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.

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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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{five favourites}: Miscellanea (LXXXI)

#5Faves

One

Listening to Gregorian chant in a dark room. It’s been a stressy few weeks with Daniel having medication issue and being sick. I slept most of Sunday and Monday and I took some Ativan tonight to chill me out. The sounds of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles are very therapeutic.

Two

My MS Word midterm. I was going to challenge the class to see if I could avoid taking it but I’m seriously glad I chose to just take it. I’ve learned so many things about how to put together documents and make them pretty. The next time I do a NaNoWriMo challenge, I could probably make my manuscript publishable on LuLu or whatever Amazon’s self-publishing arm is.

Anyway, one of the four required projects was to create a specials sheet for a restaurant and we were told to just go in and have fun with what we were given. There’s a midterm discussion and it has been a blast to see what other people have done and why they chose to go certain directions with their project.

Three

The beauty of where I live. I cannot express in words how much I love northern Washington and the sight of evergreen trees outside my window every morning. There are also beavers, deer, and other animals that come and hang out in the area. Trees are calming and I love that it’s only a short drive to Puget Sound where I can watch the water.

Four

The word “wholeness”. It’s my word for the year. The unraveling of my marriage last year left me very fractured internally and I’m trying to figure out how to put the pieces back together. It’s definitely going to be a journey this year but a worthwhile one.

Five

My morning latté. There are people boycotting $tarbux over their declaration that they’re going to hire 10,000 refugees in the next 5 years after the immigration ban was announced by the Trump administration.

My response:

My opinion on the Starbucks boycott.
#coffeewithouthate

(The bottom is supposed to read #coffeewithouthate.)

Go love up Bonnie, DeBalino, and the others.

7 Quick Takes: Subversive Crocheting, Betsy DeVos, and Puking Kids

7 Quick Takes

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My only thought on the inauguration tomorrow. I promise.

An inauguration poem

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Yeah… no. This is my thought on Betsy Devos’ qualifications:

Betsy and bears

By the way, this and this are how you deal with bears in schools. Note that guns are not involved.

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Fighting for education. DeVos is a threat to education across the board. If you’d like to fight for schools, here are the senators to call:



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A tip. If you ever need to get contact information for your congressional representatives, here’s the special URL:

http://[lastname].house.gov
http://[lastname].senate.gov

Insert the House member or Senator’s last name for [lastname]. You’re welcome.

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Subversive crocheting. I finished the first pussy hat yesterday and gave it to my (Episcopal) priest today. (She loves it.) God-willing, I can bang the second one out tomorrow and I can hopefully still march on Saturday.

Pussy hat #1

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Wait, Jen. Did you just say that you might not march on Saturday? Yes. Daniel has been puking for almost 6.5 hours continuously and if he does have a virus, I’ll have to stay home and take care of him. While I’ll be pretty bummed to miss it, Daniel’s health comes first.

So seriously, pray that the kiddo’s tummy can calm down. I did two loads of puke laundry tonight and I’ve got at least two more waiting for me tomorrow morning.

**UPDATE** Sitting in the ER with Daniel waiting for them to give him fluids and check him out.

**UPDATE** They just gave him his first dose of Zofran. I’m definitely not going to be able to march tomorrow because of him. Thankfully, a piece of me will be there in the form of the hat I crocheted for my priest. I’m really bummed but this is, unfortunately, a part of motherhood — taking care of your kiddos and having to sacrifice your own plans for them.

**UPDATE** The kid was discharged around 3:00 p.m. with a script for Zofran. After getting his 5:30 dose, he went to sleep. I’m about to go fold and continue cycling all the puke laundry through but I’m kind of enjoying the quiet house and my dark room.

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Some new music. I heard this on a local Christian radio station a few months ago and have had it stuck in my head since then.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: January 15, 2017

For Today… January 15, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny and around 40F. It’s a nice change from mornings when it’s 15F when I leave the house with a high in the 20’s.

I am thinking… about various homework assignments that are due in the next week.

I am thankful… that my kiddo FINALLY went to sleep around 1 a.m. after tantruming on and off for almost 9 hours. #autismproblems #ADHDproblems

One of my favorite things… soft grey kitties like the one asleep in the cat bed on my desk.

I am wearing… a long-sleeved Cougars shirt and jeans. Church clothes this morning were a charcoal grey top, my black slacks, and my black boots.

I am creating…

I am reading… My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live by my friend Maria Johnson. I got to know her through podcasting stuff on SQPN and am really jazzed to finally get to read her book after gifting it to a number of people.

I am hoping… to finish my book today in between all of the homework on my plate.

I am learning… how to get kitty litter out of the bleach receptacle of the washing machine and the fabric softener receptacle on the dryer. *glares at Daniel* (The answer involves a toothbrush, an F crochet hook, and a dust buster.)

In my kitchen… stroganoff for dinner tonight. Yay!!! Good leftovers this week!!!

In the school room… Daniel has a four-day weekend.

Post Script… So let’s talk about how many buses are headed to DC for the inauguration vs. how many are headed there for the Women’s March on Washington. (Hint: It’s not even close.)

Shared Quote…

My sentiments exactly.

A moment from my day… Our offertory hymn this morning in honor of MLK Jr.

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