Working with children

ARGH and it is said with absolute love in my heart. My wonderful son has been needing some help in his English studies with writing. So like any good parent I have stepped up to the plate to help my child in his time of need. This does not mean I am going to have sanity when it is all done. But I have chosen to install word onto his computer as well as Grammarly. While doing this I ham having to teach my child the finer points of using a PC instead of his Ipad.

While for most this might seem a normal day to day event. It is not that way for the current generation of students as they are working with Ipads. Which is still trying to catch up with the business world. Then we have the fun of explaining the use of the Oxford Comma and how to use it correctly. Followed by the advanced steps of referencing while still making it easy to work with.

Then somewhere out of the blue my wonderful son looks at me with the kindest of eyes and asks “Is this what you do when writing your books”. So in a look of utter disbelief at the question I had to open one of my drafts to a book I am working on. Knowing I am Dyslexic and it challenges my writing skills all the time. As the word document opens I am faced with looking at the Grammarly error count rise and rise. My wonderful looks at me as it starts to sink in that we all have challenges in writing and errors happen. So we got back to work on his assignment and creating an argument on why cats are better than dogs. But my young son does not fully grasp the concept of a written one sided argument. So I had to then teach him about writing a debate and his side of it as I created my side of it.

We worked for about an hour so now it is a time to give him a break and rest a bit. We have a couple of days to work on this assignment. So we will do some more later on it. I do love working with my kids on their homework and I am also trying to teach him touch typing at the same time. Now that is fun……

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Facing changes

I am always amazed at what the universe like to throw my way. Last week from the actions of others I chose to change back to a choice that was made 3 years ago and all agreed. As my daughter and I were talking it over while enjoying our choice for dinner and driving home I blew the two front tires on my car as we went over the railroad tracks. This is not the change…

About six months ago I told my heart and the universe that we needed to look at lowering our carbon footprint. I know this was going top need some changes on our part. We live very close to town and buses run here all the time. So I was thinking of getting a smaller car that uses less petrol. But I was also thinking that we needed to learn about buses. (This was not the change)

As we drove home with the blown tires. I was very ill knowing how much I was in for on the cost of replacing the tires. Which sits about $700 dollars. I am not rich and I scratch and claw for every dollar I have.

But in wishing the universe heard my thoughts. As I was looking at a smaller car… One that would use less petrol and be kinder to my budget as I was using close to $60 a week in petrol. The idea of a town car that used less was very appealing. I started to look at the new MG. Which was very appealing with all that it has and the amount of petrol that it uses. Thus lowering my usage. But the plans of the universe and you do not always walk hand in hand. So there is not a way to always be ready for these changes. Little did I know that the changes were going to be thrust upon us.

There was more damage done than just blown tires and the cost of talking to the insurance is not worth the hassle of trying to see if the damage would be covered. As it was motor related and I am not sure if it can be linked. Since I cannot with good faith say that they were. So in that issue I have made the choice to walk away from my car and look at riding the Metro Bus which I am not to crazy about. As the time that will be wasted is not very favorable. But the big picture is that it creates to solutions with one problem that might turn out to be a blessing. So here we are looking at changes that the universe feels we need to do. But at the same time we are saving about $200 a month in keeping up the car by using the buses.

I am not fully sure about the carbon footprint issues linked to car vs buses as we are driving longer distances and time in a vehicle. But then again right now there are savings, hmm. But I want to leave the world better for my children and if this is what needs to be done the pain vs the gain will be worth it.

It’s the only one we got.

Podcast suggestion

Hello all,

I really did not want to bring into the blog stuff from the podcast keeping a separation of the formats was something I wanted to do. But on Saturday I am going to post a podcast about Parent Alienation and the impacts of those actions.

A lot of divorced or separated parents have to deal with this subject and I think it needs to be dragged into the light. The only way parents can grow to be exceptional parents is to learn where we are failing and how to improve. I also think that until we remove ourselves from petty issues such as hate for the other parents we are trapped in our own nightmares. I hope that you will find the time and join me in this Podcast.

https://anchor.fm/aleana-robins

Much Love

Ally

Please take the time and help.

Look I know it is hard to live on the street, I’ve done it. I know the fear of having nothing to go home to. I know the fear of losing it all. I have met so many people who even have less than I do. Yeah I am suffering without a job and being Trans. But at least I have a home and tonight we will sleep warm. Sadly this is not the case for others.

Here is Australia we had a rich man beg for 3 million dollars to sue for the right to hate others. Then got it with the help of the Australian Christian Lobby. Just think what 3 million dollars could do for the homeless in my state alone. Lets talk honestly 40% of LGBT+ youth who come out end up homeless. We as a community have the ability with a donation of just $5-10 dollars to help someone in a meaningful way. Doing more good than 3 million dollars to a rich man. We can show just how much love our community has. Please $5-10 is not much. Cup of coffee in the morning vs helping someone have a place to sleep.

https://www.gofundme.com/sleeping-pods-for-the-homeless-in-tasmania?fbclid=IwAR1tkEb6Vnp_S-lyz4e4fHLSCFU4VO34m2L1PDlq72MXoY_stKwaSh9uu1w

Right now they have enough money for 8 pods lets get them some more.
Thank you for taking the time.

Project: Gaming with the Boys?

Well, as I said in my podcast and on this blog I had an idea for a bonding event with my boys. That was to make a Lan party in the house just us three. Plans are plans and sometimes steps taken are rather hard. So I dug out my copies of Quake. Quake 1 was and still is an amazing step forward. But in saying that no I am not going to learn to code the game to work right. Quake 2 Oh yeah! we got it working but there is a problem. I suck at it now….

Where once I had an edge but 17 years later I am getting owned by my son, LOL. life really is fun, we were test and tweaking the setting to work with the Mouse Keyboard style that both of us enjoy. But my system is so fast that I could turn around and create a tornado. Gabriel watched it happen a few times as we were setting it up. Now we need to setup the laptop and we are almost there. Now Niamh has seen us playing and has changed her mind and wants to join in so not the idea has changed to Gaming with the kids. We are still in the testing phase and we were also able to test the recording software. Next we will see if Twitch can work with it.

I hope to have this all setup and ready for a full run on Sunday the 7th of July. We also hope to be live on Twitch as well that day. So if you want to see some fun and here us being goofs tune in for more information this week. *Warning* plans could also have to change, the life of being a parent <3.

Youtube

Ah one of my all time neglected platforms. But wait no longer, I am trying to get this up and going at the same time. If you want to see some of the things I do. I am going to be uploading on my Youtube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz-57GrAFMpvbIgyRRucCnQ

Right now there is not a lot on there. But in time this is going to change. Please do enjoy what is on there. Videos of my Son’s at a Jiu-Jitsu championship. Then there is a video about gender affirming surgery for Transwomen. Now I will answer anything but not Trolls. I will delete those as fast as I see them. No one needs that kind of hate in their lives.

Doing something fun

Well, in this change of my online presence I started looking at some fun things to do with my children. One of these being Gaming with the Boys. Knowing right now my Ex is trying to figure out after reading this that they can find a new spin on Bad parenting. Well bring it on! Because we work our asses off in Jiu-Jitsu, School and having a life.

So what we are going to do now is go back in time to 1998 (ish) and look at some of the games from that era. The first game we are going to play and record is Quake 2. Sadly streaming might not be possible due to being in Australia. A simple yet fun game to go head to head on and have a good time. No building walls or any other silly tricks. Just back to the start of kicking ass and taking names. My skills have dropped over the years and Gabriel has never played this game so we might be a fair battle. But What he does not know is I am going to use the laptop and put this old game on it and bring in a 3rd player his little brother. A little brother who has no fear and no idea how to play this game. This battle is going to be a blast!

I tried to setup Quake 1 but after an hour or so trying to fix the resolution I gave up. So in about a week we will post a video on Twitch or Youtube. Really have not thought that out . But in the end this is all just for fun. Break the dull-drums of life for some laughter and smiles. It is winter time after all. I hope that if we can make it live you will join us. If we can only do a video have a watch it is going to be crazy.