31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: Beginnings

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung

My life is crazy with school, parenting, and church so I decided that adding a blog challenge made *PERFECT* sense. 🙂 Rather than try to be topical this year, I am just blogging about life and trying to post daily for the next 31 days.

The picture was taken of the tulip fields at RoozenGaarde during the Tulip Festival this past April. The title of “My World As It Is Sung” is in reference to the land of Narnia being sung into existence by Aslan in C.S. Lewis’ book, The Magician’s Nephew.

Day 01 — The Simple Woman’s Daybook for October 1, 2017
Day 02 — Kyrie
Day 03 — Country Mouse Visits The City
Day 04 — The Visit Itself
Day 05 — 7 Quick Takes on ADHD, Greek Food, and Other Fun Things
Day 06 — Joffrey Elite
Day 07 — Autism and Changelings
Day 08 — The Simple Woman’s Daybook for October 8, 2017
Day 09 — Hasidism
Day 10 — Pouring From My Empty Cup
Day 11 — The Current Baseball Playoffs
Day 12 — Autumn Quick Takes
Day 13 — Pumpkin Spice Latté
Day 14 — The Rose Ensemble
Day 15 — The Simple Woman’s Daybook for October 15, 2017
Day 16 — Overcoming One of My Fears
Day 17 — Things That Make Me Feel Alive
Day 18 — Source of Traditional Hymnody
Day 19 — Free Speech Edition of My 7 Quick Takes
Day 20 — Down in the River to Pray
Day 21 — The Party
Day 22 — The Simple Woman’s Daybook for October 22, 2017
Day 23 — BTL
Day 24 — A Needed Song
Day 25 — Pumpkin Patch
Day 26 — Hurriedly Coming Up with Quick Takes!
Day 27 — Zombie Frappucino
Day 28 — Great Big Sea
Day 29 — The Simple Woman’s Daybook for October 29, 2017
Day 30 — What Sounds Fun to Me Right Now

7 Quick Takes: Homework Break Edition

7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

Baseball take #1. Kind of bummed that Matt Cain is retiring but it sounds like it’s for the best. He’s got some injuries and he’s had a really good run with the Giants.

— 2 —

Because I *OBVIOUSLY* don’t have enough on my plate right now. I’m doing Write 31 Days again. I’ll have a sticky page up on Saturday with my details.


— 3 —

School take #1. My CDSP class on church finance is fascinating and has led to some interesting conversations with my Vestry. I may end up as the church treasurer at some point in the next 10 years so I’m glad I’m learning about fund accounting.

— 4 —

Divorce-related take. I’ve largely kept the divorce off of this blog because I don’t want to air my dirty laundry. However, the final judgment has just been submitted to both attorneys for signatures. Please pray we can get everything signed off in the next week or so and also pray for Jon’s heart and my heart as this is a very painful process for both of us.

— 5 —

Having just said all that…This song came up on YouTube and I think it’s definitely where my heart is at the moment.

— 6 —

School take #2. My other three classes are going well. I want to immerse myself completely in Sage50 for my Microcomputer Accounting II class and play but I need to be diligent and finish things up for my Electronic Communications class in the next day or so.

— 7 —

In closing…

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: September 24, 2017

For Today… September 24, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny and in the low 60’s. We will probably have rain tonight which is lovely.

I am thinking… about money and faith for my CDSP class on church finance.

I am thankful… for my amazing parish and how they welcomed Daniel this morning when he came to church with me for the first time in 3 years. (I was one of the readers and had choir duties so I had to be there.) I brought his tablet and headphones and he largely chilled while I was up front. Everyone was also really respectful of whether or not he could handle crowds and greeted him warmly.

On his part, he didn’t have any meltdowns, didn’t race up and down the aisles, and was reasonably quiet. It was such a nice change from 3 years ago when I wanted to be anywhere with him EXCEPT church.

One of my favorite things… a calm Sunday afternoon.

I am wearing… a black fitted tee and jeans capris. Church clothes were a long-sleeved black shirt, jeans, and my running shoes. (I didn’t know whether my kiddo would need a walk during the sermon or not ad my black flats are not conducive to that.)

I am creating… discussion board posts for my classes.

I am listening to… various High Kings songs on YouTube.

I am hoping… to stay caught up on everything this week.

I am learning… some of the national and diocesan canons that have to do with money and finances.

In my kitchen… had some Kashi cereal for lunch.

In the school room… Daniel continues to do well and his writing is improving.

Post Script… I recommend this amazing piece on Rich Mullins.

Shared Quote… “When God created each of us, he tucked a little bit of his divine imagination into our souls. He did this, I think, so that we can conceive of the fact that our world contains so much more than we can see, feel, and touch.” — Hallie Lord, On the Other Side of Fear

A moment from my day… Our opening hymn…

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7 Quick Takes: First Week of School Edition

7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

A bootylicious bone broth recipe. Because I completely spaced on it being Thursday and had nothing better to do tonight before this than download accounting software or talk on the phone to boys, my Quick Takes are late and I saw what Kelly posted beforehand… which means I can *TOTALLY* share her recipe for bone broth. Apparently, it’s guaranteed to make my loser liver into one that’s bootylicious. Score!

Oh… a memo to my liver: remember our deal! I don’t drink alcohol and you don’t crap out on me before I turn 40. You better not die before May 19, 2020! I don’t want to have to depend on the Evil Twin to keep his liver pristine enough to give a piece!!!

— 2 —

Back to school again. In case you missed my *AWESOME* daybook post this week with a fabulous photo of me with freshly-washed hair, I started school again on Monday and I’m all online this quarter. I’m taking a class on electronic communication (basically Outlook/Skype/business apps), a class on Sage’s accounting software, an online PE class, and a church finance class through CDSP.

— 3 —

Wait, Jen. Online PE??? Yep… online PE. I have a book to read, a discussion board post weekly, and a report to send to my instructor weekly of my exercise logged (30 minutes of something physical x 5 days/week). In theory, I could lie through my teeth about getting all that exercise but I would end up screwing myself over because my aim this quarter is to incorporate some movement into my day.

— 4 —

Geeky linguistic fun. Here’s a map of the most common surnames in Europe by country. Why is it geeky linguistic fun? Well, the blogger follows it with an explanation of what each name means and mentions that in Iceland, there is still a patronomic system in place. Duuuuude…

— 5 —

Prerequisite baseball take. My Giants are unfortunately at the bottom of the National League. 🙁 (Can we say bad trade decisions?) Even worse news: the Dodgers clinched a playoff spot. At least the Cubs are in and if I have to root for the American league, I can root for Boston.

The match-up that would guarantee me boycotting the Word Series: Dodgers vs. Indians. Because Cleveland teams are horrible (other examples: the loser Cavs and the Browns who are consistently at the bottom of the NFL *EVERY* year) and the Dodgers are the archnemesis of my Giants.

— 6 —

Music take #1. This is one of my favorite hymns and I love the setting by Michael Card.

— 7 —

Music take #2. I’ve loved this song since seminary and I used to sing it to Daniel as a lullaby.

For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: September 18, 2017

For Today… September 18, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… grey and rainy. In other words, absolutely beautiful out there. We’re needing it here in Washington because of the forest fires.

I am thinking… about my classes as this is my first day of the quarter.

I am thankful… to get to start class again and that they’re all online this quarter so I have the flexibility to schedule doctor’s appointments.

One of my favorite things… the smells in the forest after a good rainstorm.

I am wearing… a blue-green fitted tee and black jeans. I’m barefoot as almost always.

I am creating… introductory discussion session posts for my classes.

I am listening to… a playlist of Audrey Assad and a few other musicians.

I am hoping… to get a little bit ahead this week on all my classes.

I am learning… the basics of SAGE 50.

In my kitchen… leftover Jimmy chicken from last night.

In the school room… Daniel continues doing well in his class and loving school.

Post Script… a blog post from Rachel Held Evans on six words you need to hear today.

Shared Quote… “When you’re young, faith is often a matter of rules. What you should do and shouldn’t do, that kind of thing. But as you get older, you realize that faith is really a matter of relationship – with God, with the people around you, with the members of your community.” — Rhoda Jantzen

A moment from my day… My “first day of school” pic. 🙂

My first day of the quarter!

Closing Notes: Something for all of us “mommy bloggers” here.

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7 Quick Takes: My Laptop Is Back Edition

7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

My laptop is back! For those who remember the Babylonian Captivity of My Former Laptop at the hands of HP (go check out my December 2013 and January 2014 archives), I want to say that Best Buy and Geek Squad get my unwavering seal of approval and my business from here on out. Geek Squad had my laptop fixed and back to me within a week FOR FREE. Their customer service people are also phenomenal.

— 2 —

Holy cougar issues, Batman! The Gainesville Police Department shared a picture of three of their officers headed out on shift and well… the officers were “hella fine” and attracted the cat-calling of a number of women on Facebook. Two of them are married (God bless their wives!) and the third (who is single) is being placed in “Cougar Prey Protective Care”. Other officers in the police department have jumped in to “help” and the Sarasota Police Department came to Gainesville’s aid.

I guess there are now plans for a calendar featuring all of them with the money going toward cleaning up after Hurricane Irma?

— 3 —

Amazing. Shawn Colvin looks great for 51 years old and this is an amazing arrangement.

— 4 —

Because I can cut and paste links again! I can embed Youtube links again (had to be able to cut and paste the code into this entry) so here is what popped into my head:

— 5 —

Another song from my chaotic mind. I get diverse earworms. 🙂 Actually, I love singing Gospel and folk music so this one isn’t the most surprising.

— 6 —

Not in *MY* country!!!! I am horrified that people tried to hang an 8 year old biracial boy. Seriously, there aren’t enough expletives to describe my rage at this!!!!!!!!

— 7 —

Prerequisite school take. I start back to school next week and I am so excited! I got my books on Tuesday and I can’t wait to dig into the one on Sage (accounting software)!

— Bonus —

A hymn for today. Today is Holy Cross day so here’s a hymn:

For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum.sspv

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: September 12, 2017

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It should be sunny and in the 60’s today with a 10% chance of rain.

I am thinking… about what I need to accomplish today such as getting my books and picking up my laptop(!!!!).

I am thankful… the kitties et the Ernest Hemingway house and their humans are OK after the hurricane. #priorities

One of my favorite things… rain. We had a nice rainy day on Saturday.

I am wearing… jammies.

I am creating… binders for looseleaf books.

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

In my kitchen… chicken cordon bleu on Sunday.

In the school room… Daniel is loving being back to school.

Post Script… my friend Laura introduced me to this site. It was really cool when Hurricane Irma was over Florida.

Shared Quote… “Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and go well with ketchup.” — one of my college friends

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