This post is going up later than usual because we actually had plans this morning. The plan was to meet some friends at the zoo, and spend the morning looking at animals and catching up. When we pulled into the zoo parking lot 5 minutes after opening time, though, it was clear this would not be a good plan. The parking lot was packed, with more cars pouring in constantly. We weren't sure if we'd be able to get into the zoo without a long wait - they have reduced capacity.
So we called our friends and changed our plan to a stroll around Balboa Park, instead. That turned out to be a nice change - the weather was good, and since we were so early, the playground (newly reopened!) was not crowded and Petunia and her friend got a chance to play. We're nearing the end of the playground years, but the swings and a few other things are still popular. We walked around, saw some new things, and then had lunch from a hot dog vendor before heading home. It was a very nice morning.
Almost everyone we saw was wearing a mask, even though we spent the entire morning outdoors. It was nice to see that.
All and all, it was a nice morning. I needed a nice morning out with friends! We're going to try to do this sort of thing more often.
So that's why the post is late. I also realized that I don't have many links for you this week. I am trying to doomscroll less, and so I see fewer things.
Here are the links I have:
This piece on how voters won't believe that Republicans actually hold some of their more extreme policy stances is mind-blowing and infuriating and really worth the time to read and think about what it means for those of us who are trying to avoid those extreme policies.
Susan Hennessey and Quinta Jurecic make the skeptic's case for Democrats to expand the court if the Barrett nomination goes through. Like them, I would rather that the Republicans in the Senate decide instead to step back from the brink. But that seems unlikely, unless the ongoing COVID outbreak associated with the announcement of her nomination forces their hand.
I found Ezra Klein's conversation with political scientist Susan Mettler to be helpful for thinking about the threats to our democracy right now but also the potential of the moment to unstick some of our deadlock.
These jobs numbers are both horrifying and utterly predictable given how hard it is to be a working mother right now - even for me, with my kids old enough to mostly handle online school on their own and a job that can be done from home with a great deal of flexiblity:
Married women lost almost 1 million jobs last month, while single men gained 1.2 million.— Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) October 6, 2020
The school-shuttering pandemic is a tax on families that is being disproportionately borne by mothers. https://t.co/CQepH5qaXv pic.twitter.com/w4lOPM1vGe
OK, time for some happy things:
This made me laugh:
And this thread made me smile:
Prowling around the empty nighttime suburbs with headphones on, trying to figure out if this tree in someone’s yard is a chestnut (no, chinquapin), I hear a man’s voice across the street behind me: M’AM. M’AM. M’AM!!! pic.twitter.com/m6iuzdmBwZ— Anna Sproul-Latimer (@annasproul) October 8, 2020
This cat has it figured out:
My friend’s neighbor’s cat loves riding on his remote control truck. If the cat sees him use the truck it cries until he takes it for a ride. He got a trailer & made a hitch to pull the cat around. pic.twitter.com/DjVW5SYoFe— The Thankful Outdoorsman (@bushcamp2) October 5, 2020
This is a cool quilt:
'Solar System' quilt by Ellen Harding Baker of Cedar County, Iowa, US in 1876, used as a teaching aid for her lectures on astronomy in the small towns of her state #womensart pic.twitter.com/cByx9BdkeC— #WOMENSART (@womensart1) October 10, 2020
And so is this one:
Here are you weekly bunnies:
Have a good weekend, everyone!