Between pets and political news, it’s been a rough week, but we have to pick ourselves back up for the fight, and we can still take time to celebrate what we have accomplished.
Thank you all for getting us where we are. The list of who to thank is long.
I thought we could maybe see the start of vaccines by June, yet here we are with a lot more freedom than we dared to hope for.
We have new and updated stickers from MazeDancer!
So stickers for everybody, even if you got one in a previous thread – if you’ve had a shot, choose a new sticker, and let me know which one you want so I can add it.
If you’re willing to play, name a person on our side that you are grateful for, and name one thing you can do this week that wasn’t even a possibility on the horizon in January.
Odoroki and Himesama, and Ric:
Nancy Smash and Dr. Fauci:
Henry, Samwise, and Baby Champ:
You are welcome.
@Baud: You make us laugh, Baud, every day.
So in this case, you are absolutely right!
Correction: You are always right.
I’m grateful for Joe Biden. Just having someone in the Oval Office who doesn’t fill me with dread has made a huge difference.
Something I can do this week that I couldn’t in January is visit my family. Obviously, lots of people were visiting in January, but I wasn’t one of them.
I’ll take a Rosie & Thurston sticker.
Until I got the Hamilton sticker from MazeDancer, I did not know that Hamilton carried green balloons with him. I learn something new every day on Balloon Juice.
Isn’t it nice to see Fauci smile?
@JoyceH: Yes, it is. Would you like your very own Fauci?
I am grateful to 46.
I am sitting the same room as a childhood friend who lives in NYC.
We are both walking underlying conditions.
Now, we are both fully vaccinated.
Before vaccination, this would not have been possible.
@rikyrah: Me, too. No sticker?
Got a Madam VP sticker for Shot 1, but never collected for Shot 2. Would like Mr. Biden, please. Because thanks to him, in smart states like NY, MA, CT, which surround me, we are ready for anything.
And people are still wearing masks when appropriate. No variants, thank you.
But, everyday, I remain grateful for the Biden/Harris administration.
And to celebrate, would like a Mr. Bear sticker, please. Because he is so handsome he is a celebration in himself.
The Thin Black Duke
After struggling with putting words on paper for months, I finally crawled out from under that mammoth Writer’s Block and wrote a tribute to the late Ned Beatty the other day. The trials of a humble wordsmith ain’t worth a hill of beans in this crazy world, but it cheered me immensely.
@WaterGirl: I honestly don’t understand what we’re supposed to do with the stickers (I do have a St Fauci prayer candle and a ‘Got My Fauci Ouchie’ teeshirt.)
Dorothy A. Winsor
@The Thin Black Duke: I had a good writing week too. I’d been stalled and maybe thinking I should find something else to do with my time. But this week was much better, and I’m grateful
A Good Woman
I would like a Biden sticker since we both drive convertibles and wear aviators.
I appreciate Nancy Smash, even when she sets my teeth on edge. She has real guts and is willing to go toe-to-toe with the GOP.
I can eat indoors in my favorite restaurants, and wouldn’t even be considering that without the vaccine and the effort to get shots in arms.
Hamilton and Hooray?
@The Thin Black Duke:
I know I’m impressed! I don’t think I could even call what I’ve got writer’s block – don’t you have to at least sit and stare at an opened document on the screen before you can call it writer’s block? But I’ve got a couple chapters of a WIP that I started… last SPRING, and there it sits.
@JoyceH: Just a happy sticker that can be added to a comment.
@WaterGirl: Oh, aha. I think I want a Biden. (Can any of you imagine the Old Pretender, AKA TFG, driving a car?!)
I’m thinking of the woman scientist, Katalin Kariko, with the mRNA for the win!
Could not decide among all the lovely pets.
And here is the Federal judge’s order preventing enforcement of that ridiculous Florida social-media law. It’s… verrrry verrrry unconstitutional, he says.
Fucking job, why do you keep giving me more work!?
Give me Samwise, then back to emails!
ETA: and why is the CERN webpage so dang slow?
Something I’m doing this week (and next) that I couldn’t do in January: going to Happy Hour with a friend at a brewpub.
Also, got together with my music partner and scraped the rust off our guitars last night for the first time since August!
Nancy Smash with the shades, plz!
I don’t think anyone who commented in the last I Got The Shot! thread, including me, got a sticker because of the sad circumstances. So make mine a Zooey or a Samwise, please.
I am forever grateful for Nancy Pelosi, but I got her sticker last time so Rosie and Thurston it is.
I love eating in indoor restaurants again, even if it isn’t as much as I used to, and getting together with my vaccinated friends and family.
Thank you, WaterGirl and MazeDancer!
And since this is a celebration thread, I need to mention that I was accepted for a Book Bub promo for Mary Bennet and the Beast of Rosings Park for August 3rd. My last Book Bub promo in February went amazing and made me a bunch of money, so I really need to break out of this non-writing slump and write a sequel for my new readers.
I’m grateful to all the scientists everywhere, not just the vaccine developers, who quit doing their regular work to retool their labs to do All Covid All The Time. I have family members in this group and they’ve had a helluva year trying to homeschool their kid and do this critical stuff. Since one is an immigrant who gets the job done, Hamilton for me!
I’m also grateful to Anne Laurie for all of the Rona threads that kept me informed and prepared.
Things I’m glad I can do now: pick people up from the airport and see each other without quarantining first. And from a purely practical standpoint, give vaccines without eye protection and masks, and eat and drink indoors when I’m doing vaccine clinics. Back in Jan and Feb, none of that was possible. I ate quite a few lunches in my car before I was vaccinated myself. Tomorrow I’m giving shots in a grocery store with only gloves, and of course a bunch of hand sanitizer.
Since I can only pick one person, I’m grateful for Dr. Katalin Karikó and her mRNA research. I’ll take the sticker of her.
Back in January, I wouldn’t think of visiting my parents, let alone hanging out inside of their house. And now we can gather for the 4th (and Memorial Day before it).
Still waiting for dose 2 of AstraZeneca here in Puglia, this 12 week wait between doses is just encouraging the delta variant to take hold, it has arrived in Brindisi and Bari, and young children still cannot be vaccinated here. So, we are continuing to mask, stay away from crowds, practice hand hygiene, and hope that a rerun of Italy’s abysmal summer 2020 is not a repeat. 6 AM SWIMS STILL AMAZING AND CROWDFREE. Is there still a sticker for half done? If so, I’ll have it…
Dorothy A. Winsor
@JoyceH: That Mary Bennett series is awesome!
My husband and I actually went to a movie; In the Heights, in a deliciously cool, air-conditioned theater, with maybe 10 other occupants. It was lovely! AND went out to eat in a restaurant and even a visit to the local tribal casino, where I won $500. This weekend, we’re getting together with some extended family for the first time in over a year. So yay for vaccinations on many levels :)
I’d love the majestic Tikka, please!
@JoyceH: I have really enjoyed this entire series! Sign me up for the next one whenever you have it ready
I love Elizabeth Warren and I would like a Fauci.
I’m thrilled to be flying to see dear family members I missed last year. Some of whom may not have much time.
Kissing my mom and my dad. Hugging my family teenagers, who tolerate me admirably.
Even petting the kitties is less worrisome, if you worry about fairly remote risks as I do.
Choosing a watermelon or ripe cantaloupe in a store (this is hit or miss).
Hanging out and watching a movie with a friend. Sticking our fingers in the veggie tray without obsessing over a need for separate tongs.
Knowing that elder statespersons such as President Biden are safe from infection.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Thanks. I’m TRYING to continue it…
I’m grateful to the voters who overcame so much – pandemic, vote suppression – to get out there and vote for Democrats, enabling us to *have* a President Biden, VP Harris, and a Democratic Congress.
And I’m grateful to Biden/Harris, for also overcoming so much and hitting the ground running, enabling us to start getting our lives back.
Gin & Tonic
I’m thankful I was able to take the train to go see my grandchildren, something that would have been out of the question six months ago.
Like Al Capone, it’s taxes that bring the jail time.
I’m over two weeks past spine surgery and the outcome is not settled. I’m thankful for my bride (who insisted on mowing even though the grass was still damp and it’s too damn hot out) and my buddy who flew from the Bay Area to be with me for a couple of days just like he did when I broke my back in 1974! That time he took the bus from SF to Atlanta so this wasn’t as bad.
@Amir Khalid: I think we should petition WaterGirl for guitar stickers. Some of my “pets” have 6 strings. And glad about your shot.
I *can* go to the (extremely well-ventilated, uncrowded) gym without a mask (although I always take one, and if there’s someone else wearing one, I put it on).
And no Bernie Bro here by a long shot, but I’m grateful to Bernie and other, um, Very Progressive Dems for hanging with the team, negotiating in good faith, and not going all MTG. We *may* yet come out of this with some seriously good things for the country and a solid victory for ALL Dems.
After two postponements, son and his fiancee will have their wedding in early August. And next week, my daughter is now able to fly to the States from France. I haven’t seen her in 18 months. So I’m pretty grateful to medical research and the application of said research. Also grateful I live in high vaccination Massachusetts.
The ducklings this time!
I’m grateful for both of my Senators, still acting like liberal pains in the ass.
We spent a long weekend-before-last hanging with my parents in Newburyport and we just acted like it was all over. Ate out in restaurants and everything. We could do it because we were all vaccinated AND there was practically no COVID in Newburyport, thanks to vaccination. I don’t know if I’d do that even in my own town, which is a somewhat higher-risk place. But it was great.
Last weekend, we went to an outdoor concert in Portsmouth–the first live music I’ve seen since Valentine’s Day 2020. That was a fine time too.
I’m grateful for every single person who took this seriously everywhere. If you could backout all of the hoaxers and refuseniks, this pandemic would look like a global effort to solve a global issue with compassion and community. The contras just took up so much bandwidth and energy to let us see what is possible with solidarity of purpose.
Thurston & Rosie please.
@Amir Khalid: That was a truly sad day, sad week, actually.
Congratulations on your first shot, Amir! So happy you are finally on the road with the vaccines.
@Argiope: Sincere thanks for all your shot-giving. You made a difference.
@mrmoshpotato: You can have all the stickers you want. Which ones are they?
@La Nonna: I gave you a Woof! from Henry. :-)
So glad to see you! I thought of you often during the pandemic.
We (moi, My Young Man, My Young Man’s 2 Caregivers) are a J & J bubble of four, plus their 2 little ones too young as yet. We might need boosters. My Dad (age 90, memory care unit) survived the disease thanks to meticulous care and his own mighty Norwegian constitution. My auntie age 90, the terror of Colorado Blvd, is vaccinated and listens to the Dodgers on the radio. So my new sticker could be little Zevon and Hurray! No way to tell what’s next, but Hurray for now.
A thing we can do now that we couldn’t in January is return to our usual schedule by sending My Young Man to his day program 3 times a week, which makes running this household in some ways easier and is wonderful for him.
And now for the promised thunderstorm.
Just One More Canuck
I’m getting my second shot on Wednesday, along with my daughter. I’m grateful for the scientists who developed them so quickly. As for a sticker, there is no choice but Tikka, the most judgmental cat in the world, and will cut you just as soon as look at you.
Immunity is Ours, please.
I am grateful for our revitalized DOJ. Don’t always understand their moves but it seems they are going in the right direction.
I want to salute the Los Angeles County Department of Health for urging everyone to continuing to wear masks indoors until the Delta virus is better contained. Any my neighbors – absolutely everyone was 100% mask-compliant at my lunchtime run to Trader Joe’s.
I am grateful for Nancy Smash and would like her sticker please. Today I had a coffee date with a very nice gentleman that I met online.
@Argiope: Ah, so happy to be on the other side of car lunches! What a year of bad food choices that was. Back in the beginning, we did have a few local restos send free food to the clinic. That was super nice.
I got to visit my parents in May, for the first time in 18+ months; wasn’t sure they’d live through the pandemic, so that was very nice. I haven’t gone crazy, in terms of going out to places (and still masking indoors, even when not required), but I am SOOOO grateful to have been vaccinated. (Kaitlin and Dolly, please, as I have not requested stickers before!) And I’m grateful to the folks at every level–POTUS and VPOTUS, all the people at government agencies, all the people on the ground–who are doing the work to try to maintain our democracy, to try to make the world a bit more equitable, and to try to keep people healthy. Today’s news is mightily depressing, for sure, and I know that all of those hands doing the work are what’s holding back the tide of evil; thank you. And I’m grateful for this space–this wonderful mix of people, with an unbelievable depth and breadth of knowledge, and goofy humor, and lovely pets–you’ve helped me immeasurably and continue to do so every day, and I thank every one of you.
@Josie: Aha! A very nice gentleman, you say? Please omit no detail, however sordid…
@Betsy: Lots to be grateful for, there.
@Gin & Tonic: That is great. Stickers?
@Mary G: We can only hope.
@raven: Having a buddy like that is priceless. I teared up.
@realbtl: I will take it up with MazeDancer. :-)
Michael Fanone of Washington’s Metropolitan Police and all the Capitol Police that repelled the MAGA Uprising (and IQ test).
All the researchers in all the labs that put all the pieces together.
And all voters that were not suppressed and could see reality.
Give me a Daisy.
@JMG: Wow, that’s a lot of great stuff happening. Stickers?
@WaterGirl: Dr. Katalin Karikó
I’m the webmaster for a committee that organizes a weekend retreat every year for Scottish Country Dancing. We had to cancel last year, of course, and it was iffy if we could do it this year. You can’t do social dancing with social distancing very well. However, we got the ok from the venue (Asilomar Convention Center near Monterey) and we are going to have it the last weekend in October. Everyone must be fully vaccinated to register. Registrations were opened at midnight last night and we already have 23 signups. Mostly from California, but some from other parts of the US. Regrettably, we probably won’t have the visitors from other countries this year. We usually get some teachers and musicians from Scotland and elsewhere, but we sourced locally this year.
@TomatoQueen: You got the first Zevon, I believe, so that’s a collector’s item! :-) That is Anne Laurie’s beloved Zevon, who she lost a year ago.
So adorable, although I understand that Zevon was a bit of a pistol! :-)
I went out for a sit-down breakfast this morning with my 90-y.o. father. The isolation of the pandemic hit him pretty hard, and I’m glad we’re through that, if only for a while.
I’m thankful for my governor, Jay Inslee, who kept the state on a good path despite the braying of the right-wingers here. We had some pretty rough patches, and we’re not out of the woods. But if he caved we’d be in a worse place
@Josie: Oh, wow!
Oh, and here’s our headliner band, Reel of Seven, celebrating the New Year with Petronella.
Yes. It’s the first date I’ve had in over a year. I hardly knew how to carry on the conversation. I’m used to my son’s three year old for my companionship.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: I am taking you and the Thin Black Duke as inspiration! I’ve had a terrible writing MONTH and I have an essay due today and and and . . . ok, the thing to do is get off Balloon Juice and WRITE! That’s what I’m doing right now. I swear. (Wish me luck!!)
I’m grateful to live in a county that takes this seriously.
Jefferson co, WA, 72% of those 18+ have been vaccinated.
So good on the teams that got organized to provide the shots and the community that came together to get them.
Shots Got! Green Balloons Party! All possible green balloons!
@The Thin Black Duke: Mercury must be in Gatorade or something, because I got ahead–not caught up, but AHEAD–on my MA thesis project this week. Keep scribbling.
so many excellent stickers! hard to choose. I guess I’ll pick Himesama, because cute.
The Thin Black Duke
@R-Jud: Mercury in Gatorade! I love that!
My studio mate and I are having a print show in mid-July and it will be the first in person reception at the gallery in 15 months – so I’m incredibly grateful for that. And I’m about to go away to spend several days with four fully vaccinated friends in the country. And I’m so grateful that I don’t go to bed each night dreading what the President might do. Nancy sticker please!
West of the Rockies
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
I am still trying to re-find my voice and focus. So much time lost to existential dread and the tangerine turd…
I am grateful to the voices of hope on this here blog. We need the voices of exasperation and dread, too, but farrrr less the voices of pure doom.
My (apparently) loser county is stuck at 45% fully vaccinated. I are officially irked.
Congratulations! Need to find my Kindle and make sure I’m caught up.
@Nutmeg again: oops, I accidentally gave you both!
Are you in a lot of pain?
Nothing about the Trump Org indictments? They’re worth a thread IMO.
Have some suspicions on whether this is real or fake, but there a dog who looks a bit like Scout:
Speaking of grateful: I am now able to go into my mom in law’s new room in assisted living and TALK TO HER WITHOUT A MASK. And GIVE HER A HUG! Without the vaccines, she’d still be dealing with isolation and not enough care in her old apartment. Thanks to the vaccines, she can get the care she needs without being in perpetual quarantine from her family and friends.
mRNA FTW sticker please!
@zhena gogolia: No, I stopped the pain meds less than a week post surgery. It’s a little sore but that’s to be expected. The issue of my leg weakening when I get over a mile walking is what we were hoping to solve but not so far. I go back Tuesday to see the surgeon’s PA so we’ll see what she says.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Omnes Omnibus: that’s what I’m celebrating
@WaterGirl: He’s a good dude, we’ve been through a lot together in 50+ years.
I’m grateful that after a truly horrific year, the mRNA vaccines have surprised everyone with their effectiveness, that my sweetie and I got ours in January and February, and infection levels are still going down here and nationwide. Also *very* grateful for Joe Biden, who has been both compassionate and effective, that TFG has been silenced on social media, and we now have slow news days occasionally.
So many great choices, but for all I’m a dog person I have to go with Baby Champ. Cutest kitten ever.
Two months since Freedom Day! I ate in a restaurant for the first time since lockdown a few days ago, and my family were the only customers! It was weird and amazing at the same time.
I am thankful for Dr. Wallace Loh, president of University of Maryland, College Park, who pushed his Covid team very hard to make the campus the cutting edge of public health in the county. I think there was only one week the entire time (so far) that there were more than 100 cases of Covid. Most of the time for the last 18 months, there were fewer than 20 new cases a week, which I consider excellent for a community of over 60,000 people. They are at 67% fully vaccinated for the fall (it was 72% last week, but they added in the incoming freshmen on Monday).
I would like the Lily Woof Woof sticker, please.
Just One More Canuck
@TomatoQueen: especially the sordid!
I am finally getting out to lunches (at outdoor tables) with my friends again. Feels so normal and yet so weird.
May I have a Handsome Joe sticker please? I’m so grateful he’s in charge, and I (almost) no longer cringe when I hear that the “President” did or said something!
I’m so grateful to the Dems in Congress who did their best to share the truth with the American people–Adam Schiff, Jamie Raskin, Val Demings, Zoe Lofgren, Sylvia Garcia, and the rest.
Last night our church choir (all vaccinated) practiced together in person for the first time since March 2020–the sound was heavenly, even though we are all a bit rusty. More than one of us teared up a bit.
I’d love a Kizzmekia Corbett sticker, please!
My Canadian cousins, to their surprise and delight, were able to get their second shots Tuesday, about six weeks earlier than they had originally been told. I’d like to send them Odoroki and Ric, please.
And since we’re allowed another round of stickers for ourselves, I’d love to add Himesama to my collection.
Thank you, WaterGirl and MazeDancer!
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
In the run-up, there was some concern that the charges would be middling. Sounds pretty serious.
I’m amazed and gratified the mRNA vaccines were developed so quickly, and are so effective.
A year ago I thought it would take years for a vaccine. I thought when we finally got one (one!) it would only be 40-50% effective.
I’m so glad I was wrong.
I have high hopes the mRNA technology can be used against other viruses and eventually cancer itself.
Scheme to defraud in the first degree, which carries the implications of a substantial trove of evidence and a definable chain of dirty hands.
There are references to an “Unindicted Co-conspirator #1.”
Mike in NC
In today’s Washington Post, pundit Marc Thiessen is being brutally flayed by readers for gushing about his former boss, the late war criminal Donald Von Rumsfeld.
@WaterGirl: Nancy Smash for me! We got to visit my daughter up in DC for a joyous weekend. First time we got to see her in a year and a half.
@Mike in NC:
West of the Rockies
@Mike in NC:
I did some flaying there myself!
OT: Why, in a heatwave, are dogs noses so cold?
Vaccines*, return to decent, competent, and diverse leadership, the hardworking frontpagers and poster here — and Henry!
* Maybe a few of the vaccine-resisters can be persuaded if they know that they would give COVID to their pets. Think it was in one of Anne Laurie’s roundups that I saw a study reference that this happens and is maybe not so rare.
He wasn’t my first or second choice, but I’m so grateful for Joe. A couple of weeks ago, I got to visit my late mother’s close friend, who’s in an assisted living facility. We have plans to visit family in Charleston this month too.
Since I got the Moderna vaccine, I’ll take a Thanks Dolly!
@germy: Teen Vogue gives me HOPE!
I was so happy to restart the Friday after work pizza with my son at our favorite place. I’m happy that my youngest is able to spend two weeks with my dad at his house. Lots of happy ordinary joys to celebrate.
I’m grateful for our Maine CDC Director Dr. Shah. His last regular Covid briefing was yesterday and hearing him get emotional when he thanked his wife made me lose it. He’s been such a steady and capable leader.
I can’t decide between Henry and Samwise, so I’ll take both stickers! I’m grateful for Stacey Abrams and the many many people fighting to preserve/restore voting rights and to elect people who will protect these rights nationwide.
@SiubhanDuinne: I just sent you the files so you can send them on to your cousins if you like.
@germy: This pandemic is going to lead to vast general advances in vaccine technology, and not just mRNA technology. There are all these techniques that have been waiting in the wings for years without enough support to actually move them to human trials.
edited to add: it’s been interesting to see some of the vaccine efforts fail, too. There’s been some of that (and some vaccines that work but only just barely), but much less than I expected.
@MomSense: You can have Henry until you tell me who you really want.
If I missed your sticker request, or you would like a sticker for your comment, let me know.
Oh, thank you!
Henry is perfect. BTW Dr Shaw has a pup- he’s an old salt named Quincy. He posted a photo of him with a beautiful sunset.
I’m thankful for Joe Biden, who has taken this COVID bug seriously, and that I can let people in my house now who can deal with the mess that my failing washing machine caused back in May.
If you’re handing out stickers again, may I have Henry and the “jabbed” porcupine?
J R in WV
My Wife and I were able to go out to our favorite restaurant locally (Still open!!!) for our 50th anniversary. Friends in the rural county who share our anniversary were there also having their own celebratory dinner. Not possable at all last year!
Also grateful to all the clinical researchers who worked OT to create and push to success all the vaccines~!!~ Which research may lead to other breakthrough medications for all sorts of problems!!!
I don’t need stickers, I’m just happy things are doing well. We will be wearing masks when out in public for the foreseeable future, even though no longer legally required. As a friend at the Wine Shop said, even though the WV vaccination rate is low, low, low, NO ONE at the Farmer’s Market is wearing a mask, so half of those people are LYING about their Corona virus immunity status.
Delta and Delta+ is going to tear WV a new asshole when it takes off. So sad!!
I am stealing that (with credit).
@Mike in NC: As well he should be, Rumsfeld was a putz’s putz.
Our youngest is now fully vaccinated. He’s super afraid of needles so he had to be quite brave. Thanks to a patient pharmacy tech at Walmart, cool new bandaids, a battle pass for Fortnite, and diazepam, we are now a fully vaccinated family. Odoroki’s message works well for him.
Mike in Oly
I am so very grateful to live in a blue State and a very blue city where everyone wore masks and took sensible precautions. We had very, very low transmission rates here, and a low death count too. I would love a Steve sticker. He is just so fabulous and I love him.
@Bumper: Proud of your son.
@Mike in Oly: A cat of few words.
@The Thin Black Duke: Huge Ned Beatty fan here. That was a superb tribute. I think you nailed what made him great.
I can visit my mother in her senior living facility and we can watch The Crown together. Grateful, but feeling sad for those who lost their loved ones during lockdown. Hamilton sticker, please?
Second shot done. Penelope Pearl please.
I’m all vaxxed up!
I’d like Baby Champ, please and thank you.
I’m currently grateful for the whole Henry Ford Healthcare system in Detroit. They just announced this week that they are requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated by September 10. Hooray for science and logic!
I’m starting to prepare for a trip to Cancun (actually Riviera Maya this time, which will be new for me) for a week at the end of the month. It was looking hopeless for us in January, just as it was in 2020 when we had to cancel. Life is good!
Since my wife and I are both done-done, how about the boxer one and the boston terrier one? And how does this work, now (the getting of stickers)?
Please put me down for Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, for my second Pfizer. It was actually 15 days ago, so here in a foreign-speaking nation, I’m also eligible to travel abroad, and the CoronaCheck app proudly displays the QR code for my vax certificate, so maybe add Dolly also?
@smike: You tell me what stickers you want, I add them in. :-)
I’m grateful that Stacey Abrams and the team at Indivisible both remind me nearly every day to contact my senators about passing the Voting Rights Act / challenge the filibuster. And to the Resistbot folk who make it possible to do exactly that, without phone or a shared time zone, from overseas. I get to plan a birthday trip this year, in early September, to meet in person, the awesome gal I worked with most of 2020 to GOTV here. A two-fer! Travel AND a meetup! Hamilton AND green balloons please!