Back to School

Yep, went back to school today.  Taking one class where I actually have to show up and one class online.  I’m going for a web design degree and right now I’m taking PHP and iOS Mobile Development.  PHP has me scared.  Whenever dollar signs are used in coding I’m thinking that’s a good reason to be scared!  I know I’ve got to memorize my professor’s office hours.  At least he’s very nice and I don’t think he minds at all when I ask for help.

The other class I’m taking is the one I’m really looking forward to.  At the end of the semester we’re supposed to write our own app!  That just sounds so fun and cool and all that!  We are learning Swift (which is the language used to write iOS apps).  I’ve always taken web classes.  This is the first programming language class I’ve taken and my professor says it’s a good intro language because it’s pretty basic.  Well, we’ll see, but I’m so excited at the prospect of being able to create an app!!  

So this is what I need from y’all.  I’ve got a few ideas about the kind of app I want to create.  But he suggested that we ask our friends and family.  I’ve done that so I thought I’d ask my online family, “What do y’all think I should develop as an app for my iOS course?”  I’d love to hear any and all suggestions.

 I guess I should tell you right off that I’m not a huge fan of involved games.  I have word games on my phone and iPad and that’s about it.  I’m kinda boring when it comes to games on my phone.  Get me on the Wii and I want to play Zelda, but that doesn’t pertain here, obviously.  Anyone have any ideas?  I’m open to any and all (I’ll do my best to have an open mind about games)…

“Today Was a Good Day” Photo Collage Challenge

This would be a perfect day for me right now.  The kids were small (before they got their own ideas and preferences and boyfriends and all that stuff).  We were too!  We were in Florida (my favorite place to vacation in all the world!).  Dad would be there too.  Perfect!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

Wednesdays At Rie’s

“Come on, y’all, let’s go!” Dad would call.

We were getting ready to go to my grandmother’s house.  Dad was an only child so Rie (that’s what we called her–short for Marie-with the emphasis on the first syllable) doted on him so.  He didn’t mind, I don’t think.  He talked to her nearly every day and had dinner with her (and all of us) once a week, every Wednesday.  My grandmother was a real character.  She said what she wanted to say and did what she wanted to do.  Her house was next to the Sterns (which if you’ve ever been to New Orleans is down the street from Longue Vue Gardens on Bamboo Rd. near the Palmetto St. canal).  Of course back then it was just the Sterns.  I went to school with their grandson and we used to play in the gardens all the time.  Funny that when I grew up it turned into a big deal. Continue reading Wednesdays At Rie’s

Friday Food

So with my commitment to getting back on track with the program (Weight Watchers, that is) I’ve decided to share with y’all a recipe every Friday.  I have time to write on Friday and I thought if you liked the look of it, you’d be motivated to try it over the weekend.  I will post recipes that I’ve tried unless I find something that looks really great, then we can all take the leap together.  If you prepare the recipe I post, I’d love to hear about how you liked it.  So please let me know in the Comments section how it worked for you.  Here’s my first-ever recipe.  For those of you on Weight Watchers, I will post the Pointsplus values so we can know what we’re getting into.

I haven’t tried this one yet, but looks good for a BBQ fix on Sunday or anytime during the weekend when the barbecue pit looks appealing.  I don’t know about y’all but the warm days are numbered, I think.  It’s been kind of chilly over here.  Get outside while you can!

WHO SAYS?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Helpless.”

So I’m coming home from work on Thursday night.  It’s been a hard week as I’ve been covering for my friend, Mona, who took some time to go help her son set up his new house.  (How exciting!)  But I’m wiped out!  Yeah, the extra money helps.  I love helping my friends when something comes up.  I know they’d do the same for me, and they did when I had to go take care of my sister and when my dad passed.  So I am thankful that they ask me to help because I want them to know that they can count on me and because I can use the money, definitely.  But after work on Thursday, something just let go in my brain.

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Keeping our loved ones present

I read a post written by a lovely lady (Cathy Lynn Brooks) who keeps a blog devoted to her daughter, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and lost her life in an accident about a year ago.  Truly a tragic story!  Her story had me thinking about my situation surrounding my dad’s passing last month.

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By the pecan tree

When I was little the backyard was one of my favorite places to be.  There were so many reasons for this.  In the middle of the yard we had the biggest pecan tree I’ve ever seen that dropped nuts all the time.  I’d go out to play by the rowboat we had on the left side of the yard, often.  One of my favorite things to do was to turn the boat over and see what was underneath.  My dad kept it upside down and usually we just sat on it and played cards or talked but I LOVED to look and see what was underneath!  Lots of juicy worms would curl up and writhe free from the dirt along with some slugs and skinks.  I loved that!

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What’s It All About?

Where did I look to answer that question when forming my “About” page?  It’s hard to look in the past for that, unless you carry your past around like an old suitcase, which (hate to say) I do occasionally…  I look at what’s on my mind.  What am I consumed by?  I’m coming to discover that what I write about will always be pertinent as long as it means something to me or someone else, for that matter.  Right now, taking action to move back home to be with my family and friends is foremost in my mind even more than it has been in the last 10 years.  Dad’s passing has shoved it under a magnifying glass.

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