It was a rainy Saturday here in Florida, the results of a tropical depression on the other side of the Gulf. With all the craziness going on I think we have forgotten that we are still in the middle of hurricane season. Idunn kept me company while I worked on an assignment that I have due on Monday. It’s supposed to rain all day tomorrow and most of the week. The upside is that it should be cooler.
I love taking sunrise photos over our stadium. Most of the time they are pink and orange but this has been a favorite recently. I took this the morning after an overnight rainstorm.
It’s October, and in most of the US it means fall leaves, cozy sweaters, cute boots, hand knit scarves and mugs of steaming hot chocolate.
In Florida it means……nothing.
Which makes me sad.
However the first day of October decided to put on a show.
As if the video wasn’t enough, the audio of George Floyd calling for his mama has he lay dying underneath the knee of that police officer will forever be seared into my brain. He cried for his mama, who died two years ago. I wonder, was she there with him? Was he seeing her?
As a child, who when hurt, calls for mama, George Floyd called for his, all while a police officer knelt on his neck.
What happened to him and Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Alton Sterling, and to many more to mention, has got to stop. We have to do better. We have no choice.
For the sake of the of the black kids that I have taught, for all of the black kids that I teach and that I will teach, their lives matter. What we do now will impact them forever. Let’s let their children never have to know the fear that they feel every day.
Black lives matter.
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On March 13, I left school for Spring Break. While I fully expected to not return to school for a week afterwards, I never expected to finish the school year online. It’s been…..challenging, but that’s a post for another day. I go to the grocery store once a week, and Amanda and I will go out once a week to pick up a coffee or lunch at a local restaurant that offers contactless pickup. I lucked up and had my hair colored (purple is makes the gray really noticeable!) during Spring Break before we had a stay at home order and things started shutting down. Like many women, one of the things that has been put on hold are regular manicures. I’ve been getting gel manicures for years, but these days I’m on my own. My nails are very short and tend to peel, so I’m trying to strengthen them. Every night before bed, I use three of my favorite things. Two are from L’Occitane and one is from CND. I swipe on the CND Rescue Rxx with keratin to add strength and then add the L’Occitane Nail and Cuticle Oil and once that dries, slather on the L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream. I’m also learning to to give myself a proper manicure. YouTube is an invaluable source. My nails are still short, but I’ve managed to stop them from peeling as much.Maybe the next step is to figure out the whole gel thing as I can’t manage to make regular polish last more than a day or two, no matter what I do. I guess that’s one thing I’ve managed to accomplish during quarantine! Hope everyone is staying safe and social distancing!