{five favourites}: Things Keeping Me From Getting Too Grinchy

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Those who know me in real life know that I really don’t *LIKE* December very much. I hate the materialistic aspect of Christmas, decorating the house is ONE MORE THING TO DO (probably why I haven’t decorated on my own in years and usually delegated it to Jon), I loathe secular Christmas music, and besides, IT’S FREAKING ADVENT, PEOPLE!!! CHRISTMAS DOESN’T START UNTIL THE 24TH.

Having said all that, here are some of the things that are keeping me from being *TOO* grinchy this holiday season.

One

My Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar. If you don’t know about Jacquie Lawson, you need to surf over RIGHT NOW! She does interactive cards with beautiful artwork and music. Every year, she puts out an amazing Advent calendar which is under $5 to download onto your computer. This year, it’s a seaside Christmas and I know I’m always excited to see what I’ll be opening every morning. She also has an ornament smashing game which is great when I need to think something through but need to be doing something brainless to do it.

Two

My church’s “Advent game”. On the first Sunday of Advent, they were handing out envelopes with slips of paper in them. The game is simple: take out one slip of paper each day and do that activity with your family or on your own. There are ideas for prayer, suggestions for things like building a fire and roasting marshmallows, writing a letter to someone you haven’t talked to in a while, read the O Antiphons, etc. Even though I missed a few days (OK… more like a week), it’s given me an interesting Advent.

Three

My Advent playlist. It’s nice having music that fits the season and what we’re focusing on in church.

Four

Family gatherings. With the amount of pain that has happened in my family this year (not just my divorce but other things), it has been really helpful to gather for things like celebrating my cousin’s graduation. We have a Christmas dinner we’re not having to host on Friday and it will be good to see everyone.

Five

Getting to write the prayers we’re using for Christmas. My priest asked if I wanted to write the prayers being used for Christmas worship. This should be fun and definitely will help me get into the spirit of what the season is all about.

Go love up Bonnie, DeBalino, and the others.

Pretty Floored

I heard about the electoral college news when a friend posted a screenshot of what Catholic Vote had sent out.

Proof that the election was won by ignorant rednecks.

My friend (a Republican until this travesty of an election) commented at how irritatingly giddy they were.

I would agree.

We’re getting a president with no actual governmental experience who is appointing his cronies to positions for which they are probably the least qualified person ever to hold them. I fear for the state of this country.

I’m just going to come out and say it:

The ignorant, uneducated, women-hating, racist people belonging in a basket of deplorables won. And if you voted for T-Rump (as a friend of mine has christened him), I hope your life falls apart irreparably in the next 4 years because of your dumb@$$ mistake. May God have mercy on your soul for the clusterf*ck you have unleashed on this country.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: December 18, 2016

For Today… December 18, 2016

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Looking out my window… dark. The wind is howling and it’s in the 30’s. We’ve still got some snow on the ground and we’re hoping that the rain doesn’t freeze and turn to ice as that would make driving even more treacherous.

I am thinking… one of my church kids from Montana who is in a position of having to wait to have her baby because of ITP and platelet issues. I may or may not be in overprotective big sister mode.

I am thankful… for my church choir. Our director/organist couldn’t make it this morning due to the roads being bad so we ended up leading the service and singing everything (including our anthem) acapella. Every member of the choir could be the main soloist in a regular church choir and to have ten such people in the same choir means that we can do some pretty amazing things.

One of my favorite things… episodes of The Big Bang Theory.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were a burgundy shirt, black slacks, and my black boots because of the snow. After church, I switched out the black slacks with jeans.

I am creating… nothing at the moment.

I am listening to… the rain on the windows and the wind outside.

I am hoping… the roads are better tomorrow. I have errands to do and I’d prefer to not be slipping and sliding on the road.

I am learning… my limits.

In my kitchen… scavenging for dinner. We had a gathering for my cousin Sarah on Friday so we decided to just do our own thing for dinner tonight. In my case, it was mac n’ cheese.

Me with Sarah.

In the school room… my kiddo is on break for two weeks.

Post Script… apparently, there is a problem with moose licking salt off of cars in Alberta’s parks.

Shared Quote… “You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.” — C.S. Lewis

A moment from my day…

My beach boy frolicking in the snow.
FIguring out mittens.
Parka selfie!

Hosted by The Simple Woman.

7 Quick Takes: Jen’s To-Do List

7 Quick Takes

I need a Pensieve and I figure that blogging out my to-do list might help me sort stuff out.

— 1 —

Put a better blogroll together with sites that I actually *READ*. My blogroll is circa 2008-2009 and I really need to update it now that some people have stopped blogging (and taken up Facebook instead) while I’ve started reading other blogs.

— 2 —

Share this page of ways to help those in Aleppo. Unless you live under a rock, you’ve seen pictures of people dying in Aleppo and unless you have the heart of a Grinch, it has likely disturbed you. This is a link to some ways you can help those still in Aleppo. I know that my twin brother is donating to Doctor’s Without Borders on my behalf as a Christmas present because they’re working in the midst of this catastrophe.

— 3 —

Make a counseling appointment. I’m not going to lie — I’ve had a really hard time with this holiday season. I’ve already been grinchy for 10 years now but it’s getting worse with the impending finalization of my divorce. I’m going to dig out the list that my doctor gave me and see who can get me in the fastest.

— 4 —

Sort out the paper explosion that is my desk. Maybe I’ll be able to find my student ID card if I do this! I also have medical stuff and beaucoup receipts to file for tax purposes.

— 5 —

Make additional address labels for the additional cards that need to go out. I need to get my Avery skillz working tomorrow and make labels to go on the Christmas cards that still need to go out. Granted, I need to wait for them to arrive from Shutterfly but still…

— 6 —

Read through the “O” antiphons. This was the item that I drew today in my church’s Advent game. The timing was fabulous because one would traditionally start doing that in the next couple days!

— 7 —

Go to the post office for more stamps. Sending out more cards means that I need more stamps!

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

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: December 12, 2016

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… snowing. I’m loving it after 6 years of living in a place without four distinct seasons.

I am thinking… about my appointment tomorrow to get an estimate on my car bumper.

I am thankful… for my boots arriving from L.L. Bean on Friday during the first snowfall that stuck.

One of my favorite things… oatmeal cookies from $tarbux warmed up.

I am wearing… a long-sleeved black shirt, jeans, white Christmas cat socks, and my black boots.

I am creating… nothing right now except this blog post.

I am watching… TBBT re-runs.

I am hoping… they can fix my bumper without me being carless over the weekend.

In my kitchen… Mom made a pot roast last night for Sunday dinner.

In the school room… we just got a progress report on Daniel and he is doing well.

Post Script… my tasoni sister Laura wrote this beautiful piece regarding the bombing at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo. For those who don’t understand how big of a deal this is, imagine someone lobbing a bomb into the Vatican during Mass.

Shared Quote… “Forgiveness ensures our hearts are not entangled in a web of angry resentment or corrupted by hateful revenge; it liberates and empowers.” — Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church

A moment from my day… I love my “inferior Anglican Christmas hymns”.

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7 Quick Takes: It’s Thursday?!!?!?!?

7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

What do you mean it’s Thursday?!?!?! Choir practice got rescheduled to tonight so part of my brain was saying that I had another day to do Quick Takes. Oops!

— 2 —

The Big Bang Theory. I’ve been dealing with insomnia by catching up with clips of The Big Bang Theory on YouTube. It’s been interesting to watch this way because I’m getting the highlights and getting to skip commercials.

— 3 —

Done until January. I sent my Access final in on Saturday and took my Practical Accounting Final on Monday. I ended up with a 97.7% in my Accounting class. Score! I’ll probably find out my score on my Access final tomorrow.

— 4 —

A message of acceptance. I’m accepting the challenge to be that person.

— 5 —

Priorities. Most of you here already read Kelly’s blog but I really recommend reading it today because of her post on priorities.

— 6 —

One more item off my to-do list! I got cards sent out on Tuesday! Yay being done with school!

— 7 —

Prayer request. I could really use prayer for a special intention. Please and thank you!

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

{five favourites}: Miscellanea (LXXX)

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One
Straight No Chaser. I love these guys. The sight gags/choreography are equally as good as the harmony.

Two
10 @ 10. Go bond with Laura to hear more about this!

Three
Compline. I feel like I sleep better if I pray Compline at the end of my day. (The other prayers are also pretty awesome if you want to pray but need some words to help.)

Four
Handel’s Messiah. It’s popular to participate in Messiah sings at this time of year. I used to do the You-Sing-It Messiah with the San Jose Symphonic Choir in high school and college, then performed the Christmas section with Jon’s internship congregation in 2002, did the Messiah Sing with the Claremont Symphony Orchestra, performed the Christmas section for our Christmas cantata with my church in southern California in 2014, and did the Messiah Sing-A-Long with the choirmaster of the Skagit Symphony Chorus.

Yeah… I’m kind of a Messiah junkie. 🙂 These are my favorite choruses/solos.

Five
 

Fernando Ortega. I really recommend his music if you need something to put you in a more spiritual frame of mind.  He is seriously brilliant.

Go love up Bonnie, DeBalino, and the others.