7 Quick Takes: Birthday Girl Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Birthday girl. So tomorrow is my 37th birthday. I pondered doing video takes like I did last year but I’m dealing with cold/allergies/asthma exacerbation so I’m feeling like I want to just go with the flow this year and do normal takes.

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Plans for my natal feast. I’m headed to Anacortes with a friend tomorrow who wants to show me some of their favorite places and we have my evil twin and his long-suffering wife coming to dinner on Saturday night. My BFF Rebecca’s present arrived today ($tarbux — she knows me well 🙂 ) and I have the promise of gift cards to Old Navy and Kohl’s from my parents so I can start rebuilding my professional wardrobe.

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I love my family. I shared this article to my evil twin’s wall:

The article on my brother's wall.

The following discussion resulted (thus far):

The resulting discussion.

I can just see my sister-in-law’s eyes rolling now!

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Danielism #1. When he’s in time-out and he wants to get up, he’ll say “Sorry. Up?” to me. It’s adorable… and doesn’t work unless it’s time for him to get up.

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Danielism #2. When I told him that it was time for his evening meds, he raced downstairs ahead of me. When I got to the kitchen, he handed me his peanut butter jar and a spoon and said, “Pee boah meds shower.” (Translation: “peanut butter, meds, shower”.) It’s the order of the starting things for his bedtime routine so it was nice to hear him tell me that part of his schedule.

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Because cute. Usually, after he gets his shower, he goes and hangs out with my mom while she watches The Big Bang Theory so I can have my shower and not have to worry about him doing things like putting kitty litter in the bleach dispenser of the washer or climbing on the roof. Anyway, I ended up taking my shower early last Friday (before he got home from school) so I was just sitting in my room listening for him when I heard him heading toward my mom’s room. Then it got quiet. About 15 minutes later, he came to my room and told me he wanted milk. As I was walking downstairs past my mom’s room, I saw his tablet and two of his blankies on her bed. Apparently, he automatically took everything in there after his shower because that’s what he does (almost) every day and it was time. Mom was in heaven because apparently, he was being extra cuddly that night.

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You know you might be an Accounting geek when… I’m going to be getting my laundry and folding it after I get this up. My bribe for doing that: getting to do my Accounting homework!

Yes, I am a geek. I embrace this.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: May 14, 2017

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny with some clouds. We’ve gotten sprinkled a couple times but it’s nice enough out right now.

I am thinking… about what I have due over the next couple of days. All of my PE 100 stuff has to be in tonight, Accounting homework is due tomorrow morning, and I have stuff for my other classes due at various points on Tuesday.

I am thankful… for good worship this morning. It’s always good when I feel connected in prayer and in receiving the Eucharist.

One of my favorite things… calmness and quiet in the house. Mom and my uncle are cooking downstairs and Daniel is in his room currently.

I am wearing… my Cougars shirt and jeans. I hate the Cougars about as much as I hate Ohio State… but my youngest cousin Sarah (recent WSU grad) is coming to dinner tonight and I love Sarah so I’m wearing the shirt. (It’s also very warm.) Church clothes this morning were my turquoise/black/white bokeh dress, black camisole, black cardigan, and black flats.

I am creating… spreadsheets for my Accounting homework and message board entries for my PE class.

I am listening to… “Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson.

I am hoping… this chapter’s book work for PowerPoint isn’t boring. I love creating and manipulating presentations but not so much the reading about it.

I am learning… how to do the indirect method for a statement of cash flows.

In my kitchen… ling cod tonight with various salads and potatoes and macaroons with ice cream for dessert.

In the school room… Daniel’s teachers are working with him on getting him to stop hitting.

Post Script… I’d like to share this for those whose mothers or mothers-in-law are toxic people. I’m very lucky to have a wonderful mom but some people aren’t that lucky.

Shared Quote… “We are mirrors whose brightness, if we are bright, is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.” — C.S. Lewis

A moment from my day… My first Mother’s Day 8 years ago.

The kidlet and me on our first Mother's Day in 2009.

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7 Quick Takes: The End of a Long Week Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Must rewatch this. Anyone else agree that the version of Anne of Green Gables with Megan Follows is a tough act to replace?

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Accounting. It was a difficult test on Monday (I couldn’t even find some of that stuff in the book!) but I pulled a 94 on it so I’m pretty happy. 🙂

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Duuuuuuuude… Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano lost its Kamokuna lava delta last week. The video of this is incredible and it’s proof that the world continues to change around us.

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o.O This is just… wow.

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Mother’s Day flowers. One of the women in my Accounting class got daffodils to give to all the mothers she knows… including pet mamas. It was really sweet and meant that almost all of the women in our class ended up with flowers.

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Music Take #1. This is one of my favorite hymns and she does it beautifully.

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Music Take #2. This is a song I *ALWAYS* sing along to when it comes on the radio when I’m driving. It was one that helped me deal with everything going on in the summer of 2015.

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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: 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!