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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7 Quick Takes: First Week of School Edition

7 Quick Takes

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A bootylicious bone broth recipe. Because I completely spaced on it being Thursday and had nothing better to do tonight before this than download accounting software or talk on the phone to boys, my Quick Takes are late and I saw what Kelly posted beforehand… which means I can *TOTALLY* share her recipe for bone broth. Apparently, it’s guaranteed to make my loser liver into one that’s bootylicious. Score!

Oh… a memo to my liver: remember our deal! I don’t drink alcohol and you don’t crap out on me before I turn 40. You better not die before May 19, 2020! I don’t want to have to depend on the Evil Twin to keep his liver pristine enough to give a piece!!!

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Back to school again. In case you missed my *AWESOME* daybook post this week with a fabulous photo of me with freshly-washed hair, I started school again on Monday and I’m all online this quarter. I’m taking a class on electronic communication (basically Outlook/Skype/business apps), a class on Sage’s accounting software, an online PE class, and a church finance class through CDSP.

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Wait, Jen. Online PE??? Yep… online PE. I have a book to read, a discussion board post weekly, and a report to send to my instructor weekly of my exercise logged (30 minutes of something physical x 5 days/week). In theory, I could lie through my teeth about getting all that exercise but I would end up screwing myself over because my aim this quarter is to incorporate some movement into my day.

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Geeky linguistic fun. Here’s a map of the most common surnames in Europe by country. Why is it geeky linguistic fun? Well, the blogger follows it with an explanation of what each name means and mentions that in Iceland, there is still a patronomic system in place. Duuuuude…

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Prerequisite baseball take. My Giants are unfortunately at the bottom of the National League. 🙁 (Can we say bad trade decisions?) Even worse news: the Dodgers clinched a playoff spot. At least the Cubs are in and if I have to root for the American league, I can root for Boston.

The match-up that would guarantee me boycotting the Word Series: Dodgers vs. Indians. Because Cleveland teams are horrible (other examples: the loser Cavs and the Browns who are consistently at the bottom of the NFL *EVERY* year) and the Dodgers are the archnemesis of my Giants.

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Music take #1. This is one of my favorite hymns and I love the setting by Michael Card.

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Music take #2. I’ve loved this song since seminary and I used to sing it to Daniel as a lullaby.

For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum.

7 Quick Takes: My Laptop Is Back Edition

7 Quick Takes

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My laptop is back! For those who remember the Babylonian Captivity of My Former Laptop at the hands of HP (go check out my December 2013 and January 2014 archives), I want to say that Best Buy and Geek Squad get my unwavering seal of approval and my business from here on out. Geek Squad had my laptop fixed and back to me within a week FOR FREE. Their customer service people are also phenomenal.

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Holy cougar issues, Batman! The Gainesville Police Department shared a picture of three of their officers headed out on shift and well… the officers were “hella fine” and attracted the cat-calling of a number of women on Facebook. Two of them are married (God bless their wives!) and the third (who is single) is being placed in “Cougar Prey Protective Care”. Other officers in the police department have jumped in to “help” and the Sarasota Police Department came to Gainesville’s aid.

I guess there are now plans for a calendar featuring all of them with the money going toward cleaning up after Hurricane Irma?

— 3 —

Amazing. Shawn Colvin looks great for 51 years old and this is an amazing arrangement.

— 4 —

Because I can cut and paste links again! I can embed Youtube links again (had to be able to cut and paste the code into this entry) so here is what popped into my head:

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Another song from my chaotic mind. I get diverse earworms. 🙂 Actually, I love singing Gospel and folk music so this one isn’t the most surprising.

— 6 —

Not in *MY* country!!!! I am horrified that people tried to hang an 8 year old biracial boy. Seriously, there aren’t enough expletives to describe my rage at this!!!!!!!!

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Prerequisite school take. I start back to school next week and I am so excited! I got my books on Tuesday and I can’t wait to dig into the one on Sage (accounting software)!

— Bonus —

A hymn for today. Today is Holy Cross day so here’s a hymn:

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: September 12, 2017

For Today…

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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!

For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: September 5, 2017

For Today… September 5, 2017

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Looking out my window… smoky from all the fires in the west.

I am thinking… about tomorrow morning and the process to get ready and get Daniel on his bus with all his school supplies.

I am thankful… that when my mom offered to replace my laptop for Christmas two years ago, she got me a Geek Squad protection plan. My little miscreant removed part of my CD-ROM so it is currently off being repaired free of charge and I am typing this on my NOOK tablet!

One of my favorite things… rain. I hope we get some soon!

I am wearing… my black “Nevertheless, she persisted” shirt and black jeans.

I am creating… nothing at the moment.

I am listening to… the A/C because it is too smoky to have windows open.

I am hoping… the nighttime Dimatapp knocks Daniel out and my Benadryl does the same.

I am learning… Business English stuff for the challenge test I have to take this quarter.

In my kitchen… some chow mein and leftover Chinese pork.

In the school room… Daniel is chomping at the bit to go back tomorrow!

Shared Quote… “Comparison is the thief of joy.” –Theodore Roosevelt

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7 Quick Takes: Pity Party Edition

7 Quick Takes

I pondered writing this at 3:15 a.m. when I was up with Daniel so… here is my pity party of things I’m missing.

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Sleep. The kid was up between 1-5 a.m. this morning. 6 more days until he starts school and I can go back to sleep after getting him on the bus!

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My massage therapist in Galt. I saw a massage therapist almost the whole time we lived in Galt (2011-2014). It was helpful for my fibromyalgia and she kept my neck and shoulders worked out. I could seriously use her right now!

— 3 —

Obama. I miss having a president who was intelligent, classy, ethical, and *NOT* 45. Seriously, even my diehard Republican friends who didn’t vote for him even miss him!

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Sugary cereal. Given that I live with my health-nut parents, Lucky Charms and Cocoa Puffs wouldn’t be allowed in the house. They’re also pretty much verboten because of my diabetes. However, I’d still give almost anything for a bowl of them.

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My Giants being a winning team. Seriously, the freaking DODGERS are at the top of the NL West. Let’s talk about how *WRONG* that is, let alone that my boys are 40 games behind them. My #2 boys (the Cardinals) are only 6 games behind the Cubs so they could still take the division if the Cubs and the Brewers lose some games.

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In-n-Out Burger. If you’ve lived anywhere in California, you will understand. They’re better than Five Guys, hands down.

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Rain. We’re having an abnormally dry summer up here in God’s Country (the Pacific Northwest) and I’d like a nice rainstorm.

For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum.