The Simple Woman’s Daybook: April 8, 2018

For Today… April 8, 2018

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Looking out my window… grey and cloudy. We’re getting rain intermittently.

I am thinking… about what I am tutoring this week.

I am thankful… for stories of my grandfather that I got to hear this morning from an old friend of his.

One of my favorite things… memories of my beloved grandfather.

I am wearing… a berry-colored long-sleeved shirt and jeans. Church clothes were a green paisley dress and black leggings.

I am creating… a medical office handbook in Word.

I am listening to… this hymn on YouTube.

I am hoping… to get a fair amount done tonight.

I am learning… the basics of QuickBooks.

In my kitchen… I grabbed a sandwich at Subway.

In the school room… Kiddo’s Spring Break is over tomorrow and he heads back to school!

Post Script… this Twitter thread from @BestofNextDoor on football fans gone wild

Shared Quote… “But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

A moment from my day… Our offertory hymn today.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: April 2, 2018

For Today…

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Looking out my window… cloudy though it was sunny earlier. Our weather has been going from extreme to extreme lately, and that has led to knee pain and migraines for me.

I am thinking… about school which technically starts tomorrow though I’m working on two discussion board posts right now and don’t have a physical class until Wednesday.

I am thankful… for a good visit with my uncle and his new wife. We had 13 people for dinner yesterday and 2 more stopped in later!

One of my favorite things… Easter worship. Good hymns, our anthem went well, and Helen’s sermon was excellent.

I am wearing… a long-sleeved charcoal heather shirt and jeans capris.

I am creating… discussion board posts.

I am listening to… Mom play the piano.

I am hoping… to have some decent outings with Daniel while he is on Spring Break this week. I just bought a Discover Pass and I think we’ll maybe head to the slough in a few days.

I am learning… that my neighbors love my “Dump Trump” bumper sticker and were amused when I duct-taped over it yesterday to keep the peace at Easter dinner yesterday. (My mom also hid my father’s Trump voodoo doll temporarily for the same reason.)

In my kitchen… leftovers! I predict a wonderful dinner tonight.

In the school room… Daniel is on Spring Break.

Post Script… here is something for the #walkupnotwalkout crowd.

Shared Quote… “The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God.” — Rob Bell

A moment from my day… Some music for Easter!

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: March 19, 2018

For Today… March 19, 2018

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Looking out my window… sunny. It was cloudy in the morning and most of the day but everything melted off in the late afternoon.

I am thinking… about what to put on my signs for Saturday’s march.

I am thankful… that my annual female exam went well and I might not have to have another one ever. (We’re working on getting a hysterectomy approved for me.)

One of my favorite things… my fairy godmother’s corned beef and potatoes.

I am wearing… a grey heather long-sleeved shirt and black jeans.

I am creating… a baby blanket.

I am listening to… quiet in the house. (It’s much later now and Daniel is asleep.)

I am hoping… that my Celtic knotwork cross is fixable. (Jon mailed it back to me finally and it arrived broken.)

In my kitchen… Mom made Guinness stew last night for Dad’s birthday.

Post Script… Mountain Lion Madness looks interesting!

Shared Quote… “I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.” — Stephen Hawking

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7 Quick Takes: Triennial IEP Edition

7 Quick Takes

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“Standing in the rain.” I spent yesterday morning standing in the rain to support middle school kids in their walkout. Details are here.

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Attending a birth. Someone sent this letter to Dear Prudence and asked her to arbitrate in a situation between a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law, in which the mother-in-law is butthurt that her daughter-in-law doesn’t want her in the room while she’s giving birth. However, her own mother is permitted in there and the mother-in-law is crying that this is *SOOOOOOOOOO* unfair that she’s being made a “second-class grandma”, even going so far as to call her daughter-in-law’s parents to make them badger their daughter into changing her mind. The son and daughter-in-law (as well as the daughter-in-law’s parents) are furious with her and she can’t figure out what she did wrong.

Prudence excoriated her (quite rightfully) for being an entitled shrew because childbirth is not a spectator sport. Someone decided to do a running Twitter commentary on the issue and then George Takei picked it up. Let’s just say that Uncle George’s fan base was not siding in favor of the mother-in-law and excoriating the misguided people who attempted (badly) to argue in her favor.

So, for the sake of any readers of this blog who might argue in favor of the mother-in-law, let me put this in words you might be able to understand: Childbirth is a private medical procedure. It is a part of life, but not one which many people want to share with their mother-in-laws, women who didn’t freaking *RAISE* them and take care of them when they were sick. If you decide to make this a hill to die on, prepare to lose a relationship with your daughter-in-law, your future grandchild (your daughter-in-law is not stupid enough to let your son take her child to see you), and likely your son because you will have demonstrated that you have no intention of respecting the parents’ boundaries for their family, especially their children.

Capeche?

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Tickling my funny bone. I know this is clickbait, but it’s funny clickbait.

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Triennial IEP meeting. To be compliant with IDEA, the school must do testing every three years to make sure that special education is still appropriate. This year, I discovered that someone had put the wrong date in the computer as to when Daniel was due for his triennial evaluation and this meant that we had to pull everything together in a very short period of time. Thankfully, Daniel has an amazing IEP team and we made it. The meeting was Wednesday and while it was painful in some ways, there was positive progress and we have good IEP goals for next year. His gross motor skills have also improved enough that he is being discharged from physical therapy, which is definitely a positive step.

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If you’re interested… March for Our Lives is a march dedicated to talking about gun violence and sensible gun control. (**NOTE** Sensible gun control does not mean that we are taking away everyone’s weapons, but rather discussing appropriate legal regulations that would allow people to own their weapons, but do a better job of keeping them from falling into the wrong hands. I want to make this abundantly clear.)

If you’d like to attend a local one or find out more information click here. There are marches being held on March 24th on 6 continents, which I find pretty amazing. If this is not of interest, feel free to ignore it. 🙂

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Lenten meal ideas. Need some vegetarian/vegan meal ideas for the next two weeks? Click here.

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Duuuuude… The results of the astronaut twin study with Scott and Mark Kelly are out and apparently, long-term space missions can alter our DNA.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: March 5, 2018

For Today… March 5, 2018

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Looking out my window… dark. It was shirtsleeves weather today.

I am thinking… about group work in my Excel/Access class tomorrow and plotting how to deal with a difficult person in my group.

I am thankful… to have gotten tutor training done and to have gotten paid for it.

One of my favorite things… my morning lattĂ©.

I am wearing… jammies. Clothes today were black long-sleeved shirt and jeans.

I am creating… reports in Access databases.

I am reading… various things on Reddit.

I am hoping… we get a lot done tomorrow on our group project.

I am learning… how to edit reports in Design view on Access.

In my kitchen… Subway tonight. It was a busy day.

In the school room… still trying to get Daniel’s IEP together.

Post Script… this setting of a familiar hymn by Fernando Ortega. (I give his latest album 15/10. It’s meditations and music related to the crucifixion of Jesus and it is AMAZING.)

Shared Quote… “The mold in which a key is made would be a strange thing, if you had never seen a key: and the key itself a strange thing if you had never seen a lock. Your soul has a curious shape because it is a hollow made to fit a particular swelling in the infinite contours of the divine substance, or a key to unlock one of the doors in the house with many mansions.

Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it — made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.” – C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

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7 Quick Takes: Active Shooter Drill Edition

7 Quick Takes

Yes, my Quick Takes are late. I had homework due tonight for Excel/Access.

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Active shooter drill. We had an active shooter drill during my Excel/Access class today. It’s in a computer lab so we had to turn off all of the monitors in addition to flipping the lights, drawing the blinds, and locking the door. This made for a dark room (which was kind of the point) and I had to code something, so we were using my cell phone as a flashlight because an actual flashlight would have been too bright.

A message also flashes onto all of the screens in the event of an active shooter (in addition to sirens going off and an automated message playing over the loudspeakers) so it’s inconceivable that someone wouldn’t know unless they were both blind and deaf.

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Shelter-in-place drill. My school does a shelter-in-place drill quarterly and today’s happened to be an active shooter drill specifically because of the school shooting in Florida on Valentine’s Day. They take these drills very seriously and it paid off during Fall Quarter when they had to lockdown campus for a manhunt.

I find them unnerving (and today was only the second time I’ve been on campus for one), but they’re necessary these days given the fact that our government is in the pocket of the NRA and will not pass commonsense gun control legislation. (Gun control does not equal taking all of people’s guns away, contrary to what some on the rightmost fringe of the political spectrum might think.) Each instructor also has a very clear plan for what needs to happen in each classroom where they teach, and my Practical Accounting instructor admitted to spending her commute coming up with plans for these situations.

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Book recommendation. A seminary classmate of mine wrote a book. Go check it out because she is freaking awesome. Seriously. Do it now.

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Speaking of books… Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. has a new one out. It is now on my wish list.

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Must print this out to hand to people. My instructor jokes about all of us standing in the back of the room shotgunning our coffee before class. I need to print this (and a few other coffee memes) out for her.

Personning is hard without caffeine.

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Mea culpa. Why no! This one totally doesn’t describe my morning! Never!

Mea culpa.

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I need to put this on my door. It really was THAT kind of morning here…

RUN!

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 26, 2018

For Today… February 26, 2018

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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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