Monday, January 22, 2018

TWTW - the one with the women

The quest for an acceptable pizza place near our house continued Friday night. We tried a new to us pizza place (Originals). Pickup only but if we want pizza without traveling to Penndel Pizza or Brothers, we'll probably get it from there going forward. I painted my nails (OPI Black Tie Optional). We were asleep on the couch by 9 pm and it was literally a struggle to get upstairs and into bed. Wild Friday nights, man.
Saturday morning we were on a 9:18 train headed downtown. We stopped at my daily DD and the library - Debbie even got a library card - so I could pick up books and go to the bathroom since the library was conveniently at the start of the Women's March.
Estimates have the crowd at 60,000 people in Philadelphia and much more in cities all over - media coverage of the anniversary marches have been largely absent. I was upset that the Philly organizers initially agreed to checkpoints and searches for entry, which is essentially permission to stop and frisk at will. I was then upset with fellow white women who were all who cares? We need to care - we don't ever think about being stopped and searched just based on how we appear. We need to listen to and understand the concerns of women of color and the trans community and not dismiss things as not a big deal because they have never been a big deal to us personally. ANYWAY the crowd was strong but tired. I'm tired. But, onward.

There's work to do: get people registered to vote, get out the vote for candidates who support your values, and make a difference in your communities in the meantime. Keep showing up, keep speaking out, and keep taking care of yourself so you can be in it for the long haul.

That's all, right?

Debbie and I were on our own a lot running into MFD here and there, as well as Angie plus Jennifer and Joanna from high school and some of MFD's activist peeps.
When Debbie and I were walking back to the train station, I loved how everyone was threading their signs through the sidewalk barriers. Then I freaking ran into my friend Laura from college on the train platform, which is nuts. It was awesome to see her in person even for a few minutes.
I picked Bruce up at Camp Bow Wow, then retired to the couch to chill for an hour before heading back to the train station to get MFD - he stayed in town to attend the Poor People's Campaign event at the Friends Center, a continuation of Dr. King's work.
Less than an hour later we were back in the city on South Street for a beef & beer to benefit a friend's dad. It was nice to see everyone. I didn't have the flash on my camera so, blurry. I both got MFD to sing along to the Indigo Girls on the way home and to listen to my lecture on Bruce Springsteen and the working man. Winning.
Sunday morning I picked up flowers (shitty selection this week) and veggies and got gas and other not fun shit. Bruce attempted to drag his dog bed upstairs and I watched that and laughed for a good while.
I was worn out but nevertheless I persisted to get my ass to the Women to the Front Doylestown Rally. I like how a lot of things progressives are doing in Doylestown include a youth element, this rally included. I decided to go with no sign since my shoulders and neck were killing me from Saturday, plus I was bringing Bruce Springsteen to get him out in a crowd. Well I ended up holding him in the crowd, but he was a big hit and it wore him the hell out.
Running and emptying the dishwasher, laundry, blah blah blah and a dog walk rounded out Sunday. And the Eagles game. I stopped watching the NFL years ago but even I watched that.

Weekly food prep: Breakfast is breakfast burritos from the freezer. Snacks are pineapple, apples, or noosa yogurt. Lunch is frozen turchicken burgers over rice. Dinners are pasta with broccoli/leftover chicken/sauteed mushrooms/capers and MFD's mom's lasagna from the freezer. Busy weekends like this one are why I always have shit in the freezer that's ready to go.



Being that I am mostly introverted, I need about a week to recover from all of the social interaction. How was yours?


27 comments:

  1. Many thanks again to you and Mike Doyle for all you do for the good of all. Amazed. In awe. And proud. And love you both to infinity and beyond ❣️❣️ Healing lights and love and peace to all❣️ Love. Your. Momma.

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  2. What a great day to be at the March!! All the signs were just perfect! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. Thanks for marching. I had a sad weekend our church hosted a funeral for a member. We were just becoming friends and since they were expecting 500 people at this funeral I had to force myself out of my comfort zone. I hung jackets, I made room and found ways to find more room,ran for Kleenex and more programs. 500 people! I can’t even imagine having that much impact.
    I have never been more emotionally drained and at the same time energized.
    Sunday we were back at the church cooking for the men’s shelter we had such a fun group cooking though.
    Meal prep was a big oops this week.

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  4. I love reading all of the stories about marches this weekend. As an organizer it makes your heart swell when you realize that you helped people come together and make a statement. Now we just have to again harness that energy and excitement and do more this year! We had two amazing women from a fairly red region of NC who are running (one is currently an elected official and is running again) speak Saturday and I just hope that the people continue to support them throughout the year!

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  5. It shocks me your an introvert. Impresses me even more you out yourself out there in these crowds for a purpose. & I love you took Bruno with you on Sunday.,I bet he was a hit

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  6. Those signs are the march are fantastic! It was a great day!! Not sure I would have been able to handle those crowds...I always get so anixous around big crowds. Major props to you!

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  7. Let me know when you finish Dear Martin. We can discuss.

    I wish I had it in me to attend marches. I want to but they're just not for me. I panic just thinking about going.

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  8. I think LA had around 700,000 participants and I spent most of the day mad that I didn't go. None of my friends wanted to march, which was fine. They support the cause in different ways, but I was too chicken to go by myself and stared at pics from the march all day mad that I just didn't go. But I am so proud of the women and men who march, who help register voters, run for office and educate others.

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  9. Now that sounds like my kind of Friday night! Loving all the pics from the march, especially the signs threaded through the barriers.

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  10. I love how you and MFD attended the same event separately to do your own things in your own ways. Love Bruce's appearance for womens' rights. I was just telling someone how I was too extroverted this weekend and am extra exhausted because of it. It's normally fine since I work from home but I have four hours worth of calls today so let the extroverting continue!

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  11. I'm so proud of you marching! Also, the Eagles were stupendous last night! I thought about you while we were watching. Well done!

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  12. Those purple flowers are so pretty! What are they??

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  13. Bruce looks like he was amped up and ready to go with those crazy eyes :) Those signs threaded along are awesome. You had a busy weekend indeed!

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  14. What a crowd and for such great causes! You kept super busy this weekend!

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  15. You had quite the weekend! I love all the marching, it's so great to have so many women fired up. I think the flowers are pretty! Congrats on the Eagles! I have been meaning to make those turchicken burgers of yours.

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  16. Thank you for marching! I felt guilty that I didn't go to the Omaha women's march, but, on the upside, they actually did talk about it for more than a few minutes on the local news.

    Bruce is adorable and makes me both want a puppy and fear owning one. Haha. I haven't had a puppy since I was a very little kid, so it will be interesting when (and I say when because I am determined to get a puppy at some point in the nearish future!) Eric and I finally get a puppy.

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  17. Sounds like a busy weekend. I loved seeing everyone's signs from this weekend. There were some great ones.

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  18. I loved following along. There was no march in Madison, so I was bummed I didn't plan ahead better and just make the drive to Chicago. But just thinking about Bruce trying to get his bed upstairs made me smile big. Thanks for getting your voice out there.

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  19. Holy cow, your whole weekend sounds so exhausting (but also so worth it). I love the signs people carried and created and painted for this year's march. I feel so empowered and proud to be a member of this sex.

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  20. Thank you for marching!
    Indigo Girls PLUS MFD's beautiful voice? outstanding!
    Ruby drags her bed where she wants it.

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  21. Pizza--yum! Women's March--HELL YEAH! Bruce dragging his dog bed (or attempting to)--hilarious! Freezer meals ready to go--Amazing! So glad it was a great busy weekend!

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  22. Hahaa, love the "Nevertheless I persisted" in there. (1014 days until President Warren according to the countdown on my phone!)

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  23. You are such an inspiration -- and MFD of course. I wasn't able to go to the march this year but Leo & I drove through it (we had B'way play tickets) and I got that same feeling as I did when I attended last year: PRIDE. It's so overwhelming to see all the women -- and yes, men -- out there with their signs, protesting against this abomination of a WH administration along with so many other injustices. And then our dumb-as-rocks Pres had to Tweet about the march like the tone-deaf moron he is. Ugh.

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  24. I love the signs on the barriers. That's so cool and such a good reminder if they can stay in place!! That's awesome that you ran into a friend on the train platform. I'm always so amazed when I see people where I don't expect to... It reminds me that the world really isn't that big after all, and I rather like that feeling.

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  25. Look at Bruce leading the pack!

    I would need a week to recover from that weekend as well.

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  26. It was great to see you too! Seriously, what are the odds?

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