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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7 Quick Takes: Back to School Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Seriously? Dr. Laura insulted David Hogg (one of the Parkland students) for being rejected by 4 schools. Other Republicans have followed suit.

Nobody has bothered to mention that the two California schools that rejected him have low acceptance rates, even for in-state students. (UCLA’s is 18% and CSULB is 33%.)

Seriously y’all, LEAVE THESE KIDS ALONE. Calling them names and mocking them in the press is childish behavior.

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Back to school. Spring Quarter started on Tuesday and I had my first “on-ground” class (as opposed to “online”) on Wednesday morning. It’s an instructor I hadn’t taken any classes from because I challenged her other two classes this year; but it was very enjoyable and I kind of wish I had her for some of my other classes instead of that particular instructor.

Daniel is on Spring Break at the moment and having a cranky day, so I’m only working on homework intermittently. I’ve got this week’s work done for my Integrated Projects class already and am digging into Word II.

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No longer a lazy bum. I got recruited as a tutor for my department last quarter and am now the sole tutor as the other one (who also happens to be a dear friend) graduated. I went and saw one of my bosses to set my schedule for drop-in tutoring and have been asked by another group on campus to tutor as well. I’m going to be keeping busy for sure!

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Grumping. Last quarter, I had a classmate who complained about not understanding the course material while refusing to do any of the book work or online tutorials. Said classmate decided to complain about this to the instructor in person. (My instructor is endlessly patient and will move heaven and earth to help her students succeed, so we were all sitting there figuratively eating popcorn while watching her take my classmate to task for this.) My instructor is now making the online tutorials mandatory for us this quarter, and we’re thinking that it is in response to this classmate. This is irritating for me because it adds one more thing onto my homework load, but at least my instructor gave us a way to speed through them if we already know what we’re doing.

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Dying of teh cutes! I’m an apex predator, darn it. Stop squeeing at me!

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This why my face will be clawed off someday… I seriously want to smoosh my face into his tummy.

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Fine. More cutes. Because it’s traditional to celebrate the Easter Octave with cat videos.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: April 2, 2018

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… cloudy though it was sunny earlier. Our weather has been going from extreme to extreme lately, and that has led to knee pain and migraines for me.

I am thinking… about school which technically starts tomorrow though I’m working on two discussion board posts right now and don’t have a physical class until Wednesday.

I am thankful… for a good visit with my uncle and his new wife. We had 13 people for dinner yesterday and 2 more stopped in later!

One of my favorite things… Easter worship. Good hymns, our anthem went well, and Helen’s sermon was excellent.

I am wearing… a long-sleeved charcoal heather shirt and jeans capris.

I am creating… discussion board posts.

I am listening to… Mom play the piano.

I am hoping… to have some decent outings with Daniel while he is on Spring Break this week. I just bought a Discover Pass and I think we’ll maybe head to the slough in a few days.

I am learning… that my neighbors love my “Dump Trump” bumper sticker and were amused when I duct-taped over it yesterday to keep the peace at Easter dinner yesterday. (My mom also hid my father’s Trump voodoo doll temporarily for the same reason.)

In my kitchen… leftovers! I predict a wonderful dinner tonight.

In the school room… Daniel is on Spring Break.

Post Script… here is something for the #walkupnotwalkout crowd.

Shared Quote… “The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God.” — Rob Bell

A moment from my day… Some music for Easter!

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: March 25, 2018

For Today… March 25,

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. We had sun for most of the day and then some showers in the evening.

I am thinking… about a baby shower I’m planning.

I am thankful… for my church. They were really patient when I had Daniel with me last Sunday… and he started doing an interpretive dance to the Offertory Anthem.

They also took part in March for Our Lives yesterday.

One of my favorite things… Holy Week.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes today were my Hawaiian shirt, a white tank, black skirt, and black flats. Regular clothes were my grey heather long-sleeved shirt and jeans.

I am creating… a baby blanket.

I am listening to… this:

I am hoping… my divorce papers get signed this week.

In my kitchen… I went out to Olive Garden with a friend tonight.

In the school room… Daniel has one week left before Spring Break.

Post Script… there is orange snow in Europe!

Shared Quote… “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ? Søren Kierkegaard

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