The Simple Woman’s Daybook: August 28, 2017

For Today… August 28, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dusk. It got up to almost 90F here which is icky because of the humidity. It’s not as bad Ohio was though. *shudders*

I am thinking… about the school year for Daniel which starts in 9 days. (Nope… totally not counting down…)

I am thankful… for my mom replacing my NOOK which broke on New Year’s Day. Usually, my electronics/computer stuff are named after titles for Orthodox priest’s wives; but Mom convinced me to name it Edda after my black literary cat of beauty who disappeared almost three years ago.

EddaEdda's cover

One of my favorite things… ice chips.

I am wearing… jammies. Clothes today were an indigo v-necked shirt and black capris.

I am creating… a baby blanket for a friend due in November.

I am reading… Killer Gourmet by G.A. McKevett

I am hoping… for decent sleep tonight and that my conversation with Social Security goes well tomorrow.

I am learning… how to eat for type 2 diabetes.

In my kitchen… a quesadilla made with leftover tri-tip earlier.

In the school room… 9 days to go. Hopefully, the school supply list arrives soon.

Post Script… Because you *TOTALLY* need instructions for making a cape from “Game of Thrones”.

Shared Quote… “What I want to measure, what I can control, is my own response to life’s challenges.” — Rhoda Janzen

A moment from my day…

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7 Quick Takes: Total Eclipse of the Blog Edition

7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

The eclipse here in the Pacific Northwest. I was honestly underwhelmed by it here in northern Washington. We were at 92% of totality here so I expected it to be darker — it was kind of dusky out but not amazing. I wasn’t outside though and my parents told me that it dropped about 10 degrees temperature-wise and the bees were completely still on the flowers the entire 2+ minutes.

I did watch it going over Jackson Hole, Wyoming on TV and that was pretty amazing, especially seeing the sun’s rays hitting Grand Teton as the moon was done passing by.

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Neighbors in Faith. Last night, I attended a presentation on Islam by Pastor Terry Kyllo of Neighbors in Faith. Pastor Terry used to be one of the clergy that rotated through my Episcopal church when they were part of a Lutheran-Episcopal cluster so I knew him. It was a wonderful presentation and I wanted to share the following resources with y’all.

Islam Fact Check
The Islamophobia Network
An Open Letter to Al-Baghdadi
A Common Word (includes reading lists!)
A Journalist’s Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists

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Seriously?!?!? Here’s a map of the most hated food in each state. I can understand hating some things like Chick-Fil-A or mayonnaise on fries but there are people out there that hate pesto?!?!?!? (The store-bought stuff is nasty but the homemade stuff is AWESOME.)

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Cat therapy for autistic kids. This might explain why my kiddo is a social butterfly. (She also absolutely loves the videos she has seen of Iris and her Maine Coon kitty Thula.)

— 5 —

Because heros! My college friend Becca is on a blog tour promoting her latest release. Here is a guest post on her top 10 favorite heros/heroines.

— 6 —

This is true for me. Apparently, you commit things to memory more effectively when you write them by hand. This is why I did better on quizzes this summer when I wrote down notes by hand instead of just reading.

— 7 —

Whyyyyyyyyyyy???????? I’m really grumping about the Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis when I get news like this.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: August 20, 2017

For Today… August 20, 2017

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Looking out my window… dark. It was in the high 70’s today. We’ve got 92% of the sun obscured up here so it should be interesting tomorrow.

I am thinking… about the political situation in this country.

I am thankful… that many people clicked on the links I shared in my Quick Takes this past week. I know not everyone agrees with my viewpoint on this blog, so I was really thankful that people did read what I shared.

One of my favorite things… lamb gyros. I just found a local source so I’m really happy.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were a black patterned top, black slacks, my black cardigan, and black flats. Regular clothes were my blue-green fitted tee and black capris.

I am creating… notes on my Business English book. Woo.

I am watching… the news.

I am hoping… the next 2.5 weeks until kiddo goes back to school goes quickly. He’s chomping at the bit and he really does like having the scheduled time he has in the classroom.

I am learning… how my Sacred Ordinary Days planner works.

In my kitchen… pork roast, corn, potatoes, and salad for dinner with pie and ice cream for dessert.

In the school room… waiting for kiddo to get his school supply list in the mail.

Post Script… sharing this beautiful piece from Ann Voskamp.

Shared Quote…

Some words from JFK.

A moment from my day…

Some good advice.

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7 Quick Takes: Charlottesville Edition

7 Quick Takes

Unless you live under a rock or have been on silent retreat for several weeks, you probably saw something about the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville this past weekend that left one woman dead (a first person account is here), two police officers dead from a helicopter crash, and many injuries including a man who was almost beat to death with a metal poles by neo-Nazis.

I’m sure most of you who know me well would argue that I “got political” and that none of what I’m about to say or show you is surprising, but I would appreciate you hearing me out anyway.

— 1 —

How a *REAL* president tweets. This tweet by former President Obama is the most liked tweet in history. 45 should take notes. As I know some of you cannot go to the former president’s Twitter page in good conscience, I’ve taken the liberty of screen-capping it for you.

How a *REAL* president tweets.

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White privilege. My friend Sarah wrote this and it is excellent. These were my thoughts on Sunday in response to my priest’s sermon.

For those who want to be white allies or who have friends who are people of color, read this and this. There is also the amazing example of Darryl Davis.

Also, please don’t claim that you’re not racist/homophobic because your BFF/friends/loved one is a person of color or is Jewish or is GLBTQ. All three communities want you to cut that crap out because you’re offering them up as a sacrifice to assuage your guilt.

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Issues of Southern heritage. I’ve seen people posting quotes from Robert E. Lee all week and talk about how this is destroying Southern heritage. I invite you to read these words from Robert E. Lee and a reflection from Jon’s intership supervisor. Robert E. Lee’s descendants have even spoken out against the statue of him staying up.

My friend Eileen shared this with me from the Southern Poverty Law Center which discusses the timing of the monument erection. Hint: it was 1910-1930 during the rise of the KKK and of anti-Semitism.

This is an interesting reflection on the Confederate flag. Here’s a piece on mothballing Confederate monuments.

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Identifying the neo-Nazi marchers. There have been marchers who have been doxxed. One such story is here. A thoughtful discussion on whether it should happen is here.

There was also one protestor who decided to strip down when the going got tough. Too bad a documentary film crew caught it!

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For those who want to read… My dear friend Kate went to the library this week and got quite a few books with main characters who were people of color so she read them to her kids. She also shared this link that she found for books about social justice issues.

One thing for which I am thankful is that they were changing around the reading lists when I was a junior and senior in high school to give us a greater breadth of American writers who were not white. We read Amy Tan, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Lorraine Hansberry, and they were adding a book by Sandra Cisneros to the sophomore reading list. I was also fortunate to read some pieces by Gary Soto and some young adult literature about concentration camps in middle school. College brought me Drink Cultura by José Antonio Burciaga and A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki.

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Response of faith communities. This picture of clergy from different religious backgrounds standing tall in the face of men with automatic weapons is striking. It’s a pity there was a lack of Catholic clergy.

Brian McLaren also shares what he saw.

From St. Justin Martyr

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Political ramifications of all of this. I’m incredibly disappointed with 45 over his statements and refusal to condemn the neo-Nazi marchers outright. His daughter is an Orthodox Jew and they were calling for people like her, her husband, and her kids to die in ovens like in Nazi Germany.

From Dr. Suess

House caucus groups are calling for the firing of Bannon, Miller, and Gorka. There is also speculation that this was practice for a militia attack.

**UPDATE** Bannon is gone!

There is also the consideration of what this looks like from Berlin…

— Bonus —

So please, I beg you, speak out and speak up.

Your Nazi-Fighting Name

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: August 13, 2017

For Today… August 13, 2017

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Looking out my window… sunny. We finally (!!!) got rain last night and it was sprinkling this morning. Despite there being two of my migraine triggers present, I wish it had kept raining.

I am thinking… about Charlottesville, my own privilege, and the need to speak out and say, as a white woman, that the neo-Nazi crap going on there is abhorrent.

I am thankful… for last night. My youngest cousin called to let us know that she and her mom had just bought her wedding dress and she was coming up to show it to my grandmother. When we were taking the pictures with her and grandma (who was miraculously alert and smiling), we discovered that the portrait of my late grandfather in his Navy uniform was photobombing them. We had a good laugh and got teary because we miss him and photobombing them is totally something he would have enjoyed doing. (My cousin and I were beloved by him so she’s ecstatic that he was there in spirit last night.)

One of my favorite things… sleep. I’m not getting enough of it.

I am wearing… my blue-green fitted tee and jeans. Church clothes were the tee with black slacks, my black cardigan, and my black flats.

I am creating… my last two reports and journals for my Interpersonal Communications class.

I am listening to… the Andante movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in D Major Op. 28.

I am hoping… what I just ate and drank will get my blood sugar to where it needs to be and I won’t feel so hypoglycemic.

I am learning… the fingers that are least painful to prick with my glucometer. I am also trying to get a baseline for what “normal” should feel like.

In my kitchen… just noshed on some Chinese pork.

In the school room… class ends for me this week (4 chapters to outline for the quiz, 2 reports, and 2 journals due on Wednesday) and then I get to spend some time outlining the Business English textbook so I can test out of the class.

Post Script… my dear friend Priest’s Wife is blogging about fasting while on a ketogenic diet.

Shared Quote…

Something to think about.

A moment from my day… Our opening hymn.

Closing Notes: My priest made an interesting point this morning. She commented that it is an example of white privilege that she was able to step away from the Internet and all the coverage of Charlottesville to go help at a community event raising money for the local theater. For many people, the presence of the jerks in Charlottesville is not something that they can escape. I have friends whose relatives were in concentration camps, whose family members perished, and for whom the neo-Nazi presence was a reminder that there are people there who want to kill them and their children for being Jewish or of Jewish extraction.

For people of color, they are reminded every day of their lower status in America and quite a few people have commented that if the protesters with tiki torches had been African-American, the National Guard would have been called in to quell the protest. Others have offered equivocations that the Antifa and BLM are as bad as the neo-Nazis and that’s utter bullshit. First of all, most of the Antifa just want to go cause mayhem — seriously, even anarchists disavow association with them. Secondly, BLM is largely peaceful but white people are incredibly threatened by them marching that law enforcement tends to go overboard. The neo-Nazis in Charlottesville look like a bunch of frat boys in their khakis and polo shirts — they haven’t experienced a day of persecution in their lives!

White people need to speak up and condemn these acts. Yes, crap does happen where African-Americans yell epithets at white folks — I experienced it living in Columbus, Ohio. However, I didn’t take it as personally as I could have because I knew that there was a lot of hurt and anger behind it that spans generations and that they were dealing with things that I would never experience. I have never had a landlord refuse to rent to me because of the color of my skin, I never had to attend a school that was sub-par because of the neighborhood in which it was located, and while my dad’s family fled persecution in Ireland in the 19th century and weren’t allowed into the States (long story), my ancestors were never considered mere pieces of property.

White people enjoy a very privileged status in this country and we need to use that privilege to SPEAK UP when there is injustice being committed. If a friend lost a family member or had a tragedy happen, you would speak up. Guess what? There are a number of communities in this country whose lives and well-being are threatened by the men marching in Charlottesville and WE NEED TO SAY SOMETHING.

J.K. Rowling delivers as usual.

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I’ve “Gotten Political”

From Rachel Held Evans:

You don’t like that I’ve “gotten political,” huh?

If saying it’s wrong to mock people with disabilities makes me political, then so be it.

If rejecting the notion that demeaning, groping, insulting, and assaulting women is “just how men are” makes me political, then so be it.

If supporting a free press makes me political, then so be it.

If speaking out when religious and ethnic minorities are targeted with misinformation campaigns that have dramatically increased hate crimes against them makes me political, then so be it.

If believing the president of the United States is not above the rule of law, or the most basic ethical accountability, makes me political, then so be it.

If refusing to stand by as desperate refugee families, including many children, are turned away from safety based on misinformation and fear makes me political, then so be it.

If calling my senators to oppose a healthcare bill that would likely increase the abortion rate and definitely leave my friends with special needs kids bankrupt and desperate makes me political, then so be it.

If expecting the president of the United States to behave with some semblance of decorum and decency, even on Twitter, makes me political, then so be it.

If getting angry when Christian leaders shrug off sexual assault, lying, racism, bullying, cruelty to the vulnerable, and unapologetic greed and self-aggrandizement because it gets them the judge they want or the power they crave makes me political, then so be it.

If turning over tables when Christians sing hymns in honor of this administration’s ethno-nationalist agenda makes me political, then so be it.

You don’t like that I’ve gotten political?

I don’t like that the future of the Republic and the integrity of the American Church has been so glibly handed over to a man who has no respect for either.

You’re damn right I’ve gotten political.

And even if you remain silent, you have too.

7 Quick Takes: Diabetes Edition

7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

Last Wednesday night (the 2nd), I didn’t get to sleep until probably 6:30 a.m. on Thursday morning and I had UTI symptoms. My resident just got hired on by Family Medicine as a sho’ nuff doctor and wasn’t going to be starting at the practice until the 9th so I hit up Urgent Care, hoping that La Bruja wouldn’t be one of the doctors on duty. (I had to deal with her several times last summer and she has the bedside manner of a rabid wolverine.) I gave them my UA and got triaged quickly.

— 2 —

As I’m sitting in the triage room talking to the medical assistant and telling her my symptoms, I suggest that they check my blood sugar on the off chance that my symptoms might be related to my sugars being screwed up. I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic 10 years ago and have been borderline for a while so it was a possibility. The medical assistant stabs my finger, puts the blood on the test strip, and announces to me that my blood sugar was 365. She then asks me when I last took my insulin. I looked at her, the color draining from my face, and told her that I wasn’t on insulin and that this was twice as high as I had ever seen it.

— 3 —

While I burst into tears and sobbed from exhaustion and fear, the medical assistant ran to get the doctor so the two of them could decide whether or not to treat me there or send me to the ER. I texted my mom (who was watching Daniel) and let her know that ish was going down and I might be headed over to the hospital. She texted back not to worry about Daniel (he was doing botany with her and engaging in some testing of the new washtub). The medical assistant came in, gave me a hug, and took me straight to an exam room.

— 4 —

The doctor came in shortly after and was wonderful. She checked me out very thoroughly and ordered bloodwork stat. After finding an antibiotic I could have, she came up with a game plan until my annual exam on the 17th. After showing me to the lab room, she went and sourced a new glucometer for me (thankfully Medicaid covered it) as well as giving me a prescription for test strips. I told her about my food issues and she gave me some suggestions for lunch, promising to call the second she had the labs back. (She sent them to the hospital to be processed *IMMEDIATELY*.)

— 5 —

When she called back that afternoon, I got some good news. My blood sugar was wonky but everything else was good so we were catching this early. She had me call her a few days later with my numbers (after testing 4 times a day) and they were on a positive trend down. She prescribed some Glipizide for me… which my pharmacist refused to fill because it could kill me. (It’s a sulfonurea medication and I’m very allergic to sulfa which puts me at great risk of a reaction due to cross-sensitivity.) I’ve opted to forgo the Glipizide (obviously) and work my diet for the next week and a half.

— 6 —

Right now, my numbers are steadily improving. I’m figuring out what I can order at $tarbux and what I can keep down. The theory is that I crossed the line into Type 2 diabetes within the last year or so and my blood sugar spiked because of the infection and stress. (PCOS-related insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes are on both sides of my dad’s family so genetics, as usual, are not in my favor.)

— 7 —

The game plan when I meet with my doctor in a week is to get a referral to endocrinology for the PCOS issues, nutrition to see if we can find a workable diet for me (hint: gluten-free is not an option — I don’t have a gluten sensitivity and it would further limit what I *can* eat), and an allergist to get a handle on what I am allergic to foodwise.

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