7 Quick Takes: The Asthma Exacerbation Edition

7 Quick Takes

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About the title. I’ve been fighting something respiratory for more than 3 weeks now and it has exacerbated my asthma to the point where I am having a really hard time keeping food and liquids down because I’m coughing to the point of vomiting. It was bad enough last night that my mom was mobilizing to take me to the ER if I didn’t stop vomiting. Could y’all pray for my asthma to calm the heck down? I have asthma issues so rarely that this is scaring me.

**UPDATE** Sitting in the ER getting breathing treatments because I can’t catch my breath and the cough is making me vomit. Fun fun fun. The doctor just asked if I wanted hairball meds on my paws. I may or may not have glared at him.

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What the fur?!?!?!? There was a thing on Facebook trends about Rush Limbaugh saying that the Obama administration is paying lesbians to go farm in red states. (I’m not linking to the story because I’d rather swallow ground glass than give a moron like him any page views.) Snopes.Com had this to say about it.

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Anglicans and the rosary./strong> There is such a thing as the Anglican rosary and this is what is. (I have two in my purse.)

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Ryan Lochte. The guy is a 32 year old frat boy. Are you really so surprised that he pulled that stunt in Rio?

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The toothpaste story. I really some of the parents of my classmates in middle school had given this talk to their kids. I still have scars.

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Spot on. Most of you reading this are also Kelly’s readers so you’ve seen this but… her blog post last Thursday/Friday was amazing and oh so true. It resonates with me as Daniel’s mom because I know his diagnoses have probably caused me more grief than they have caused him. He is a really happy kid and seems oblivious to the fact that he is not at the level that his neurotypical cousins and classmates are.

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Ew! I was seeing pieces of this during commercials for the Olympics and finally remembered to look it up on Youtube.

I also love this one:

And this one:

And given that I’m choking from laughing so hard, maybe I shouldn’t be watching these…

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: August 22, 2016

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… the sun should be setting soon. It was in the 70’s today. That’s totally better than the 90F temperatures we were having in Seattle on Saturday!

I am thinking… about various things that have to get done this week.

I am thankful… Jon brought his hotspot up with him because we still don’t have Internet at home.

One of my favorite things… a quiet evening.

I am wearing… jammies. It was my “We Will Not Be Silent” shirt and jeans earlier.

I am creating… bags to shred, to take to Best Buy for electronics recycling, and to take to Goodwill.

I am reading… Just Desserts by G.A. McKevvett.

I am hoping… they get internet turned on tomorrow.

I am learning… to just take the Ativan if I can’t sleep.

In my kitchen… we got pizza because Jon is visiting.

In the school room… Daniel starts back in a week. I need to find out what his school supply list is.

Post Script… this is my friend Gina’s new Etsy shop.

Shared Quote… “Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name? Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?” — from one of the hymns last Sunday

A moment from my day… the actual hymn from which the quote comes.

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7 Quick Takes: The No Internet Edition

7 Quick Takes

This blog post is being written on Saturday night and will be posted on Sunday when I can get to $tarbux for some Internet time. Our ISP shut off our service because we were supposed to be switching to satellite but they screwed up on a pretty large scale and we’ve been without Internet until Wednesday — something very hard for my family of geeks. So… here is a list of things I’ve done that don’t require Internet.

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Play lots of solitare. My laptop came up with Microsoft Solitare Collection and I’ve played every type in the last few days except for Freecell. I’m finding that the ordering aspect of Spider Solitare is helpful when I’m pondering things.

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Hang out with family. My evil twin and his long-suffering wife came up on Friday and stayed until mid afternoon when the six of us headed south for the 30th anniversary party for one of my mom’s college friend who is like an adopted aunt to us. Other than Daniel being a pill and having a couple meltdowns, it was fun.

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Visit farm stands for produce and local food. If I drive a couple miles west and cross the Skagit River, I’m in farmlan and there are some really cool produce places around here. My goal: find some plain cheese curds and a good Italian soda. (Schuh Farms is fabulous for this.) It’s berry season here and people are picking lots of them.

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Deep clean the house. We’re having a lot of company these days between the twin and the girl coming up as well as Jon’s visit up here next week. Mom has commented as well that she’s getting a lot more done because she can’t really spend time on the computer.

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Watch the Olympics. The events I care about are largely over but I always like rooting for the under dog. It was also fabulous to see Simone Biles WIN ALL THE MEDALS!!!

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Read. I had to put down Fear Babe because it stopped keeping my attention and I’m reading a Savannah Reid murder mystery right now.

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Organize my room. I’ve got piles of papers to file, hole-punch, and/or shred. Not being able to be online means that I’m getting a lot done.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: August 14, 2016

For Today… August 14, 2016

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It was dusky when I started writing this but I got caught up in watching the Olympics.

I am thinking… about my week and what it holds.

I am thankful… for Daniel going back to sleeping well. We had 4 nights of him not sleeping well and me ending up in tears at 2 a.m. because he was bouncing off the walls and I needed to go to sleep because I’ve been so sick. The pediatrician put him on antibiotics for the infection that Mom and I both have and we’re thinking that his inability to sleep might have been due to him feeling as crappy as the two of us are.

One of my favorite things… rooting for the underdog. I was so jazzed to see Max Whitlock get two gold medals tonight, Brazil get their first ever Olympics gymnastics medals, and Giulia Steingruber get the first ever Olympic gymnastics medal for Switzerland.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were a dress with a camisole under it and black flats. The rest of the day, it was a charcoal tee from Old Navy and khaki shorts from Kohl’s.

I am creating… this blog entry. 🙂

I am watching… Olympic gymnastics.

I am hoping… Laurie Hernandez gets a gold or at least a medal of her own on beam. She was so fun to watch on floor even though she didn’t make it to the floor final.

I am learning… patience.

In my kitchen… no big Sunday dinner tonight which was fine — I’m nauseated from this stupid respiratory infection and the antibiotics for it.

In the school room… Daniel has another two weeks until school starts.

Post Script… I thought this was a fabulous piece on our need for each other.

Shared Quote…

Amos 5:8

A moment from my day… some Audrey Assad for y’all.

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7 Quick Takes: Politics, Millenials, and Olympics

7 Quick Takes

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All in favor of requiring those seeking election to federal or state government to pass a test on basic government concepts, say “aye”. AYE!!!! This image does a better job of explaining Trump’s latest idiocy than anything else I’ve seen. Honestly, I never cease to be amazed at some of the crap people believe because of what politicians promised to them!

Why Trump is a moron... at least this time.

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*snort* The day that Trump’s 2nd Amendment comments hit the press, my friend Neil was making comments like, “Where are my 19th Amendment people? You know what to do!” “21st Amendment people, rock on!”

So… where my 19th Amendment and 26th Amendment people??? Do your thing!

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Let’s clear this up. Do you think that voting Republican is going stop abortion? Think again. This is why.

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Don’t criticize what you can’t understand. I thought this list of 11 brutal truths every baby boomer needs to hear was fabulous. I’m smack on the border between being a Gen X’er and a Millenial so I could pretty much side with everythng that was said.

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Olympics Take #1. While I think it’s certainly questionable as to whether or not Yulia Efimova should be swimming in these Olympics with the doping issue she has, I think Lilly King was being a brat about it. Wagging her finger was one thing; but refusing to shake Efimova’s hand afterwards and making catty remarks is quite another. Her reaction is inviting some serious schadenfreude if she ever slips up in any way in her life.

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Olympics Take #2. Was it not completely awesome to see Michael Phelps school Chad Le Clos in the 200m butterfly?!?!?!?!? Especially after Le Clos was trying to get a reaction out of him the night before!

You mad, bro?

Phelps was classy about it. He did make the #1 signal on both hands, but he had the grace to go over and give Le Clos a hug after the race.

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Olympics Take #3. I’m watching the all-around finals right now and while the results were a foregone conclusion, it’s still cool that we went 1-2 like we did in 2008. I’m also excited to see what Laurie Hernandez will be like in 4 years with more experience.

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{five favourites}: Miscellanea (LXXI)



Michael Phelps’ face before his 200m butterfly semifinal. I think my favorite doctored gif of this is the one on this list where laser beams are shooting from his eyes and lighting Chad Le Clos’ hair on fire. 🙂 (Serves him right for antagonizing Phelps!)


Breathing. I’m fighting a sinus infection that is messing with my asthma so I am definitely not sleeping well (even with the nectar of the gods) and I’m pretty sure that at least one lobe of my lung has been coughed up in the last few days. I’m compulsively checking the expiration dates on all my Albuterol because I don’t want yet *ANOTHER* Urgent Care visit to get meds refilled.


USA Women’s Gymnastics. I know the gold medal tonight in the team final was pretty much a foregone conclusion but OH. EM. GEE!!!! I heard them say that Simone Biles only had to score a 7.591 on her floor routine to win and in order to score that low, she’d have to mess up three of her four tumbling passes and fall off the mat! (She scored a 15.8 which was no surprise.) I kind of wish Laurie Hernandez could compete in the all-nbcaround because she’s incredible, especially as her first international competition as a senior is this Olympics! I cannot wait to see where she goes from here in her gymnastics career.


Today’s weather. It was below 70F all day which was divine — it’s such a nice change from temps in the 80’s and 90’s (if not higher) in California.


Raspberry lemonade from Crystal Light. I’m having to push the fluids and this is making it bearable. The extra vitamin C isn’t hurting either.

Go love up Bonnie, babystylista, and the others.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: August 7, 2016

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It was 70F earlier but just touching being warm enough to be outside without a light sweatshirt. We also had some sprinkles earlier which is expected for western Washington.

I am thinking… about how annoying all the SCANDAL-style reporting is on gymnastics. Tonight’s scandal: ALY RAISMAN IS GOING TO NUDGE OUT GABBY DOUGLAS FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE ALL-AROUND!!!!! WHAT WILL WE DOOOOOOOOOOOO?!?!?!?

I am thankful… for the discovery of Snow Goose Produce, a local seasonal produce market. I really wish the line for their ice cream hadn’t been out the door because it looked pretty good and I wanted some!

One of my favorite things… having the bed to myself. Waiting to Daniel to go back to sleep so I can put him back in his own bed and not have him taking up 2/3 of my bed.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were a black top, black slacks, and black flats. The rest of the day, it was an indigo shirt, jeans, and my running shoes.

I am creating… a big boy blankie for Daniel. I’ve picked it back up and am working on the edging.

I am watching… the Olympics. Gymnastics just finished and the medal ceremony for US Men’s Swimming is going on.

I am hoping… for decent sleep tonight with this stupid cold.

I am learning… my limits in functioning while this sick.

In my kitchen… Dad made burgers and we also had corn from one of the local farms.

In the school room… Daniel is still off of school and will go back on the 30th.

Post Script… I thought this was interesting, especially as I’m one of those ladies. 🙂

Shared Quote… This is Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 which was the passage I was lectoring this morning:

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old– and Sarah herself was barren– because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”

All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.”

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