It is raining in Southern California, folks. It’s windy and rainy, trees are buckling and flooding is a very real danger in many areas. The Oroville Dam has been on national news, and thanks to my now-obsessive urge to listen to NPR during my commute I learned a lot about the structural concerns of the dam and the catastrophic potential for loss of life if the spillway fails. Scary stuff. Here’s today’s weather report for my neck of California, which thankfully, is far away from Oroville Dam.
Remember when I shared about my love of learning? NPR has truly broadened my horizons. I’ve never been that interested in politics; of course, I’d educate myself enough to make informed voting choices but not until Donald Trump’s stunning (and very disturbing, in my opinion) victory did I ever feel the need to dive deeper into it. Now, in an effort to understand what in the hell happened, I’m listening to lots of NPR and actually learning about many other interesting things, such as the story behind American artist Andrew Wyeth’s famous painting, Christina’s World.
I learned about James Baldwin, the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary film, I Am Not Your Negro. During my 30 minute commute I learned about his spiritual upbringing and his time as a “boy preacher” and the crisis of spirit he experienced. I definitely want to know more.
It seems that everywhere you turn these days, politics is in your face whether you want to deal with it or not. For the most part I do not share my political views on Facebook because, WHY. I learned about fake news (and it’s not Trump’s definition) from NPR too, which is a real thing and Facebook is full of it. When you see the link to an article that just seems wrong–such as Garth and Tricia’s divorce settlement–and with innocent interest you click it, you helped fund fake news. Don’t fund and circulate this crap, people! I for one vow to keep Facebook fluffy and fun by posting cute pictures of my grandkids or delicious dinners at home. Here’s our Valentine’s Day feast:
I finally finished the Marketing Management course earning a solid A. I was given the option to take a challenge exam for the Organizational Behavior course, due to my psychology background and experiential credit because of my work responsibilities. I’m confident I did well on that exam too. While reviewing the text and specifically, a section about the importance of listening, an ironic and funny (to me) example of a notoriously poor listener was included:
Oh dear. Who could have imagined the stone-cold mess we’d find ourselves in, circa 2017. “And that’s all I got to say ’bout that” (said in my best Forrest Gump voice).
I am awaiting my next Stitch Fix box with great anticipation. I gave my stylist free rein to surprise me this month and can’t wait to see what she comes up with. For my last fix I requested work clothes and received an amazing jacket, black slacks, a beautiful royal blue blouse, and a pencil skirt–all pieces fit perfectly, all pieces fit the criteria of stylish without being too youthful or trying too hard, and most importantly, all pieces would not have been found in stores where I live. Here is a picture of the skirt and jacket which I only share so you can note how cute and stylish and still age-appropriate this outfit is (pay NO attention to the old lady holding the iPhone).
My disclaimer: This picture is poor-quality and I am NOT a model and it feels very awkward to take pictures of myself and I can’t promise I’ll ever do it again, but I took this one in my hotel room in Sacramento at the beginning of this month while on a business trip.
You too can hire a Stitch Fix stylist! You can certainly Google Stitch Fix and sign up on your own, but if you email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) I can refer you directly which gives me a $25 credit toward my next fix.
My plans for this rainy Saturday include working on week one homework for my current Bible study, which is Beth Moore’s newest offering, a study of 2 Timothy entitled Entrusted. Grocery shopping is also on my agenda, as is catching up on the latest episode of The Blacklist. Tom works today so I’ll figure out something warm and comforting to prepare for dinner (and maybe I’ll post a picture to Instagram and Facebook, who knows?). It’s all exciting, I know. I hope your Saturday is just as riveting as mine.
Finally, I leave you with this. Everyone needs a laughing baby in their life. This one is ours.
Wishing you a blessed day,