7 Quick Takes: Jen Is Dead Tired Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Prayer request. Fulton, the son of our hostess-with-the-mostest Kelly, had spinal fusion surgery on Tuesday. He’s doing better but he’s still not a happy little panda. (Spines get stabby when you correct them.) Could y’all please keep him and his parents in your prayers?

Thanks!

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Another prayer request. Daniel has some granulation tissue around the stoma where his g-tube is. It started bleeding today. Could you please pray it’s nothing serious? (I’m waiting for a call back from Seattle Children’s that I might not get until Monday.)

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Too funny. A reading from Rachel Held Evans:

When it comes to processing these troubling stories [referring to the passages in the Book of Joshua about conquest and killing women and children], there are generally three types of people: (1) those who accept without question that God ordered the military campaigns in Canaan and has likely supported others throughout history, (2) those who are so troubled by the notion of God condoning ethnic cleansing that it strains their faith or compels them to abandon it, (3) those who can name all of the Kardashian sisters and are probably happier for it.

It was a lovely passage I read while on the way back from Audiology today.

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Bumper stickers. I have a Dump Trump bumper sticker on my car. (It and my other bumper stickers are currently covered with duct-tape because we have the lone Trump supporter in our family coming over for dinner tonight — we love him even if he is a snowflake.) Shortly after I got it, a neighbor came up to my mom to ask if it was mine. Mom replied that it was and was inwardly cringing that I might have offended the neighbors.

It turns

out that he was asking because he wanted one and hadn’t been able to find where to get one. He’s Internet-phobic so I ordered him one off of NorthernSun.Com the next time I made an order. He loved it and his wife asked if they could pay me for it. I told them “no” because I love them and it was cheap. Their next question: “Can we make a donation to the Democratic Party in your honor?”

My response: “Absolutely!” 😀

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Music take #1. It’s Holy Cross Day so…

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Music take #2. For all those who are being forced to watch the Baby Shark videos, this is the CORRECT way to do it:

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Music take #3. Need a palate cleanser after that last take? Here you go:

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7 Quick Takes: Flag Etiquette Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Srsly 45? Why yes, I *am* going to weigh in on 45’s insult to the late Senator John McCain by not putting out an executive order to have the flag at half-mast until after the senator’s burial. There are websites dedicated to flag etiquette. There are people in the administration whose job it is to advise 45 on these things. Apparently, he decided to wait a day before issuing the order because he clashed with the late senator on various things, saying that he was “not a war hero”. The family has even asked that 45 not attend his funeral, though I’m pretty sure former president Barack Obama will be there.

Excuse me? The late senator actually *SERVED* his country and underwent torture as a POW in Vietnam, which is a heck of a lot more than Cadet Bonespurs did. Shame on you, 45! Once again (even though this happens almost *DAILY*), you are an embarrassment to the office of the President.

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Because I clearly don’t have enough on my plate. I’m doing NaNoWriMo again and plan on killing off the people who are getting on my nerves or who have gotten on my nerves in the past. (Some people were dying yearly or being used as the bad examples in my NaNo pieces during the 5-year streak of me participating between 2009-2013.)

So… I kill people off creatively in my pieces every time I do it in exchange for a charitable donation. This year, I’m asking people to make a donation to Heifer International. Let me know you’ve made the donation and how you want to die, and I will make it so in November.

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Music if it was in color. This is one of my favorite Bach pieces and it is interesting to see what it looks like pictorally.

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Houseguests. Jon is out from Ohio to visit Daniel and we had a nice drive to Bellingham today to hit up Trader Joe’s. The two of them also hit up our favorite park today and will be headed to the Children’s Museum tomorrow.

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Minion. I never expected to have to tell a cat to stop batting my Confirmation cross. (I also now know that it wasn’t Daniel that knocked a ton of my stuff off my dresser.)

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Awww… This is stinking cute!

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Prayer request. Please pray that the teachers in my school district have a contract before school starts next Wednesday. (They voted to strike if they don’t have one.) I have a kiddo who REALLY wants to go to school!

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7 Quick Takes: Live PD Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Live PD. I have an addiction to cop shows and some friends turned me on to Live PD. My parents roll their eyes at it, but it keeps me entertained.

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Answering G-tube questions. Reader mbmom11 left me the following feedback:

I’d be interested. I can’t imagine how it works to get a non-cooperative kiddo to sit still for a feed. And if the kiddo feels better after having been on feeds for a few days. Thank you for sharing your experience!

This is an easy answer: Daniel doesn’t mind feeds and he doesn’t have to sit still for more than one minute while I get him hooked up. The feeding pump and bolus fit in a small backpack so as long as he’s careful about the tube staying connected, he can do quite a bit while the feed is going on. Usually, we are on my bed and he is playing with his tablet.

I’ll get an entry showing the step-by-step process done one of these days.

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Check-up. We had a bunch of check-ups and a feeding therapy appointment in Seattle on Tuesday and Wednesday. The good news is that Daniel gained more than they were hoping for, so they’ve cut the number of feedings per day from 3 to 2. This makes my life SOOOOOO much easier.

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Minion update. My little black monster is getting bigger and being my snuggle buddy at night as well as when he’s not in berserker mode. I keep some empty reusable shopping bags in my room for him to attack and sleep in. Occasionally, he’ll be asleep in one with just his long black tail sticking out.

My mom keeps commenting that his tail is 3 inches too long and his ears are too big. I keep reminding her that he uses his tail for balance when he jumps from the table to the counter.

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Health System Portals. My local health system has an Internet portal that can be used to email doctors, send in prescription refill requests, etc. It’s a wonderful thing because I can actually have conversations with my health providers over it and it means that there is a record of communication.

When we were at Seattle Children’s this past week, they mentioned that they had one and I just about jumped for joy. It is going to be so helpful to not have to play message tag with providers there, and I think this will be useful for autism and g-tube stuff this fall.

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Language-learning websites. I just want to highly recommend Duolingo again if you want to learn a language. I’m loving the site for my Spanish studies this summer, I’m using to review my French, and I’m even dusting off my Hebrew! (Pretty sure this is going to work better than my Hebrew class in seminary did!) I can’t wait for their Arabic course to hatch!

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Tetelestai. A prayer for these days…

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, John McCain. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

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7 Quick Takes: Peg Saints, Minions, and LeBron James Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Peg saints. My friend Amanda of Worthy of Agape has a shop selling peg saints and she recently announced a saint subscription set list.

(I don’t receive anything for publicizing this — I just happen to have gotten to meet Amanda in January and I like her. :D)

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Minion update #1. My little black beastling got his first taste of catnip on Tuesday night and it had an entertaining effect on him. It’s amazing how much noise a little black kitten can make having zoomies around the house and up and down the stairs! I think every cat toy in the house got killed 3-4 times over before he finally crashed off of his catnip high.

My little critter is also claiming he had no knowledge of the “no kittens on the table” rule despite being removed from the table multiple times. (He also claims not to understand that it applies to the kitchen table as well as the dining room table.)

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Duolingo. While reading this article on the Klingon language, I saw that they even have a course for it on Duolingo and decided to teach myself Spanish this summer because my only academic class is a 1-credit class that is a requirement for everyone graduating with an ATA from my school. (It’s called “Job Search” and it helps us build a resume, write cover letters, interview well, and write lovely thank-you notes for any interviews we receive.) The website has a surprisingly large number of languages people can learn and people who are bilingual can contribute to the development of courses for different languages they speak.

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Minion update #2. The little miscreant is having turbo insane zoomies and is trying to beat up our 14-year-old tiger cat Jethro… who is at least three times Minion’s size. Jet is being a gentleman and just smacking him every so often, but Mom and I are laughing because Jethro did this to Trail Kitty, my parents’ deceased Maine Coon Cat when Jet was a kitten. What goes around comes around, Jethro!

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I shouldn’t laugh… but I am. Some Trump supporters got a bit irritated at NPR for tweeting propaganda yesterday. The name of the piece sounds familiar…

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

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Prerequisite take on hating various sports teams. LeBron James is headed to the LA Lakers. I can still rag on him because I hate on southern California teams just as much as I hate on Cleveland teams… because southern California is too hot, ugly, and overpopulated. Also… IT’S NOT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND WE WISH THE SOUTH WOULD FREAKING SECEDE ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is all.

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Minion update #3. I just went downstairs and collected my little black bear cat. He has calmed down a little bit… by which I mean that he is no longer thundering up and down the stairs and beating up my leg. Such a silly little monster!

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7 Quick Takes: Minion Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Cat take #1. So this little monster came home with me on Monday. I named him Minion because people plotting global domination (like myself) need minions.

Minion the Cat

Isn’t he cute?

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Cat take #2. Minion has decided that he is the same size as our remaining cat Jethro (Homer’s brother) and should charge him and pounce on his tail.

Yeah, Jethro is at least 3-4 times his size and could eat him for a light snack. To his credit, Jet has only smacked him twice and both times were deserved.

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Cat take #3. Even with the arrival of Minion, we are still really heartbroken over losing Homer on Sunday and there are still tears shed almost every day. Homer was Jethro’s littermate, became my snuggle buddy when I moved in with my parents in October 2015, and was my homework helper. Minion isn’t a replacement for him and prayers are needed for us as we deal with our broken hearts.

I will say, however, that adopting the little beast the day after losing Homer is helping our hearts a lot. He has taken over Homer’s sleeping spots and he is a snuggly little monster.

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Let’s just put this one to rest right now. I’ve had to share this page from Snopes.Com on multiple Facebook posts this week, so let’s just be clear:

Neither Clinton nor Obama passed legislation separating children from their parents at the border. Furthermore, asylum seekers are treated differently than normal immigrants. Lastly, illegal immigration is at a historic low, meaning that THERE IS NO CRISIS AT THE BORDER OTHER THAN THE ONE MANUFACTURED BY 45.

Are we clear?

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Strangely believable. This is fabulous. It’s a comedian listing off things his fans reported not being allowed to watch as children.

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Cat take #4. My mom just came in holding a little black kitten and asked if I had mentioned to him that the “no kittens on the table” rule applied to the kitchen table as well as the dining room one. Apparently, Minion was disavowing knowledge of that part of the rule.

Silly little monster!

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Earworm. You’re welcome!

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7 Quick Takes: End of School, Additions to the Family, and The GOP Are Not Pro-Life Edition

7 Quick Takes

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What the actual [expletive]?!?!?!?!? Please tell me how separating kids from their mothers and keeping kids in kennel enclosures is appropriate, especially by politicians who happen to be pro-life. I freaking dare you!

Don’t believe me? Here are two articles from the Seattle Times on the subject:

Rep. Jayapal meets 174 asylum-seeking women, many separated from children, at SeaTac prison

US senator refused entry to facility holding migrants’ kids

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Prayer request. This is around a mile from where I grew up and a pool where I competed with my swim team a few times. Please pray for all affected.

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Done! I turned my last final in this afternoon and I am DONE!!! I have three 1-credit classes left in my program and they are spread out over this summer and fall. While it is definitely bittersweet to be saying good-bye to some of my classmates and two of my instructors (one is retiring and one is on sabbatical during Fall Quarter), I’ve gained a bunch of Facebook friends and I’ve proven through my Capstone Case Studies for Integrated Projects that I do know my stuff backwards and forwards.

Right now, I’m just waiting for final grades in two classes.

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New books. Rachel Held Evans‘ book Inspired just came out and I picked up a copy of my friend Imani’s book True Identity yesterday. Along with Jen Fulwiler’s new book and the new one from Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., I should have a lovely summer of reading.

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Ahem. Who has two thumbs and gets to go hear Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speak tomorrow?

This girl!

**UPDATE** It was AMAZING!!!!

Me and PB Michael Curry.

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Auntie Jen. My amazing sister-in-law is within a week of her due date. Please pray for a safe delivery for her and for my coming nephew.

Thanks!

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Wedding bells. My youngest cousin is getting married on Sunday. Please pray for Sarah and Evan as they begin their life together. Pray also for me because it’s at an herb farm on the grass… and I am **VERY** allergic to grass.

*stockpiles Benadryl cooling gel*

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7 Quick Takes: QuickBooks Edition

7 Quick Takes

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QuickBooks Take #1. This class is not going badly, but its organization could be improved. My instructor wants us to read and do the review before we do the in-class lecture on Monday… but the reading doesn’t work well if you aren’t actually *DOING* the work along with it. People are having a bad time with the review questions because it’s a book where you learn the material by doing it.

I need to email my instructor about it, but I need to acquire some tact first. (Let’s just say that I’m still a bit crabby about the screw-ups with the Payroll Project last quarter.)

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QuickBooks Take #2. Other than my issues with the organization of the class, I’m enjoying my work with the actual software. There’s a fair amount of data entry, but I don’t mind that.

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Awww yassss… This is what a pro-life workplace (that is, one that embraces people having children) looks like.

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DACA. DACA is a huge issue where I live because of our migrant worker population, and I have classmates who are “Dreamers”. Let me just tell you… they are some of the hardest workers and I would hire almost all of them in a heartbeat. (They always have themselves together and they can function seamlessly in two or more languages.) They are also my favorite students to tutor because they are always polite when asking for help and consistently ask good questions.

Seriously, I wish the path to citizenship was easier for them because they are socially active on campus in positive ways, and embody the American Dream. They are the antithesis of the foul stereotypes that 45 and the Republican Party spread about them.

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Choral music take #1. We’re putting this together for the offertory in a few weeks. I love Schutz, so I’m excited.

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Choral music take #2. This is our piece for Sunday (Good Shepherd Sunday). It’s not the most sophisticated setting of Psalm 23, but it can be put together in a few minutes with a small number of choir members. (We’ve got 2/3 of the soprano section traveling or sick, one of our altos is traveling, and one of our basses is sick.)

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My current earworm. My go-to music for homework these days is bluegrass and the Wissmann Family is a recent discovery. I’ve got this song stuck in my head.

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