subversive shit I did last week (2/26)

Yeah, so I feel like crap today and like half a dozen of my Facebook friends have shared that Facebook post with a laundry list of horrible proposed legislation and every time I see it, I feel overwhelmed and anxious. But I’m continuing to do a few little things each week and trying not to let the inhumanity of this administration crush me.

Who I supported. I haven’t made any donations since my last post, but I’m trying whenever I can to support local small businesses, especially those that align with my values, like Black Acre Brewing. Not like I need an excuse to drink good beer.

Who I contacted

  • I called my reps and asked them to save the Affordable Care Act by opposing any attempts to block Medicaid expansion. It would be extremely costly, not to mention the potential for dropping many vulnerable people from the program. (I did this before the GOP replacement bill was announced which maintains Medicaid expansion for now.)
  • I called my reps to oppose Indiana SB 423, which would allow the state to withhold funding from colleges and universities that established ‘sanctuary’ protections for undocumented immigrants. Public colleges and universities have the responsibility to protect the privacy of their students and ensure their well-being.
  • I called my local sheriff’s office and asked them to oppose DJT’s anti-immigration policies. Mass deportations are stripping people of due process and privacy protections and tearing families apart. Last week an undocumented woman from El Salvador who was seeking treatment for a brain tumor was removed from a hospital and placed in federal detention. If you’re okay with this, you’re pretty much a monster.
  • I called my reps to oppose HB 610, the Choices in Education Act of 2017. I had trouble finding details about this one that weren’t just Facebook copypasta, but when I read the complete bill I found that it does indeed repeal the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and again as the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015) which aims to provide each child with fair and equal opportunities to achieve an exceptional education; it allows for the distribution of block grants for schools (read: school vouchers) without establishing any criteria for homeschooling, any standards for schools or any guidelines for measuring progress; and it abolishes the rule in the National School Lunch Program that calls for alignment with the Dietary Guidelines for America. 

What I read

What I did

Well, nothing, and all this rep-calling and bill-reading has left me feeling angry and tired. (Also I’m sick and the kids are sick and I feel like I’m down to my very last fuck.) My goal for the next few weeks is to find some local meetings to attend and some good subversive books to read. (Suggestions appreciated!)

A couple of positives

Read all of my subversive shit posts.

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recent things

Hi there.

So I haven’t blogged in a while but I felt compelled to come over here today and catch up.

I wanted to write something about the shooting in Charleston, but I’m terrified of coming across as overprivileged, flippant, insincere, naive, pandering for page views, etc. But I’ve been reading and talking about it a lot this week so it felt wrong not to at least mention that it’s been on my mind. And I’m not religious, but when President Obama began singing Amazing Grace, I lost my breath.

This time next week, our family will be celebrating the marriage of my friends Kate and Danielle, and the SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage will make the occasion that much more meaningful. Not only can my friends get married in Indiana, but their union will now be recognized across the country, and I couldn’t be happier for them.

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Also last week, we celebrated Father’s Day and my daughter’s first birthday. If you guys have been keeping up, I make a CD for my dad and husband every year (what’s a CD?) and I’m especially proud of this year’s compilation of dad-related tunes.

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(Father’s Day CDs 1, 2, and 3, in case you care.)

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And then yeah, two days later my youngest child turned one.

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And the other one turned into a zombie.

We had a party for her. There was even a slip ‘n’ slide. #sofancy

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It was a pretty different scene than our usual parties. Instead of just a bunch of drunk people in lawn chairs, we had a bunch of kids splashing around and laughing and playing.

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Oh, there were still drunk people in lawn chairs.

The whole thing was damn near perfect: the weather cooperated and we didn’t spend a fortune because we had the party at home with our own stuff.

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You mean MY stuff.

I bought the water table off a friend for 20 bucks!

A few other things going on…

I’m OMGOBSESSED WITH Customer Service on Facebook.

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OUR DICK.

Also the SketchGuru app.

I now devote all my spare time to making my photos into sketches.

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Another thing that happened: I was registered for a 5k a few weeks ago but I DESUed: Didn’t Even Show Up.

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My knee was still giving me trouble and my childcare fell through so I blew it off. The thing is, my knee feels fine WHILE I’m running. But if I stop for any reason and then try to start again, it buckles up and hurts. I know that’s something I should be taking seriously but I’m sort of like…maybe if I just don’t stop?

because why not

I make good decisions.

Okay but honestly I laid off the running for a couple weeks and ACTUALLY focused on strength and conditioning (as opposed to just talking about working on strength and conditioning).

I’ve been doing cycling and weights (the non-knee-fucking-up type of weights) and icing it a lot. And dare I say…it’s feeling better? I ran seven last Sunday, three on Tuesday and five on Wednesday and I feel strong. I’ll probably try to do a longer run on Sunday again, maybe seven or eight miles.

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I had hoped to consistently be running 25-30 miles a week by the time I started marathon training (so first of August at the latest) and needless to say, I’m not even close to that but I’m going to draft a training plan (SOON) and just see how things go. I have a friend who is also running the Monumental and I live about 45 minutes from her but I’m hoping we can plan some long runs together.

OH! Big news: I’ve started doing pushups. My friend Kate (the same one who’s getting married next weekend) is doing that stupid #spartan30 pushup challenge and blabbing about it all over facebook and I’ll be goddamned if she didn’t inspire me to start doing it too. You do 30 pushups a day for 30 days. Except I lost count at somewhere around eight days so now I’m just doing 30 pushups forever I guess. I can now do 15 actual non-sissy pushups without stopping.

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I guess that’s about it!

What have you been up to since the last time I blogged? (Since that is the measure for all time and space.) I love you guys!!1! No really. Take care of yourselves.

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