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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Book Review: The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success

The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success Cover Image
The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success is a great book, especially for those of us who could not figure out how a social media device could be used for business networking and job searching.  This book came at a great time for me.  I had just attended a webinar and one of the presenters, a head hunter, said to use LinkedIn “to land the job of your dreams.”  Of course, I couldn’t see how that would help.  Like many, I had created a profile on LinkedIn but never got much further than my name and basic information because I could not really see how this site would benefit me.

Then, I read The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success and now I understand what a great tool LinkedIn can be.  This book advises you on how to create a great profile, what to include, and how to set up a network based on the author’s own experience.  The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success will come in very handy for those people who are looking to change jobs or those in the business world looking to network with others.

I will definitely be using the instruction obtained from this book to boost my LinkedIn profile and I would definitely encourage anyone who has even remotely heard of LinkedIn to read this book and determine for themselves if LinkedIn would be beneficial to them.
This book is written as a manual.  It is broken down into reasonable chapters and the author clearly explains each step of the process.  He is also very good about including parts of LinkedIn that could be part of your profile based on when you joined.  I thought that this book, even though it was written as a how-to book, was very easy to read.   

Again, I found The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success to be a very useful book and would encourage others to take a look at it.   

One word of caution, however:  At the webinar referenced above, the presenter clearly stated that potential employers don’t want to read about volunteer hours or hobbies nor do they want to see every job you have ever hand.  She stated it was best to only focus on the field you are in and leave off the jobs in other fields you may have had.  The author’s advice differs from this.  Therefore, I will be speaking more to staffing personnel in my field to determine for myself which is the best option for me.

Paid Disclosure: I was provided a free book from Bookplex and paid $5 for an unbiased review of the book. Regardless of any payment I have received, each review contains my unbiased opinion of the book and the payment in no way altered my opinions or review.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

10 Things You'd Do If You Won the Big Powerball Jackpot

10 Things You'd Do If You Won the Big Powerball Jackpot

  1. Pay off all of my debt.
  2. Set up a trust fund for Princess Ivi.
  3. Buy a fully-loaded 2013 Kia Sportage.
  4. Pay off my sister’s mortgage.
  5. Move out.
  6. Figure out a better living situation for my mom.
  7. Give my brother some money for nursing school.
  8. Visit a financial advisor and put myself on an “allowance”.
  9. Figure out what I really want to be doing with my life and do it.
  10. Stress a whole lot less.  

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

10 Random Things On Your Mind

  1. I have no idea what to do for Easter. 
  2. I would do a lot for a piece of chocolate right now.  
  3. I could really use a massage between my shoulder blades. 
  4. I wish I was hanging with my sister. 
  5. I wish I was watching TV with Princess Ivi. 
  6. I wish I was snuggling with the boyfriend. 
  7. I wish I could clone myself and be everywhere I want to be but still experience the memories and feelings of being in that moment.  
  8. I have no idea what to make for dinner. 
  9. I wish it was 5 so I could go home. 
  10. My cell phone battery is dead.  

Monday, March 18, 2013

SATs, College Lists, and Scholarships....How I plan on keeping it all straight.

What’s up in the parenting world?  Well, Princess Ivi is starting a SAT prep class next Sunday and she will be taking her SATs on May 5th.  We also have been scouring the College Board’s book on scholarships and making lists of colleges she is interested in.  I am thinking of buying a huge poster size white board calendar so we can calendar in the deadlines.  I have only ever seen them for 3 months at a time but I think that would be good.  I will pick up a basic calendar/planner and calendar months ahead too and then we can just transfer it onto the big one. And with both of us on this, we should not miss any deadlines...hopefully.

She has an eye appointment on Saturday.  I expect they will tell her she will need to wear her glasses all the time but I am hoping that the glasses don’t cost a fortune.  Between new phones for both of us, new glasses for me, birthday stuff, stock ups at the grocery store and Sam’s , and a new (used) dryer, we have spent way too much money over the past few weeks.  

Friday, March 15, 2013

My Love-Hate Relationship with Daylight Savings Time

I have a love-hate relationship with Daylight Savings Time.  Love because I really enjoy walking the big dog with Princess Ivi when I get home from work and the fact that it will be lighter later is great for that.  Hate because I have many sleep issues and change is not good when you have sleep issues.  On Sunday I slept until 10, Monday I woke up at 8:12 (when I need to leave at 8:30) and this morning I woke up at 5 (when I didn’t want to wake up until 7:45).  Eventually my body will adjust.  

I thought what I would do in order to make this transition easier is make myself a little list of all the great things that Daylight Savings means:

1.  Spring is almost here.  We live in Florida and I anticipate we will have one more cold spell but other than that, we can look forward to nice weather coming soon.  

2.  Flowers.  The azalea, dogwood, and some other plants that I do not know are all blooming right now and it is beautiful. 

3.  Lowe’s garden section.  We picked up some nice pansies and a few other plants which are looking pretty good. 

4.  Fresh veggies from our garden.  

5.  Walks with my kid

6.  Being able to catch the sunset in a pic (normally I am driving down the road when I see it). 

Sunset on Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Too busy to read....

As I mentioned in an earlier posting, I upgraded my Kindle to a Kindle Fire which I am totally loving.  (I gave my old Kindle to Princess Ivi.).

So now that I have this awesome little reader, what have I been reading you ask.  The answer....nothing.  I have been too busy on Pinterest.  But now that I have planned by dream wedding, my dream house, dream baby showers, and dream dinners, I will start reading again.

As for tv, we haven't watched anything interesting although I am really looking forward to the return of Revolution.

Movies....we watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower which was really good but it has a sad part that just sneaks up and grabs you.  Princess Ivi and I were both in tears.

I also saw Snitch with the boyfriend.  It was okay.  It wasn't quite as action-y as I expected.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Adventures in My Kitchen

I had never made lasagna before.  Not until Sunday when I made an Italian Sausage Goat Cheese Lasagna for mom, the boyfriend and Princess Ivi.  It turned out really well and I was told the recipe is a keeper.  Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of it.  Next time.  

I have been eating a lot of those little Quaker oatmeal cups and I want to start experimenting on making my own to see if I can get the taste right and lower the cost.

I have also been eating lactose-free Yoplait which is really good.  I just wish they had more flavors than vanilla, strawberry and peach.  I think I will write to them and suggest blueberry and blackberry.  

I saw these beautiful jars on a website and I really want them.  I think the blue is such a cool color although if you canned something in them, the blue might make it look a little "off".

I also made white chocolate macadamia nut cookies which turned out okay.  Princess Ivi and I tasted them but since we never eat white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, it was tough to say if they were good or not.  The boyfriend gave them the thumbs up.

I made red velvet mini cupcakes and a little round cake with the best frosting I have ever made.  It was a white chocolate cheese cake frosting.  I didn't eat the cupcakes or cake but I licked the beaters after I tested the frosting.

What is on the menu...

Chicken with Flash-Seared Spring Vegetables and Pancetta

Image courtesy of Cooking Club

Crockpot Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots (like the good Irish girl that I am)

Image:  Courtesy of Martha Stewart
Obviously, we will be eating more than this but I am not sure what.  I keep meaning to make a good menu and have Princess Ivi start cooking but I just can't seem to get around to it.  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

10 Reasons I Have Not Been Blogging

In honor of my 2 week absence from the blogging world, I have created this little list of reasons why I have been absent. 

1.  A new boyfriend. 
2.  Too busy hanging out with said new boyfriend. 
3.  A new job.
4.  Too busy getting new glasses. 
5.  Too busy hanging out with Princess Ivi. 
6.  Too busy spending too much money with Princess Ivi
7.  Too busy playing with my new Kindle Fire
8.  Too busy playing with my new Samsung Galaxy 
9.  Too busy trying new recipes (like Italian Sausage Goat Cheese Lasagna)
10.  Pinterest.  

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Heartbreak of TV These Days

I was impatient to see all the excitement on Downton so we veered away from PBS to finish up the season.  After using my movie pass on Amazon to stream the last three episodes of Downton,  I now feel as if a part of myself is missing and the part that remains is rather hopeless about the prospects for a happy ending.  I won’t give away any spoiler details but I will say....oh, my gosh.  

I also feel as if I should write a letter to Julian Fellows.  If I did, this is what it would say:

Dear Mr. Fellows:
Julian, (you don’t mind if I call you Julian do you?) I had to take a moment and write this letter to you so I could simply could you do this to me?  First, you break my heart over sweet Sybil, then you lull me into believing all is right in the Downton world.  Episode 8 ends with smiles all around and a feeling of hope and possibility, then....WHAM, you shatter my heart all over again with Episode 9.
What can you possibly have in store for the residents of Downton is Season 4?  More importantly, how can you possibly make up for all the heartache of Season 3?
Please, please, please, I beg of you, please do not break my heart again in Season 4.
Like many others, I will be waiting with baited breath for Season 4.  In the meantime, I will be catching up on all my recorded episodes of Revenge and start watching it weekly.  

What else am I watching you ask.  Here is my tv schedule:
Sunday - Downton Abbey/Revenge
Monday - Bones
Tuesday - NCIS, NCIS LA
Wednesday - Criminal Minds
Thursday - Grey’s Anatomy, Elementary (on occasion)
Friday - CSI NY, Blue Bloods
Saturday - Nothing scheduled.
Other than Sunday nights, there is nothing on this schedule that I must watch.  I Tivo Revenge, Bones, Grey’s and Blue Bloods so if I miss it, it isn’t the end of the world.

I also watch a lot of cooking shows.  I think Chopped is my favorite.  I like to see what people come up with based on the mystery ingredients.  I also like Nigella but can never seem to get my butt out of bed to watch it or when I do, it is always an episode I have seen before.  I find I like the shows on the Cooking Channel better than those on Food Network.  Like other networks, there are too many reality tv shows on the Food Network these day for my taste.  

It is my opinion that reality tv is killing today’s society.  Other than Chopped, I don’t watch any reality tv.  It all irritates me so much.  I can never understand how people can fuss about the state of the world (the way people treat others, everyone’s selfish attitude, the fact that no one is really trying to make a difference, teenage pregnancies, ignorance, etc.) but yet, most people in the U.S. watch some sort of reality tv shows. These shows highlight teenage pregnancy, ignorance, promiscuity, just to name a few issues.  I can tell you that for myself, I have no desire to watch the Bachelor or Bachelorette and watch one person have sex with 10 - 15 different people to see which one is the “right” one.  It grosses me out so much when I see one of them make out with one person and then later in the day, make out with someone else.  

Or when tv shows glorify teenage pregnancies.  Come on people.  Being a teenage mom is hard and is not something we should encourage.  We need to encourage our teenagers to finish school and go make something of themselves and I don’t mean make themselves into poor, (usually) single mothers who will have to struggle for the rest of their lives to make a good life for themselves and their children. We should encourage our teenagers to graduate high school, go to college (if that is what they need for their dream), get a job, and get into a place where they are grown ups before thinking about babies.  I wish I could tell them from someone who knows how hard it is but I am afraid it is one of those times where the glory that comes from shows like these outweighs the voice of “reality”.

Wow, I apologize for my rant on reality tv.  Obviously though, it is pretty clear that I don’t watch a lot of tv.  When I want to watch something these days (that is not listed above), it is usually Battlestar Galactica reruns (because you can never watch them too many times).  I also have started watching London Hospital.  It is pretty gory and kind of gross but also very interesting.  It is like a 1900's version of ER in London without so much of the sex.     

This posting is one of those examples of how scary my brain can be since this post originally started out about Downton Abbey and took an interesting little trip to the end.  Strange how my brain works.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

10 Books on Your To-Read List

10 Books on Your To-Read List
  • Topsy-Turvy Inside Out Knit Toys: Magical Two-in-One Reversible Projects by Susan B. Anderson
  • Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time by Katrina Fried
  • 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up by Julia Eccleshare
  • Riding with the Queen by Jennie Shortridge
  • Away: A Novel by Amy Bloom
  • The Lace Reader: A Novel by Brunonia Barry
  • My Only Story by Monica Wood
  • The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook: Recipes for The Best Pan In Your Kitchen by Sharon KRamis and Julie Kramis Hearne
  • Unravelled by Robyn Harding
  • Home: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson

Friday, February 15, 2013

Feel Good Friday

This makes me sneeze but it also makes me smile because it is a sign that spring is here.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

On Valentine's Day and Being Alive

We interrupt our normally scheduled post to bring you a special announcement:

Since leaving elementary school, I haven’t been a big fan of Valentine’s Day.  When you are a kid, there is just something so fun about decorating a shoebox with pink, red and white construction paper hearts and then reading the cheesy, commercial Valentine’s your school mates leave for you.  

However, the charm of Valentine’s Day quickly wears off once you start middle school, then high school and adulthood, especially as a single parent.   My attitude from around the time of my second marriage to a few years ago was “Valentine’s Day…bah humbug!!!”

However, my attitude changed drastically in 2007.  Not because I fell in love or met the most romantic man in the world, not because of flowers or cupid, or anything like that.  My attitude changed because…well, I lived. 

For some back story, please see my post Why I Love Valentine’s Day here.   A short version of the story is that I was in a horrible car accident involving a blizzard, a snow plow and my little Honda Accord.  I was initially listed as a fatality because they were expecting me to die.  I didn’t.  

After that horrible day, I vowed to live life to the fullest at all times and never take any of it for granted.  Have I always done this?  Well, no because I am human.  Am I constantly working toward this goal?  Absolutely.   

My reminder to you.....Love your family right now so they will always know how much they mean to you.  And, live your life NOW.  Don’t wait for someday to come because we can lose all of our “somedays” in the blink of an eye.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Spoiled Dogs

Pandora a.k.a Panda, our yellow Lab-Sharpei dog, is super sweet but not very bright.  She got scared the other night when we ran a quick errand and she did this.  

Yes.  She ate the couch.  Needless to say a new couch is on the list of upcoming purchases. 

This weekend, The weekend before last, we built a fence.  (Last weekend I slept all weekend with a cold.)  The fenced yard is for the dogs to run around in off of leashes.  Since we moved here in August, we have had to put the dogs leashes on (and with Pandora it can be a challenge).  The dogs seemed to really enjoy it and we really enjoy being able to open the door and just let them out.  

New Fence
Mom's handmade gate

Very blurry shot of the skirting Princess Ivi put up
Pics of the dog enjoying her new play-yard. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

10 Items in Your Ravelry Queue

Since I can never seem to get my act together enough to participate in the 10 on Tuesday by CaroleKnits, I am going to create my own little 10 on Tuesday list and post it on Tuesdays.

I missed last week because of work things (I changes jobs yesterday so I was busy wrapping stuff up and missed the 10 on Tuesday post last week).

Here is this week’s topic created by me.

10 Items in Your Ravelry Queue (in no particular order)

1. Cable Vest
2. Christine Bag
3. Oz
4. Ivy
5. Tomato
6. Giselle
7. Zoro
8. Quadrat
9. Pyroclastic
10. Shapely Boyfriend
You can find me on ravelry as SoccerMomKnits.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Knitting and Stress

I find myself sitting at my desk with my jaw clenched tight, shoulder and neck muscles locked, and my patience gone a lot these days.  Some of it is caused by general life stress but most is caused by work frustrations, primarily difficult coworkers, changing criteria and dealing with family law in general.  These are the days that I turn to my knitting to help me deal with stress.  As I often joke, I knit to stay sane and so I don’t kill someone because let’s face it, prison orange is not my color.

I have never been very successful in sitting still and breathing yoga-style.  Mainly, because I can never get my brain to shut up long enough for that.  However, knitting is my meditation.  There is something peaceful and relaxing in the repetitive action of knitting and purling that soothes my frustrations. 

I will admit, though, that on days when I am really stressed out, the best thing for me to work on is something mindless (garter stitch, for example) that does not require a lot of pattern reading.  There is nothing worse than knitting to relieve stress on a complicated project and finding yourself making mistakes and dropping stitches.  Talk about frustrating.

If you find yourself stress to the point of no return, pick up a craft like knitting or something similar that will help you learn to relax and let go of your day. 

Here are some interesting articles on knitting and stress relief:

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Currently Reading

The book I am reading right now is The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau.

Book Description:

If you've ever thought, "There must be more to life than this," The Art of Non-Conformity is for you.
Based on Chris Guillebeau's popular online manifesto "A Brief Guide to World Domination," The Art of Non-Conformity defies common assumptions about life and work while arming you with the tools to live differently. You'll discover how to live on your own terms by exploring creative self-employment, radical goal-setting, contrarian travel, and embracing life as a constant adventure.
Inspired and guided by Chris's own story and those of others who have pursued unconventional lives, you can devise your own plan for world domination-and make the world a better place at the same time.

I am reading it on my Kindle and it says I am 18% into the book and I already have 34 highlights.  I am thinking that this book is so great I am going to buy it in print and an extra copy for my 17 year old daughter.  His insights are great and his motivations to be different are right on point.

I will post a more in-depth review once I am done reading it.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Planners and Purses, Oh My!

I know that technically this post is not about parenting but I think it may fall loosely into that category.  Or at least, I am sticking to that story.

I am going to be starting a new job in about a week.  Although the hours are slightly different (9-5 instead of 8:30 -5), I still feel like I may be stressed to be a great employee and a great mother.  In an effort to simplify my life, I am going to get a great planner and a budget planner and make a household binder.

The planner will likely be a mish-mash of refill parts to create something like the one listed on A Bowlful of Lemons.  She is super organized and I wish my planner could look like hers.  I want colored stickies for me, Princess Ivi, and the pets.  That way, I can keep my head on straight and make the most of my time.  

The budget planner (also from A Bowlful of Lemons) will be a big help because this is a dramatic increase in pay which will allow me to pay off a lot of debt and save for retirement.  I love the budget planner that she uses for her budgeting and I think that this will really help a lot.  

The household binder will be a big help because they will corral all the important documents into one place.  I live with my mom and she is listed as a decision-maker on the utilities and by filing the contact numbers and account numbers for the utilities in a binder and something happens during the day, she can easily call and get it fixed.

I am also going to get a new purse and organize it like this (from A Bowlful of Lemons).  I really like this one from Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Small Tote, Raspberry, 17in. x 12in. x 7 3/4in.

But I am not sure how well things will stand up in there.  So I was looking at this one too:

Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Laptop Tote, Black, 14in. x 16 1/2in. x 6in.

But I will have to go look at it to make sure it doesn't resemble a suitcase.

If neither of these will work for me, I will keep looking because as most women know, the hunt for great purse is almost never-ending.

I think with these organization and budgeting ideas, I will be really organized for the start of my new job.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Playing the Blame Game

I recently read a great article about single motherhood entitled SINGLE MOTHERS AREN’T THE PROBLEM TODAY, ABSENT FATHERS ARE (by Cara Lemieux). 

I am very much like the author in that I get infuriated by those news reports stating that single mothers cause their children to do poor in school and that our children are destined for failure.  I also get infuriated because everyone points the figure at single mothers but forget to mention the deadbeat dads who walk away.

One of the highlights of the article is quoted below:
I can’t help but think that the way we frame single motherhood, while neglecting to mention the absent fathers, is one of the most extreme forms of gender discrimination that exists today.  And because of it, not only is mom typically left to pick up the pieces of the broken home and figure out how to put a life together for herself and her child(ren), the pressure of that is compounded by the extremely negative connotation associated with being a single mother.  And, in my opinion, that negativity can be as harmful as poverty and lack of resources.
And because the dialogue about single motherhood is framed in this way - single moms get hit with a triple whammy.  Society hands them all of the blame for the situation their families are in, while they shoulder the responsibility of raising these children alone, and at the same time they are cited as a main reasons our society is going to hell in a hand-basket.  But very few seem to be focused on the male’s role in all of this.  And that needs to change.
Perhaps, if we shifted our focus and held men more accountable for their roles in creating these single mother households, then we would begin to be able to figure out how to prompt a positive change in society.  Until then, we are just adding one more thing for the single mother to worry about – seeing herself unfairly demonized in another headline.
Now, I am not saying that women should be dismissed of the responsibility - what I am saying is - if we really want to change the statistics, we need to start talking to the party that is abandoning their responsibilities – not to the party that is doing everything in their power to live up to theirs.
This article clearly articulates my thoughts on single parenting and the blame game that is often played with single moms.  Most of us are trying and doing the best that we can while dad is doing nothing.  If, for some reason, our child doesn't measure up to your standards, talk to him not to me. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

(in) RL 2013

I registered for (in)RL.  I am super excited about this because April 27 is my birthday so this will be like a birthday present for myself.

I am really looking forward to this because I find that I don't have a lot of girlfriends so I am hoping that this will help me find some.

If you want to register too, go check it out at (in)courage .

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Alternate Realities

My family will tell you that watching TV with me is an adventure.  I tend to get involved with the show and have long conversations with the characters like they can actually hear me.  You know that person who always tells the ditzy girl in the horror movie "Don't go in the basement stupid!", well that is me.  Except I do it all the time.  

For instance, I love Battlestar Galactica and I can watch the reruns about a million times and still love it as much as the first time.  Possibly even more than the first time since I have watched the whole season and it makes sense to me now.  But while watching BG, I am constantly yelling out "Don't listen to her.  She's a cylon!" or "You're a cylon!" just because I am a dork.  

I am also the type of person who will analyze TV shows and moves to death and write plots in my head or rewrite how it should have been.  

Needless to say after watching Downton Abbey, Episode 4 my heart just aches and I wish I could rewrite the whole damn episode.  I like many people am trying to remind myself that the characters are not real but to me they are real in their own little universe and it hurts.  

I refuse to post spoilers on here because I think that just sucks but anyone who is caught up on DA knows what I am talking about.  

Even though my heart is broken, I can't wait to see what the rest of the season brings but in the meantime, I will continue to feel sad about this little detour the show has taken.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Handmade Christmas 2013

I am trying to have a Handmade Christmas where 90% of my gifts are handmade.  I am saying 90% because there are some things that will never be handmade in my house.  For example, Princess Ivi gets a new toothbrush every year and a new hairbrush as well as numerous packs of gum.

To help achieve my goal, I have made a Christmas planner.

The planner contains a tab for each person I give gifts to.  Behind each tab will be knitting, sewing, baking and other ideas for that person.  That way, when I see things that someone will like, I can print it and add it to the tab.  Each project will contain a project planning page where I will list yarn ideas for knitting projects, fabric to use for sewing projects, etc.

The binder also contains a monthly calendar in the beginning so I can plan out the year and not be knitting on Christmas Eve.

I am hoping that this helps me with my goal.

Along with this same idea, I have created three hidden boards on Pinterest.  They will contain gift ideas for the three main "families" I shop for.  That way, as I see things that I think would make great gifts for people, I can pin them to the boards and not run into the problem where months down the road I say "Hmmmm...I saw something for Mom but I can't remember what it was or where I saw it."

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blahs
  1. Live in Florida – This year, we have had a very mild winter and unlike a lot of places, our winters are very short.  However, since not everyone can live in Florida, I will complete the list below: 
  2. Splurge on a floral arrangement weekly to bring some freshness and color into your life.
  3. Go outside.  Even when it is chilly out, nothing chases the blues away like the feeling of warm sunshine.
  4. Paint your house with bright colors.
  5. Use scent to activate your senses.  You could use citrus fruits, candles or essential oils.
  6. Spend time with friends and family.
  7. Plan for the holidays.  If the holidays get you psyched, you could start planning now.
  8. Spring clean early. Open your windows and let in some fresh air.
  9. Get out a notebook/sketchpad and start planning your garden.
  10. When you start feeling blue dance, sing, paint, or get creative in your own way.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Challenges of Homeschooling Teenagers

Princess Ivi is now 16.  (She will turn 17 next month.)  She is a junior in high school and she attend Florida Virtual School Full Time.  She is doing really well in this program. 

One big drawback to this program though is that there is no prom.  She has been browsing prom dresses a lot lately and I know that she really would like to go.  I know that there are some areas that offer proms for home school students and I found a list of organizations in Florida and I am going to email them.  If we can’t do something this year, at least she has her senior year next year.

The other big drawback is that there is no dual enrollment right now.  So for next year, there are a lot of steps necessary for her (and me) to complete so she will be able to dual enroll at the local community college.

She is preparing for her SATs right now too which is kind of a bummer but a necessary one.   

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Down in the Grumps

I have been seriously grumpy for days now.  I am not sure where it is coming from or what to do about it.  We have a three day weekend but I am taking Friday as a mental health day so maybe a four day weekend will help me chase away the grumps.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Back to Blogging in 2013 - revised schedule

I have decided to get back to blogging and to focus on these areas: 
  • Parenting
  • Ten on Tuesday
  • Homemaking (including Gardening, Freezing, Canning, Homemade Christmas, Knitting, Sewing, Cooking, Etc.)
  • Books, TV, Movies, Etc. 
  • Spirituality

Starting on January 21, 2012, once a week, I will post once about each of the topics above.  Hopefully, people will find them interesting.