The Simple Woman’s Daybook: San Diego Edition

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY September 28, 2014

Outside my window… dark. Jon and I got home from San Diego and Thousand Oaks about an hour ago.

I am thinking… about the stupidity of Caltrans doing roadwork on the 210 while people are trying to get back from LA during fairly normal hours. I mean, I know they’re putting in more Metrolink track or something but it created a pretty nasty traffic jam!

I am thankful… for no cobra sightings in Thousand Oaks! On a more normal note, I’m thankful for some married couple time in San Diego with Jon this weekend and for my in-laws watching him so I could go.

In the kitchen… nothing at the moment — we got home after dinner and it was cleaned for the night.

I am wearing… my online debate team t-shirt and black capri sweats.

I am praying for… the ability to forgive some people in my life, for Daniel to have a good day at school tomorrow, for a call for Jon, for healing for my foot, and for some special intentions.

I am going… to curl up in bed with Edda and watch last week’s NCIS on my laptop when I’m done with this entry.

I am wondering… about the smaller raccoon that has been coming by in the evenings — is it a boy or girl and is it just a kit?

I am reading… nothing. I finished Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs this evening and my NOOK copy of Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon keeps screwing up my e-reader. I think I’ll re-read Evolving in Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans.

I am hoping… we can figure out what is going on with my NOOK.

I am looking forward to… cooler weather coming eventually though I think I have one hellishly hot weekend to go before that happens. It was in the 70’s and 80’s this past weekend (while I was gone) and it’s going to be around 101F this coming Saturday… while I’m supposed to be outside at a neighborhood Halloween party.

I am hearing… traffic on the 210 and my computer’s fan.

Around the house… it looks perfect thanks to my mother-in-law’s efforts.

A favorite quote for today… “The only moral it is possible to draw from this story is that one should never throw the Q letter into a privet bush, but unfortunately there are times when it is unavoidable.” — Douglas Adams, (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

One of my favorite things… ice.

A few plans for the rest of the week: conference call on Tuesday morning, dentist appointment on Wednesday, and various things throughout the week.

A peek into my day… Here are some shots from San Diego this morning.

What I Wore on Sunday

Jon was preaching at the church his great-grandfather founded this morning and I tagged along. I wore the outfit from this week but with flip-flops instead of my pretty shoes because my right foot was being spazzy and it’s easier to have it taped up in flip-flops.

Me posing in front of a map of the San Diego area.

Shirt: Kohl’s
Pants: Kohl’s
Necklace: family “jewels” made of blue glass from Herat, Afghanistan
Flip-Flops: Old Navy

As this is kind of the ancestral home of my in-laws’ Lutheran dynasty I decided to get some pictures. The first one is of Jon’s grandfather who was their first pastor.

Portrait of Dr. Ray Kibler I

Here is the parish house (fellowship hall). It and the church building were intentionally built in style of the California missions so as to blend in with the neighborhood and city at the time.

The parish house at Good Shepherd.

Here is the church building. I don’t have any pictures of the sanctuary because it was too dark.

The church building.

And finally a picture of Jon teaching Adult Sunday school. I have no idea where his clothes are from so I’m not adding that element to this. I believe that his great-grandfather made the baptismal font and lectern behind him.

Jon teaching.

Hosted by The Simple Woman’s Daybook For more of what people wore on Sunday, go visit the pretty ladies at Fine Linen and Purple. Oh… and Emily, one of the chicas behind Fine Linen and Purple, kicked some Akron marathon @$$ on Saturday so go congratulate her.

7 Quick Takes: More on Dismantling Dr. Deisher’s Study, The Truths/Lie, and Traits of Kids Who Stay in the Church

7 Quick Takes

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More on dismantling Dr. Deisher’s autism/vaccine study. Simcha Fisher has more on the dismantling of Dr. Deisher’s study which links vaccines to autism. As the mom of a kid with autism who is also immunosuppressed, I’m thankful someone is doing it. Bad science drives me crazy, especially since I do have the scientific background to read the studies.

And no, I’m not mentioning this to piss people off — I’m honestly really perturbed at people who make stupid remarks about causation and autism. I have access to more resources on the subject than the average person because of my relationship with UC Davis Medical Center and the MIND Institute (which was created for the purpose of studying this subject) so I also have access to some of the latest information.

And seriously, I will throttle the next person who tells me that Daniel would be cured if I fed him a gluten-free diet. It helps with some kids but not mine. I’m also dealing with him being incredibly underweight so I have to really maximize the calories and carbs are one way to do that.

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The traits of kids who stay in church. I saw this on Facebook and thought it was pretty accurate. It’s why I never force my kids to get confirmed when I teach confirmation — their faith needs to be THEIRS and not just something that their parents are forcing them to do. (Seriously, promising your kids that they can stop going to church if they go through Confirmation does not change their minds so please, for the love of all things holy, STOP IT!!!!)

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Two Truths and a Lie. So I decided to play this last week and got a few comments on here and a whole bunch of guesses on Facebook. I think I’ll devote a Quick Take to each statement in the interest of telling some interesting stories.

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I’ve been thrown and passed around by the fish throwers at Pike Place Market in Seattle. This one is actually true. I was on a Girl Scout trip to Seattle and British Columbia and we were at Pike Place Market. Being the ditz that I was at 17, I asked the guys at Pike Place Fish if they were the ones who threw the fish at people. One of them replied, “No, we’re the people who throw the people at the fish. See?” He then proceeds to pick me up (at the time, I was 5’1″ and probably 120 lbs) and started passing me like a sack of potatoes to some of the other guys who did actually throw me a bit.

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I’ve kissed a banana slug. Actually, I have… several times while being a camp counselor when I was 18. And yes, it is true… your lips and tongue do go numb.

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I’ve never voted Republican in a California election. This one is the lie and only Kym got it right. (Then again, she’s known me for a really long time and we’ve actually met in person.) I *have* voted Republican in a California election for the purpose of knocking out a candidate I really didn’t like. (I voted for John McCain in 2000 to try to knock George Bush out of contention… and we all know how badly that turned out for me.)

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My weekend plans. Jon and I are headed down to San Diego this weekend so he can supply preach at the church that his great-grandfather started. He also has two weddings and it made no sense for him to drive back up from one wedding to go down the next morning and preach so we’re getting a hotel room. Daniel will be staying with my in-laws and I’m excited to get a weekend away.

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at ConversionDiary.Com.

What Marriage Is Teaching Me: September 2014

Amanda just posted the link-up for this month so if you’re interested, go here.

I think this month has reinforced to me the necessity of taking time to act like a married couple. We’re living with my in-laws so there are some things we can’t do that we could do if we were living on our own. On the other hand, we’re actually getting to do things like have date nights because my mother-in-law is graciously watching Daniel for us so we can go walk through the mall and look at stores like adults, have conversations on whether or not we should try for more kids (my biological clock is smacking me upside the head and screaming “NOW! NOW! NOW!), and just focus on some of the aspects of our relationship that are really hard to work on because of Daniel. Jon has two weddings and supply-preaching this weekend in San Diego and I get to go with him and stay down there overnight. I’m looking forward to it so that we can talk, we can look into each other’s eyes, and have actual time together that isn’t solely focused on Daniel.

By the way, one thing I *REALLY* wish had been brought up in pre-marital counseling is the need to date your spouse and to build those times into the relationship because it is so easy to just go into crisis mode with regard to everything when you have a kid with special needs and it can really take a toll on both spouses.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: September 21, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY September 21, 2014

Outside my window… dark. I didn’t get onto my laptop today until Daniel was asleep. On the plus side, the weather is 20F cooler than it was last week.

I am thinking… about worship today. We didn’t end up doing the awesome Doxology below (our organist accidentally played the one to the hymn tune “Old 100th” instead) but I’ve got it stuck in my head anyway.

I am thankful… for my incredibly awesome mother-in-law watching Daniel so I could go do choir and church. I have to church-train him one of these days.

In the kitchen… I think my mother-in-law’s stuffed zucchini is still on the counter.

I am wearing… my Momcat shirt and navy running shorts.

I am praying for… a parish for Jon and some special intentions.

I am going… for a long walk tomorrow morning if my foot isn’t flaring too badly.

I am reading… A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren. A friend recommended it and I’m having a hard time putting it down.

I am hoping… to have a smooth week without too many major surprises.

I am looking forward to… this coming weekend when I get to go to San Diego with Jon where he is supplying at the church his great-grandfather started.

I am hearing… water going through pipes or something.

Around the house… I think I’m the only one awake.

A favorite quote for today… I found this today while reading A New Kind of Christian and loved it:

“Actually, if there’s one thing I wish I could tell every Christian about evangelism in the postmodern world,” he replied, “it would be about that word [conversation]. I would say to stop counting conversions, because our whole approach to conversion is so, I don’t know, mechanistic and consumeristic and individualistic and controlling. Instead, I’d encourage us to count conversations, because conversation implies a real relationship, and if we make our goal to establish relationships and engage in authentic conversations, I know that conversions will happen. But if we keep trying to convert people, we’ll simply drive them away. They’re stick of our sales pitches and our formulas.”

One of my favorite things… cuddles with Jon.

A few plans for the rest of the week: the only major plan is a lunch date with a family friend on Wednesday.

A peek into my day… So, I decided to use this space for my “What I Wore On Sunday” post again. :)

What I Wore on Sunday

I was going for something that would be cool under my choir robe. I ended up deciding on this:

Me with my modeling cat.

Shirt: Croft and Barrow (Kohl’s)
Pants: Sag Harbor (Kohl’s)
Athletic tape: Target
Shoes: Naturalizer
Cat: Freya

Here’s a better shot of my pants with the shoes. (Pardon the belly shot. I promise that I’m not pregnant — it’s just the angle of things.)

Pants and shoes.

For those wondering about the foot, it’s one of three things: a strain from overworking it, arthritis, or bursitis. In any case, I’m putting the principles of RICE into action and the compression part is being handled by athletic tape because there’s not a brace on the market that sufficiently covers it.

My taped up foot.

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From My Email This Morning…

Background: I get an email with a portion of C.S. Lewis’ writings every morning. (If you are interested in also receiving it, click here and scroll down to “Classic Devotions”.) This was what I read this morning, which is from The Weight of Glory:

When I attempted . . . . to describe our spiritual longings, I was omitting one of their most curious characteristics. We usually notice it just as the moment of vision dies away, as the music ends, or as the landscape loses the celestial light. . . . . For a few minutes we have had the illusion of belonging to that world. Now we wake to find that it is no such thing. We have been mere spectators. Beauty has smiled, but not to welcome us; her face was turned in our direction, but not to see us. We have not been accepted, welcomed, or taken into the dance. We may go when we please, we may stay if we can: “Nobody marks us.” A scientist may reply that since most of the things we call beautiful are inanimate, it is not very surprising that they take no notice of us. That, of course, is true. It is not the physical objects that I am speaking of, but that indescribable something of which they become for a moment the messengers. And part of the bitterness which mixes with the sweetness of that message is due to the fact that it so seldom seems to be a message intended for us, but rather something we have overheard. By bitterness I mean pain, not resentment. We should hardly dare to ask that any notice be taken of ourselves. But we pine. The sense that in this universe we are treated as strangers, the longing to be acknowledged, to meet with some response, to bridge some chasm that yawns between us and reality, is part of our inconsolable secret. And surely, from this point of view, the promise of glory, in the sense described, becomes highly relevant to our deep desire. For glory means good report with God, acceptance by God, response, acknowledgement, and welcome into the heart of things. The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.

7 Quick Takes: Scottish Independence, Jen Being Peripatetic, and Fall Shows

7 Quick Takes

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Scottish independence vote. For those who want to know the result of the Scottish independence vote and don’t want the commentary, here’s your answer. For everyone else, here is commentary and information.

— 2 —

An update on Courtney. I posted prayer requests related to Mary and Courtney ~3 weeks ago. Today, they made the decisions for what will be happening in the coming months. There are various ways you can help — the Amazon.Com wishlist and GoFundMe are just two of them. I can also tell you from experience: Mary writes the *BEST* thank-you notes.

— 3 —

Napa Valley will love this news… Apparently, there is a study that claims that drinking wine is better than going to the gym. I think my mommy blogger friends will agree to this one.

— 4 —

A sign that I’m getting back to “normal”. I don’t know if it’s serious cabin fever from the heat or the fact that my foot is probably sprained (foot injuries make me more peripatetic than usual — perhaps my body not wanting to be told what it cannot do) but I have been *DYING* to go for walks every morning. After not doing it for at least 4 years, I’m covering 2-3 miles without a problem… even in 93F heat! Thankfully, it was only 73F when I went out today. I’m happy that I have a doable course for the Run for the Little Flowers worked out.

— 5 —

Prerequisite baseball take. The Giants are still 2.5 games behind Jon’s boys. They could still take their division… provided Jon’s boys lose a few more. (Of course, I’m also living in Dodger country so my opinion is not popular.)

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Two truths and a lie. While I was on my walk this morning, I had a random thought for a Quick Take: play the game “Two Truths and a Lie” which is one of those weird mixer games from college and youth group. The rules are pretty simple: make three statements about yourself and people have to guess which one is not true. Leave your answer in the comments and I’ll let people know which is which next week.

Here are my three:

1.) I’ve been thrown and passed around by the fish throwers at Pike Place Market in Seattle.

2.) I’ve kissed a banana slug.

3.) I’ve never voted Republican in a California election.

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Oh. Em. Gee. My shows start again next week!!!!!! I am so incredibly excited because The Big Bang Theory, and the various NCIS incarnations start again on Monday. I don’t have access to a TV so I have a feeling that I’ll be doing a lot of watching while crocheting on the morning after each show comes out.

For more Quick Takes, visit Jen at ConversionDiary.Com.

Five Favorites: Miscellanea (XXIII)

Five Favorites


Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent. I’ve got a bit of cabin fever I needed to pray over some things and clear my head so I went for a walk this morning. Have I mentioned that it’s bloody hot here right now (93F when I got home from my walk) and that I have a stress injury in my right foot? (Yeah, I’m desperate.) Considering that I sweated off all the water I drank, I thought I might need something to clean my face. This stuff works amazingly and I smell like witch hazel and eucalyptus.


MapMyRun I use MapMyRun to calculate my route. Today it was 2.06 miles which was not half bad. I’m aiming for 3 so I’m ready for the Run for the Little Flowers 5K.


My Saucony running shoes. Considering how discalced I am most of the time, I need something comfortable for walking/running/chasing Daniel. (My policy on running is that I only run when chased.) These shoes are seriously helping with the stress injury because it’s compressing my foot in a way that my flip-flops don’t.


Trader Joe’s pumpkin ice cream. I’ve been eating it for dinner for the last few nights because it is so freaking hot and I don’t want to use the stove. I think one of the best things about being an adult is that I can eat whatever I want. :) Anyway, I’m a huge fan of pumpkin ice cream and it’s a seasonal item.


Montclair Plaza. Daniel and I needed to get out of the house and walk a lot of energy off yesterday. It was 106F outside so we went to the local mall and did laps around every floor. Interestingly, it started pouring rain when we got there — enough rain to trigger flash flood warnings. It was bone dry when we got back outside an hour later.

Go love up Mary and the others.