7 Quick Takes: Needeh Grey Kitteh Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Needeh kittehs. Homer is being excessively needy today, which is something considering how needy he is normally. He has been on my lap a few times today and is currently causing me to type this one-handed so I can pet him.

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Helping house panthers. If you’re a lover of the black kittehs like I am, go here to look at cat pictures, help with psychological research, and help the black ones (who are the least likely to be adopted) find homes.

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Penguins, man. I had to laugh when I got this Facebook message on my wall this week…

Penguins, man.

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For all you poetry lovers out there… I tested this on a couple other Emily Dickinson poems just to be sure. 😀

Emily Dickinson to the tune of a well-known TV theme...

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Prayer request. If y’all could pray for a special intention, I’d be seriously happy. Please and thank you!

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Ouchie! I went to the beach on Monday in new water shoes that were not tight enough on my heels and between all the sand and water that got in there, I ended up with some pretty foul blisters. They’re bad enough that I’ll be in flip-flops for at least the next few weeks.

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John McCain. Samantha Bee put it best when she said last year that an election is usually between two fundamentally decent people with a difference of opinion. (Obviously, 45 is an exception to this rule.) John McCain is a decent human being who has served his country both in the military and in Congress. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. (He is also one of only two Republicans for whom I have voted — I voted for him in the primary in California in 2000 to try and knock Bush Jr. out of the race.)

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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.

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7 Quick Takes: State of the Jen Edition

7 Quick Takes

I’ve been wanting to do something a little different for a few weeks, especially as I am trying to get back into the habit of blogging again after giving it up for Lent. I probably would have blogged more upon my return but I had a crazy quarter — it’s amazing how having two classes “on the ground” (translation: in person instead of online) can kill one’s posting schedule!

So…

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I have a new ministry. My priest has asked me to help out the Spanish-speaking congregation that shares our building with some bookkeeping. It should be interesting givem that I don’t speak Spanish but accounting tends to be the same in every language — assets = liabilities + owner’s equity.

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I start a new quarter next week. I’ll be officially taking Interpersonal Communication which is described thusly:

Uses theory and practice to develop self-awareness, confidence, and skill in communicating effectively, building healthy relationships with others, and managing conflict. Explores the impact of self-concept, perception, language, emotions, and nonverbal behavior on communication.

Additionally, I will be outlining the Business English book to prepare to challenge both quarters of it in the fall and winter. (I have to challenge it in a quarter in which it is offered.) It’s basic grammar so it shouldn’t be too difficult.

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AMA. Given my newfound Reddit addiction, I’m up for doing an AMA (ask me anything) next week for my Quick Takes. Leave questions in the comments or email me or Facebook me.

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The divorce. I’ve been asked by some long-time readers about where I am in the divorce. The answer: it is not final yet and that’s all I’m saying.

Next topic!

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My dating life. I’ve been asked if I’m dating anyone. Hahahahahahahaha… people think I talk about my private life on here?!?!?

Next topic!

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I’m apparently apolitical. I haven’t talked much about politics lately… mostly because I avoid consuming media that depresses me and everything involving 45 and his minions is extremely depressing. We actually *HAD* international goodwill under Obama and now the entire world is pointing at us and laughing because 45 throws tantrums over Twitter, shoves other world leaders out of the way so he’s at the front of the pack (this happened at the NATO meeting), is being sued by members of Congress for his fraudulent business dealings, and loses every court case with which he is involved.

Seriously, all my Republican friends are depressed as hell at what has become of their party, especially when Republican Congressional leaders are acting so incredibly unethically.

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On my hook. Current crocheting projects include a pair of socks, a pussy hat (I’m apparently now the hatmaker for the Resistance!), a prayer shawl, a temperature afghan, and a baby blanket. I don’t have a lot of time to crochet these days so I’m aiming to finish the pussyhat and the baby blanket before the end of the year.

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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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