Thursday Open Thread

Do you remember when you first grasped the concept of mortality?

I must have been about 6 or 7 years old when it hit me: someday, my parents would die. The realization was devastating, and I remember lying in bed, fighting back tears, and trying to chase away thoughts of a world without my parents in it. That is some deep, dark stuff for a child to grapple with!

So this viral video touched my heart. It features a 5-year-old girl crying her eyes out because she just realized that her baby brother won’t stay a baby — AND she’s going to die “when she’s a hundred.” And the baby? He just gurgles and smiles at her. OH, MY OVARIES.

I feel you, little girl. I SO feel you. That’s also kind of how I feel about my own kids growing up!

That said, if my child was bawling about her deepest fears, it wouldn’t occur to me to pick up a camera and record it. Not quite sure what the thought process was there!

What’s on your mind today? Chat away!

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Tuesday Open Thread

We visited the San Diego Zoo Safari Park this weekend and got a behind-the-scenes tour, thanks to my BIL, who is a donor. We were among the first visitors to see a lioness and her four 1-month-old cubs. They were nursing and toddling around and she was grooming them and SQUEE!!! So cute.

Then we saw this:

10556238_10101068931255494_2332324762942573064_n12-week-old cheetah is being raised alongside a 13-week-old Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy. Mama rejected the cheetah, so the puppy will be its lifelong companion. I think my  ovaries might have exploded.

What has given you the warm fuzzies lately? What else is on your mind? Chat away!

 

 

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Weekend Open Thread

I did not read Fifty Shades of Grey, but I couldn’t resist watching the trailer, as it was all over my facebook feed. I described it later to my DH, chuckling at how the female lead is presented as mousy and meek.

“You know, because she’s wearing a drab sweater and has bad bangs,” I said.

So I was roaring with laughter the next day, when I saw this think piece on the cardigan sweater or: How To Make A Beautiful Actress Less Beautiful.

The cardigan sweater/bad bangs combo is second only to the librarian glasses/hair in a bun combo. ACTING!

Which movies have you enjoyed lately? Which ones are you looking forward to?

What else is up this weekend? Chat away!

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Thursday Open Thread

How do you keep your kids’ minds engaged during their summer break?

I remember months of boredom as a kid. Yes, I played outside, but it got hot. There was a lot of TV watching. And after a while, I looked forward to going back to school, just so I would actually have something to do and someplace to go.

So I try to avoid boredom for my own kiddos, especially DD. She is hyper curious and engaged, so she has had various day camps. I also buy her the Scholastic Summer Express workbooks, in hopes of helping her retain what she learned. She also has a weekly piano lesson and the occasional play date.

There is also a fair amount of iPad time, and video game playing. Today DD asked, “Mami, can we watch Property Brothers tomorrow?” She is delightful.

What’s on tap for these waning days of summer? Chat away!

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Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

National Geographic Magazine published an insightful and depressing article on hunger in the United States. It cited a cut in food stamp — aka “SNAP” benefits — and falling wages for food insecure households in the U.S. This is a must-read.

Now onto another epidemic in this country: stress. As someone who is always “on” — working, tending to the kids, working out (at the crack of dawn), cooking or doing other household chores — this medium article by a fellow progressive activist really spoke to me.

There was never a clear diagnosis. It’s possible I’ve been suffering from adrenal fatigue, and with the major diet adjustments (I don’t eat sugar, wheat, or dairy, to name a few), my condition has dramatically improved. A lot of what I’ve learned was through food journaling and trial and error. Being a half-baked scientist, I’ve found a a few tips that have helped restore me, and are backed up by science as well. Paying attention to these tips after stressful projects or after a conference can help aid in bouncing back from fatigue, and often even out mood as well. They’re my own ‘field notes’, so your mileage my vary. Always consult with your doctor or nutritionist, of course.

Instinctually, I too, like coconut milk in my coffee, eat a lot of banana and potatoes (potassium), drink a lot of water, and love anything with lavender in it. In fact, when I am most stressed, I drink a lavender chamomile tea before I go to bed.

What are your anti-stress go-to foods and remedies? What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

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Tuesday Open Thread

Weird Al is back!

He released eight videos in eight days and created quite a buzz. He was relevant when I was 9, and he’s relevant now that I’m 39. Gotta love it!

I found myself playing his videos for my 16-year-old niece and giving her context about who the heck he is. She giggled at his takes on Pharell’s “Happy” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”

But my all-time favorite Weird Al song? Amish Paradise. What’s yours?

What’s on your mind today? Chat away!

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Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

I am back from Netroots Nation and am preparing to leave on a family vacation (again). This time we are headed to El Salvador and New Hampshire to visit family.

Can anyone — or multiple folks — “blog sit” while I am gone? Basically it would entail updating the mother site the following dates:

Monday, July 28
Wednesday, July 30
Friday, August 1
Monday, August 4
Wednesday, August 6
Friday, August 8
Monday, August 11

I’ll be back on Tuesday, August 12. Speaking of, where did the summer go? I can’t believe we are already at the end of July!

What’s on your mind today?

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Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Will you be at Netroots Nation? If so, I hope to see you there! Here’s what I have going on:

Thursday, July 17, 10:30 am to 11:45 am, “Solidarity, The Original ‘Lean In’: Women Are Owning Power”, Rm 140AB

Friday, July 18, 11 am to 12:15 pm, “Hunger First: The Importance of Food Security in Detroit”, Rm 140D

Friday, July 18, 3 pm to 4:15 pm, “Parents Caucus”, Rm 356. Please note: I will be moderating, and snacks and drinks will be provided.

Saturday, July 19, 5 pm to 8 pm, Special Dinner Sponsored by MomsRising. This should be a lovely evening, please join us at Salt & Cedar Restaurant, 2448 Riopelle Street in Detroit!

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

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