If I Had Not Given My Blog Up For Lent…

First of all…

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told you about the last week of Winter Quarter when Daniel’s ADHD meds appeared to have just crapped out. I spent three nights dealing with him hitting me, screaming, and spitting before I could get a doctor’s appointment on that Friday and we almost ended up having to take him to the ER on that Wednesday night because he was so out of control. It turns out that he had an ear infection in his right ear and the same drippy throat he gave me and he wasn’t sleeping because he was so uncomfortable. (Funny story: when his incredibly awesome pediatrician moved to examine her, he said, “no touch!” very sternly. Yeah, no. When you are preventing Mommy from sleeping and getting homework done, you lose your right to not be examined.) Some antibiotics and Dimetapp got him back to almost normal.

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have commented on Mike Pence and the Billy Graham rule and M@tt W@lsh’s stupid assertions on the subject by doing a 7 Quick Takes post of 7 reasonable occasions when men and women should be allowed to meet alone.

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told you how much I adore the first Sunday of Lent in the Episcopal church because it’s the Sunday we sing the Great Litany and my choir here in Washington spreads out in a U-shape around the congregation and passes each petition from person to person. It’s liturgy geek nirvana!

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would tell you about how much in love I am with Audrey Assad and how her song “I Shall Not Want” has been in my head and leading me to pray.

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have shared our Palm Sunday anthem with you so you could get it stuck in your heads too!

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told you about doing Confession with my priest on March 28th and why I do it as an Episcopalian. Lots of tears on my part (it had been 4 years since I had done it) but it was worth it and very healing. She also did Anointing for the Sick on me because of all the scars on my arms. (Can we just say that it had been a bad weekend and leave it at that?)

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told you about Maundy Thursday at my church and the quick Eucharist service and stripping of the altar before heading to the fellowship hall for pizza and a finger food potluck interspersed with foot-washing. There were so few of us that Helen (my priest) invited us up into the chancel area for the Eucharistic prayer. My congregation was joined by the Spanish-speaking congregation so it was a bilingual Eucharist and the Communion hymn was “We’ll Know They Are Christians By Their Love” which *TOTALLY* is appropriate when you have the two congregations mixing and Communion being given in two languages. It was one of those moments that is a glimpse of heaven and filled me with joy at being Christian and experiencing it.

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told you about Helen convincing the kiddos in the Spanish congregation to let her wash their feet and how touching it was to see her sitting on the floor with one of the two year olds and his very somber face while she stuck his feet in a Rubbermaid container of water and chattered at him in Spanish. When she was washing the feet of one of the little girls, I almost offered her the nail polish in my purse that I keep for pedicures but I didn’t know if her parents would have been OK with her getting her fingers or toes painted. Meanwhile, Helen’s oldest son washed my feet and gave me one of the best footrubs I’ve had.

If I had not given my blog up for Lent, I would have told how much I loved my Lenten discipline of reading only religious books and reading instead of surfing Facebook while I am out and about. I finished Father Tim’s Church Survival Guide by Fr. Tim Schenck and Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus by James Martin, S.J. before picking up Spiritual Sobriety by Elizabeth Esther.

So glad to be back with y’all!

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 26, 2017

For Today… February 26, 2017

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Looking out my window… dusk. It started out snowing this morning but got fairly nice toward noon.

I am thinking… about Lent starting on Wednesday and what my Lenten sacrifices will be. I have two of them thus far and may add another.

I am thankful… that I found the words to “The Pirate and the Ninja Should Be Friends”. I’m pretty sure there’s another version out there but this works.

One of my favorite things… being able to sing. My singing voice is froggy at the moment because of my cold. Boo.

I am wearing… my blue-green shirt and jeans. Church clothes were a long-sleeved version of this shirt, black slacks, and my black boots.

I am creating… various Word documents for my assessments. I’m trying to get all my Word for the week done tonight so I’m able to get as much of my Records Management done tomorrow. That enables me to focus on Accounting.

I am reading… Father Tim’s Church Survival Guide by Tim Schenck.

I am hoping… for a chill week. Excitement is getting a bit overrated.

I am learning… about merchandise valuation.

In my kitchen… steak, baked potatoes, beans, salad, and probably ice cream for dessert.

In the school room… I have Daniel’s IEP scheduled.

Shared Quote… “The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God. What we try to keep for ourselves is just what we’re sure to lose.” — C.S. Lewis

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 19, 2017

For Today… February 19, 2017

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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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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 5, 2017

For Today… February 5, 2017

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Looking out my window… dark. Rain today and a little bit of snow earlier.

I am thinking… about the huddle for the Women’s March that I’m facilitating on Thursday.

I am thankful… for Judge James L. Robart who blocked the implementation of Trump’s ban on immigrants.

Not sure if people are aware that Judge Robart is a Bush appointee and a mainstream Republican — I mention this lest people think this was a partisan move instead of one based on Constitutional law.

One of my favorite things… not fighting nausea. Kind of wishing I wasn’t doing that right now.

I am wearing… jammies. Once I was able to drag myself out of bed this afternoon, clothes were my Cougars shirt and jeans.

I am creating… plans for the huddle and visual aids.

I am watching… NCIS reruns.

I am hoping… to get my Records Management and Accounting done by Wednesday so I don’t have to think about it on Thursday afternoon.

I am learning… about Notes Payable in Accounting.

In my kitchen… steak last night. Spaghetti and meatballs tonight.

Shared Quote…

HP conjecture.

A moment from my day… The best Super Bowl commercial.

**UPDATE** The 84 Lumber Super Bowl commercial was here but I took it down when I realized it was a gigantic ad for Trump’s wall.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: January 29, 2017

For Today…

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Looking out my window… dark. It was cold, rainy, and windy with temps in the 40’s. Definitely a day to stay in!

I am thinking… about the complete fustercluck created by the Trump administration with T-Rump’s executive order on Friday. Added on and potentially worse is the fact that Trump shook up the National Security Council, removing people who actually *KNOW* something about national security and instead naming his white supremacist advisor to it. #SoAshamedofThePresident #TraitorInChief

I am thankful… for Federal Judge Ann Donnelly who issued the emergency stay preventing some of the people affected from being deported. I am also profoundly thankful for all the lawyers who rushed to airports around the country to help out those affected, working pro-bono.

One of my favorite things… having a governor who goes down and protests with the people at Sea-Tac.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were a navy blue fitted tee, my black paisley skirt, my black cardigan, black tights, and my black flats. After church, I traded my skirt and tights for jeans and my cardigan for a navy fleece.

I am creating… documents for my MS Word Skills Assessment.

I am watching… reruns of “The Big Bang Theory”.

I am hoping… T-Rump’s executive order can be thrown out completely on the grounds that it’s unconstitutional. I’d also like Steve Bannon taken off the National Security Council but that might be a bit too much to hope for this week.

I am learning… about reversing entries in accounting.

In my kitchen… Mom made garlic parmesan chicken for Sunday dinner.

In the school room… Daniel has tomorrow off for a teacher in-service day.

Post Script… here is the GoFundMe site for the mosque in Texas that burned down right after T-Rump issued the executive order.

Shared Quote…

Worth thinking about.

A moment from my day…

Maybe I've been a bit too political this weekend.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: January 22, 2017

For Today… January 22, 2017

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Looking out my window… dusk. The high was in the upper 40’s today according to Weather Underground. (I was in bed trying not to puke.)

I am thinking… about how to structure my homework due dates this week. I have one assignment due tomorrow (technically two but the second one can be turned in late) and a test in that class to do that is due on Tuesday night. After that, I have work due for another class on Tuesday and thankfully, my other class has a due date of Thursday.

I am thankful… for the almost 5 million marchers in the US and another 300,000 worldwide who took part in 673 marches (including two in Antarctica) yesterday for the Women’s March on Washington. I couldn’t participate because of the kidlet so I cheered people on instead.

One of my favorite things… whoever runs the site for P22, the mountain lion in the LA Hills. They put a pussy hat on him. 😀

I am wearing… jammies. Church today was a blue-green long-sleeved shirt and black slacks. I didn’t make it more than halfway through before I had to leave and go home to go to bed because the smell of someone’s coffee was making me feel nauseated.

I am creating… nothing at the moment after finishing my pussy hats this week.

I am watching… NCIS re-runs.

I am hoping… this doesn’t turn into the stomach virus that landed Daniel in the ER on Friday. (Thankfully, I have Zofran if it’s needed.)

I am learning… about special journals and subsidiary ledgers.

In my kitchen… Dad is making spaghetti for him and Mom. I’d be joining them for dinner if I wasn’t feeling so crappy.

In the school room… Daniel is chomping at the bit to go back tomorrow.

Post Script… for those who claimed that pro-lifers weren’t welcome at the March this weekend, go read what Cammie has to say on the subject.

Shared Quote…

So much for silly hats!

A moment from my day… My favorite sign thus far:

Even introverts marched!

Closing Notes: Stories on the march are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: January 15, 2017

For Today… January 15, 2017

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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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