I read a lot of books with my kiddo. Kid Reads is a biweekly look at what we've enjoyed recently.
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Some private high schoolers in Michigan were assigned an essay on evaluating websites. Apparently, their teacher referred to a page on our website as a resource for them. This is great! The downside is that they are abusing our online chat support service. We get one or two actual questions and then it devolves in to juvenile antics. Today was not the first time this has happened. It's a mix of fun and aggravating.
On top of dealing with teenagers, here's what I'm working on:
I was out of town with my family and yesterday was a travel day. This is going to be a short issue. Have a great Sunday!
I will be on scattered hiatus until after the Thanksgiving holiday. I will share the usual Weekly Wrap, but all other posting will be paused.
Our normal schedule will resume on Monday, November 27.
On Tuesday, we received the last delivery from our farm share. It was our first time doing this and it turned out to be a rather tasty experience. It also was an education.
This week, I wanted to share some things we learned over the past few months:
Have you ever had a farm share? What did you learn?
I love that our HVAC units are Wi-Fi connected. Today, while in a Zoom meeting, I was able to adjust the temperature without leaving my seat. Plus, this means we can reset temperatures when we're away. Such a little thing but it makes life so much easier.
Here's what else was good this week:
I read a lot of books with my kiddo. Kid Reads is a biweekly look at what we've enjoyed recently. It's just been a lot of Fancy Nancy lately.
*Books shared here may be affiliate links for Bookshop.org
At work, I tried something new today. I declared it a "loose ends" day. Instead of working on major projects, I just tackled all the little things I've had lingering on my to do list. It felt so good to finally get those off my plate. I think, if my schedule allows, I will try to do this once a month.
Here's what else I'm working on:
I always knew we lived in a wonderful community, but that was never made clearer to me than on Monday evening.
I arrived in Indianapolis for a work conference earlier that day. After FaceTiming with my family, I saw some concerning news come across our building's email list-serv. I alerted my husband since I knew he was doing bedtime routine with the kiddo. It turned out that there was a fire in our condo building. Because of the attention and quick actions of our neighbors, the fire department arrived quickly and was able to extinguish the fire without it spreading too far. (No one was hurt but the building is dealing with the aftermath and mitigation of the impacted area.)
I called my husband as soon as they evacuated. While I knew my family was physically safe, my mind raced trying to figure out options of where they could stay and what they would need if they were not allowed back in the building. It was agony not to be there in person. I deal with tough situations by focusing on what I can do to resolve the situation. There was literally nothing I could do in this case. I couldn't even get a flight back home that night. My family had to remain outside for two hours while DC Fire ensured the fire was out and the building was safe to reoccupy.
Our kiddo was nonplussed by the entire event. She got extra time on her tablet, was able to see lots of pets, and even enjoyed a snack. A woman who lives on the street behind us walked around offering pouches and other kid treats to those who wanted them. One of the firefighters talked to our kiddo about Daniel Tiger. Once my family was allowed back in the building, kiddo went to bed as if nothing happened.
I am grateful to live among neighbors who watch out for each other. While I am, admittedly, still dealing with anxiety around this, I know that our community is there to help.
Kiddo's daycare is closed for Veteran's Day. Luckily, so is my office. I'm always grateful that my holiday schedule generally aligns with hers.
Here's what else was good this week: