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LisaK in VA is in IT

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About LisaK in VA is in IT

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  • Birthday December 30

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    Female
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    Napoli, Italia
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    Public Policy, Debate, Scrapbooking, caking and some other crafts, Reading, Swimming, and helping my kids become the best version of themselves I can.

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    Wife of one, mother of five
  • Location
    Napoli, Italia
  • Interests
    Scrapbooking, decorative painting
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    Head Coach, Naples Tiger Sharks,wife & mother, and free-lance writer

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  1. Some things we buy in blu-ray, other things we buy digital. Regardless of how it's purchased, it all gets digitized and put onto our Media Server -- which is also how we access Netflix, YouTube, etc. (I don't know what will be included when we get stateside in that mix stuff).
  2. We're flying into Dulles. I'll be renting a van to drive us (and our baggage) home. I'll drive back the following day and my brother will pick me up at the airport on his way back from work to get me home. My husband (and sons) may be going into Norfolk in a month, though. They live in the Research Triangle with my brother. They are hopeful that my mom will improve enough in the next 7 months to be home for Christmas... but that's a big "if" right now.
  3. Well, I have four days to try to finish having everything ready for my husband and sons to finish up (stuff to ship to my parents, stuff in the express shipment, stuff we're trying to sell/get rid of (what get's kept and packed vs. given away/tossed), everything listed for sale, old school stuff to go through (and toss/keep -- kids are doing their own, no high school stuff gets tossed if they are still in high school). It's a bit of crazy town at the moment. We're glad we came. We're ready to go. Really nervous about this next chapter as we have no home, nothing in the works -- as we've been waiting for confirmation on a rental. If I at least had an idea of what the plan was, it would be easier (there are people we know who live in Europe who have a vacant home in the area -- they've given us a price to rent, but there is nothing else, they don't want us to move in until they can check the place out, but their efforts to get their to "clean up" keep getting delayed....we're at over 2 months delay now). We only get so much time in temporary housing, and houses are going FAST right now. UGH. So, we're making a decision one way or another on Sunday. Come Sunday, I should know something. My parents are not in the area, my brother is going to be out of town, so because they wouldn't get me the flight I requested, there is NO ONE to pick us up at the airport yet. I've reached out to those I know in the area -- but it's a very busy time of year We were content, but I wouldn't call it "home." Missed my family. Some things are just harder... here. I will miss some things, and then there are things I can't wait to leave.
  4. I mostly have issues with a lot of places piecemealing the online stuff. Groups use FB for this, then another site for that, and yet a 3rd site for something else, and oh -- we use Remind for X. Just put the information in ONE place. And, then, I hate it in FB because you can never find the information (hello -- if it's information we need to refer to, it needs to be in a FILE, not put into a random post that gets buried by everyone else posting things! Paying online? I generally don't mind, but if it's a bad website, hard to navigate, count me out. It seems overkill for a movie theater (unless I am booking for a large group, in which case, I can see the point. Things I'm going to miss about Italy... my full service gas stations! Who knows, I may wind up spending more on gas just to go to one (assuming they still exist in Virginia). Italians bag their own groceries here -- but we don't have to scan them (I don't mind bagging them myself). The scanning and bagging brings up bad memories, though. Count me among those who really hate the self-checkout lines (unless I'm just grabbing a water or something). My first shopping trip (next Wednesday) is to Wegman's. I have to go in the morning, though because I won't have time on Tuesday. I've already made a shopping list.
  5. back to simply LisaKinVA -- my girls and I fly back on Tuesday. My boys and husband will follow in less than 4 weeks. My husband's original separation date was 8 June, but they couldn't figure out how to do my husband's orders and fund them until late Tuesday night. While a Tuesday morning flight is pretty quick, they wanted to put me on a flight on FRIDAY (ummm, no.) I have to figure out how to get from the airport to my folks house (my parents are living in NC, as my mom has been ill for over a year, and my dad was unable to care for her alone, and my brother is out of town). It's going to be a crazy four days (making things even more fun, we have a 6AM flight out). My Italian life is nearly over.
  6. Pokeman's Eagle project is DONE. He collected and delivered more than $4,000 worth of supplies, food, toys and clothing to the center here. The write up is almost complete (have to add the photos), and then he can submit the completed packet. Final OA event this weekend, and I am supposed to fly out Tues or Weds (waiting on the email with the information). Dad will have to oversee getting him to the board of review and everything...they fly out in 4 weeks. DS learned a lot from this project -- mostly, that you can't really "over plan." (As adults, we do know that it's possible to over-plan, but usually difficulties are because we don't plan enough). I'm hoping to get an article in the Panorama about the project -- with a personal note. DS is looking forward to finding a new troop in the Hampton Roads area. My younger girls are hoping to find an AHG troop, and DD is hoping we live close enough to the Aquarium she can volunteer there.
  7. Laundry Eagle Project -- keep bugging and following up with DS. Bug the kids to clean, because I don't want to. Maybe swim? The weather doesn't make that likely. Wait on pins and needles as we decide our housing situation for our move this week (we have a firm deadline). Optimal decision financially that makes a huge positive impact on our living situation and a smooth transition. Other situation has us in temporary housing for 90 days, and will be a more difficult financial path -- but still doable.
  8. Being the type of person who withdraws... what this looks like often depends upon who is doing the hurting. Early on in my marriage, I withdrew from a room to try to get my feelings and emotions under control. My husband followed me and kept demanding an answer, asking repeatedly what was wrong. I E.X.P.L.O.D.E.D. Much, much later that day, I explained to him that when I feel myself growing upset, or frustrated and angry, I withdraw so that I can gather my thoughts and self composure until I can come back and talk reasonably. That was the only time in our marriage this happened. With others, friends, acquaintances, etc. -- I tend to simply withdraw from and be a lot more quiet around them, answer simply, and not seek out additional engagement. I probably will never open myself up to them in any significant way, although I may continue to work "professionally" along side them and be pleasant and often accommodating. I have often still gone out of my way to help them when in need, or where I could. But I don't count them as a personal friend, as someone I can share my intimate thoughts with. The silent treatment (used in anger as a demonstration of anger) is totally different and IMO, not productive for anyone.
  9. We just wrapped up phase 2 of Pokeman's Eagle Project -- Supply Collection and increasing community awareness. DS's group of volunteers spoke to more than 1,000 people about Centro Laila (non profit organization that helps refugees/immigrants/local families in need with child care, supplies, after school care, food, and transportation). We did well with the supplies donated, but personally I was really shocked at how many people couldn't be bothered to donate a $1.00 bag of black beans, or 1 can of veggies or fruit. We were blessed by a few people donating a lot -- but I can't help but feel like it should have been more. All of the items collected have been inventoried, and now he has to make a shopping list from the money raised during the breakfast burrito sale to fill in the gaps. I was hoping that we'd get enough beans, rice and canned fruits and veggies that he could use the money to purchase the more expensive items (canned meats, cleaning supplies, plates/cups), but that didn't happen. We have enough clothing, shoes and supplies that we will more than fill my van and my husband's car. DS still has to email his Troop and remind them that if they have anything they would like to donate (from the list) to please bring it to the meeting, and then invite any scouts willing to help load/unload to the organization on Tuesday night. I'm also going to have him email the commissary and see if they have anything he might be able to pick up (free) or any discount that could be applied to larger purchases. They may say no -- but it's worth a try. In the end, he'll deliver nearly $3,000 worth of clothing, food and supplies to the organization. It's a pretty substantive amount. Along the way we've talked about things that worked really well, and things he could have done better. Honestly, with all of the extra hoops we had to go through -- not the least of which having another group out there selling breakfast burritos on our day (THAT, after the nonsense legal gave us 2 months earlier), we weren't sure it was going to come together. But it did. Now, he's in the final stretch (oh, and I'm still in Italy because no one seems to understand the process for getting us out of here).
  10. What she said... student-s are more than a black and white set of data points at a point in time. They bring with them a whole host of unseen/unknown layers. One "privileged" zip code in my area has a good number of families living in double-wide trailers not far from the million dollar homes. Other families are doubled up, because they can't afford to live in the area other wise. Many of these same families earn just enough more than what would entitle them to health care or food assistance, but they don't qualify. Others are renting from a friend or family member at below market rent, working on the property in addition to a full time job. Some families stuck together through circumstances that often tear others apart. As we search for places to live, the areas in which we are looking (because we can afford them) we are told to avoid. Maybe God is having us move into a struggling area in order that we might bless our neighbors with what we can help them with? I don't know. I just know I'm not paying $1,500 a month to live in a 1,200 square foot house in the nice area because my friends don't like the neighborhood we can afford. We've lived and stayed in worse. I do know as my daughter gets ready to start all of her essays, I'm going to make sure she has all of the documentation she needs to tell her story. It is far from the norm of that of our peers.
  11. Whoo-Hoo! APs are OVER for 2019. School is OUT until we get to Virginia and pick back up with our summer program (looking like Memorial Day or thereabout. Hate all of these delays.
  12. I'm old enough to have forgotten all of the stuff that I did or had that is completely irrelevant to today's life.
  13. DD is a bit nervous for her AP English Language today... you know she's trying to keep things light as she makes jokes about bombing the calculator portion of the exam 😉 Next year, we will really be increasing the focus on her humanities subjects. I'm so excited!!
  14. I'm going to suggest ClutchPrep.com. You can match their lectures to multiple textbooks. We used Campbell & Reese. I also purchased the study guide that goes with the book. ClutchPrep has PDF notes that can assist with notetaking, as well as practice sets for certain concepts, and even chapter exam review. I used questions from the Study Guide to create tests. And the Campbell Biology connect has additional activities and helps as well. http://webs.bcp.org/sites/rwong/mwb/campinter 1.4/chapter0/deluxe.html From there, you can study (or not) for an AP exam or the Biology SAT2. We've found Educator.com a solid source for good AP Test Prep.
  15. Drop LEGOManiac @ work & PonyGirl for AP exams Wait for Gardeners to arrive for major work on trees and 12' bushes (they just arrived) Take my Kiina dog to the vet to be spayed, and have her rear shaved, to continue treatment for anal furunculosis, Work with kids on various projects, clean a bit, a bit of laundry, talk to my husband and try to figure out moving stuff (most of the day) Pick kids up... dinner... bed.
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