Sunday, September 20, 2020

Smoky eyes

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Battle wounds from a fairly epic meltdown of a 7-yr-old this week.  Comes with the territory, I suppose.

What's going on?

We can breathe! Air quality seems to be back to normal.  I was in Utah over the weekend missed the worst of it, but there were still a couple of smoky days when I got back.  Glad things are clearing up.

Been a pretty normal week. Work, food, new cat in the apartment (not mine, but he's pretty cute).  Not doing much other than that these days what with the Pandemic and all.

Terribly saddened by the news of RGB's passing.  Her life and legacy are truly inspiring. 

This week's post is pretty light.  Not a lot going on around here.  

What I'm reading


This is a troubling look at history from the viewpoint of the people who were marginalized, enslaved, massacred, etc.  Important stuff to know, though.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Audiobooks on road trips

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Stopped for lunch in Barstow and the Arby's was only open for drive-through orders, so I had to go to the gas station next door to use the bathroom.  This was on the bathroom door and made me laugh.

What's going on?

Happy Labor Day!!!  I was going to go hiking, but when I arrived at the trail head a somewhat surly park ranger informed me that all of the trails in the area were closed due to the heat (it was, like, 80 degrees that day, but had been in the triple digits over the weekend).  Any other hike would have been at least an hour drive away and not guaranteed to be open, so I went home and washed my car instead. 

Not much else going on this week.  Work, farmer's market, getting back into an exercise routine, etc. I drove to Utah this weekend for a niece's baptism and had a grand old time.  It was really nice to get out of LA since the entire west coast is currently under a dark cloud of ash and smoke.  Not looking forward to driving back into that.  Looks like it should clear up a bit by Wednesday, though.

I got my hair cut while in Utah. (Thanks Brianna!).  My hair's been growing out for about a year and a half and it just felt like time to go short again.  Changes all around.

What I'm watching


Apparently there's some controversy around this one. The lead actress, Liu Yifei, apparently supports police brutality and oppression in Hong Kong.  Part of the film was also filmed in the region of China where the government is detaining and oppressing ethnic Muslims.  So, not great PR for this film.  But I watched it before I knew all of that.  I've heard some mixed things about the movie, but overall I really enjoyed it.  

What I'm reading


A look at mass incarceration in America.  It seems like if you read this and aren't completely infuriated, you need to check yourself and read it again.

Also saw this gem on Facebook and thought it was quite thought-provoking:

My kids are watching "Les Miserables" tonight and I can't help but think there are a lot of people who love this story and would absolutely hate everything about it if it were set in modern day.
A convict imprisoned for minor theft highlights the plight of the poor and the inequities of the justice system. A single-minded police officer whose insistence on the letter of the law creates injustice.
An impoverished woman whose #metoo moment ends with her disbelieved, cast away from society, further impoverished and forced into prostitution, where she is taken advantage of and ultimately wrung out until dead by upper class johns and the justice system.
These injustices lead to an ultimately failed riot by young people, that is nevertheless held up as an exemplar of the Kingdom of God that is coming.
Even the minor villains are small business owners who are working hard to achieve riches at the expense of the people around them.
And in all of this, the heroes, the only people who provide any help to one another:
* An ex-convict on the run from the law
* a lying churchman who extends grace
* a young rioter
* a prostitute and her child
* a homeless child (also murdered by state violence)
All of this in an unapologetically spiritual, inherently Christian story in which every prayer is answered save one: Javert's prayer that the convict be placed behind bars again.
And the thief is not transformed by prison, which makes him only more desperate, more dangerous. He is not transformed by justice. He becomes a better man, a functioning part of society because of mercy, and because he is invited into the community of faith. Love, faith, kindness, mercy. Justice and rule of law bring only injustice and death in this story.
I wonder in that world if each of us would be cast in the role of villain or hero. Food for thought.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Am I nesting?

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Teaching the kid I nanny how to do boondoggle.  The tradition continues.

What's going on?

I am officially moved in to a new apartment!  And I'm thrilled about it.  My room is cozy, my roommates are chill, and my kitchen is huge.  Also I have a bathtub now.  Albeit a tiny one.
Honestly, this week has been all about settling in.  Unpacking, organizing, hanging stuff on the walls, finding places for all my crap, cleaning, cooking, and enjoying the new digs. It's been nice to have a project to occupy my hours and keep me busy.  I'm basically done, so now it's just time to sit back and enjoy.

What I'm watching


Some language in this one, but the writing and the acting are incredible.  I'm not a huge Reese Witherspoon fan in general, but I think she's great in this.  

What I'm cooking


Peaches and Cream Puff Pastries.  My good friend Tara sent me these on Instagram and I decided to go for it.  I was NOT disappointed.  They turned out so tasty, and they were very easy to make.  Highly recommend.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Goodbye, covered parking. Hello, free laundry.

Pic of the Week


This hibiscus flower is in the front yard of the kid I nanny.  It's as big as my face.

What's going on?

Welp.  This is it.  It's my last week on ol' Lucerne Ave.  I spent some quality time getting moved into my new place this week.  The woman I'm taking over from moved out halfway through August and was fine with me moving stuff in early, so I've been taking my time and stretching out so it's not a crazy disaster of a day on the 1st.  I was originally going to build a big loft bed situation for a queen bed, but then ended up getting a free double bed with a bed frame included! While making plans for my giant queen loft bed, I found a piece of plywood by our dumpster and set it aside. I decided to put it to use as a headboard and spent a whole day painting and getting it all purdy.  I'm VERY pleased with how it turned out:





I also did a little painting on the walls to add a pop of color and personality:


I think it's going to be a delightfully cozy little space.  Assuming I can fit all of my stuff into it.  Time to downsize a little, methinks.

What I'm watching


This is a delightful little romp on Netflix.  Short episodes great for taking a mental break for a hot sec.

What I'm reading



Good thoughts in this one.

What I'm cooking


This recipe that has nearly 19,000 ratings and close to 5 stars. First time making lasagna and it was a success!  So tasty.  And it turns out, lasagna is easier than I thought! Even though this particular recipe is a bit more involved than most.  Totally worth it.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

HEAT WAVE!!!

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I sprouted an avocado pit.  Just for fun.  It takes about 15 years to get an avocado tree that will bear fruit, but even then it's not likely to be edible fruit.  Even trees that produce edible fruit are generally carefully cultivated and take 2-3 years.  This is just for a fun little plant to add to my ever-growing collection.

What's going on?

I started a nannying job this week for a 7-yr-old boy named Jack.  It's just part-time whenever the mom needs extra help.  He's a cute kid and we've had fun together so far.  He loves playing the Wii and wanted to teach me how to play Super Mario.  I haven't played a Mario game in YEARS, so it was fun to get back into it.  We also did some science projects, read, played with LEGO and generally palled around.  

I picked up a brand new bed this week!  It was free.  I rented a U-Haul and decided to take a couple of big/heavy things from my room over to my new room while I had the vehicle for it. originally was like, "I can handle this just fine on my own!" but then decided to ask a friend if he was available to help and was SO glad I did.  It would have been a HUGE pain in the butt to haul it all by myself.  It's excited to get the first of my things into my new room.  I'm excited to settle into a new space. 

We're in the middle of a heat wave at the moment and I am NOT enjoying it.  I feel like I'm always sweaty.  Plus California is on fire so our air quality isn't great.  It's quite an end to the summer.

What I'm watching


Former First Lady Obama's speech from the Democratic National Convention this week.  Do yourself a favor and watch it.  This is one for the history books.  "It is what it is."


Sunday, August 16, 2020

Desk goes under the window.

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I had plans to build a big old epic queen-sized platform loft bed for my new room, but then a friend connected me with a friend of hers who is giving away an entire, basically brand new double bed for free and so that's what I'm doing instead.  So I nerded out with a measuring tape and some graph paper and this is the furniture arrangement I'm leaning toward.  

What's going on?

Not much happening around these parts this week.  I started packing up my room even though I'm not moving for another 2 weeks.  Just channeling some of that energy while I've got it.  Basically all that means is that I'll be living in a federal disaster area for two weeks.  

In some somewhat surprising news - at least for me - my plants are all thriving.  Seriously, they look great.  

I bought a jigsaw and a palm sander this week.  Originally to help with building The Bed™, but I also genuinely enjoy building things.  I had so much fun building my bookcase last year.  I'm not terribly good at it, but I enjoy it, and the more you do something, the better you get at it.  ALSO, people around these parts are always leaving scrap wood around at building sites and back alleys and the like, so I think I want to start picking that stuff up and building things out of it.  Small things like little bookshelves or desks or night stands or whatever and selling it as a little creative outlet/side hustle.  We'll see if that ends up happening.  I often have plans like this that don't pan out.  😂 If nothing else, I now have a pretty decent set of creative tools.  :)


What I'm watching




Re-watching this classic.  Can you believe it's nearly 20 years old?! And it really holds up. :)

What I'm listening to



This podcast has an incredible series called "Seeing White" that I cannot recommend enough.  Go forth and listen.  

Sunday, August 9, 2020

I have a normal-sized liver.

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#work  I was a fake patient this week helping doctoring students remember how to give a general physical exam.  Everyone was wearing masks and shields and washing their hands 800 times.
 
Quote of the week

"Because it's not super, it's just tasty."
-4-yr-old when I asked her why the candy that her super chicken character pooped out didn't defeat the laser tornado that was destroying the town.

What's going on?

Welp, it's official.  I'm moving apartments.  A friend (the friend I went to Egypt with, actually) had a room open up in her apartment and mentioned that I should move in.  At first, I was like, "Haha, you're so funny!" But then I thought about it and it would save me some monies, and it feels like it's time for a change, so I'm gonna do it.  Move-in is Sept 1, and it turns out I actually know the property managers!  They're in my old ward and their kids love Story Pirates.  The person I'm replacing is actually already mostly moved out, so I'm gonna slowly start transferring stuff over over the next couple of weeks.  

I'm also toying with the idea of building a custom bed.  It's been fun sleeping in a hammock for the last 5 years or so, but I think it's time to go back to a bed.  The only problem is that my new room is smaller than my current room. I LOVE the desk I currently have because it's nice and spacious and perfect for puzzles, but it's nice and spacious and combined with a bed, there is basically no room for it.  So.  I'm going to build a low loft bed frame that I can store my desk underneath.  The bonus is that by doing that I'll also be creating some storage!  Doing it this way also means that I don't have to get rid of any of my furniture because it will all fit quite comfortably into my room.  PLUS I can get a cool, custom bed for about as much money as a normal old bed frame - if not less.  I'm excited about it!  I'll take pictures of the process and the completed product.  Now to find a good, not terribly expensive mattress...

Work-wise, aside from the couple of days I was letting doctors take my blood pressure (a touch higher than the 120/80 standard, but nothing to worry about) and find my pulse in 6 different locations on my body (neck, wrists, groin, behind the knee, ankles, and top of the foot), I've been on the writing team for the curriculum for Story Pirates virtual summer camp for August.  It's been really fun!

What I'm watching


This is a really fun, well-done show.  It's a tad violent, so beware, but I think it explores interesting themes, and the actors are all top-notch, and who doesn't love super powers?

What I'm reading

Just started this one, but it's a story from the time of Jesus told from a woman's perspective.  So far it's really good.  I'm excited to see where it goes.

What I'm listening to

This episode of the Mormon Sex Info podcast.  In this episode the host interviews a woman who started Beauty Redefined which helps women to deal with all of the toxic messages coming at them from our culture and how to treat themselves as more than just bodies.  Lots of great info in this one.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Out of this world

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During our space-themed Story Pirates camp this week, I turned into an alien.  It wasn't so bad.

What's going on?

Had an unusually busy week this week.  Story Pirates is putting on a virtual summer camp and I was a cabin leader for a couple of groups.  It was a lot of fun!  We made up planets and aliens and designed space ships.  It was good to have something of a schedule for a few days.  

I've been working with a family who used to come to Kidville to teach/interact with their kids for an hour a week and it's been really fun.  We meet in their backyard all masked up and I play a few songs on my ukulele, read some books, and then we do an activity of some kind.   This week our theme was all about food, so I had them taste different things in the four flavors - bitter, sour, sweet, salty - and the overwhelming favorite was sweet.  Though the 4-yr-old girl fully devoured her bitter lemon peel.  We made our own trail mix and then I taught them how to make ice cream in a bag.  It was a hit!  Last week we talked about plants and planted some seeds.  A few of them had sprouted when I came back this week and the kids were so excited.  Now if only the seeds in my planters were as willing to live...

I did a double-feature hike yesterday with two different friends and ended up hiking nearly 11 miles!  It was great.  My weekly hiking excursions are quickly becoming one of my favorite things.  This week's hikes features some steep terrain, a charming creek, the consumption of ~2 litres of water, and a tuna sandwich!  We also passed an abandoned wheel barrow, and a bowling ball.

I was inspired by my reading of "Grit" a couple of weeks ago to start memorizing an inspirational or meaning quote or passage every day.  If you've got any you especially love, send them my way!  I started yesterday with this one which I learned from Brene Brown, and which I will now attempt to type from memory:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

-Theodore Roosevelt

I double-checked and got it almost word for word - I only missed one - but I had to edit the punctuation because ol' Teddy loved a long and grammatically complex sentence.  

What I'm watching


This is a new Australian dating show on Netflix featuring people on the Autistic spectrum and is honestly just a heart-warming delight. 

What I'm reading

First, watch this video of Representative Ocasio-Cortez deliver what is truly an incredible speech.



Then read this fascinating take on the cultural surroundings of the speech.  We have a long way to go, folks. 

What I'm listening to

Spotify playlists that feature French pop music from the 60s.  Honestly, what a delight.  Thanks to my friend Jon for introducing me.

What I'm puzzling


I'm in love with this artist.  They've made a bunch of puzzles out of his work and I might just have to buy them all.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

You betta werk.

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Just a little inspiration from this week's hike.

What's going on?

Once, twice, three times a lady who tested negative for COVID.  All of my tests have come back clear, so I apparently survived the gauntlet of airports and airplanes and probably too many hugs for friends. I am now back to spending much of my time inside my apartment or outdoors away from people. Dejectedly watching as our country continues to ignore science. *sigh*

I ended up having conversations with two different employers in the same day about the future of those businesses and my role within them.  

First was Story Pirates.  Since we as a country can't get it together, essentially all of our live programming is on hold indefinitely.  It is very unlikely that we'll be doing any live school shows this school year.  We have a couple of outdoor public shows planned for later in the year, but that's about it.  Since the job I was hired for was basically coordinating live programming and training people, my job is a little bit...pointless.  My bosses emphasized, though, how much they value me as a part of the organization (which was lovely to hear - please provide positive feedback to your employees when you can) and they want to keep me involved where they can, so basically they're scaling back my role and looking for opportunities for me to still be involved.  That also means scaling back my pay - but that won't happen until the end of the summer, so I've got time to make some other arrangements, and honestly what with schooling being up in the air, opportunities are abundant - imma be fine.  It kind of sucks because I was good at my job and REALLY enjoyed it, but I also understand that we are living in a bonkers time and there's not really anything we can do about that. Hopefully my job will be back up and running before too long, but until then, we'll roll with the punches.

Secondly, I texted my boss at Kidville to see if/what the plan was for reopening.  I stopped by Kidville a few days ago to borrow some books and honestly didn't know if I'd find a fully-stocked bookshelf, or an empty building.  We haven't been open since March, but presumably we've still been paying the rent.  Anyway, my boss called me and informed me that the CEO of Kidville had to file for bankruptcy - and not the restructuring kind.  Kidville is no more.  This also makes sense as the whole business model is built around in-person activities and who knows when we'll be able to do any of that again.  It's possible that once things get back to normal - whenever that may be - that they'll start over from scratch, but for now the windows are shuttered.  It's wild to think about because I've been working there pretty consistently for almost 8 years.  It's been a bit of a second home here in LA and a consistent source of supplemental income.  I'm gonna miss it.  Though my wallet will probably appreciate not being around so many delicious, but overpriced foods. 

Also, I started therapy this week!  Yay!  #normalizeit Had my first session on Monday and I think it went well.  I'm working through some stuff related to the interesting mix of my personality, the nature of a high-demand, authoritarian religion, and my parent's parenting style.  Everyone has their own unique blend of influences and reactions and nature and nurture, and I'm excited to deconstruct mine a little.

What I'm watching



This is an interesting show.  It's sort of a mystery, sci-fi, comedy. The idea is that when you die, you can be uploaded to the cloud and live digitally.  It's a hot take on the afterlife concept, along with the usual discussions about socio-economic inequality etc.  The lead guy is a very classically handsome fellow, but in a surprise twist for Hollywood, he's also a decent actor.  He makes the main character likable and relatable - which I find refreshing.  There is some language, so buyer beware, but overall my roommate and I both really enjoyed this one.

What I'm reading



This one is great.  It approaches racism from the dichotomy of racist vs. anti-racist.  There is no "not racist".  And it's not that you are one thing or the other permanently, it's that in any given moment you are either behaving in ways that are racist, or anti-racist.  You are either actively working against racism, or you're not.  Usually I don't love either/or black and white thinking (see above, re: going to therapy), but it actually makes a lot of sense in this context.  And I think there's enough nuance in the idea that any given person is not entirely racist or anti-racist, but that each action, each moment falls into one of those categories.  And hopefully we're all working toward more and more of our actions and moments being anti-racsit.

What I'm listening to


The TED Radio Hour with Manoush Zomorodi.  This episode was all about apologies and forgiveness and I LOVED it.  Give it a listen.  

What I'm puzzling

This is an infinity puzzle.  There are no edge pieces, you can kind of keep moving pieces around and creating different shapes etc.  I bought this puzzle for myself a couple of years ago, and it's been hanging on my wall for a while, but I decided to revisit it and play around with it a bit this week.  It's a fun one!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

That bath was the bomb.

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I am plant-sitting for a friend while she's out of town, and she has a bathtub that will fit me - a full-grown, but average-sized man - which is harder to find than you might think. So I took full advantage of that - bath bomb and all.  It was glorious.  I might even do it again.
 
What's going on?

It's been a couple of weeks!  I'm not always good about the weekly check-in when I'm out of town.

Happy 4th of July, y'all.  This was an odd year for patriotic celebration, I have to admit.  We're grappling with a lot as a country right now, and I think it felt a little...disingenuous?...to say, "Yay America!"  But I keep thinking about the idea that we live in a country where hard conversations can happen and change is possible and where we're allowed to fight for something better, so even though we're deep in the fight - and perhaps BECAUSE we're deep in that fight - I still think there is reason to celebrate.  

I tested negative for COVID again, which means that I didn't pick it up on a plane or in an airport on the way to Utah or a 4th of July parade or a family BBQ.  My roommate is relieved.  I was perhaps a tad irresponsible in my social distancing practices while in Utah, but now that I'm home, it's back to leaving my apartment only for exercise and grocery store trips.  *sigh*

I had a GREAT time in Utah.  It was so nice to spend time with so many people I love (mostly in a socially distant way).  Good conversations, too many treats, fireworks, so many laughs, more treats, and even a 5k!

Now I would like a vacation to somewhere tropical, with beaches and frosty drinks and cabana boys and sun.

What I'm watching


Finally got around to watching this.  Great show.  While Lin-Manuel Miranda is a straight-up genius storyteller, writer, and musician, I would like to see this show A - live, and B - starring someone with more acting/signing chops.  Don't get me wrong, ol' LMM was fine, just clearly not the most skilled performer on the stage.  Anyway, I think pieces of art like this are important for starting conversations and sparking an interest in history and telling powerful stories through unconventional lenses.  More of this, please.

What I'm reading


Took a little break from anti-racism because I got a "skip-the-line" copy of this gem from the library and had to read it real quick. Fascinating look at the importance of hard work and discipline.  It's sparked some internal conversations for me about how to get back some of that drive that I once had.  Unmet life expectations mixed with a global pandemic have left me feeling a bit melancholy and listless of late.  But reading through this has given me a little hope.  

What I'm listening to


GREAT podcast from the New York Times.  It's only 5 episodes long, but gives some amazing context to the moment we're living in.  Give it a listen.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Brownie bites and baby bumps

Pic of the week 


I went to a zoom baby shower for a friend this week and there was an activity where you had to put a piece of paper on top of your head and draw a baby.  This was my baby.  

What's going on?

I'm COVID negative, y'all! Or was as of Tuesday, anyway.  I'm planning to get tested again as soon as I get back from Utah and then a week later to make sure I didn't catch it on a plane ride or in a cookie shop while traveling.  Watching the numbers steadily rise this week makes me wish I'd reserved a rental car instead of buying a flight, or that the Good People of Utah™ had been a little more careful about social distancing and wearing their masks.  But here we are.  Two flights to Utah on Friday (Somehow American Airlines has no direct flights anymore?) and two flights back the following week.  Sending prayers for not a full flight.

A friend of mine left town for a month or so and asked if I'd water her plants while she's gone.  It's a nice excuse to get out of my apartment for a while!  Plus, she has a nice big bathtub at her house that I fully intend to take advantage of while she's gone. AND she lives just down the street from one of the best pizza places in LA.  :)

A current goal is to get in my 10,000 steps every day.  That's about 4 miles' worth of walking every day.  Bring it on!  It's fun to get around the neighborhood and discover cute houses and out of the way treasures and such.  Plus I now have another neighborhood to explore while watering my friend's plants.

What I'm watching


It's on Netflix!  This is widely agreed to be one of the better Star Trek series, so I decided what with finishing Discovery and Picard that I'd check it out. Plus it's a great series to watch while working on other projects - photo archiving, puzzles, laundry etc.

What I'm reading


You guessed it, another perspective from the Black American experience. This is a quick read, check it out.

What I'm listening to


The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown. I listen to this once a year.  It is LIFE CHANGING stuff.  Seriously.  This is basically a 6-hour version of the stuff she talks about in her TED talks (which you can find here and here.)  Cannot recommend this highly enough.  Bonus - since I've listened to it 3 or 4 times now, I played it on triple speed and got through the whole thing in one day!  Usually it takes me a few days to get through the whole thing.

What I'm puzzling


Finally finished that 2,000 piece BEAST and am moving on to this little gem that I found at Target.  Antique Advertising by Milton Bradley/Hasbro.

What I'm cooking


Brownies.  In fact, one of the best brownie recipes I've found to date. Enjoy.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Feelin' Just Peachy

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This week's hike took me halfway up the trail to the Wilson Observatory in the San Gabriel mountains.  It's a 14-mile round-trip loop, but I decided that might be a bit much for this weekend, so I just went halfway.  Gonna try for the full loop in a few weeks. It was a BEAUTIFUL trail and lucky for me, it was overcast so the uphill half was nice and cool.  Don't worry, I still got plenty sweaty.  AND!  I saw a real live rattle snake!  Another hiker alerted me to its presence, and it just crawled away into the bushes and didn't bug anybody, but that's the first time I've ever seen a rattle snake in the wild.  It was pretty cool.

What's going on?

Happy Father's Day!  




I've been on some pretty awesome adventures with this guy, and even though life has a funny way of laughing in the face of any plans you might have for your children, or that your children might have for themselves, I think I still turned out pretty okay, and that's in large part due to my ol' Dad.  Thanks for all the good times, and the hard times, and the mistakes, and the apologies, and the laughs, and the tears, and the many many many desserts.  Thanks for teaching me to work hard, play hard, and love hard.  Love you, Dad!

One of the most important things we do at Story Pirates is called Story Love.  It's our program where we provide personalized feedback on every story we receive - and that's well into the tens of thousands of stories.  To make sure we can accomplish that foundational goal, we partner with corporate sponsors for volunteer events.  The current state of the world what with the pandemic and all lends itself rather nicely to holding these events virtually and we had a BUNCH this week and I was able to help out with some of them.  It was really fun, and so nice to have something to do!

And then I spent a lot of time reading and working on my puzzle (still doing the 2,000-piece Cinque Terre puzzle, it's a beast.) and napping and trying to stay isolated as much as possible since I was at that march last week and want to reduce my chances of spreading the COVID if I happen to have picked it up in the giant crowd.  I have a test scheduled for this week to verify if I have it.  Fingers crossed that I don't because A - I'm not trying to spread that mess around, and B - it might mess up my travel plans to Utah and I need to come to Utah.

What I'm watching



If you haven't taken the time to watch this one yet, I strongly encourage you to do so.

What I'm reading


Turns out that though there have been notable gains since the civil rights movement in terms of racial equality, the systems that disenfranchised and othered people back then are still alive and well today.

Also THIS ARTICLE.  Which makes me continue to wonder why The Church™ is so reticent to acknowledge and grapple with its own history.  And why as an institution it is so against apologizing - not just for its racist past/policies/culture/present, but for the pain it has caused and continues to cause for essentially every marginalized population.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to bash The Church™, I think it does a lot of good, and is a bright and important part of my own history, but it could, and honestly should, be SO MUCH BETTER.

What I'm listening to

Vulfpeck Radio on Pandora.  Giving me some chill vibes to drown out the noise of it all.
And continued advice to wear a mask, socially distance, etc.  Let's not take chances, people.  

What I'm cooking


Peach Ice Cream.  Y'all, peach season is in FULL swing and I could not be happier about it.  Fresh peaches are one of my absolute favorite foods, and some peach ice cream just sounded so good.  I also threw in some chopped up cherries just for fun.  However. My ice cream maker failed me in a very disappointing way.  Not sure what happened, but it did not create ice cream.  So I just stuck the liquid in some containers in the freezer overnight and called it good.  It still tasted incredible.  Especially with some fresh sliced peaches.  Next time I may even add some granola.  :)