The Simple Woman’s Daybook: April 23, 2017

For Today… April 23, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It was cool and rainy for most of the day. (In the Pacific Northwest? SHOCKER!!!)

I am thinking… about the PowerPoint homework on which I am procrastinating.

I am thankful… to have my problem set for Accounting done so I don’t have to figure it out before class. I’ll deal with my Chapter 20 outline instead!

One of my favorite things… tulips. It’s probably good I live where I do.

Tulips at Roozengarde

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were a black cardigan, blue-green fitted tee, black/white striped skirt, black tights, and black flats. I jettisoned everything but the shirt when I got home and tossed on jeans and flip-flops.

I am creating… PowerPoint presentations when I finish this blog post.

I am listening to… some Rend Collective.

I am hoping… I can make a dent in my PowerPoint homework.

I am learning… corporate accounting this quarter.

In my kitchen… salmon on a cedar plank, asparagus, broccoli, salad, potatoes, and ice cream for dessert. Sunday dinner FTW!

In the school room… kidlet continues to do well and be cute. He has his teacher, therapist, and aides wrapped around his finger.

Post Script… researching these is on my to-do list this week.

Shared Quote… From Winston Churchill:

Science quote.

A moment from my day… More tulips!

More tulips at Roozengarde.

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7 Quick Takes: Easing Back Into Blogging

7 Quick Takes

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Easing back into blogging. After posting a quasi-update on what I did on my Lenten break, I did my first Simple Woman’s Daybook post in two months on Monday. I haven’t had time to do much more blogging because I have two classes “on the ground” (meeting physically) this quarter instead of one class on the ground and the rest online. The second “on the ground” class is the introductory class for my department and is just busy work; but it means less time for blogging and a lot of other things because I’m on campus for an extra three hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I could probably log into one of the computers in the OFTEC classroom during my break between classes but I tend to use that time for silly things like eating lunch and doing homework.

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A new and wonderful hymn discovery. It’s dusky here and I’ve got a hymn called “Lead Kindly Light” on my mind. Audrey Assad does it beautifully.

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Easter update. Easter Sunday was glorious here. I was the bunny for my parents and Daniel and they all liked their Easter baskets. Mom was my bunny and got me a boatload of chocolate, most of which I’m stockpiling for when PMS hits again in a few weeks. I’m actually able to stomach it again (thanks omeprazole!) and I think the best part of the basket thus far has been the Fererro Rocher eggs.

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A new addiction. I managed to pick up a new online addiction over Lent: Reddit! I really like the “Ask Reddit” subreddit and have become active on it.

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A hymn for this weekend. I seriously adore “O Sons and Daughters of the King” which is usually sung on the Second Sunday of Easter for Episcopalians. Here it is in English and in Latin:

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Some Star Wars fun. I think y’all need to see this religious Star Wars protest. (HT: Reddit)

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Special intention. I’d really appreciate if you could keep a special intention in prayer for me. Please and thank you!

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If I Had Not Given My Blog Up For Lent…

First of all…

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told you about the last week of Winter Quarter when Daniel’s ADHD meds appeared to have just crapped out. I spent three nights dealing with him hitting me, screaming, and spitting before I could get a doctor’s appointment on that Friday and we almost ended up having to take him to the ER on that Wednesday night because he was so out of control. It turns out that he had an ear infection in his right ear and the same drippy throat he gave me and he wasn’t sleeping because he was so uncomfortable. (Funny story: when his incredibly awesome pediatrician moved to examine her, he said, “no touch!” very sternly. Yeah, no. When you are preventing Mommy from sleeping and getting homework done, you lose your right to not be examined.) Some antibiotics and Dimetapp got him back to almost normal.

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have commented on Mike Pence and the Billy Graham rule and M@tt W@lsh’s stupid assertions on the subject by doing a 7 Quick Takes post of 7 reasonable occasions when men and women should be allowed to meet alone.

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told you how much I adore the first Sunday of Lent in the Episcopal church because it’s the Sunday we sing the Great Litany and my choir here in Washington spreads out in a U-shape around the congregation and passes each petition from person to person. It’s liturgy geek nirvana!

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would tell you about how much in love I am with Audrey Assad and how her song “I Shall Not Want” has been in my head and leading me to pray.

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have shared our Palm Sunday anthem with you so you could get it stuck in your heads too!

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told you about doing Confession with my priest on March 28th and why I do it as an Episcopalian. Lots of tears on my part (it had been 4 years since I had done it) but it was worth it and very healing. She also did Anointing for the Sick on me because of all the scars on my arms. (Can we just say that it had been a bad weekend and leave it at that?)

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told you about Maundy Thursday at my church and the quick Eucharist service and stripping of the altar before heading to the fellowship hall for pizza and a finger food potluck interspersed with foot-washing. There were so few of us that Helen (my priest) invited us up into the chancel area for the Eucharistic prayer. My congregation was joined by the Spanish-speaking congregation so it was a bilingual Eucharist and the Communion hymn was “We’ll Know They Are Christians By Their Love” which *TOTALLY* is appropriate when you have the two congregations mixing and Communion being given in two languages. It was one of those moments that is a glimpse of heaven and filled me with joy at being Christian and experiencing it.

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told you about Helen convincing the kiddos in the Spanish congregation to let her wash their feet and how touching it was to see her sitting on the floor with one of the two year olds and his very somber face while she stuck his feet in a Rubbermaid container of water and chattered at him in Spanish. When she was washing the feet of one of the little girls, I almost offered her the nail polish in my purse that I keep for pedicures but I didn’t know if her parents would have been OK with her getting her fingers or toes painted. Meanwhile, Helen’s oldest son washed my feet and gave me one of the best footrubs I’ve had.

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told how much I loved my Lenten discipline of reading only religious books and reading instead of surfing Facebook while I am out and about. I finished Father Tim’s Church Survival Guide by Fr. Tim Schenck and Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus by James Martin, S.J. before picking up Spiritual Sobriety by Elizabeth Esther.

So glad to be back with y’all!

7 Quick Takes: Medicaid, #IfCatsWereTherapists, and Music Takes

7 Quick Takes

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Medicaid and being on public assistance. Rebecca of The Road Home blogged about her Medicaid experience during her pregnancy and everything she describes about the Assistance Office is spot-on with my experience. The office in Sacramento was so horrible and filthy that I wanted to burn my clothes when I got home and pour a bottle of bleach over my head. We treat recipients of assistance so horribly in this country because apparently, we all believe the inaccurate description of “the welfare queen” that Ronald Reagan introduced into our social and political landscape. Seriously y’all, it is darn hard to qualify for Medicaid or SNAP and requires a huge deal of paperwork. I had to be fingerprinted when we lived in Pomona! This is probably why I want to throttle politicians who support drug-testing welfare recipients — states who have done that have maybe caught *ONE* person of thousands that way, it’s yet one more degrading hoop we have to jump through, and it’s horribly wasteful in terms of spending.

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Eating popcorn and watching the meltdowns. Apparently, Republican House members are finding some… grumpiness from people showing up at their town hall meetings. The people are completely infuriated at what the Trump administration is doing and screaming at the House members to do their jobs. P45 is trying to write them off as “activists” and “paid protestors”, which is hysterically funny because nobody there is actually being paid and most of the people screaming “do your job!” are normal, everyday people who want their Congressional reps to quit with the bullcrap and DO THEIR FREAKING JOBS.

Seriously, I’m watching video of this and laughing at the Congresscritters who are completely shocked that people are so angry with them. You’d think 4.5 million women taking to the streets in the USA and around the world hadn’t clued them in that there’s a problem.

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Fun. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if cats were therapists?

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Muslims and Jews. Do you believe that all Muslims and Jews hate each other? Think again. Muslims raised over $20K to fix the headstones that were destroyed in the Jewish cemetery in St. Louis and CAIR put up a $5,000 reward offer for information leading to the arrest/conviction of whoever is calling in threats to American JCC’s. This is what Islam has always looked like to me — some pretty awesome individuals who are just as likely (and sometimes more likely) to reach out and help as Christians are. The hospitality I’ve received at mosques I have visited has put Christian churches to shame.

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Being an OK mom. I saw this piece on how to be the okayest mom on someone’s Facebook wall and thought it needed to be shared.

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Music Take #1. I frequently find myself singing along to “Testify” by NEEDTOBREATHE when it comes on my car radio. 🙂

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Music Take #2. I don’t know why “I Need a Miracle” by Third Day has been speaking to me… but it has.

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

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 19, 2017

For Today… February 19, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… grey and rainy.

I am thinking… about the questions I missed on my Accounting test on Friday.

I am thankful… to be done with my taxes.

One of my favorite things… calmness. I may or may not be counting down the hours until bedtime!

I am wearing… a long-sleeved black shirt and jeans. Church clothes were the same black shirt, a jeans skirt, black tights, and black flats.

I am creating… skills assessment files for my Word class.

I am watching… NCIS re-runs.

I am hoping… to get Word done tonight.

I am learning… about uncollectible debts.

In my kitchen… more soup for me as it’s one of the few things I can stomach right now.

In the school room… Daniel and I are both off for President’s Day.

Post Script… So about #LastNightInSweden…

A moment from my day… This was our anthem this morning:

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7 Quick Takes: Church Invitations, Rich Mullins, and Spring Training

7 Quick Takes

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Holy being vulnerable, Batman! A guy in my Accounting class and I have been talking about faith things so I asked him if he wanted to come to church with me on Sunday… by passing him a note with the name, address, and worship time for my church and the words “let’s pretend I actually had the guts to say this in person” on it.

Yeah… I’m really that awkward. Thankfully, he’s interested in possibly coming.

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Rich Mullins. A few nights ago, I was answering a Reddit question on my favorite song lyrics that mean something to me and I had to look up the lyrics for chorus of “If I Stand”. That led to listening to a bunch of Rich Mullins songs that I really love as well as a few Third Day ones.

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Hit by holy 2×4. I was sitting in my Accounting classroom alone on Tuesday afternoon doing homework when I was hit by the strong feeling that I needed to be praying for my classmates. I spent some time praying for the people whose needs I knew… and learned about a whole host of other ones this morning. I think it’s probably a good thing that I’m open to the smackings upside the head of the Holy Spirit.

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Invoicing Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Said congressional rep accused the protestors at his town hall of being “paid protestors” so people are invoicing him for their time at the protest. I shouldn’t be laughing… but I am.

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Why Trump’s immigrant ban is anti-Biblical. I am very fond of this video from James Martin, S.J.

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Prerequisite baseball take. SPRING TRAINING HAS STARTED! SPRING TRAINING HAS STARTED! SPRING TRAINING HAS STARTED! *cheers on the Giants and boos the Dodgers*

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Change in practice. I’m not raffling off the right to pick my Lenten discipline this year. I know what I’ll be doing but I won’t be revealing it until Ash Wednesday.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 12, 2017

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It was sunny and in the 40’s today.

I am thinking… about my homework load this week and how to space things out appropriately.

I am thankful… for good worship this morning and feeling connected. This isn’t a guarantee for church depending on my sleep debt and how much I have on my mind.

One of my favorite things… chicken and wild rice soup. It’s what is for dinner.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes this morning were my turquoise/black/white bokeh print dress, black camisole, black cardigan, black tights, a paper bead necklace made by Rebecca, and my black flats. I switched them out for a berry-colored long-sleeved shirt and jeans when I got home.

I am creating… MS Word documents.

I am watching… NCIS re-runs.

I am hoping… that my Finding Tests for Introduction to Records Management go better this week.

I am learning… creation of filing methods and about Notes Receivable accounts.

In my kitchen… soup for me for dinner. Yay!

In the school room… Hopefully, Daniel won’t have another snow day this week. Being home last Monday was not helpful for either of us.

Post Script… Some fun poked at Betsy Devos.

Shared Quote… “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” — MLK Jr.

A moment from my day… One of our hymns today…

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