The Simple Woman’s Daybook: March 5, 2018

For Today… March 5, 2018

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Looking out my window… dark. It was shirtsleeves weather today.

I am thinking… about group work in my Excel/Access class tomorrow and plotting how to deal with a difficult person in my group.

I am thankful… to have gotten tutor training done and to have gotten paid for it.

One of my favorite things… my morning latté.

I am wearing… jammies. Clothes today were black long-sleeved shirt and jeans.

I am creating… reports in Access databases.

I am reading… various things on Reddit.

I am hoping… we get a lot done tomorrow on our group project.

I am learning… how to edit reports in Design view on Access.

In my kitchen… Subway tonight. It was a busy day.

In the school room… still trying to get Daniel’s IEP together.

Post Script… this setting of a familiar hymn by Fernando Ortega. (I give his latest album 15/10. It’s meditations and music related to the crucifixion of Jesus and it is AMAZING.)

Shared Quote… “The mold in which a key is made would be a strange thing, if you had never seen a key: and the key itself a strange thing if you had never seen a lock. Your soul has a curious shape because it is a hollow made to fit a particular swelling in the infinite contours of the divine substance, or a key to unlock one of the doors in the house with many mansions.

Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it — made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.” – C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

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7 Quick Takes: Active Shooter Drill Edition

7 Quick Takes

Yes, my Quick Takes are late. I had homework due tonight for Excel/Access.

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Active shooter drill. We had an active shooter drill during my Excel/Access class today. It’s in a computer lab so we had to turn off all of the monitors in addition to flipping the lights, drawing the blinds, and locking the door. This made for a dark room (which was kind of the point) and I had to code something, so we were using my cell phone as a flashlight because an actual flashlight would have been too bright.

A message also flashes onto all of the screens in the event of an active shooter (in addition to sirens going off and an automated message playing over the loudspeakers) so it’s inconceivable that someone wouldn’t know unless they were both blind and deaf.

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Shelter-in-place drill. My school does a shelter-in-place drill quarterly and today’s happened to be an active shooter drill specifically because of the school shooting in Florida on Valentine’s Day. They take these drills very seriously and it paid off during Fall Quarter when they had to lockdown campus for a manhunt.

I find them unnerving (and today was only the second time I’ve been on campus for one), but they’re necessary these days given the fact that our government is in the pocket of the NRA and will not pass commonsense gun control legislation. (Gun control does not equal taking all of people’s guns away, contrary to what some on the rightmost fringe of the political spectrum might think.) Each instructor also has a very clear plan for what needs to happen in each classroom where they teach, and my Practical Accounting instructor admitted to spending her commute coming up with plans for these situations.

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Book recommendation. A seminary classmate of mine wrote a book. Go check it out because she is freaking awesome. Seriously. Do it now.

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Speaking of books… Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. has a new one out. It is now on my wish list.

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Must print this out to hand to people. My instructor jokes about all of us standing in the back of the room shotgunning our coffee before class. I need to print this (and a few other coffee memes) out for her.

Personning is hard without caffeine.

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Mea culpa. Why no! This one totally doesn’t describe my morning! Never!

Mea culpa.

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I need to put this on my door. It really was THAT kind of morning here…

RUN!

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 26, 2018

For Today… February 26, 2018

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Looking out my window… dark. It was cold this morning but was shirt-sleeves weather this afternoon.

I am thinking… my challenge test for Business English on Wednesday and the 7th anniversary of this on Thursday. I’m more than a little weepy about the latter.

I am thankful… for the people in my life who are praying me through this week.

One of my favorite things… this Facebook page.

I am wearing… jammies. Clothes for today were a grey heather shirt and jeans.

I am creating… forms in Access.

I am listening to… some Michael W. Smith.

I am hoping… I end up with a good group for my Access in-class project.

I am learning… how to do fun things with forms.

In my kitchen… Dad made steak last night.

In the school room… we’re trying to put together a triennial IEP in a matter of weeks instead of months.

Post Script… an amazing article by Emma González, one of the Parkland shooting survivors who is speaking out.

Shared Quote… “We are children who are being expected to act like adults, while the adults are proving themselves to behave like children.” — Emma González

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7 Quick Takes: Media-Fasting on Parkland Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Media-fasting on Parkland. I haven’t watched all the interviews and news coverage of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. I’ve read transcripts of some of the speeches and I’ve seen portions of things on YouTube, but haven’t watched hours of it on TV.

Why, do you ask, have I not watched it all?

Because this happened 17 years ago and I’m a bit salty about it happening repetitively for 17 more years. (And if the links in that entry don’t work, these links do.)

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The “good guy with a gun” theory. All you idiots who believe that the shooter would have been stopped by a “good guy with a gun” (or an armed teacher or whatever) just had your argument disproven. Also, my teacher friends (private and public school alike) all think you’re a bunch of bleeding morons for wanting to arm them.

For the idiots who want to arm teachers

The armed school officer just resigned, by the way.

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*facepalms* Let’s talk about the love evangelicals have for Trump and that he should be forgiven. You have to repent in order to be forgiven and we have yet to see Trump repent.

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Speaking of Billy Graham… I was relieved to hear that Billy Graham passed away yesterday and is with his wife Ruth again. I cannot stand his son Franklin and I hate what he has said in his father’s name, but I did respect Billy. In fact, he was one of only a handful of evangelical leaders I can stand.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Billy. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

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For teenage boys sick of YA lit. This looked interesting.

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Olympics. OMG US WOMEN’S GOLD MEDAL HOCKEY GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I only saw the last 15 minutes but it was awesome!!!

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Prayer Request. Please keep praying for a special intention. Thanks!

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 18, 2018

For Today… February 18, 2018

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Looking out my window… dark. It was snowing here this morning and then was nice and sunny (though still quite chilly in the afternoon).

I am thinking… about an email I just wrote to my attorney.

I am thankful… for the witness of the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and their commitment to making the shooting at their high school the last one.

One of my favorite things… the Great Litany. We sang it this morning as it is the First Sunday in Lent.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were my new black cardigan, black skirt, my blue-green fitted tee, black tights, and black flats. After church, I tossed on my charcoal long-sleeved shirt and jeans.

I am creating… electronic deposit slips for Payroll.

I am listening to… the Great Litany on YouTube.

I am hoping… to get both Access and Payroll completed tomorrow.

I am learning… relationship structure in databases.

In my kitchen… my dad made steak tonight.

In the school room… I caught the school district’s mistake in putting in a wrong date which would have made next year’s IEP the triennial one instead of this year’s. My “reward” is a meeting with the school psych on Tuesday to get the papers signed for testing. Oh freaking joy!

Post Script… March for Our Lives, a march on Washington to get Congress to take gun control legislation seriously.

Shared Quote… “Every single person up here today, all these people should be home grieving. But instead we are up here standing together because if all our government and President can do is send thoughts and prayers, then it’s time for victims to be the change that we need to see.” — Emma Gonzalez, student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Full remarks are here.)

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7 Quick Takes: Insane School Stuff Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Parkland, Florida school shooting. The school shooting yesterday was #18 this year.

18.

That’s roughly one every other day.

So tell me how we don’t need appropriate gun control. (Not banning firearms. GUN CONTROL..) I effing dare you.

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Lent. My Lenten discipline was going to be Morning Prayer every day, but it will end up being one of the Daily Offices daily because it’s been that kind of week. I think I cumulatively spent 20 hours on my Payroll Project #1 between last Saturday night and Monday when I figured out how things had gotten so screwed up. (My instructor calculated everything one way and then gave us instructions to do the opposite. Then on Monday, she was sick so she didn’t have office hours… and we had to take a quiz on the bloody thing that night. Let’s just say that my spreadsheet and email telling her that she was wrong got forwarded around almost the entire class and I had to talk a couple people off the figurative ledge.) The Payroll issue meant that my Excel final got put on the back burner because it wasn’t due until Tuesday night, and I had one thing on it that kept stymying me so much that I had to just forfeit that point and submit it. (It turns out that I was doing it right, but misinterpreted something. My instructor laughed at me when I told her about it because it was 1 flipping point out of a possible 110.) Excel being turned in on Tuesday meant that Access didn’t get started until yesterday and submitted tonight 3 hours ahead of the deadline. (I try to be at least 24 hours ahead in case something happens.)

So yeah… one of the Daily Offices every day. Yesterday, it was Compline and it will probably be Compline again tonight because I have some legal paperwork to do as well. Ay-yi-yi!

At least my Payroll Project #2 balanced last night!

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Ash Wednesday. Because we share facilities and our priest with the Spanish-speaking congregation, the two congregations worship together on occasions like Ash Wednesday. We had bilingual Ash Wednesday worship last night and it was heavenly. The bulletin was English on the left and Spanish on the right, with Helen (our priest) switching off languages between paragraphs or readings or parts of the liturgy. My ashes got imposed with Spanish words while others had English spoken over them, and Helen preached in both languages. (I understood surprisingly much of the Spanish.)

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Pretty choir music take #1. We’re doing this in a few weeks and the alto part is awesome.

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Pretty choir music take #2 We get to sing this again for Palm Sunday, and it is stuck in everyone’s head.

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Pretty choir music take #3

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My current ear worm. Because you need it in your ear too!

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On Love

I re-post this almost every year.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
–1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)