YouTube can be very useful

Jamie has been changing the oil in all our cars for a while now. He learned how to do it from YouTube. Ani’s car needed a new alternator. Again, YouTube to the rescue. A couple weeks ago he replaced the rear struts on Ani’s car (ah, the joys of an older used car). YouTube taught him how to do it. He’s done the brakes on two of our cars with YouTube as a guide. The amount of money we’ve saved on paying other people to fix our cars is huge at this point.

Side note: One of Ani’s front tires was bulging so Jamie checked her spare tire to see if it was a regular tire and he could just switch the one going bad for the spare. Nope. Her spare tire was completely blown out. Who put a blown out tire in their car’s spare spot? The people who sold her car to the dealership, apparently. (We got two new tires and the good old front tire is now in the spare tire compartment in case she should ever need a useful spare.)

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Ani and Valium (Wisdom Teeth)

Just over a week ago, Ani got her bottom two wisdom teeth removed. Because of her chronic health issues, the oral surgeon didn’t feel comfortable knocking her out for it, so instead, she did conscious sedation using Valium. The night before, she had to take one and things got kind of amusing. (Note: Ani remembers none of this. Also, she’s healed up very nicely and this weekend was much better than last weekend.)

All the pills

Three times a day Ani has to take medication. One of those times is just a half pill, but there are a bunch that she takes every morning and evening.

All the pills

While we have to adjust her medication often, all these pills keep her relatively normal and functional so they are worth it.

March for Our Lives

March for Our Lives

On Saturday, Jamie, Ani, and I joined about 1,000 of our fellow San Antonioans in support of common sense gun control.

March for Our Lives

A few tourists, upon realizing what we were doing, joined the parade.

March for Our Lives

People along the route applauded as they watched us go by.

March for Our Lives

As with anything in San Antonio, it was a pretty laid back, we’re having a party sort of atmosphere.

March for Our Lives

But March for Our Lives and the incredible ease with which people can get guns in this country is not fun and games. It’s a very serious issue. Ani returned from her really long Invisible Recovery hiatus to make a video about it.

Science: Non-Metals

Weeks 24 and 25 of school we learned about non-metals using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 14.

We went on a non-metals hunt around our house. Among other things, we found water and teeth.
Science: Non-Metals

We watched a video of experiments done with liquid nitrogen.
Science: Non-Metals

We went to SubZero for ice cream. They make it right in front of you using liquid nitrogen.
Science: Non-Metals

We made bath salts (Cameron: yellow, lemon; Fritz: green, valor; Adrian: blue, peppermint).
Science: Non-Metals

We watched a music video about non-metals.
Science: Non-Metals