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Archive for March, 2022

It Wouldn’t Be Spring Without This Picture

Posted by terrepruitt on March 25, 2022

I think I post a picture of this tree every Spring. But it is so gorgeous. This is Spring blossoms for my Friday Photo as we enter spring 2022.

 

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A Good Reminder

Posted by terrepruitt on March 18, 2022

I believe sometimes we need a reminder.

Here is one for my Friday Photo.

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Ground Meat “Crumble Hack”

Posted by terrepruitt on March 16, 2022

I hate touching ground meat. But it is easier to use my hands to “crumble” it into the pan then to take up time standing at the stove “chopping” it up. I decided to give myself a head start. This helps get the meat broken up when it hits the pan.  I am sure I am not the ONLY one to have thought of it.  But, I wish I would have thought about this sooner.  Or more accurately, I wish I would remember this every time I deal with ground meat. I open the package and make slices in it. Hopefully posting this will help me remember this method.

I know they have those meat/chopper-in the pan things, but I have enough utensils.  Do you have one of those?  Do you crumble into the pan or use something to break it up while it is in the pan?

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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

Posted by terrepruitt on March 9, 2022

Pep talk, or what they call Peptok, from children, that is what you can get.  A friend on Facebook posted this and immediately I wanted to call to hear it, but then I paused and thought it might be a scam, but she was confident in it so I called. Kinda cute.

When you call there is a menu: “If you are feeling mad, frustrated, or nervous, press one. If you need to hear words of encouragement & life advice, press 2. If you need a pep talk from kindergartners, press 3. If you need to hear kids laughing with delight, press 4. . . . For encouragement in Spanish press 5.”

You can also press 6 to make a donation to support the project.

This is a public art project by West Side Elementary School in Healdsburg, CA.. I think it is pretty cool.

Did you call? What do you think?

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CAMERA Photo

Posted by terrepruitt on March 4, 2022

This is a picture of one of our yard roses in 2011.  It was taken with an actual camera.  I think it is pretty and wanted to use it as a Friday Photo.

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Sometimes It Is Technology, Sometimes It Is Me

Posted by terrepruitt on March 2, 2022

I am still teaching via Zoom. I have students not in my area and some of us that enjoy the fact that we don’t have to deal with traffic to get to a class. And I STILL have issues with technology. Sometimes I think it is Zoom, sometimes I think it is the internet, sometimes I think it is the various cords and cables, but basically it is always something. I believe that if I didn’t set up and breakdown my set up so often I wouldn’t have a few of the issues, but some are just whacky. It could also be that my laptop is about 8 years old. There are several things that Zoom does that my computer can’t do because the operating system cannot be updated. So, there is that.

One of the issues I have is when people come into a meeting it disrupts my “share”. When I first started teaching virtually I would start the meeting early, set up sharing, and get the music all cued up to be ready for class, and it worked fine. But at one point it stopped working. As soon as a student would sign on my share would stop working. Today I started class after already doing a sound check with students and the music wasn’t working, but it just had been. I think it was because two students had signed on. So somethings are just whacky and I can’t explain and then somethings . . . . oh the shame!

Last week, I had started the meeting, checked my microphone and was waiting for people to come on, once they were on I checked the music and I believe it worked. Then, since it was a Nia class, I talked about our focus and intent, while moving some things around, and then started the music and it wasn’t working. It had just been working. Now, if you teach virtually you may know there are a lot of things to check. Some people may have more than me, but I have my laptop, my mic, and my speaker. Now with that there is the laptop volume: output and input. And then the mic volume – actual buttons, and the speaker volume. Plus there is the volume on Zoom – both speaker and mic. There is an aux cord for the speaker and a connector for the mic and the speaker. So there are all these various things and I checked them all. My students are thee most awesome people in the world because although they wanted to get the class underway (of course!) they were being very kind and patient and I was just bewildered. I kept noticing that the speaker sound kept changing to “Zoom camera”, so I was thinking it was something to do with the update I had just done. Just as one person started to enlist the help of her son I glanced up and had an idea.

So, when I mentioned my computer was old I didn’t say that it is a hand-me-down and one reason it got handed down to me in the first place is that when it was an actual work computer in an office it had an unfortunate accident . . . it got drenched in a Big Gulp so the touchpad stopped working. Since I have to use a dongle and an external mouse, I just use an external keyboard too. Well, when I looked up I noticed that I had set a box on my external keyboard. I removed the box and the speakers stopped changing to Zoom camera. I think the box was pressing a key on the keyboard.

Geez Louise! I was embarrassed and annoyed and a little surprised I hadn’t actually done that before. Today I made sure there was nothing on the keyboard. When we had the aforementioned problem, I didn’t check anything because I had already checked everything so the first thing I thought of was the share and thankful that was it. Last week, — red faced me!

So . . . sigh, just sharing yet another thing that can mess with getting a virtual class underway! Since it was so silly I thought you might get a giggle or at least a smile out of it!

I welcome any embarrassing story someone would like to share . . . . anyone?

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