(Illustration above courtesy of Heather Schieder).
DEVASTATED | by the news of the school shooting in Texas (and really, any of the mass shootings recently, but especially a shooting where kids are killed in what’s supposed to be a “ safe place”).
As a young man, who survived the Parkland shooting in Florida, said on the news so eloquently yesterday: we can’t keep up anymore because there is at least one, if not more than one shooting, in America EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Honestly, I am out of words at this point.
WONDERING | when is enough enough? How many people have to die senselessly before our representatives are going to do something?
If you’re a Republican but against gun control, tell me you’re “pro-life” one more time.
If you want to take some easy action, write your representatives by texting RESIST to 50409 (Resistbot will take care of the rest). If you have it in you, you can also CALL and leave a message for your representatives. It’s not enough, but it’s a start.
HOPING | that you and I and everyone who think this is wrong will not give up, but fight for change. Primary elections are underway. Vote accordingly. Don’t be a single-issue voter.
READING | The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5) by Diana Gabaldon. It’s slow-going right now (because I don’t have much headspace for reading).
GOING | on weekend walks with Jon.
ENJOYING | brunch on our front porch on the weekends.
JUGGLING | a lot of things at work right now. I mentioned last week that I switched research groups and that I have a new supervisor. That means I am being moved to a new “office” (cubicle) on a different floor in our building, I am all of a sudden in high demand (more work than I have officially time for), and I have not one, but three field trips coming up. My summer’s going to be busy.
Oh, and have I mentioned that I am officially going back (part-time) to the office starting next week?
STRUGGLING | hard to get back into my exercise (and especially) running routine, but I’ve been thrown off by some unexpected aches and pains in the last couple weeks. First I had pulled a muscle in my lower back two weeks ago, now I have a pinched nerve (or something!) in my neck. What is going on here? Is this what getting old feels like? Or, am I just stressed out right now?
FOCUSING | on lots of stretching, yoga, and meditation this week. I really hope all these little nuisances are gone soon.
EATING | apples with almond butter. My new favorite snack.
DRINKING | water.
BUYING | new purification elements for our Berkey water filter. It’s been three years and it was time to replace them. They’re not cheap, but considering how long they last and provide fresh, filtered water, I am still so, so happy we invested into this filtration system.
LOOKING FORWARD TO | the long holiday weekend. Monday is Memorial Day here in the States (and my BIL’s birthday).
What is currently going on with you?