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Structure in Home Learning

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It is sometime in April, I believe it is the 14th. I know it is a Tuesday because my neighbors have their trashcans at the curb. I took mine out too just to be safe. It was now 8:30am. I made breakfast for my daughter and woke her up.

She was surprised, “mom, why are you waking me up?” she exclaimed.

“Because it is a school day”, I tried to be cheery.

“Mom, that now means I roll over and turn on my computer. I don’t have to get ready or anything.”

“This week we are learning structure.”, I said with a smile.

At 14 years old she has really had a problem being home alone and trying to structure herself. She had been a straight A student, but reality hit me last week just in time I might add, when I asked to see her grades.

She hesitated for quite a long time and finally said “can I show you tomorrow? Honestly you will be very disappointed at this moment if you look at them now.”

I said fine. “But be prepared to show me tomorrow.” I happen to be one of those moms when you never know I will strike. Out of the blue I will say, “Let me see your phone” and check messages and what she is saying on social media or in this case, “Let me see your grades”. She’s a great kid so I really don’t check as often as I probably should.

Do you know she stayed up late that evening working on assignments and turning them in so that the next day I was not in shock. The grades were perfect except one class and she showed me a note that he teacher had not graded a couple of assignments.

Little did she know the teacher had emailed me and in my naivity I texted that I knew Megan was doing her work, but I will check with her. The teacher responded that it wasn’t like Megan not to turn in her assignments so she was just following up.

So now I had to confront Megan…

She told me that she was really having trouble structuring her day all day home alone.

Not to worry because I was being furloughed so we would get down to the bottom on this.

First thing I did this week was make her find her agenda or get a notebook and write down every assignment due and when. She found her agenda quickly and made use of it.

Now I don’t really plan on being so strict, because lets face it, the kids are under a lot of pressure suddenly. But it is my job as a single mom to tell her it is going to be ok and this is a great opportunity to learn and make up good habits before beginning High School next year. The teachers in High School are not going to text me and ask why she hasn’t been turning in assignments.

She has been doing great this week and I haven’t had to check up on her. Of course I am home this week. I wake her up, go over the assignments and then check on her work when she is done. I have to say I am very impressed with her ability while I am here but what is going to happen when I go back to work? Are any of you having the same issues? If so please comment at the bottom of my blog. I would love to hear from you.

The New Normal

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The New Normal…

What is the new normal? Working from home, School from home? It sure is in Broward County, Florida. No paper products such as toilet paper or paper towels, no meat in the meat ailes. Curfews on certain businesses. So I had to come up with some rules for normalcy.

I have made new house rules that my 14 year old daughter has to go to bed by 11 when regular times are  9:30-10 on school nights. I have told her she has to get up in the mornings and get dressed. Believe me this came with much push back from my teen. But I held strong.

To come up with some things to do before going back to virtual learning after spring break-the new norm, I looked up some interesting items she could do besides homework on Spring Break.

Streaming Broadway shows or the Metropolitan Opera.

To take advantage of the deal, head to BroadwayHD, which has a library of about 300 productions on hand. It’ll give you a seven-day free trial, so you can stream as many shows, plays, and ballets as your musically deprived heart desires.

If that’s not enough, though, you could also check out Digital Theatre (which has a lot of British productions specifically) or even Amazon Prime, which has literally seven versions of King Lear on it, in case mastering King Lear is *really* important to you for some reason.

Because even if the show can’t go on…there’s no harm in pretending otherwise for a couple of hours. At least until we’re safe and the theaters open up again.

Met launches “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure at metopera.org.

For the Opera, please find show times as of this posting: 3/20/2020

Friday, March 20 – Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment

Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez. Transmitted live on April 26, 2008.

Saturday, March 21 – Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała, and Mariusz Kwiecien. Transmitted live on February 7, 2009.

Sunday, March 22 – Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

Conducted by Valery Gergiev, starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Transmitted live on February 24, 2007.

      Here is the schedule for the second week of streams, an all-Wagner week:

Monday, March 23 – Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde

Conducted by Simon Rattle, starring Nina Stemme, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stuart Skelton, Evgeny Nikitin, and René Pape. Transmitted live on October 8, 2016.

Tuesday, March 24 – Wagner’s Das Rheingold

Conducted by James Levine, starring Wendy Bryn Harmer, Stephanie Blythe, Richard Croft, Gerhard Siegel, Dwayne Croft, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens, and Hans-Peter König. Transmitted live on October 9, 2010.

Wednesday, March 25 – Wagner’s Die Walküre

Conducted by James Levine, starring Deborah Voigt, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, and Hans-Peter König. Transmitted live on May 14, 2011.

Thursday, March 26 – Wagner’s Siegfried

Conducted by Fabio Luisi, starring Deborah Voigt, Hunter Morris, Gerhard Siegel, Bryn Terfel, and Eric Owens. Transmitted live on November 5, 2011.

Friday, March 27 – Wagner’s Götterdämmerung

Conducted by Fabio Luisi, starring Deborah Voigt, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Waltraud Meier, Jay Hunter Morris, Iain Paterson, Eric Owens, and Hans-Peter König. Transmitted live on February 11, 2012.

Saturday, March 28 – Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Conducted by James Levine, starring Annette Dasch, Johan Botha, Paul Appleby, and Michael Volle. Transmitted live on December 13, 2014.

Sunday, March 29 – Wagner’s Tannhäuser

Conducted by James Levine, starring Eva-Marie Westbroek, Michelle DeYoung, Johan Botha, Peter Mattei, and Gunther Groissböck. Transmitted live on October 31, 2015

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Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer-2020

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Corona Virus-Making Your Own Hand Sanitizer-2020.

Every one has been told that hand washing is the #1 way to clean your hands and stay healthy during this time of uncertainty, but at many times such as work, where you handle many documents from many different departments, hand sanitizer can be your next best friend. However, if you have tried to purchase it, you know right away that it si hard to find. Here’s a recipe of how to make your own sanitizer from: https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-make-hand-sanitizer#ingredients

What ingredients do you need?

Making your own hand sanitizer is easy to do and only requires a few ingredients:

The key to making an effective, germ-busting hand sanitizer is to stick to a 2:1 proportion of alcohol to aloe vera. This keeps the alcohol content around 60 percent. This is the minimum amount needed to kill most germs, according to the CDCTrusted Source.

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The Counseling Pen

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At the doorway there is a jar of writing pens that you can take, so naturally I grab a few and stick them into my purse. After all, I have just paid for a session so I can take a pen –right?

So I have to admit, I love these pens and use them daily at work. Now months later …

I was approached by a coworker and asked if this was my pen.”yes, it is”, I said, happy to have my pen back. I forgot it said family counseling on it. Familymatterscenter.com to be exact.

“Do they take our insurance?” I was asked next. I was caught a little off guard because I automatically assumed I was about to be judged.

“No, they don’t but my daughter sees a counselor there ever since the divorce because she needed to learn how to get out her emotions in a positive way. These days she hasn’t been in months because I believe she has learned some life skills and has matured quite a bit.”

The woman proceeded to tell me that she felt her kids or her needed to go. She had already looked them up online and was going to check into it.

I felt good. Who knew a simple pen could help someone out.

There is no shame in seeing someone to talk to, maybe things you don’t want to confide into a friend or family  member that’s when it’s good to see someone who can listen and give advice without any feelings about the issue. I like to say, they have no monkey in the circus so they can give good advice. So I would urge anyone who has something on their mind to find a good counselor that can give advice without an emotional attachment.

What about you? Have you thought of seeing someone at times. What is your interpretation of counseling?

Day 21 Better Me Challenge

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It hit me like a rock. I woke up with my muscles aching and my head pounding. I could barely see from a severe migraine. It was definitely not going to be a good day. I had to call into work, which is always the worst feeling mentally. Knowing that other people have to pick up your slack.

I stayed in bed all day in the dark. Luckily, one of my best friends picked up my daughter from school and fed her dinner while I laid in agony even with my medications.

Now today, Day 22 I can reflect on what is going on with me. I have been working out at the gym, drinking more water, but not eating a healthy clean diet as recommended to me and I have a feeling that my body and my brain just couldn’t take it anymore. 

Stress is a powerful thing and I have been trying to do so many things at one time that my brain went into overload.

Balance is the key. I am going to continue with my Better Me challenge but if I don’t hit all points, then I’m still going to believe it was a good day.

I think my personality type is to do everything at one time and then suffer afterwards. Do you have this type of personality too? Tell me I’m not the only one as I continue my journey.

What I’ve learned… Day 7 – Better Me Challenge

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I have learned several things about myself such as…

I have no patience. As a person who tries to get my to do list done ASAP, I find that I am putting too much pressure on myself to get my list done to every day.

I find I am getting frustrated with myself because I am not drinking enough water. Not the amount that I want to be drinking. I feel dehydrated and slow all the time. I always thought I was a patient person, but now I find myself praying for patience before I lose my mind.

Someone at work recently told me I worked too fast and needed to slow down. I was aggravated because I thought why weren’t they speeding up? Now I am trying to work at a good pace, but now a pace that is too fast or slow. Patience People, Patience…

I have to curb my spending habits. I immediately cut down the extras on the grocery list and cut out going out to eat but something else has to give. I need to really take a look at my spending habits, understand where the money is going and save some of it for emergencies.

It seems that when I do get a little extra money, we spent it on food-take out because I am exhausted. I have made a plan to come up with a few items that will only take thirty minutes or more so I no longer have an excuse. Like frozen hamburgers or making Quesadillas filled with cheese and chicken.

Good News is that I have started blogging again, something I enjoy and really missed. I spent almost two hours talking to my middle son-Ryan who just made me laugh, but gave me great business advice as well.

It felt so good to reconnect with my now grown son. He is so wise beyond his years. It really does me good to talk to him.

Day 7 has really turned into a great day. I have learned a lot and I’ve been very productive with just much more to come. I loved day 7.

What will the rest of the week be like? Wait and see.

Buttery Buns

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This is so funny, you have to listen to this”, I heard my daughter telling her girlfriend the other night. Suddenly I heard my voice mimicking someone on television. What I didn’t know was that my daughter had been recording me on her phone while I said these things that she found so hilarious.

The other day I heard someone say something about buttery buns for a hamburger commercial. I couldn’t resist and immediately yelled out in a strange melodic voice, “I love me some buttery buns!” drawing out the word buns as long as I could. I laughed. Megan said, “what mom?” So I repeated it thinking she didn’t understand what I had said. Oh no, she understood me, she just wanted to record me. So as the girls were supposed to be doing homework I heard my voice say, “ I love me some buttery bunnnnnnsss!” The girls both busted out laughing.

“But wait, “Meg excitedly said, barely containing herself, “I have many more.” She laughed so hard she almost fell out of her chair. “Oh yes” she told her girlfriend, “that is what we do here at the Del Rosario house.” They both laughed so heartily that I couldn’t help but laugh myself.

“Alright girls-homework time”, I finally was able to bring myself out of the shock to remember what they were supposed to be doing. Not to mention that I was a little embarrassed.

I guess at some point in my embarrassment, I found happiness knowing that my daughter thought that our life was so funny that she enjoys playing excerpts for her friends.

Day 2-Be Better Challenge

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Ever had a day when everything goes right? Well I am happy to say that that was my day today. I know right? When do you hear me say this? Have I gone mad?

This is Day 2 of my Be Better Challenge.

Work went spectacular, I was able to keep up with every project I was given. Work ended with a smile.

Then I picked my daughter and her best friend up from school. They were supposed to do homework before heading to a youth church group that they had both agreed to try. They actually did a bit of homework.

Now about the youth group…I hadn’t made it an option. I just said this Wednesday you are going and if you want to invite a friend you can, but you are going! This is the first time I actually put my foot down about youth church called, The Wave at our church.

I found out after the girls were at our house that middle school and high schoolers were combined for the beginning of service and then they split off to go to separate classes and it lasted an hour and a half, but I didn’t want to tell them that or they might have tried to get out of going.

Regardless, they did go and when they got home, they couldn’t stop talking about it enough. “It was so much fun mom”, my daughter said.

“Great, I’m sure next week will be even better”, I said with a smile.

She went on and on telling me every detail about the evening. I felt so good knowing that my daughter is on the right path. Faith is so important especially with the younger crowd with all of the craziness happening in the world right now.

So I watched some television, made lunches for the next day, and fell asleep happy, knowing I had not met all of my items on my list, but I enjoyed time with my daughter laughing and took a moment to breathe.

Not all that exciting to anyone but me but it goes to prove that some days are just better than others.

REVENGE BODY

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I’m obsessed with the show-Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian.  Part of it is that I am overweight and need to lose some weight for health reasons, but the other part is that a coworker keeps commenting on what I am eating and what I should eat or shouldn’t eat.

I mean daily, all day. He’s known me for 22 years and feels that it is ok to make comments even when I am eating a salad. “Have you read the Plant Paradox”, he’ll ask, “you are eating the wrong greens”. If I get a migraine, he will say read this or watch this. It is truly grueling. At this point I have watched every NetFlix show on food just to satisfy him.

I just can’t ever get anything right and he never says anything to the three girls I work with or the anyone else in the company. Even when some other employees have the same weight gain that I have had.

I firmly believe he wants to help me in some way but so far, it is just making me mad and I feel inferior. I would love to go on Revenge Body, lose the weight, and reveal myself to him saying look what I have done now! Now leave me alone and work on your own insecurities.

I have told him that I appreciate his help, but I have medical conditions that he is not aware of and a lot of my medications are contributing to my weight gain. I’m not using this as an excuse but it does contribute. I know I need to eat better as I feel much better when I cut out certain items. My migraines almost disappear when I eat no gluten and I sleep better when I am exercising and eating right.

And do you want to hear the worst of it? He brings in snacks and chocolate on a very regular basis but when I eat one, he actually yells out to me from his office.

So why not just exercise on my own and tell him to mind his own business? I just haven’t had the will lately to really throw myself into it even as mad as I get. I want that trainer to be accountable to and a real diet plan to follow.

Is there anyone else out there going through the same thing? What would you do? Please comment below and let me know how you would handle this.

30 Days to a Better ME!

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Ok, so I was inspired by a blogger I follow that has created a challenge and invited others to join him at www.danoah.com (Single Dad Laughing). I thought what a great idea since I have really felt that I needed a change in my life for some time now.

First I started with a list of things I wanted to change. I don’t believe that I can change everything in 30 days but this is a great beginning of things I just have been telling myself for quite some time now.

But when should I start? My procrastination kicked in. Probably at the beginning of the month, no, how about at the beginning of the week?

No, you know what? I am going to start today. Today is Day 1 for me September 10th.

Work has been good today. No fire drills or issues to solve. And for weeks I have been looking for a small part time job to supplement my income and one finally came through for me this evening. Now my weekends will be full but at least I will be able to sleep at night knowing that I will be spending less and making a little bit more to assist my daughter and I.

I actually made the attempt to drink more water today but honestly a several glasses was much more than I was drinking and I feel better already.

My daughter and I didn’t play a game tonight, but I made sure that I took time just for her to laugh about our day and a few items we saw on Instagram. Social Media can be a fun thing if you don’t take it so seriously.

Megan said that dinner was the best she had but I think it was only because she was so hungry as most growing teenagers are.

All and all, I had a great first day, I was busy and actually accomplished quite a lot. There’s a big difference between busy and accomplishing your tasks.

So good night my friends, I am going to snuggle with my daughter on the couch and watch some television before the night ends.

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