The Simple Woman’s Daybook: March 11, 2018

For Today… March 11, 2018

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Looking out my window… sunny. It’s 60F here and if I wasn’t in the middle of finals, I’d see about taking a walk.

I am thinking… about my final Payroll quiz.

I am thankful… to have finished the last section of my Access final. As much as I love Access, this last section was the tedious Design view stuff that I hate, and there was no way to do what was needed except in that way. I’m going to walk away for 24 hours and then check it against the rubric before uploading it to submit it.

One of my favorite things… being able to streamline Payroll homework using Excel formulas.

I am wearing… my Cougars shirt and black capris. Church clothes for today were a berry-colored long-sleeved shirt, my black cardigan, black slacks, and my black flats. I’d still be wearing the shirt if I hadn’t spilled my coffee on it before church.

I am creating… Access database objects and various forms/W2’s for my Payroll class. (For those familiar with Payroll things, it’s Forms 940 and 941, California DE 88, and then all the W2’s. Whee!)

I am listening to… a lot of Fernando Ortega these days.

I am hoping… Payroll forms go quickly.

I am learning… the idea of opportunity and sunken costs in my life.

In my kitchen… probably a frozen thing for dinner.

In the school room… Daniel’s IEP is this week.

Post Script… the story of “the Hello Girls”.

Shared Quote… “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” — Albert Einstein

A moment from my day… Our anthem this morning:

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: March 5, 2018

For Today… March 5, 2018

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Looking out my window… dark. It was shirtsleeves weather today.

I am thinking… about group work in my Excel/Access class tomorrow and plotting how to deal with a difficult person in my group.

I am thankful… to have gotten tutor training done and to have gotten paid for it.

One of my favorite things… my morning latté.

I am wearing… jammies. Clothes today were black long-sleeved shirt and jeans.

I am creating… reports in Access databases.

I am reading… various things on Reddit.

I am hoping… we get a lot done tomorrow on our group project.

I am learning… how to edit reports in Design view on Access.

In my kitchen… Subway tonight. It was a busy day.

In the school room… still trying to get Daniel’s IEP together.

Post Script… this setting of a familiar hymn by Fernando Ortega. (I give his latest album 15/10. It’s meditations and music related to the crucifixion of Jesus and it is AMAZING.)

Shared Quote… “The mold in which a key is made would be a strange thing, if you had never seen a key: and the key itself a strange thing if you had never seen a lock. Your soul has a curious shape because it is a hollow made to fit a particular swelling in the infinite contours of the divine substance, or a key to unlock one of the doors in the house with many mansions.

Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it — made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.” – C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

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7 Quick Takes: Active Shooter Drill Edition

7 Quick Takes

Yes, my Quick Takes are late. I had homework due tonight for Excel/Access.

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Active shooter drill. We had an active shooter drill during my Excel/Access class today. It’s in a computer lab so we had to turn off all of the monitors in addition to flipping the lights, drawing the blinds, and locking the door. This made for a dark room (which was kind of the point) and I had to code something, so we were using my cell phone as a flashlight because an actual flashlight would have been too bright.

A message also flashes onto all of the screens in the event of an active shooter (in addition to sirens going off and an automated message playing over the loudspeakers) so it’s inconceivable that someone wouldn’t know unless they were both blind and deaf.

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Shelter-in-place drill. My school does a shelter-in-place drill quarterly and today’s happened to be an active shooter drill specifically because of the school shooting in Florida on Valentine’s Day. They take these drills very seriously and it paid off during Fall Quarter when they had to lockdown campus for a manhunt.

I find them unnerving (and today was only the second time I’ve been on campus for one), but they’re necessary these days given the fact that our government is in the pocket of the NRA and will not pass commonsense gun control legislation. (Gun control does not equal taking all of people’s guns away, contrary to what some on the rightmost fringe of the political spectrum might think.) Each instructor also has a very clear plan for what needs to happen in each classroom where they teach, and my Practical Accounting instructor admitted to spending her commute coming up with plans for these situations.

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Book recommendation. A seminary classmate of mine wrote a book. Go check it out because she is freaking awesome. Seriously. Do it now.

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Speaking of books… Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. has a new one out. It is now on my wish list.

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Must print this out to hand to people. My instructor jokes about all of us standing in the back of the room shotgunning our coffee before class. I need to print this (and a few other coffee memes) out for her.

Personning is hard without caffeine.

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Mea culpa. Why no! This one totally doesn’t describe my morning! Never!

Mea culpa.

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I need to put this on my door. It really was THAT kind of morning here…

RUN!

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 26, 2018

For Today… February 26, 2018

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Looking out my window… dark. It was cold this morning but was shirt-sleeves weather this afternoon.

I am thinking… my challenge test for Business English on Wednesday and the 7th anniversary of this on Thursday. I’m more than a little weepy about the latter.

I am thankful… for the people in my life who are praying me through this week.

One of my favorite things… this Facebook page.

I am wearing… jammies. Clothes for today were a grey heather shirt and jeans.

I am creating… forms in Access.

I am listening to… some Michael W. Smith.

I am hoping… I end up with a good group for my Access in-class project.

I am learning… how to do fun things with forms.

In my kitchen… Dad made steak last night.

In the school room… we’re trying to put together a triennial IEP in a matter of weeks instead of months.

Post Script… an amazing article by Emma González, one of the Parkland shooting survivors who is speaking out.

Shared Quote… “We are children who are being expected to act like adults, while the adults are proving themselves to behave like children.” — Emma González

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7 Quick Takes: Media-Fasting on Parkland Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Media-fasting on Parkland. I haven’t watched all the interviews and news coverage of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. I’ve read transcripts of some of the speeches and I’ve seen portions of things on YouTube, but haven’t watched hours of it on TV.

Why, do you ask, have I not watched it all?

Because this happened 17 years ago and I’m a bit salty about it happening repetitively for 17 more years. (And if the links in that entry don’t work, these links do.)

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The “good guy with a gun” theory. All you idiots who believe that the shooter would have been stopped by a “good guy with a gun” (or an armed teacher or whatever) just had your argument disproven. Also, my teacher friends (private and public school alike) all think you’re a bunch of bleeding morons for wanting to arm them.

For the idiots who want to arm teachers

The armed school officer just resigned, by the way.

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*facepalms* Let’s talk about the love evangelicals have for Trump and that he should be forgiven. You have to repent in order to be forgiven and we have yet to see Trump repent.

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Speaking of Billy Graham… I was relieved to hear that Billy Graham passed away yesterday and is with his wife Ruth again. I cannot stand his son Franklin and I hate what he has said in his father’s name, but I did respect Billy. In fact, he was one of only a handful of evangelical leaders I can stand.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Billy. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

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For teenage boys sick of YA lit. This looked interesting.

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Olympics. OMG US WOMEN’S GOLD MEDAL HOCKEY GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I only saw the last 15 minutes but it was awesome!!!

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Prayer Request. Please keep praying for a special intention. Thanks!

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 18, 2018

For Today… February 18, 2018

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Looking out my window… dark. It was snowing here this morning and then was nice and sunny (though still quite chilly in the afternoon).

I am thinking… about an email I just wrote to my attorney.

I am thankful… for the witness of the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and their commitment to making the shooting at their high school the last one.

One of my favorite things… the Great Litany. We sang it this morning as it is the First Sunday in Lent.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were my new black cardigan, black skirt, my blue-green fitted tee, black tights, and black flats. After church, I tossed on my charcoal long-sleeved shirt and jeans.

I am creating… electronic deposit slips for Payroll.

I am listening to… the Great Litany on YouTube.

I am hoping… to get both Access and Payroll completed tomorrow.

I am learning… relationship structure in databases.

In my kitchen… my dad made steak tonight.

In the school room… I caught the school district’s mistake in putting in a wrong date which would have made next year’s IEP the triennial one instead of this year’s. My “reward” is a meeting with the school psych on Tuesday to get the papers signed for testing. Oh freaking joy!

Post Script… March for Our Lives, a march on Washington to get Congress to take gun control legislation seriously.

Shared Quote… “Every single person up here today, all these people should be home grieving. But instead we are up here standing together because if all our government and President can do is send thoughts and prayers, then it’s time for victims to be the change that we need to see.” — Emma Gonzalez, student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Full remarks are here.)

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