Weekend Open Thread

We’re in Sonoma and Napa this weekend for DH’s birthday! And only we would fly to wine country, only to focus on visiting local craft breweries like Russian River. But DH is the birthday boy and if he wants beer, he gets beer!

On a sentimental note, we’re staying at the same bed and breakfast where DH proposed to me back in 1997. We also spent our 7th anniversary there in 2005, which also turned out to be our babymoon as I went into labor the day after we got back. Lots of special memories there!

What are you up to this weekend? Chat away!

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TGIF Open Thread

What’s up?

I’ve got nothing. I laid in bed most of yesterday with a cold. I feel much better and am ready to tackle all awaiting in my inbox.

Oh, and we survived the storm yesterday. Actually, it wasn’t bad for us at all. We kept our power and were able to order food to be delivered to our home. DH wondered why the kids were off school at all.

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

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Thursday Open Thread

It’s STORMWATCH 2014! Everyone in California is abuzz about a major rainstorm. From the breathless local news reports, I am expecting Noah’s Ark to come bobbing by. Some schools in Northern California have canceled school today. Yes, you read that right– a rain day.

We are in the midst of a gnarly drought and the fear is that so much rain so quickly will cause flooding and mudslides. And with our usual impeccable timing, DH and I are flying to Northern California on Friday morning for a romantic weekend getaway. Good times!

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? Chat away!

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Tuesday Open Thread

I loved traveling during Thanksgiving week, but I must say it has thrown off my holiday mojo. I am feeling way behind, and like time is running short! It was totally worth it, though. That was the nicest Thanksgiving I have spent in a while. Complicating matters is DH’s Dec. 14th birthday. We are going away this weekend (just the two of us), and I am half wishing we had put the trip off until after his birthday. But I know in the end, we will enjoy the break.

How are you faring in these weeks leading up to Christmas? What else is on your mind? Chat away!

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Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

It’s the second night in a row, in which protests in Berkeley have gone awry with business windows being shattered and graffiti scrawled all over the place. A lot of it has happened in our neighborhood, including our local Walgreens right around the corner from the Daily Kos office — I am terribly disappointed.

Two things I need to get off my chest: the vast majority of the protesters were peaceful. A minority from the anarchist movement starting wreaking havoc. Second thing I wish were made more apparent by the media as “looting” and “rioting” are such racially charged terms: the masked men who were arrested yesterday for breaking store windows were…WHITE.

I’ll update some more in the morning, but I’ve been up from the noise of the helicopters and police. Thought I’d share.

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

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Weekend Open Thread

A few days ago, we asked the kids if they would like to buy some toys to donate to other kids this Christmas. We explained that other children might not receive many presents, and it would be nice to know we helped make Christmas morning special for a child or two.

DH was especially worried about how they would react. He vividly remembers his own father insisting that he and his brothers donate some of their own toys to less fortunate kids, and feeling resentful at having to give up his stuff.

I worried that DS4 wouldn’t get it. I could see him happily picking out the toys, then being crestfallen when he realized they weren’t for him to play with.

I’m happy to report the kids exceeded all expectations. They shopped with as much enthusiasm as if they were shopping for themselves. They put thought into which toys would make them happy, and figured they would make other kids happy, as well.

We dropped the toys off at a nearby fire station, and the kids got an up close look at a shiny new rig. It was a small gesture, but it made us all feel good. We decided this is something we would like to do as a family each year.

IMG_9405Do you have any similar traditions? How do you go about fostering a sense of generosity in your kids? And what else is on your mind as we approach the holidays? Chat away!

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Thursday Open Thread

So here’s something that baffles me: people who will defend cops no matter what.

I just don’t get the whole, “Do what the cops say, and they won’t hurt/maim/kill you!” argument. Then there’s the “I got pulled over once, so there’s no racial profiling” point of view.

I actually saw a Facebook comment that said, “Bottom line, if you fight with a cop, you deserve to get shot.” Where does this mindset come from?

Eric Garner is the latest outrage. Unarmed, put in a banned chokehold, ON VIDEO, and still the cops get impunity. I can’t make any sense of anything any more.

What say you, ladies? Will things continue this way, or are we reaching some sort of a tipping point here? Will public outrage ever spur some meaningful change? Anyone in New York have any insight as to the mood and reaction there?

What else is on your mind today?

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Hump Day Open Thread

What’s up?

ICYMI, the Daily Kos ran a heart-warming story about a former NFL player who left at the peak of his career to open a farm and give away food. I was disappointed at the commenters who suggested he should have continued to play to give away money instead. For me, they are missing the big picture here. Not only are the food donations generous, but I am proud of Jason Brown for the larger example he is setting: that there is a such thing as having enough money to live. Also, considering how many communities in the country lack fresh produce and don’t know how to eat healthy, he is setting an incredible example.

Please come to my event! Are any of you on Google Hangout? I will be on with MoveOn’s Joan Blades, the founder of the Log Cabin Republicans and other interesting folks for a trans-partisan discussion on “healing the heart of our democracy” tomorrow 2pmET. You can view the live chat here.

Pregnancy Discrimination Breakthrough?: I’ve got my eyes glued to the news today as the U.S. Supreme Court listens to a historic case regarding pregnancy discrimination. My MomsRising colleagues and our members are among those lending their support outside the courthouse. This makes me feel hopeful that one day none of our daughters will be forced to choose between their jobs and their pregnancies. Progress!

And, yes, we have various virtual initiatives going on as well. Among them is a #WellnessWed twitter chat devoted to pregnancy discrimination and the case itself at 1pmET TODAY. I’ll be tweeting in Spanish, while our “Rolling” will be doing so in English. Please join us!

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

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