7 Quick Takes — Raindances

7 Quick Takes

After having one of the driest Decembers on record, we’re receiving a few weather systems that should make a dent in our needed rainfall and hopefully add some snow to the Sierras. (Yes, I’m fully aware that “Sierras” is like writing “mountainses”. However, everyone around here pluralizes it.)

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If you view my blog as a whole, there’s a sticky post at the top which explains the button on the sidebar. Restating it briefly, I can’t throw my weight behind any of the GOP candidates, so I’m supporting Obama. The political discussion on this blog regarding the 2012 election stops at that point (Twitter is another story) and I’m perfectly OK with anyone who wants to pass over my blog until November 7th. I’m not going to gripe about any of the GOP debates or any candidate — the only complaining I may do is about the number of political ads on TV come autumn.

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I think everybody in the pro-life movement needs to read this. Kate is another Quick Takes blogger and she is so perfectly on-the-money with what she has to say. I have friends on both sides of the issue and she brings a lot of grace to the pro-life side of it. (Thank you to Katie @ NFP and Me for re-tweeting it.)

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I have parent training this weekend for the autism program that will be working with Daniel. I’d prefer doing it over two Saturdays instead of Saturday/Sunday but the only way we can have this in place before Daniel turns three is for me to do it this weekend. I’ve almost got the care schedule for Sunday morning in place and I’m thankful that the people of Metanoia are so awesome to offer to take care of him while Jon is conducting worship and teaching Sunday school. (For those not in the know, I’m married to a Lutheran pastor.) We get an hour-long break for lunch so I’ll definitely be charging my NOOK so I can curl up with it during lunch. (It also has a pad of paper in the cover so I can take copious notes.)

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I just found out that a seminary friend of mine is pregnant again… with triplets. I managed not to remark that she was going to have her hands full — I imagine that there will be plenty of people telling her that in her congregation. I’m hoping for a healthy pregnancy for her — pregnancies of multiples can be tricky by nature. (The hospital where I used to live in Montana refused to deliver twins or higher because there was so much that could go wrong.)

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I had lobster for the first time last weekend at the lobster feed put on by the Chamber of Commerce. Honestly, it’s not my first choice for shellfish — it was a little bit too rich. The shrimp from the Low Country Boil on the other hand… I wish I’d taken some of it home with me although at the time, the thought of more food was more than I could handle. It was a fun evening and I’m thankful to one of my parishioners for inviting me to go with her.

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I have to admit that I’m somewhat amused at the revelation that Paula Deen has Type II diabetes. There are a number of people crying “HYPOCRITE!!!” at her because she pushed her high-fat comfort food while living with the condition and I don’t doubt she is a bit guilty of hypocrisy; but people also had a choice to follow her recipes and eat that food. She claims to have always preached moderation and that’s something that we Americans have problems in practicing. The normal dinner plate size has increased insanely in the last 30-40 years and having appetizers, an entrée, and dessert at most major restaurant chains will use up your daily allowance of calories in just that meal in addition to all the excess fat and sodium.

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I’m getting kind of addicted to the Friday lunch special at the local sushi place. Soup, salad, teryaki chicken or beef, rice, and a roll of choice for under $15. It works. They’re also more than happy to let me just sit and read after I eat.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: January 2, 2012

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FOR TODAY January 2, 2012

Outside my window… foggy this morning and sunny in the afternoon. It was supposed to be near 60 today but I don’t think I noticed while I was outside.

I am thinking… about what to suggest to use next for Bible Studies.

I am thankful… for Jon being home today. It’s why I’m able to do this now instead of after 9:00 tonight when Daniel is in bed.

In the kitchen… veggie chips and pub cheese from Trader Joe’s.

I am wearing… grey shirt and my penguin pajama bottoms.

I am going… to hopefully have a quiet night tonight with Daniel not in a bearish mood.

I am wondering… where the people on CA-99 learned to drive.

I am reading… just finished In Stitches by Anthony Youn M.D. He had an article on CNN a few weeks ago and it mentioned that he had written this book. It’s pretty light in terms of tone though he does talk about his lack of sex in college and medical school. Despite that, I enjoyed it.

I am hoping… Daniel either goes down for his nap now or goes to sleep early tonight.

I am looking forward to… having nothing on Wednesday because Tuesday is going to be packed.

I am hearing… Daniel pushing his shopping cart around and Catholic Weekend on iTunes.

Around the house… dishes and stuff to do.

I am pondering… things in my heart.

One of my favorite things… veggie chips and pub cheese.

A few plans for the rest of the week… doctor’s appointment and PT for Daniel tomorrow, nothing on Wednesday, and OT on Thursday.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: December 19, 2011

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FOR TODAY December 19, 2011

Outside my window… dark. It was completely foggy until noon and then sunny with a chill.

I am thankful… for my mom baby-sitting Daniel so I could take in a concert with my dad on Saturday night.

In the kitchen… a lovely Hot Pocket for dinner. It’s not the best for me but it’s fast and easy.

I am wearing… my black Arabic shirt and my blue penguin pajama bottoms.

I am creating… this entry. 🙂 I’m done with Christmas cards.

I am going… to relax tonight instead of having to stamp and seal cards.

I am wondering… what else I forgot at the store today.

I am reading… Three Day Town by Margaret Maron. I put The Magicians down for the moment because this one is due back at the library eventually.

I am hoping… Daniel’s playground date tomorrow goes well.

I am looking forward to… the Christmas season being over and being able to go to the post office or to the store without it being mobbed.

I am hearing… our Winnie the Pooh DVD (which kept Daniel’s attention so I could finish the Christmas cards).

Around the house… Jon cleaned. I’m happy.

One of my favorite things… Coca Cola. So bad for me but I crave it during stressful times.

A few plans for the rest of the week… therapies, errands, and… yeah.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing… My dad decorating for Christmas. The explanation: my dad is a mechanical engineer and he has a fascination with farm equipment, especially John Deere. When I lived in Minnesota, our parsonage was down the street from the John Deere store so I would walk down there and get him various miniature versions of machinery and John Deere gear (a hat). I even tied a John Deere blankie for him in 2009. He keeps the machinery in the guest bathroom and occasionally changes things up, replacing stuff in the trailer and hopper with M&M’s, rose petals, and now Christmas balls. After I took this picture, he added plough furrows using colored sprinkles.

Dad decorating for Christmas.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: December 5, 2011

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FOR TODAY December 5, 2011

Outside my window… night and supposed to dip down below freezing. I am positively giddy.

I am thinking… that I should probably start pondering what to get people for Christmas.

I am thankful… that Daniel is occupying himself right now so I can do this entry.

In the kitchen… I haven’t had to cook today — I had something frozen for breakfast, Jon brought home some awesome veggie pizza from a meeting, and he brought me home fries for dinner tonight.

I am wearing… blue maternity shirt (no, I am not pregnant — it’s just comfortable) and my blue striped pajama bottoms.

I am creating… entries and Postcrossing postcards.

I am going… to be doing a fair amount of laundry tomorrow.

I am wondering… if I’ll ever get into the Christmas spirit this year. (I am seriously a Scrooge.)

I am reading… The Alpine Winter by Mary Daheim. Technically, I finished it last night but it could use a re-read.

I am hoping… Daniel doesn’t have another puke fest tonight.

I am looking forward to… Ladies’ Night Out on Wednesday.

I am hearing… Daniel playing with remote controls and “The Magic School Bus” on TV.

Around the house… *whistles innocently*

I am pondering… many things in my heart.

One of my favorite things… black cats who aren’t routing around in the laundry pile.

A few plans for the rest of the week… “Hart of Dixie” tonight, PT tomorrow, neuro appointment/speech therapy/Ladies’ Night Out on Wednesday, OT and child development on Thursday, and hopefully nothing on Friday or Saturday.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: November 21, 2011

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FOR TODAY November 21, 2011

Outside my window… foggy this morning but now sunny and a bit chilly.

I am thinking… about plots for NaNoWriMo.

I am thankful… that Daniel hasn’t gotten into my flour supply.

In the kitchen… instant stuff because we’re going to be gone for part of this week.

I am wearing… black Arabic shirt and my blue penguin pajama bottoms.

I am creating… my NaNo piece and prayer shawls.

I am going… to San Jose on Thursday. I actually just spent the weekend there — it was a rough week last week.

I am wondering… why Edda is so scabby.

I am reading… Shirt of Flame by Heather King. I think I can finish it on the drive to San Jose on Thursday and hopefully the library will have books in for me before then.

I am hoping… Daniel takes his full nap today.

I am looking forward to… seeing my evil twin and my sister-in-law. (We don’t see each other that much even though we only live 40 minutes apart.)

I am hearing… Qubo on TV. I’m hoping that the CW stops being static-y. I will be grumping if I miss “Hart of Dixie” tonight.

Around the house… Jon deep-cleaned.

I am pondering… if this is a cold or allergies. I’m currently a walking advertisement for Dayquil.

One of my favorite things… my parent’s cat Homer’s tummy.

A few plans for the rest of the week… women’s Bible study tonight, IFSP for the Regional Center tomorrow, speech therapy on Wednesday, going and socializing before the Thanksgiving service on Wednesday night (it conflicts with Daniel’s bathtime and he is a bear of a set schedule — thus we’re missing the service), and Thanksgiving weekend with family.

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Potato Soup

I made potato soup today. The most labor-intensive part was dicing the potatoes. I also overestimated the number I would need so I have a couple extra big russet ones. Oh well. The recipe I used is here.

The changes I made:

-low sodium chicken broth
-5 cups of 2% milk instead of the half-and-half
-margarine instead of butter

It still tasted great even with these changes and I yielded probably 15 cups of soup instead of 12 because of the added milk. I kept a little bit for the refrigerator and froze 11 cups in quart-sized freezer bags. (They were out of pint-sized ones.)

7 Quick Takes — More of the Same

7 Quick Takes

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I need to apologize to someone. Elia of ConservaMom has been referring to the Occupy protesters as “dopes” and instead of just ignoring her site and not reading it (which is what I do when I come across sites that make me want to throw things), I left a really terse comment. She responded to all my points more gracefully than I deserved and I owe her an apology for the comment I left. Elia, I’m sorry. In the future, I’ll just skip her blog on the Quick Takes list. I also still resent her calling the Occupy protesters “dopes” but it’s something on which I’ll have to agree to disagree with her.

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The shots of Morgan at the end of CSI this week reminds me of the way I feel like I look at the end of the day. For those who aren’t CSI addicts like I am, she had been in a helicopter that had been hijacked and shot down. There are a lot of days where I feel like I’ve had all those things happen during the day. Yes, I’m a stay-at-home mom and yes, I only have one child. However, Daniel isn’t your normal child and I feel like I’m constantly on my toes trying to reinforce what we do in therapies and also trying to keep the “terrible two’s destructiveness” to a minimum.

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KFC has a new famous bowl which features bacon and cheese. I can’t believe people eat stuff like this. It’s mashed potatoes, chicken, cheese, and bacon in a bowl. They were talking about it on KLOVE on Wednesday with people calling in and playing “can you top this?” with worse foods. One mentioned was on the Denny’s menu and it’s a patty melt with mac n’ cheese in it. My dearly departed gallbladder is seizing in a specimen jar someplace.

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Speaking of food, I made quinoa for the first time this week. For those not in the know, it’s a “pseudo-cereal” grain-type plant from South America that is a complete protein and has a number of nutrients like iron and calcium. It looks like birdseed and it has a nutty flavor that’s kind of like that of some wild rice components. Daniel didn’t care for the texture though I ate it quite willingly. (I had made my family’s chicken recipe and the sauce will make anything taste good.) I’m scanning all my recipe websites for other things to do with it because it’s not something that would work with pesto. (The grains are too small — it really does look like birdseed.)

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I’m currently reading Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lisieux by Heather King. I’ve gotten partway into the introduction and I think I’m going to have to read the chapters in their entirety like I would an essay. It’s so new that it’s not available for my e-reader so I have an actual paper copy. (I like my Nook but I also love real books.)

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We have a new speech therapist for Daniel. His former speech therapist is having surgery so Easter Seals put us with a new one. She’s a sweetheart and just engaged Daniel in whatever he wanted to do, which was putting things into a sorter and opening/closing the doors of it. (I learned the signs for “open” and “close” today.) It was educational for me because it showed me that I need to stop flipping out about Daniel not engaging and going with the program. As my mom reminded me, these therapists get paid to do this and it’s not the first time they’ve dealt with an obstinate child. His new therapist is also just going to piggy-back on whatever we’re doing in other therapies.

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I have had to change some of the names in my NaNo piece to protect the stupid. If I were to ever edit my piece and submit it for publication, I would have to go back in and redo all the names of the stupid people because I based them on the initials of the real life people from whom I was drawing the inspiration. (Believe me… there could be some really good slander suits if the real life people could reasonably connect themselves to what I wrote.) So… I’m having to go back into my plans and do a “find and replace” — I just wish OneNote gave me the option to replace whatever I found.

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