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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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: April 8, 2018

For Today… April 8, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook

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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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: April 2, 2018

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

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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7 Quick Takes: Music for Holy Week Edition

7 Quick Takes

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“Ah Holy Jesus”. I’m wishing we had sung this tonight.

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“My Song Is Love Unknown” by Fernando Ortega. I love that he doesn’t shy away from the verses on the Crucifixion.

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“O Sacred Head Now Wounded” by Fernando Ortega. This one gets sung a lot by everyone on Good Friday.

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“Now We Join In Celebration”. This is my favorite ELCA communion hymn.

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“Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” This is another one we sing often on Good Friday.

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“Jesus, In Your Dying Woes” There are 21 verses of this. During Tenebrae services in the ELCA, we would sing 3 verses after each of the 7 “last words” of Christ.

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“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Fernando Ortega. This is another one that gets sung quite a bit this week.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: March 25, 2018

For Today… March 25,

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. We had sun for most of the day and then some showers in the evening.

I am thinking… about a baby shower I’m planning.

I am thankful… for my church. They were really patient when I had Daniel with me last Sunday… and he started doing an interpretive dance to the Offertory Anthem.

They also took part in March for Our Lives yesterday.

One of my favorite things… Holy Week.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes today were my Hawaiian shirt, a white tank, black skirt, and black flats. Regular clothes were my grey heather long-sleeved shirt and jeans.

I am creating… a baby blanket.

I am listening to… this:

I am hoping… my divorce papers get signed this week.

In my kitchen… I went out to Olive Garden with a friend tonight.

In the school room… Daniel has one week left before Spring Break.

Post Script… there is orange snow in Europe!

Shared Quote… “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ? Søren Kierkegaard

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