Wednesday Open Thread

Good morning! Hope everyone is doing well.

We have some really exciting news at our house — my father in law is moving to Austin! He has lived alone in assisted living since my mother in law died three years ago. He is four hours away from us and with our busy schedules, it is very hard for us to get up to see him more than about once every six weeks. He’s been very withdrawn since becoming a widower, and does not engage with friends he has known for 40+ years. Lately, we have worried that the food quality has declined where he is — he is down to 125 lbs, which is about a 20-25 pound weight loss, yet he eats well when we visit and take him out to dinner.

After many conversations, he has agreed to move into a place that is just minutes from our home. My DH signs the papers tomorrow and then we figure out the logistics of getting him and his stuff moved. I am SO excited that he will be near enough for us to see weekly, or even more often.

I hope I am amenable to whatever works best and is easiest on my children when the time comes for me to make these type decisions.

What’s up with everyone else?

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Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Many thanks to our Mom of Twins, Liturgy Geek and Pat of Butter in a Sea of Salt — for back-up! — while I am gone. This will be my last open thread until I get back from summer vacation the week of August 11.

Stay tuned for pics!

What’s on your mind today?

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Friday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Do any of you watch Modern Family? Our whole family does and we are hooked! We all have our favorite characters: mine are Cam and Gloria. I just learned that the actor who plays Cam (Eric Stonestreet) recently disclosed that at a White House Correspondents Dinner he refused a photo with Rick Santorum. Good on him!

And sorry for the paltry post. I am getting ready for a trip to El Salvador and tying a lot of loose ends before then. But I am looking forward to a beach vacation!

How are you?

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Friday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

ICYMI, our Erika celebrated a birthday yesterday. I realized that she is a year away from 40. Girl, how will we celebrate? An international trip?

I need some ideas here, ladies. How did you celebrate your 40th birthday?

I am in Detroit right now — for the first time! — at the annual Netroots Nation Convention. Every year, the conference grows bigger and becomes more diverse. I’ve been to all them since 2006, and I am still inspired by new people joining the movement.

Yesterday I attended a panel focused on paid sick days and fair pay for women called “Solidarity, the Original Way to ‘Lean In’”. I was incredibly moved by Girshriela Green, a former Wal-Mart employee who is now an organizer with Organization United for Respect at Wal-Mart. It was her first panel, and she was incredibly articulate, warm and engaging. I went up to her at the end, and let her know that, I too, at one point worked as a Wal-Mart associate, and in no way, had I ever considered organizing or speaking out on worker rights. That is one mama with cojones! Incredible.

In non-Netroots Nation news: it has been determined that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that crashed in a rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine was shot down, according to CNN. I pray that the victims’ families are able to get answers — what a horrible situation.

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

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Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Congratulations to Germany who clinched the World Cup championship against Argentina, 1-0 in extra time. I was agnostic in terms of who won since I don’t have ties to either country. But I was into the game and sad that the World Cup is over. No more games to watch while I work…Wah!

Did you see the game?

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

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Wednesday Open Thread

Good morning!

Today I am thinking about summer reading, since Sister Q recently asked for book recommendations over on the Facebook group. I have recently finished 2 books that I enjoyed enough to recommend — Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Let the Great World Spin. Very different books — the first one is a fairly light, humorous look at competitive parents, difficult neighbors and creative geniuses. The second , is more of an epic tale that intertwines several different stories with thecommon backdrop of a man walking on a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers. Very different books, but both worth a read.

Next up, I am reading Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and his Black and White Ball — I love light non-fiction in the summer, and plan to read Rob Lowe’s second memoir soon.

What are you all reading, or what do you recommend? What’s everyone up to today?

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Monday Open Thread

Good morning, ladies! I hope everyone had a great, long weekend!

Today, my DH and I celebrate 24 years of marriage. We don’t do gifts, but we will go out to dinner somewhere. At times, in the past, we have gone away together, either for the night or a few days. This year, we had recently gone away with friends [kristieval and her husband] to have a late celebration of her birthday – a little trip to a B&B a couple of hours away, and then some winery tours, and good food. So our anniversary will just be dinner for the two of us. How do you all celebrate your anniversary?

What’s going on with everyone today?

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Fourth of July Friday Open Thread

One of my favorite things, perhaps my favorite thing about the Fourth of July is that brand new citizens are being made.  That people from all over the world still want to leave everything they ever knew, go through a difficult journey, continue with complicated legal issues, and patiently wait until they have a chance to take the oath of citizenship. 

This speaks to independence, immigration reform, civil rights, and so much more.

Foreign-adopted children used to have to wait until they were 18 to apply for citizenship.  Then a congresscritter went through the foreign adoption process.  Now, if both parents are citizens, and if both parents return to the USA with the child, the child is automatically a citizenship the first time they clear customs.

Happy Fourth to all those who celebrate this day.  Happy Friday to all of us!

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Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Tomorrow I will be hosting four teen cousins from Pennsylvania. We are taking a road trip from the Bay Area to Anaheim and San Diego. Stay tuned for pics!

In the meantime, I am looking for a “blog sitter” to put up open threads for at least Wednesday, Friday of this week and next Monday and Wednesday. If interested, please let me know! I will post this on Facebook as well.

¡Mil gracias! How are you today? Are you having a good summer so far?

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Friday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Whoa. Tell us what you really think, Superintendent. Arizona’s top education official is being pressured to quit after he was outed as a blog troll. Check out some of the gems he’s posted under his blog alias “Falcon9″, courtesy of Channel 3 in Arizona:

In one post (John) Huppenthal wrote, “We all need to stomp out balkanization. No Spanish radio stations, no Spanish billboards, no Spanish TV stations, no Spanish newspapers. This is America, speak English.”

Huppenthal followed up with another post on the same site that said, “I don’t mind them selling Mexican food as long as the menus are mostly in English. And, I’m not being humorous or racist.”

…he was outed last week for making other anonymous blog posts where he attacked his critics and called welfare recipients, “lazy pigs.”

As his critics pointed out, you probably shouldn’t hold a position, in which you have such high disdain for the people that you serve. Yuck.

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

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