TGIF: The roller coaster of life

OMG, could this week have been anymore of a roller coaster?!

At the beginning of the week, there was yet another big blow-up with my son. When will the hormonal angst and anger of teenage years be over?

It took us both a couple days (and me one good long phone call with my mom) to be able to have a productive talk. But it did happen and it was better than most our talks recently. Because I decided to own my end of the shit. Which made him less defensive.

So things were looking up.

And then my car started acting up. Of course, they can't get it into the shop until Monday. And I commute 40 miles one-way for work. So I had a rental yesterday and now I'm borrowing a family member's car for the next week or so.

Not looking forward to the repair bill. The things keep piling up. We need a new fridge and a new lawn mower. And I'm sure the dryer should be added to that list as well.

I'm just really glad it's almost the weekend.

Hope it's a good one for you.

On my nightstand

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

He's Not Lazy: Empowering Your Son to Believe in Himself by Dr. Adam Price

What I read this week

What being underpaid can do to your self-esteem

In the era of #METOO, Molly Ringwald reflects back on her John Hughes' movies

Was this an appropriate consequence for vandalism?

Travel and the Box of Daily Experience

Zoe Saldana's priceless response to Hollywood elitists

A terrifying reality of gentrification

More help while I learn to parent a teenage boy

Essays on our ongoing relationship with our bodies

Have you heard of greenwashing?

Racial segregation and police shootings of unarmed black men

Indigenous women reclaiming the tradition of female leadership

What I listened to

Tunnel Vision from Hidden Brain/NPR - Why do poor people keep making bad decisions about money? Why can't dieters stop thinking about food? This episode explores how scarcity changes how we think.

Location! Location! Location! from The Code Switch/NPR - This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair House Act. Does that mean that racial segregation is over. Listen and find out.