Happy Thursday friends!
You know the drill by now: write down a few things you've been thinking this week, and then link up below so that others can read what you've shared! Right click and save the photo above if you want to use one for the Thursday Thoughts link-up, or use your own!
Life has been insanely busy lately, so sorry for the lack of updates! I'm still working on a vlog but I'm so angry that the sound cut out that I may only just send it to Lisa and not show anybody else. Blah.
Nick's currently in Baltimore for yet another medical school interview, then he flies to San Diego right after for one more. That means he's basically gone for all of spring break (sad face), but I'm house sitting with two of the cutest golden retrievers ever so life could be worse.
Today, my hair dryer literally blew up. Sparks were involved. I can't tell if it's just old or it's due to the newly rewired electrical outlet in the bathroom I was in, but it was terrifying. In related news, I need a new hair dryer. Any recommendations?
If you know me personally (or have read my blog at all last summer), you know that I'm a huge advocate for health education. Yesterday, there was a rally for the Texas Women's Health Program, which is the Medicaid program for low-income women in Texas. To sum it up, Governor Rick Perry is taking away $35 million from this program for a reason that is 100% political: to "defund" Planned Parenthood. Now, I have no problem with someone disagreeing with abortion, but this isn't about abortion at all. This is about pap smears, cervical cancer screenings, birth control, diabetes testing, and breast cancer screenings. This is well-woman checkups. This is the entirety of health care for over 130,000 women in Texas. And yet Governor Perry is taking this money away because the entity providing the majority of these services is Planned Parenthood. Because politically Republicans dislike abortions, they're taking away the money--yet this money has never been used for abortions. That's illegal. I'm just so frustrated that something that has nothing to do with politics is becoming a political agenda. Jesus said serve the poor, y'all, not serve the poor but only through providers who you agree with. It's so sad.
That was a long-winded way to say that I went to this rally and then found my face in the paper this morning. Uhhh...kind of awkward.
I'm sure I just lost some conservative followers, but to me, this isn't about "supporting" Planned Parenthood, this is about denying health care to 130,000 women in Texas. So sad.
[Updated: I was also just sent this link. Holy press, Batman.]
I play trivia every Tuesday with Megan, Lee, Christy, and the new Dr. Johnson Shen (woohoo!), but usually, Lee and Megan H. know everything whereas Christy, Megan JS, and I occasionally know one or two answers. This week, I got outvoted (3:1) regarding Thailand's national animal, and ended up being correct (which never happens). Thus, my team decided to name ourselves "Sarah had it right" next week. Awesome. (Overall it didn't matter, as we won regardless. Thank God for Megan and Lee.)
Due to the long rant, I'll stop my thoughts here. But don't hesitate to link yours up! Go ahead: