Five Things Friday Vol. 27

Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.

Yesterday, Jon and I celebrated our 15th anniversary. This is  c r a z y  to me. This fall, we’ll have known each other for 20 years. I don’t know where the time went, but I am glad we’re still here, still in love. I don’t take it for granted. We celebrated by going out to dinner for the second time since we got vaccinated. Outdoors, of course. As I mentioned yesterday, I am not yet ready to change my behavior all at once, but going to a restaurant for a meal to celebrate was really nice, to finally have an opportunity to get dressed up again for something.

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I finished a 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse on Wednesday (which I will talk about another time maybe). All I want to say about it now is that it was a good experience, I would be open to doing it again, but I was really, really looking forward to my morning coffee yesterday morning. I tried a coffee alternative during the 10 days and it was tasty (for not being coffee), but nothing like the real deal. 

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I’ve been horrified about what’s been happening between Palestine and Israel. My co-worker is from Gaza and I was seriously worried about his family, which still lives there. I finally reached out to him earlier this week (I was a little apprehensive and didn’t know what to say, but then I thought “That’s BS, just ask how he’s doing!”) and I was glad to hear that his family is okay and he was very appreciative of my message. But besides that I realized: I really have to learn more. The conflict between Israel and Palestine has always been on the periphery of my radar, but I had the privilege to often push it out of sight. However, that’s not okay. I’ve been committed to learning more and a friend has pointed me to some good resources. This article sums up the relationship between Israel and the United States and The Daily is a good resource to keep up with what’s happening right now. I hope you’re paying attention and talk about this. 

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I am really looking forward to deep-diving into a new project at work. As you recall, I had a bit of ebb and flow in my workload lately and got quite a bit of “groundwork” tasks for other people to fill my time, but I’ve started working on this new remote sensing project this week and I couldn’t be more thrilled. This is the type of work I want to be doing.

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Are you as excited as I am about the F·R·I·E·N·D·S reunion? If you’re not, we can’t be friends. (Just kidding. Maybe.)

Have a great long Memorial Day weekend.

  1. So I am not excited about the Friends reunion, mostly because I was not super into Friends before? I don’t know why – the show just wasn’t really on my radar when I was younger. I know I am in the minority in not adoring this show, though!

    I have a lot to learn about the conflict in Palestine and Israel. Phil knows more than I do, so we have talked about it lately but I have more to learn! I am glad your friend is ok! So scary!

    15 years is hard for me to wrap my mind around since we just hit the 4-year mark! We got married so late in life so have way fewer years under our belt than most of our peers. But the 4 years we’ve had together have flown by! I’m glad you got to enjoy and outdoor meal. That is something we haven’t done yet as it would require getting a babysitter which feels like more of a hassle than it’s worth? Especially since both kids going to bed between 6-7:30! But someday we will hire a babysitter again!

  2. happy anniversary! Time does fly by doesn’t it? I am spending the weekend in Chicago visiting my daughter who I had not seen in 6 months. It’s nice to see things getting back to normal. Yes, I will be watching the friends reunion when I get home. Excited to see what they are all up to!

  3. We watched the reunion Friday night. So good and funny. I didn’t know I missed laughing till it hurts. Also how good and brave to reach out to your co worker. It’s such a layered conflict and there is no right or wrong in it. I used to be very involved in the topic during my Highschool years as I was part of a Jewish volleyball team. But it is so sad…

  4. I definitely have a lot of reading to do about Israel/Palestine and the conflict. Pod Save America helped me understand the current conflict, but there’s still I need to learn about how it got to this point. I’ve bookmarked the link and hopefully that will help clarify some things!

    I haven’t watched the Friends reunion yet! I’m so excited for it, but my mom and I have promised we’ll watch it together and we haven’t made time for it yet. Maybe this week!

  5. Happy anniversary! What a lovely way to celebrate :)

    Thanks for the links to those articles. I have a friend in Israel who had to evacuate and I didn’t even know where to start other than “are you okay?” too.

    1. Thank you.

      And yes, it’s hard to have these conversations with friends, but better to start off awkwardly than not have them at all. I hope your friend is okay!

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