Friday, April 10, 2015

Things I Learned This Week: 5 Things

1. I would rather watch documentaries than regular movies. And books for that matter.

I watch almost a documentary a day. This week: Out of the Clear Blue Sky, Addicted to Plastic, Restrepo, The Square, Wal-Mart: The Cost of Low Price, The Act of Killing (watching it as I type this). I recommend them all; these are all on Netflix.

2. Police officers in Minneapolis are keeping healthy boxes of food in their cars to hand out to less fortunate.

Hennepin county sheriffs are collaborating with Matter, a nonprofit group designed to fill gaps in the food system, to hand out healthy boxes of food. In the boxes are things like granola bars, raisins, and oatmeal. This project doubles as a way to address obesity and to help those who are food insecure, or don't know when or where the next meal is going to come from. What a great cause!

3. A mom blogger was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday for poisoning her son to death.

You see it happen in Lifetime movies. And don't realize that it's a real thing. I never knew there was an actual illness called Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, but it is defined as "a caregiver, typically a mother, either makes up fake symptoms or causes real symptoms to make it look like the child is sick". Of all the mental illnesses out there, this one is definitely the hardest one to swallow. I still am trying to convince myself that this is real. She slowly poisoned her son and added salt to his IV while he was in the hospital, which led to his death.

4. Easter is just kind of a "meh" holiday for us. 

Adam came home on Saturday and said "I feel kinda bad, we didn't get Mira anything special for Easter". I didn't know what he meant, I never thought of Easter like Christmas, I always got mostly clothes and one small toy. And I had bought her clothes and a couple toys. He then went on to say "well we didn't get grass for her Easter basket or any Easter candy". Ohhhh, okaaaay. [he's so cute] So I ran to Target that night, picked up some grass for the basket and some jelly beans. Sunday morning came, she threw all the clothes and the fake grass on the floor. Loved the plastic eggs filled with jelly beans though. We also colored eggs, which she immediately cracked. All of them. It's okay, Adam was hungry anyway! We just hung out and went to the park and didn't cook dinner. We literally ate meat, cheese, and crackers. When families are far away, it feels like just another day.

5. A dad of a blind toddler invented an affordable version of "beeping Easter eggs" so she could participate in Easter egg hunts.

This is so sweet. He originally made 40 of them, and 9 years later they are hosting dozens of these hunts nation-wide.


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