Reading about Michael Brown and the debacle in Ferguson has been nothing short of depressing. The news saddens and angers me, and judging by my feed, many here on Tumblr share these sentiments. It’s easy to feel helpless, but you can still do something to help. I donated to Feed Ferguson, a fundraiser to help feed the children in and around Ferguson. School was canceled because of the unrest and many of these children would normally have gotten their meals there. Here are 10 other ways to help, including donating to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund.
More importantly, let’s not be fickle on this. Read up and stay informed (I had no idea about the 1033 program), take to social media, find out what your state and federal representatives are doing, or not doing, about systematic racism, and let your voice be heard at the polls come midterm elections. This 24 hour news cycle is trying on the soul, so let’s also remember to be kind to ourselves and each other (via merfology).
It’s been quite a trip! Six amazing cities in four days for the first half of the trip (my dad took about 1,100 photos at the time that we parted ways…which doesn’t include Paris and Lucerne), and a less intense but equally wonderful second half in Pécs, Hungary, visiting Vince’s sister and grandma. My family got home safe and sound today, and Vince and I leave tomorrow morning at 10. We left early this afternoon for Budapest, since Pécs is a 3 hour train ride away and we didn’t want to have to get up insanely early. I’m going to need some time to unscramble my traveling brain, re-set and get back into the swing of things, but first thing is getting home safely. There are two plane rides (+ 5 hour layover in Stockholm) and a commute from JFK standing between us and home and penny :)
Well, almost. It was a whirlwind weekend of getting ready, cleaning up the apartment, and getting penny all set for the dog sitter. I somehow spent hours packing without actually putting any of my clothes or stuff into our bag. But I am happy that Vince and I are only sharing one check-in bag between us. This morning I was frantically practicing new zumba songs because I really wanted a fun class before leaving for vacation. Nikki and Laurence came which was great, and I think the songs were a success. Unfortunately when I went to pick up shoes I had taken in for repairs specifically to bring on this trip, the guy said it wasn’t ready and I was none too pleased. At least I managed to leave with a cash discount on my payment.
The scene at my parent’s house while waiting for my dad’s friend to pick us up was all “do you have luggage tags?!”; “here have a snack”; “did you weigh these bags already?”; “check the locks before you put them on”; “what can we carry on?”; “LUGGAGE TAGS!!”; “LOCKS!!”.
We just stuffed ourselves with Shake Shack and are now waiting at the gate. It still doesn’t feel like we’re going on vacation. I probably won’t be posting much on Tumblr til I return, but you can follow along on Instagram if you’d like (@aprilkristin) :)
We got the grant at work!Which means our program is re-funded for a 5-year cycle! CDC took a while to inform us so we were starting to get nervous. PHEW. Now we’re just waiting to find out how much (or rather, how little) money we’re going to get, and how many states we’re going to be assigned to cover.
I need to try other things to help me fall asleep at night (outside of sleeping pills), because it’s really not so great being a major grump from lack of sleep. First thing would be to take Vince’s advice of not looking at bright screens before bed. Like for realz this time.
Been working on new Zumba routines, and my latest song obsession is Bambalam from Zumba’s Megamix 41. Makes me want to go nuts every time I hear it haha.
Vince and I are going to Atlantic City this weekend for a mini-reunion with college roommates. One just returned home from working in Hong Kong for two years, and another is about to start her own adventure in Dublin this fall, so it’s the perfect time to get together. Can’t wait to see their lovely faces, and meet their beaus!