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Sarah Sunday

This has been a pretty fabulous weekend. The only downside is that I didn’t go to the gym at all, but I did read a bunch, and books that I ordered when I was having some very bleak feels on Friday (Inauguration Day) showed up today, so that’s cool.

I didn’t attend any of the Women’s Marches happening, but man it was WONDERFUL to see the worldwide participation all over the internet. I know I’ll hear a lot of “so stupid, just get over it, what does protesting even do” but screw that. It was a global showing that women are here and not going to stand for the shit that our new president and Congress are going to try to pull on us. I just hope that everyone stays that pumped up and continues to do good work – call representatives, donate to good causes, learn now to vote in ALL elections, and most importantly be there and stand up for the more marginalized groups. These are things we ALL have to get better at, me included. Every little bit helps.

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Reading: Woo! Okay, I read March: Book Three (yay John Lewis) and the final volume of Chew. I finished Breasts by Florence Williams earlier this week, and I don’t know if I’ll get a review up but basically if you have them it’s totally worth the read. And the author makes it an engaging, funny read, kind of like a toned-down Mary Roach. She doesn’t quite reach so hard for the jokes but they’re great. And I finished Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – I’ve had it on my Kindle for years but kind of avoided it because it seemed very rich white people problems. And it is, but it was gossipy and the women touched on some really serious issues that actually affect all women and it was kind of really great. I’m looking forward to checking out the show at some point. And now I’m starting Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie because she’s amazing and it’s going to count as my “book about war” for the Read Harder challenge.

Watching: Ugh, trying to finish watching season 3 of Blacklist. I might drop it after we finish this season, I don’t like the direction it’s taking.

Listening: Sticky Fingaz. I finally put music on the new laptop and back on my phone so I’m enjoying lots of older music right now.

Eating: Garlic-stuffed kalamata olives, marinated mushrooms, and roasted garlic on bruschette toasts. Mmmmm.

Thinking: Normal “I don’t want to go to work tomorrow” feels. And how I should really get back to reading.

Citizening: I did call my reps this week – my senators to encourage them to vote against Betsy DeVos, and my House rep to express my feelings about the H.R. 490 bill that was introduced to committee, which if passed would basically outlaw abortion – it’s a national heartbeat bill. And if our new president puts a far right conservative in the Supreme Court, then it has a chance of being upheld. I’ll be calling a lot about this.

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I don’t even understand the life we’re living right now.

Oh, and I made a small donation to First Book on Friday. Because buying myself diverse books and donating money to kids for books felt like actionable things I could do to try to curb the despair feels I had going on.

Anticipating: My next paycheck. Definitely shouldn’t have gone on that book-buying binge, but oh well. I got some really awesome books – the last volume of Chew, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (partly because Obama read and liked it, I admit) and Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi which is going to be a long, hard read but I bet it will be well worth it.

Exercising: Only went to the gym twice this week. I am too good at talking myself out of going on the weekends, damn it. I gotta get better at that. You’d think weekends would be easier than the two 3:30 am weekdays, but so far that’s not the case.

Alright loves, I gotta get back to my books and take advantage of these last few weekend hours. Have a great, productive week!

Sarah Sunday 

As always, the weekend is going by too fast. But right now I’m home, doing laundry, with nothing pressing to do for the rest of the day so I’m feelin pretty alright.

Reading: So many things, I swear. I finished 3 books this week – Battle Hill Bolero by Daniel Jose Older, Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis, and The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles. I’m listening to Hidden Figures on audio, I’m still in the middle of Hope in the Dark,  and I’ll probably start another book or two later today. My reading is all over the place right now.

Also, today was the first meet-up for my local Read Harder group! We had four today (in all our glory in the picture below) and hopefully will have more next month. It was a blast.

Watching: We saw Hidden Figures last Sunday night! It was so great, which is why I’m currently listening to the audio. Also watched Obama’s farewell speech, and the clip of him giving a medal to Joe Biden, so there’s been some sad sobs this week.

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Listening: Hamilton. Because of course. One Last Time is just killing me right now.

Eating: Junk! And some salad. I’d really like to make a lamb stew or something this week.

Thinking: About this proposal in Tennessee that would prohibit food stamp recipients from buying “junk” food and sweets, and would fine people who use their food stamps to buy the banned items. I cannot even articulate the fucking rage I feel towards this. If you live in TN, please make sure to call your reps and lawmakers to fight this. As I mentioned in my rant about this on Twitter last night, you do NOT impose fines on a group of people who already need assistance to feed their families.

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Because they want to create a pipeline to put more poor people in prison, Monica, and it’s super fucked up.

ALSO, they say something in the article about people on assistance using “taxpayer money” shouldn’t be buying junk food – as if people that get food stamps have never, or aren’t currently, or won’t ever paying fucking taxes. Guess what you can’t afford on a minimum wage income? Food. Partly because a portion of your check is being eaten up by taxes.

Citizen-ing: I called and emailed my reps this week – my Congresswoman to urge her to vote against the budget proposal in order to try to save the ACA, and my senators to thank them for voting against it in that sneaky midnight session. It passed both anyways, cause you know – Republican majority. One of the senators in particular made a pretty passionate plea, but of course it fell on (mostly) deaf Republican ears. And because it was payday this week I donated to the Ali Forney Center, which helps homeless LGBT youth.

Anticipating: Spring. I am very done with this winter shit already. But sadly there’s at least another 3 months to go.

Exercising: Yeah! I did the thing three times this week, which a massive improvement from the week before. Getting up early on Tuesday and Thursday seems to be okay. Weekends might end up being more of a struggle, weirdly, but I’m gonna try to stick with it. I did skip this morning so that I could do laundry before the Reader Harder meeting – whoops.

And on that note, I’m going to cuddle up with my Gabby and read more books.

Sarah… Tuesday?

I feel like I haven’t done a proper Sarah Sunday post in a while since the holidays were busy, so I’m just gonna go ahead and pretend that today is actually Sunday instead of Tuesday.

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Reading: WELL, a couple things because it’s the #boutofbooks readathon this week so of course. I started Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit for the Social Justice Book Club, and I started reading the essays in The Feminist Utopia Project, which are FANTASTIC. And today Daniel Jose Older’s newest book comes out, Battle Hill Bolero, and I would be starting that tonight except the tracking on my Amazon package all of the sudden says ETA is tomorrow. And that’s what I get for being lazy and not wanting to go to the store. I may just go out and get it at B&N and return the Amazon copy, b/c what the fuck.

Watching: I’ve been rewatching a lot of stuff – Archer, Captain America: Civil War, Luke Cage, and Deadpool.

Listening: I’ve been playing all the tracks on my phone on random, so… a little bit of everything.

Eating: Some more salads because I need fresh food in my life after all that holiday food. Also, I’m not drinking coffee in 2017 and that already sucks.

 

Exercising: Adding this to my Sarah Sunday posts! Ummm I crushed it last week and worked out 4 times, but so far this week has been off. Didn’t go on Sunday because I woke up really late and had been drinking for NYE, of course. Didn’t go Monday because I was being lazy and didn’t go this morning because I had some extra stuff going on. Tomorrow morning for sure though! Because I like seeing it on my Fitbit updates at the very least.

Thinking: Nothing but wanting to go home and read my books.

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Citizen-ing: Another addition to my Sarah Sunday posts, I need a better name for it though. Anyways, so this morning I called my Representative in the House at her local and DC offices and encouraged her to vote against HR5 and the Goodlatte amendment. Her staffers couldn’t tell me how she was planning to vote, which is concerning since it was today and all, but they were very kind. I’m trying to make calling reps or taking other actions more of a habit, hence adding it to my weekly update posts.

Anticipating: Reading! I just want to dive face first into my pile of books, TBH. I have that new-year-excitement giving me a push.

Okay time to face the rest of the day. Oy.