June Blogs: The Sitch

As you are reading this, I will be on the road to Washington. Tonight is my last night of reliable Internet access for around 8 days and instead of taking yet another blog break, I put out the word to some of my friends on Twitter and Facebook that I needed a few people to do some guest posts and have ended up with some pretty interesting ones from friends who are all very different from each other. I hope you enjoy reading them.

My Quick Takes will be pre-written and I’ll have somebody *coughcoughcoughBETHANNEcoughcoughcough* link them up for me on Thursday night/Friday morning when the link-up goes live.

In the mean time, please lift up some prayers for good roads, safety while driving, and good weather for us.

Thanks and blessings on your week!

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: June 5, 2016

For Today… June 5, 2016

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… hot hot hot. 90F at the moment and I can’t wait to move to a colder climate!

I am thinking… about what is on my plate tomorrow as far as packing up the contents of my closets as well as my clothes. There will definitely be laundry involved.

I am thankful… that lectoring went well this morning. I was “in the zone” and made it through with only one tiny mistake.

One of my favorite things… rain. So excited to head to Washington and have some. (We’ve been in drought for the last few years in California, last year pretty intensely.)

I am wearing… blue-green shirt and black shorts. I wore a wrap dress with a camisole under it this morning for church.

I am creating packing lists for the things I need to take north with me in my car.

I am reading… The Fear Babe still. I haven’t had a lot of time to read lately.

I am hoping… everything goes smoothly with the move.

I am learning… about various requirements for establishing residency in Washington.

In my kitchen… I’m heading to a potluck for choir in a few minutes so I don’t know what my parents and Daniel are going to be doing tonight.

In the school room… Daniel finished school last Thursday!

Post Script… Voting for the 2016 MLB All-Star game is still going on. If you aren’t sure who to pick, any player with “SEA” by their name in the American League or “SF” by their name in the National League are fabulous choices. 😉

Shared Quote… “Never once did Jesus scan the room for the best example of ?holy living and send that person out to tell others about him. He always sent stumblers and sinners. I find that comforting.” — Nadia Bolz-Weber

A moment from my day… a channel full of music from The Chieftains — it’s one of my happy places.

Closing Notes: Please pray for me on my move north. I’ll be leaving on Tuesday and doing the drive over three days.

Hosted by The Simple Woman.

7 Quick Takes: Things I Will Not Miss About California

7 Quick Takes

I’m less than a week from the move and to keep myself in the “Washington is a good move” mode, here are some things I will not miss about California. (To be fair, I will miss a lot of people, the redwood forests, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco.)

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The heat. It’s in the 90’s this week and might hit 100F on Friday. I’m looking at the radar for the area where I am moving in Washington and it’s in the 50’s there. I’m jealous — I hate the heat and I can’t wait to not be dealing with high 80’s and 90’s every day of summer. #climatechangeisreal #globalwarming #hothothot #noairconditioning

— 2 —

Non-Californians assuming that I live near Disneyland and that I could go every day. Anaheim (where Disneyland is located) is 8 hours away from where I live right now. Even when I was living in southern California, I never went because it is seriously expensive to go and Daniel would not get anything out of it. I think the last time I went was 13.5 years ago?

— 3 —

The desert. Just nope. Hot, ugly, and full of poisonous snakes.

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Southern California in general. I’m a die-hard northern Californian. I instinctively root AGAINST the Dodgers, the Angels, the Lakers, the Chargers, and any other southern California team. It’s also too hot down there, there are too many people, and very little is within walking distance because it’s completely a car culture.

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Traffic. LA traffic is horrible, Sacramento traffic is a level of hell, and Bay Area traffic can be annoying. Granted, Seattle traffic is worse (and they’re in denial about it) but I won’t be living in Seattle, so I probably won’t have to deal with too much of it.

— 6 —

Avocado on everything. I hate avocados. I hate guacamole. I hate Mexican food.

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The pollution. While southern California has gotten better about smog, the Central Valley is horrible as is the Sacramento area. Daniel had more respiratory issues up there than anywhere else we have lived.

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{five favorites}: Things I’m Looking Forward To When I Move to Washington

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In less than a week, I’ll be moving to Washington with my family. To take my mind off of the fact that it is hotter than hell in California and the fact that I have a lot of good-byes to say in the next couple days, here are things I’m looking forward to in Washington.

One

A cooler climate. I don’t do heat well. I like four distinct seasons. Washington tends to be 10-15 degrees cooler than northern California on average. It’s supposed to be in the 60’s and raining on moving day. I’m positively giddy.

Two

Family. The vast chunk of my immediate and extended family are in western Washington. I’m looking forward to being a two hour drive from people (depending on traffic) rather than two hours by plane. I’ll be nearby my grandma’s assisted living facility so I can see her at least weekly if not more often.

Three

Seattle. I have always wanted to live in Seattle (my parents are UW alums and it was my dream school) and I loved spending time up there with my fairy godmother (one of my mom’s college roommates — long story) every year in high school and college. I’ll be close enough to go down and see her and have zoo trips with her and Daniel. (The Woodland Park Zoo is one of my happy places.) We can get henna at Pike Place Market to dye my hair, go to the Aquarium, and do a whole host of other things.

Four

Vancouver. I’ll be close enough to one of my favorite cities for a day trip and might be able to schedule a meet-up with Richard, who has been a dear friend of this blog for almost 14 years.

Five

Rain. I adore it.

Go love up Bonnie and the others.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: May 29, 2016

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It was in the 80’s today which is not to my taste as I hate hot weather and it’s only supposed to get hotter this week.

I am thinking… about the move.

I am thankful… for a nice dinner with family friends last night.

One of my favorite things… the San Francisco Giants winning and the LA Dodgers losing games

I am wearing… jammies. Today’s outfit for both church and afterwards was the same as it was Folk Choir Sunday which tends to be more casual with people wearing jeans. I went with a blue-green fitted tee from Old Navy and black capris from Kohl’s.

I am creating change-of-address postcards

I am reading… The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari’s Glass House by by Marc Draco, Kavin Senapathy, and Mark Alsip. I haven’t gotten a chance to read this weekend but I’m enjoying the book.

I am hoping… Daniel sleeps through tonight and let’s me sleep in tomorrow morning. Getting by on an average of 6 hours of sleep a night is not doing good things for me.

I am learning… about all the disability services in Washington state.

In my kitchen… hamburgers tonight.

In the school room… Daniel’s last week of school. He finishes on Thursday.

Post Script… for anyone who read this article, there is good news.

Shared Quote…

Some sage advice.

A moment from my day… Another amazing version of Baba Yetu.

Hosted by The Simple Woman.

7 Quick Takes: Prison Inmates Who Crochet, The Fear Babe, and THE GIANTS ARE 4.5 GAMES AHEAD OF THE DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hooks behind bars. There is a knitting/crocheting group at Folsom Prison and they make toys for needy kids, hats for cancer patients, and find it to be therapeutic. The story is here.

— 2 —

Debunking the Food Babe and other fools on vaccine science. I’m in the first chapter of The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari’s Glass House and I’m seriously loving it. The first chapter deals with her stupidity surrounding the flu shot and you can actually read this chapter for free here. Pages 2-4 describe how vaccines actually work and they even go more in-depth into the issues surrounding thimersol and how it actually breaks down and is excreted from the body. (Spoiler alert: it does not decompose into methylmercury and it does not pass through the blood-brain barrier.) I wish this book had been around when I was doing chemistry in high school and college — I’m pretty sure it would have been on the reading list for at least one or two of my classes and it might have helped me stay pre-med longer.

By the way, this article and this article are useful in debunking anti-vaxxers.

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All-Star game ballot time! It’s time to vote for the players who will get to take part in the MLB All-Star Game. You can go here to cast your vote — 1 vote for each position in the American League and 1 vote for each position in the National League. If you have no clue as to who to vote for, a good rule of thumb is to pick any player with “SEA” by their name for the American League and “SF” by their name in the National League. 😉

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Rivalries. Just in case anyone hadn’t heard… THE GIANTS ARE CURRENTLY 4.5 GAMES AHEAD OF THE DODGERS AND ARE AT THE TOP OF THE STANDINGS IN THE NL WEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just thought I should point that out. 😀 My Mariners are at the top of the AL West so I’m pretty happy about that as well.

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Gluten intolerance comedy and a caveat. My cousin’s wife shared this a few days ago and it reminds me so much of some of the people I’ve encountered who have claimed to be “gluten-intolerant” because it’s the new and hot diet trend…

My caveat to you: if you don’t actually *HAVE* gluten sensitivities and you act like a complete jerk when you go to a restaurant and send your food back because you were too stupid to actually read up on the menu ahead of time, everyone with an actual gluten sensitivity will want to beat the bloody tar out of you (and should be allowed to do so) because you are screwing it up for them. If you have celiac disease or a legit gluten sensitivity, the smallest trace amount of gluten will make you violently ill and you know to actually do your research on the menu and *TELL* the waitstaff ahead of time because they will have to take extra precautions with your food to prevent cross-contamination. Sending your food back because you “forgot” to tell your waitstaff or you “didn’t know it had gluten in it” means that they have to toss everything on the plate they’ve prepared for you and then take all those extra precautions to with your food because they can’t risk the lawsuit. I’ve had friends who have been treated really icily at restaurants when they’ve politely told the waiter their food allergies and sensitivities because so many people have claimed to have an allergy or sensitivity issue when they haven’t actually had one. Better yet, forgo the pizzerias and bakeries and any place that uses lots of ingredients that contain gluten. (I have a weird egg allergy so I tend to skip breakfast joints and having anything but juice or coffee for breakfast while eating out.)

So please… don’t pull the stunts depicted in the video. I and everyone else in my situation will thank you.

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Prayer request. Daniel has been having lots of behaviors and sleep disturbances in the last few weeks. Please pray that we can get to the bottom of this as well as for my ability to function. I’ve had a couple mornings when I shouldn’t be allowed to *WALK* unsupervised, let alone drive, because I’ve gotten so little sleep and I’m bumping into walls.

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Another prayer request. Please pray for the move to Washington. Everything is falling into place nicely but moving still unnerves me greatly.

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{five favourites}: Miscellanea (LXV)

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One

This piece on the origins of common sayings. If you’re into linguistics, this is pretty fascinating.

Two

This acrobatic gymnastics routine from Australia. One of the things that I have gotten addicted to in the midst of fibromyalgia-induced insomnia is watching acrobatic gymnastics on YouTube. This isn’t the most amazing routine but I love that the women are having a blast and it reminds me of a vaudeville act.

Three

This episode of “The World’s Strictest Parents”. “The World’s Strictest Parents” is another late night YouTube addiction. This one involves two Aussie teens being sent to live with a strict family in Ireland. I think I love it because the family is very chill and the Irish accent is calming for me.

Four

This piece on the autism spectrum. The autism spectrum isn’t linear — it’s spherical because not every person processes things the same way or has the same deficits.

Five

Naps with kitties. I had a purry tiger (Jethro) hanging out with me this morning and he stayed on my bed even after I got up to take his brother (Homer) to the vet. (He had an abscess.) Because he is not allowed outside EVER AGAIN for a week, Homer decided to be a lap kitty this afternoon. I think he was sick of bumping into furniture because of his cone of shame. 🙂

Go love up Bonnie and the others.