7 Quick Takes: Easing Back Into Blogging

7 Quick Takes

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Easing back into blogging. After posting a quasi-update on what I did on my Lenten break, I did my first Simple Woman’s Daybook post in two months on Monday. I haven’t had time to do much more blogging because I have two classes “on the ground” (meeting physically) this quarter instead of one class on the ground and the rest online. The second “on the ground” class is the introductory class for my department and is just busy work; but it means less time for blogging and a lot of other things because I’m on campus for an extra three hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I could probably log into one of the computers in the OFTEC classroom during my break between classes but I tend to use that time for silly things like eating lunch and doing homework.

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A new and wonderful hymn discovery. It’s dusky here and I’ve got a hymn called “Lead Kindly Light” on my mind. Audrey Assad does it beautifully.

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Easter update. Easter Sunday was glorious here. I was the bunny for my parents and Daniel and they all liked their Easter baskets. Mom was my bunny and got me a boatload of chocolate, most of which I’m stockpiling for when PMS hits again in a few weeks. I’m actually able to stomach it again (thanks omeprazole!) and I think the best part of the basket thus far has been the Fererro Rocher eggs.

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A new addiction. I managed to pick up a new online addiction over Lent: Reddit! I really like the “Ask Reddit” subreddit and have become active on it.

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A hymn for this weekend. I seriously adore “O Sons and Daughters of the King” which is usually sung on the Second Sunday of Easter for Episcopalians. Here it is in English and in Latin:

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Some Star Wars fun. I think y’all need to see this religious Star Wars protest. (HT: Reddit)

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Special intention. I’d really appreciate if you could keep a special intention in prayer for me. Please and thank you!

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: April 17, 2017

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… cloudy but warm. I hope it stays nice for when I go walk in a little bit.

I am thinking… about homework that I have due tomorrow in two classes.

I am thankful… for a meaningful Holy Week and a lovely Easter.

One of my favorite things… Lipton Pure Leaf Raspberry Tea. It’s nicest ice-cold when I’m studying.

I am wearing… navy short-sleeved shirt and jeans.

I am creating… PowerPoint presentations for my PowerPoint class

I am reading… Spiritual Sobriety by Elizabeth Esther.

I am hoping… Daniel is in a good mood and sleeps in his own bed tonight.

I am learning… about corporations and journal entries for the sale of stock.

In my kitchen… I had ham and cheese on crackers for lunch.

In the school room… Daniel is loving school.

Post Script… this video of brothers pranking their sister with a zombie outbreak is awesome!!!! My evil twin would totally have done something like this to me when I was getting mine out.

Shared Quote… “Every story of conversion is the story of a blessed defeat.” — C.S. Lewis

A moment from my day… Two pictures from yesterday in my “pretty clothes”.

Me in my pretty dress

Daniel and me after church

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If I Had Not Given My Blog Up For Lent…

First of all…

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told you about the last week of Winter Quarter when Daniel’s ADHD meds appeared to have just crapped out. I spent three nights dealing with him hitting me, screaming, and spitting before I could get a doctor’s appointment on that Friday and we almost ended up having to take him to the ER on that Wednesday night because he was so out of control. It turns out that he had an ear infection in his right ear and the same drippy throat he gave me and he wasn’t sleeping because he was so uncomfortable. (Funny story: when his incredibly awesome pediatrician moved to examine her, he said, “no touch!” very sternly. Yeah, no. When you are preventing Mommy from sleeping and getting homework done, you lose your right to not be examined.) Some antibiotics and Dimetapp got him back to almost normal.

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have commented on Mike Pence and the Billy Graham rule and M@tt W@lsh’s stupid assertions on the subject by doing a 7 Quick Takes post of 7 reasonable occasions when men and women should be allowed to meet alone.

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told you how much I adore the first Sunday of Lent in the Episcopal church because it’s the Sunday we sing the Great Litany and my choir here in Washington spreads out in a U-shape around the congregation and passes each petition from person to person. It’s liturgy geek nirvana!

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would tell you about how much in love I am with Audrey Assad and how her song “I Shall Not Want” has been in my head and leading me to pray.

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have shared our Palm Sunday anthem with you so you could get it stuck in your heads too!

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told you about doing Confession with my priest on March 28th and why I do it as an Episcopalian. Lots of tears on my part (it had been 4 years since I had done it) but it was worth it and very healing. She also did Anointing for the Sick on me because of all the scars on my arms. (Can we just say that it had been a bad weekend and leave it at that?)

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told you about Maundy Thursday at my church and the quick Eucharist service and stripping of the altar before heading to the fellowship hall for pizza and a finger food potluck interspersed with foot-washing. There were so few of us that Helen (my priest) invited us up into the chancel area for the Eucharistic prayer. My congregation was joined by the Spanish-speaking congregation so it was a bilingual Eucharist and the Communion hymn was “We’ll Know They Are Christians By Their Love” which *TOTALLY* is appropriate when you have the two congregations mixing and Communion being given in two languages. It was one of those moments that is a glimpse of heaven and filled me with joy at being Christian and experiencing it.

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told you about Helen convincing the kiddos in the Spanish congregation to let her wash their feet and how touching it was to see her sitting on the floor with one of the two year olds and his very somber face while she stuck his feet in a Rubbermaid container of water and chattered at him in Spanish. When she was washing the feet of one of the little girls, I almost offered her the nail polish in my purse that I keep for pedicures but I didn’t know if her parents would have been OK with her getting her fingers or toes painted. Meanwhile, Helen’s oldest son washed my feet and gave me one of the best footrubs I’ve had.

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told how much I loved my Lenten discipline of reading only religious books and reading instead of surfing Facebook while I am out and about. I finished Father Tim’s Church Survival Guide by Fr. Tim Schenck and Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus by James Martin, S.J. before picking up Spiritual Sobriety by Elizabeth Esther.

So glad to be back with y’all!

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 26, 2017

For Today… February 26, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dusk. It started out snowing this morning but got fairly nice toward noon.

I am thinking… about Lent starting on Wednesday and what my Lenten sacrifices will be. I have two of them thus far and may add another.

I am thankful… that I found the words to “The Pirate and the Ninja Should Be Friends”. I’m pretty sure there’s another version out there but this works.

One of my favorite things… being able to sing. My singing voice is froggy at the moment because of my cold. Boo.

I am wearing… my blue-green shirt and jeans. Church clothes were a long-sleeved version of this shirt, black slacks, and my black boots.

I am creating… various Word documents for my assessments. I’m trying to get all my Word for the week done tonight so I’m able to get as much of my Records Management done tomorrow. That enables me to focus on Accounting.

I am reading… Father Tim’s Church Survival Guide by Tim Schenck.

I am hoping… for a chill week. Excitement is getting a bit overrated.

I am learning… about merchandise valuation.

In my kitchen… steak, baked potatoes, beans, salad, and probably ice cream for dessert.

In the school room… I have Daniel’s IEP scheduled.

Shared Quote… “The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God. What we try to keep for ourselves is just what we’re sure to lose.” — C.S. Lewis

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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:

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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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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: January 29, 2017

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It was cold, rainy, and windy with temps in the 40’s. Definitely a day to stay in!

I am thinking… about the complete fustercluck created by the Trump administration with T-Rump’s executive order on Friday. Added on and potentially worse is the fact that Trump shook up the National Security Council, removing people who actually *KNOW* something about national security and instead naming his white supremacist advisor to it. #SoAshamedofThePresident #TraitorInChief

I am thankful… for Federal Judge Ann Donnelly who issued the emergency stay preventing some of the people affected from being deported. I am also profoundly thankful for all the lawyers who rushed to airports around the country to help out those affected, working pro-bono.

One of my favorite things… having a governor who goes down and protests with the people at Sea-Tac.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were a navy blue fitted tee, my black paisley skirt, my black cardigan, black tights, and my black flats. After church, I traded my skirt and tights for jeans and my cardigan for a navy fleece.

I am creating… documents for my MS Word Skills Assessment.

I am watching… reruns of “The Big Bang Theory”.

I am hoping… T-Rump’s executive order can be thrown out completely on the grounds that it’s unconstitutional. I’d also like Steve Bannon taken off the National Security Council but that might be a bit too much to hope for this week.

I am learning… about reversing entries in accounting.

In my kitchen… Mom made garlic parmesan chicken for Sunday dinner.

In the school room… Daniel has tomorrow off for a teacher in-service day.

Post Script… here is the GoFundMe site for the mosque in Texas that burned down right after T-Rump issued the executive order.

Shared Quote…

Worth thinking about.

A moment from my day…

Maybe I've been a bit too political this weekend.

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