Hot day; Cold Caramel Butter Latte, Yummy Chocolate Snacks & #6 Clever Packing Hacks

This morning began soft and warm filled with bright sunshine flowing across the mountains.

My fiancé and I are determined to get a free espresso drink before we leave this region at our favorite coffee shop “The Coffee Bean”.

I like iced lattes in the summer. Though I think his summer drink is an iced mocha.

It will be so exciting to see how different coffee shops are in the NE U.S.!

Anyway, let’s cut to the chase. Packing ensues today. Therefore, I will be writing about done packing hacks I’ve picked up.

Today, I’m packing the wine glasses… eek.

1. After strategizing and thinking it over a good deal. I came up with a brilliant packing hack. To pack the wine glasses in socks and stocking hats before wrapping in bubble wrap. This is a new trick for me and I think is BRILLIANT!!

2. Another thing, I aim to do in this move is not empty my bureau drawers but just remove them and stack them still full in the back of the truck. Which will save me a lot of time.

3. A plate trick, I really like, is layering your glass plates with paper plates. Such a good idea! Unfortunately, I already packed my plates. Though, I will definitely keep this trick in my back pocket.

4. I also discovered a game changing way to vacuum seal your clothing. You can buy vacuum pack bags or try this nifty trick and make your own vacuum pack with a trash bag and a vacuum cleaner!

When I learned about this my jaw dropped.

5. Books, I have a lot and my fiancé has a lot of books. This poses a problem for the average cardboard box. A neat trick for this is stacking your books in a rolling suitcase. This one is really beneficial because let me tell ya’ I’ve had so many cardboard boxes break from the weight of books.

6. I love this one and have used this on my first long distance move to Ohio. Keeping your hanging clothes on the hangers, grouping them together, poking a hole in the top middle of the trash bag and then pulling a trash bag over tightening with a knot at the bottom. So, that all of your clothes are covered completely if there’s rain your clothes will stay completely dry.

Well, that’s all for now friends.

I hope you have a joyful morning 😊

Editing News, Coffee and Online Dating

Perk, perk… As the coffee pot spit out its merry little music, I flipped through my work manual. The rain tumbled down the gutters and spit out onto the bright green grass into a little pool.

As my Spotify churned out lyrics to “Symphony” I cringed at the article on my computer. I had been working on this article for two weeks. Tracking down people and resources to complete it was absolute mayhem. But finally, the article stitched out on my screen like a newly embroidered pillowcase hem. The only thing is that the hems are all haphazardly sewn in… and the article needs lots of editing. Uggh… Every writer’s favorite thing—editing, bleh. Luckily, I found a couple of helpful articles.

This article is helpful for editing the bare bones of just about any writing piece. 25 really helpful tips:

25 editing tips for your writer’s toolbox

This article is really helpful in suggesting editing tools for journalists:

The Best Tools to Improve your Newspaper Writing

So in summary,

*Cut the extra fluff, precision is key- try and keep adverbs and adjectives at a minimum

*Use the 5 W’s: Who, what, where, why and when and how

*Strong verbs (gushing, frolicking, scratching

*Precise strong nouns (kitten instead of cat, Subaru instead of just car, etc.)

*Also when editing I go over it about a million times. Accuracy is everything.

Coffee helps.

 

 

School and New Opportunities

The window was open last night which led to chilly dreams and not enough sleep. I am awake now and breathing in the delicious scents of coffee that fill my kitchen. Ahhh… home, what a wonderful place. I think there’s something about being from somewhere; like an innate feeling deep inside that just makes you feel nice. Your home might not be the nicest but there’s something about home that makes up for the discomfort. If that makes any sense at all.

Today I am teaching. Whoot! Whoot! At my grade school. Which in the past, honestly has been kind of rocky. But I guess one can expect that from a school where you had a lot of the same teachers growing up.

Last week, when teaching I had a kid trying to cut himself with scissors in art class and a boy peed his pants during recess. Teaching is an interesting and ever-changing occupation, let me tell you. New challenges every day.

Currently, I’m working on obtaining my bachelors. Hello, summer classes! I’ve honestly thought about going into teaching as a career. But I’m not sure it would make me as happy as say going into art or becoming an author.

But in the same breath, I suppose you could do both. Teaching seems pretty versatile now that I think about it.

Hurrah, I love accomplishing things people doubt I can do. Growing up I was an I.E.P. kid and put with special ed all the time. Sometimes I feel like my life thus far has been fledged with the “you’re not good enough’s.”

But as a T.B.I. survivor or anyone going through depression or turmoil it’s easy to doubt your greatness. So, I’m here to say Hurrah! You can do it, you’re amazing. Today, you’re going to set the world on fire! Don’t let the “I can’ts” and “If’s” get you down. You’re amazing, YOU WERE MADE TO DO THIS!

So as I can assume my school day will be crazy chaotic and I might need another cup of coffee afterward…

Coffee and smiles. Let’s live this chaotic life.

Have a beautiful day!