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!
Next month my family and I are going to Germany!! My cousin William, a Second Lieutenant Army nurse, is currently stationed at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. My sister, Vince and I had been planning to visit him, and we managed to convince the rest of my family to go, especially since they have never been to Europe (what’s not so great is that we’re going during the most expensive time of the year). It was a little crazy trying to nail down the itinerary, because they initially wanted to see pretty much anything outside of Germany, like Amsterdam and Paris and Switzerland. But we sorted everything out and came up with a fun but hopefully not too exhausting plan. My cousin is renting a van to fit all 8 of us, since driving seems to be the cheapest option for getting around (should be quite an adventure driving around the narrower roads!).
On August 3rd, we’ll take an overnight flight to Frankfurt. William and his fiancé, Czarina, will meet us, and we’ll either spend some time in Frankfurt or drive right to Bann and spend the day in the Bann/Landstuhl area. We plan to take a day trip to Brussels, since it’s just under a 3 hour drive away. Next we’ll see Heidelberg, followed by Rothenburg, where we’ll stay overnight. From there it’s off to Munich and surrounding area for two days. Afterward my family will head back to Bann, then visit Paris overnight, and possibly Lake Constance, for the remainder of their trip. Vince and I will take the train(s) to Pécs, Hungary (during the day, so we can at least see the scenery as we ride through Austria), to visit his older sister and grandma. We figured it’d be better to focus on Germany for the time we’re all together, since Vince and I plan to visit Paris for a longer period in the future. We’ll be in Hungary for about 3 full days, and I’m hoping we’ll get to spend a some time in Budapest before flying out because I really want to go back to this wonderful café. It was one of my favorite spots the first time I visited Hungary in 2009.
[because of course I had to map everything out]
Though there’ll probably be moments of typical family drama, it’s going to be quite an entertaining trip and I really can’t wait. My dad recently bought a fancy new camera, so we’re probably going to end up with 348564928346783 photos. He’s going to be like a kid in a candy store with all the sightseeing. I’m excited to see castles and Munich, and I think my mom is going to really enjoy Rothenburg and Paris. Plus we all can’t wait for good beer and breweries. Let the countdown begin!
Really nervous for this Brazil game (they’re down two starting players, ugh!) because I’ve got them going all the way in Vince’s office pool. He has Germany going all the way, so I guess it would still be good for us generally if they advance, but I want to win so badly, or at least place top 3. **Update - since posting this I saw that Germany is already up by three goals what in the f*ck
Though I’m technically a member of PPNYC’s Activist Council Sex Ed Group for about two years now, I haven’t actually been an active participant since joining about two years ago, oops. But I volunteered to do this week’s “Sexucation,” a news roundup that goes out to the members, and all the news I’m gathering about Hobby Lobby and its aftermath is, not surprisingly, making me ragey. I did, however, come across some good and interesting news – Colorado’s big drop in teen birth rates and abortion rates (thanks to, well whad’ya know, contraception) and a birth control computer chip in the works.
One of my close friends from high school is getting married this weekend and I can’t wait to party and catch up with everyone. Plus it’s down the shore so we can probably squeeze in some beach time before coming back home. I haven’t been yet this summer and that makes me sad.