Tuesday Open Thread

I’ve got the post-vacation blues.

Is this an actual thing, or am I the only one? All the planning and packing and scheduling and traveling and navigating and sightseeing and then… it’s just over. It’s such a letdown.

I felt this way after our vacation last summer. I also feel this way after Christmas, though the kids’ birthdays come soon after so ain’t nobody got time for the post-holiday blues.

How do you feel after a vacation? Are you planning any exciting trips? Do tell!


Friday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Let’s talk misogyny among sports casters, shall we? Sports commentators Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason recently blasted Mets’ second baseman Daniel Murphy for missing opening day to take three days’ worth of paternity leave, following the emergency c-section of his wife.

The horror.

Carton and Esiason took to the air justifying why this was all kinds of wrong. Esiason went as far as to say, “Quite frankly, I would have said, ‘C-section before the season starts, I need to be at opening day.’”

Really? It must be lovely having you as a spouse and co-parent.

Yesterday I helped MomsRising put together a petition airing the true — and sad — facts about the state of paid family leave in our country, and demanded that Carton and Esiason apologize to Murphy. Here’s the link — I would love your signature!

What else is in the news? What’s up with you? Have a great weekend!


Thursday Open Thread

We got back from DC late last night, exhausted but happy. We packed so much into our trip and had an absolute blast. DD is at an age where she is curious and connected and really starting to grasp our country’s history and government. The questions she asked! (“What is the Berlin Wall? Why would someone assassinate a president?) My favorite moment was when she asked a docent at Mt. Vernon if George Washington treated his slaves well. (“Was he good to them, or was he mean?”) The docent seemed taken aback, to say the least.

DS was a trooper, walking everywhere because we forgot the umbrella stroller we usually bring on sightseeing trips, and generally going with the flow. He loved the architecture and enjoyed pointing out the Washington Monument from wherever we were. The museums were a big hit, especially Air and Space.

We saw several old friends and met their kids for the first time. Our children got along famously, which was so amazing. I see more frequent trips to DC in our future.

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An old friend of mine is in the White House press corps and she got us in for a tour. I think that might have been the highlight, to see the reporters crammed into their tiny cubicles, stand at the podium, see the Marine standing guard outside the West Wing (that means the President is in residence) and walk past the network TV reporters getting ready to do their 6:30 standups outside. We also snuck down a stairwell that used to lead to a swimming pool (closed during the Nixon administration to make space for the press briefing room) and signed the wall with a Sharpie. Very clandestine and fun.

Overall I just felt very fortunate to be able to take a trip like this. Travel can be stressful but we got through the flights and the time change and the strange beds and the general exhaustion. The kids got along pretty well (not an easy feat) and tablets are a godsend on plane rides.

That’s it from my end! What’s up with you?


Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

I am waist-deep in blog posts for MomsRising’s immigration campaign. All of this week, we are publishing stories by women across the country who are fasting for immigration reform. The fast is part of a campaign by the We Belong Together women’s coalition, of which MomsRising is a member.

I just published the second installment of stories by women fasters for the Daily Kos. It would be phenomenal if you all could help a sister out and do any or all of the following:

1. Sign the MoveOn petition to Speaker John Boehner asking him to meet with the fasters.

2. Hit the “recommend” button on this diary at Daily Kos.

3. Hit any of the social media buttons at the top of the diary at Daily Kos.

Thank you so much! What’s up with you?


Friday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Tonight I plan to take my children to see the Cesar Chavez movie. It isn’t every day that a Latino-themed movie highlighting a role model hits the big screen. So I will make sure that my family supports it.

Here is the trailer, by the way:

A sad story of hunger in our communities: The Huffington Post ran a compelling story of families in North Carolina who have gone hungry due to a computer glitch. They did not receive the food stamps — and not enough food from food pantries — to be able to feed their families for the month. Working at MomsRising, I am aware of the numbers of “food insecure” families, but I still found this story shocking.

On a lighter note, what are you up to this weekend? What else is in the news? What’s up with you?