1. There was a monsoon on Friday. I don’t know that the weather people actually called it a monsoon but any fool with eyes in their head could have told you – it was a monsoon. Which was unfortunate considering I had errands to run. In retrospect I really should have put them off until Saturday but you know me, stubborn with a schedule, spazzy on a deadline. So off into the torrent we went. T-man was less than thrilled but…deadlines.
2. Friday was my first foray into swim team shopping. How much do I know about swim team? Less than zero. How much do I know now that I’ve purchased the first swim cap, goggles, and jammers? Eh…somewhere around .5% but who’s counting.
3. So CVS has this really cool thing called the Minute Clinic. It’s great for flu shots (yikes), minor ailments, or that sports physical I kinda sorta forgot about until the week before practices start. Whoops.
4. Then we had one of those time-to-recoup Saturdays. Wide open. No obligations (thanks to my wading through the monsoon to get swim errands done on Friday). No place to be, nothing to do, nobody to answer to. What do you do when your Saturday is lazy? Go to brunch, of course.
5. We went to this funky little place nearby that serves coffee and the yummiest food ever. This is when Bear had her most brilliant idea yet – she and I could share two abso-freaking-lutely delicious dishes.
5a. One: a delightful hash brown waffle (yes, seriously, it’s shaped like a waffle) sprinkled with cheese and covered with scrambled eggs and bacon.
5b. Two: a mouthwatering crepe filled with nutella and strawberries and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
6. Not having to choose between sweet and savory? It was a dream come true.
7. And while we were sitting there enjoying our brunch, joking about whatever nonsense came to mind, I got a news alert about the shooting in the Tree of Life Synagogue. Us: munching on goodies and telling stories. Them: getting shot in their house of worship. What in the actual f*ck.
8. Like most of the U.S. I followed the story for the rest of the day and found myself overwhelmed. And like most current events there was a roller coaster effect with Trump’s statements.
8a. “It’s a terrible, terrible thing what’s going on with hate in our country.” Yes. SO STOP SPREADING THE HATE.
8b. “If there were an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop them.” No, you can’t say that. Maybe they would have been able to get a shot off. Then again, four trained police officers were harmed in this confrontation so that sort of kills the “good guy with a gun” argument.
9. Are we really gonna sit here and argue that the best way to practice our freedom of religion is to station armed guards inside our synagogues, temples, mosques, and churches?
10. There was a lot of fur baby snuggling on Saturday. Sunday, too. I can’t for the life of me figure out how they can make me feel better when it seems like the whole world’s gone mad. But I also can’t for the life of me make sense of someone surviving the Holocaust only to be gunned down by a raving anti-semite in Pittsburgh.