We Can Make it Work

California Real Estate Bubble Realtor Broker Comic
Real estate is red hot. And, as with all things red hot, it should be handled with caution. My wife, Jodie, a certified real estate broker, has been in the “business” for over ten years. She has never seen a market like this one. Low interest rates and low inventory has resulted in a seller’s market like no other. It’s a great time to sell, but a very very competitive time to buy. Word to the wise : Don’t get burnt. Find a good agent – like my wife – to help you.

#CaliforniaRealEstate #SanDiegoRealEstate #housingmarket #realestate #realtor #realestateagent #househunting #homebuyers #housing #firsttimehomebuyer #mortgage #dreamhome #realtorlife #sellyourhome #property #homebuying #realestatemarket #realestatelife #homeforsale #homeownership #homegoals #home #realestateexperts #realestateinvesting #realtorsofinstagram #homesellers #opportunity #realestateforsale #newlisting #forsale #housegoals #bhfyp #DrawnAndCoded #Comic

The Last Battery

COVID Lockdown Working From Home Remote Learning The Last Battery Rechargeable Battery Dead Battery Family Parenting Fail Kids Wireless Keyboard Wireless Mouse Comic #DrawnAndCoded
One day in the near future when COVID is a distant memory my family and I will all look back and laugh about that one time while we were all working/schooling from home and our device’s batteries all died simultaneously.

#COVID #COVIDLockdown #WorkingFromHome #RemoteLearning #TheLastBattery #RechargeableBattery #DeadBattery #Family #ParentingFail #Kids #WirelessKeyboard #WirelessMouse #Comic #DrawnAndCoded

So, we bought a Roomba …

iRobot Roomba Vacuum Hoover Cleaning
What repeatedly gets lost, needs constant supervision, and takes forever to complete the most simple chore? An iRobot Roomba! All joking aside our little robot, an i3 model, does a fantastic job cleaning our carpet. However, if it had the slightest bit of intelligence I’m pretty sure that something like this would happen …

#iRobot #Roomba #Vacuum #Hoover #Cleaning #iHateToClean #SpringCleaning #Robot #MaidService #vacuumcleaner #DrawnAndCoded #Comic

Working from Home

Working from home. WFH. Co-workers. Dogs. COVID
I’ve been working remotely from home for one year now and it’s been great….well, mostly. For more go here.

I’ve been working remotely from home for one year now and it’s been great….well, mostly. Like anything new, there have been obstacles. However, after many trials and tribulations I can now run the gauntlet like a soccer mom evading children playing in the street in her minivan.

Here are some things that I have learned ( maybe they’ll help you, too ) :

  • I’ve learned that there is no longer anyone to blame other than myself for burning the popcorn in the microwave
  • ….and, that that horrible leftover smell in the fridge is, in fact, my own.
  • I’ve learned that having an “open door policy” doesn’t work when your officemates are two kids ( and dogs ).
  • I’ve learned that when everyone is working from home on battery powered keyboards and mice, he who holds the last two AA batteries is king.
  • I’ve learned that my wife showers at precisely the same time as my daily webcam meetings – and that the camera faces the bathroom. 
  • Lastly, I’ve learned that pants are, indeed, optional.

Take care. Stay healthy. Live life. Forgo the pants.

-Scott

#remotework #workfromhome #remoteworking #doglover #petlover #dogs #COVID #parentingfail #comic #drawnandcoded #clipstudiopaint

Noise cancelling

Audiobooks Music Apple Airpods Earbuds iPhone Parenting Fail Comic Funnies
My brother in law, Curtis, and I have theorized that the way AirPods really work is by inducing conversation as soon as you shove the things into your skull. Granted, it could be a genetic fluke given that the greatest offenders are our identical twin wives, but I have a feeling it goes further than that.

#audiobooks #music #AppleAirpods #airpods #earbuds #audiobooks #iphone #parentingfail #comic #funnies #drawnandcoded

Love hurts

happy valentine's day LEGO handmade handcrafted parenting family comic #funny
Every Valentine’s Day for as far back as I can remember Jodie has surprised me with a delicious hand-made dessert. Three years ago I started reciprocating by drawing her a Valentine’s Day comic. For more go here.

Every Valentine’s Day for as far back as I can remember Jodie has surprised me with a delicious hand-made dessert. Three years ago I started reciprocating by drawing her a Valentine’s Day comic. This year, to celebrate our addiction to LEGO, I drew her the comic you see here. In return, to celebrate our almost two years on a whole food plant-based diet, she made me delicious Flourless Sweet Potato Brownies.

If you’re interested, here are some Valentines comics of years’ past…

  • Happy Valentines Day Hearts Love Sweetheart Comic
  • love is messy valentines day card kids comic
  • happy valentines day handmade handcrafted parenting family parenting fail comic
  • poetry valentines romantics funny fart jokes first date true love chivalry is not dead comic

Take care. Stay healthy. Live life. 

– Scott

#valentines #happyvalentinesday #valentinesday #LEGO #handmade #handcrafted #parenting #family #parentingfail #drawnandcoded #clipstudiopaint #gimp #comic #funny

Mom-jitsu

momjitsu parenting fail mom skills raising kids running away foodie food lover comic
I heard this play out from the comfort ( and relative quiet ) of my upstairs office. Part of me wanted to jump out of my chair, tear down the stairs, run outside, and rescue our daughter, Kaylee, from the dangers of our upper-middle class suburban neighborhood. The other part was chuckling and weighing the consequences of subverting the parenting skills of my wife, Jodie. The later won. Our wayward daughter returned, starving, after a couple of laps around the block, forever validating my wife’s Mom-jitsu skills.

#momjitsu #parentingfail #momskills #raisingkids #runningaway #parenting #foodie #foodlover #drawnandcoded #clipartstudio

Happy Holidays … and bye bye 2020

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Bye bye, 2020. Can’t say that I’ll miss you. For my end of year wrap up go here.

2020. What a year, right?  My family and I started the year off strong with back-to-back trips to Legoland and Universal Studios, and then life got interesting. In March, just as COVID was rearing its ugly head in the United States, Kaylee and I underwent surgeries for a broken elbow and a prostatectomy. I owe our quick recovery to Jodie, Ashley, and each other – and the fact that, like everyone else, we were stuck at home with nothing to do but recover. Over the next few months of lockdowns, social distancing, and travel restrictions my family and I all did our best to maintain normalcy as much as possible. 

Ashley and Kaylee adapted to virtual “distance learning” and used Chromebooks to finish 4th and 2nd grade at Westwood Elementary. Ashley is now in her final year at Westwood and, sadly, likely to graduate without ever setting foot in a classroom there again. On the upside, both girls seem to be learning and doing great. Ashley, known as the “human calculator” by her classmates, has joined Math Olympiad for the second year, a national mathematics competition and study group. Meanwhile, Kaylee has joined “Roadrunner TV”, a weekly school news broadcast. She loves being in front of the camera and interviewing staff and students and reporting on school affairs.

Ashley and Kaylee have continued to excel in Karate and, after two years, have both achieved Green Stripe Belts. The classes, which were held online during the initial months of the pandemic, are now outdoors with face coverings, no-contact restrictions, and gratuitous use of hand sanitizer. 

Kaylee is wrapping up her second year of singing and piano lessons with her awesome music instructor. This year she was introduced to the Ukulele and has now performed several recitals, the latest of which have been held virtually over Zoom. Her voice and ability have improved remarkably since she started. Jodie and I are looking forward to her upcoming virtual Holiday Recital where she’ll be performing, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”.

LEGO has now officially taken over our house to the extent that our formal dining room now looks like a toy store, and gets much more use because of it.  During the early months of COVID Jodie and I started holding weekly LEGO Master competitions over Zoom with our friends to stay connected. We’ve been amazed by what our daughters and their friends are capable of building and just finished our 35th competition. 

We tested the limits of our health insurance plan this year. In addition to Kaylee and my surgeries in March, Ashley has had several tooth extractions (and subsequent tooth fairy visits) whereas I have continued to receive hormone therapy and, more recently, radiation to fight off my cancer. To keep everyone healthy Jodie and I have continued to maintain a plant-based, no dairy, low sugar diet for ourselves, and be more mindful of what our daughters eat as well. Jodie has had fun experimenting and replicating some of our favorite dishes including sloppy “Jods”, vegan nachos, pumpkin-quinoa chili, stuffed sweet potatoes, and plant-based fish tacos.

Jodie, after more than ten years of working as a real estate agent, has decided to start her own brokerage and will be taking her broker exam in early January. 2020 has proven to be a challenging yet successful year for her; even with COVID headwinds she has managed to complete several transactions. I am looking forward to supporting her in her new endeavor and have passed the realtor exam in preparation to be her first “part time” employee. 

As for me, after losing my job due to COVID-related cutbacks I took some much-needed time off. I have just recently started a new position at MedImpact Direct as a Software Engineer. I will be working on their direct-to-consumer and specialty pharmacy platforms, two things that I have become very familiar with during my battle with cancer.

Last but not least, we have added a new furry four-legged member to our family, Maddie, a small black-and-tan Rat Terrier with hugely adorable ears. Since we adopted her, she has brought more smiles to our faces than I thought possible and has proven to be the perfect sidekick for our other dog, Chip. 

Overall, it has been a difficult yet strangely rewarding year. As a family, I feel that, throughout all the weirdness that is 2020, we have all become much closer and have a much better understanding of what is truly important – each other. 

…with that, bring on the vaccines and an ultimate return to real normalcy!

– Scott, Jodie, Ashley, Kaylee, Chip & Maddie Vandervort

#happynewyears #newyears2021 #newyears #COVID #Coronavirus #goodbye2020 #hanukkah #happyhanukkah #merrychristmas #XMAS