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Memorial Day 2020 was a wet and stormy day. Clearly Mother Nature thought Florida needed a little help in maintaining social distancing. Apparently, a nice low pressure system has setup and is ensuring South Florida will no longer be in a drought. Fortunately, I had nowhere to go, but to Dunkin’ this morning. I hate driving in rain here. Word is if th me gator sees his shadow, we’ll have six more days of rain. I’m only kidding.. We should be sunny by Tuesday afternoon.

Despite the holiday, I made sure I didn’t forgo my Monday workout routine. I kicked it off with a great yoga class with Monica from Yoga Mundo. My body was much more obliging today and really felt good during and after the class. Monday’s class is more gentle than Sunday’s, so it offers a nice contrast and balance to my practice. Afterwards, I took on day one of week two of BBG 2.0. It was an easier workout than last weeks, but my lower back was not feeling it. Consequently, I made sure to take additional time to stretch between each around circuit.

For dinner tonight, I made a vegetarian dish from Blue Apron that only I ate. While I enjoyed my gourmet meal, the boys enjoyed some veal parmigiana. It works out since I wasn’t really feeling the acid that comes with tomato sauce. My dish, a cheesy baked cavatelli pasta, took awhile to make so I made that first. Then while that baked, my hubby and I made the veal parmigiana. Team work makes the dream work! At the end of the meal, the whole family was well fed and happy.

Today we remember those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. As a military mom, these holidays resonate in a different way. Today I’d ask that as you remember those that died for our country that you’d remember the gold star families- parents, spouses and children – that were left behind. For them this solemn holiday is a reminder of their loved one and their sacrifice.

The concept of sacrifice seems to have become somewhat foreign to us. Over the last couple of months, I have seen people complain about the sacrifice they have made by wearing a mask or not going to a restaurant. Perhaps the most offensive post, however, was one that equated the combat deaths of our military members with those that have been hurt by the quarantine efforts. Are you fucking kidding me? You’re going to argue moral equivalency between someone sacrificing their life for your freedom and someone on unemployment due to COVID? For fucks sake, sorry mom, get your head out of your ass and get a grip. We have all had to make sacrifices during this difficult time, but they pale in comparison to the sacrifices of our troops.

Nobody wants to be in quarantine for perpetuity, especially those of us that are parents. No matter are location, career path or economic station, our lives have been turned upside down. A lot of weeks, virtual school has been hell, but you know what? It’s a lot better than a foxhole in the mountains of Afghanistan. Also, this time in quarantine gave me the perfect excuse to go to a Target or Publix with out the kids. #winning

As for wearing masks, it’s a small thing we can do to mitigate risk. I understand there’s some debate as to their efficacy, but wearing one in public does no harm. Also it’s not your constitutional right to not where a mask into the business. I sometimes wonder if the people protesting the mask requirement also protested the requirement of shirts and shoes in stores. After all, it’s the same argument is it not? Nonetheless, until my doctor or the Mayo Clinic tells me otherwise, I’ll be wearing my mask while in public.

At the Military Working Dog Memorial at JBSA Lackland

Now that my rant is over, let me update you on Goalielocks’ friend. He had an awesome day today! In fact, he was able to stand up and is being transferred out of the ICU and into the Ortho unit. This is absolutely incredible news! Undoubtedly, all of our prayers are making a difference. He continues to surprise his doctors with his progress. Although he’s made great progress, the road to recovery is still long. He and his family will need our continued prayers during this difficult time.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Vilette by Charlotte Bronte, which is a place I’m likely to find the word gossamer.

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Gentle Flow with Monica.

*Week 2 BBG 2.0 day 1 leg day

*Watched Family Guy

*Obedience training Anakin courtesy day Goalielocks

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on multiple walks

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