What have I been doing, more W's work, work, work. Three challenges are testing my being.
What am I looking forward to? Three trips between now and the end of the year, a road trip, Boston, and Spain. I need to get some hotel reservations made.
What was surprising? A larger than expected raise at work, 2% more than what we told to budget for. Of course that means I have to wring another 2% of salaries out of my already overstretched budget.
What have I read? "12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World, and Abolitionists Handbook." It was an impulse buy. It written by one of the leaders of Black Lives Matter. Buy books by radical authors, one's that challenge the mainstream. Buying those books sends a message to publishers and booksellers that publishing these books is worthwhile. That there is a market. It supports the author, who are lucky if they get a dollar for every hardcover sold. And if you read those books, they will widen your horizons. This one talks about dismantling the criminal legal system, closing prisons and building social services and mental health programs in their place. I just finished a study of the experience of persons with dementia in the criminal legal system, I see a lot in common with what she has to say.
Where have I been? The office and home. A couple of weekends ago I splashed out on a stock up trip to Target on Sunday afternoon. I try to get out a couple of times each weekend for a long walk. I have been on the treadmill at the gym two or three times a week.
Who have I been talking with? If email counts, one of my nephews - oh I have two of them that you almost never hear of. We will be seeing him in September, he has been home to see his mother - my sister and brother in law.
Who have I seen? My sweet bear, the gang in the office.
Who deserves slaps? The dis-info wars guy, and a jury in Texas delivered about 50-million of them last week. Piece of $hit, has made a fortune telling lies and misleading followers. Bravo for the jury!
Who is dead? Another one of my high school classmates, Chucky Oliver suddenly and unexpected. He was always a lot of fun and little crazy.
What am I working on? Making this week a little better.
What Will I do next? Find something to laugh about, it has been a serious month.