7 Quick Takes: Dark and Stormy Night Edition

7 Quick Takes

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It was a dark and stormy night… Technically, it’s not dark yet but it’s been a very windy night. We’ve had gale warnings and there’s a small craft advisory out on the Sound right now. The rain seems to have passed but it was a good day to be inside!

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Tea for two… or seven. My priest invited me and some of her other mom friends to a “mothers’ survival tea” today and it was wonderful. There’s a tea room on the second floor of a granary in the downtown area and it was a nice and intimate location for lunch. I had a lovely Caesar salad for my first course while others had a zucchini-pear soup or a casoulet. The tea sandwiches were excellent and the chocolate zucchini bread was excellent. I was bummed to have to leave early to go to a therapy appointment!

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Grades are in. I have a solid 4.0 (all A’s, no A- at all) for the third straight quarter! I’m applying to be a tutor next year in my department because I loved working with my classmates in various subjects.

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I never thought I’d have to post this… However, we had a mass shooting at the local mall and a police shooting in December. (The injured policeman lived though he’s now blind.) So… here’s how to help a shooting victim before EMS arrives.

And for my troll, friends of mine who teach gun safety (including a few LEO’s) are quick to point out that people with concealed weapons are not helpful in this kind of situation because they add to the chaos and end up getting shot themselves.

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Bad behavior. I’ve seen two instances of bad behavior in the 36 hours since the shooting in Alexandria. One was Newt Gingrich being interviewed and ranting about the radicalization of the far left. Yeah… the ones who have been fighting for gun control? Nice try.

The second instance of bad behavior was someone commenting that the Republicans deserved for this to happen because of what they’ve been doing to this country. Ummm… no. *NOBODY* deserves to be shot or to be in a place where someone opens fire.

One of the students from my entering class at UCSC was Gabby Giffords’ director of community outreach Gabe Zimmerman and was killed at that event where she was shot by Jared Lee Loughner. He was in a different residential college than I was so we’re not sure if I had any classes with him but he was friends with some of my friends. When Congressman Scalise was shot, Gabby was one of the first to speak out and her statement was powerful. Let’s follow her example and come together over this.

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To infinity and beyond! I’m excited to see these 5 new female astronauts.

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Some more levity. Because there are *TOTALLY* first world cat problems!

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7 Quick Takes: Too Tired To Move Edition

7 Quick Takes

It occurred to me while doing something else tonight that I had completely forgotten to post my Quick Takes last night. Oops! I think it was just utter exhaustion from my week.

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My exhaustion level. Because of the holiday on Monday, I had a huge amount due on Tuesday. I tried to space it out as much as I could but it just took FOREVER to do everything that was due that day. I even had one assignment due at 11:55 p.m. that I had to turn in even though I knew it wasn’t my best work because I just hit a wall in brainpower and energy. There was nothing I could have done to improve it or make it better when I hit send on my discussion post for it and even though I could have looked at what other people had done and used some of their tricks, I just could not force myself to do any more work.

I got my grade on Thursday morning: 19/20 which was better than I was expecting. Then again, my instructor for the class has me for two “on the ground” classes this quarter (ones that meet in person) and she has watched me come to class looking like death warmed over.

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An improvement? Daniel still does wake up in the middle of the night… but he’s gotten SO much better at going back to sleep in his own bed. He’ll do it largely on his own… with the exception of last night when he threw a tantrum about this with banshee-level screaming (6 inches from my head) at 2 a.m. because I moved him from my bed to his. NOTHING (short of calling in an old priest and a young priest to perform an exorcism) would calm him down so I got to lie in bed and listen to him howl, knowing that he was waking up my parents and I was helpless to get him to stop. Lovely.

Praying for a calmer night. He also had a massive meltdown today so hopefully he tired himself out sufficiently?

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Summer plans. I was able to register for the online version of the Communications class I need to graduate. (It was the reason for the stupid placement test I had to take last week. Ugh.) I’ll be just taking that class (though it’s 5 credits so it’s not a small class) and also working through the Business English textbook to get ready to challenge both quarters of it in the fall and winter. The co-chairs of my program are not incredibly happy that I want to do this but both of them have had me in classes so I hope they realize that when I put it in my mind to something, I pursue it wholeheartedly and I crush it. I do have to pay for both classes even if I successfully challenge them but I’ll have resident tuition by that point so it will be infinitely cheaper than it is now.

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Political take. I haven’t been blogging about politics since I returned from my Lenten break and the reason for that is that I honestly have too much on my mind and on my plate to provide any thoughtful discourse. I know it might not seem like it but I *DO* actually think out what I have to say and put effort into researching both sides of an issue. I simply do not have time to really do that this quarter.

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Covfefe. Having said the above, 45 really needs to get a better press secretary. Seriously, Sean Spicer is probably the worst person for the job.

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Stopping here. The small creature is asleep and I need to go to sleep as well so that I get more than a handful of hours of it.

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7 Quick Takes: Facebook Mining Edition

7 Quick Takes

From my Facebook shares and memories this week…

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In light of today… In light of the travesty perpetrated by the House today, I recommend watching this video of Jimmy Kimmel talking about his newborn and their scary time with a happy ending. (WARNING: Have lots of tissue nearby.)

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Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you!

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Interesting… I had shared this link a few years ago but I had forgotten the impact that the Anglican Book of Common Prayer had on the English language.

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Accounting. We’re doing corporate bonds right now in my Accounting class and our test covering them and the two chapters on stock is next Monday/Tuesday. (It opens online at noon on Monday and has to be completed by 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday.) I got a 95.5% on the first test of the quarter (taken Good Friday) and I feel pretty comfortable with the material so hopefully I’ll do well?

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Cats and faith. Did you know that there is a cat who lives in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (not Constantinople)?

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Special intention. Please keep praying for my special intention. Thanks!

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Because I haven’t shared this in a while… I still adore “Build Your Kingdom Here” by Rend Collective. I mean, who else combines fire eaters and Salvation Army band members in a video???

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7 Quick Takes: Medicaid, #IfCatsWereTherapists, and Music Takes

7 Quick Takes

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Medicaid and being on public assistance. Rebecca of The Road Home blogged about her Medicaid experience during her pregnancy and everything she describes about the Assistance Office is spot-on with my experience. The office in Sacramento was so horrible and filthy that I wanted to burn my clothes when I got home and pour a bottle of bleach over my head. We treat recipients of assistance so horribly in this country because apparently, we all believe the inaccurate description of “the welfare queen” that Ronald Reagan introduced into our social and political landscape. Seriously y’all, it is darn hard to qualify for Medicaid or SNAP and requires a huge deal of paperwork. I had to be fingerprinted when we lived in Pomona! This is probably why I want to throttle politicians who support drug-testing welfare recipients — states who have done that have maybe caught *ONE* person of thousands that way, it’s yet one more degrading hoop we have to jump through, and it’s horribly wasteful in terms of spending.

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Eating popcorn and watching the meltdowns. Apparently, Republican House members are finding some… grumpiness from people showing up at their town hall meetings. The people are completely infuriated at what the Trump administration is doing and screaming at the House members to do their jobs. P45 is trying to write them off as “activists” and “paid protestors”, which is hysterically funny because nobody there is actually being paid and most of the people screaming “do your job!” are normal, everyday people who want their Congressional reps to quit with the bullcrap and DO THEIR FREAKING JOBS.

Seriously, I’m watching video of this and laughing at the Congresscritters who are completely shocked that people are so angry with them. You’d think 4.5 million women taking to the streets in the USA and around the world hadn’t clued them in that there’s a problem.

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Fun. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if cats were therapists?

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Muslims and Jews. Do you believe that all Muslims and Jews hate each other? Think again. Muslims raised over $20K to fix the headstones that were destroyed in the Jewish cemetery in St. Louis and CAIR put up a $5,000 reward offer for information leading to the arrest/conviction of whoever is calling in threats to American JCC’s. This is what Islam has always looked like to me — some pretty awesome individuals who are just as likely (and sometimes more likely) to reach out and help as Christians are. The hospitality I’ve received at mosques I have visited has put Christian churches to shame.

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Being an OK mom. I saw this piece on how to be the okayest mom on someone’s Facebook wall and thought it needed to be shared.

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Music Take #1. I frequently find myself singing along to “Testify” by NEEDTOBREATHE when it comes on my car radio. 🙂

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Music Take #2. I don’t know why “I Need a Miracle” by Third Day has been speaking to me… but it has.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 19, 2017

For Today… February 19, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… grey and rainy.

I am thinking… about the questions I missed on my Accounting test on Friday.

I am thankful… to be done with my taxes.

One of my favorite things… calmness. I may or may not be counting down the hours until bedtime!

I am wearing… a long-sleeved black shirt and jeans. Church clothes were the same black shirt, a jeans skirt, black tights, and black flats.

I am creating… skills assessment files for my Word class.

I am watching… NCIS re-runs.

I am hoping… to get Word done tonight.

I am learning… about uncollectible debts.

In my kitchen… more soup for me as it’s one of the few things I can stomach right now.

In the school room… Daniel and I are both off for President’s Day.

Post Script… So about #LastNightInSweden…

A moment from my day… This was our anthem this morning:

Hosted by The Simple Woman.

7 Quick Takes: Church Invitations, Rich Mullins, and Spring Training

7 Quick Takes

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Holy being vulnerable, Batman! A guy in my Accounting class and I have been talking about faith things so I asked him if he wanted to come to church with me on Sunday… by passing him a note with the name, address, and worship time for my church and the words “let’s pretend I actually had the guts to say this in person” on it.

Yeah… I’m really that awkward. Thankfully, he’s interested in possibly coming.

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Rich Mullins. A few nights ago, I was answering a Reddit question on my favorite song lyrics that mean something to me and I had to look up the lyrics for chorus of “If I Stand”. That led to listening to a bunch of Rich Mullins songs that I really love as well as a few Third Day ones.

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Hit by holy 2×4. I was sitting in my Accounting classroom alone on Tuesday afternoon doing homework when I was hit by the strong feeling that I needed to be praying for my classmates. I spent some time praying for the people whose needs I knew… and learned about a whole host of other ones this morning. I think it’s probably a good thing that I’m open to the smackings upside the head of the Holy Spirit.

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Invoicing Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Said congressional rep accused the protestors at his town hall of being “paid protestors” so people are invoicing him for their time at the protest. I shouldn’t be laughing… but I am.

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Why Trump’s immigrant ban is anti-Biblical. I am very fond of this video from James Martin, S.J.

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Prerequisite baseball take. SPRING TRAINING HAS STARTED! SPRING TRAINING HAS STARTED! SPRING TRAINING HAS STARTED! *cheers on the Giants and boos the Dodgers*

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Change in practice. I’m not raffling off the right to pick my Lenten discipline this year. I know what I’ll be doing but I won’t be revealing it until Ash Wednesday.

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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.