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WIS, WWA | Also, about airplane mechanic school

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned in passing that Lisey was going to airplane mechanic school in the fall.

Lisey painting her calipers red.

I thought I’d mentioned it here before, but I must have only mentioned it on my other blog. Whoops.

(Here’s the post I wrote there about Lisey)

Anyway! Lisey started working at Valvoline in the winter of 2020, just because she knew nothing about cars and wanted to learn.

Lisey at Valvoline

Learn she did; she got to the top level of certification there and she decided she really likes working with her hands, so much so that she decided to switch career paths from the linguistics career she was initially pursuing.

Red calipers being painted by hand.

So, this fall she will move out and go to a rather intensive trade school for four back-to-back semesters, after which she will be a certified airplane mechanic.

Once she’s done there, she should be able to have her pick of places to live as long as there’s an airport nearby.

(Her current wishlist is anywhere in Florida. Ha. She loves heat and humidity. I can definitely envision her moving all over the place to have adventures, though.)

felt-lined toolbox drawers.

She’s going to be quite a minority in the field since less than 5% of airplane mechanics are women. But she is fairly used to this since she’s been in a very male-dominated environment working on cars already.

And there IS one other girl attending the airplane mechanic school this fall along with her, so she won’t be the only gal in a sea of men.

We think her plan is great; there’s always a need for people who are willing to work with their hands and do dirty jobs, and we love that Lisey is being something of a trailblazer in this industry.

(She has really run with my, “You don’t need whiskers to do that.” philosophy! Ha.)

Repainted red and black Craftsman toolbox.

And if she ever gets tired of working on planes, well, she’s over halfway to getting her bachelor’s degree in linguistics, and those credits don’t go bad; she can pivot again later in life if she wants to.

So, now that you are all caught up on Lisey’s life plans, on to food! 

What I Spent

Let’s see:

  • $57 at Aldi
  • $17 at Weis
  • $32 at BJs

So, $106 all told.

May Grocery Spending

Week 1: $98

Week 2: $106

What We Ate 


Mr. FG and I did a date night, our second non-takeout date night in a row! I have to say, it is much nicer to eat the food right after it’s made.

Almost no food is improved by a trip home in a box, you know? Quite the opposite.

And I feel the same about homemade food too; I like to eat it right after it comes off the stove or out of the oven.


It was Mother’s Day, and I decided that what I really wanted to eat for dinner was my grandma’s apricot sweet rolls.

So, that is what we did, along with bacon and some fresh fruit.

Apricot swirl sweet rolls cooling on a wire rack.

Sometimes multiple sweet rolls, hot from the oven, are just what hits the spot.

sweet roll dough being shaped into spiral sweet rolls.


This ended up being a fend-for-yourself night, which helped use up some leftovers in the fridge. 


Sonia made a spicy sausage pasta dish, using a recipe from Cook’s Country. I found another container of applesauce in the freezer, so we ate that with our pasta.

Sonia cutting green onions into a skillet of pasta.


I made fried mush, pancakes, and bacon, because I wanted to give my new Zojirushi griddle a try.

Verdict: thumbs up so far. 

Bacon cooking on a Zojirushi griddle.

I know, two toasters in the background. One is an extra that I got sent to review!

And a big thumbs up to this one for not causing electrical smoldering. Ha. 


I made corn quesadillas with pico de gallo and guacamole. I forgot to buy cheese specifically for these so I ended up using some odds and ends of cheese.

But quesadillas are quite forgiving, and I’m happy I used up the ends of multiple blocks of cheese!


Well, it’s been unseasonably cool this week, so I think I will take advantage of that and make homemade pizza for dinner. 

homemade pepperoni pizza

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Cindy Norris

Wednesday 7th of July 2021

A friends daughter completed a missionary aviation degree with Moody Bible Institute in Spokane WA, which includes an intense airplane mechanics program. They want missionaries to be able to do their own maintainance and repairs.! She is currently using her degree and loving it.


Thursday 20th of May 2021

Congrats on the new griddle. I don't own one, but everytime I make pancakes, I think how nice it would be to have one! I wonder about the deep lip from the edge to the surface. Does that make it hard to flip foods? I thought griddles were supposed to be pretty flat. What else do you use it for?


Thursday 20th of May 2021

So far, these sides have not made it hard to flip.

I use my griddle for bacon, pancakes, French toast, fried cornmeal mush, and sometimes grilled sandwiches (like grilled cheese for a crowd).

Debra Schramm

Monday 17th of May 2021

We have a technical college where I live and the Aviation Maintenance Technology instructor is actually a female. There are very few females in that industry.


Sunday 16th of May 2021

Yea for Lisey! We have a plane mechanic in our family who currently works with a missions organization in a third world country. Now THAT'S been an adventure!!


Saturday 15th of May 2021

Oh wow -- I admire Lisey so much -- and her smart, focused choices at such a young age -- Can't wait to hear about her training! :) No whiskers, indeed!

Again, since vaccination I have been doing a lot more daily-ish grocery runs to pick up stuff as opposed to the one big shopping that lasted all week. I think I am spending between $ 90 - 100 (?) and not more. I need to nail it down!

Friday -- Treat night was TGIF burgers outside Saturday - Big salad with chicken breast Sunday -- Homemade chicken soup (spousal special), big salad Monday -- Leftover soup and big salad Tuesday -- Turkey burgers, steamed broccoli Wednesday -- Meatless tacos made with refried beans and discounted Grillers frozen ground "meat" that was lurking in the freezer (not too shabby) and salad Thursday -- Leftover meatless tacos eked out with taco-seasoned potatoes, peppers and onions -- actually yummy -- and salad Friday -- Treat night! Takeout burgers from The Habit (local chain). Meh, you are right -- the trip home in a box didn't help. But we enjoyed it. Happy Weekend!

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