Toolkit 2: June 2, 2017

Dear Mr. VP,

I’ve found myself a bit discouraged this week. There are some weeks that are easier, but the last one felt like it just slogged on and on, and nothing is good, and holy wow, we’re killing the Earth and no one gets birth control and America First!

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A while back (perhaps more than one hundred letters ago) I put together a revolutionary toolkit — the things I was using, listening to, wearing, reading — that were getting me through the days and weeks. I figured this might be a good moment for a reboot of that.

Here goes. Stuff that’s making this all better:

  1. Jolene, by Cake — which I’ve been listening to for hours on end for over a week. Not sure why my brain is quite so stuck here, but it’s letting me zone a bit so that’s good.
  2. I have these flowers in my office which have made the entire school smell like lilacs, which is pretty excellent. That’s helping.
  3. ‘Gansett/Del’s Shandy is out. The best for patio drinking when you just learned about something stupid your president did, again.
  4. Since the weather is no longer appropriate for my cowboy boots (and believe me, I pushed that to the limit), I pulled out my red polka dot flats. They don’t give me the same height or clompy authority, but I like to think I’m bringing that just by virtue of being myself these days, and at least these are cute.
  5. When I’m not listening to Jolene, here’s an oldie but a goodie: Down Rodeo.
  6. The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. It’s not going to win any awards for being light and fluffy entertainment, but I feel like it has been incredibly well done and is making me think. It’s an important moment for it to be on television.
  7. I got Misty of Chincoteague out of the library. I haven’t actually started reading it yet, but just having it on my nightstand is comforting, though it does mean anyone who walks into my bedroom will mistake it for that of a twelve year old girl.

In this moment it is so important that we’re fighting AND taking care of ourselves, so we don’t crash and burn. Gosh knows you’re taking care of yourself — I’m sure of it. So we have to, also.


Oh, and always coffee.

Congratulations. Now you know my name. 

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