Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
Uff. The news has been heavy this week (well, when has it NOT been heavy in recent years? There’s always something). The older I get, the more questions I have about the world.
What’s been going on in Israel/Gaza is horrific. I am devastated about innocent lives lost in the senseless terrorist attacks in Israel. I also just learned from my co-worker, a Palestinian, that he lost his whole family in Gaza. I cannot fathom the pain he must be going through. My heart hurts and my brain can’t process this information. There are no winners here. You can support the Palestinian struggle for freedom and simultaneously condemn Hamas’ attacks. You are not anti-Semitic if you also condemn the Israeli’s government attack on innocent Palestinian civilians.
We need to be able to separate people from governments, terrorist organizations, and dictators. I don’t understand why people can’t coexist, live, and let live, why there is so much hate, greed, and power hunger in this world. I don’t even have words to express my sadness and frustration.
As often, Steph finds a lot more eloquent words about the state of the world than I do (scroll further down in her post). I want to reiterate her question: “At this point in our evolution, should we not be past war? Past killing innocent people. Past hating each other because of religious beliefs or culture or looks. Past oppressing people.” I wonder the same things. Years ago, I saw a documentary (don’t remember what it was called) in which Israeli and Palestinian kids played with each other. They were kind to each other and became fast friends. People are not born hating other people, people are conditioned to hate, and this cycle must be broken.
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What else is there this week worth mentioning? I struggle to even think about anything that doesn’t pale in comparison with all the heavy news. I guess, I am counting my blessings that my family is alive and well, that I can pick up the phone and talk to them today, and that I have a safe home, electricity, food, and clean water.
Oh, and on another positive note, my mother-in-law has had her second round of chemotherapy this week and she’s doing well so far. She was also told that the cancer had not spread to other parts of her body. What a big relief. I am taking all the good news I can get right now.
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I ordered my new planner (for 2024) and a new mug this week and I am excited. I am a little ahead of schedule (I anticipated picking up a Fringe planner again at Home Goods again later this fall), but this planner popped up in my feed on sale and I was ready to try something new. I am looking forward to showing you both the planner and mug when the package gets here. Call it “retail therapy” or just a simple necessity. You choose. Sometimes, it’s the little things.
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App recommendation of the week (in case you own a Peloton or use the Peloton app): domestiq is a web app that is linked to your Peloton account and lets you create and share an unlimited number of Class Lists (you can create them yourself or simply bookmark classes and the domestiq app will create a Managed Class List for each fitness discipline that contains bookmarks).
This can be super-helpful if you like to create workout stacks for the whole week in advance because the Peloton Workout Stack feature is limited to 10 classes right now. You can push these lists to your workout stack and you can also let the app “auto-create” a list based on customized criteria (if you have decision fatigue about picking classes). I haven’t explored all the features of the app yet, but it seems like a very neat tool. And the best thing: it’s free!
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Questions for homeowners (and renters alike): how often do you (or your landlord) get the HVAC system serviced? I think we did it annually when we owned our house, but we’ve lived in our duplex for 5 years now and the HVAC system has never been serviced during that time. We contacted the landlords about it about 10 days ago and you can probably guess it: so far, we haven’t received a response.
How was your week? Tell me something good and hug your people (even if only virtually).