7 Quick Takes: What I Did Not Do in November 2018

7 Quick Takes

I took November off from blogging this year to do NaNoWriMo. (Yes, I know that there is one more day in November. I do own a planner.) Here is what I did NOT do during that time.

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I did not “win” NaNoWriMo. To win, you have to complete 50,000 words by 11:59 on November 30th. I hit just under 11,000. Blame it on my internship, work, and school. There is always next year, and I can use my notes from this year in addition to doing some plot development.

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I did not vote for any Republicans. Seriously, if the GOP ever decides to endorse a candidate who isn’t either stupid or crazy, I *might* consider voting for them. (Contrary to popular belief, I *HAVE* voted Republican before… twice. I voted for John McCain in the 2000 California primary to try and knock Dubya out of the race, and I voted for Bob Taft in the 2002 Ohio governor’s race because the Democrat was not all that great.) Thankfully, the Democrats took the house, and only one senator I liked (Claire McCaskill) was defeated. (She had the hardest race in the country to win, so it wasn’t a surprise.) I live in a navy blue district in the indigo part of a blue state, so obviously my Congresscritters were re-elected.

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I did not get married. Like I have time to date?

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I did not take crap from any students. I had a student mouth off at me this month for not answering her “quick question”. (There is no such thing as a “quick question”, and I am not required to answer questions at all unless I am working a drop-in or one-on-one shift.) I told her that I wasn’t working, and she got nasty. It’s probably a good thing that one of the BIIIIIIG rules in my department is “don’t abuse the tutors” because her instructor backed me up 100%. Did I mention that my department co-chair was present for this?

Thankfully, said student is not part of my department, which means that I don’t have to deal with her after this quarter. (The class she was taking is a requirement for a couple of different departments, so we get some non-OBT students.)

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I did not get a neck tattoo. Again, serious lack of time to hang out in a tattoo parlor.

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I did not give birth. One of my favorite students, however, is probably going to give birth in the next few days and I’d love prayers for her because I love this girl like a sister.

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I did not have a quiet Thanksgiving. We had 17 for dinner on Thursday, the Apple Cup on Friday, and company on Saturday. At least, the Huskies won the Apple Cup for the 6th year in a row.

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7 Quick Takes: “Not A Zombie” Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Good news: I’m not a zombie. I got a “get in here!” call from my doctor a few weeks ago and got scheduled to be seen today. Last Sunday was Blood Pressure Sunday for our faith community nursing program and one of them noticed that my pulse was a little weird again. She told me to mention it to my doctor and I told her that I’d mention it when I got seen today. When I told my doctor about it, she tried taking my pulse using my left wrist… and couldn’t find it. This was a little weird because my hand wasn’t turning any weird colors and obviously I was sitting there alive in front of her. They had also taken my blood pressure on my left arm and done the pulse-ox sensor on that hand as well so we knew it was there. She tried on all my pulse points and she had a hard time finding it on my left side while my right side was fine. She finally decided to have her nurse take my blood pressure on both sides and see if there was any measurable difference. When they did, my left side was two points above my right side but still normal. Apparently, I have a very quiet pulse on my left side?

But hey, I’m not a zombie, so I guess that’s good news?

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The 2018 election. Absentee ballots arrived in the mail today and mine is filled out and ready to mail. Having done my civic duty, I will issue the following reminder:

If you are eligible but don’t vote, you don’t get to complain about the people who get voted into office.

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Argh. Carolyn Hax had a letter in her column today about a mom who is butthurt that her son and daughter-in-law (DIL) aren’t calling her to be present in the week after they have their twins. The mom apparently had twins (the son is one of them) and *SHE* knows how much work twins are. One of the DIL’s kids from a prior marriage had surgery right before the DIL is due to have her c-section and the mom’s husband is making noise about requiring an apology before they go help (because they’re positive they’re going to be called in to help now).

Carolyn’s response: don’t be obnoxious and let the parents decide when and if they want visitors during that time. Beautiful.

For all my readers who need to hear this: being present after the birth of a baby is a privilege, not a right. Being a grandparent is a matter of biology and does not entitle you to impose yourself on the new parents because you want baby cuddles or to “educate” the parents on the “proper” way to take care of their babies. Srsly, knock it off.

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Mama. This is fascinating.

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Boggle. The program we use for improving our typing speed (Keychamp) has a Boggle-like game at the end of every lesson called “Wordchamp” and the highest score for each lesson gets posted for people to see. I may or may not have started playing “Boggle with Friends” on my phone to improve my Wordchamp score.

(Yes, it’s working.)

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Church music take. We’re working on this right now. It sounds very Rutteresque.

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Paul Allen. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died this week. It’s a BIG deal in these parts because he has given quite a bit of his wealth away, he owns various sports teams in the Pacific Northwest, he has invested in cultural things up here… I’m seeing people on the street in Seattle crying on various news reports. I’m wondering if it will be this way when Bill Gates passes.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: October 8, 2018

For Today… October 8, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It rained all day.

I am thinking… about my drop-in tutoring hours today. I dealt with cranky SNAP assessments and tutoring a class I didn’t enjoy taking. I love my job, but it was a tiring day.

I am thankful… for the tutoring students who didn’t leave their SNAP assessments until the last minute or who didn’t make me deal with SNAP at all today. (Can you tell what I spent most of my drop-in hours doing today?)

One of my favorite things… students using “please” and “thank-you” and respecting my boundaries on when I will answer questions outside of drop-in tutoring hours.

I am wearing… jammies.

I am creating… plot things for NaNo.

I am listening to… silence.

I am hoping… to get as much Keychamp done tomorrow as possible.

I am learning… how much I suck at typing with fingers on the correct keys.

In my kitchen… Greek chicken from Trader Joe’s.

In the school room… Daniel loves school. School loves Daniel.

Post Script… Some brain bleach.

Shared Quote… “The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.” — Bertrand Russell

Hosted by The Simple Woman.

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: October 1, 2018

For Today… October 1, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark and pouring rain. I’d love it if it (and screaming people) weren’t triggering a migraine.

I am thinking… about an email I have to write to my boss and department head about a tutoring student. Oyyyy..

I am thankful… to have gotten to finally meet my 3 month old nephew Braden this weekend. There would be pics of him and me getting behbeh cuddles on here, but his parents are wanting to keep pics of him off social media. (I’m a good sister and auntie so I’m complying.) He is too cute for words and was very smiley for me. 🙂

One of my favorite things… black kitties with jet engine motors.

I am wearing… jammies. Clothes today were a long-sleeved blue shirt and jeans capris.

I am creating… typing certificates.

I am listening to… the rain beating against the window.

I am hoping… my boss and department chair have my back regarding that tutoring student.

I am learning… typing skills.

In my kitchen… heated up some frozen pizza.

Post Script… I need this shirt.

Shared Quote… Someone asked men and women what they do to avoid sexual assault. The men’s response was on the left. The women’s responses were on the right.

How the different sexes avoid sexual assault

A moment from my day… With the Kavanaugh debacle going in DC, I thought this was a good editorial.

An editorial that is fitting for today.

Hosted by The Simple Woman.

Believe Survivors

I have been staying as far away from TV and social media as I can because I want to slap everyone who claims that Dr. Ford is making this all up and who are posting memes about worrying that a girl is going to make something up to ruin their son’s life. Heck, I want to slap everyone who has responded with an “I don’t know who is lying” because a woman just had to tell about the most humiliating moment of her life publicly and face people gaslighting her.

This isn’t about Democrats or Republicans. This is about how victims of sexual assault (male and female) are shamed because of what happened to them. All of us have been forced to relive our attacks in the last few weeks. Some people are talking about theirs for the first time EVER.

I, unfortunately, have several stories. I’m public about one of them and not about the others. All were horrible experiences and having to recount what happened was humiliating as I felt like the assault was occurring again each time I was forced to tell my story. Only one faced justice and his dipshit friends tortured me for months afterward. I’ve been in therapy to deal with them and times like these rip the scab off the wounds.

I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

I believe survivors.

(Comments are closed on this post because none of this is up for debate.)

7 Quick Takes: Insert A Witty Title Here Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Nostalgia. How many of you had a Caboodles cosmetic case when you were little? Apparently, they’re selling vintage ones now. I’d get one, but I never wear make-up!

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NaNo update. I’m in the world-building part of NaNoWriMo prep. It’s harder this year because I don’t have anyone I want to kill… too badly. (There are always some people who have died multiple times or who have been used as examples multiple times.) I’m having to use various name generators to come up with people and to give them characteristics of people I know.

And as always, I’m willing to kill you off creatively for a charity donation. This year’s charity: Heifer International. Leave a comment or email me if you’re interested.

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Something new. I got an email from my new boss in the tutoring program at school and it included her pronouns in her email signature. This is the first time I have seen that and I thought it was interesting. (I’m a cis female so not having to think about that is privilege on my part, I guess.)

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Duuuuuude… I kind of want this.

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Because RBG. I need a dissent collar like nobody’s business.

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Good news. Per Kelly, FULTON IS HOME! Details here.

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One more NaNo thing. If you have a kid who loves to write, consider checking out the Young Writers Project. I would have loved to have something like it as a kid, and I joyfully contribute to fund it every time I do NaNo. (This is my 8th time.)

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