How are you holding up? We’re in a groove that’s working for now. The kids are doing one video conference with a friend daily and checking in with our family as much as possible. The kids have captured a lot of virtual Pokemon and I started The 100 Day Project. We’re keeping up with school and they weren’t surprised when Governor Inslee closed schools for the year. We’re weathering the emotions as they come. Keeping it simple.
I did notice a couple weeks ago my morbid, irreverent, low-key sarcastic sense of humor came out of hiding. Apparently my system felt like pulling out retired coping mechanisms and boy, do I remember why I wrapped those in bubble wrap and put them up on the shelf. (For the record, my husband’s love language IS sarcasm. Maybe there wasn’t enough room in the house for all that sass.) What coping mechanisms have come out without your permission these days?
On that note, here we go. I really want to give a little love and a shout out to the respiratory therapists, phlebotomists, radiology technicians, caregivers, nursing assistants, orderlies, hospital cleaning crews, physical therapists, dietitians and food service workers, and the occupational therapists. I know there are others. Thank you for the work you are doing to support those of us needing medical care through this crisis. You are in harm’s way too, and the patient care is not complete without all of you.
And a little Baby Schema for your enjoyment before jumping into today’s offerings:
COVID 19 Time Capsule (free download–one for kids and one for adults) by LONG Creations: https://letsembark.ca/time-capsule
HEALTH HERO HOTLINE: The Experience Lab is dedicated to transforming the health care Experience for everyone (https://theexplab.com). They have started the Health Hero Hotline, where you can listen to and/or leave a new message for healthcare professionals working through this pandemic: https://healthherohotline.com/
SOURDOUGH: I was walking through the store talking to my friend Adam and when I got to the baking aisle, there was no yeast. This led us into a discussion about the history of bread and famine and making sourdough with wild yeast. We’ve done it once before and it was really, really good. We’ll see what the yeast in our new location have to offer. Here’s a bit on the science, but they use 2 cups of flour for their starter. The second link uses 1 cup for the starter. Heads up: This is a work of science/food artistry that takes a lot of flour to get going, as you feed the starter an additional cup of flour twice daily for a few days until it’s ready to use, and a lot of that ends up being discarded in the process. (Here is one option for using the discard: https://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/sourdough-pancakes/)
Pros and cons. Once you have it, it’s alive and you can keep it indefinitely–so there’s that. Sourdough starter and tortoises–big commitments that will outlive us with the right care.
(TRE) TRAUMA and TENSION RELEASING EXERCISES: Some of you know I’m a TRE teacher. TRE creator David Berceli made this statement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk2vwdBvUbg&fbclid=IwAR1jXQjbV8DzlsxkO7IJYShQXAFbin_Lqe5kIMOYycKkGOju0ZIffglBzwE
Link to the exercises here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeUioDuJjFI
MATH: Facebook users: Nessy math is sharing free curriculum (worksheets and videos) through May. Here is a link to the list; they will be sharing these on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nessy.learning/videos/265079277832438
MORE STORY TIMES for kids: The author of this curation claims this is “the entire list” of online story events. (I’m guessing you’ll know I’m not a fan of this definitive claim.) Nonetheless: https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/136038/online-story-time/
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS and their FAMILIES: If you are supporting a high school senior through this loss, our hearts are hurting alongside you. This young woman and her friend put together a beautiful song and it may be worth a listen for you and/or the kiddos in your life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuvnTqJEQZA