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.

7 Quick Takes: Thursday Is The New Friday Edition

7 Quick Takes

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TGIT. I don’t have classes on Friday (there aren’t many at the college) so today is the end of my school week. Given my workload (2 online tests/midterms, a massive homework list for my Records Management class, and a problem set for Accounting), I’m happy to be DONE.

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Women’s March huddle. Action #2 for the Women’s March was to host or attend a huddle. There wasn’t one in Mount Vernon so I signed up to host one. They’re supposed to be for 10-15 people… and we had THIRTY-FIVE tonight from all over the county and even further south. I was facilitating and thankfully didn’t have to do much because people were connecting and discussing on their own.

Seriously jazzed, y’all.

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#NeverthelessShePersisted I want this shirt, y’all! It would go so well with this shirt.

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The actual letter. Senator Elizabeth Warren might not be able to read it at the confirmation hearing for Senator Jeff Sessions (Senator Jeff Merkley was later able to read it) but I can *TOTALLY* share it as a US citizen. 🙂 Read it here.

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Melissa McCarthy on SNL. It wouldn’t be so freaking funny if it wasn’t so accurate. It honestly blows my mind that Trump’s press secretary can’t handle the press. (You’d think it would be part of the job description!)

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For Kelly. Kelly needs this picture.

Kelly needs this picture.

(HT: Unvirtuous Abbey)

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See you in court. Trump’s immigration ban lost AGAIN. I cannot understand why he is so surprised… unless he seriously didn’t think that the judicial branch keeps the executive branch in check, just as the legislative branch checks and is kept in check by the other two branches. Sucks to be him, I guess.

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{five favourites}: Miscellanea (LXXXI)

#5Faves

One

Listening to Gregorian chant in a dark room. It’s been a stressy few weeks with Daniel having medication issue and being sick. I slept most of Sunday and Monday and I took some Ativan tonight to chill me out. The sounds of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles are very therapeutic.

Two

My MS Word midterm. I was going to challenge the class to see if I could avoid taking it but I’m seriously glad I chose to just take it. I’ve learned so many things about how to put together documents and make them pretty. The next time I do a NaNoWriMo challenge, I could probably make my manuscript publishable on LuLu or whatever Amazon’s self-publishing arm is.

Anyway, one of the four required projects was to create a specials sheet for a restaurant and we were told to just go in and have fun with what we were given. There’s a midterm discussion and it has been a blast to see what other people have done and why they chose to go certain directions with their project.

Three

The beauty of where I live. I cannot express in words how much I love northern Washington and the sight of evergreen trees outside my window every morning. There are also beavers, deer, and other animals that come and hang out in the area. Trees are calming and I love that it’s only a short drive to Puget Sound where I can watch the water.

Four

The word “wholeness”. It’s my word for the year. The unraveling of my marriage last year left me very fractured internally and I’m trying to figure out how to put the pieces back together. It’s definitely going to be a journey this year but a worthwhile one.

Five

My morning latté. There are people boycotting $tarbux over their declaration that they’re going to hire 10,000 refugees in the next 5 years after the immigration ban was announced by the Trump administration.

My response:

My opinion on the Starbucks boycott.
#coffeewithouthate

(The bottom is supposed to read #coffeewithouthate.)

Go love up Bonnie, DeBalino, and the others.