Happy Friday!! This week has been especially awesome for us as we went to my husband’s green card interview, and of course passed with flying colors! So he’s officially a US resident, and in 3 years he gets to apply for naturalization. Kind of a bummer that he can’t vote until then even though he’s paying taxes, but it is what it is….
In the meantime, here are some other things crossing my laptop and my mind…
* As January is when we visit our optometrist for our annual vision checkups, I was digging these 6 Sure-Fire Tips to Prevent Glaucoma article. Every bit of education helps!
* Seriously grossed out by the Republican majority we currently have, with this article from the NRDC listing just a few of the reasons: 14 Ways the 114th Congress Plans to Attack the Environment and Undermine Public Health.
* My husband and I were talking about how disgusting the word “emasculate” truly is. Anytime you say this word you are denigrating women, because when the term is used, it is to mean that they are effeminate, and to be more like a woman is seen as a very, very bad thing. As this post so succinctly discusses, Fears of Emasculation Would Disappear if Men Could Just Accept That They Are Not Superior To Women.
* We rented a Ziptruck last week and did a bunch of garden prep work including getting a lovely Cherokee Brave Dogwood tree. My husband had been wanting one for a while as he said he wanted to be able to pick me a bouquet of dogwood flowers like Old Crow Medicine Show lyrics for Wagon Wheel, a song that was getting a lot of airplay the year he started following my blog and we began the online flirtation which led to long calls, skypes, handwritten letters, care packages of books and art and the like, and of course, trans-Pacific flights and eventually where we are today: happily married 🙂
* And speaking of love, Naomi Klein’s article for Yes! Magazine on her climate heroes is pretty great, including talking about solutions: “It’s not just about flipping from big coal to big green. We need to invest in the tools that frontline communities need to win, like real economic options that are owned and controlled locally. We need investments in the next economy and the next paradigm so that people in Richmond, Calif., for example, have the opportunity to work in a solar co-op instead of in the Chevron refinery.” Her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is now on my reading list.
* 11 Resolutions for a Better You – Proven by Science is so awesome. Print this out and put it on your fridge.
* Well, today is the last day that I am 40. Tomorrow I turn 41 and I can really say I’m “in my 40’s” my hubby says. So with that, I share from the New York Times, What You Learn in Your 40s. I especially loved these three tidbits:
- Advice from someone in their 40’s “Just say “no.” Never suggest lunch with people you don’t want to have lunch with. They will be much less disappointed than you think.”
- By your 40s, you don’t want to be with the cool people; you want to be with your people.
- By your 40s, you’ve gotten better at spotting narcissists before they ruin your life. You know that “nice” isn’t a sufficient quality for friendship, but it’s a necessary one.
* And finally, I just love this song and li’l video to go with it that I found on YouTube that I had to share it (can you tell we’re in baby mode?!):