The Simple Woman’s Daybook: January 16, 2018

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. I’ve been hearing some rain hit the window and the wind blowing.

I am thinking… how miserable I feel. I’ve got bronchitis and the ER doc screwed up on Sunday night in not giving me antibiotics (or doing much of anything really) while I was there. (His bedside manner was similarly abysmal. I’m disappointed because we usually have had such good luck in the ER here.)

I am thankful… I can skip classes tomorrow and I’ve built up enough of a network of notetakers that I have people who can take care of getting them to me this week.

One of my favorite things… being able to breathe. Not happening right now!

I am wearing… jammies.

I am creating… this entry.

I am reading… Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans for the second time. I highly recommend it.

I am hoping… I can get in with my doctor tomorrow for a second opinion on this.

I am learning… how to calculate gross pay in some of the weirdest situations imaginable.

In my kitchen… I made lasagna for comfort food before my ability to breathe disappeared.

Shared Quote…

Build a mirror instead of a wall.

Closing Notes: Please pray for me that they can get me in to see my doctor tomorrow and we can get to the bottom of what this really is.

Thanks!

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7 Quick Takes: I Can’t Even Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Culture of death. All of you morons who voted for Trump because he was “pro-life”:

Try to defend this. I effing dare you.

(Just for the record, THAT IS NOT PRO-LIFE BEHAVIOR, YOU WEAPONS-GRADE PLUMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

— 2 —

An annotated version. The Southern Poverty Law Center annotated the White House’s statement on 45’s remarks. You can find it here.

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Antiquated office machine update. We had a touch addition practice test on Wednesday and I think I averaged 120 kpm with one error. I was really hoping to be over 150 and closer to 200 but that will come with practice. My instructor gave us a bunch of practice sheets and I’ve been working through those.

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Anderson Cooper. Anderson Cooper just verbally pwned the White House for calling Haiti a “sh*thole country”. The video is here.

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And now a word from our host… Kelly of This Ain’t The Lyceum made a list of magical resolutions and picked her word and beast for this year. I think the coolest part is her beast: a laser unicorn!

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Lenten devotional update. The survey I created with my priest was emailed to everyone on Friday and we also had paper copies on Sunday for those who were not techies. I’m honestly pretty excited for what we’ll have, given the breadth of devotional writers. We even have a couple from Resurrección who have offered, which makes my heart sing.

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Prayer request. If y’all could pray that my migraine goes away, I’d really appreciate it. Please and thank you!

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

7 Quick Takes: Resolutions for 2018

7 Quick Takes

Kelly is back from her Advent blog break so the Quick Takes resume! Here are my resolutions for 2018.

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Make healthier choices. I stunk at this one in 2017 despite having TWO PE classes for school. I’ve had two consults with a nutritionist this fall and have the tools, so it’s just a matter of using them.

— 2 —

Sort out my medical stuff. Right now, I’m looking at two possible surgeries over Spring Break and once I’m done with school for the year. My BTL got postponed because my OB/GYN was on vacation for the month of December and honestly, I’d rather see someone else in her office because I really didn’t click with her. (Yes, I’m “getting my tubes tied”. We’ve seen that pregnancy is deadly for me and my OB/GYN doesn’t want to do a hysterectomy because I’m young. It’s quite hard to be “open to life” when doing so could kill you.)

When I saw the ENT and he did the nasal telescope, we discovered that my septoplasty in 2008 was just the lower parts and not the upper parts… which is problematic because the upper parts need to be done. Sooo… I’ll probably be doing that over Spring Break because I know from experience that it will mean a week without sleep because of the stuffiness.

Then there’s my back…

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Not eat any blue paint. This is in honor of my friend Rick who passed away almost 5 years ago. He’d make a resolution like this every year so I do now as well in my attempt to live like Rick.

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Finish crocheting projects. I finally got my mom’s socks done. I have other projects on my hooks.

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Take Daniel to church with me at least monthly. I took him on Sunday morning for Advent IV and he chattered through the service and needed to walk the aisles and to the fellowship hall a few times. He did NOT want his tablet and finally settled when I handed him a bag of Cheerios. This all triggered a panic attack… but I survived and didn’t get any nasty looks. My church rallied around and supported me. While one of the Mary’s Guild was holding me and letting me cry, another person took Daniel for a walk. People thanked me for bringing him, which is a MASSIVE change from Jon’s church in Galt where people claimed to want him in church but gave me nasty looks if he made a sound, or relegated me to the nursery where I could listen (in theory — it didn’t work in practice) but was cut off from everyone.

In short, I have a tribe and I need to start taking Daniel to be with them.

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Pray more. My prayer life sucks right now. Must fix it.

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Make 45’s life more difficult. Why yes, I do have plans to be a social justice warrior in the new year. How did you guess? 😀 Got my pussy hat, my special shirts, and my marching shoes!

For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly the unicorn at This Ain’t The Lyceum!

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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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$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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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*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.)

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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.

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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.