If I needed to put a label on this past week, I’d say the theme song is Cry Me River (the Dinah Washington version, of course). The movie is Terms of Endearment.
The Teen leaves in two days for University. I knew this day was coming, hell I’ve been planning this day since she could crawl. As the seconds tick down to move in day, I can’t stop crying.
I will do my BEST not to cry today.
- Twitter has been a MESS.
From a Harriet Tubman “sex tape” to the silly #sadgooglesearches. These are my favorite tweets this week:
— Freshman Quotes (@classof17quotes) August 15, 2013
As a Black woman I am supposed to put my Blackness first & ignore my gender while upholding the Black patriarchy #blackpowerisforblackmen
— Bougie Black Girl (@BougieBlackGurl) August 13, 2013
- I ran my fastest 5K ever today! Woot woot! I’m still chugging away at the Couch to 5K workout plan, and this week I was successfully able to complete the workout of jog 2 minutes, walk 2 minutes, jog 3 minutes, walk 2 minutes x 2. My “Power Songs” are Blurred Lines (of course); Just Fine (Mary J. Blige feat. Lil Wayne Treat ‘Em Right Remix); and Wanna Be Startin’ Something. Yesterday I read this article. This motivated me to go the distance today.
3. Philly schools dodged a bullet this week when Mayor Nutter saved the day with a promise of $50 million to ensure the 218 public schools would open on time. As one who has paid multiple cover charges in the guise of parking tickets, I can only wonder how it gets to the point where the schools aren’t funded. Where’s the money from Welcome America? The Made in America concert? Who knows – only the shadow knows!
- Which leads me to my soapbox. Cory Booker won the Democratic Primary for the Senate seat by a landslide. The landslide came from the underwhelming turnout of the mere 9% of registered voters who exercised their right to vote. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That’s what low turnout numbers are, insanity. Schools will continue to be threatened, the economy will continue to tank, and people will wring hands and complain if we continue to stay home on Election Day, or vote without doing our homework. I used to be a straight ticket puller, proud that I voted. But now I know better. My vote is crap if I’m not voting for the right person.
On a lighter note, there seems to be a new trend of SRS or Sudden Ratchet Syndrome. I also got my new edition of Time magazine, the “I Have a Dream” Anniversary issue. I’m not sure if I should laugh or cry.
Update: Cue the waterworks. The Teen and her BFF called to let me know they made it safely and are setting up the BFF’s dorm room. A friend said I need to look at the animal kingdom: mothers teach their babies everything they need to know then push them out of the nest, the den, or the litter. Needless to say, she got much stink eye.