7 Quick Takes: Things That Make Me Stabby Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Special needs blogging Kelly talked posed the question of why you should start a special needs blog. I’ve actually done some.

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Things that are making me stabby #1. I’m seeing more and more blogs who have pop-ups advertising their newsletters. It’s obnoxious, and most of them are not blogs that are big enough to really need one. Not to mention, stuff like that belongs on a sidebar and there are a ton of widgets that let you do it.

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Things that are making me stabby #2. I’m hearing more and more from parents about “getting” their children into college. 20 years ago when I was applying, *I* did everything except maybe sign certain parts of the application if they needed a signature of a parent and pay the application fees. I filled out all my paperwork, got the letters of recommendation, wrote the essays, etc. All of my classmates did too.

When parents “get” their children into college, I wind up with students who are functionally useless in tutoring and who have no clue as to how to talk to an instructor, plan out their schedule, or do much of anything adult-related. Please, I beg you, MAKE YOUR KIDS DO THEIR OWN APPLICATIONS, FILL OUT THEIR OWN RESIDENTIAL LIFE INFORMATION, AND FILL OUT THEIR OWN FAFSAS. My friends who are instructors, professors, res life people, and college staff concur.

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Things that are making me stabby #3. Daniel has a whine that sounds like a dog whining… and he’s been doing it all day.

My child, I love you but KNOCK IT OFF!!!!!

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Things that are making me stabby #4. My favorite subreddit just had an explosion and a bunch of people who were banned for legit reasons are now dancing on the wreckage. I’m really hoping the mods ban them across every possible sub for the crap they’re pulling in the wake of this.

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Things that make me stabby #6. I’ve had a couple students come in and try to make me troubleshoot things with the testing software on their laptops. When I’ve told them that they need to use the desktops in the lab, they’ve had hissy fits and told me that their instructor TOLD them to come to me and make me fix it.

Witch, please. Do you think your instructor and I don’t discuss these things?!?!? I know full well that your instructor told you to use the computers in the classroom in which you are sitting because those computers are less likely to trip up the testing software than your laptop is. That’s been what instructors have told students for the two years I’ve been here. Oh and by the way? You could have also FINISHED your assignment in the time you just spent yelling at me.

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Things that make me stabby #6. People who send you an admin question and then ping you every 5 minutes to see if you’ve spoken with the other admins. It’s like a complete surprise that it *MIGHT* take me 24 hours to get back to them.

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7 Quick Takes: Back to School Edition

7 Quick Takes

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School situation. My schedule needs to stay flexible for some Daniel therapies that will start (hopefully) in January, so I am having to put off job-hunting until everything gets resolved. My parents are amenable to me taking a couple more classes so I will be doing the three classes I need to graduate with BOTH degrees in my department in June.

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Keyboarding. I dropped my Final Project class and added up a Keyboarding class in its place. It is aimed at improving my speed and accuracy, so I need to find something to teach me to type with the correct fingers on each key as that seems to be an issue.

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Tutoring. I’m doing 4.5 hours of drop-in tutoring this quarter along with whatever one-on-one tutoring they need me to do. We’ve changed some degree requirements in my department since I started all of this two years ago, so I’m tutoring an introductory Accounting class that is more theory-based. I don’t have the book for the class and all the learning aids are proprietary to the publisher, so I’m tutoring it off of whatever spreadsheets the instructor (who has more alphabet letters after his name than I have in my first name) is using. Thankfully, I’m able to figure out how he is doing things and how to explain it a whole lot more simply. (He’s doing the typical pontificating-on-theory approach, which is not incredibly helpful to someone who just needs to know how to do the math, journalize the transaction, and post it.)

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Why ‘Murica has an obesity issue. This is disturbing. Fried chicken (especially TWO Cornish game hens) does not belong on a Bloody Mary. #ew

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Nobel prizes. It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year: Nobel Prize announcement week! The Nobel Peace prize is being announced tomorrow (I’m terrified of Kim Jong-Un and 45 being among the recipients) and I’m heartened to see some women among the laureates of the prizes for Chemistry and Physics this year.

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Srsly. A friend who is a middle school science teacher told me that she had to have a conversation with one of her classes on why you don’t eat things in chemistry.

/facepalm

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Pretty darn fabulous. Did you know that Sir Anthony Hopkins, the actor, wrote a waltz? It’s a favorite of mine. Here is André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra performing it in Vienna.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: September 25, 2018

For Today… September 25, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny.

I am thinking… about the changes I’m having to make to my degree plan based on the appointment with the Autism Center for Daniel yesterday.

I am thankful… to not be doing my Final Project for my degree(s) this quarter.

One of my favorite things… Sleepy black kitties. 🙂

I am wearing…a tie-dyed shirt and black capris.

I am creating… child support case paperwork.

I am listening to… Daniel playing on his tablet.

I am hoping… to get the child support order mess fixed quickly.

I am learning… about how to file all the necessary papers in Washington.

In my kitchen… heated up some chicken shu mai from Trader Joe’s.

In the school room… Daniel loves school.

Post Script… this is a useful reddit thread.

Shared Quote… “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; They just stand there shining.” Anne Lamott

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7 Quick Takes: Flag Etiquette Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Srsly 45? Why yes, I *am* going to weigh in on 45’s insult to the late Senator John McCain by not putting out an executive order to have the flag at half-mast until after the senator’s burial. There are websites dedicated to flag etiquette. There are people in the administration whose job it is to advise 45 on these things. Apparently, he decided to wait a day before issuing the order because he clashed with the late senator on various things, saying that he was “not a war hero”. The family has even asked that 45 not attend his funeral, though I’m pretty sure former president Barack Obama will be there.

Excuse me? The late senator actually *SERVED* his country and underwent torture as a POW in Vietnam, which is a heck of a lot more than Cadet Bonespurs did. Shame on you, 45! Once again (even though this happens almost *DAILY*), you are an embarrassment to the office of the President.

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Because I clearly don’t have enough on my plate. I’m doing NaNoWriMo again and plan on killing off the people who are getting on my nerves or who have gotten on my nerves in the past. (Some people were dying yearly or being used as the bad examples in my NaNo pieces during the 5-year streak of me participating between 2009-2013.)

So… I kill people off creatively in my pieces every time I do it in exchange for a charitable donation. This year, I’m asking people to make a donation to Heifer International. Let me know you’ve made the donation and how you want to die, and I will make it so in November.

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Music if it was in color. This is one of my favorite Bach pieces and it is interesting to see what it looks like pictorally.

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Houseguests. Jon is out from Ohio to visit Daniel and we had a nice drive to Bellingham today to hit up Trader Joe’s. The two of them also hit up our favorite park today and will be headed to the Children’s Museum tomorrow.

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Minion. I never expected to have to tell a cat to stop batting my Confirmation cross. (I also now know that it wasn’t Daniel that knocked a ton of my stuff off my dresser.)

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Awww… This is stinking cute!

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Prayer request. Please pray that the teachers in my school district have a contract before school starts next Wednesday. (They voted to strike if they don’t have one.) I have a kiddo who REALLY wants to go to school!

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7 Quick Takes: Live PD Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Live PD. I have an addiction to cop shows and some friends turned me on to Live PD. My parents roll their eyes at it, but it keeps me entertained.

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Answering G-tube questions. Reader mbmom11 left me the following feedback:

I’d be interested. I can’t imagine how it works to get a non-cooperative kiddo to sit still for a feed. And if the kiddo feels better after having been on feeds for a few days. Thank you for sharing your experience!

This is an easy answer: Daniel doesn’t mind feeds and he doesn’t have to sit still for more than one minute while I get him hooked up. The feeding pump and bolus fit in a small backpack so as long as he’s careful about the tube staying connected, he can do quite a bit while the feed is going on. Usually, we are on my bed and he is playing with his tablet.

I’ll get an entry showing the step-by-step process done one of these days.

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Check-up. We had a bunch of check-ups and a feeding therapy appointment in Seattle on Tuesday and Wednesday. The good news is that Daniel gained more than they were hoping for, so they’ve cut the number of feedings per day from 3 to 2. This makes my life SOOOOOO much easier.

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Minion update. My little black monster is getting bigger and being my snuggle buddy at night as well as when he’s not in berserker mode. I keep some empty reusable shopping bags in my room for him to attack and sleep in. Occasionally, he’ll be asleep in one with just his long black tail sticking out.

My mom keeps commenting that his tail is 3 inches too long and his ears are too big. I keep reminding her that he uses his tail for balance when he jumps from the table to the counter.

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Health System Portals. My local health system has an Internet portal that can be used to email doctors, send in prescription refill requests, etc. It’s a wonderful thing because I can actually have conversations with my health providers over it and it means that there is a record of communication.

When we were at Seattle Children’s this past week, they mentioned that they had one and I just about jumped for joy. It is going to be so helpful to not have to play message tag with providers there, and I think this will be useful for autism and g-tube stuff this fall.

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Language-learning websites. I just want to highly recommend Duolingo again if you want to learn a language. I’m loving the site for my Spanish studies this summer, I’m using to review my French, and I’m even dusting off my Hebrew! (Pretty sure this is going to work better than my Hebrew class in seminary did!) I can’t wait for their Arabic course to hatch!

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Tetelestai. A prayer for these days…

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, John McCain. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: July 22, 2018

For Today… July 22, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny and nice.

I am thinking… about various things going on in my parish.

I am thankful… that my Kohl’s order has arrived. I was getting low on pants that actually fit me that are cool enough for the summer.

One of my favorite things… quiet.

I am wearing… an olive green shirt and navy capris, which are actually pants-length on me. #shortpeopleproblems

I am creating… cover letters.

I am listening to… Daniel playing tablet.

I am hoping… Minion calms down a bit. He’s currently attacking Jethro playfully and I think he might get brought to my room for time-out.

I am learning… how to write a good cover letter.

In my kitchen… family dinner tonight so I’m about to go out with Daniel to get some pie from my favorite farm store.

In the school room… Daniel is enjoying ESY.

Post Script… a friend asked for safe websites to find pen pals. I’ve been a member of IPF for years and I also found this listing.

Shared Quote… “Dignified or not, believable or not, ours is a God perpetually on bended knee, doing everything it takes to convince stubborn and petulant children that they are seen and loved. It is no more beneath God to speak to us using poetry, proverb, letters, and legend than it is for a mother to read storybooks to her daughter at bedtime. This is who God is. This is what God does.” — Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans

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