7 Quick Takes: Best Cat Instagrams Edition

7 Quick Takes

For those who don’t follow me on Facebook or Instagram, my parents’ grey cat Homer had a rare and very severe reaction to his rabies shot and developed an IMHA. I rushed him to the vet on Sunday morning and had to miss a family wedding so I could be on-call for the vet. (It was also bloody hot and I was having knee issues, so chasing my sweet child around would have been a no-go. The cousin getting married is my favorite, so I was really bummed to miss it even though I had legit reasons.) The vet was convinced that we’d be having a euthanasia appointment on Monday… until he came back into the room and found Homer lifting his head and purring as my mom talked to him and cuddled him. He improved daily and came home last night, but is having to go back today for a couple days of getting stronger and learning to take his meds without killing the person medicating him. (He can be a bad cat on occasion and we’re loving that at the moment because it means he’s getting better.)

In his honor, here are my favorite cat Instagram accounts.

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benbencatcat BenBen is a ginger tabby in British Columbia with very sad eyes. He was attacked by a dog, took a while to be adopted, but is a very loved boy. He and his humans trade the best hashtags in conversations on their posts. Example: #benbenmeltmelt (during the recent heatwave) and #benbenvroomvroom (he was sitting in his dad’s motorcycle gear).

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monkandbean Monk is a black cat with vampire fangs and Bean is his bestie and brother. They go out on adventures with their humans on cat harnesses and are frequently dressed up with interesting bandanas and cat costumes.

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burmaadventurecat Burma is a brown cat with a white muzzle and paws who goes on high adventure outings with his dad and dogs. His staff is the same family who is Monk’s staff. ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s not uncommon to see pictures of him swimming in the ocean or exploring the desert with his human dad.

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blackcats.matter Because OBVIOUSLY!!! (For those who don’t know, I have a thing for blackers kittehs and miss mine very much.)

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justmangobrown Mango is a very affectionate Bengal who is known for giving his dad kisses. ๐Ÿ˜€ (His parents are having a heck of a time with fertility and Mango is helping them deal with the pain.) Bengals can be absolute nightmares but I think he’s an F3 generation so that might be why he is such a love.

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bobo.the.bengal Bobo’s humans live on Long Island and met Burma’s humans one day. Many of Bobo’s adventures take place around NYC, especially on beaches.

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smokey_theblackpanther Anyone surprised I follow him? ๐Ÿ˜€ He’s a gorgeous black mancat — I’m positively smitten with him!

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7 Quick Takes: End of School, Additions to the Family, and The GOP Are Not Pro-Life Edition

7 Quick Takes

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What the actual [expletive]?!?!?!?!? Please tell me how separating kids from their mothers and keeping kids in kennel enclosures is appropriate, especially by politicians who happen to be pro-life. I freaking dare you!

Don’t believe me? Here are two articles from the Seattle Times on the subject:

Rep. Jayapal meets 174 asylum-seeking women, many separated from children, at SeaTac prison

US senator refused entry to facility holding migrantsโ€™ kids

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Prayer request. This is around a mile from where I grew up and a pool where I competed with my swim team a few times. Please pray for all affected.

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Done! I turned my last final in this afternoon and I am DONE!!! I have three 1-credit classes left in my program and they are spread out over this summer and fall. While it is definitely bittersweet to be saying good-bye to some of my classmates and two of my instructors (one is retiring and one is on sabbatical during Fall Quarter), I’ve gained a bunch of Facebook friends and I’ve proven through my Capstone Case Studies for Integrated Projects that I do know my stuff backwards and forwards.

Right now, I’m just waiting for final grades in two classes.

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New books. Rachel Held Evans‘ book Inspired just came out and I picked up a copy of my friend Imani’s book True Identity yesterday. Along with Jen Fulwiler’s new book and the new one from Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., I should have a lovely summer of reading.

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Ahem. Who has two thumbs and gets to go hear Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speak tomorrow?

This girl!

**UPDATE** It was AMAZING!!!!

Me and PB Michael Curry.

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Auntie Jen. My amazing sister-in-law is within a week of her due date. Please pray for a safe delivery for her and for my coming nephew.

Thanks!

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Wedding bells. My youngest cousin is getting married on Sunday. Please pray for Sarah and Evan as they begin their life together. Pray also for me because it’s at an herb farm on the grass… and I am **VERY** allergic to grass.

*stockpiles Benadryl cooling gel*

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: June 12, 2018

For Today… June 12, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It was sunny today and then got cloudy. I’m hoping for rain tomorrow.

I am thinking… about my QuickBooks final.

I am thankful… for my two tutoring students during the last two days.

One of my favorite things… the Pray As You Go podcast.

I am wearing… jammies. Clothes today were a black t-shirt and jeans capris.

I am creating… reports in QuickBooks.

I am watching… YouTube videos.

I am hoping… I can get QuickBooks done tomorrow and that I get some hang out time with a friend on Thursday.

I am learning… how to find the answers I need for my finals this week.

In my kitchen… just cereal tonight.

In the school room… Daniel is in his last week of school. We have ESY this summer.

Post Script… some fun commentary about IHOP becoming IHOB.

Shared Quote… “Imagine if every church became a place where everyone is safe, but no one is comfortable. Imagine if every church became a place where we told one another the truth. We might just create sanctuary.” — Rachel Held Evans

Hosted by The Simple Woman.

7 Quick Takes: CLEVELAND LOST!!!!! Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Refer to title please. ๐Ÿ™‚ My hometown boys (the Warriors) SWEPT the Cavs in the NBA Finals. That’s three NBA Championships in four years. 2016 (Cleveland’s ONLY championship win) was indeed a one-off (and a very last minute victory given that they have ONE good player).

And yes, I do enjoy hating on Cleveland sports. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This describes me so well. I saw this on the Book of Faces this week and seem to have found a new favorite word.

Hiraeth.

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Wow. This past Wednesday (the 6th) marked my last in-person class for my program. Everything else is either online or part of my internship this fall. It’s bittersweet because while I’m happy that the quarter is winding down, I’m going to miss my classmates. We’ve been together for 1-2 years (depending on where people are in their programs)

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Leaving an evangelical cult. I’m conjecturing that Dawn (the speaker) is a cousin of Elizabeth Esther. It was interesting to watch.

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Daniel update. His gazzazzapop is giving him a weight gain of at least 1 lb per week, which is good as it is taking the threat of an NG tube off the table. He’s fighting against having to drink it, but he doesn’t get a choice at the moment because they are the only calories he is currently getting. (The little beast stopped eating solid food.)

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Music take #1. Here is something calming that I like while working on homework.

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Music take #2. This is a favorite from her latest album.

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7 Quick Takes: Late Night Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Integrated projects. I turned my first Capstone Case Study in on Sunday. I was talking to my instructor on Wednesday while she was grading them and she told me I had done very well.

My response: “By your standards or mine?”

She laughed. (I had gotten 109.5 out of 110, which is excellent by her standards while I was bugged by the 0.5 point I had lost.) She created an optional discussion post where we could post part of our case study (in this case, a flier for a yurt tour) and it has been fascinating to see what people put together for it.

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Mea culpa, Lord. Sleep deprivation and stress have led to me feeling like I was going to have a panic attack multiple times this week. On Wednesday, I came home after my tutoring shift and did noon prayer (about 2 1/2 hours late) which was helpful. I also felt like the Spirit was reminding me that I need to pray about things a lot more often. (Admittedly, my prayer life sucks right now.)

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God speaking to me through music. One of the way God breaks through the armadillo shell I seem to have around my soul these days is music. Unapologetically Episcopalian shared this piece on their Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon and it was needed.

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Update on the kid. Because I am a slacker mom, I forgot to schedule my beastling for a weight check today (it *IS* technically Friday). If I can’t get him in briefly at our pediatrician up here, I’ll just stick him on a scale at home and see if he’s gaining appropriately.

He’s drinking his gazazzapop (“gazazzapop” being a word my grandpa used for a liquid without a name) willingly and I can’t wait until summer when we can space it out over the course of a day, rather than having to fit three boxes in between when he gets home from school and when he goes to sleep.

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Linguistics geeking. This sounds interesting.

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Yet another distraction. Finding out about this is not a good thing for my productivity…

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Good night. My snuggle buddy has declared that he would like my chest, so I am signing off. Sleep well, y’all!

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7 Quick Takes: Disordered Eating Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Music take #1. This song came on randomly while I was doing my Word II homework in one of the computer labs on Tuesday.

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Music take #2. Loreena McKennitt’s newest album came out this month and it is excellent. I’ve listened to it while working on homework and we listened to it on the way down to Seattle Children’s yesterday.

A song for this weekend:

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Background on yesterday. Since getting hooked up with the Autism Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital last year, we’ve been able to get referrals to specialists at Seattle Children’s outpatient clinics and one of those is gastroenterology. Long story short, the gastroenterologist we saw was concerned about Daniel’s weight and when he lost a pound between appointments (possibly due to solving a constipation problem), she had kittens. We already had an appointment with the gastroenterology department’s nutrition staff for last Friday, so she ordered bloodwork to go with it.

We went down there last Friday (the 18th), got blood taken (OMG… THEIR PHLEBOTOMY TEAM IS AWESOME!!!!), and met with a wonderful nutritionist… who gave us a week to get kiddo up to 2000 calories per day (at least) or we would be talking about a feeding tube. They gave us samples of a couple different calorie-dense formulas and Daniel chose to bulk up with four boxes a day of this one after we tried him on all of them. (He wouldn’t touch Pediasure at all, even the chocolate flavor.) We’ve also been giving him extra peanut butter and adding heavy whipping cream to his milk.

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So about yesterday… We had an 8:30 appointment with Seattle Children’s yesterday morning (which meant leaving at 6:30 a.m. because traffic from where we live north of Seattle to the hospital in the U District is hideous) and they were good with his weight gain. We see them again in two weeks and I’ll be scheduling a weight check with his doctor this coming week to check in with her about all of this.

I also get to chase a referral for feeding therapy. Woohoo.

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For those who will inevitably ask if all of this could have been prevented… The answer is “we don’t know”. One thing we probably should have done is the high-risk infant screening through Benefis when he was six months old. The problem: Jon was about to lose his parish in Montana and we were traveling all over the place trying to find another call for him. We were also 2 hours from Great Falls and would have had a heck of a time doing feeding therapy there, depending on how often we had to be down there because of our work schedules and having to share a car.

We did have him followed at UC Davis and through Easter Seals and our local Regional Center in northern California, but he got pickier in his eating as he got older.

Another problem: we’ve moved 5 times since he was born and have had to start over with the acquiring of specialists each time. We’re staying put long-term so we should hopefully be able to nip this in the bud right now.

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For those wondering what is causing this… Preemies, particularly those who have had to be on ventilators, are notorious for having texture issues. Add in sensory issues from autism and you have a fun situation.

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My current ear worm. Enjoy y’all!

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7 Quick Takes: 38th Birthday Edition

7 Quick Takes

I’m up to my hairline in homework and my kid is having a meltdown, so of course I’m blogging. ๐Ÿ™‚ My birthday is this Saturday, so here are 7 random facts about me.

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I don’t like lettuce. I’ll eat salads if the dressing can mask the flavor of the greens, but I hate lettuce on sandwiches and burgers.

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I’m allergic to cats. Shocking, I know. I’m on a bunch of allergy meds and I get shots weekly for it.

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My first broken bone was at 14 months old. My evil twin slammed my finger in a door and broke it. It was too small to cast so they had to use band-aids to immobilize it.

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I taught myself to read at age 3. Almost 35 years later, I’m still going strong.

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I’m an alcohol gel nazi. I blame it on having a preemie who had quite a few hospital visits between the ages of 2-5. My favorite scent: apple.

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I didn’t get addicted to coffee until my 30’s. I don’t think I drank it regularly until I was 34 years old. My go-to order: iced venti lattรฉ from $tarbux with whole milk and two pumps of vanilla.

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I am deathly afraid of heights. I even hate standing on a chair to get something off of a shelf.

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