Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

This is sad. I’d been following the case of the missing New York mom since she was of Hispanic descent and that’s all that CNN en español played in the car in the mornings. As it turns out, she was found dead in Turkey stabbed to death. She was there pursuing her photography. My thoughts and prayers are with her family…

Due to massive cuts Louisiana made to its Medicaid program, the state will stop providing “behavioral health services for at-risk children, offer case management visits for low-income HIV patients and pay for at-home visits by nurses who teach poor, first-time mothers how to care for their newborns.” Once again, I was reminded how we don’t take mental illness seriously in this country. Sad.

Finally, it was Ground Hog Day this past weekend, in which Panxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, therefore we can expect an early spring. Woo-hoo! Speaking of, one of my all-time favorite movies, Ground Hog Day (Bill Murray, Andie Macdowell) is 20 years old. In celebration, here is one of my favorite clips from the movie. Enjoy!

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

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I am a journalist and online organizer who is the co-publisher of this blog. When I am not online, I am shuttling around my two kids, an 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter.

34 thoughts on “Monday Morning Open Thread

    • Oops! Johnny depp as Tonto. RDJr Iron Man 3. Brad Pitt in that World War z movie. AND my guilty pleasure, “Fast and Furious” original cast! I can’t wait till Memorial Day! So many good action movies coming up.

      • I am hoping that DS will let me go with him to IM3. I love RDJr and the IronMan series. DS is at that age where movies are for buddies, but maybe he’ll see it twice, and let me go with?

  1. Have you noticed how Facebook gives you the option to translate when people post in another language? (I thought it was funny recently when someone posted in English recently on a MT FB thread and it gave me the option to translate.) A friend of mine who moved back to Taiwan put up a post this morning in Chinese with some pictures so I clicked the ‘translate’ button and the supposed translation reads,
    “2nd tour of the temporary and the next day his Lilliputian, really not bad, there is a lot of appropriate ride,Bella happy parents of the child are met, praise! (Translated by Bing)”

    So much for auto-translation. I think I did better just looking at the pictures.

    • I have a friend in Denmark, and FB translate does a pretty good job. With context, and photos, I can usually figure out what she meant.

      A recent beef, though, was when a friend-of-a-friend posted (in Hebrew) in December “Chag Sameach” which translates as Happy Holiday. It’s a generic holiday greeting. FB translated the Hebrew as “Merry Christmas” – so not only a wrong translation, but a particularly ironic one.

  2. My baby’s gone away! Sniff. I dropped him off this morning for his 6th grade trip, and I think it’s the first time he’s been away from both of us since he was 6 months old. It’s not easy to let go of a medical needs child – I have to trust him to take responsibility for his own pain management. So the separation is probably more important for me than for him. He’s over the moon excited, and a little nervous, but I think the bigger deal is actually being separated from his brother for a week. This will be the first time the brothers have ever been apart for more than a night and I think both of them are weirded out and a little apprehensive about that.

    • I love how close your boys are. I hope he has a wonderful time and his pain is relatively easy for him to manage on his own. Good luck getting through it, mama!

      • The best part of my morning was watching little brother fuss over him, making him breakfast, fetching items, loaning his better gloves, etc. Just as big brother will do for him in turn. It’s such a natural and heartwarming part of their dynamic.

    • hang in there momma… I know you, like me, don’t rush around claiming to “miss your baby” every time they go to the movies without you so I know that when you say it you really mean it… I hear you… thinking good thoughts for you all.

    • DS1 had a lot of fun on that trip last year, and I know the kids who just got back from two other district schools on Friday had fun too (albeit apparently not quite enough to eat). He will have a good time. It’s weird when they are away though!

    • I hope he has a great trip and that there are minimal medical issues to deal with. My DS did a sixth grade trip, too, and it was an amazing developmental trip for him!

    • I love hearing about how your sons care for each other – and yeah, it’s a nice balance for the flip side.

      Good work letting him go, lyn. Hugs from here.

  3. And I’ve been following the story of the 5 year old boy, kidnapped (randomly) off of his school bus, and held in an underground bunker by an “end of the world survivalist”. Since the kidnapper is known to have a TV, the authorities have been very closed mouthed about what is happening. I just cannot imagine the heartbreak for those parents.

    • Yay! He’ll make some girl a good husband someday.

      How’s the vegetable new year’s resolution going? Says the mom who’s making frozen pizza tonight because DH is out of town.

      • It fell apart when we all got sick. I read something about some kids having more sensitive taste buds and I have to wonder if that’s a thing for the kids- they will try stuff, but they always say it’s too strong or bitter. The more mild tasting veggies don’t fill in the nutrition gaps, so I’m just going to keep swinging once we all get healthy again. I got M to eat soup with carrots in it, which felt like a victory.

  4. Know what I’m sick of? Mansplaining. I’ve been working in financial journalism for nine-plus years. Been working in Australia for just going on seven years. I work for technical, trade publications. Not bragging, but I have a reputation for accuracy and grasp of technical knowledge in my relative field. But some men, OMFG. I interviewed a man today, a guy I’ve spoken to at least twice before, and today, for the third blessed time, he prefaced his remarks with a mini-lecture on the Australian pensions system. It wasn’t quite “See Jane Run”, but it was very close.

    Mansplaining can suck it.

      • I still think about this example. In grad school, I lived with 2 other single women. We got sick of all the bugs around our front porch light, so we got one of those yellow bug light bulbs to hopefully deter them. There was a mansplainer in our social group who said one night as he was leaving, “do you know why that light is yellow?” Uh, yeah, we put it there, jackass.

        I have to admit, I sometimes commit momsplaining with DH. This morning, I know I annoyed him on his way out the door with DD2 by reminding him she needs her gloves and hat. Oops.

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