138 members of the House of Representatives voted against renewing the Violence Against Women Act. Three guesses which side of the aisle every single one of them came from.
The roll call is here. Any of these yours?
I’m feeling an impending sense of dread. I think I may be headed into a bout of the blahs. Perhaps I need more yoga…
Ten things I did – and didn’t do – on our mini-vacation:
1. I DIDN’T bring my fitbit. I left her charging at home; I’ll hook myself back up tomorrow.
2. I DID do some reading. I’m about halfway through The Rage by Gene Kerrigan; I heard about it on Fresh Air on NPR, and I’m enjoying it quite a lot.
3. I DID enjoy a movie. The family went to see Warm Bodies, a strange mix of zombie film and romantic comedy that turned out to be just as sweet as the previews led us to believe. I don’t think it requires a theatre screen for full enjoyment, but it was a lovely way to spend part of an afternoon.
4. I DID get a date with my husband. We went out for a light supper and some good conversation.
5. I DID go down a few water slides, I DID get my hair wet, and I DIDN’T get water up my nose.
6. I DIDN’T do a whole lot of exercising, but I’m not going to beat myself up about that because…
7. I DIDN’T go overboard at the table. I’m sure I took in more calories than I needed, but I didn’t take in so many that I’m worried I sabotaged myself.
8. I DIDN’T get my favorite dish at The Cheesecake Factory, and I’m a little disappointed about that. I guess I’ll have to make it myself at home.
9. I DIDN’T get my nails done. The girls and I tried to get mani-pedis at the salon in the hotel this morning. Even though the sign on the door said “open,” the place was locked up tight. I’m going to have to make us some appointments at the local spa later this week.
10. I DID wish that we could have gotten properly away – preferably to someplace warm – but the trip was a nice distraction
We’re away for a quick long weekend. Since we couldn’t go on an actual trip (we’re a little strapped for travel cash as both girls have big school trips coming up and I’m still technically unemployed), we decided to take a couple of nights at a hotel nearby that features an indoor water park (we went there in 2010 and enjoyed it, though I think this will be our last trip; the girls have kind of outgrown it).
Tonight, the girls kicked Mr. Chili and me out of the hotel room to have a date. We decided to go to P.F. Chang’s and have a little light supper; bowls of egg drop soup and an order of chicken lettuce wraps to share. It was perfect.
This was in my fortune cookie. I have a tile on the wall behind my computer that says “the more we share, the more we have.” It’s kind of my motto.
… MORE snow.
This is heart attack snow, too; it’s heavy and wet and difficult to move. It took me a good 10 minutes to clear my little car, I spent an extra 10 minutes over what it normally takes me to get home from the health club, and Mr. Chili and I worked together to clear the driveway and the steps (upshot; I got some extra exercise in).
I’m so ready for spring.
Pizza and Indigo Girls with friends!
I got to teach today, which was awesome.
A was also targeted for an argument that I didn’t really want to have by an overzealous, self-described “evil conservative” whose tactics were decidedly less than intellectually honest.
Talk about yin and yang!