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All week this has been on my mind.

‘The power of nature is ruthless’: Uncle shares story of 13-year-old’s drowning

It would have been awful enough just seeing that story in the news. But we know them. And my heart is breaking for this family. You can help them by donating here.

This week I’ve been listening to excessive amounts of Low (my all-time favorite band) and mostly sad podcasts, some about injustices done and the general unfairness of life. All while busting my ass with this move nonsense. I wasn’t able to take any extra time off so I’ve been working my day job then hustling back and forth from the old place to the new one. I am beat. But I’m so close to the finish line! Tomorrow I’m putting on a a moving sale to liquidate half of my wardrobe and at least half (or more) of our books, along with all sorts of random weird stuff. I’ve hired a cleaner for Sunday to do the move-out cleaning. Tuesday I’m finally turning the keys over and then can wash my hands of that place. Hopefully they don’t screw me over on the damage deposit.

Trying to balance this week’s stress and sadness with more hopeful and amusing stuff. I give you Five Good Things for Friday:

Shaking the Frame

Turns out “cat bags” are a thing but I found out two days too late. We moved on Saturday and were mauled by poor sweet Olive. She flipped out when we attempted to transfer her into a cat carrier. She was so upset we had to leave her behind at the old house while we moved our big boy cat, Freddy. He yowled loudly the whole way to the new house. Thankfully it’s a short drive between the two places. We doubled back and coaxed Olive into the larger soft-sided carrier. She gave us the silent treatment on the drive, unlike her brother, but has settled in pretty well. Mostly surveying her new queendom from the top of the cat tower. While Freddy has grown even clingier and needier. The first night he kept burrowing under the bed covers to be even closer to me. Last night he mostly slept on my head.

Five Good Things (that I collected last week but was too busy to post):

Derpy cat
Olive is not amused
At the old house

Middle of the Road

We’ve made it to Wednesday but I feel like I haven’t gotten enough accomplished this week. Monday night I took a break from busting my ass because I had purchased a ticket, pre-move, for a Pretenders show with friends. And Chrissie Hynde did not disappoint. That woman is AMAZING. Her voice is as incredible as ever and she seemed to be in a terrific mood. Totally worth it. But I am in the final countdown before the move on Saturday. Thankfully I’ve taken the day off Friday. Then I will frantically get everything packed up and staged for the professional movers.

Five Good Things:

  • I’m all about this She-Ra revival! I am not all about this small camp of dudes who are furious that She-Ra, a fictional cartoon hero, is not “sexy” enough for them. This tweet sums it up nicely. And more great tweets. Not everything is for you, gross adult guys. I’m excited for a new generation of kids to have strong female role models. And hopefully the show will be inclusive in other ways. Representation is a wonderful thing.
  • I’ve been enjoying the latest from Protomartyr, Consolation, with Kelley Deal. So dreamy.
  • And here’s a podcast convo between Protomartyr and The Raincoats, at Rough Trade East.
  • A gigantic shirtless Jeff Goldblum statue has suddenly appearing in London. I have…feelings about this. But the best twitter reply to it: You guys were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should!
  • Some day - soon I hope - I’ll be done packing and unpacking and talking about this move. But it’s front of mind for now. And packing involves a certain amount of nostalgia as one handles objects one may or may not have seen for some time. I’ve encountered so many nostalgia bombs this time around. So why not add to it? I finally picked up Brian K. Vaughan’s first volume of Paper Girls which should transport me back to the 80s, once I have time to sit down and read it.
Philadelphia in the Fall

You Can’t Hold Two Watermelons In One Hand

As a woman and mother I have been socialized to put others’ needs before mine. The older I get the better I have gotten about taking care of myself. Still a work in progress but I’ve been learning to say no and scale back when I need to. This coming Saturday I was slated to have a booth at our Strange Girls Night Market but I’ve decided to bow out. It wasn’t until after committing to the event that our sudden need to move sprang up. Which is now happening that same day. Moving the kid and the cats and our belongings into the new house takes priority. Over everything right now, really. This past weekend was spent organizing everything. Saturday morning we dropped off a load of broken electronics at Tech Dump then got back to packing. Yesterday we picked up keys to the new place while dropping off a hatchback full of stuff in the new garage. Last night I finally tossed out old makeup, some of which I’d been lugging around for years. Most was ancient and not the right color and I hardly wear makeup anyhow. But I made the mistake of throwing away ALL of my mascara. So this morning I had none whatsoever to put on. I’ll blame my overzealousness on the bottle of Chenin Blanc I popped open. And I may or may not have been binge watching C.B. Strike while loading up moving boxes. I am a sucker for quirky police and PI shows.

Five Good Things for this Monday:

leftover watermelon

It’s All Part of the Dance

Trash talk Facebook all you want, my friends, it still has its uses. Like event planning. That’s how I know when and where all my friends’ bands are playing (when I’m too tired to go see them and end up falling asleep before 10pm). And I’ve been offloading all sorts of stuff I don’t want to take with us this next move. And Facebook can be great for recommendations and networking. Monday I posted about my son’s dream job falling through and needing to find other employers who embrace neurodiversity. So many folks offered great suggestions. We’re checking one out today. I’m not sure how to increase my kid’s enthusiasm. He really had his heart set on the other job. I don’t know how much of it is related to his autism and how much is the fact that he’s a teenaged male and an only child and the oldest grandkid. Honestly this is probably a good life lesson, that you can’t always get what you want.

Five-ish Good Things:

Our big move is just ten days away now, though I have until the end of July to get everything out of the old place. The timing was perfect to find out about this great resource for Minneapolis area residents. I’ll try to thoughtfully donate the items I don’t sell at our big moving sale.

spooky giant sculptures

Disorientating Dilemmas

Another con down. I just drove my son to the suburbs four mornings in a row to drop him off at CONvergence (then spent much of my weekend packing up the house for our impending move). His father drove him back each evening. Attendees who stay on site, at the hotel, typically come up with a new costume for each day but my kid tends to cosplay in the same outfit all four days. Which means that outfit must be seriously ripe. I hope he’s throwing it in the wash today. This was the last CONvergence being held at that location. Thankfully they are moving downtown next year.

My teen had been holding out hope he would get his dream job for a first job. Initially things were looking good right after school let out. But as the weeks after graduation dragged on and he never heard back, we found out the place actually had to let a few people go. Some folks with autism don’t deal with change very well. My son had his mind set on working at this place. Getting him to consider other options is not going well. We need to find an employer that is open to neurodiversity, and would let him keep his beard (sigh) and purple hair. Good luck to us! We’re going to need it. At least some employers acknowledge that autistic workers make good employees.

Five Good Things for this full work week:

Nick, a human, and Dan, his Cornish Rex kitten
Dan, a Cornish Rex kitten

Explosion Without An Objective

Tuesday night I treated myself to a live Janelle Monáe show. Life has been overwhelming lately (moving is always stressful) and I was dead tired. But it was just what I needed. So much love and positivity and acceptance in that space. Thankfully I was able to sleep in a bit the following morning, the 4th of July. Many found it difficult to celebrate the holiday with the current state of affairs in this country, myself included. But I chose to treat it as a paid day off to spend with friends.

Five Good Things for this Thursday that feels like a Monday:

Wet Hot American Summer

Feeling Some Kind of Way

The weekend was a mix of relaxation and taking care of business. Mostly the latter. I’ve been going full-on Marie Kondo with the radical decluttering of our home. Now that it’s July our move is just a few weeks away. Purging feels amazing. And I even made a little money, though it was bittersweet. I parted with a pile of punk and hardcore records I’d been hanging on to for years. Some since junior high. I only saved a small stack of records with the most sentimental value. Saturday my son and I set up a table at the Extreme Noise Flea Market. Extreme Noise is a volunteer run co-op/institution in Minneapolis. Before I was even done unloading those fine folks swooped in. They pulled out a pile of my more valuable items and set them aside. Later that day they gave me an extremely generous amount of money for them, while I sold the less rare stuff at the flea market for a fair chunk of change. Sadly those funds are only temporarily visiting my banking account. This morning I finally took my car in for much-needed repairs and had to rent a loaner car. The hit to my pocketbook will hurt but I’ll feel better when the car’s issues have been resolved.

Five Good Things:

  • I’ve been a big Saul Williams fan for years. Right now he’s got a Kickstarter to back Neptune Frost, a musical he’s written and would like to direct. If that happens I would love to see it.
  • Interesting interview with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the World Wide Web, has some regrets. As well he should.
  • To guard against climate change, Los Angeles is painting its streets white. They plan to lower the temperature by 3 degrees over the next 20 years. And vertical forest residential towers in Milan, Italy are fighting air pollution. More cities need to get on top of initiatives like this.
  • Protests https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/30/us/politics/trump-protests-family-separation.html
  • A Letter Of Hope from Henry Rollins:
    Do all the protests, do all the direct action, make all the phone calls, then mobilize in October and November. That’s when we can get off the ropes and start punching again. Take the long view, my sisters and brothers. Don’t let them take you out of the fight.

  • It’s important to make time for comedy in dark times. This week I’m going back to ACME with my co-workers to see Laurie Kilmartin. Good stand-up always makes me feel better.
lilies

Thank You For Not Howling At The Wolves

May and June have been hard on my health and my nerves, with the property management company fighting me on mold abatement. But now I’ve signed the lease for our new place, reserved professional movers, begun packing and selling off unneeded stuff. I’ve had a visit with a pulmonary specialist (who agreed it was the mold making me sick and suggested I move). And I finally made an appointment for car repairs next week. Personal life - sorted! Then I poked my head up from my hidey hole and BOOM. This week the Supreme Court upheld Trump’s travel ban, Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, the Janus Decision damages public sector unions by overturning 40 years of precedent and today there was another mass shooting in our gun-happy nation. Awful. Trying to stay positive for my health but it is hard.

Five Good Things for Friday:

The 4th of July holiday is smack dab in the middle of the week this year. I’m not taking any time off before or after but some old friends are hosting a backyard hang the day of. And another one of my closest friends is coming back to visit for a bit. At least I’ll have some socializing to mix in with tedious moving prep.

This poor fire bunny didn't survive the night

Mind How You Go

A Monday birthday in one’s 40s isn’t all that. And that’s all right. There were a few happenings around town last night that would have been more compelling on a Saturday. Instead I enjoyed a quiet dinner with my son and some friends (dinner with three left-handed vegans, now there’s a unique demographic) at Namaste. Then went home to fall asleep on the couch halfway through a new episode of Endeavour. For today I had planned on a Pizza Farm adventure with a couple of friends but that had to be postponed. And that’s ok. I’m more flexible these days and not so easily disappointed. There are some upsides to aging.

Four Mostly Good Things for a dark and stormy Tuesday, and One Meh One:

My first day of 45 was solid. I worked from our current home then signed the lease for our new home. Also started listing some smaller items on ebay that I don’t want to move along with us. And I’ve made a big decision…to sell my audio components rather than hauling them to the new house, where it would just take up space and collect dust. This Saturday I’ll have a table at Extreme Noise’s Flea Market to send off some of my records to good homes. And on craigslist I will be letting go of an Onkyo turntable, Marantz PMD500 dual cassette deck and Sony 5-disc CD changer and more. Feels good.

slick steps
rising water