Monday Morning Open Thread

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From the Liberals Unite website: I hope my kids turn out half as cool as 12-year-old Madison Kimrey, who wrote an open letter to conservative Phyllis Schlafly on equal pay for women.

Happy belated Easter all! Yesterday we had a very mellow day, participating in a block treasure hunt in the morning, hanging out with our friends Amy and Will, and then eating a quiet dinner at home. How was your Easter?

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Wednesday Morning Open Thread

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The MomsRising immigration campaign was in high gear the last couple of days as there was a fast for families in Washington, D.C.. I ended up not going so that I could be home for Eli’s birthday. But, I have not stopped!

Yesterday, we published a blog carnival on Daily Kos. Again, if you have an account there, pleeeassee hit the “recommend” button for me. :)

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Monday Morning Open Thread

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I did it, MotherTalkers. After years of battling what I suspect is stress incontinence following pregnancy and birth, I e-mailed my doctor inquiring about surgery to correct it.

For the last two weeks, I’ve had a cough that won’t go away. While I am fatigued from the cold, what I am really sick and tired of is not being able to hold my urine every time I cough. That has meant multiple changes of clothes and having to sleep on towels in the middle of the night. Actually, I can’t remember going an entire night in the last 10 years, in which I didn’t have to get up in the middle of the night to pee. I simply can’t. hold. my. urine.

And I am reminded of it every time I go to sleep, exercise, cough or sneeze. It’s getting in my way…it’s time to do something. Have any of you had experience with the surgery or non-surgical procedures to correct this?

In less disgusting and lighter news: My Eli is 7 today! We celebrated with a class party at the ice skating rink yesterday. Seeing her fall and get right back up with her toothless smile warms my heart each and every time. She’s a girl of many interests and words — a writer in the making? :)

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Monday Morning Open Thread

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Call me crazy, but I went on a 57-mile bike ride yesterday following a week-long cold. Now I just feel rundown. Note to self: take it easy on the bike following an illness.

On the upside: I saw the Cesar Chavez movie on Friday with the kids and loved it. Eli, who will be 7 in a week, was bored. But 10-year-old Ari was full of questions when the movie was over.

Speaking of Chavez, today is the farmworkers’ organizer’s birthday. He would have been 87.

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Monday Morning Open Thread

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I just finished reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, and I am inspired. For the last three years, friends have been after me to read it since I am a runner. It is a book about the best ultra-marathon runners in the world — think 100 miles, or four marathons — which leads the author to the Tarahumara tribe in the canyons of Mexico. These are people who don’t have cars, live off the land…and run. A lot. Think 30 miles to the post office, a marathon (26.2 miles) to hunt for food in high elevation and some of the toughest terrain on earth.

But as the author points out, they have an advantage: they run in sandals. With meticulous research and interviews with professors from the top universities in the U.S., including Harvard, McDougall made a compelling case for so-called “barefoot running.” I was convinced and plan to buy those ugly toe shoes to give it a try.

Has anyone here run with toe shoes or no shoes? How did you ease into it after years of running in sneakers?

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Hump Day Open Thread

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Let’s talk about work presentations. What’s your platform of choice? Prezi? PowerPoint? Ad lib?

Normally, I go with PowerPoint, but was inspired by how trendy and beautiful Prezi presentations are. I downloaded the template of a tree to whimsically take my audience through the roots and various branches of MomsRising’s organizing model. A work of art!

Oy vey.

Yesterday I didn’t know whether I wanted to drink wine from Sailis’s sippy cup or jump off the Bay Bridge. I shared my gorgeous presentation with my boss and she informed me there was nothing it. It was GONE. Nada. Blank. I had poured hours into it.

I posted a message to my co-workers, Prezi’s community form and the Prezi support staff to ask — no, beg — for help, marking my e-mail as URGENT. Within an hour, Prezi restored my presentation. I don’t know who she is, but Lisa at Prezi is my shero. Seriously.

So now I am off to Austin, Texas, to give a Prezi presentation on MomsRising’s utilizing organizing tools for social good. I will be speaking at the first ever Latino Tech Pre-Conference at South by Southwest. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Friday Morning Open Thread

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Thank you so much for my birthday wishes, all! I am a blessed woman, indeed. Check out the highlights of my day, which actually started the night before with a nice dinner with friends:



Good food for thought: A mom in North Carolina wondered what kids in food insecure homes were eating while schools were shut down due to snow days. She also wondered about daycare center workers and teachers who may not have access to paid sick days or be compensated for those days. Good questions.

Happy #TGIF: This is a must-read for inspiration. It is about how becoming a parent makes you more effective as an activist, and not the stereotypical slacker who checks out from the world. I found myself nodding throughout the article.

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Friday Open Thread

Sorry for the late post, I forgot Elisa is away! We caught up yesterday for lunch with our sweeties at American Girl Place in L.A. I will say that back when we met in college, I could never have pictured the awesomeness that awaited us 19 years later!

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The cafe and store were practically empty and it was glorious. The traffic on the way home to Orange County? Not so much.  :-?

And get this: Elisa and I and our husbands are meeting up for a weekend away soon… WITHOUT THE KIDS. The four of us will be together, sans children, for the first time in more than 10 years. I could not possibly be more stoked.

What are you looking forward to? What’s on your mind today? Chat away!

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