Hump Day Open Thread

What’s up?

Quick update on the cleaning: Damn, we have a lot of junk. On Day 1 (Monday), DH and I worked for about three hours, scrubbing and purging to finish…a corner of our kitchen. We could not believe how dirty it was and how much stuff — three hefty bags full of crap — was stashed away in drawers and cupboards.

We’ve been purging one room at a time and have finished the kitchen and are halfway through our bedroom. I purged a box of books and at least three trash bags of clothes. DH another two bags. We are never shopping again. lol!

Up next? Finish the bedroom and start the master bathroom. We are going to have the kids clean their rooms this weekend. DH and I agreed that the rest of the house is going to have to wait until Christmas break. We just have way too much stuff. Ugh.

In the meantime, I’ve taken breaks to read news and email. I was intrigued by this Huffington Post slide show presentation on school lunch foods around the world.

Also, I was saddened by the grand jury decision in Ferguson. A teenager is shot six times and killed by the very person in charge of protecting him. When did the police become judge, jury and executioner in this country? Shudder….

I did take a moment to sign this MomsRising petition to the Department of Justice. As we go into Thanksgiving tomorrow, I can stop thinking of the empty seat at Mike Brown’s family’s dinner table. Terrible.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

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Monday Morning Open Thread

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In case you missed it, I participated in a google hangout with top Latina bloggers in the country, and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, about the health insurance marketplace. You can sign up for affordable health care now at Healthcare.gov. You can view the Q&A, including the question I asked the Secretary about people living in states without Medicaid expansion, here. Many thanks to moderator Elianne Ramos for the invitation!

Now I am off on my stay-cation. My husband I took the week off work to purge our house of stuff. I know, not the sexiest vacation, but so necessary before Christmas.

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Weekend Open Thread

I passed out last night before I could post an open thread. It was a LONG week.

Today we plan to take our Christmas card photos, then we’re getting a sitter so we can go watch the newest Hunger Games movie. WIN.

Tomorrow we pack for our Thanksgiving trip!

What are you up to? Chat away!

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Friday Morning Open Thread

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My thoughts on the President’s announcement for executive action on immigration policy: I was disappointed in the first half of his speech as it sounds like he will do nothing on the Central American refugee children, except deport them. My husband has family in Central America — both in El Salvador and Honduras — and I can tell you that poor children there, including girls, face bleak odds. Miss Honduras and her sister were just killed by a jealous boyfriend, which doesn’t surprise me as that country has the highest per capita murder rates and high femicide rates, too. Protecting children from such violence is a humanitarian and women’s rights obligation!

That said, the second half of his speech about our character and history as a country of immigrants brought tears to my eyes. Millions of immigrants living in the shadows, including aspiring professionals and working parents, will benefit. I applaud the president for this positive step forward.

ICYMI, the Washington Post had an article on the highest paid college graduates. Hint: it’s not who you’d think.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

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Hump Day Open Thread

What’s up?

LATISM Recap: I’ve finally caught up with my email, work and home affairs since attending the Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media 2014 Conference on Friday. I crashed with Erika’s family — squee! — and presented at a panel about mobilizing Latinos to live healthier lives. My presentation focused on junk food marketing to Latino youth and how parents can organize themselves to implement policies to improve child nutrition and health.

I published a recap at the MomsRising blog and would appreciate love in terms of comments and/or social media shares. ¬°Mil gracias amigas!

Homeless Children: One in 30 U.S. children are homeless, with California, Mississippi and Alabama leading the way in this sad trend, according to the Huffington Post. I can’t say that I’m surprised considering the cost of living in California…

Separated Immigrant Families: I can’t get this op-ed out of my head. Orange Is the New Black actress Diane Guerrero wrote her incredible personal story about moving in with friends at 14 after her parents and older brother were deported. They were unable to legalize their immigration status because, well, our system is broken. She called on President Obama to use his executive powers to fix it and keep families like hers together.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

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Tuesday Open Thread

How soon is too soon for holiday hoopla?

I’ve been seeing a lot of Christmas-related complaining all over social media this year. “Not already!” “It’s too early for decorations and music!” But this is a trend that doesn’t seem to be reversing.

I have decided that right around mid-November is when I’m OK with seeing decorations at the mall and hearing carols on the radio. But seeing the holiday onslaught of TV commercials and catalogues and newspaper circulars on the day after Halloween was kind of a head-scratcher.

Still, I don’t get as incensed about it as many seem to. I can tune it all out until I’m ready to embrace it. So the temperature in SoCal has finally fallen below 80: Toss me a light sweater and bring on the holidays! ;-)

What say you? When do you start feeling the spirit? When do you start shopping? Decorating? Chime in, and chat away!

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