What’s top of my mind:
The infant formula shortage is a real concern that crosses all socioeconomic, cultural, and racial American families. Seeing anyone from either party play games and ridiculous politics on this makes me ill. It touches my family and family friends, my neighbors, and people I'll never meet, but I care about those babies every bit as much. Then the know it all mom shamers berating those that didn't choose breast feeding adds more stress and insult.
Where I’ve been:
What a social schedule! Not. DH and I went out for dinner and I went with my daughter to see another house. Sadly, she had a text on route that of course couldn't be read until we got there. The house sold and showing cancelled 15 minutes before she was scheduled. She was very disappointed as this could have been a perfect fit. It's early again in her search so I don't want her to feel down.
Pup and I have been on some gorgeous walks. He's not bothered a bit by his hideous hairdoo. I picked up the world travelor last night from the airport. She had 12 hours of travel from leaving the hotel until I got her home, but reported the trip was wonderful.
Where I’m going:
Tomorrow is grad party one of I think will be five, this for our nephew. Technically, two graduates are one joint party for my BILs granddaughters, cousins graduating together from our local highschool. My sister has always been one of their grandparents as they were married well before their children married and had kids- nice for their blended family to get more people celebrating. Sunday is our family park cleanup.
What I’m watching:
I've recently started watching episodes of Law and Order UK. The legal process is similar but in so many ways, so very different. Several episodes showed children being tried in court, but then in other episodes, the needs of the young offender seemed to top the heinousness of the crime. It's television so of course I don't know how much liberty is taken, but I find it fascinating.
What I’m reading:
I found my daughter's copy of The Secrets of the Divine Yaya Sisterhood and read a bit to get started. I still need to get cracking on the Theater for Dreamers before it's due back.
What I’m listening to:
I had a lot of head down work to do so had BBC World live streaming during parts of my work week. Riding with my daughter a couple times, she had a very random mix of music that was put together by my younger daughter including songs from the Les Mis and Hamilton soundtrack's, to Motown, to Taylor Swift.
What I’m eating:
Using up things left and right. Too much pasta this week but it's been easy meals I could either make quick or throw in the crockpot. I'll shop and maybe plan Sunday.
Who needs a good slap:
I keep getting pulled into a project overseeing grant expenditures unrelated to the program I manage. It doesn't fall into anyone's job really- just something that has to be done. I'm known for being very fiscally strong and that I foresee issues ahead. On this grant, I'm so tired of the games the grantees are playing trying to slip things that are clearly not allowable into their request. I denied 40 hours of activities that weren't eligible. Then, it got submitted for the same number hours, but the 40 hours suddenly showed up on a different line! I may be stretched but I'm not stupid. Two slaps!
What I’m planning:
We have to figure out timing to get my daughter's Visa. I think we'll probably drive as air has been atrocious, just like gas but we only need one car not two airline tickets. I'm not sure about staying right in the city, paying huge rates and parking, or outside and driving in. Her appointment is 11:20 on a Friday. We'll come Thursday, but likely leave early afternoon and get home. It's a lot of driving in short period of time but straight through driving on the interstate.
What’s making me smile:
Ishared already pup and I have been on beautiful walks. Now we're seeing the green and flowers. This makes me smile. No duckling sightings yet, but I've not seen the mamas on the pond so perhaps they're staying close to home and the babes will come soon.
My photo did not do justice to this tree.
Lilacs near the pond are up higher.
There's no low growth this year