Friday Morning Open Thread

What’s up? This is what I’m up to on Sunday:

Doing a triathlon — in this case, a “sprint” that includes a 400-yard swim in open water, 11.1-mile bike ride and 3-mile run — has been in the back of my mind for a couple of years. It’s not unheard of in the active Bay Area, and honesty, what kept me from signing up was the swim.

I am a terrible swimmer, and even signed up for beginner’s classes at the YMCA. Between that and swimming at the Y once a week, I am hoping to survive the swim part and move right along to biking and running, my fortes.

Here’s to a swim, in which I don’t swallow half the bay…enter nervous laugh here. Have you done a triathlon? Please share your tips!

What are you up to this weekend? What’s on your mind today?

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Hump Day Open Thread

What’s up?

Lately, I’ve seen some icky Facebook memes against raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour because fast food workers are simply unworthy. One meme pitted them against soldiers, making the false statement that soldiers are paid less, when soldiers at least receive housing, healthcare coverage, and aid for an education. I still think they should be paid more, but so should many civilians who also work hard to provide for their families and pay their taxes.

This response — thanks Vegas for highlighting! — was a ray of sunshine:

Have you seen any good FB memes lately? Please do share!

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

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Thursday Open Thread

My 4-year-old son will play in his very first soccer game this Saturday! I was so stoked with visions of him darting across the field in a bright, tiny jersey.

Then I got a look at his team uniform:

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Wow. Way to harsh my mellow. Desert camo?! Who the f*ck had the brilliant idea to put itty bitty 4-year-olds in desert camo? Not only is it aesthetically hideous, it’s just NO.

Sigh. Because I was stumped, I asked for team name suggestions on facebook, which kicked off a lively (and funny) conversation. My BIL, in particular, came up with name suggestions that made me chortle:

-Military Surplus
-Industrial Complexities
-Shock and Awesome
-Camel Spiders
-Improvised Scoring Devices
-RommelRiffic
-AfghaniFlatStanlies

In the end, our very own Rachel suggested the Scorpions, which DS liked. When it came time for the team to vote on a name, he said Scorpions, and all the boys loved it. So Scorpions it is. Quite a difference from DD’s first soccer team: they wore bubble gum pink and were called the Pink Ponies.

Ah, parenthood. You so crazy!

What’s on your mind today? Chat away!

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Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Soccer season is back up in Casa Nueva. Also, we hit a major milestone last night. I took the kids to their first concert: Marc Anthony. I scheduled this post before we left so I’ll update you this week on how it went. :)

Here’s a topic we haven’t discussed in a while: family-friendly workplaces. The Huffington Post published a column by an executive coach who pored through stories by professional women who were demoted or discriminated against after they had children. Most of these women successfully sued their former employers, but no one knows about it because they are not allowed to talk about their cases as part of the settlement.

Definitely give this story a read and sign off on whether you have a family-friendly employer or not.

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

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Hump Day Open Thread

What’s up?

It’s a short week this week and I couldn’t be more grateful. This week marks back-to-school and the first week in three months, in which things are back to normal at home — lots of extracurricular activities and now school! — and at work.

How are you?

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Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

I am bone-weary tired. Ari had a soccer tournament all weekend in Redwood City, California, which is about 45 minutes south from us. Cheering and watching intensely during some nail-biting games in the hot sun can be tiring.

The good news is the kids did well! They came in second place overall in the tournament, bringing home their first ever trophy. My guy, who is so competitive, actually cried because they lost to the 1st place team, 2-1. It was heartbreakingly close, but what an exciting game.


What did I miss this weekend? How are you?

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Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

A preliminary private autopsy showed that 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, according to the New York Times.

For all who try to justify this brutal killing by a police officer over shoplifting, I give you the poignant and hilarious John Oliver. This is a must-see:

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

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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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