I am hoping… my bloodwork doesn’t come out too horribly.
I am learning… how to make surveys in SurveyMonkey and Google Forms.
In my kitchen… plotting it currently. If Dad isn’t making anything special, I’ll probably put together a salad at Haggen or something.
In the school room… Daniel goes back tomorrow! He’s been asking about it *EVERY* day of Christmas vacation so he’ll be happy.
Shared Quote… “Creating fantasy is real work, important work. It’s a hard, cold world we live in, and sometimes we need to escape. Sometimes we need that more than food or water or a roof over our heads.” — G.A. McKevett
Quick Takes didn’t happen for me last week because of not feeling well. (I was off all of my allergy meds and my migraine preventative for allergy testing.) Kelly is on a blogging break for Advent (except for this piece of news!!!!!) so I’m being a bit lackadaisical about getting my Quick Takes up “on time”.
I could talk about my feelings on Doug Jones winning the Senate race in Alabama this week (hint: it’s relief, not unbounded joy and desire to rub it in people’s faces), but I think I’ll do the non-controversial option and blog about my favorite Advent music. (I will probably write a stand-alone post on the Senate race but I’d like to be able to sleep tonight and politics tends to be an upper for me.)
“Gaudete” by Anúna. Technically, this is a Christmas carol. However, it’s Gaudete Sunday this weekend so I’m including. Anúna is one of my favorite groups for interesting arrangements so I’m using Michael McGlynn’s arrangement.
“Prepare the Way, O Zion/Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus” by Miserable Offenders. Rob, my priest’s husband, introduced me to Miserable Offenders at choir practice when we were preparing “What Is The Crying At Jordan?” for church last Sunday. I love how they’ve arranged these two hymns together even though I prefer Hyfrodol for “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”.
“Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” from Godspell.Godspell is Jon’s favorite musical so I’ve watched the movie version quite a few times and I used to listen to the soundtrack during Lent while I was at work in 2008. Helen, my priest, has a similar sense of humor to mine so we may or may not have ended up having an impromptu Godspell singalong at the end of worship on Sunday.
“Come, Oh Redeemer Come” by Fernando Ortega. My dear friend Thomas introduced me to this song four (?) years ago and I adore it as I adore most of Fernando’s music. It embodies the feel of Advent beautifully.
This setting of the Trisagion prayer from the 1982 Hymnal.My church in San Jose used this in place of the Gloria during Advent in 2015 and I am quite enamored with it. I love the minor key and being connected with 1500 years of praying with the Church when I sing it or say the much longer prayer. (A more modern version by Fernando Ortega can be found here.)
“Sleepers Awake” by J.S. Bach. This is one of the three Bach chorales I hear most frequently and it’s one that immediately relaxes me when I hear it. The hymn “Wake Awake for Night Is Flying” is interspersed in it and I sang it twice with My church in San Jose. (I’ve been blessed with all of my church choirs to get to do some amazing choral music.)
Looking out my window… sunny. We had some rain as church was ending but it looks like that has passed over us. I’m glad I had my coffee this morning because the weather change can be a migraine trigger and caffeine helps with it.
I am thinking… about my Comprehensive Problem quiz for my Sage class. When it submitted yesterday evening, it claimed that I got 10/50. Either my server burped and deleted answers or the computer scored it incorrectly. Unfortunately, I don’t know if my instructor is going to look at it before Friday. (It’s due at 11:55 p.m. on Thursday night.)
I am thankful… to pretty much be done with work for the quarter. I’m just waiting for a teammate to post her presentation so I can comment on it and then I will be done!
One of my favorite things… when my escape room game actually cooperates with me.
I am wearing… jammies. Church attire today was a charcoal-colored long-sleeved shirt, black slacks, and black flats. I traded my slacks for jeans later on.
It’s problematic for me because this gentleman has *ALWAYS* treated me with the utmost respect. He shouldn’t have to apologize on behalf of his gender. He was further saddened when he learned that I have a #MeToo story (actually more than one).
A moment from my day… A favorite setting of the Magnificat.
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.)
Looking out my window… dark. It was pretty nice today after yesterday’s windstorm and rain. I think it was probably in the 40’s today?
I am thinking… about my homework schedule this week.
I am thankful… the worst of the rain and wind held off until after the burial for Chad’s grandmother yesterday. I was getting blown around like a rag doll driving home but it isn’t as bad as it was later in the afternoon and evening.
One of my favorite things… the golden light from the sunset today.
I am wearing… burgundy long-sleeved shirt and black jeans.
I am creating… entries in my Christmas card database.
I am reading… about this week’s lesson in my Sage50 textbook.
I am hoping… my Sage instructor gives me back some points lost on my last quiz due to a computer mix-up.
I am learning… about best practices for online meetings.
In my kitchen… Dad made steak last night and the three of us (my parents and me) had a small family dinner due to the weather and Thanksgiving happening on Thursday.
In the school room… Daniel is using more and more language.