Sarah's Journal

« October 2020
Beach day over zoom


I'm reading Dana a story. There's a mirrored page so when she's sitting in my lap I can see her and she can see me.
Me: What do you see Dana?
Dana: Grandma!

So later I'm relating this story to Nicole.

Me: I don't look like Grandma yet.
Nicole: ...
Me: ....
Nicole: Well the hair is a little different.


11:39 - I log her on to zoom for her 11:40 science class and start Dana's nap routine.
11:54 - As I am leaving the nursery. I notice Domingo standing next to Nicole, they're still waiting to be let in to the zoom meeting. I run to get my phone and message the other moms to let the science teacher know Nicole is waiting.
11:57 - Other moms report back that Nicole is in, but her camera is off. Our screen still shows that she's waiting to be let in. I try restarting zoom.
11: 58 - Zoom tells me there's an error with my camera and it can't start the video without a computer restart.
My computer is ancient. It's casing is cracked, and one of it's screws is currently in a Dixie cup over the mantel because it keeps falling out. (Nicole's on my computer, because the one purchased for her back in March is having a microphone problem.)
I start the restart.
12:09 - First signs of life starting to emerge again from my computer. I can see the desktop, but I can't click on anything because it's still booting up.
12:13 - Computer booted up enough that I can interact with it. I open zoom, but I can't log on to zoom because it's complaining about the account being in a different domain and I need to choose whether to consolidate the accounts or create a new one. I'm frantically clicking on the "acknowledge" option so I can get Nicole back on.
12:15 (a full 36 minutes after class started) - Nicole is logged in, the science teacher admits her to class. I go downstairs feeling so incredibly frayed, only to have Nicole coming running after me that it's not working.
It turned out my computer had just then finished fully booting up and was prompting me to update skype, but the prompt had taken over the full screen.
12:30 - Science class is over, it's time to go back to her regular teacher. Zoom crashed in the process.

Finally broke down and bought Nicole a new laptop.


Dana’s favorite game: lose a small eraser in the rug and hand mommy a flashlight.

We've played three times. I'm pretty sure she's won each time.
Threads: Dana


Me: Okay Dana, time for nap
Dana: Not again!

Threads: Dana


Dana knows the difference between a horse and a unicorn. She is definitely my child.

Threads: Dana


Tail end of a conversation we were having about what dogs are like as pets.

Alexis: And they poop inside the house!
Me: Well, you train them to go potty outside.
Alexis: Really? *Heavy Sigh* Ok, fine. We can get a dog.

Walked right into that one.

Hair By Alexis

Threads: Dana

Whose really in charge around here

Dana (while I was trying to clean her face): Stop! Stop! I command you to stooop!


Someone else’s child over zoom: Mom, I’m muted!

Glad to know we’re not the only ones this happens too. Solidarity anonymous other mom, solidarity.

Scooter Time


Me: Did you like dinner?
Dana: Yup! It was yummy. I love corn. I love rice. I love ketchup.
I guess we know how she feels about the fish.


Overheard from the other room: Wait. He's his FATHER?!?!
Guess what movie we got to watch for the first time ever.

Threads: Nicole

« September 2020 »

“Remote learning is not hard enough. What we need is to lose the internet at 4 past the hour, every hour.”
- said no one, ever

When you desperately need your two year old to leave your kindergartener alone


Finally unpacked the game consoles from the moving boxes (and wiped off about five years of dust!). Original Xbox worked, as did the GameCube. Missing the AV connector for the PS2.

Cutting edge, we are not.


Target: Would you like to save $1 by consolidating items in this order to ship in as few boxes as possible?
Me: Save money and better for the environment? You bet!
Target proceeds ships every item in it's own box.

Oh well, I tried.

Threads: I Tried, Shopping


Overheard this morning
Nicole to Alexis: Mommy really needs to get work done. We should try to do more stuff on our own.
Alexis: 👍

They really tried, too. The problem is Alexis, an emergent reader, can’t read the directions or navigate the computer by herself yet. And since the school doesn’t want the kids getting too much screen time at once, they’re constantly switching activities every half hour. Dana’s teething and didn’t sleep well last night so she also needed extra mommy time as well. Nicole has been a rockstar working independently, but I worry she’s at a disadvantage because I haven’t been able to help her more.

Remote learning is hard. It started hard, it’s still hard. I simultaneously feel like we’re in the best possible spot to make it work and like we’re drowning. Sending virtual love out there to anyone also struggling. ❤️ You are not alone.


I was feeling a bit like Wonder Woman getting a small amount of coding done while supervising remote learning. Then again it was our third pass through the Ff book before I noticed a typo so maybe I shouldn’t be bragging. 🤷‍♀️


I got an indoor air quality reader because I wanted to know how well our air purifiers are working. Got a 199 AQI reading in Dana's room and a 187 in Nicole & Alexis.

100-150 is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups which includes kids. Above 200 is hazardous for everyone. Fingers crossed it's allergens like pollen and not lingering smoke from the wildfires. Also, would love recommendations on purifiers.
Threads: Wildfires