Tuesday Open Thread

DH is out of town on a business trip, and the time change has me feeling down. Each year I have such a hard time dealing with the sun setting so damn early.

And it’s not even cold here! I’m such a wimp.

Cheer me up? And chat away!


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?


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?


Thursday Open Thread

A school bond measure in our local school district needed a supermajority of 55% to pass.

It got 54%. What a f*cking gut punch, amirite?

This would have funded critical repairs and modernization of our high schools, which are literally falling apart. But 46% of voters said, “F*ck those kids.” Or something. Heaven forbid their property taxes rise by $39 per $100,000 of the assessed value of their homes. Asshats.

I got nothing. Do you have any bright spots to share? Jokes? Memes? Cat videos? Throw ‘em at me! And chat away!


Hump Day Open Thread

What’s up?

Picture on right: A Daily Kos staff member put on a Halloween costume created by another staffer, who happens to live in Berkeley. lol!

I woke up this morning and realized that every single one of the local ballot initiatives — and candidates — I voted for won, and won big. Measure D, the historic soda tax passed with 75% of the vote! It wasn’t even close.

Thank you so much to all of you who donated to this initiative.

The local ballot initiatives that the organization I work for, MomsRising, endorsed all passed: background checks for gun purchases in Washington state; paid sick days in Massachusetts; a raise in the minimum wage in Oakland, California, and Trenton and Montclair, New Jersey. What is so interesting about all of this is that these are all policies that President Obama and the Democratic Party support. The local initiatives won, but the candidates lost.

I asked DH about it this morning and he is incredibly frustrated at the disconnect voters have between the issues and candidates, but also the low turnout. He said that two key constituencies, people of color and young people, did not turn out this year. Regrouping for 2016…

How did your ballot initiatives — and gulp — candidates fare this year? How are you otherwise?


Elections Open Thread

The elections are like the Super Bowl at my house. Here I am drinking red wine from a paper cup. lol!

Please feel free to use this open thread to report results — and share pics and stories.

For me, I’m watching closely my childhood home states of Florida and New Hampshire, and of course, will be up to see how some local initiatives did. Fun, fun, fun!

What’s on your mind tonight?


Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Just a reminder that tomorrow is election day. I will put up an open thread!

I admit, I am nervous about the national elections — the Senate and House of Representatives, which will have ramifications for issues I care about like immigration reform and the environment. But I am feeling good about some key local initiatives in my area, including a bump to the minimum wage and a soda tax, which if it passes, would be the first in the country. It’s going to be a long night tomorrow.

And here is another sad reminder of why marriage equality is important via the Mombian blog.

Get out there and vote, ladies! What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Weekend Open Thread

Halloween took a sad turn when DS4 came down with a nasty stomach virus and had to skip the candy grab.

But it also resulted in a moment we will remember for decades to come. Before the puking commenced, DS kept telling us he was too sick to trick or treat, and I guess he felt we weren’t taking him seriously enough.

He disappears upstairs, comes back down holding a phone and telling me, “You have to talk to the girl.” I took the phone, told him to stop playing with it and hung it up. A few seconds later it rings. Caller ID says “Anonymous,” I assume it’s a telemarketer, and ignore it. Then it rings again immediately. I answer, ready to lay the smackdown on the persistent shill.

“Hello, this is Orange 911. We received a call from a 4-year-old in your house who says his stomach hurts and he can’t go trick-or-treating?”

Never have I laughed so hard while simultaneously wanting to crawl under a rock and hide.

The 911 operator was clearly amused, and said she had to call back to make sure everything was OK. She also politely asked me to have a talk with him about the purpose for 911. I had no idea he even knew what 911 was! I asked him where he learned about it and he said, “From the conductor on the train.” Um, we’ve been on a train exactly twice. No idea what he’s talking about, LOL.

So, that’s two major parenting fails in one week, for those of you keeping track at home. ;-) Totes worth it for the laugh I had!

How was your Halloween? What are you up to this weekend? Chat away!