The Simple Woman’s Daybook: November 20, 2017

For Today…

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Looking out my window… dark. It was pretty nice today after yesterday’s windstorm and rain. I think it was probably in the 40’s today?

I am thinking… about my homework schedule this week.

I am thankful… the worst of the rain and wind held off until after the burial for Chad’s grandmother yesterday. I was getting blown around like a rag doll driving home but it isn’t as bad as it was later in the afternoon and evening.

One of my favorite things… the golden light from the sunset today.

I am wearing… burgundy long-sleeved shirt and black jeans.

I am creating… entries in my Christmas card database.

I am reading… about this week’s lesson in my Sage50 textbook.

I am hoping… my Sage instructor gives me back some points lost on my last quiz due to a computer mix-up.

I am learning… about best practices for online meetings.

In my kitchen… Dad made steak last night and the three of us (my parents and me) had a small family dinner due to the weather and Thanksgiving happening on Thursday.

In the school room… Daniel is using more and more language.

Post Script… I’m touched by the witness of Debra Tate who said a prayer for the soul of Charles Manson, her sister’s murderer after his death.

A moment from my day… The hymn sung at the burial yesterday.

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7 Quick Takes: The Dodgers Are Losers Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Seriously perfect. I was looking for Dodger GIFS for this post and came across this one…

Dodgers suck!

I consider this proof that God loves me and wants me to be happy. 😀

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My horrible sportsmanship. Someone on Facebook called me out for my Dodgers-hating and told me I was a horrible sport. My response:

Duh!

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Because I am Hermione, yo! I’ve been invited to join my school’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa because I’ve been pulling a 4.0 for the last 4 quarters. I may or may not have fist-pumped when I got the email.

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I’m dying. Talk about going out on top!

I cannot stop laughing.

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All Soul’s Day. I thought I’d share this from The Episcopal Church’s Facebook page. (I recommend following them for the pictures coupled with prayers or Scripture they post twice a day.)

All Soul's Day

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Because Loreena McKennitt. I’ve seen her perform this twice in concert.

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Some more Loreena McKennitt. One thing she does well is set poetry to music. I used her version of “The Lady of Shalott” (Lord Alfred Tennyson) to memorize the last part of it for my 8th grade accelerated English class in 1994 and she is known for putting Shakespeare to music.

I especially love her version of “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes. It’s too bad she released it 4 years after my brother had to memorize part of it!

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31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: Hurriedly Coming Up with Quick Takes!

7 Quick Takes

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Tell me again about how the 50’s were awesome. Guess what? They weren’t if you were a housewife (or really a woman in general).

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I love this. A phone number has been created for women to give to creepy men who come on to them. Seriously, I wish someone had come up with this when I was in college.

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A reading list. Laurel Muff did a fabulous job of compiling her favorite books about saints for Blessed is She. I may be adding a few of those to my TBR pile.

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Interesting. This is thought-provoking. (It also reminds me that I need a haircut.)

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Claudia Fragapane. One of the things I do when I’m having insomnia is watch YouTube videos and gymnastics is a favorite. The British have a surprisingly good team and Claudia is one of them. She’s the current World Championships bronze medalist on Floor Exercise.

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Halloween. Daniel’s school does a pajama day on Halloween (some of the kids can’t afford costumes but almost everyone has pajamas) and I honestly don’t really feel like dragging him to a couple houses on the cul-de-sac to trick-or-treat. I know… slacker mom!

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My theme song. Maybe I should see if I could get this as my new cell phone number? 😀 (Just kidding — I also spell mine as “Jenni” not “Jenny”.)

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31 Days of My World As It Is Sung

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: The Simple Woman’s Daybook for October 1, 2017

For Today… October 1, 2017

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Looking out my window… sunny now though it was raining earlier and we’ve had a few days of good rain. Weather.Com says it’s 50F and I believe them.

I am thinking… about my Doodle assignment this week.

I am thankful… for classes I like this quarter.

One of my favorite things… when my sports teams win. My Giants beat San Diego and I’m hoping my Niners can beat Arizona.

I am wearing… a grey heather long-sleeved shirt and jeans. Church clothes this morning were a blue-grey long-sleeved shirt, black slacks, and black flats.

I am creating… various Doodle polls.

I am listening to… classical music on a DISH Network channel

I am hoping… Daniel’s appointment with the Autism Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital this week goes well. We’ve been waiting for this appointment for a very long time. (The waiting list for an appointment is over a year long.)

I am learning… about email best practices.

In my kitchen… coq au vin is cooking.

In the school room… Daniel continues to love school.

Post Script… Tesla’s aid to victims of Hurricane Maria.

Shared Quote… “The four sayings that lead to wisdom:
I was wrong
I’m sorry
I don’t know
I need help”
— Louise Penny

A moment from my day… Our anthem today.

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31 Days of My World As It Is Sung

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: September 24, 2017

For Today… September 24, 2017

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Looking out my window… sunny and in the low 60’s. We will probably have rain tonight which is lovely.

I am thinking… about money and faith for my CDSP class on church finance.

I am thankful… for my amazing parish and how they welcomed Daniel this morning when he came to church with me for the first time in 3 years. (I was one of the readers and had choir duties so I had to be there.) I brought his tablet and headphones and he largely chilled while I was up front. Everyone was also really respectful of whether or not he could handle crowds and greeted him warmly.

On his part, he didn’t have any meltdowns, didn’t race up and down the aisles, and was reasonably quiet. It was such a nice change from 3 years ago when I wanted to be anywhere with him EXCEPT church.

One of my favorite things… a calm Sunday afternoon.

I am wearing… a black fitted tee and jeans capris. Church clothes were a long-sleeved black shirt, jeans, and my running shoes. (I didn’t know whether my kiddo would need a walk during the sermon or not ad my black flats are not conducive to that.)

I am creating… discussion board posts for my classes.

I am listening to… various High Kings songs on YouTube.

I am hoping… to stay caught up on everything this week.

I am learning… some of the national and diocesan canons that have to do with money and finances.

In my kitchen… had some Kashi cereal for lunch.

In the school room… Daniel continues to do well and his writing is improving.

Post Script… I recommend this amazing piece on Rich Mullins.

Shared Quote… “When God created each of us, he tucked a little bit of his divine imagination into our souls. He did this, I think, so that we can conceive of the fact that our world contains so much more than we can see, feel, and touch.” — Hallie Lord, On the Other Side of Fear

A moment from my day… Our opening hymn…

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: September 12, 2017

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It should be sunny and in the 60’s today with a 10% chance of rain.

I am thinking… about what I need to accomplish today such as getting my books and picking up my laptop(!!!!).

I am thankful… the kitties et the Ernest Hemingway house and their humans are OK after the hurricane. #priorities

One of my favorite things… rain. We had a nice rainy day on Saturday.

I am wearing… jammies.

I am creating… binders for looseleaf books.

I am reading… Killer Gourmet by G.A. McKevett.

In my kitchen… chicken cordon bleu on Sunday.

In the school room… Daniel is loving being back to school.

Post Script… my friend Laura introduced me to this site. It was really cool when Hurricane Irma was over Florida.

Shared Quote… “Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and go well with ketchup.” — one of my college friends

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7 Quick Takes: What to Bring to College Edition

7 Quick Takes

I’m writing this on my NOOK tablet so cutting and pasting links is hard. Thus, I am going to write a post that doesn’t require any! As some of my church kids are headed to college this fall and I start back to school in a week and a half, I thought I would do a list of things I recommend bringing to college with you.

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Earbuds. Many people like listening to music while they study and this allows you to do that without irritating one’s roommates or the other people in the library/coffee shop/lounge.

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iPod. It’s a portable way to bring your music collection with you to go study or work out. You can even audio record lectures and listen to them while you exercise.

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Tide pods. They’re a quick and easy way to do laundry and you don’t have to deal with detergent spilling wherever you’re storing it. Also, no need to have a separate scoop for measuring!

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A mini fridge. This works well if you like your drinks cold or want to keep milk in your dorm room for cereal.

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An e-reader stocked with pleasure reading. If you’re a voracious reader, catching up on the newest book by your favorite author is a nice brain break. Having an e-reader helps to cut down on storage space, which is a premium in a dorm room.

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Quarters. For copiers, laundry, and vending machines. They come in pretty handy and it’s annoying to have to go find them when you need them in a hurry.

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A three-hole punch. Because very few professors actually hole-punch their handouts!

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