31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: BTL

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung

I’ve debated posting on this all day because I know there are some readers who are going to be nasty about this… but it’s my blog and my life, so people are going to have to deal.

I saw one of the OB/GYN’s in town about a bilateral tubal ligation today.

Why did I do this, you ask? Because I have a disproportionately high risk of HELLP Syndrome reoccurring if I get pregnant again and this fact has been causing me mental anguish for 8 1/2 years. I’ve had people point out that I’m in the process of getting divorced and I should just cross the HELLP Syndrome bridge when I get pregnant if I ever remarry… but that kind of defeats the point of doing something to prevent it NOW when it’s messing with me and messing with mental health. Additionally, I am high enough risk that I would be on bedrest for my whole pregnancy and that doesn’t work with a kid like Daniel — I do live with my parents and they do help with Daniel but asking them to pretty much take over his care for 9 months is unfair to ask… and none of this takes into account that there is a 50% chance any future kids would be autistic to the same degree as Daniel, if not more. Given that I already struggle with balancing school (and eventually the need to make a living) and parenting already, I can’t have two kids with moderate/severe autism.

All of these things have been on my mind for the last 5-8 years and I finally talked to my regular doctor about them this summer. This all falls outside her specialty so she referred me to Women’s Health. The provider I saw today has absolutely no problem with going to bat with my insurance company for this if there’s an issue, given the issues I have with my periods and the degree to which I had HELLP with Daniel. I signed a consent form for it today and then I have to wait 30 days, see them again for a pre-op appointment, and they’ll do the procedure probably in the beginning of December.

We’ll see how this unfolds in the coming weeks…

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: The Simple Woman’s Daybook for October 22, 2017

For Today… October 22, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… still a little cloudy but more sun than we’ve seen in a week. We had lots of rain and strong winds that knocked over planters in the yard.

I am thinking… my Electronic Communication assignment that is due tomorrow.

I am thankful… for fun at my grandma’s birthday party last night.

One of my favorite things… salami and brie baguettes from Haggen.

I am wearing… charcoal fitted tee from Old Navy and jeans. Church clothes were the tee paired with black slacks, my black cardigan, and black flats.

I am creating… reports in Sage. Whee!

I am reading… Reddit subs.

I am hoping… the Internet stays functional. It was spazzing last night and this morning.

I am learning… best practices for Skype.

In my kitchen… leftover stinky cheeses from my cousin’s wine and cheese 50th birthday party last weekend. Mmmmm… Cambozola!

In the school room… I get to go to the pumpkin patch with Daniel this week for school.

Post Script… some commentary on Patheos giving Mark Driscoll some blogging space.

Shared Quote… For those who saw all the #MeToo statuses on Facebook:


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31 Days of My World As It Is Sung

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: The Party

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung

So the party ended and it was lovely. We had 18 people at the house for dinner and it was kind of funny. I was sitting at the table with my twin brother, his wife, my friend Chad, and grandma… and all of a sudden people descended on the house and the volume in the downstairs exploded! Grandma was very much with it yesterday and talking to people one-on-one. We think she really enjoyed being the belle of the ball.

Food was goulash, spaetzle, cabbage, beans, salad, and cake with two kinds of ice cream for dessert. We had half of a sheet cake and we managed to knock almost all of it out. (We did send home pieces with people.)

All in all, it was a wonderful gathering and I’m glad we could have that many people under one roof again for the first time in a few years.

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: Free Speech Edition of My 7 Quick Takes

7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

Free speech. I just saw on Facebook that Richard Spencer’s speech has ended. The furor over it reminded me of when Milo Yiannopolous attempted to speak at UC Berkeley and they had to cancel it because of the protests. I got pretty sick of having to explain to morons on Facebook that your right to free speech does not mean that your speech is free of consequences.

Milo’s speech also marked the beginning of my policy of unfollowing and unfriending anyone on my wall who used the term “libtard”.

— 2 —

Stories about the good in people. This has been a fortunate find and has restored some of my faith in humanity.

— 3 —

97. My grandma turns 97 years old today. We’ll be having 19 (!!!!) people at the house for dinner on Saturday… which should be interesting. 2 1/2 recipes of goulash, spaetzle, various salads, and half of a sheet cake will be appearing tomorrow and Saturday. My evil twin and his long-suffering wife will arrive tomorrow.

— 4 —

Really? Apparently,45 gives himself and his administration a 10/10 for Puerto Rico disaster recovery efforts. Geez… grade inflation is out of control! [/sarcasm]

So… an A+ effort means a widespread lack of electricity and drinkable water. Huh. Pretty sure Obama would have been crucified for his disaster relief efforts if they had been like 45’s in Puerto Rico.

— 5 —

You mean politicians can work together? Props to the 24 senators co-sponsoring a bill to save the Affordable Care Act. I am especially proud that Patty Murray, my senator, was one of the leaders in putting this together.

— 6 —

Prerequisite baseball take. The Horrible Team from LA is apparently going to be in the World Series. I guess I’ll be rooting for the American League this year, even if it’s the Yankees.

*vomits at the thought of the Dodgers in the World Series*

— 7 —

Some music. Enjoy this new song from Rend Collective.

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

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: Source of Traditional Hymnody

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung

When I share a hymn on here that we’ve sung on a Sunday in church, my go-to is YouTube and I usually pick the link based on the source. My favorite source for church music tends to be the BBC show “Songs of Praise” and a link to the most basic query for it is here.

Here’s an example of one of their hymns: