Hump Day Open Thread

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Quick update on the cleaning: Damn, we have a lot of junk. On Day 1 (Monday), DH and I worked for about three hours, scrubbing and purging to finish…a corner of our kitchen. We could not believe how dirty it was and how much stuff — three hefty bags full of crap — was stashed away in drawers and cupboards.

We’ve been purging one room at a time and have finished the kitchen and are halfway through our bedroom. I purged a box of books and at least three trash bags of clothes. DH another two bags. We are never shopping again. lol!

Up next? Finish the bedroom and start the master bathroom. We are going to have the kids clean their rooms this weekend. DH and I agreed that the rest of the house is going to have to wait until Christmas break. We just have way too much stuff. Ugh.

In the meantime, I’ve taken breaks to read news and email. I was intrigued by this Huffington Post slide show presentation on school lunch foods around the world.

Also, I was saddened by the grand jury decision in Ferguson. A teenager is shot six times and killed by the very person in charge of protecting him. When did the police become judge, jury and executioner in this country? Shudder….

I did take a moment to sign this MomsRising petition to the Department of Justice. As we go into Thanksgiving tomorrow, I can stop thinking of the empty seat at Mike Brown’s family’s dinner table. Terrible.

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

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Monday Morning Open Thread

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In case you missed it, I participated in a google hangout with top Latina bloggers in the country, and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, about the health insurance marketplace. You can sign up for affordable health care now at Healthcare.gov. You can view the Q&A, including the question I asked the Secretary about people living in states without Medicaid expansion, here. Many thanks to moderator Elianne Ramos for the invitation!

Now I am off on my stay-cation. My husband I took the week off work to purge our house of stuff. I know, not the sexiest vacation, but so necessary before Christmas.

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

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Weekend Open Thread

I passed out last night before I could post an open thread. It was a LONG week.

Today we plan to take our Christmas card photos, then we’re getting a sitter so we can go watch the newest Hunger Games movie. WIN.

Tomorrow we pack for our Thanksgiving trip!

What are you up to? Chat away!

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Friday Morning Open Thread

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My thoughts on the President’s announcement for executive action on immigration policy: I was disappointed in the first half of his speech as it sounds like he will do nothing on the Central American refugee children, except deport them. My husband has family in Central America — both in El Salvador and Honduras — and I can tell you that poor children there, including girls, face bleak odds. Miss Honduras and her sister were just killed by a jealous boyfriend, which doesn’t surprise me as that country has the highest per capita murder rates and high femicide rates, too. Protecting children from such violence is a humanitarian and women’s rights obligation!

That said, the second half of his speech about our character and history as a country of immigrants brought tears to my eyes. Millions of immigrants living in the shadows, including aspiring professionals and working parents, will benefit. I applaud the president for this positive step forward.

ICYMI, the Washington Post had an article on the highest paid college graduates. Hint: it’s not who you’d think.

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

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Hump Day Open Thread

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LATISM Recap: I’ve finally caught up with my email, work and home affairs since attending the Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media 2014 Conference on Friday. I crashed with Erika’s family — squee! — and presented at a panel about mobilizing Latinos to live healthier lives. My presentation focused on junk food marketing to Latino youth and how parents can organize themselves to implement policies to improve child nutrition and health.

I published a recap at the MomsRising blog and would appreciate love in terms of comments and/or social media shares. ¬°Mil gracias amigas!

Homeless Children: One in 30 U.S. children are homeless, with California, Mississippi and Alabama leading the way in this sad trend, according to the Huffington Post. I can’t say that I’m surprised considering the cost of living in California…

Separated Immigrant Families: I can’t get this op-ed out of my head. Orange Is the New Black actress Diane Guerrero wrote her incredible personal story about moving in with friends at 14 after her parents and older brother were deported. They were unable to legalize their immigration status because, well, our system is broken. She called on President Obama to use his executive powers to fix it and keep families like hers together.

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

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Friday Morning Open Thread

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This is no joke. As the 9-to-5 job goes away and families become more isolated, daycare centers are starting to become 24-hour operations, according to this article in Pacific Standard magazine.

Do you work unconventional hours outside of the home? What is your childcare arrangement?

Childcare is on my mind today as I am on the road for the Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) conference in Anaheim, California today. I will be presenting at a health panel about type 2 diabetes and diet-related illnesses in the Latino community, and how we can make policy changes. (Organize on social media!)

I am lucky in that my husband works for himself and is able to take care of the kids while I am gone. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to travel for work.

Bonus: I got to crash at my bff Erika’s house last night! It was fun to play Hungry, Hungry Hippos with Alex and listen to Maya play “Circle of Life” on the piano. I leave late tonight so Erika and I will fit in some girl-bonding time. I love it when work brings me to the cities where I have loved ones. Squee!

How are you today? Go ahead, chat — and have a great weekend!

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Monday Morning Open Thread

Photo: Me smiling at the starting line this past weekend. At the end, I was feeling so destroyed that I was eating my lunch wearing my bike helmet like a crazy woman. lol!

What’s up?

I am feeling thrashed. As part of a school fundraiser, I went on a 50-mile bike ride organized by none other than Fast Freddie Rodriguez, the four-time U.S. cycling champion.

The ride included 5,000 feet of climbing, various parts of it at 14% incline. Prior to the ride, I’d been working out at bootcamp and playing soccer so I thought I’d be okay. But this was a whole other beast. Every muscle and every bone in my body now hurts, including my fingers. (!)

Note to myself: Prepare those quads before cycling in the hills. Gah!

How are you this morning?

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Friday Morning Open Thread

What’s up? Health is on my mind today.

ICYMI, my mom “taponsito” has a blog post on living with type 2 diabetes at MomsRising.org. It’s well written, informative, what the heck, just support her!

Also, please support my dear friend Xochitl who is conducting her first twitter chat for MomsRising. If you are on Twitter, follow the #FoodFri hashtag at 1pmET for a discussion on raising children with diabetes — types 1 and 2.

On a personal note, I’ll be riding a half century — 50 miles — for a school fundraiser tomorrow morning. I’m fit, but have not been on the bike for a while so wish me well. Gulp.

I hope you all have a healthy and joyful weekend! What’s on your mind today?

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