Monday Open Thread

Good morning!

The Gay Games are here this week, with athletes from all over the world coming to compete and take advantage of our city’s renewal and revitalization. It’s exciting to be near the center of it all. Our denomination is hosting a number of religious events throughout the week (including the Gay Gospel service yesterday!), and I’m doing streetside blessings each morning and afternoon. It’s a great way to promote welcome and hospitality to all these visitors ……. and get away from my desk.

In kid news, ugh. What a weekend. I didn’t have enough sleep and M wore on my every nerve. DH worked both days, so I couldn’t even go for a run or do something to hit “reset.” Not my best parenting weekend – although I did manage to drag M to a youth production/adaptation of “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the park yesterday. One of the theatre companies in town runs a summer program for youth, and the show was an absolute delight.

What are you all up to today?

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Weekend Open Thread

DD attended a musical theater summer camp for the past two weeks. They rehearsed three hours per day, and yesterday performed an abbreviated version of Oliver. She played Bet, and handled dialogue, singing and choreography with aplomb. It was a joy to watch.

But she proceeded to spend the rest of the day in and out of tears. “I’m sad it’s over! I want to do it again. The same show with the same people!” I did theater throughout high school and into college, and I remember the sadness when a show was over. Looks like I’ve got a budding theater nerd on my hands. Aaaawww.

What is making your kids tick these days? What else is on your mind? Chat away!

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Friday Open Thread

Sorry this is getting up a little late! I’m working on some fun projects at work (including creating a complete “file” for an imaginary minister as a sample for our associations), and in general just enjoying life with our little girl. It’s amazing to me how wonderful and different age 3 is from 1 – and I know from lots of you that it only gets better (and worse) from here on out. Still, having a child who can actually communicate what’s going on with her makes life so much more fun!

What were the ages you loved the most as a parent? What were the ages that you found the hardest? I found months 9-15 so hard, because M clearly had desires and some ability to try to fulfill them, but she could not communicate those desires effectively, nor actually be able to fulfill them very well. It was incredibly frustrating!

What else is on your mind today?

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Hump Day Open Thread

Yes! The minister gets the hump day thread!

I have today off work since I worked and traveled over the weekend. How I love a work environment (and a boss!) that encourages and practices sabbath. So today it will be binge-watching Orphan Black and our own MKatherine’s W;t performance, with a pretty major haircut planned and probably a run, too.

What’s Orphan Black, you ask? It’s a BBC America show about …..well, clones. Sort of. A woman witnesses the suicide of someone who looks exactly like her, then assumes this second woman’s identity. This leads to a discovery of several women, from all over the world, who are genetically identical. The first rule of Clone Club is: don’t call them clones. It’s a great sci-fi, action drama that really explores a great deal of these issues in what I think is realistic detail. It has some really funny moments and some very scary ones, but I am definitely an addict.

What are y’all up to today?

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Monday Open Thread

Good morning, ladies!

I cannot stop thinking about the movie Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater [of Dazed and Confused, the "Before" series of movies with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, and Bernie] and made over a period of 12 years with the same cast. It’s a coming of age story of a young boy, whom we literally see grow from age six to 18 before our eyes.

DH and I saw it with friends and then took our 17 year olds and their respective boyfriend/girlfriend back with us to see it again. [With their parents permission; it is rated R]. I can’t stop thinking about it, probably largely because of the age my kids are relative to the protagonist. Even at 2 hours, 45 minutes long, I feel like I could see the film 5 more times and still not be tired of it.

Have you seen Boyhood? Does it interest you at all? What’s the best movie you’ve seen lately?

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Friday Open Thread

Happy Friday!!

Our days ramped up toward school this week as DS started marching band on Wednesday. He is there basically all day, M-F, for the rest of the summer. DD is visiting one more college next week and then we will be in serious college application mode.

I know many of you start school pretty soon, while others will not start until after Labor Day. We can’t travel anymore because of band, but we’ll be busy moving my father in law and with the aforementioned college applications.

What are you doing to savor the end of summer?

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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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