Today the kids are off trunk-or-treating with a family friend. I am loving their outfits this year. Kaleya continues her Monster High obsession and is dressed up like the character Frankie Stein. Jihad is a Night Stalker and a very scary one at that! Their friend is Mario of Super Mario Brothers.
Was online earlier today and saw two Facebook comments about an earthquake on the East Coast. Where did I go first for the news?? Twitter of course. After reading some info there, then I went to CNN and was most dismayed that I had no ability to connect to any live video.
So far, all my family and friends are okay so that’s good. And, I am tickled by how pervasive social media has been during this. Some of my social media faves…
This week, Kalonji, the kids and I, stopped by the Harambe House for a book signing by Rev. Dr. Marlene L. Garland-Hill. It was such a pleasure to meet her- she is a very warm and nurturing person. Her book. Slavery & Christianity, is the result of research she conducted in Ghana and other places overseas about the role that Christianity played in the slave trade. She has traced her ancestral origins back to Ghana, and is professionally involved and connected with business and organizations there. She spoke at some length about her drive to enable people (especially children), to experience a trip to Ghana and has ongoing efforts to facilitate trips there for the Pan African Festival, or PANAFEST.
Dr. Garland-Hill signed her book for the kids and it was a very inspired inscription. Visit her website to learn more about her and her efforts. While we can’t make it away for a trip to Ghana this year, I do believe it on Kalonji’s wish list for one day!
This weekend has been a fairly quiet one for us. It did not start off very well for me – I either caught a stomach virus or had a case of food poisoning on Friday and as a result spent ALL DAY in bed. I felt really horrible and was very glad to see Saturday morning come and my vigor return. I even felt well enough to keep to our plans for the day – a birthday party and a Nashville RollerGirls game.
The birthday party was held at Centennial Park and was for one of Kaleya’s good friends who turned 7 this week. Unfortunately, I did not take many pictures at all of the party itself, just one of most of the group.
Since we were in the park, I did wish to take the kids to go see the Athena statue in the Parthenon. My last visit was years ago, well before she was gilded in gold, so I too wanted to see it. Jihad was able to tell me all the details about Athena for he’d been studying Greek Mythology in school – I was duly impressed. 🙂
After the party we came home and I spent about an hour or so tidying the house – then we had to get ready for the Nashville RollerGirls (NRG) season operner game. We are fans and I did a great post last year related to a game we went to for Jihad’s birthday. This weekend, they played Kansas City and KC was no joke! Unfortunately, NRG lost but it was still a great game.
Here’s a video clip of a jam by Rambo Sambo
and one of part of the halftime show by the JeerLeaders; this is great b/c you see one of the fans really getting into the performance (about 14 seconds in). I am hoping maybe someone else got an even better video of this!
Had a great day overall. Today we rested, doing much of nothing. I was honestly a little wiped out from having been out most of the day yesterday. This upcoming week is going to be extremely busy so a girl needs her rest.
Last night we, the kids, and a family friend, visited the HA Factory, a new art gallery downtown. A friend, Elisheba Israel, was participating in an art exhibit as part of Nashville’s monthly Downtown Art Crawl and their show was titled “The Rebirth of Black.” The gallery is next to the Arcade downtown.
The art there was beautiful! I didn’t catch the names of all the pieces, but here are a few of the pieces we saw.
We purchased art prints by Elisheba and another artist, Michael “Ol Skool” Mucker.
Thanks to the artists & the HA Factory for an enjoyable evening!