Pizza Cookies, Zoom, Cats and 14 years ago

I have a few fun things to write about today! First, I’m still educating myself on all things diversity and wow, I’ve learned so much in the past few weeks. I would be disappointed if I thought for too long about how I should have been educated about this much earlier in my life, but I’ve decided to be excited that I am learning now and that I’m open to changing. This gives me hope. #blacklivesmatter

While the US is opening up (kind of), I’m still staying home and still so thankful I don’t have children. I have gone to the aesthetician (#ihatebodyhair) and I finally had my hair bleached and cut today (#ihatenaturalcolorhair)! But that’s it. I grocery shop as little as possible and don’t go to restaurants. The most consistent thing in my life are my walks. Every single day. I hate that I can’t swim right now and I can feel that I’ve lost a lot of upper body strength as a result. Althoooooooough, I decided to stop bitching and complaining and do something about it so I now do 5 push ups every time I go to the bathroom (not while I’m going to the bathroom, after). I’m probably doing 30+ push ups a day and I can already feel that it’s helping!

We have started fostering cats! We had two cats, Marcia and Stella:

Marcia has already been adopted so that’s awesome! Stella, the grey cat, had a litter of kittens and then got spayed so she’s spent her recovery time with us. She just got listed for adoption so we may not have her for much longer. They are both such nice cats and fostering is great – just feed them and you don’t have to think about how they’re going to be around for a million years. A lot less stress for sure!

I think we’ve all been spending a lot of time on Zoom and I’ve never been more thankful that I invested in wigs! Before I finally got my hair done, it looked like a cross between a mullet and clown hair so it was great to have a few wigs to wear. Also, the peeps I’m talking to LOVE to see my new looks when I join!

As I mentioned a few weeks months ago, we have family Zoom meetings that sometimes incorporate challenges. We had a pizza cookie challenge that was pretty fun…although it took more time than any of us anticipated. I sent everyone this recipe as a guide.

The goal was to make something that looked like a pizza from ingredients for cookies, taste didn’t matter. This was my final result:

Here’s my sister’s family’s pizza:

And here’s my dad, Jon and Carlos’ pizza!

You may be wondering about my brother’s family, but they didn’t actually do the challenge and only put some pre-made cookie dough balls on a plate. #notwinning

Kennedy and I are also spending some time on Zoom together! My sister told me what books she has so I ordered a digital copy of one from the library. Kennedy and I have a set meeting every week to practice reading (her reading, not mine, but thanks for asking). We meet for about 30 minutes, which is enough time to talk about life, read a few pages of her book and check-in with the dogs. I LOVE IT and her reading is getting so much better!

Finally, George and I celebrated our 14th un-anniversary on Tuesday! We got married on June 30, 2006 and it was really one of the best days of my life. While I didn’t think we’d get divorced, I wouldn’t change it for anything. We are best friends and I hope we’ll always be in each other’s lives. In a true act of celebration, I got us some vegan Irish Oatmeal cupcakes from Piece of Cake bakery! They are so f*cking good.

We used to celebrate by eating half a cake each, but I thought it would be weird to order our wedding topper when we’re not married anymore. Oh yeah, and we probably shouldn’t be eating half of a cake…

Happy 4th of July! Stay safe, wear masks and social distance!!

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All I Know is that I Don’t Know

I think it’s fair to say that the last few weeks have been eye-opening for a lot of people. A lot of white people. Myself included. While I understood that racism still exists in our country, I don’t think I truly understood how embedded it is in all aspects of society or the role I have played in it. Shit, I married a Black man, my sister married a Black man, my brother married a Japanese woman, I have mixed race nieces and nephews…we obviously “fixed” racism, right? No. Not even close.

I’m saddened to say that I’ve only recently (in the last few years) realized my white privilege. I know I’ve always seen racism in others, but avoided or was oblivious to seeing it in myself. Talking about race makes me very uncomfortable and it’s a lot easier to say that it’s someone else’s issue. It’s also easier to avoid it altogether by not watching videos of police brutality or not reading statistics that so clearly identify the oppression of Blacks in our society (out of sight, out of mind). Well, it’s time for me to grow up and finally face it because avoiding it is not going to protect the people I love so much and no one should have to explain to a seven year old why some people are more likely to be killed solely based on the color of their skin.

Because I’ve avoided these issues for so long, I’m starting with my own education. I’m listening to podcasts (like 1619), watching interviews, reading books like White Fragility and How to be an Antiracist, and I’m also taking an online course on race and cultural diversity – all things I’ve avoided since I was in school. I’m trying to get comfortable with the idea that I will sometimes say the wrong thing and that it’s okay. It’s better than being silent. I want to learn. I want to be better.

#blacklivesmatter

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Still Here, Still Home

And, except for the inability to swim, I’m kind of loving it. As weird as that is. Although, my hair, omg, my hair. It’s had about two good days:

Also, that was one of the two days I wore makeup in the last couple of months. I should probably do that more often.

Sometimes it’s easier to make my hair look psycho on purpose.

That was actually for a family zoom meeting. We try to have a theme or something to do so we have something to talk about. This was for “crazy hair day.” I think the kids had fun with it too. Next weekend, we’re having a Nailed It! competition where we have to recreate an awesomely decorated cookie. I’ll do my best to post about it after. Should be fun to see how everyone does.

Oh and I also finished this horrible puzzle!

J gave it to me for Christmas last year or the year before (as a joke?) and it was the only puzzle I have that I haven’t done before. And no, I’m not some psycho Twilight fan, although I remember liking the books way back when. I don’t think I’ll ever do a black and white puzzle again. It’s way too boring and I felt like I was losing my vision trying to do it. Ugh.

Oh and we’ve celebrated TWO BIRTHDAYS during this time. J’s birthday was on April 14th and G’s birthday was on April 27th! Two old f*ckers, for sure. G turned 59. Damn.

As usual, J would like to remain anonymous and G would like to be featured on the blog every damn day. Wow.

That’s all from me today. Enjoy the long weekend, stay safe, wear masks and don’t do dumb stuff. 🙂

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