7 Quick Takes: 17 Years of Blogging!

7 Quick Takes

July 19th was my 17th blogiversary and it passed quietly because of school and things in my personal life. As a way of ignoring the crappy health news I got today, here are are some ways my life has changed since I started blogging on July 19, 2000.

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I’ve come full-circle in terms of relationships. When I started this blog, I was dating Jon. Then we went through our long engagement, marriage, a short separation, and now divorce. It’s a painful realization in a lot of ways but it also provides me with a record of the good times that I can look back upon eventually.

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I have lived in five states. I had spent my life in California and was living with my parents over the summer before my senior year of college. Since then, I have lived in: Ohio, Minnesota, Montana, California (again), and now Washington. I’m glad to have had these experiences in seeing how people across the country live.

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I am no longer vegetarian. I added meat back into my diet in December 2000 and while I don’t eat a lot of it, I have not given it up again except for Lenten purposes.

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I have stopped coding largely by hand. For the first year, I coded by hand and then went to Livejournal, two iterations of Greymatter, Movable Type, back to Greymatter, b2, and then WordPress 12ish years ago. It’s good to know how to do some of it still so I can fix sidebars but I’d have to learn PHP to be able to create my own themes.

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I’m Episcopalian again. At the time I started blogging, I was attending my Episcopal church at home and then attending an evangelical church at school. Eventually, I attended an LCMS church, went ELCA for 10 years, AALC for three years, and then became Episcopalian again.

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I have 1.5 degrees and am getting another one. I graduated with my B.A. 11 months after starting the blog, worked on an MTS, and am now doing an ATA.

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I’m missing a body part or two. I gave up my gallbladder in 2005 and there is less liver than there was originally due to scar tissue from the gallbladder issues.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: July 4, 2017

For Today… July 4, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny and in the mid to high 70’s here. It’s 10bdegrees warmer in San Jose and 20 degrees warmer in Claremont, making me thankful that I’m not in either place!

I am thinking… about my class that starts tomorrow. I just printed out my syllabus and the due dates page.

I am thankful… that my favorite farm shop had a couple apple pies for today and that the owner’s daughter set one aside for me. I normally hate pie but their pies are AMAZING.

One of my favorite things… A/C. It’s actually nice out but my room is on the second floor so I’d be pretty hot without it.

I am wearing… an Old Navy flag shirt and black capris from Kohl’s.

I am creating… this blog post. 🙂

I am listening to… classical music coming up from the family room downstairs.

I am hoping… I can get through outlining the Business English book this summer. I really want to challenge the class!

I am learning… about aspects of interpersonal communication.

In my kitchen… hot dogs and salad for dinner tonight with apple pie for dessert.

In the school room… Daniel has one more week until extended school year (ESY) starts.

Post Script… this is painful but worth reading.

Shared Quote… “You don’t always have a complete set of options.” I don’t remember why she said it or what the issue was but I’ve parroted these words from my wise friend Eileen a bunch of times.

A moment from my day… Many of my friends have shared this image on Facebook today…

Treason Day

Closing Notes: Here are the rules for displaying the flag today.

Hosted by The Simple Woman.

7 Quick Takes: Lazy Summer Night Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Memories. All of the memories and pictures of me putting my bedroom furniture together are coming up in my “On This Day” feature on Facebook. When I shared one of the pictures, I commented that my mom had to hide te flame thrower for a couple days because IKEA does not drill holes correctly and I managed to hammer a nail into my fingers… TWICE. (This was about the time my mom created a list of errands for me to do BY MYSELF because I think she was afraid of the words I might teach Daniel. (Little does she know that Daniel has heard ALL of those words before while driving with me in Sacramento traffic.

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Molly Bears. Someone on one of my favorite subreddits talked about Molly Bears and how they’ve helped her heal. Could y’all please go check them out and maybe make a donation? Thanks.

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Nice kitty… Because the world needs more cat stories and cat memes.

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We all scream for ice cream! I really want to try this ice cream recipe. It seems pretty simple and something I could do with the kid.

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Mystery recommendation. Someone recommended this author to me and I’m passing it on in case any of you are mystery lovers.

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Prerequisite faith link. Just so you know, I don’t want a celebration of life when I die. Instead, I want a burial service.

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Summer “schedules”. Kelly has some help for you. She’s cool that way.

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7 Quick Takes: Thank Goodness It’s… Thursday?!?!? Edition

7 Quick Takes

Thursdays are the end of my school week so…

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I’m not dead yet. My Quick Takes are usually up as close to 9 p.m. as possible but I was eating dinner and folding laundry during that time so they’re a few hours 18 hours late. I’m not dead yet. (I promise, Kelly.)

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Yay! My favorite Easter hymn! We sang this on Sunday. It has happy memories associated with it, especially of singing it with my church in San Jose.

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A new Rend Collective song addiction. I’m addicted to this song.

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Dying of TEH CUTE!!!! Seriously dying at this tweet:

Cute little KitKat bar!

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Cattitude. I do enjoy bookstores with kitties!

Bookstore kitty with cattitude!

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More music. I’m having to learn the tenor part of this to sing in a couple weeks:

Our Ascension anthem:

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Huh. This is an interesting piece on the popularity and prominence of MLM stuff in your Facebook and general social media.

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New Nigerian Prince Scam

Apparently, it wasn’t enough to help an incompetent blowhard win the election — James Comey has graduated to email scams!

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Counter-terrorism Division and Cyber Crime Division J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington DC

Dear Beneficiary,

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

Through our Internet Monitory Unit, we found out that you are among one of the individuals and organizations that are yet to receive their overdue payment from overseas which includes those of Lottery/Gambling, Contract and Inheritance fund.

We have gathered all information about your fund and we found out that the reason why you have not yet receive your fund is because the past Governmental Officials held it to themselves due to some individuals tries to take advantage of your fund and they claims that they are your representative.

A meeting was held with the secretary general of the United Nations Organization in other to push the federal government of Nigeria to clear all the foreign debt owen to you and some other individuals who have not received their Lottery/Gambling, Contract and Inheritance funds! This meeting ended 3 days ago and we are happy to inform you that a mandate has been successfully passed down to the current president of Nigeria his Excellency President Buhari, to clear all that foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations.

Now each of you will receive the total sum of 26 million USD, because everything has been taken care of by the Federal Government of Nigeria, The United Nation and also the FBI!

How would you like to receive your own 26 million USD? We have two method of payment, which is by ATM CARD or by CASHIER CHEQUE.

ATM CARD: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM card which you will use to withdraw up to $12,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it and the card have to be renewed in 4 years time which is 2020. Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your local bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it Even if you do not have a bank account.

CASHIER CHEQUE: To be deposited in your bank for it to be cleared within three working days. Your payment would be sent to you via any of your preferred option and would be mailed to you via DHL, because today we signed a contract with the DHL Express to take charge of the delivery, which should expire in 2 weeks time.

To effect on the release of your payment, contact with our correspondent officer in Africa, his name is: Barrister. Lord Reuben , his contact information is as stated below.

Name: Barrister. Lord Reuben
Email: lordreuben170@gmail.com

You are advised to contact him with the following information’s so that he can attend to your payment release file immediately and process for the payment without any delay.

Your full Name:
Your Delivery Address:
Home/Cell Phone:
Your Preferred Payment Method (ATM CARD/ CASHIER CHEQUE)

Yours sincerely,

JAMES B. COMEY
DIRECTOR
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535
Phone Number: +1 (206) 259-9214

Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your fund, you are only advice to be in contact with Anderson Brown, who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your fund. Forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.

7 Quick Takes: Rogue Twitter Accounts, Grumpy Kids, and Accounting Tests

7 Quick Takes

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Twitter gone rogue. Since Trump’s gagging of government agencies and departments, rogue Twitter accounts have popped up. The list is here.

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Nostalgia… *sighs* I remember when someone quoted the following on Rachel Maddow’s show in 2008:

Twitter has also become a social activism tool for socialists, human rights groups, communists, vegetarians, anarchists, religious communities, atheists, political enthusiasts, hacktivists, and others to communicate with each other and to send messages to broader audiences.

I counted 4 groups into which I fit. How many of these do y’all fit?

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Update on the kidlet. Daniel got over stomach bug #1 from last week only to get hit with another stomach bug yesterday. Thankfully, this one just affects his lower G-I vs. him projectile vomiting like he was last week. I’m really hoping for the sake of my sanity that he can go back to school tomorrow — he was grumpy today! I am also hoping that this is the last bug he gets from school for a while.

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Political Tip. The White House Comment Line is currently closed but there is an alternative. I figure that my tax dollars are paying T-Rump’s salary so he should be listening to what I have to say. 😀

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March for Life. The March for Life is this weekend and I want to tell any marchers that read this blog that I am proud of y’all and to keep doing what you are doing!

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A message from the Netherlands. I thought this was pretty awesome:

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School update. I just got my test results from my first Accounting test for the quarter and did OK but not as well as I wanted to do. (Translation: I only got a 95 on it instead of the 98’s I was scoring last quarter.) Our tests are online this quarter vs. being taken on paper in class (this quarter is shorter than Fall Quarter was and we also lose days because of Monday holidays) and in order to test how well we know the subject matter, our instructor asks us questions that can be a little bit tricky. One question might be asked 2-3 different ways and I lost most of my points on those.

The good news: now that I know the format of the tests, I’ll probably do better on the next one.

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7 Quick Takes: The Holidays Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Yeah… no. A friend of mine posted a 1930’s marital test on Facebook. Let’s just say that I would not have been good housewife material then and I’m quite OK with that!

My score: a -3.

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Prerequisite sacred music take. We’re doing this for Christmas Eve and then this and this in the next few weeks. I’m excited!

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O Antiphons. As part of my parish’s Advent Game, I’ve been reading the O antiphons on the USCCB page for the last few days. They’ve been good but I think I might just read verses of “O Come Emmanuel” next year as they touch on the same things and I can actually sing them.

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Festivus. I’ve submitted my grievances for Festivus tomorrow. Have you?

Also, go google “Festivus” and see what you get for the results page.

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One of the better ways to celebrate Christmas Eve. This may be what I do after church on Saturday night.

Happy Christmas Book Flood!

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Plans. We’re having a family dinner at my cousin’s house tomorrow. On Saturday, we’ll have my uncle and grandmother over for dinner and I have church in the evening. On Christmas morning, my uncle and aunt (and possibly grandmother) will join us to open presents and we’ll spend the day together. We’ll miss my brother and his wife but they’ll be with her family in Arizona. (We get them for Thanksgiving.)

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Kelly. Our intrepid hostess Kelly is answering questions about hosting orphans this Christmas through Project 143. Go surf on over and read what she has to say!

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