7 Quick Takes: Lazy Summer Night Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Memories. All of the memories and pictures of me putting my bedroom furniture together are coming up in my “On This Day” feature on Facebook. When I shared one of the pictures, I commented that my mom had to hide te flame thrower for a couple days because IKEA does not drill holes correctly and I managed to hammer a nail into my fingers… TWICE. (This was about the time my mom created a list of errands for me to do BY MYSELF because I think she was afraid of the words I might teach Daniel. (Little does she know that Daniel has heard ALL of those words before while driving with me in Sacramento traffic.

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Molly Bears. Someone on one of my favorite subreddits talked about Molly Bears and how they’ve helped her heal. Could y’all please go check them out and maybe make a donation? Thanks.

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Nice kitty… Because the world needs more cat stories and cat memes.

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We all scream for ice cream! I really want to try this ice cream recipe. It seems pretty simple and something I could do with the kid.

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Mystery recommendation. Someone recommended this author to me and I’m passing it on in case any of you are mystery lovers.

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Prerequisite faith link. Just so you know, I don’t want a celebration of life when I die. Instead, I want a burial service.

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Summer “schedules”. Kelly has some help for you. She’s cool that way.

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7 Quick Takes: Dark and Stormy Night Edition

7 Quick Takes

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It was a dark and stormy night… Technically, it’s not dark yet but it’s been a very windy night. We’ve had gale warnings and there’s a small craft advisory out on the Sound right now. The rain seems to have passed but it was a good day to be inside!

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Tea for two… or seven. My priest invited me and some of her other mom friends to a “mothers’ survival tea” today and it was wonderful. There’s a tea room on the second floor of a granary in the downtown area and it was a nice and intimate location for lunch. I had a lovely Caesar salad for my first course while others had a zucchini-pear soup or a casoulet. The tea sandwiches were excellent and the chocolate zucchini bread was excellent. I was bummed to have to leave early to go to a therapy appointment!

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Grades are in. I have a solid 4.0 (all A’s, no A- at all) for the third straight quarter! I’m applying to be a tutor next year in my department because I loved working with my classmates in various subjects.

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I never thought I’d have to post this… However, we had a mass shooting at the local mall and a police shooting in December. (The injured policeman lived though he’s now blind.) So… here’s how to help a shooting victim before EMS arrives.

And for my troll, friends of mine who teach gun safety (including a few LEO’s) are quick to point out that people with concealed weapons are not helpful in this kind of situation because they add to the chaos and end up getting shot themselves.

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Bad behavior. I’ve seen two instances of bad behavior in the 36 hours since the shooting in Alexandria. One was Newt Gingrich being interviewed and ranting about the radicalization of the far left. Yeah… the ones who have been fighting for gun control? Nice try.

The second instance of bad behavior was someone commenting that the Republicans deserved for this to happen because of what they’ve been doing to this country. Ummm… no. *NOBODY* deserves to be shot or to be in a place where someone opens fire.

One of the students from my entering class at UCSC was Gabby Giffords’ director of community outreach Gabe Zimmerman and was killed at that event where she was shot by Jared Lee Loughner. He was in a different residential college than I was so we’re not sure if I had any classes with him but he was friends with some of my friends. When Congressman Scalise was shot, Gabby was one of the first to speak out and her statement was powerful. Let’s follow her example and come together over this.

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To infinity and beyond! I’m excited to see these 5 new female astronauts.

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Some more levity. Because there are *TOTALLY* first world cat problems!

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7 Quick Takes: Staring At a Blank Wall Edition

7 Quick Takes

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End of the quarter. I am two tests, two quizzes, a discussion post, a report, and an amended PowerPoint presentation away from being done with the quarter. The quizzes, discussion post, and report will be tackled on Sunday. PowerPoint will be amended either tomorrow or Saturday. The tests will be taken on Monday and Tuesday. After that, I AM DONE!!!

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Parenting advice. Parenting advice has indeed changed.

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An interesting idea. Crocheted water balloons? What a novel idea!

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Unbelievable. I’ve been getting a lot of “On This Day” things on Facebook about Daniel this week because it has been 8 years (as of the 7th) since we were able to bring him home from the hospital. It’s so amazing to think that my tiny baby is now only a foot shorter than I am!

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Getting fur out of my keyboard. Homer, my gorgeous grey loaner cat, is being extra affectionate tonight which is wonderful… except that my keyboard now has quite a bit of fur in it! *goes off to find a can of compressed air to clean it*

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Trinity fun. Some fun because this Sunday is Trinity Sunday…

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Sports take. Go Dubs!!!! Sweep the Cavs!!!!

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7 Quick Takes: Facebook Mining Edition

7 Quick Takes

From my Facebook shares and memories this week…

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In light of today… In light of the travesty perpetrated by the House today, I recommend watching this video of Jimmy Kimmel talking about his newborn and their scary time with a happy ending. (WARNING: Have lots of tissue nearby.)

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Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you!

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Interesting… I had shared this link a few years ago but I had forgotten the impact that the Anglican Book of Common Prayer had on the English language.

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Accounting. We’re doing corporate bonds right now in my Accounting class and our test covering them and the two chapters on stock is next Monday/Tuesday. (It opens online at noon on Monday and has to be completed by 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday.) I got a 95.5% on the first test of the quarter (taken Good Friday) and I feel pretty comfortable with the material so hopefully I’ll do well?

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Cats and faith. Did you know that there is a cat who lives in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (not Constantinople)?

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Special intention. Please keep praying for my special intention. Thanks!

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Because I haven’t shared this in a while… I still adore “Build Your Kingdom Here” by Rend Collective. I mean, who else combines fire eaters and Salvation Army band members in a video???

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7 Quick Takes: Thank Goodness It’s… Thursday?!?!? Edition

7 Quick Takes

Thursdays are the end of my school week so…

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I’m not dead yet. My Quick Takes are usually up as close to 9 p.m. as possible but I was eating dinner and folding laundry during that time so they’re a few hours 18 hours late. I’m not dead yet. (I promise, Kelly.)

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Yay! My favorite Easter hymn! We sang this on Sunday. It has happy memories associated with it, especially of singing it with my church in San Jose.

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A new Rend Collective song addiction. I’m addicted to this song.

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Dying of TEH CUTE!!!! Seriously dying at this tweet:

Cute little KitKat bar!

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Cattitude. I do enjoy bookstores with kitties!

Bookstore kitty with cattitude!

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More music. I’m having to learn the tenor part of this to sing in a couple weeks:

Our Ascension anthem:

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Huh. This is an interesting piece on the popularity and prominence of MLM stuff in your Facebook and general social media.

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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. πŸ™‚

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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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7 Quick Takes: Non-Traditional Thanksgiving

7 Quick Takes

Everyone is talking about how thankful they are for food and family and stuff like that today. I’m thankful for all those things as well but I’m also thankful for some more… non-traditional things today. πŸ˜‰

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Priests who start impromptu Godspell singalongs after Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist. Worship was already done acapella (and done beautifully) because our organist had the night off and we were trying to find Thanksgiving hymns to sing. Someone suggested “Day By Day” out of the 1982 Hymnal and Rev. Helen said we should do it to the tune from Godspell. Okie dokie. Then we started singing parts of the finale and went on to “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord”. It was awesome.

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Evil twin brothers who restrain small children so that their moms can clean the black Sharpie pen off of their faces, arms, hands, necks, feet, and toes. Let’s just say that Daniel went for the Maori tribal look and leave it at that. πŸ™‚ Rubbing alcohol prep wipes are what gets it off well. I think we went through 40 of them? He was also chill with Sean (my evil twin) restraining him while I worked on him. I’m sure the purplish color from the ink/alcohol mixture will leave my nail beds eventually…

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Coffeeshops that are open on Thanksgiving for emergency lattΓ© runs. I had a migraine this morning, OK?

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Soft grey chest kittehs. This is especially true of ones who prevent their humans from doing anything other than watching the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory.

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Those who create Biden memes. Y’all make America a greater place to live.

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Mythbusters marathons. Because science.

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Accounting problems that balance. My homework is refusing to balance right now so I’m thankful for times when things have worked correctly.

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