Week 5 Recap: When Life Needs to Take a Long Walk Off a Short Pier

It’s another Sunday here at Shed52 and we can’t believe all that the universe can manage to pack into one family’s life in just 7 days. We’ve been eager to return to this amazing little community here at WordPress since Wednesday, but each day has brought a new challenge and rendered us pretty useless in the blogosphere, and mostly just trying to survive. To give you a sense of what we mean, here’s a rundown. Because who doesn’t love a good Sunday morning list?

  1. There’s this tiny little storm moving through the great state of Florida and both Jason’s mom and my parents live just north of Fort Lauderdale. They also all live in waterfront homes. Jason’s mom is on oxygen, so we were able to persuade her to get out fast and come be with us on Wednesday. Unfortunately, this cost us about $800 for a last minute flight. More unfortunate was that my folks decided to stay, and are currently hunkered down in their tiny space awaiting the worst.

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    This satellite photo accurately captures the scale of this storm, which they say is nearly the size of Jason’s book collection.
  2. The federal government officially announced plans to rescind DACA, which means that Jason, an immigration attorney, has been inundated with calls and visits from deeply worried clients who are in fear for their status and their families. We understand this as a human rights issue more than a political one, and it’s heartbreaking at the end of a week to know how many folks are suffering right now.5535C056-93C2-440F-9D4E-9555F570CDD3_cx0_cy6_cw0_w1023_r1_s.jpg
  3. The federal government also made vague, worrying and misleading comments about Title IX, the federal civil rights law that protects people on the basis of their sex and gender in educational institutions. This greatly affects my work as a sexual trauma counselor and advocate at a nearby university and needless to say, I’m fired up about continuing to effectively and appropriately respond to survivors of violence in my community. This is difficult to balance with my concurrent desire to just hide under a blanket with a bucket of pumpkin mac ‘n’ cheese, because it’s September and I’m a New Englander.il_340x270.1336049079_bez9.jpg
  4. I continue to have no idea what I’m doing in the one PhD class I was stupid enough to register for this semester (what’s a Piaget, anyway?) and would rather bake cakes all weekend than read books, so that’s what I’ve been doing to cope.
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    Peach upside down cake, baked with brown sugar & bourbon caramel. I call it “Procrastinator’s Delight.”

    Jason’s car exploded bit the dust on the highway this week and we learned it’s worth nothing and we’ll get roughly zero dollars for it. He got about 165K miles out of it, but we were disheartened to learn that you can, in fact, kill a Subaru. He just got a great deal on a preowned Prius yesterday (yay!) but we’re reeling from sticker shock of this week, and the cumulative effect of all these other matters.

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    World’s most expensive trash can, according to Jason.

We were worried that this would mean we would fail to continue to empty out our house of useless stuff, like the two kids’ bikes I hoped to sell for $29 a piece. We have’t been able to pursue the sales as persistently as we’d like, and so nothing’s sold as of yet!

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On second thought, it would have been pretty great to see Jason use this to get around instead.

However, Jason was quick to point out that, with the loss of his car likewise means the loss of all of the utter junk that was piled up in it. I frequently refer to Jason’s car as a “trash can on wheels” because it’s accumulated nearly 10 years of kids’ bubblegum wrappers, crumbs, loose change, and of course, random scraps of paper (yes, I try to clean it out frequently, but anyone with kids will know what I mean). This isn’t to mention the formidable stench of a teenage boy’s hockey equipment, which is enough to chase you out of the car and into a sewer during peak season.

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Me, every single season.

So while I’m not feeling like we’re “winning” at Shed52 these past few weeks, I have to give credence to all the obstacles we’ve been facing as a family and also give credit to the fact that we’re not giving up. This blog has definitely helped us remain accountable to ourselves in this quest to give up “stuff” and I have a renewed sense of commitment to shedding at least one item this afternoon. One stop I know I can make is to our local Goodwill with a bag of clothes to be sent to survivors of these recent Hurricanes. Right after I start this homework.

Check back tomorrow for a very special post from Jason! He’ll be sharing what Shed52 has meant to him, and reflecting on the true weight of stuff in our lives. We’ve also been procrastinating dealing with the issue directly in front of us with other writing projects, such as this piece I just published over at Medium about what Harry Potter can teach us about white supremacy. If you’re like us and in need of a little break this weekend, feel free to check it out, comment and share!

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“What White People Can Learn from harry Potter About White Supremacy” on Medium, September 10, 2017

How are you all doing with the recent happenings in the U.S. and around the world? Are you or your loved ones in the path of Hurricane Irma? How have you been coping? What’s sorts of things do you use to stay hopeful and on track with your goals when the going gets tough? We’d love to hear from you below!

 

2 thoughts on “Week 5 Recap: When Life Needs to Take a Long Walk Off a Short Pier”

  1. First, I’m feeling for you and your family and the bombardment of crap y’all are taking right now. You’ve got a lot going on. Second, I’m impressed (and motivated) by your humor and positivity through it. Third, bake all the coping cakes you need! It will help you keep up your humor and positivity through the fights. ❤

    Fourth, I am DEFINITELY going to check out your Harry Potter piece! HP is my favorite thing. Going by the title of your Medium post, I think you might like "Witch, Please" (link below). It's a biweekly podcast that, in my opinion, does a fantastic job of analyzing the series; it's the best I've found. (I commute over an hour to/from work every day, and Witch, Please is my favorite thing to listen to.)
    http://ohwitchplease.ca/

    Fifth, I am fortunate enough to live in Michigan now that I've finished college, but I went to university in New Orleans (2010-2015) and faced a few hurricanes — nothing like Harvey or Irma, though. I've been donating money where I can, as my friends in Texas and Louisiana both recommended money/blood donations (to local organizations) to items. While they're taking and grateful for things like clothes and food, I guess *things* are more of a hassle right now because of lack of space.

    … Yo ho, yo ho, a rambly reply.

    ❤ xx

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    1. Oh man, I love a rambly quote! I can’t wait to check out “Witch, Please,” as it sounds right up my alley! 🙂 I appreciate the tip about making donations! We had a friend ask for a specific organization for donations, but that’s such an important point. Grateful for fellow bloggers like yourself who are staying engaged!

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