In the interest of spamming your feeds *slightly* less often, I'm going to gather up some thoughts that have been swirling around my brain lately and put them here. I'm calling it a "Potpourri" because I can't resist a chance to reference a"Jeopardy!" category, and I'm adding on the "Vol. 1" to inspire me to make this a regular thing. We'll see what happens...
Wildfires in Wine County:
All of the wildfires nearby were at the forefront of my mind all week.
I'd had an impulse to go to Sonoma during one of our semi-regular Sunday drives last weekend, which ended up being just hours before fires first broke out. It was so strange to think that many of the roads we had driven down and properties we had passed were now closed or even destroyed.
This site looks like an easy, central place to donate if you're interested: rebuildwinecountry.org
CHIP has still not been renewed. This infuriates me.
Since California is one of the states that has lumped CHIP in with its Medi-Cal (Medicaid) program, "if the state were to lose federal CHIP funds, California officials may have to cut costs in ways that could affect all Medi-Cal enrollees" (California Healthline).
And even though "the majority of the public think it is more important for President Trump and Congress to work on legislation to stabilize the marketplaces... than continue efforts to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law" (KFF.org), Trump's recent executive order and decision to stop Cost-Sharing Reduction subsidies prove there's a major, terrifying disconnect.
Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault Scandal:
Me Freakin' Too. That's all I have to say about that for now.
...And A Few Random Things from Around the Internet:
Apparently, Millenials don't know how to and/or don't want to do practical things like gardening and home improvement. But "just 24% of 25- to 34-year-olds had experienced all four of what the Census Bureau called major life milestones" in 2016, compared to 45% of that age group in 1975, so that's not terribly surprising. This response article seemed unnecessarily harsh.
This was a timely reminder to slow down and take a deep breath after being cooped up in the house for several days with a certain two-year-old: "Two year olds aren't terrible -- they're just learning to be human."
Daniel has his FOUR-MONTH well baby appointment this week -- how is he 4 months old already?!
And Jojo finally grew out of the baby section of clothing and is wearing size 2T! I got kind of emotional when I put away the 18-24 months sized clothes in storage for Daniel, more so than before with other sizes.