7 Quick Takes: Subversive Crocheting, Betsy DeVos, and Puking Kids

7 Quick Takes

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My only thought on the inauguration tomorrow. I promise.

An inauguration poem

— 2 —

Yeah… no. This is my thought on Betsy Devos’ qualifications:

Betsy and bears

By the way, this and this are how you deal with bears in schools. Note that guns are not involved.

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Fighting for education. DeVos is a threat to education across the board. If you’d like to fight for schools, here are the senators to call:

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A tip. If you ever need to get contact information for your congressional representatives, here’s the special URL:


Insert the House member or Senator’s last name for [lastname]. You’re welcome.

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Subversive crocheting. I finished the first pussy hat yesterday and gave it to my (Episcopal) priest today. (She loves it.) God-willing, I can bang the second one out tomorrow and that I can hopefully still march on Saturday.

Pussy hat #1

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Wait, Jen. Did you just say that you might not march on Saturday? Yes. Daniel has been puking for almost 6.5 hours continuously and if he does have a virus, I’ll have to stay home and take care of him. While I’ll be pretty bummed to miss it, Daniel’s health comes first.

So seriously, pray that the kiddo’s tummy can calm down. I did two loads of puke laundry tonight and I’ve got at least two more waiting for me tomorrow morning.

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Some new music. I heard this on a local Christian radio station a few months ago and have had it stuck in my head since then.

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{five favourites}: Things To Do Instead of Watching the Inauguration


It’s probably no secret that I find T-Rump to be a distasteful deplorable person and his administration to be a trainwreck in the making. Instead of watching the inauguration on Friday, I thought I’d let y’all know what I’m planning to do.


Make a pussy hat (or two). Technically, I’ll be doing that this week in between homework assignments. (For those who don’t know what one is, the website is here. They aren’t pornographic — they’re pink hats with cat ears.) I’m hoping to get two made this week: one for me and one for my priest because if I can’t march on Saturday because of my bum foot/ankle, at least a part of me will be at the march in the form of a hat I made.


Get ahead on homework. I don’t have class on Friday so I try to get ahead on homework if I can. I’ll have a test on Monday/Tuesday so I’ll also need to get a pre-test done.


Watch all the NCIS re-runs I have on the DVR. Mark Harmon is dreamy and I freaking love Pauley Perrette!


Pray. With someone like T-Rump taking over, we need all the prayers we can get!


Pretty much anything else. Yeah, even having my fingernails removed with pliers sounds better than watching T-Rump lie his pants off while swearing on a Bible.

Go love up Bonnie and DeBalino.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: January 15, 2017

For Today… January 15, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny and around 40F. It’s a nice change from mornings when it’s 15F when I leave the house with a high in the 20’s.

I am thinking… about various homework assignments that are due in the next week.

I am thankful… that my kiddo FINALLY went to sleep around 1 a.m. after tantruming on and off for almost 9 hours. #autismproblems #ADHDproblems

One of my favorite things… soft grey kitties like the one asleep in the cat bed on my desk.

I am wearing… a long-sleeved Cougars shirt and jeans. Church clothes this morning were a charcoal grey top, my black slacks, and my black boots.

I am creating…

I am reading… My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live by my friend Maria Johnson. I got to know her through podcasting stuff on SQPN and am really jazzed to finally get to read her book after gifting it to a number of people.

I am hoping… to finish my book today in between all of the homework on my plate.

I am learning… how to get kitty litter out of the bleach receptacle of the washing machine and the fabric softener receptacle on the dryer. *glares at Daniel* (The answer involves a toothbrush, an F crochet hook, and a dust buster.)

In my kitchen… stroganoff for dinner tonight. Yay!!! Good leftovers this week!!!

In the school room… Daniel has a four-day weekend.

Post Script… So let’s talk about how many buses are headed to DC for the inauguration vs. how many are headed there for the Women’s March on Washington. (Hint: It’s not even close.)

Shared Quote…

My sentiments exactly.

A moment from my day… Our offertory hymn this morning in honor of MLK Jr.

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Biden vs. Reagan

Some moron on Facebook made the claim that Biden receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction takes the value of the award down a few notches.

Then again, this person voted for T-Rump so I question their ability to form coherent thoughts.

Biden is worthy of the award. Want to know who isn’t?


Let’s look at what each one has done:

-screwed up the higher education system in California during his tenure by cutting funding to it and causing programs at various colleges to be cut which forced many students out of said colleges or made it more difficult to graduate
-screwed up the economy of the state
-ratted out actors/actresses to HUAC while he was in Hollywood
-sicced the California Highway Patrol on a college protest, killing one person and blinding another while injuring hundreds of others
-sicced the National Guard on UC Berkeley to stop anti-war protests
-screwed up the state economy as governor of California
-broke the strike of air traffic controllers, causing massive job losses
-the travesty of trickle-down economics
-raised takes by a third, screwing the middle class while cutting taxes for the wealthy
-tripled the national debt
-escalated the Cold War
-ignored the AIDS crisis, leading to thousands of deaths and infections of people
-the Iran-Contra affair

He gets no credit for the Berlin Wall falling (that was his successor) or Communism failing in Russia (that was all Gorbachev).

-overcame massive personal tragedy when his wife and daughter were killed by a truck driver and he had to be sworn in at his son’s bedside
-commuted 90 minutes each way during his 36 years in the Senate so he could be present for his kids
-floor manager for the passage of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act
-met with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko to educate him about American concerns and interests, securing several changes to address objections of the Foreign Relations Committee in getting the SALT II Treaty ratified by Congress
-headed both the Senate Foreign Relations and Judiciary Committees
-spearheaded the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 which included the Violence Against Women Act
-negotiated with Republicans to pass large amounts of legislation including bills to help with the recession Obama inherited from Bush and the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act in 2005
-created a plan that foreign diplomacy experts say would have prevented the rise of ISIS by dividing Iraq into three ethnoreligious regions

Joe Biden has 44 years of positive work in DC. Reagan screwed up the state of California and was a sub-par president at best. I would argue that Reagan did not deserve his award while Biden clearly did.

7 Quick Takes: Lots of Politics and a Little School Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Biden receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction. I’m sure that this is going to sound completely partisan and I *KNOW* that a majority of my blog readers will disagree with me on this but… he deserves it and has accomplished great things in terms of diplomacy and legislation. Very few former senators have the list of accomplishments that he has.

Here’s the video of the full ceremony. (HT: Laura)

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The confirmation hearings. I thought this instance of Senate Minority Chuck Schumer trolling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was pretty amusing. Given that it feels like Trump chose THE MOST UNQUALIFIED PERSON ON THE PLANET for every cabinet post, it’s some needed humor.

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Women’s March on Washington. If you’re a knitter and you know someone who is participating in the Women’s March on Washington either nationally or on the local/state level, consider making them a pussy hat. I am hoping to participate in the March in Bellingham next weekend.

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Update on school. I finished up my first full week of school today and feel like I’ll be able to make it through this quarter. My two online classes have assignments due on the same day of the week and my Accounting class is going to be fun. We’re doing merchandising businesses this quarter vs. the service-based businesses that we studied in the fall.

In solidarity with Kelly, I’m stopping here. 😀

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: January 8, 2017

For Today… January 8, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. We’ve had rain on and off today and it’s supposed to be cold enough tonight for any moisture on the ground to freeze into ice. I’m really hoping that my route to school isn’t an ice rink tomorrow morning!

I am thinking… about things for my Records Management class.

I am thankful… to be back to school. Though I’ll be very busy this quarter, it will give me something to focus on as I’m working through everything involved with the divorce.

One of my favorite things… quiet. Unfortunately, my precious sweetling is being obnoxious and screaming right now. *sighs* I’m about to resort to the clean version of THAT book.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes today were this dress and black cardigan, black tights, and my black flats. The rest of the day found me in jeans and my Cougars shirt. (Yes, I’m a Huskies fan and I was wearing a shirt from the Evil School. In my defense, it’s a warm shirt!!!)

I am creating… an Excel file with all the pertinent calculations for filing my taxes. (Self-employment taxes suck. Thankfully, there’s TurboTax Home and Business.)

I am reading… My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live by Maria Morera Johnson.

I am hoping… the little beast stops screaming before I lose my hearing.

I am learning… about retail business accounting this quarter. Wheeeeee!!!

In my kitchen… Mom made broccoli and beef in the slow cooker.

In the school room… Daniel is back to school and loving it.

Post Script… some happy stories for your day.

Shared Quote… “Do not, under any circumstances, belittle a work of fiction by trying to turn it into a carbon copy of real life; what we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth.”
— Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran

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