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

— 1 —

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!!!

— 2 —

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.

— 3 —

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.

— 4 —

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…

— 5 —

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

— 1 —

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.

— 2 —

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:

— 5 —

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: August 28, 2017

For Today… August 28, 2017

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Looking out my window… dusk. It got up to almost 90F here which is icky because of the humidity. It’s not as bad Ohio was though. *shudders*

I am thinking… about the school year for Daniel which starts in 9 days. (Nope… totally not counting down…)

I am thankful… for my mom replacing my NOOK which broke on New Year’s Day. Usually, my electronics/computer stuff are named after titles for Orthodox priest’s wives; but Mom convinced me to name it Edda after my black literary cat of beauty who disappeared almost three years ago.

EddaEdda's cover

One of my favorite things… ice chips.

I am wearing… jammies. Clothes today were an indigo v-necked shirt and black capris.

I am creating… a baby blanket for a friend due in November.

I am reading… Killer Gourmet by G.A. McKevett

I am hoping… for decent sleep tonight and that my conversation with Social Security goes well tomorrow.

I am learning… how to eat for type 2 diabetes.

In my kitchen… a quesadilla made with leftover tri-tip earlier.

In the school room… 9 days to go. Hopefully, the school supply list arrives soon.

Post Script… Because you *TOTALLY* need instructions for making a cape from “Game of Thrones”.

Shared Quote… “What I want to measure, what I can control, is my own response to life’s challenges.” — Rhoda Janzen

A moment from my day…

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7 Quick Takes: Total Eclipse of the Blog Edition

7 Quick Takes

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The eclipse here in the Pacific Northwest. I was honestly underwhelmed by it here in northern Washington. We were at 92% of totality here so I expected it to be darker — it was kind of dusky out but not amazing. I wasn’t outside though and my parents told me that it dropped about 10 degrees temperature-wise and the bees were completely still on the flowers the entire 2+ minutes.

I did watch it going over Jackson Hole, Wyoming on TV and that was pretty amazing, especially seeing the sun’s rays hitting Grand Teton as the moon was done passing by.

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Neighbors in Faith. Last night, I attended a presentation on Islam by Pastor Terry Kyllo of Neighbors in Faith. Pastor Terry used to be one of the clergy that rotated through my Episcopal church when they were part of a Lutheran-Episcopal cluster so I knew him. It was a wonderful presentation and I wanted to share the following resources with y’all.

Islam Fact Check
The Islamophobia Network
An Open Letter to Al-Baghdadi
A Common Word (includes reading lists!)
A Journalist’s Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists

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Seriously?!?!? Here’s a map of the most hated food in each state. I can understand hating some things like Chick-Fil-A or mayonnaise on fries but there are people out there that hate pesto?!?!?!? (The store-bought stuff is nasty but the homemade stuff is AWESOME.)

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Cat therapy for autistic kids. This might explain why my kiddo is a social butterfly. (She also absolutely loves the videos she has seen of Iris and her Maine Coon kitty Thula.)

— 5 —

Because heros! My college friend Becca is on a blog tour promoting her latest release. Here is a guest post on her top 10 favorite heros/heroines.

— 6 —

This is true for me. Apparently, you commit things to memory more effectively when you write them by hand. This is why I did better on quizzes this summer when I wrote down notes by hand instead of just reading.

— 7 —

Whyyyyyyyyyyy???????? I’m really grumping about the Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis when I get news like this.

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

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: August 20, 2017

For Today… August 20, 2017

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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 13, 2017

For Today… August 13, 2017

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Looking out my window… sunny. We finally (!!!) got rain last night and it was sprinkling this morning. Despite there being two of my migraine triggers present, I wish it had kept raining.

I am thinking… about Charlottesville, my own privilege, and the need to speak out and say, as a white woman, that the neo-Nazi crap going on there is abhorrent.

I am thankful… for last night. My youngest cousin called to let us know that she and her mom had just bought her wedding dress and she was coming up to show it to my grandmother. When we were taking the pictures with her and grandma (who was miraculously alert and smiling), we discovered that the portrait of my late grandfather in his Navy uniform was photobombing them. We had a good laugh and got teary because we miss him and photobombing them is totally something he would have enjoyed doing. (My cousin and I were beloved by him so she’s ecstatic that he was there in spirit last night.)

One of my favorite things… sleep. I’m not getting enough of it.

I am wearing… my blue-green fitted tee and jeans. Church clothes were the tee with black slacks, my black cardigan, and my black flats.

I am creating… my last two reports and journals for my Interpersonal Communications class.

I am listening to… the Andante movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in D Major Op. 28.

I am hoping… what I just ate and drank will get my blood sugar to where it needs to be and I won’t feel so hypoglycemic.

I am learning… the fingers that are least painful to prick with my glucometer. I am also trying to get a baseline for what “normal” should feel like.

In my kitchen… just noshed on some Chinese pork.

In the school room… class ends for me this week (4 chapters to outline for the quiz, 2 reports, and 2 journals due on Wednesday) and then I get to spend some time outlining the Business English textbook so I can test out of the class.

Post Script… my dear friend Priest’s Wife is blogging about fasting while on a ketogenic diet.

Shared Quote…

Something to think about.

A moment from my day… Our opening hymn.

Closing Notes: My priest made an interesting point this morning. She commented that it is an example of white privilege that she was able to step away from the Internet and all the coverage of Charlottesville to go help at a community event raising money for the local theater. For many people, the presence of the jerks in Charlottesville is not something that they can escape. I have friends whose relatives were in concentration camps, whose family members perished, and for whom the neo-Nazi presence was a reminder that there are people there who want to kill them and their children for being Jewish or of Jewish extraction.

For people of color, they are reminded every day of their lower status in America and quite a few people have commented that if the protesters with tiki torches had been African-American, the National Guard would have been called in to quell the protest. Others have offered equivocations that the Antifa and BLM are as bad as the neo-Nazis and that’s utter bullshit. First of all, most of the Antifa just want to go cause mayhem — seriously, even anarchists disavow association with them. Secondly, BLM is largely peaceful but white people are incredibly threatened by them marching that law enforcement tends to go overboard. The neo-Nazis in Charlottesville look like a bunch of frat boys in their khakis and polo shirts — they haven’t experienced a day of persecution in their lives!

White people need to speak up and condemn these acts. Yes, crap does happen where African-Americans yell epithets at white folks — I experienced it living in Columbus, Ohio. However, I didn’t take it as personally as I could have because I knew that there was a lot of hurt and anger behind it that spans generations and that they were dealing with things that I would never experience. I have never had a landlord refuse to rent to me because of the color of my skin, I never had to attend a school that was sub-par because of the neighborhood in which it was located, and while my dad’s family fled persecution in Ireland in the 19th century and weren’t allowed into the States (long story), my ancestors were never considered mere pieces of property.

White people enjoy a very privileged status in this country and we need to use that privilege to SPEAK UP when there is injustice being committed. If a friend lost a family member or had a tragedy happen, you would speak up. Guess what? There are a number of communities in this country whose lives and well-being are threatened by the men marching in Charlottesville and WE NEED TO SAY SOMETHING.

J.K. Rowling delivers as usual.

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