Grappling with the Election

Weekly Things

Something I Learned: I learned about the “14 Day Rule” which outlaws any research on embryos after 14 days past fertilization (or when the “primitive streak ” develops…which is a whole other thing that is very difficult to define concisely, but that I’d recommend googling).

Something I’m Into:  Chobani go-gurts. I have a hard time eating an entire yogurt cup (especially when they’re as filling as Greek yogurt), and I tried Yoplait go-gurt in the past, but it seemed like the yogurt they used wasn’t as healthy (higher sugar etc.). I didn’t realize Chobani makes them now until I saw them at Target the other day! They’re great!

Something I Appreciate: My students and my job. While struggling with the results of the election, I’ve appreciated the wisdom and strength of my students, the conscientiousness and passion of my colleagues in helping our students understand and grapple with the outcome, and the ability to focus on the here and now everyday needs of my students, as opposed to ruminating in anxiety about the future.


Last week was tough. While you wouldn’t call me an optimist (I’m a realist), I don’t generally get too “doom and gloom” about politics. I certainly have my opinions, but I rarely fear for the future of our country. I recognize that bad stuff has happened in the past, and bad stuff will happen again, and that’s life, and you just have to take it in stride.

But I am now very concerned about not just the division and hatred among our own citizens, and the deterioration of the gains we have made or were attempting to make in our social and economic systems, but also about the safety of our nation as a whole. I do not trust this creature with anything foreign policy, and I have never been so concerned about that before. Also, the Supreme Court. /politics

Other than that, it’s been a normal week for me: work, aerial, drawing, strength training, yard work, Irish dance, friends, family, cat, naps.

img_1075Aerial bruises!15060413_983348929383_1717047520_o

15064868_983348924393_1084315072_oSome pictures from our dress rehearsal. We have a showcase this Sunday. (I’m on the left.)img_1073Jane doing her version.

img_1059From an activity our students had done a few weeks ago. It was comforting to see it the morning after the election.

img_1077I asked my new student what kind of candy she wants for a reward. She requested pickles.

img_1074A friend and I went to a Holiday Boutique show, and I was just expecting to go for the ambiance, but I actually got quite a few gifts!

img_1076We then tried out a new restaurant, and I ordered a chocolate malt and poutine! #imnotonadiet #notaplateofworms

img_1058-1Shirt: Target (similar) // Pants: Old Navy (similar) // Shoes: Baretraps (exact)img_1064I felt like wearing all black the day after the election. Dress: Target (similar) // Boots: Etienne Aigner (similar)

img_1067Scarf: Target (similar) // Shirt: H&M (similar) // Belt: Target (exact) // Skirt: Forever 21 (similar, similar, similar) // Boots: Naturalizer (similar)img_1071Scarf: DSW (similar) // Striped Shirt: H&M (similar, similar) // Sweater: thrifted (similar) // Jeans: American Eagle via Goodwill (similar)