It’s official. My toe is broken. It’s the fourth one on my right foot, right next to the littlest toe. Honestly? I thought a broken toe would hurt more so I insisted on cramming it into high heels the weekend of Blogalicious. I knew something was wrong with it, but broken? I was told by the x-ray technician that there is nothing to do about it, but wait. I didn’t run the marathon this past weekend, and I’ve slowly gotten into an exercise routine that doesn’t put weight on my foot (elliptical machine and stationary bike at my local 24 Hour Fitness). Now I am hoping it is totally healed for the Tinkerbell half marathon in Orange County, which I plan to run with Erika in January.
What exercises are good for someone who can’t put weight on her feet?
I have long been concerned about the disconnect between politicians in Washington and the regular people who vote for them, in terms of income. The New York Times echoed my thoughts in an article about how almost all of the candidates for president are in the top one percent of income earners in this country.
In somewhat related news, California Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi was caught shoplifting more than $2,000 worth of goods at Neiman Marcus, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. This is such a bummer, as I was at an assembly hearing two years ago, in which she ignored corporate astroturfers and voted for a bill that would have gotten toxic flame retardants out of baby products. She was supposed to be one of the good ones! Ugh!
This is especially outrageous. Colorado Secretary of State, Scott Gessler, is suing Denver so that inactive voters can’t get mail-in ballots, according to the Colorado Independent. Apparently, it is a ploy to keep these voters from voting for Initiative 300, which would give them paid sick days. What a tool.
My most recent column at Moms Clean Air Force is on mercury poisoning in the Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican communities due to a spiritual practice that involves mercury. The mercury not only goes into the blood stream and causes developmental delays and other damage, but it can linger for decades in the home. It was a fascinating — and eye-opening — article to write.
Dana over at the Mombian blog released some eye-opening facts on the ways that children of gay and lesbian parents are discriminated against.
Crunchy Chewy Mama — a fabulous blogger I met at Blogalicious! — is joining other moms in protesting an FDA ban against raw milk. I had no idea that raw milk was illegal in some states, and that it was illegal even for moms to cross state lines to get it. Have you heard of this?
A BlogHer mom of a daughter with Down Syndrome wrote of the importance of equipping children with special needs against abuse.
What else is in the news? What’s up with you? Happy Halloween all!