The Simple Woman’s Daybook: December 11, 2017

For Today… December 11, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny. It’s in the 40’s but doesn’t really feel that bad out.

I am thinking… about things related to my divorce. I have various things to send to my attorney.

I am thankful… my allergy testing is over. My forearms and my left shoulder are covered with welts but those should go down soon. I’m also allowed to take all my meds again.

One of my favorite things… having the house to myself.

I am wearing… short-sleeved flag tee from Old Navy and black jeans. They needed access to my forearms and left shoulder today for the test so they asked me not to wear long sleeves.

I am creating… socks.

I am listening to… Loreena McKennitt.

I am hoping… to sleep better tonight.

I am learning… about various types of chronic pain.

In my kitchen… making lasagna, bread, and cookies to take to a friend tomorrow who just had a baby.

In the school room… Daniel is getting more and more verbal. His teachers are smitten with him.

Post Script… Regarding the war on Christmas.

Shared Quote…

Nice kitty...

A moment from my day… This was our gradual hymn yesterday. I could totally hear Loreena McKennitt recording it.

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7 Quick Takes: Coming Up On Advent Edition

7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

*facepalms* I swear… the following exchange takes place at least weekly:

Me: “45 can’t get more offensive than he did with [insert event].
45: “Hold my beer.”

Monday’s embarrassment to the country: calling Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas”… while meeting with Navajo code-talkers from WWII… while standing under a portrait of Andrew Jackson.

The Navajo Nation was not amused by this. Even better, Peter McDonald, the president of the Navajo Code Talkers, gave a beautiful speech talking about diversity making us stronger.

— 2 —

Pain is part of life. Emily DeArdo wrote a beautiful piece on the fiction of a painless life. It is definitely recommended reading, especially in light of all the “wrongful birth” lawsuits going on.

— 3 —

Holy moly. First Matt Lauer, then Garrison Keillor. Part of me wants to deny this and think this must be a witch hunt, but when you hear the details of what allegedly happened, it does appear that both of them (and everyone else) behaved improperly in some way/shape/form. Denying it, however, doesn’t fix the fact that something big had to have happened and it also invalidates the experience of anyone who has a “why me” story, myself included. I almost want to agree with Mike Pence in not being alone with a member of the opposite sex ever, but that’s also not the answer. (Not to mention, there’s nothing wrong with a meeting in a public place like Panera for something like strategic planning.)

— 4 —

Pope Francis’s words on healing. I don’t think a devotion to Christ’s wounds will fix every wound life throws at me, but it’s an interesting thought.

— 5 —

Online meetings. My Quick Takes are going up an hour late because I had to host an online meeting for school. Thankfully, it went well. 🙂 Zoom (the platform we used) is pretty cool.

— 6 —

Advent calendar fun. A few weeks ago, I posted about Jacquie Lawson and my fairy godmother (one of my mom’s college friends) sent me one of her alpine calendars this year. Yay!!!

— 7 —

Some lovely Advent music. For those looking for excellent Advent music, I offer my Advent playlist.

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

7 Quick Takes: Snarksgiving Edition

7 Quick Takes

It’s 1:30 a.m. on Black Friday and I’m up with stomach upset. (I hate Thanksgiving food for a reason.) Since I’m feeling grumpy about my icky tummy, here are the things that I am snarkily thankful for this year.

— 1 —

$tarbux cups. Because apparently, $tarbux is engaging in a massive conspiracy to erode family values by putting two hands holding each other on their Christmas cup… and those two hands might belong to a lesbian couple! I’m making sure to patronize them as *MUCH* as possible because I believe in doing my part to piss off the Religious Right at the expense of my stomach lining. 😀 (I can’t actually drink hot coffee, even diluted with milk, so my mom has been getting LOTS of coffee bought for her since the controversy started.)

— 2 —

45’s blunders. Having a complete moron as president has done *WONDERS* to bring the Democrats together and even bring some Republicans over to our side because they don’t want to be associated with our imbecilic president.

— 3 —

Living in a navy blue part of a blue state. My state has bit its thumb at 45 and his minions, and thankfully has legislation in place that would likely protect Daniel and me from any havoc 45 tries to wreak upon our lives.

— 4 —

Actual weather. Rain and strong winds are *FAR* superior to the boring sunshine and heat in southern California! (I will take the rain any day over 100+ F heat.) When I lived down there between 2010-2011, reading the L.L. Bean catalog used to depress me because I missed real autumns.

— 5 —

My sub-par Target. Having such a dismal Target in the area has made me more interested in patronizing Fred Meyer, a more local option.

— 6 —

The Women’s March. I never knew how awesome it was to wear a hot pink hat with cat ears while pissing off fat white men in MAGA hats until now! Not to mention, 45’s inauguration was a tiny crowd compared to the *MILLIONS* of people who marched on *SEVEN* continents.

— 7 —

My lack of sleep. It necessitates extra creativity on my part.

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

7 Quick Takes: I Believe Them Edition

7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

This should go without saying but… I believe Judge Roy Moore’s accusers. Why? Reasons.

— 2 —

Simcha’s take. Simcha Fisher does a fabulous job of talking about why the victims stayed quiet for so long.

— 3 —

*facepalms* I just saw the news about Al Franken and I’m pissed. Unlike Moore, however, he has apologized and I’m going to leave it up to him and the Senate to hash out his punishment because I trust him to do the right thing. (I don’t trust Moore as far as I can throw him.)

— 4 —

Crown me with many crowns… sort of. I went in for my tooth extraction on Wednesday… only to find out that they hadn’t prepped for it and were instead planning to fix one of my other teeth (a simple filling). When I got home, my dad asked why I wasn’t just getting a root canal and a crown. My answer: “Because Medicaid won’t pay for it.” He and my mom offered to pay for it (though I’m going to try and find an endodontist that takes Provider One). So… I’m making appointments for that!

— 5 —

Faith Over Fear Roadshow. I attended this wonderful talk at my church on Monday. (Shout-out to my mama who offered to babysit the kiddo so I could go!) It was wonderful to see Pastor Terry again (he was one of the clergy walking with my mom’s family when my grandfather was dying) and I loved hearing Aneelah speak. I’m bummed that the Q & A session didn’t get recorded. Our church ladies put on a fabulous coffee/tea/dessert spread afterward and the CAIR staff were blown away by the hospitality. (Given the amazing hospitality I’ve been shown at mosques I’ve visited, I’m glad they were welcomed richly and given LOTS of amazing desserts to eat!)

— 6 —

Huh. Tell me about how safe the Keystone XL pipeline was supposed to be and why building it at Standing Rock would endanger the Sioux. I effing dare you.

— 7 —

Advent calendars. Jacquie Lawson is an artist who puts together amazing e-cards and she also does beautiful interactive Advent calendars which are paired with classical or British churc music. Last year’s calendar was a beautiful English seaside village and this year’s calendar has an alpine theme. They are $4.00 apiece with discounts for multiple orders and they really are worth more than that. (I’m not one of her affiliates — I just really love her work!)

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

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: November 15, 2017

For Today… November 15, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark with rain pounding on the windows because of the wind. It’s positively lovely.

I am thinking… about the school shooting in northern California and the need to pass gun control laws with teeth.

I am thankful… to be ahead on classwork for a few days so I can chill after my tooth extraction today and not have to think about anything.

One of my favorite things… clean laundry, especially freshly-washed sheets.

I am wearing… jammies.

I am creating… nothing at the moment.

I am listening to… the wind and rain outside.

I am hoping… I did well on my Business English challenge test. (I think I did.)

I am learning… inventory stuff in Sage.

In my kitchen… I made meatloaf on Sunday. It will be smoothies for a few days though because of my jaw.

In the school room… Daniel continues to do well with school.

Shared Quote…

My life these days...

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31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: BTL

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung

I’ve debated posting on this all day because I know there are some readers who are going to be nasty about this… but it’s my blog and my life, so people are going to have to deal.

I saw one of the OB/GYN’s in town about a bilateral tubal ligation today.

Why did I do this, you ask? Because I have a disproportionately high risk of HELLP Syndrome reoccurring if I get pregnant again and this fact has been causing me mental anguish for 8 1/2 years. I’ve had people point out that I’m in the process of getting divorced and I should just cross the HELLP Syndrome bridge when I get pregnant if I ever remarry… but that kind of defeats the point of doing something to prevent it NOW when it’s messing with me and messing with mental health. Additionally, I am high enough risk that I would be on bedrest for my whole pregnancy and that doesn’t work with a kid like Daniel — I do live with my parents and they do help with Daniel but asking them to pretty much take over his care for 9 months is unfair to ask… and none of this takes into account that there is a 50% chance any future kids would be autistic to the same degree as Daniel, if not more. Given that I already struggle with balancing school (and eventually the need to make a living) and parenting already, I can’t have two kids with moderate/severe autism.

All of these things have been on my mind for the last 5-8 years and I finally talked to my regular doctor about them this summer. This all falls outside her specialty so she referred me to Women’s Health. The provider I saw today has absolutely no problem with going to bat with my insurance company for this if there’s an issue, given the issues I have with my periods and the degree to which I had HELLP with Daniel. I signed a consent form for it today and then I have to wait 30 days, see them again for a pre-op appointment, and they’ll do the procedure probably in the beginning of December.

We’ll see how this unfolds in the coming weeks…

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: The Simple Woman’s Daybook for October 8, 2017

For Today… October 8, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It started out chilly today and got up to 63F around noon. It’s now down in the low 40’s.

I am thinking… about the publicity stunt the Vice-President pulled today. He needs to reimburse taxpayers for the money he wasted. My friends who are vets (Iraq and Afghanistan) think he and 45 are both tools and point out every freaking time they are asked that they served and fought to protect the athletes’ right to protest so THEY DON’T CARE.

I am thankful… for everything going well with worship today.

One of my favorite things… being warm. I haven’t been lately. For some odd reason, I can’t deal with the drop in temperatures — I don’t know if the house is just colder or what.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were a berry-colored long-sleeved shirt from Old Navy, black slacks, and black flats. I switched out the slacks for jeans after church and spent the rest of the day usually barefoot.

I am creating… reports for Sage.

I am watching… the news.

I am hoping… Daniel sleeps through the night tonight.

I am learning… how to do transactions for a cash business in Sage

In my kitchen… I made beef stroganoff and noodles for Sunday dinner. Mom took care of the salad, beans, and pie.

In the school room… Daniel was asking to go to school when my alarm went off yesterday and today. It was adorable!

Post Script… the reason you tie shoelaces for people as a doctor.

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

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31 Days of My World As It Is Sung