7 Quick Takes: Resolutions for 2018

7 Quick Takes

Kelly is back from her Advent blog break so the Quick Takes resume! Here are my resolutions for 2018.

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Make healthier choices. I stunk at this one in 2017 despite having TWO PE classes for school. I’ve had two consults with a nutritionist this fall and have the tools, so it’s just a matter of using them.

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Sort out my medical stuff. Right now, I’m looking at two possible surgeries over Spring Break and once I’m done with school for the year. My BTL got postponed because my OB/GYN was on vacation for the month of December and honestly, I’d rather see someone else in her office because I really didn’t click with her. (Yes, I’m “getting my tubes tied”. We’ve seen that pregnancy is deadly for me and my OB/GYN doesn’t want to do a hysterectomy because I’m young. It’s quite hard to be “open to life” when doing so could kill you.)

When I saw the ENT and he did the nasal telescope, we discovered that my septoplasty in 2008 was just the lower parts and not the upper parts… which is problematic because the upper parts need to be done. Sooo… I’ll probably be doing that over Spring Break because I know from experience that it will mean a week without sleep because of the stuffiness.

Then there’s my back…

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Not eat any blue paint. This is in honor of my friend Rick who passed away almost 5 years ago. He’d make a resolution like this every year so I do now as well in my attempt to live like Rick.

— 4 —

Finish crocheting projects. I finally got my mom’s socks done. I have other projects on my hooks.

— 5 —

Take Daniel to church with me at least monthly. I took him on Sunday morning for Advent IV and he chattered through the service and needed to walk the aisles and to the fellowship hall a few times. He did NOT want his tablet and finally settled when I handed him a bag of Cheerios. This all triggered a panic attack… but I survived and didn’t get any nasty looks. My church rallied around and supported me. While one of the Mary’s Guild was holding me and letting me cry, another person took Daniel for a walk. People thanked me for bringing him, which is a MASSIVE change from Jon’s church in Galt where people claimed to want him in church but gave me nasty looks if he made a sound, or relegated me to the nursery where I could listen (in theory — it didn’t work in practice) but was cut off from everyone.

In short, I have a tribe and I need to start taking Daniel to be with them.

— 6 —

Pray more. My prayer life sucks right now. Must fix it.

— 7 —

Make 45’s life more difficult. Why yes, I do have plans to be a social justice warrior in the new year. How did you guess? 😀 Got my pussy hat, my special shirts, and my marching shoes!

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: December 26, 2017

For Today… December 26, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It was in the 30’s today. No new snow (though that might happen in the next 24 hours) but cold enough to make everything slippery. Our whitish Christmas (snow from midnight to noon on Christmas Day) is melting.

I am thinking… about Good Friday. We had a parish Advent devotional this month and I was thinking about what I would write if people decide to put a Lenten one together and which day I would take. I have some thoughts about Holy Week and Good Friday that I should spin into a post on here but could also be used if I were to contribute to the Lenten one. As I’m pondering all of this, I got clarity about where God was on March 1, 2011 when Daniel almost died. This is so needed after 6 1/2 years of breaking down every time I have to talk about it.

I am thankful… for my “evil” twin brother. His work schedule has been kind of strange for the last two years so he ended up with us for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My bed had collapsed and broken at 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve so I was in a great deal of pain. He had experienced a similar issue (bites my thumb at IKEA and their stupid design) and was able to jury-rig it using my cookbook collection to keep one of the bars in place that had sheared off. (The replacement part should be arriving on January 1st.)

One of my favorite things… quiet when everyone is gone or everyone is asleep.

I am wearing… jammies. Clothes today were my long-sleeved blue-green shirt and jeans to head to the pediatrician’s office and then jeans capris and a grey shirt when I got home. My back is screwed up 10 ways past Sunday so anything loose-fitting is the name of the game.

I am creating… blog entries and plotting crocheting projects. There will probably be socks in the future.

I am listening to… Audrey Assad. She is delightful. I continue to be in love with the song “I Shall Not Want” and it continues to be relevant for my spirit.

I am hoping… to get my Moveable Type entries uploaded at some point so I have a complete archive.

I am learning… some Spanish using Memrise. School starts again for me next Wednesday.

In my kitchen… eating leftovers after 3 days of family dinners.

In the school room… Daniel is off until the 2nd and asks every morning if he can go to school.

Post Script… I’m linking up two fellow bloggers from my church who were instrumental in putting together our fabulous Advent devotion: Ashley Sweeney and Keith Axberg. Go show them some love and buy Ashley’s book!

Shared Quote… Yeah… this is totally me.

I hate to admit that this is me a lot of the time...

A moment from my day… Our choral anthems from the Christ Mass on Sunday night:

Closing Notes: I hope y’all have a blessed Christmas season for those who celebrate.

Our mildly unconventional creche at church...

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7 Quick Takes: Solstice Edition

7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

Alabama Senate Take #1. As I mentioned last week, my feeling at Doug Jones winning the Alabama Senate race was not unbounded joy and a desire to yell “SUCKAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” at Republicans. (I don’t do that anyway. The proof is here.) My feeling at the election results was honestly just plain relief because the person I felt was a better candidate (and not an alleged child molester) won.

Samantha Bee put it best when she said last year that an election is usually between two fundamentally decent people with a difference of opinion. I really do not believe Roy Moore is a decent human being. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one because his potential colleagues in the Senate were calling him to drop out and some of them were even publicly donating to Doug Jones’s campaign. If Moore had won, there would have been an immediate ethics inquiry — this is coming from people on BOTH sides of the aisle.

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Alabama Senate Take #2. Seriously people, what the f-bomb?!?!?!? You send a 12 year old to interview someone accused of molesting and sexually assaulting teenaged girls?!?!?!

— 3 —

An interesting op-ed. This piece by former acting attorney general Sally Q. Yates is worth reading.

— 4 —

Oy vey. I know the Babylon Bee is satire but this piece hits too close to home for me. Even after more than 20 years of being a Christian and even longer fighting depression, I *STILL* have to hear stuff like it from seemingly well-meaning people.

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My next challenge. I’m working with the Spanish-speaking mission that shares my church’s building and priest on bookkeeping and best practices for finances so I’m starting to teach myself Spanish using Memrise. If it works, I might start trying to learn Arabic using their site. Wish me luck!

— 6 —

The Muslim -Christian dialogue. The church in this article is mine and I actually shared about attending this talk last month. (You can see me in the picture of people listening to it if you look in the upper lefthand part of it.)

— 7 —

Solstice. A blessed Solstice to everyone!

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: December 17, 2017

For Today… December 17, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It was a beautiful rainy day.

I am thinking… about politics. I still need to write about Doug Jones’s victory on Tuesday but I’ve had things to do this weekend.

I am thankful… that my homeboys are having a better season than last year. The Browns still suck but they are known for that. (Their record this year is currently 0-14.)

One of my favorite things… gloating about my Niners winning to Seahawks fans (whose team was outscored 6-1).

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were a long-sleeved black shirt, black paisley skirt, black tights, and black flats. I switched out the skirt and tights for jeans.

I am creating… socks.

I am listening to… various things.

I am hoping… to start the decreases on sock #1 for Mom tomorrow.

I am learning… to just trust the crochet pattern.

In my kitchen… deciding on the menu for Christmas.

In the school room… Daniel has school for two days and then is off until the 2nd.

Post Script… this sounds like something from The Bloggess but without the taxidermy. (This is the Bloggess piece being compared.)

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7 Quick Takes: Advent Music Edition

7 Quick Takes

Quick Takes didn’t happen for me last week because of not feeling well. (I was off all of my allergy meds and my migraine preventative for allergy testing.) Kelly is on a blogging break for Advent (except for this piece of news!!!!!) so I’m being a bit lackadaisical about getting my Quick Takes up “on time”.

I could talk about my feelings on Doug Jones winning the Senate race in Alabama this week (hint: it’s relief, not unbounded joy and desire to rub it in people’s faces), but I think I’ll do the non-controversial option and blog about my favorite Advent music. (I will probably write a stand-alone post on the Senate race but I’d like to be able to sleep tonight and politics tends to be an upper for me.)

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“Gaudete” by AnĂșna. Technically, this is a Christmas carol. However, it’s Gaudete Sunday this weekend so I’m including. AnĂșna is one of my favorite groups for interesting arrangements so I’m using Michael McGlynn’s arrangement.

— 2 —

“Prepare the Way, O Zion/Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus” by Miserable Offenders. Rob, my priest’s husband, introduced me to Miserable Offenders at choir practice when we were preparing “What Is The Crying At Jordan?” for church last Sunday. I love how they’ve arranged these two hymns together even though I prefer Hyfrodol for “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”.

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“Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” from Godspell. Godspell is Jon’s favorite musical so I’ve watched the movie version quite a few times and I used to listen to the soundtrack during Lent while I was at work in 2008. Helen, my priest, has a similar sense of humor to mine so we may or may not have ended up having an impromptu Godspell singalong at the end of worship on Sunday.

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“My Savior’s Love Endures” by J.J. Heller. The Magnificat is one of my favorite passages to read, pray on, and sing. I happen to love this setting of it.

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“Come, Oh Redeemer Come” by Fernando Ortega. My dear friend Thomas introduced me to this song four (?) years ago and I adore it as I adore most of Fernando’s music. It embodies the feel of Advent beautifully.

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This setting of the Trisagion prayer from the 1982 Hymnal. My church in San Jose used this in place of the Gloria during Advent in 2015 and I am quite enamored with it. I love the minor key and being connected with 1500 years of praying with the Church when I sing it or say the much longer prayer. (A more modern version by Fernando Ortega can be found here.)

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“Sleepers Awake” by J.S. Bach. This is one of the three Bach chorales I hear most frequently and it’s one that immediately relaxes me when I hear it. The hymn “Wake Awake for Night Is Flying” is interspersed in it and I sang it twice with My church in San Jose. (I’ve been blessed with all of my church choirs to get to do some amazing choral music.)

For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum in a couple weeks.


To the gentleman standing outside the post office with the “Abortion Is Satanic” sign:

You claim that God told you to stand outside a busy post office with that sign and I tend to doubt this. Why do I doubt this? Because the post office is not an abortion clinic and when I suggested to you nicely that you tone down your rhetoric, you attempted rudely to mansplain the issue to me.

Nope… I don’t have a pro-life story at all…

Me post-partum.

None at all…

Me with my squirt on Day 2 of his life.

Dude, I live the pro-life story on a daily basis with a kid who has been described by an ex-family member as “the Planned Parenthood poster child” (this person will be out of my life soon) and who was the deciding factor in me becoming pro-life. Yes, abortion is horrible and I pray for an end to it… but it isn’t as black and white as people on both sides make it out to be. I know people who have had them because it was their only option at the time, who were raped and become pregnant as a result, and have had conversations with them where they have shown me their very raw sadness because they know I will listen. When these women see signs like yours, their shame surfaces again and much of their healing is undone. Don’t do that to them.

Telling me that I am of Satan and that I need to read my Bible more does not indicate that you are right. It indicates that you are behaving like a rear sphincter opening and wouldn’t know the voice of God even if God was standing next to you screaming at you with a megaphone. God hates abortion, but God loves the woman who has one and yearns for their return to Him and to wholeness. Your actions undo all of that.

Hugs and kisses,

The pro-life “Satanist” who refused to abort her baby and who almost died carrying him

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: December 11, 2017

For Today… December 11, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny. It’s in the 40’s but doesn’t really feel that bad out.

I am thinking… about things related to my divorce. I have various things to send to my attorney.

I am thankful… my allergy testing is over. My forearms and my left shoulder are covered with welts but those should go down soon. I’m also allowed to take all my meds again.

One of my favorite things… having the house to myself.

I am wearing… short-sleeved flag tee from Old Navy and black jeans. They needed access to my forearms and left shoulder today for the test so they asked me not to wear long sleeves.

I am creating… socks.

I am listening to… Loreena McKennitt.

I am hoping… to sleep better tonight.

I am learning… about various types of chronic pain.

In my kitchen… making lasagna, bread, and cookies to take to a friend tomorrow who just had a baby.

In the school room… Daniel is getting more and more verbal. His teachers are smitten with him.

Post Script… Regarding the war on Christmas.

Shared Quote…

Nice kitty...

A moment from my day… This was our gradual hymn yesterday. I could totally hear Loreena McKennitt recording it.

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