7 Quick Takes: Best Cat Instagrams Edition

7 Quick Takes

For those who don’t follow me on Facebook or Instagram, my parents’ grey cat Homer had a rare and very severe reaction to his rabies shot and developed an IMHA. I rushed him to the vet on Sunday morning and had to miss a family wedding so I could be on-call for the vet. (It was also bloody hot and I was having knee issues, so chasing my sweet child around would have been a no-go. The cousin getting married is my favorite, so I was really bummed to miss it even though I had legit reasons.) The vet was convinced that we’d be having a euthanasia appointment on Monday… until he came back into the room and found Homer lifting his head and purring as my mom talked to him and cuddled him. He improved daily and came home last night, but is having to go back today for a couple days of getting stronger and learning to take his meds without killing the person medicating him. (He can be a bad cat on occasion and we’re loving that at the moment because it means he’s getting better.)

In his honor, here are my favorite cat Instagram accounts.

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benbencatcat BenBen is a ginger tabby in British Columbia with very sad eyes. He was attacked by a dog, took a while to be adopted, but is a very loved boy. He and his humans trade the best hashtags in conversations on their posts. Example: #benbenmeltmelt (during the recent heatwave) and #benbenvroomvroom (he was sitting in his dad’s motorcycle gear).

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monkandbean Monk is a black cat with vampire fangs and Bean is his bestie and brother. They go out on adventures with their humans on cat harnesses and are frequently dressed up with interesting bandanas and cat costumes.

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burmaadventurecat Burma is a brown cat with a white muzzle and paws who goes on high adventure outings with his dad and dogs. His staff is the same family who is Monk’s staff. 😀 It’s not uncommon to see pictures of him swimming in the ocean or exploring the desert with his human dad.

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blackcats.matter Because OBVIOUSLY!!! (For those who don’t know, I have a thing for blackers kittehs and miss mine very much.)

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justmangobrown Mango is a very affectionate Bengal who is known for giving his dad kisses. 😀 (His parents are having a heck of a time with fertility and Mango is helping them deal with the pain.) Bengals can be absolute nightmares but I think he’s an F3 generation so that might be why he is such a love.

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bobo.the.bengal Bobo’s humans live on Long Island and met Burma’s humans one day. Many of Bobo’s adventures take place around NYC, especially on beaches.

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smokey_theblackpanther Anyone surprised I follow him? 😀 He’s a gorgeous black mancat — I’m positively smitten with him!

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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: Tutoring Edition

7 Quick Takes

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A start to tutoring. I started doing drop-in tutoring two hours a day on Monday… AND WAS RUN OFF MY FEET FOR TWO HOURS!!!!! It was freaking **AWESOME**!!! Granted, it’s the first full week of classes so much of what I was doing was helping people get oriented to Canvas and to their classes; but I honestly loved every minute of it.

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Your reason is invalid. When older adults (let’s say late 50’s on up) tell me that they’re too old to use Facebook/learn computers, I tell them about my aunt Jean (technically, my great-aunt — she’s my grandma’s younger sister) who is a world-renowned expert on ornamental chickens, is on Facebook, still living independently with her kitties, and who just turned 95 YEARS OLD yesterday. 🙂 When skills inventories come up on Facebook, she always comments to tell me that I am never too old to learn some new skills… so get cracking!

Happy birthday, Aunt Jean! I love you!

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Lynx love. Nice kitty…

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Integrated Projects. I’m taking a class called “Integrated Projects” this quarter where we get to do projects involving the use of a bunch of Microsoft applications together. All of my classmates (at least the ones I’m blessed to see in person these days) love it and feel like it’s the class where we get to “play”.

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Cuteness overload. Dying.

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Because Maru!

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More Maru.

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7 Quick Takes: Back to School Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Seriously? Dr. Laura insulted David Hogg (one of the Parkland students) for being rejected by 4 schools. Other Republicans have followed suit.

Nobody has bothered to mention that the two California schools that rejected him have low acceptance rates, even for in-state students. (UCLA’s is 18% and CSULB is 33%.)

Seriously y’all, LEAVE THESE KIDS ALONE. Calling them names and mocking them in the press is childish behavior.

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Back to school. Spring Quarter started on Tuesday and I had my first “on-ground” class (as opposed to “online”) on Wednesday morning. It’s an instructor I hadn’t taken any classes from because I challenged her other two classes this year; but it was very enjoyable and I kind of wish I had her for some of my other classes instead of that particular instructor.

Daniel is on Spring Break at the moment and having a cranky day, so I’m only working on homework intermittently. I’ve got this week’s work done for my Integrated Projects class already and am digging into Word II.

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No longer a lazy bum. I got recruited as a tutor for my department last quarter and am now the sole tutor as the other one (who also happens to be a dear friend) graduated. I went and saw one of my bosses to set my schedule for drop-in tutoring and have been asked by another group on campus to tutor as well. I’m going to be keeping busy for sure!

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Grumping. Last quarter, I had a classmate who complained about not understanding the course material while refusing to do any of the book work or online tutorials. Said classmate decided to complain about this to the instructor in person. (My instructor is endlessly patient and will move heaven and earth to help her students succeed, so we were all sitting there figuratively eating popcorn while watching her take my classmate to task for this.) My instructor is now making the online tutorials mandatory for us this quarter, and we’re thinking that it is in response to this classmate. This is irritating for me because it adds one more thing onto my homework load, but at least my instructor gave us a way to speed through them if we already know what we’re doing.

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Dying of teh cutes! I’m an apex predator, darn it. Stop squeeing at me!

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This why my face will be clawed off someday… I seriously want to smoosh my face into his tummy.

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Fine. More cutes. Because it’s traditional to celebrate the Easter Octave with cat videos.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 26, 2018

For Today… February 26, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It was cold this morning but was shirt-sleeves weather this afternoon.

I am thinking… my challenge test for Business English on Wednesday and the 7th anniversary of this on Thursday. I’m more than a little weepy about the latter.

I am thankful… for the people in my life who are praying me through this week.

One of my favorite things… this Facebook page.

I am wearing… jammies. Clothes for today were a grey heather shirt and jeans.

I am creating… forms in Access.

I am listening to… some Michael W. Smith.

I am hoping… I end up with a good group for my Access in-class project.

I am learning… how to do fun things with forms.

In my kitchen… Dad made steak last night.

In the school room… we’re trying to put together a triennial IEP in a matter of weeks instead of months.

Post Script… an amazing article by Emma González, one of the Parkland shooting survivors who is speaking out.

Shared Quote… “We are children who are being expected to act like adults, while the adults are proving themselves to behave like children.” — Emma González

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: January 28, 2018

For Today… January 28, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… cold and windy but not bad overall. We’re supposed to get some rain tonight.

I am thinking… about my trip to San Jose for court. I have everything set up for Daniel care and I have to trust that he’ll be OK with my mom and sleep OK tomorrow night. It’s unnerving to say the least!

I am thankful… for everything falling into place for this trip.

One of my favorite things… a good Reddit thread.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were a berry-colored long-sleeved shirt with black slacks and black flats. I switched the slacks out for black jeans when I got home.

I am creating… this blog post. 🙂 Also random stuff on my hooks.

I am listening to… Shawn Colvin singing “I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon”.

I am hoping… court is decided in my favor on Tuesday.

I am learning… FICA tax calculations.

In my kitchen… I’ve been eating a lot of tuna subs from Subway.

In the school room… Daniel is becoming a little parrot so I’m having to start watching my language around him.

Post Script… sharing this infographic on how your cat is plotting to kill you. You’re welcome.

Shared Quote… “How, then, to imagine, the expansive heart of this God—greater than God—who takes seven buses, just to arrive at us. We settle sometimes for less than intimacy with God when all God longs for is this solidarity with us. In Spanish, when you speak of your great friend, you describe the union and kinship as being de uña y mugre—our friendship is like the fingernail and the dirt under it. Our image of who God is and what’s on God’s mind is more tiny than it is troubled. It trips more on our puny sense of God than over conflicting creedal statements or theological considerations. The desire of God’s heart is immeasurably larger than our imaginations can conjure. This longing of God’s to give us peace and assurance and a sense of well-being only awaits our willingness to cooperate with God’s limitless magnanimity.”
–Greg Boyle, S.J.

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7 Quick Takes: The Dodgers Are Losers Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Seriously perfect. I was looking for Dodger GIFS for this post and came across this one…

Dodgers suck!

I consider this proof that God loves me and wants me to be happy. 😀

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My horrible sportsmanship. Someone on Facebook called me out for my Dodgers-hating and told me I was a horrible sport. My response:

Duh!

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Because I am Hermione, yo! I’ve been invited to join my school’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa because I’ve been pulling a 4.0 for the last 4 quarters. I may or may not have fist-pumped when I got the email.

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I’m dying. Talk about going out on top!

I cannot stop laughing.

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All Soul’s Day. I thought I’d share this from The Episcopal Church’s Facebook page. (I recommend following them for the pictures coupled with prayers or Scripture they post twice a day.)

All Soul's Day

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Because Loreena McKennitt. I’ve seen her perform this twice in concert.

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Some more Loreena McKennitt. One thing she does well is set poetry to music. I used her version of “The Lady of Shalott” (Lord Alfred Tennyson) to memorize the last part of it for my 8th grade accelerated English class in 1994 and she is known for putting Shakespeare to music.

I especially love her version of “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes. It’s too bad she released it 4 years after my brother had to memorize part of it!

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