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News at Home – Terrible isn’t strong enough
What a sobering week, huh? I know that I’m not alone at looking at our country and feeling heartbroken, terrified, and just plain old terrible. It all hit really close to home for me when police were targeted in downtown Dallas, a mere 10 minutes from my home. Even more terrifying was that one of my very good friends is a Dallas Police Officer. His wife and I are best friends – as soon as everything started on the news I messaged her to see if Michael was at work. He had just walked in the house and shortly thereafter was called in. Despite her basically begging him not to go, for obvious reasons, he told her he had to go. How could he not, that night of all nights? He left her and their 2 1/2 year old son and went in, knowing that they still hadn’t caught the sniper. Not knowing where he’d be assigned. And that’s why we owe police so much respect. They go into danger, when the rest of us would run from it. I don’t want to turn this into a long post about issues that we’re being bombarded with on social media non-stop. I do think, though, that it’s good that it’s something we’re being bombarded with. The tragedies of the past week – both towards black men and police officers – are not new problems in this country. Their problems that have been ignored and swept under the rug for too long. I can only hope that this past week and all the dialogue that’s resulting from it will actually create some positive change. In the meantime, I won’t lie, I’m scared. I’m a black woman. More importantly, my dad and brother are black men. My good friend is a police officer. It’s scary.
On a lighter note, I spent the week making a lot more progress on school planning. I finally got access to my curriculum and for the most part I’m excited; my new school district seems to have everything planned out much better and more usefully. I’m feeling more and more confident about the upcoming school year. I also ran into one of my former kinder kiddos last night at Walmart. First time I’ve seen one of them since school let out and it was so nice. She ran from her dad and gave me a huge hug and told me how much she missed me. Her brother, 1 year older, also ran up and gave me a hug and asked me where his teacher was. LOL! Apparently they expect us to always be together. It was so nice to see them. She talked excitedly about how she’s been practicing her letters and reading and math, just like on the calendar I sent home for the summer. Yay! That’s at least one parent using it to keep their child from regressing too much! It gives me hope that several are!
So I semi-forgot… but yesterday was my 3rd blogoversary!! I can’t believe I’ve been at this for 3 years already – on the other hand, I feel like I’ve been blogging forever. I’m not doing anything to celebrate this year – I just have too much on my plate. But yay!!!’
Michelle and I announced ANOTHER challenge we’ll be co-hosting in August. I know, we’re crazy. But it was too good of an idea to pass up (Michelle’s idea). Will you join us? Click picture for details and to sign up 🙂
I’m feeling good about my diet and exercise this past week. I’ve still been doing my clean eating challenge, which I think I’ve found enough of a rhythm with to sustain, for the most part, all the time. I’ve enjoyed the foods so much and I’m getting way more veggies this way.
For exercise, I’ve mainly been walking. But I think I’ll reactivate my gym membership in August because my new school is VERY close to the gym. I don’t know my official end of day time yet, but I think I could make 4:30 classes and I would love to start doing zumba again. Plus a weight lifting class would be so good for me, since I suck at toning exercises on my own.
Last Week on the Blog
- [3 Jul] Sunday Post |Happy 4th!
- [6 Jul] The Unsame Ones by Stephanie Skeem ★★½
- [8 Jul] Can You Read a Series in a Month? #challenge
- [8 Jul] Cover Reveal for Felicity Heaton’s Haunted by the King of Death
- [9 Jul] My TBR List | July 2016 Results
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