My dinner Tuesday night was better than yours, neener neener boo boo.
I think need to win the lottery, so I can quit my job, buy a house on the beach and play in the sand all day. Topsail Beach, N.C., is absolutely amazing, so quiet and peaceful. It’s the perfect place to go if you just want to escape civilization. There’s not a lot to do outside of the beach, so it’s not as busy as Myrtle Beach or Wrightsville Beach, which is perfect for those of us out of college and without children!
We spent most of that weekend pretending to vegetables; Colby slept on the beach while I played in the sand, ate tons of not-so-healthy food, wandered into Wilmington for the Azalea Festival Street Fair.
Oh! Don’t forget the bad reality television – it’s become sort of a tradition to watch horrible shows like Family Feud, Dirty Jobs, Tattoo Something-or-Other, etc., in the evenings; things we would never watch at home (mostly because we don’t have cable t.v.).
Mid-March, I volunteered at the Healing Place of Wake County, a non-profit recovery and rehabilitation facility for homeless people with alcohol and drug dependency. We (the volunteer group) worked at the women’s facility, and it was truly a profound experience.
After detoxing, women go through multiple three-week long courses to help them overcome their addiction and to understand why they want to escape into alcohol. They start off in a shared room with 6-12 other women, all in bunk beds, and as they progress through the program, their rooms become bigger and bigger, more amenities are added (desk, larger closet, etc.), until they share a room with just one other person and have a private bathroom.
The women don’t just work on alcohol addiction classes, they walk 1.5 miles to the classrooms (and 1.5 miles back), they are expected to participate in the upkeep of the facility – laundry, cooking, cleaning, kitty duties (yes, there is a resident cat). Things that they can take pride in doing, it’s not just busywork – they all depend on each other.
My time there reminded me how lucky I am – I have more than a roof over my head, I have a home; I have more than just basic furniture, I have a cozy escape from the world; I have more than basic food to eat, I can make elaborate meals with a variety of fresh ingredients; I go to sleep each night knowing that I am loved.
A lot of these women don’t have that.
In other news…
Did you know that cancer is a sugar-crazed fungal infection that can be cured by super-foods, but pharmaceutical companies don’t want to release it? Yeah, totally not true.
Ernestine Johnson did an amazing speech on the Arsenio Hall Show, titled “the Average Black Girl.” Go watch.