the sunshine, furry love, and my garden. I am also getting back into cooking my own meals.
Amanda: Cooking at home more often and having more time to clean/organize.
Nancy: Peace. No commute, lots of quiet, and little stress. Peace.
Conroe ISD will continue handing out lunches/breakfasts to low-income families through June 30th, if any of the people in our community are or know people that can benefit from this.
The Mario Game Room is finished! This room will contain storage for video games as well as board games.
My brother (11 years younger) must be getting sick of us. He's finally making plans to start out on his own! Baby bird leaving the nest. : ) I guess that's another positive thing to come out of this.
I completed my first library video about the Library barcode.
Here is Susan's 7th jigsaw puzzle since sheltering. She finds it very engaging and relaxing.
I made my own fabric refresher! I chose to use Gain Fireworks Scent Boosters, but you can use your favorite liquid fabric softener.
What I did:
Fan of Scentsy? I found these items to be cheaper and easier to find!
These are my favorite go-to scents! But they have so many to choose from!
I have a different version of a YouTube “comfort” video. Our home AC went out a while back, and now that it’s heating up, it’s a problem. My husband and I are big DIY-ers, so YouTube is always my first stop for troubleshooting and researching fixes – I’ve repaired our cars (water pump (in a dark parking lot!), brake light switches, hydraulic door lifts), replaced washing machine bearings, fixed our dryer (twice) – you name it. AC repair is new, though, so there was a lot of research. I came across this YouTube channel called Word of Advice, by an AC tech, and was SO impressed with how comprehensive and detailed it was. Seriously, I think this is the only site anyone would ever need to fix their AC. Thought I’d share since it was so outstanding – it definitely helped us work toward “comfort!”
Two weeks ago was a very stressful week for Kaleigh and Jennifer as they worked on the next fiscal year's budget, FY 2021. With the pandemic influencing enrollment and the revenue coming into the system, they were tasked with cutting 5% of an already lean budget. How stressful!
Before our weekly meeting, Charlotte emailed the rest of us to suggest that we make signs to hold up to share our gratitude and love. Everyone was on board with the idea.
On May 21, Charlotte counted down and we all held up our signs for Jennifer and Kaleigh. They were touched by our thoughtfulness. "Such an awesome team" Kaleigh expressed and an email sharing the WebEx screenshot. Jennifer replied, "Greatest of all time!" Again, thank you for the hard work!
We decided to participate in some togetherness activities each week that we can do/share in our weekly lunch. This week, we all took a picture of a tree near/at our home to make a digital forest. We're going to try to do something similar each week.
Thursday's meeting, Jennifer presented the team with the virtual forest from photos we all sent her. Here are the trees' stories:
Top row (left to right)
Amanda: I don't know what this is called, but I'd like to be able to snap my fingers and things just get done. Much like Mary Poppins. I think this would be most useful in getting house chores done.
Kaleigh: Constant good luck
Anne: The ability to apparate (like in Harry Potter books/movie.) Then I could travel easily.
Katie: super strength: it seems the most useful
Mikha: Nature Manipulation. I like the idea that I could help heal the planet.
PG-13 – Comedy/Music
If you love the music of Bruce Springsteen, then this is the movie for you. Set in 1987 England, a Pakistani boy struggles to find his voice. He expresses himself through poetry as he experiences racial and cultural turmoil. When he listens to Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics for the first time, he finds the inspiration to follow his dreams.
PG-13 – Comedy/Drama
This unique movie will make you laugh and warm your heart. A high school student who would rather stay invisible and make movie parodies finds himself reluctantly befriending a classmate who has been diagnosed with leukemia.
PG-13 – Sci-fi/Drama
A young woman’s bright future is turned upside down after being the cause of a fatal car accident. Her next few years are spent guilt-ridden as she reflects on the family whose life she shattered. She seeks out the lone survivor and attempts to make things even a little better for him. All the while, a new planet has been discovered that is a mirror image of earth. Why is it there and what does it mean?
R – Crime/Dark comedy
If I were to sum up this movie in one word, it would simply be chaos. This is a high energy movie that will leave you with your jaw on the floor. Adam Sandler is excellent at playing the role of a jeweler who only cares about the hustle. When a high-stakes bet goes awry, he must do everything he can to keep his
Katie is virtually traveling to the South Pole Observatory.
Global Monitoring Laboratory: South Pole
Anne is virtually exploring museums: I just type in youtube to find the Museum I want to visit virtually. My favorite is the British Museum in London.
Here is one of her favorite exhibits: Egypt
Instagram and daydreaming about going there someday.
Amanda: I love planning vacations almost as much as going on them. Right now I'm just raking through sites, looking for interesting places to stay. I really want to find somewhere for a relaxing little weekend getaway (non-beach) where everything (restaurants, pretty view, etc.) is self-contained and we don't need to run around (kind of like the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Knoxville). If you have any recommendations, let me know!
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Design a still life composition that reflects you during the past few months. Capture it in a photo and include a blurb explaining your art piece (250 words max). All entries will be exhibited. Email your entry to Mikha.