7 Quick Takes: Music for Holy Week Edition

7 Quick Takes

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“Ah Holy Jesus”. I’m wishing we had sung this tonight.

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“My Song Is Love Unknown” by Fernando Ortega. I love that he doesn’t shy away from the verses on the Crucifixion.

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“O Sacred Head Now Wounded” by Fernando Ortega. This one gets sung a lot by everyone on Good Friday.

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“Now We Join In Celebration”. This is my favorite ELCA communion hymn.

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“Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” This is another one we sing often on Good Friday.

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“Jesus, In Your Dying Woes” There are 21 verses of this. During Tenebrae services in the ELCA, we would sing 3 verses after each of the 7 “last words” of Christ.

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“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Fernando Ortega. This is another one that gets sung quite a bit this week.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: March 25, 2018

For Today… March 25,

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. We had sun for most of the day and then some showers in the evening.

I am thinking… about a baby shower I’m planning.

I am thankful… for my church. They were really patient when I had Daniel with me last Sunday… and he started doing an interpretive dance to the Offertory Anthem.

They also took part in March for Our Lives yesterday.

One of my favorite things… Holy Week.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes today were my Hawaiian shirt, a white tank, black skirt, and black flats. Regular clothes were my grey heather long-sleeved shirt and jeans.

I am creating… a baby blanket.

I am listening to… this:

I am hoping… my divorce papers get signed this week.

In my kitchen… I went out to Olive Garden with a friend tonight.

In the school room… Daniel has one week left before Spring Break.

Post Script… there is orange snow in Europe!

Shared Quote… “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ? Søren Kierkegaard

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7 Quick Takes: “42” Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Why yes, I am a geek. It turns out that Douglas Adams was onto something when he wrote that the “answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything” is 42. Apparently, there are 42 million proteins in a cell at any given time. Cool, eh?

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Daffodils. I was sitting at $tarbux earlier and complimented a woman on the daffodils that she had bought. She smiled and put them up to my nose so I could smell them. 🙂 I can’t wait for the tulips in a week and a half!

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I can’t believe it. In midst of being sick and dealing with legal crap this quarter, I managed to pull an actual 4.0 for my GPA. I’m actually kind of shocked because I figured I’d probably have an A- in my 10-Key class but my perfect score on the final balanced it all out. Duuuude…

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Striving for balance. Kelly asked in this week’s Quick Takes how school is going and how do I balance it all?

I’m currently on Spring Break and will start back on April 3rd. I have 4 classes with two of them in-person and I’m also going to be the department’s tutor this quarter. This means one-on-one tutoring (which I already have done since my first quarter though now I’ll get paid for it) and doing drop-in tutoring hours. I’ll have everything on campus with me bookwise depending on the day and what I’m doing, and I’ll be spending any spare time in the computer lab doing homework or crocheting while watching YouTube because I need to get this baby blanket done before the squish is born in June/July.

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Prerequisite choir take. We’re doing the Hallelujah Chorus for Easter and my choir director found one that is pitched in C instead of in D. I know the general alto part well but this video helps to get it in my ear.

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One of my frequent ear worms. I wish we could do this with my church choir someday…

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My thoughts on the March for Our Lives on Saturday. I’ve seen a lot of negativity directed toward the kids that are organizing marches this weekend. (They’re up to 837 worldwide.) These are students standing up and telling our country that they are sick of burying their friends and being afraid in school. We need to listen.

This song sums up my thoughts.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: March 19, 2018

For Today… March 19, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny. It was cloudy in the morning and most of the day but everything melted off in the late afternoon.

I am thinking… about what to put on my signs for Saturday’s march.

I am thankful… that my annual female exam went well and I might not have to have another one ever. (We’re working on getting a hysterectomy approved for me.)

One of my favorite things… my fairy godmother’s corned beef and potatoes.

I am wearing… a grey heather long-sleeved shirt and black jeans.

I am creating… a baby blanket.

I am listening to… quiet in the house. (It’s much later now and Daniel is asleep.)

I am hoping… that my Celtic knotwork cross is fixable. (Jon mailed it back to me finally and it arrived broken.)

In my kitchen… Mom made Guinness stew last night for Dad’s birthday.

Post Script… Mountain Lion Madness looks interesting!

Shared Quote… “I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.” — Stephen Hawking

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7 Quick Takes: Triennial IEP Edition

7 Quick Takes

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“Standing in the rain.” I spent yesterday morning standing in the rain to support middle school kids in their walkout. Details are here.

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Attending a birth. Someone sent this letter to Dear Prudence and asked her to arbitrate in a situation between a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law, in which the mother-in-law is butthurt that her daughter-in-law doesn’t want her in the room while she’s giving birth. However, her own mother is permitted in there and the mother-in-law is crying that this is *SOOOOOOOOOO* unfair that she’s being made a “second-class grandma”, even going so far as to call her daughter-in-law’s parents to make them badger their daughter into changing her mind. The son and daughter-in-law (as well as the daughter-in-law’s parents) are furious with her and she can’t figure out what she did wrong.

Prudence excoriated her (quite rightfully) for being an entitled shrew because childbirth is not a spectator sport. Someone decided to do a running Twitter commentary on the issue and then George Takei picked it up. Let’s just say that Uncle George’s fan base was not siding in favor of the mother-in-law and excoriating the misguided people who attempted (badly) to argue in her favor.

So, for the sake of any readers of this blog who might argue in favor of the mother-in-law, let me put this in words you might be able to understand: Childbirth is a private medical procedure. It is a part of life, but not one which many people want to share with their mother-in-laws, women who didn’t freaking *RAISE* them and take care of them when they were sick. If you decide to make this a hill to die on, prepare to lose a relationship with your daughter-in-law, your future grandchild (your daughter-in-law is not stupid enough to let your son take her child to see you), and likely your son because you will have demonstrated that you have no intention of respecting the parents’ boundaries for their family, especially their children.

Capeche?

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Tickling my funny bone. I know this is clickbait, but it’s funny clickbait.

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Triennial IEP meeting. To be compliant with IDEA, the school must do testing every three years to make sure that special education is still appropriate. This year, I discovered that someone had put the wrong date in the computer as to when Daniel was due for his triennial evaluation and this meant that we had to pull everything together in a very short period of time. Thankfully, Daniel has an amazing IEP team and we made it. The meeting was Wednesday and while it was painful in some ways, there was positive progress and we have good IEP goals for next year. His gross motor skills have also improved enough that he is being discharged from physical therapy, which is definitely a positive step.

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If you’re interested… March for Our Lives is a march dedicated to talking about gun violence and sensible gun control. (**NOTE** Sensible gun control does not mean that we are taking away everyone’s weapons, but rather discussing appropriate legal regulations that would allow people to own their weapons, but do a better job of keeping them from falling into the wrong hands. I want to make this abundantly clear.)

If you’d like to attend a local one or find out more information click here. There are marches being held on March 24th on 6 continents, which I find pretty amazing. If this is not of interest, feel free to ignore it. 🙂

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Lenten meal ideas. Need some vegetarian/vegan meal ideas for the next two weeks? Click here.

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Duuuuude… The results of the astronaut twin study with Scott and Mark Kelly are out and apparently, long-term space missions can alter our DNA.

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