7 Quick Takes: Minion Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Cat take #1. So this little monster came home with me on Monday. I named him Minion because people plotting global domination (like myself) need minions.

Minion the Cat

Isn’t he cute?

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Cat take #2. Minion has decided that he is the same size as our remaining cat Jethro (Homer’s brother) and should charge him and pounce on his tail.

Yeah, Jethro is at least 3-4 times his size and could eat him for a light snack. To his credit, Jet has only smacked him twice and both times were deserved.

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Cat take #3. Even with the arrival of Minion, we are still really heartbroken over losing Homer on Sunday and there are still tears shed almost every day. Homer was Jethro’s littermate, became my snuggle buddy when I moved in with my parents in October 2015, and was my homework helper. Minion isn’t a replacement for him and prayers are needed for us as we deal with our broken hearts.

I will say, however, that adopting the little beast the day after losing Homer is helping our hearts a lot. He has taken over Homer’s sleeping spots and he is a snuggly little monster.

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Let’s just put this one to rest right now. I’ve had to share this page from Snopes.Com on multiple Facebook posts this week, so let’s just be clear:

Neither Clinton nor Obama passed legislation separating children from their parents at the border. Furthermore, asylum seekers are treated differently than normal immigrants. Lastly, illegal immigration is at a historic low, meaning that THERE IS NO CRISIS AT THE BORDER OTHER THAN THE ONE MANUFACTURED BY 45.

Are we clear?

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Strangely believable. This is fabulous. It’s a comedian listing off things his fans reported not being allowed to watch as children.

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Cat take #4. My mom just came in holding a little black kitten and asked if I had mentioned to him that the “no kittens on the table” rule applied to the kitchen table as well as the dining room one. Apparently, Minion was disavowing knowledge of that part of the rule.

Silly little monster!

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Earworm. You’re welcome!

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7 Quick Takes: CLEVELAND LOST!!!!! Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Refer to title please. 🙂 My hometown boys (the Warriors) SWEPT the Cavs in the NBA Finals. That’s three NBA Championships in four years. 2016 (Cleveland’s ONLY championship win) was indeed a one-off (and a very last minute victory given that they have ONE good player).

And yes, I do enjoy hating on Cleveland sports. 🙂

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This describes me so well. I saw this on the Book of Faces this week and seem to have found a new favorite word.

Hiraeth.

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Wow. This past Wednesday (the 6th) marked my last in-person class for my program. Everything else is either online or part of my internship this fall. It’s bittersweet because while I’m happy that the quarter is winding down, I’m going to miss my classmates. We’ve been together for 1-2 years (depending on where people are in their programs)

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Leaving an evangelical cult. I’m conjecturing that Dawn (the speaker) is a cousin of Elizabeth Esther. It was interesting to watch.

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Daniel update. His gazzazzapop is giving him a weight gain of at least 1 lb per week, which is good as it is taking the threat of an NG tube off the table. He’s fighting against having to drink it, but he doesn’t get a choice at the moment because they are the only calories he is currently getting. (The little beast stopped eating solid food.)

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Music take #1. Here is something calming that I like while working on homework.

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Music take #2. This is a favorite from her latest album.

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7 Quick Takes: Late Night Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Integrated projects. I turned my first Capstone Case Study in on Sunday. I was talking to my instructor on Wednesday while she was grading them and she told me I had done very well.

My response: “By your standards or mine?”

She laughed. (I had gotten 109.5 out of 110, which is excellent by her standards while I was bugged by the 0.5 point I had lost.) She created an optional discussion post where we could post part of our case study (in this case, a flier for a yurt tour) and it has been fascinating to see what people put together for it.

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Mea culpa, Lord. Sleep deprivation and stress have led to me feeling like I was going to have a panic attack multiple times this week. On Wednesday, I came home after my tutoring shift and did noon prayer (about 2 1/2 hours late) which was helpful. I also felt like the Spirit was reminding me that I need to pray about things a lot more often. (Admittedly, my prayer life sucks right now.)

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God speaking to me through music. One of the way God breaks through the armadillo shell I seem to have around my soul these days is music. Unapologetically Episcopalian shared this piece on their Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon and it was needed.

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Update on the kid. Because I am a slacker mom, I forgot to schedule my beastling for a weight check today (it *IS* technically Friday). If I can’t get him in briefly at our pediatrician up here, I’ll just stick him on a scale at home and see if he’s gaining appropriately.

He’s drinking his gazazzapop (“gazazzapop” being a word my grandpa used for a liquid without a name) willingly and I can’t wait until summer when we can space it out over the course of a day, rather than having to fit three boxes in between when he gets home from school and when he goes to sleep.

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Linguistics geeking. This sounds interesting.

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Yet another distraction. Finding out about this is not a good thing for my productivity…

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Good night. My snuggle buddy has declared that he would like my chest, so I am signing off. Sleep well, y’all!

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7 Quick Takes: Disordered Eating Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Music take #1. This song came on randomly while I was doing my Word II homework in one of the computer labs on Tuesday.

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Music take #2. Loreena McKennitt’s newest album came out this month and it is excellent. I’ve listened to it while working on homework and we listened to it on the way down to Seattle Children’s yesterday.

A song for this weekend:

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Background on yesterday. Since getting hooked up with the Autism Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital last year, we’ve been able to get referrals to specialists at Seattle Children’s outpatient clinics and one of those is gastroenterology. Long story short, the gastroenterologist we saw was concerned about Daniel’s weight and when he lost a pound between appointments (possibly due to solving a constipation problem), she had kittens. We already had an appointment with the gastroenterology department’s nutrition staff for last Friday, so she ordered bloodwork to go with it.

We went down there last Friday (the 18th), got blood taken (OMG… THEIR PHLEBOTOMY TEAM IS AWESOME!!!!), and met with a wonderful nutritionist… who gave us a week to get kiddo up to 2000 calories per day (at least) or we would be talking about a feeding tube. They gave us samples of a couple different calorie-dense formulas and Daniel chose to bulk up with four boxes a day of this one after we tried him on all of them. (He wouldn’t touch Pediasure at all, even the chocolate flavor.) We’ve also been giving him extra peanut butter and adding heavy whipping cream to his milk.

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So about yesterday… We had an 8:30 appointment with Seattle Children’s yesterday morning (which meant leaving at 6:30 a.m. because traffic from where we live north of Seattle to the hospital in the U District is hideous) and they were good with his weight gain. We see them again in two weeks and I’ll be scheduling a weight check with his doctor this coming week to check in with her about all of this.

I also get to chase a referral for feeding therapy. Woohoo.

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For those who will inevitably ask if all of this could have been prevented… The answer is “we don’t know”. One thing we probably should have done is the high-risk infant screening through Benefis when he was six months old. The problem: Jon was about to lose his parish in Montana and we were traveling all over the place trying to find another call for him. We were also 2 hours from Great Falls and would have had a heck of a time doing feeding therapy there, depending on how often we had to be down there because of our work schedules and having to share a car.

We did have him followed at UC Davis and through Easter Seals and our local Regional Center in northern California, but he got pickier in his eating as he got older.

Another problem: we’ve moved 5 times since he was born and have had to start over with the acquiring of specialists each time. We’re staying put long-term so we should hopefully be able to nip this in the bud right now.

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For those wondering what is causing this… Preemies, particularly those who have had to be on ventilators, are notorious for having texture issues. Add in sensory issues from autism and you have a fun situation.

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My current ear worm. Enjoy y’all!

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: May 6, 2018

For Today… May 6, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny and in the 70’s. It’s so nice out that Daniel and I got some playground time in today.

I am thinking… about my group presentation for Business English this week.

I am thankful… for my grandmother telling me lucidly and clearly that she loved me when I went to visit her with Daniel yesterday.

One of my favorite things… my Integrated Projects class. I feel like I’m getting to play when I do homework for it.

I am wearing… a black shirt and jeans. My feet are bare as usual. 🙂

I am creating… documents using Word, Excel, and Access.

I am listening to… random things on iTunes.

I am hoping… that I can get everything done that is due in the next two days.

In my kitchen… I grabbed some teriyaki while I was out today.

Shared Quote… “Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly.” — Martin Luther

A moment from my day… This was on when I turned on the radio today:

Hosted by The Simple Woman.

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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