Thanks to activism around food safety, Kraft has decided to remove dyes No. 5 and 6 from their cartoon-themed mac n’ cheese products. Unfortunately, it still won’t do so for its signature elbow-shaped mac n’ cheese products, which by the way, are not sold in Europe. Instead, to meet European Union food regulations, Kraft uses beta carotene and paprika to color their mac ‘n cheese there.
In belated personal news: Halloween in Berkeley is such a big deal that I plan to take it off next year. Between two school concerts, dressing up and trick or tricking in tricked out homes — it leaves no time for anything else. Here is video that I took at a heavily made up home we stop at every year:
This past Saturday was Día de los Muertos…and Ari’s 10th birthday! DH and I had a school charity ride and Eli had a soccer game. We are going to celebrate his birthday this Saturday with a sleepover with bff Jude and the boys in his class.
That said, he did get to open up presents from family on his actual birthday. He got right to work on his brand new Star Wars lego set.
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?
It’s the weekend, y’all!
It’s a busy one for us. Last night I did the Electric Run 5K – part race, part rave, very fun! I will say I liked running at night versus getting up at dawn to do it.
This morning I will be helping to build an altar for a local Dia de los Muertos festival. Then it’s off to DD’s soccer game, then back to the altar. It’s a colorful and festive event, and I look forward to it every year.
Sunday morning DD and I are joining one of her classmates at the Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk. Her classmate’s mother sent a letter home with every kid inviting them to join their team, and I was delighted when DD said she wanted to walk.
Finally, here’s a gratuitous shot of my trick-or-treaters!
What are you up to this weekend? Chat away!
Happy Halloween, y’all!
DS’s preschool has a Halloween parade this morning. He will dress as a Minion from Despicable Me. Tonight, our good friends and their two boys will come over for pizza before we all head out for a little trick or treat. DD will be Hermione from Harry Potter.
Adding to the excitement is a scheduled power outage from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Yes, our power company scheduled maintenance on Halloween. GAH.
What are your plans today? What’s on your mind? Chat away!
Immigration reform has been on my mind. Two House Republicans so far — Jeff Denham of California and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida — have signed onto a Democrat-led bill that is both fair and tough. This is an issue near and dear to my heart as I am the daughter of an immigrant and I work as a campaign associate on this issue. For the first time this rough political year, I am going to say that I am seeing a glimpse of hope…
In the meantime, I bawled when I saw this music video by American soul singer Aloe Blacc featuring real-life DREAMers — undocumented youth brought to this country at a young age. Please do watch it, but have the tissues handy!
Finally, I just finished another compelling read: And Hell Followed Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border by David Neiwert. Neiwert, a journalist, author and expert in right-wing extremism, is the senior editor of the popular political blog Crooks and Liars.
In his most recent book, he did an impressive amount of on-the-ground research and wrote an exposé on the anti-immigrant vigilante group the Minute Men. They have largely been discredited because of an internal civil war and also the death of a 9-year-old Hispanic American girl in Arizona at the hands of hit men ringed by a Minute Men activist.
The murder of 9-year-old Brisenia Flores is one that I have not read much about outside of Latino circles. I am grateful to Neiwert for covering details of her life that I had never read anywhere else, the horrendous details leading up to her death and the trial itself which was covered only by local press and the Daily Beast. Two people ended up with death penalty verdicts against them, a third with life in prison without the possibility of parole, and a fourth man is still at-large.
Neiwert is a gifted writer in that he had this tired mama staying up late and turning pages. He did a beautiful job of detailing the Flores families’ lives, that of their murderers and the town in which they lived. I’ve been telling my husband and those around me to read this book. I hope you will, too.
What’s on your night table? What else is in the news? What’s up with you?
DD’s school district has a random “non-student day” today and I don’t even really know what that means. Teacher training? Furlough? WTF knows. What I DO know is it would have been nice to make it on a Monday or Friday and at least make an impromptu 3-day weekend out of it, amirite?! The kicker: they’re having another non-student day NEXT Tuesday. Sigh.
We’re making the best of it and heading up to a local apple orchard in the nearby mountains. It will be sunny but cool and we will buy and imbibe and inhale many yummy apple products. AUTUMN OUTINGS FTW!!
Last night the kids watched NIghtmare Before Christmas for the first time. This parenting gig sure is fun sometimes.
What are you up to? Chat away!
Happy Tuesday, y’all!
I’m happy to report that my 20th reunion was a huge success. Everyone had a blast and as part of the reunion committee, I received praise and compliments all night on the venue, the atmosphere, the entertainment, you name it. Even DH got into the spirit and had a good time meeting my old friends. We had Aztec dancers and a belly dancer and old school music and a photo booth. There was a cigar roller and tequila samples and a tasty buffet. Even the weather was perfect for a nighttime yacht cruise, warm enough not to need a jacket when on the top deck.
My favorite thing about planning the reunion was reestablishing friendships and even making new ones. I also have newfound appreciation for my hometown and my high school. We share a sense of pride and community that I’ve realized is pretty rare.
There’s talk of planning a reunion every five years from now on since this one proved such a success. We’ll see if there’s follow through, but this was a lovely chance to reminisce and reconnect.
Sunday morning we rushed home to take the kids to a Star Wars themed birthday party. They had characters dressed as Luke, Leia and Darth Vader lead the kids through a Jedi training academy and they each took home a light saber. It was seriously fun and very impressive, and the kids were rapt. No idea what it cost, but it was money well spent!
What are some of the most fun or unique kids’ parties you’ve attended?
What else is on your mind today? Chat away!
So, did you see the Sanctimommy on steroids facebook post that everyone is talking about?
I found it smug, but it didn’t really bother me. It sure did cause a stir, though.
Then I saw this genius and funny post by Glennon Melton at Momastery.
For years I lived in world in which people lived AT ME. For example:
Craig worked out AT ME while I tried to enjoy the couch. So aggressive.
People discussed natural child birth AT ME because they could sense my previous sixty epidurals.
People were constantly calm AT ME.
People attempted ATTACHMENT PARENTING AT ME. (I still don’t know what that really is but it certainly doesn’t sound like something behind which I’d rally.)
People threw Pinterest parties AT ME.
People trained for triathalons AT ME.
People refused to eat carbs after 8 pm AT ME.
I was constantly under attack with all of these judgy people living AT ME. I was living in a hostile world.
Do you ever feel that way? I feel lucky to say that I rarely do, but have no idea if it’s because I’m clueless or a honey badger or maybe a little of both.
Then I felt a little guilty, wondering if people ever feel I’m pointing my avocado AT THEM (read Glennon’s post and that sentence I just wrote will actually make sense! ).
What say you? Do we sometimes perceive judgment where there is none? Or are Sanctimommies a true scourge?
Also: how much schadenfreude are you feeling towards Boehner, Cruz and company right now? LOLOL FOR EVAH!
What else is on your mind? Chat away!