The Simple Woman’s Daybook: August 20, 2017

For Today… August 20, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It was in the high 70’s today. We’ve got 92% of the sun obscured up here so it should be interesting tomorrow.

I am thinking… about the political situation in this country.

I am thankful… that many people clicked on the links I shared in my Quick Takes this past week. I know not everyone agrees with my viewpoint on this blog, so I was really thankful that people did read what I shared.

One of my favorite things… lamb gyros. I just found a local source so I’m really happy.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were a black patterned top, black slacks, my black cardigan, and black flats. Regular clothes were my blue-green fitted tee and black capris.

I am creating… notes on my Business English book. Woo.

I am watching… the news.

I am hoping… the next 2.5 weeks until kiddo goes back to school goes quickly. He’s chomping at the bit and he really does like having the scheduled time he has in the classroom.

I am learning… how my Sacred Ordinary Days planner works.

In my kitchen… pork roast, corn, potatoes, and salad for dinner with pie and ice cream for dessert.

In the school room… waiting for kiddo to get his school supply list in the mail.

Post Script… sharing this beautiful piece from Ann Voskamp.

Shared Quote…

Some words from JFK.

A moment from my day…

Some good advice.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: August 6, 2017

For Today… August 6, 2017

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Looking out my window… dusk. The air still has a lot of forest fire smoke from British Columbia but it’s getting better.

I am thinking… about blood sugar issues.

I am thankful… my pharmacist refused to fill my Urgent Care doctor’s script for Glyburide. Apparently, people with a sulfa allergy shouldn’t have it and my Urgent Care doctor missed it!

One of my favorite things… all the things I’m not supposed to eat!

I am wearing… black fitted tee from Old Navy and jeans capris from Fred Meyer. I wore this with black flats for church and black flip-flops the rest of the day.

I am creating… this entry. πŸ™‚

I am listening to… the sounds of the dryer and Daniel playing with his toys.

I am hoping… the kiddo goes down easily tonight. I don’t want a repeat of last night.

I am learning… about non-verbal communication.

In my kitchen… pork chops, potatoes, salad, and a peach-blueberry crumble with mountain huckleberry ice cream for dessert.

In the school room… kiddo goes back on September 6th.

Post Script… some levity for your week.

Shared Quote… “Hope is the virtue of a heart that doesn’t lock itself into darkness, that doesn’t dwell on the past, but is able to see a tomorrow.” — Pope Francis

A moment from my day… One of our hymns this morning:

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7 Quick Takes: 17 Years of Blogging!

7 Quick Takes

July 19th was my 17th blogiversary and it passed quietly because of school and things in my personal life. As a way of ignoring the crappy health news I got today, here are are some ways my life has changed since I started blogging on July 19, 2000.

— 1 —

I’ve come full-circle in terms of relationships. When I started this blog, I was dating Jon. Then we went through our long engagement, marriage, a short separation, and now divorce. It’s a painful realization in a lot of ways but it also provides me with a record of the good times that I can look back upon eventually.

— 2 —

I have lived in five states. I had spent my life in California and was living with my parents over the summer before my senior year of college. Since then, I have lived in: Ohio, Minnesota, Montana, California (again), and now Washington. I’m glad to have had these experiences in seeing how people across the country live.

— 3 —

I am no longer vegetarian. I added meat back into my diet in December 2000 and while I don’t eat a lot of it, I have not given it up again except for Lenten purposes.

— 4 —

I have stopped coding largely by hand. For the first year, I coded by hand and then went to Livejournal, two iterations of Greymatter, Movable Type, back to Greymatter, b2, and then WordPress 12ish years ago. It’s good to know how to do some of it still so I can fix sidebars but I’d have to learn PHP to be able to create my own themes.

— 5 —

I’m Episcopalian again. At the time I started blogging, I was attending my Episcopal church at home and then attending an evangelical church at school. Eventually, I attended an LCMS church, went ELCA for 10 years, AALC for three years, and then became Episcopalian again.

— 6 —

I have 1.5 degrees and am getting another one. I graduated with my B.A. 11 months after starting the blog, worked on an MTS, and am now doing an ATA.

— 7 —

I’m missing a body part or two. I gave up my gallbladder in 2005 and there is less liver than there was originally due to scar tissue from the gallbladder issues.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: August 1, 2017

For Today… August 1, 2017

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Looking out my window… dark. It’s supposed to start getting hotter until temps peak in the high 80’s/low 90’s on Wednesday or Thursday. Oh freaking joy…

I am thinking… about my Interpersonal Communications homework that is due on Wednesday night. I have the second of two chapters left to read and then the quiz, the reports, and journals to complete. If I can get the reading done tomorrow, I can take the quiz and try to get the rest of the writing done tomorrow night, leaving me 24 hours before the due date in case of emergencies.

I am thankful… for this piece by Simcha Fisher. Many people have no idea what true poverty looks like and they need to check their privilege. Then again, most people who get cranky about this piece don’t give a rat’s butt about the idea of privilege so I guess I’m just preaching to the choir?

One of my favorite things… chewing ice. It’s a bad habit but a comforting one, having been through two abdominal surgeries and having a GI tract that gets cranky.

I am wearing… jammies. My Online Debate Team shirt (so many people on the Internet are wrong-headed) and black sweats.

I am creating… this post and one for my 17th blogging anniversary which was July 17th.

I am listening to…delta waves music on YouTube to try to get to sleep.

I am hoping… General John Kelly can get the White House and Trump administration in general under control. It’s been daily scandals since January 20th and the voters who elected 45 in November should be ashamed of how they’ve effed up the country.

I am learning… about emotion and language in communication.

In my kitchen… Chinese food from Haggen.

In the school room… Daniel is off until September. I need to get some dry-erase markers so he can practice his penmanship.

Post Script… I had no idea this existed!

Shared Quote… “Prudence means practical common sense, taking the trouble to think out what you are doing and what is likely to come of it.” — C.S. Lewis

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: July 26, 2017

For Today… July 26, 2017

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Looking out my window… dark. It was sunny with temps in the upper 70’s today and was pretty uncomfortable to sit in the sun!

I am thinking… about culture and non-verbal communication.

I am thankful… for Senator Tammy Duckworth speaking out today on 45’s decision to bar transgendered soldiers from the military. I tend to listen to her over 45 because she’s actually *SERVED* (and in a war with which she disagreed) and she gave her legs and the use of one of her arms in combat.

In case you don’t know how awesome she is, watch this:

One of my favorite things… ice chips. I have a bad habit of chewing them.

I am wearing… jammies. I was wearing a black fitted tee and jeans earlier.

I am creating… this entry.

I am listening to… Daniel babbling.

I am hoping… my kiddo goes to sleep soon.

I am learning… about the self and communication. It’s fascinating stuff!

In my kitchen… Mom was making pesto earlier with basil from the garden.

In the school room… Daniel has 1 day of ESY left.

Post Script… this is pretty amazing. Concertgoers at Hyde Park in London gathered to see Green Day perform but grew so sick of waiting for them to get on stage that a mass singalong of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen took place.

Shared Quote…

Why we should care

A moment from my day… Some songs from middle and high school that popped into my head.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: July 17, 2017

For Today… July 17, 2017

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Looking out my window… dark. It was nice and sunny today with temps in the mid 70’s. At the beach, it was lovely.

I am thinking… about the two journal entries, report, and quiz I have due on Wednesday night.

I am thankful… for time with a dear friend today.

One of my favorite things… walking in the water on the beach.

I am wearing… jammies. I was wearing my shirt from VBS this morning with jeans capris from Fred Meyer. In the afternoon, I was wearing swim suit pieces from L.L. Bean and Lands’ End.

I am creating… this blog post. πŸ™‚

I am watching… COPS. It’s a guilty pleasure.

I am hoping… to get everything essential done tomorrow for my classes.

I am learning… about interpersonal communication and social media.

In my kitchen… Dad made shrimp pasta last night.

In the school room… Daniel is loving ESY.

Post Script… This is really worth watching!

Shared Quote…

True dat.

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7 Quick Takes: Ask Me Anything Edition

7 Quick Takes

With the quarter starting for me this week, I’ve had a couple “get to know you” questions that have gotten asked by my instructor in addition to some questions people have asked me. πŸ™‚

— 1 —

What do you like to do when you are not working or studying? SLEEP! πŸ™‚ I also read too much, blog, hit the beach with Daniel (which I did today), search for the best iced vanilla lattΓ© with whole milk (the current winner: Diedrich Espresso), and crochet.

— 2 —

How does your online class work? It uses a learning management system called Canvas that is similar to Moodle or Blackboard. I login to the site using my school email address and click on the class on which I want to work at that moment. There’s usually a clickable copy of the syllabus and a list of learning modules and I click on one of them to do it. My instructors can create quizzes and tests online which I have until 11:59 p.m. on the due date to take and I can turn work in as well by uploading it to the site. There is almost always a discussion board on which we have to post and frequently, several of the assignments call for us to post something (and sometimes link a file) and then reply to two other classmates’ posts. (We can reply to as many people as we want usually.)

For my Microsoft Office classes, my school has used SNAP for evaluations but thankfully, they are moving away from it because it was a piece of crap last year — it crashed my laptop on a regular basis so I’d have to go do evaluations on the computers in two of the labs on campus in case something happened. I think the worst time was during my Excel/Access class when one of the Access skills exercises crashed 4 of the computers in the lab and then crashed my instructor’s office computer three times! She finally just opened up Access and told me to do some random things so she could give me the points.

— 3 —

Why did you choose Accounting? When I was working at the import brokerage in Montana from 2007 to 2010, they couldn’t find enough work for me to do within my job description so they asked our billing lead if she had anything I could do to help her. She had me help with some of her USDA vet bills twice a week and I found that to be kind of fun. When I had to find another job when I moved to southern California in 2010, most of the admin assistant ones wanted A/R or A/P (accounts receivable or accounts payable) experience and I didn’t know that the vet bills counted. When I moved up to Washington last year, Mom offered to pay for me to take a couple classes and I decided to take Practical Accounting and Excel/Access… and I fell in love.

— 4 —

What goes in your beach bag? I usually have… spare clothes for Daniel/me, Coppertone Waterbabies sunscreen, my Epi-Pen (I’m allergic to bee stings and most beaches here have a yellowjacket problem), my inhaler/spacer, children’s Benadryl (in case I get stung, it’s easier to get Benadryl down in liquid form), towels, talcum powder (yes… the Johnson & Johnson stuff that they think causes ovarian cancer — I don’t use it in my pelvic region and it’s one of the few things that gets sand off quickly which is important when you have sensory issues like mine and Daniel’s), a book, and sand toys for the kid.

— 5 —

Why don’t you homeschool Daniel? This is kind of an interesting one to get asked this week because Kelly wrote about sending Teddy and Fulton to public school!

Short answer: Because I have absolutely no desire to so!

Long answer: Kiddo needs someone to school him who understands how to reach him and help him learn in ways that I am not trained to do. All of his primary teachers have Master’s degrees in Education specializing in special education (and rare conditions, in the case of one of them) and have done their teaching hours with kiddos on the spectrum. Additionally, he gets speech/occupational/physical therapy at school and has the chance to be around other kids… which would totally NOT happen if I was homeschooling him because I’m so incredibly introverted and up until recently, kiddo couldn’t sit through a library program or well… anything except maybe AYSO VIP soccer (and I am not soccer mom material). It’s honestly a better fit for him and I’m a happier mama when I get that time to myself while he is in school.

— 6 —

How do you do school and take care of Daniel? I’m lucky enough that I can fit my classes “on the ground” into the hours when Daniel is at school. There have been a handful of times when he’s been sick or on school vacations when my mom hasn’t been able to watch him so I’ll usually just get notes from a classmate on those days. (Thankfully, I didn’t have to miss any quiz days in Accounting this year because those are quizzes I can’t make up, though she drops our three lowest scores so I’d be able to toss a couple of the ones I’d miss.)

As far as homework goes, kiddo LOVES his tablet so I would usually work on things either during his school day or in the evenings when he would be on his tablet or asleep. I plan online tests around his school schedule and when he’s asleep. On weekends, he has the ability to play independently so I’ll usually curl up with my laptop and any appropriate books while I keep an ear out for him.

— 7 —

What recommendations do you have for teaching kids about the church year? This is not my strength so I recommend you check out Jessica Snell’s list of resources, Kendra @ Jenna’s book, The Lazy Liturgical. Given that I run with bloggers who do this legitimately well, I can’t think of anyone else that would be recommended more highly than these three. (Oh yes, Jessica actually edited a series of books on this as well.)

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