What a week, right? It seems like it’s been bad news after bad news. I was in Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Monday-Wednesday this week for work and tried to keep my mind off all the terrible things happening.
I am heartbroken over the events in Las Vegas. But I’m also fucking angry. I won’t apologize for the language – if anything deserves such harshness, it’s this. You should be angry, too. No matter where you stand politically, you should agree that this is not acceptable. It’s not acceptable that we cannot safely send our babies to school, that we have to watch our backs at movie theaters and concerts, and that we normalize this behavior. It’s not okay that many people become desensitized. It’s not okay that we continue to elect politicians who refuse to take action – no matter their side of the aisle. I don’t pretend to have the answers. But I do know that I refuse to forget about these victims and will continue to contact my representatives until they’re re-elected (my only hope, I’m afraid) or they take some action.
I learned of Tom Petty’s death on the way to Cinci Monday. I was saddened by all the recent musician deaths (there have been so many lately), but this one hit me the hardest. I bought tickets to see Petty in Lexington for my parents 40th birthdays. It is one of my fondest memories, and, nearly 15 years later, still the best show I’ve ever attended. He provided the soundtrack to my life. I can’t remember NOT listening to him. We even have the lyrics to Wildflowers hanging in our living room. He meant so much to me and I’ll miss him forever. Do you have a favorite Tom Petty song?
I hosted several trainings during my work trip, but we managed to explore in the evening. J was able to stay with me and we actually had a great time. We walked to Cincinnati a couple of times, tried some restaurants and bars in Covington, and had lunch at one of our favorite restaurants (Montgomery Inn) before returning home.
I started a declutter challenge last month but lost track after a week or so. There are a couple I’m interested in starting this month: the 40 bags in 40 days challenge, and getting rid of 465 items in 30 days challenge (what I tried to do last month). I’m not sure which will be more sustainable for me, but I have a lot of work to do, specifically in our kitchen, guest room, and garage. I’d love to clear a good portion of the clutter before our Halloween party at the end of the month. If you have tips that worked for you, please share below!
My eating is off track again and I definitely feel it. I’m sluggish and moody and I must exhibit better self-control. We’ve been busy and traveling a lot but I think we’re going to start designing meal plans at the beginning of the week so we’re not reaching for pizza and pasta when we’re in a pinch.
Am I the only person who kills their mums every fall? I bought the most gorgeous plants and they lasted about a month. I hate to buy more, but my front porch feels naked. Any tips on keeping them alive this time?
What’s new with you? Hope you’re all having a good week.