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The Corona Diaries Week 19 - Science Camp

Yesterday was busy though I can't quite remember with what. But now it's Monday and I'm doing this. But I'm not happy. It's not easy to be cheerful this morning. Not at all. The hardest part for me while I'm unemployed and unable to do IRL things in a pandemic is having to be self supporting. Giving yourself Atta-girls only goes so far after a while.

Seriously this all just sucks. (Says Captain Obvious.)

Anyway.

Last week was Science Camp and I set up fun things for Harper (and other family members) to do. Not everything got done and I tried to borrow a telescope but no one we know had one, so no moon or planet stuff. And our binoculars are not great.

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I roped Grace and Gammo into making Naked Eggs. We started with a zoom call and we put eggs in cups and covered them with white vinegar. They stayed that way overnight. (With a spoon on top to make sure they stayed covered.)

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Then Harper and Grace and Gammo chatted on zoom while I made lunch for Harper. She made bracelets for them both out of rubber bands.IMG_3686
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Next day we got together to view the results and they are wild. We actually had a fun scientific discussion about how this worked and what would the egg taste like and could you just cook it and it would the vinegar flavor have permeated the membrane?

So while we chatted, Grace cooked up her egg and it was just a boiled egg that tasted a lot like vinegar. Her dog was happy with it.

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Another thing we did was observe what happens to apple juice when you leave it on the counter for a week. (I made this one up all on my own...haha.)

Results: It's pretty gross. I'm going to take a piece and put it under the microscope today. (More on that later)

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We made geodes with eggshells and food coloring and borax. This was also an overnight deal.

Results: Fantastic! And super easy, we could do it again.

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Gammo had sent a microscope to Harper at the beginning of summer. We got it out and looked at stuff in it one day.

First start with hair follicle.

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Tiny flower and details.
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Seaweed!
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We also made "Elephant Toothpaste". We did two versions - one with 3% hydrogen peroxide and one with 12%. Round 1 = 3%.

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Harper got slimed a bit so she had to put pajamas on. As you do in SCIENCE.

Round 2 = 12% solution. (The only kind I could get was "cream" style at the beauty supply store, not sure if that slowed it down.)


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And our last major science experiments were also egg related - Walking On Eggs and Squeezing Eggs.

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It kinda worked!

Then we did squeezing eggs, which actually surprised me as we were all really squeezing hard!

Cooking was pretty basic around here this past week. Too busy to go too nuts. Made some nice pasta.


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Took Harper for drive-up ice cream - she got the mermaid cup and I got the crown.
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Sunday night dinner was pretty basic. But delicious. (Homemade broccoli/cheddar soup)


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I had some minor vertigo and minor sinus annoyances (not covid related). Went to the ENT doc and was temped by all those drawers while waiting to be seen. Kurt thinks I'm insane, but man, when you have to wait for ever, it's fun to see what's in all the drawers. PS Vertigo solved with some physical therapy to realign the crystals in my inner ear.

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We try to exercise more. Kurt used to go to volleyball twice a week but that's long gone.

We come up with things you can do at home without needing too much equipment. Harper likes to join in. She did Twister on her own.
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Joined Kurt stretching outside one morning.
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Became an audience of two while I was stretching and doing planks. I really don't need an audience for that.
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We went to a park play date on Saturday with some friends from school - all with social distance and masks. Luckily there was plenty of room for picnics and a nice visit from one of my fave dogs.
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The girls all wore their masks and had an adventure in the huge empty lot next to the park. They found a fort already built and had a good time decorating and adding to it.
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Their new album just dropped.
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Cats provide much levity and joy. And science! As Harper figured out a new system of measurement to measure Biscuit.

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Willoughby enjoyed Harper's lunch alfresco.
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Biscuit enjoys my mouse cable. Maybe it's mouse flavored.
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But he's sleeper too.
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This fine feline has been around our yard lately. Veeeeeeery skittish. Also very cute.
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We got packages from afar with drawings from Harper's old school friend Edie. They were in school together in England and Edie's mom and I became good friends. We've zoomed a couple of times. I just love this graphic image. Edie has very dark hair!

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Harper drew a picture for my step mom's birthday coming up this week.
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And um. Yeah.
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I enjoyed some plumeria in the neighborhood.
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Rearranging our plants on the patio with help from a hand me down plant stand from friends a few blocks away.
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Still trying to grow some decent tomatoes. Have not had any luck with the romas I planted. They were all dry.
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So yeah. Another week. It's hard. Like I said before, it's hard and we have it easy.

 

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