End of Week 279 – About Face…

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I worked out a lot this week and it felt good!  My diet is coming around.  I’ve bought, cooked, and packaged for work some yellow squash, zucchini, and spaghetti squash.  They are all zero point veggies.  Yep, that’s from Weight Watchers.  I’m still working on the protein, but I’m doing things like taking leftover meat from dinner to work and snacking on it.  I need to concentrate and get things moving.

Our weather finally turned.  The air is clear and cool.  We are not expecting any rain for several days.  It’s a little easier to take the dry conditions when we aren’t sweltering.  The grass is finally slowing down.  Trying to keep the yard under control has been a nightmare this summer, what with my husband’s health problems and all.

Today’s picture is, first, just downright pretty.  Also, it is good to be reminded that the only person we really need to compete with is who we are right now.  I’m trying to keep myself from comparing to others.  This was brought home to me today as I wandered  through the land of Facebook.

One of my step-sisters and I were having a civilized discussion on the meaning of a particular meme about this NFL protest that has been in the news so much the last couple of weeks.  We didn’t actually disagree – we were just making different points from different perspectives.  One of my comments referenced experiences my husband has been through and that I have lived through with him.  Suddenly, someone I’ve never heard of jumps into the thread and leaves a comment that lectures me as to why it was right that we went through what we did, how I do not have a right to use the experience as a point of reference, and how it “enraged” her.  Several responses went through my mind; among them:

“You’ll get over it.  I already have.”  and

“You have a lot of nerve to lecture me about life events that I have lived and you have not.  However, if it ‘enrages’ you, you should step back and maybe concentrate on your own life.”

In the end I simply blocked her.  My good sense prevailed.  No point in feeding a troll, as they say.  But this episode brought into focus just how unimportant, and yet potentially damaging, social media can be.  I still like it and want to use it, but I’m going to be very careful about it.

Speaking of being enraged, SCROTUS appears to have been suffering from that a lot this past week.  He is still going on about the NFL.  Now he says all NFL players had better stand for the anthem because he won’t stand for protesting.  REALLY?? He won’t stand for it?  Like they report to him?  Like he can boss them around?  What is he going to do? Send them to bed without supper?  Make them stand in a corner? Take away their cell phones or gaming systems?  It has been a while since I’ve considered SCROTUS funny, but this one actually made me laugh out loud.

SCROTUS is also still feuding with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un.  After the State Dept. announced that they were talking with North Korea (yes, like real diplomacy), SCROTUS tells Rex Tillerson (Sec. of State) to not waste his time, that talking has done no good with Kim up til now and it won’t do any good now, and that the US will do what it has to do.  What’s worse, he did all this via Twitter and called Kim “Rocket Man” and “Little Rocket Man” throughout.

We have a school yard bully occupying the White House.  I could be wrong, but I really think that SCROTUS is pushing these two conflicts with the public so that we don’t think about other things that are going on, like Mueller and his investigation; how his administration is dismantling everything worth keeping in our educational system; how under the new tax plan (which he has already touted as the biggest tax cut ever) at least 50% of the tax cuts/benefits go to the upper 1% (economically) of the population and how those at the bottom of the economic ladder will end up paying more.  He has a lot to hide, and his strategy is DISTRACT, DISTRACT, DISTRACT!!

Until next week….

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