September 28, 2017

Protests and football

Well well well - I do love a good national debate. And of course as always, I see both sides to this discussion. (I am WAY to diplomatic....Maybe I should go into politics? nah...) After reading posts/memes/comments/tweets, watching videos and having plenty of conversations I have come to the conclusion it all comes down to empathy (my favorite thing of all time). Stick with me for a second...

In order to progress as a nation, we have to listen to each other, have tough conversations and try to see where the other side is coming from. 

  • To the players kneeling: Think about how hurtful that could come across to someone who has lost a family member in combat, dying for their country - imagine how sad/angry/etc these actions make them feel. 
  • To those criticizing the protesters: Imagine your unarmed son or daughter being shot by a police office and no justice being provided. Wouldn't you feel helpless and try to do whatever it takes to make people aware of this epidemic?? How would you get people talking about this issue so close to your heart? 

"You do you." I love this saying. It really exemplifies how each person has their own rationale, thought process, experiences, perspectives and they should do whatever it is they want to coincide with their feelings. As long as you aren't hurting anyone...you do you! I personally would not kneel/sit during the national anthem but then again my race is not being hunted and shot by police officers 5x more than the national average. So everyone has to do what is best for them. I think these men are extremely brave for doing that.

I don't have a right/wrong answer to this very heated debate - No one does. All we can do is have empathy and talk to each other.

I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes. (and a silly meme to lighten the mood). 

Take care of yourselves and your loved ones,

JJ


"America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms". - (Fictional) President Andrew Shepherd 





September 19, 2017

Yacht Week

Oooooh Yacht Week....what an experience. Backstory on how we ended up on a yacht bobbing along the Greek Islands. Kyle's old colleague from the Austin Chamber, Maggie, moved to Indianapolis but we have stayed in touch with her.  Last year we went out in Indy and met her friend group and hit it off instantly. So when they needed to fill 2 more spots on the boat, they asked us! Of course - we signed up right away. The week was full of themed parties, swimming in the ocean, shots (lots of shots), games, inside jokes, laughs, delicious food, great conversations and plenty of sun! We started our trip in Athens seeing the Acropolis and Parthenon.





                                                                         

The next day we got on our yacht in Lavrio Marina then traveled to Ermioni, Porto Heli and Hydra. Our "cabin" was too hot to sleep in so Kyle and I slept on the deck outside. We had a hostess, Katie, who made us our meals on the boat - and got drunk with us. Our skipper's name was Santiago and he was THE BEST! Our favorite games: 1 before 10 or 10 before 1 (ask me more about this), BISHOPS and the dice game. By the end of 7 days, we were ready to sleep in a real bed w/AC. We met some incredible and interesting people and created the best memories. :)


      Tropical Party

 
     

French Rivera Party

 

                                                
          Costume Contest: Minions!        


More amazing pictures

                    







September 11, 2017

Life is moving pretty fast...



Kyle has been giving a really hard time recently b/c my blog has been lacking. And I admit: It has. We have been so busy, I haven't had time to "stop and take a look around" but I'm definitely not missing anything.

So here is the crazy recap of our insane lives the last couple of months:

1. We bought a condo!! We are in a neighborhood called Albany Park which is right between my work and Kyle's work. We love our neighbors, there are so many places to explore, we are 2 blocks from the L, and the best part: we have a guest bedroom....PLEASE COME VISIT! ;)

Chicago man, Chicago beers in my Chicago home :)
Chicago man, Chicago beers in my Chicago home :)
                        

2. Family time in the Windy City. We had 3 weekends in a row where there was at least one Judge visiting Chi-Town. My sister, Jen came to explore the city, boys town, the river, deep dish pizza, Portillos, everything Chicago. Juliette, my other sister, was here to help us move and unpack. We were so grateful for her help! Lastly, my parents were able to fly in for the day to attend Google's "Bring Your Parents to Work Day". It was so great to show them around the office and all the amazing Google perks.





3. Sporting events galore. We are trying to make up for 5 years of not being able to see Chicago sports.




4. We went to Greece.

....this deserves it's own post.


5. Our good friends, Pete and Katie got married! They had a beautiful wedding in Galena, IL (3 hours West of Chicago). Pete was our best man and Kyle had the privilege to be his. So much love all weekend. We are so happy for them! 







The best part of moving back to Chicago: THE FALL!!!!! The weather is cooler, I get to wear sweaters/jackets/scarfs/boots, pumpkin everything, football, apple picking and chili (just to name a few of my favorite things). Fall....I've missed you the past 5 years. You are amazing.


Until next time!

JJ