7 Quick Takes: It’s Thursday?!!?!?!?

7 Quick Takes

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What do you mean it’s Thursday?!?!?! Choir practice got rescheduled to tonight so part of my brain was saying that I had another day to do Quick Takes. Oops!

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The Big Bang Theory. I’ve been dealing with insomnia by catching up with clips of The Big Bang Theory on YouTube. It’s been interesting to watch this way because I’m getting the highlights and getting to skip commercials.

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Done until January. I sent my Access final in on Saturday and took my Practical Accounting Final on Monday. I ended up with a 97.7% in my Accounting class. Score! I’ll probably find out my score on my Access final tomorrow.

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A message of acceptance. I’m accepting the challenge to be that person.

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Priorities. Most of you here already read Kelly’s blog but I really recommend reading it today because of her post on priorities.

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One more item off my to-do list! I got cards sent out on Tuesday! Yay being done with school!

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Prayer request. I could really use prayer for a special intention. Please and thank you!

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{five favourites}: Miscellanea (LXXX)

#5Faves
One
Straight No Chaser. I love these guys. The sight gags/choreography are equally as good as the harmony.

Two
10 @ 10. Go bond with Laura to hear more about this!

Three
Compline. I feel like I sleep better if I pray Compline at the end of my day. (The other prayers are also pretty awesome if you want to pray but need some words to help.)

Four
Handel’s Messiah. It’s popular to participate in Messiah sings at this time of year. I used to do the You-Sing-It Messiah with the San Jose Symphonic Choir in high school and college, then performed the Christmas section with Jon’s internship congregation in 2002, did the Messiah Sing with the Claremont Symphony Orchestra, performed the Christmas section for our Christmas cantata with my church in southern California in 2014, and did the Messiah Sing-A-Long with the choirmaster of the Skagit Symphony Chorus.

Yeah… I’m kind of a Messiah junkie. 🙂 These are my favorite choruses/solos.

Five
 

Fernando Ortega. I really recommend his music if you need something to put you in a more spiritual frame of mind.  He is seriously brilliant.

Go love up Bonnie, DeBalino, and the others.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: December 11, 2016

For Today… December 11, 2016

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. Weather.Com is saying that it’s 29F here and that snow might be starting soon. I’m kind of excited but wishing that my boots would arrive from L.L. Bean because all I have are my running shoes.

I am thinking… about my Access assessment that I finished last night. After I’m done with this, I’ll proof it and then submit it.

I am thankful… for my shopping trip to Old Navy today. I got some new long-sleeved shirts that should help keep me warm and are in seasonal colors.

One of my favorite things… the Sanctimommy Said What group on Facebook.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were the blue-green fitted tee from Old Navy/black slacks from Kohl’s/black cardi from Kohl’s that I recycled from last night’s Messiah singalong with the Skagit Symphony Chorus.

I am creating… a prayer shawl and some socks for my mommy.

I am listening to… the Classical Holiday channel from DISH Network.

I am hoping… to get a perfect score on my Practical Accounting final tomorrow.  I’ve gotten 98’s on the last three tests and it’s killing me not to get a perfect score yet.  (Why yes… I *AM* Hermione!  How ever did you guess?)

I am learning… random Access things.

In my kitchen… pork fried rice from Haggen that seems to be missing the pork.  So NOT amused.

In the school room… Daniel has a new phrase: “dress for school”.

Post Script… a list of good Christmas carols, even if the versions she picks are occasionally sub-par.

Shared Quote… “Don’t make the same mistakes that everyone else makes. Make wonderful mistakes. Make the kind of mistakes that make people so shocked that they have no other choice but to be a little impressed.” — Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy

A moment from my day… a Wordle of our recessional hymn today.

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7 Quick Takes: Advent Is Here Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Advent Playlist. I put together an Advent playlist for those who are interested. Secular Christmas music makes me stabby so this is a nice change from all the tripe that’s playing in the malls right now. Props go to Bonnie of A Knotted Life and to my friend Thomas as I borrowed some of their ideas for mine.

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Free Advent Reflection Book. My BFF Rebecca put this Advent reflection book together.

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Advent game of sorts. On Sunday, our senior warden (translation: president of the “vestry” or congregation council) was handing out white mailing envelopes with a blue piece of paper attached signifying that it was “The Advent Game”. The instruction was to take a slip of paper out each day and read it with our families before doing the action indicated. (If it wasn’t something we particularly wanted to do, there were “extras” in the envelope so we could draw another one.) Each slip of paper has been something fun or thought-provoking. I’ve been asked to do things like write in a journal, go outside after dark and listen to the sounds of the night, say a prayer for a pregnant person if I see one, or ponder some interesting reflection questions.

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An “interesting” arrangement of “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”. We’re working on this for next weekend in my church choir. It’s good to be able to listen to it on the JW Pepper website because it can sound kind of like music from a haunted house if not heard with all the parts together.

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Christmas cards. I was hoping to get my Christmas cards out on the day after Thanksgiving but that obviously didn’t happen so I’m aiming to have a workday on Tuesday to get them ready to take to the post office. My plan: curl up at $tarbux after I get Daniel to school and watch YouTube videos while I try and get it all done.

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Messiah Sing-a-Long on Saturday! Provided that Daniel isn’t being the pill he has been a few nights this week, I’ll be singing Handel’s Messiah with the Skagit Symphony Chorus. I used to sing it with the San Jose Symphonic Choir when I was in high school and college so I’m pretty excited!

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End of the Quarter. I just have to submit my Access assessment and take my in-class test for Practical Accounting on Tuesday before I’ll be officially done with the quarter. It has been interesting thus far and I’m looking forward to continuing with accounting next quarter.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: November 27, 2016

For Today… November 27, 2016

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… grey and rainy. I love it.

I am thinking… about the accounting cycle review problem I’m working on. My Trial Balance numbers aren’t right and I’ll be pretty much starting over from scratch once this post is up.

**UPDATE** I GOT IT TO BALANCE!!!!!!

I am thankful… for a good time with family from Wednesday night to Saturday afternoon. My evil twin and his long-suffering wife were up and we had various people over for meals over Thursday and Friday. It was also fun to watch the Apple Cup with them and the UW completely trounced WSU. 🙂 I would have liked Michigan to have annihilated Ohio State but I guess it was an exciting game for those who watched it.

One of my favorite things… grey kittehs, especially the one sitting on my desk.

I am wearing… my indigo v-neck shirt and jeans. Church clothes were the v-neck with a black paisley skirt, my black cardigan, black tights, and my flats. My boots arrive from L.L. Bean tomorrow and I hope they fit!

I am creating… a two-column journal entry on scratch paper to try and work out my errors in the accounting cycle review problem.

I am listening to… the Advent playlist I created for this year.

I am hoping… I can get everything to balance for tomorrow.

I am learning… about employer taxes in my Practical Accounting class. Not too hard.

In my kitchen… leftovers or something.

In the school room… Daniel continues to do well in his program.

Post Script… this piece by Barbara Kingsolver is fabulous.

Shared Quote… “Stop, you all. I know where you all live and I’m not afraid to use you as a sermon illustration.” — a seminary classmate of mine in response to some good-natured teasing on her husband’s Facebook wall.

A moment from my day… The Annunciation/Magnificat portion of Holden Evening Prayer.

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7 Quick Takes: Non-Traditional Thanksgiving

7 Quick Takes

Everyone is talking about how thankful they are for food and family and stuff like that today. I’m thankful for all those things as well but I’m also thankful for some more… non-traditional things today. 😉

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Priests who start impromptu Godspell singalongs after Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist. Worship was already done acapella (and done beautifully) because our organist had the night off and we were trying to find Thanksgiving hymns to sing. Someone suggested “Day By Day” out of the 1982 Hymnal and Rev. Helen said we should do it to the tune from Godspell. Okie dokie. Then we started singing parts of the finale and went on to “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord”. It was awesome.

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Evil twin brothers who restrain small children so that their moms can clean the black Sharpie pen off of their faces, arms, hands, necks, feet, and toes. Let’s just say that Daniel went for the Maori tribal look and leave it at that. 🙂 Rubbing alcohol prep wipes are what gets it off well. I think we went through 40 of them? He was also chill with Sean (my evil twin) restraining him while I worked on him. I’m sure the purplish color from the ink/alcohol mixture will leave my nail beds eventually…

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Coffeeshops that are open on Thanksgiving for emergency latté runs. I had a migraine this morning, OK?

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Soft grey chest kittehs. This is especially true of ones who prevent their humans from doing anything other than watching the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory.

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Those who create Biden memes. Y’all make America a greater place to live.

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Mythbusters marathons. Because science.

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Accounting problems that balance. My homework is refusing to balance right now so I’m thankful for times when things have worked correctly.

For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum.