+ As you probably know, Southern California is on fire. Badly impacted is the area where my husband J is from (and where my in-laws still live) in Ventura County. It’s hard to think about the hillside behind the city and imagine it to be completely burned. Ojai, where J went to highschool, has been mostly spared, but it’s completely surrounded by the fire (see map) and it’s terrifying.
As of today, the fire is only 20% contained and still spreading. It has already burned more than 365 square miles. I signed up for a virtual run #runforventura to help with the relief efforts and I encourage you to join me.
© Cal Fire
+ I just read on Twitter (via The Verge) that Instagram tests adding posts that your friends like into your feed. Like, if the stupid algorithm isn’t enough, they now want to put stuff in your that you’re not even subscribed too (let alone the sponsored posts, which we had to just accept as well). I really only have two words for you, Instagram: Just no.
+ I got some not-so-good news from my bff yesterday and I am in a state of anxiety right now. I hope to find out more soon, but until then, please send all the positive vibes that you can spare. I’ll love your for it forever.
+ I can’t believe Christmas is only 10 days away. It’s weird to not be “off” between Christmas and New Year’s, as I will be working (to save vacation time). I think all my coworkers are taking the week off and we’ve already been warned that our office building might be cold (because campus always forgets that we’re ‘open’ over Christmas break, while the rest of the campus is closed). I guess I’ll be taking my fingerless gloves and a thermos with hot tea. Better to be safe than sorry. (Are you off between Christmas and New Year’s? Wait, don’t tell me.)
+ I am having a bit of Christmas blues this year. I think the fact that this will be our 4th Christmas not celebrating with family in Germany is wearing on me. I am usually super-enthusiastic about the holidays and I am still enjoying this season, don’t get me wrong, but it’s just not as exciting to be home alone with J as it is gathering with family. Are you seeing family for the holidays or are you home alone like us?
+ I cannot believe Doug Jones won the senate race in Alabama on Tuesday. I know, it’s pretty sad to say that I expected an alleged child molester to win, but the bar has been set pretty low in the last year, to be quite honest. I was almost emotional when I saw Jones’s numbers creep up and then surpass Moore’s on the TV screen last night. What a victory! However, if you’re white woman in the South, I have to have to have a serious word with you.
What’s a random thought on your mind today?