The Simple Woman’s Daybook: May 6, 2018

For Today… May 6, 2018

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Looking out my window… sunny and in the 70’s. It’s so nice out that Daniel and I got some playground time in today.

I am thinking… about my group presentation for Business English this week.

I am thankful… for my grandmother telling me lucidly and clearly that she loved me when I went to visit her with Daniel yesterday.

One of my favorite things… my Integrated Projects class. I feel like I’m getting to play when I do homework for it.

I am wearing… a black shirt and jeans. My feet are bare as usual. 🙂

I am creating… documents using Word, Excel, and Access.

I am listening to… random things on iTunes.

I am hoping… that I can get everything done that is due in the next two days.

In my kitchen… I grabbed some teriyaki while I was out today.

Shared Quote… “Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly.” — Martin Luther

A moment from my day… This was on when I turned on the radio today:

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7 Quick Takes: German Earworm Edition

7 Quick Takes

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My current German earworm. I blame Bego Johnson for sharing this video of a performance of Agnes Scott College’s Sotto Voce women’s ensemble 7 years ago for this being my current earworm.

The Toronto Children’s Chorus Chamber Choir recording is the one I’ve found that has the purest tone and sounds most like what I grew up hearing. (My mama is responsible for my Baroque music addiction.)

A good translation of the German can be found here. (It’s number 2 on the list of parts of the cantata.)

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More lovely music. This is our anthem for Sunday. (My recommendations from the nice folks at YouTube are getting very interesting.)

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Tutor Tip #1. If you’re going to sit in tutoring and make nasty remarks about how horrible your instructor is, you might not want to be sitting in their class and making bitchy remarks to the people around you while your “horrible” instructor is lecturing on this week’s homework assignment that you are claiming not to understand. (I had emailed my homework in before class and ghosted class that day to avoid this person, so I heard about it after the fact from a couple of my friends who had the misfortune sitting next to the chatterbox.)

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Tutor Tip #2. If you ask someone for help, do not argue with that person when you don’t like his/her answer. People will leave the room when you walk into it because they do not want to deal with you.

If you do that to your tutor (who is helping you because he/she gets paid to do so and loves his/her job), you will be referred to your instructor for assistance and your instructor will be told WHY you are being referred to her for help (my department has all female staff), especially if you have just screamed the tutor into a puddle on the floor. Your tutor will then respond sweetly with the words “you need to talk to [Instructor]” every time you ask them for help because your tutor does not get paid enough to deal with you screaming at him/her. (My boss and the instructor in question have both explained to me that people are not allowed to yell at me and that I am completely within my rights to tell the offending person to leave.)

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Tutor Tip #3. Your instructor is not docking you points because she hates you. Your instructor is docking you points because you did not follow the instructions on her clearly-defined rubric. Telling your tutor this will result in being told that “you will know better for next week!” in a cheerful voice. (Your instructor puts these instructions on the rubric in bold formatting because she grades 120 files for just your class alone every week, and she does not want to play hide-and-go-seek with your file.)

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Tutor Tip #4. If your tutor is giving you instructions, taking notes on the instructions will cause your tutor to praise you to the heavens when your instructor walks through… and your instructor will go to her office to retrieve her gold star collection to give you one. (I kid you not — the instructor actually did this. The person being described is someone I will go out of my way to help when I am actually not on duty because he/she is polite, comes prepared EVERY TIME, takes beautiful notes, and asks questions that include the steps he/she has tried to find the answer.)

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Tutor Tip #5. Saying “please” and “thank you” to your tutor will make their day so much better. (I am thankful that most people I tutor will say those two things to me.)

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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: Tutoring Edition

7 Quick Takes

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A start to tutoring. I started doing drop-in tutoring two hours a day on Monday… AND WAS RUN OFF MY FEET FOR TWO HOURS!!!!! It was freaking **AWESOME**!!! Granted, it’s the first full week of classes so much of what I was doing was helping people get oriented to Canvas and to their classes; but I honestly loved every minute of it.

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Your reason is invalid. When older adults (let’s say late 50’s on up) tell me that they’re too old to use Facebook/learn computers, I tell them about my aunt Jean (technically, my great-aunt — she’s my grandma’s younger sister) who is a world-renowned expert on ornamental chickens, is on Facebook, still living independently with her kitties, and who just turned 95 YEARS OLD yesterday. 🙂 When skills inventories come up on Facebook, she always comments to tell me that I am never too old to learn some new skills… so get cracking!

Happy birthday, Aunt Jean! I love you!

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Lynx love. Nice kitty…

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Integrated Projects. I’m taking a class called “Integrated Projects” this quarter where we get to do projects involving the use of a bunch of Microsoft applications together. All of my classmates (at least the ones I’m blessed to see in person these days) love it and feel like it’s the class where we get to “play”.

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Cuteness overload. Dying.

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Because Maru!

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More Maru.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: April 8, 2018

For Today… April 8, 2018

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Looking out my window… grey and cloudy. We’re getting rain intermittently.

I am thinking… about what I am tutoring this week.

I am thankful… for stories of my grandfather that I got to hear this morning from an old friend of his.

One of my favorite things… memories of my beloved grandfather.

I am wearing… a berry-colored long-sleeved shirt and jeans. Church clothes were a green paisley dress and black leggings.

I am creating… a medical office handbook in Word.

I am listening to… this hymn on YouTube.

I am hoping… to get a fair amount done tonight.

I am learning… the basics of QuickBooks.

In my kitchen… I grabbed a sandwich at Subway.

In the school room… Kiddo’s Spring Break is over tomorrow and he heads back to school!

Post Script… this Twitter thread from @BestofNextDoor on football fans gone wild

Shared Quote… “But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

A moment from my day… Our offertory hymn today.

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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…

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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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