Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wow! Science

So everyone who reads my blog (all 3 of you) know that I've gone back to school this semester to finally finish. It's been a lot of work, but it's also been really great. I wasn't ready 15 years ago, but now I'm actually happy about learning.

so with that!

I'm taking Environmental Science, which I highly suggest, and the last two chapters have been about water. That most important thing we all need to survive.

We're talking about pollution, fishing and over fishing, and the article I chose to focus on, the lack of access to water for drinking and hygiene in lesser developed countries.

Reading about this, I was reminded of a girl scout Journey, Wow! Wonders of Water, that our Brownie troop did 2 years ago. the journey teaches the girls about the water cycle (check), pollution (check) and how they can help, before putting them out into the world to ACTUALLY help.

Here in Florida, so surrounded by water as we are, this is REALLY important information.

So for my assignment for my class, I wrote, drew and colored a comic book to go along with this Journey.

I'm posting it here for Girl scouts, homeschoolers, and anyone who has a child around 7 to 9 years old who is really interested in making a different.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Growing up

When you become a parent, you resolve to give your kids the things you never had. I'm pretty sure all new parents think it at some point, especially during the pregnancy, before you realize, you never had a lot of those things because they are expensive.

I stopped to think last night, I also want my kids to have the things I DID have. I had friends, I had sleepovers. I had Girl Scout camp and band and jrotc. I was free to pursue my interests and hobbies. And my mom never told me no.

I mean, of course she told me "no". But when I wanted to be a Girl Scout, she signed me up, and dropped me off for meetings, and was even cookie mom every year I was a scout. 

When I was in band, she found a way to get me a flute. She put up with my terrible skills while I practiced at home, she came to every single concert and competition. 

And when I joined JROTC, she supported that too. She paid for my uniform, my dues, picked me up from practice every day. And chaperoned our out of town field meets. 

When I took a photography class with a lab, my mom found a way for me to have a camera. When I played in a metal band, she helped me get my bass guitar. 

My mother never stunted my creativity. Or my interests.

I want to be that mom.

Kaeley has a wonderful opportunity to be in band in 4th grade. She got fitted for an instrument yesterday and got picked as a clarinet. I am super proud. Now to find a clarinet.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Whoops - July Reading List

6.46 Unbound - Jim C Hines (7/24) library 5 Stars 
5.45 He’s My Only Vampire - Aya Shouoto (7/?) borrow/Shellie 2 Stars 
4. 44 Indian Summer - Aaron Mahnke (7/?) own/nook 4 Stars 
3.43 The Story of Owen - E.K. Johnson (7/?) library 2 stars 
2.42 Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O’Dell (7/?) own reread 5 stars 
1.41 The Wrath & The Dawn - Renee Ahdieh (7/1) library 5 stars

seriously?!! how did i forget this? well, kaeley was on a trip out of state, connor was being a handful. I missed my girl, we'll blame it on that.

As you can see i don't have exact finish dates for july. because i'm a slacker. 

Unbound. this series i suggest to everyone who reads. it's a series of books about BOOK MAGIC. like, how awesome is that?

He's my only vampire was bad. like, why did i read this bad. like, i want that hour of my life back bad. 

Indian Summer. Ok, first off, i love Aaron Mahnke. I love his Lore podcast, it's my favorite and i gobble it down every two weeks when it's released. So to support him, i bought his books (except the newest one, i haven't gotten it yet). This one was a little slow, and a bit predictable. but i think that's only because this is a genre i read all the time. It was still enjoyable. and i read the entire thing in his voice. Really, go download the 2nd episode of the Lore Podcast from iTunes. you'll understand what i mean.

the story of owen...dragons. in canada. i didn't love it

Island of the blue dolphin was a re-read with kaeley for her summer reading program. 

The Wrath and the Dawn. I can't say enough good things about this book. it's a retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights. I cannot WAIT for the second one. 

August Reading List

3.49 Days of Blood and Starlight - Laini Taylor (8/25) free/library 5 stars 
2.48 Dog Training for Dummies - Jack Volhard (8/16) free/library 3 stars 
1.47 Dragonbane - Kenyon (8/16) free/library 5 stars

so yeah, not much recreational reading time right now. I started back at college in August, and in all the prep and cramming for the placement tests, i haven't had much reading time for ME.

I'm totally counting my textbooks towards my totals.

Dragonbane and Days of Blood and Starlight were both excellent reads. Kenyon is awesome. I've read bad things about the final book in the Laini Taylor series. and i'm debating reading it. I'd rather stop now than read a heartbreaking ending i think. which i know, makes me lame. 

but i'm the chick who refuses to read any more of the Kim Harrison Witch series because i don't want one of my favorite characters to die. if i don't read it, it won't happen! 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Open For Business!

I opened my Etsy shop!

Paula's Miscellany. I'm currently selling my Standard Size Midori insert printables, i'll be adding some Cahier size ones soon, and some new standard size ones. Feel free to message me with suggestions.

here is a preview!

This is a bit of a niche item, it's a Hurricane Tracking log. the kit includes printables for both East and West coast, a blank supply list and the National Hurricane Center's suggested supply list.

As thanks for reading my blog, and checking this out, use the coupon code Back2School until August 31, 2015 for 10% off!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Rabbit Hole

This is my new Fauxdori by Selwynn's Traveler on Etsy. Isn't it purty?!

These are the inserts I designed, printed, and bound. I'll be putting the printables for sale on etsy in my shop by the end of the month. 

And I go back to school August 21st!!  I'm so excited. I'll be taking Intro to Education, Environmental Science and Prep Algebra. I got a pill grant so I'm really excited.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Craft Time!

I've been paying more attention to my planner and all the fun things that can go into it. Right now I'm carrying the small size PlanAhead ring planner, it's the same size as a Personal Filofax, but not as pretty.

I tried dressing it up with duct tape, it didn't go well. So it's plain black. I also have to fill in my own dates, so it's only filled out until December. I have hopes that I'll get a new, pretty planner for Christmas. And then Kae can have this one.

I also discovered Midori and Fauxdori planners. And I want one. With printables, they're so customizable. And I've been spending much time on etsy deciding what I need. In the meantime o thought. I can make one!

Well, sorta.

I started with pink and black felt I already had in my craft stuff, and glued it together with spray on glue.

It's Kae's, pink and black with pink elastic and a cupcake. 

And then I busted out some faux leather. 

It didn't turn out as well. 

I sewed a couple blank inserts for Kae 

 Which she's using to keep notes for a story she wants to write. She took notes while I told her about Japan's involent in WW2. 

I've decided I'll buy my fauxdori covers, and have 2 in my etsy shopping cart that I can't decide between.