Julia Gay Groberg Blair

By Gabrielle.

What a week of ups and downs! On Monday, I reported that my fabulous mother-in-law, Julia Gay Groberg Blair (she’s the lovely little girl on the right in the photo above), was in the hospital, but stable. Unfortunately, stable didn’t last too long and on Wednesday she was back in the ICU. I’m worried sick about her. The last report is that she is still intubated, and that her liver and kidneys aren’t functioning well.

Julia is easily one of my favorite people. One thing I love about her is that she is committed to being open-minded — even in her 80s! She reads constantly, is always ready to talk about any current event, and keeps her coffee table filled with ever-changing interesting books (which she will press into your hands as you are leaving because she can’t wait for you to read them and tell her what you think). You may recognize her name, because she leaves the most supportive comments on my blog posts. I’m lucky to know her and I’m anxiously awaiting news that she will be well.

Also on Wednesday, our son Ralph passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review! And now we’re coming up with fun plans for his Court of Honor — which is the meeting where he’ll officially receive his Eagle Scout designation. We’re feeling very proud of him.

Then yesterday, I started filming a holiday video, which means our living room is stacked with piles of Christmas decorations. They’re nestled in among the Halloween decorations. Hah!

Today, the kids have school off, and the 3-day weekend comes as a big relief.

And tomorrow, it’s First Film Festival!! We’re so excited about this. In case you missed my announcement ages ago, First Film Festival is a film festival for kids under 18. It was launched this year, and tomorrow the actual festival takes place! It’s happening digitally — live-streamed on YouTube at 4:00p PST. All the winning videos will be shared. We’re super excited about it! I’ll update this post with the link tomorrow (UPDATE: Here’s the link!), in case you’d like to watch (it will also be recorded so you can watch it later, if you can’t make it live).

Anyway, lots happening at our house as usual. I’m sure there’s lots happening at your house as well! But before I say goodbye for the weekend, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

– The difference between these two brains.

– Such a good essay: How to get away with no makeup and hair.

– How doctors take women’s pain less seriously. (Especially thinking of my mother-in-law in the hospital.)

Incredible advice one father gave his gay son back in the 1950s.

– The legacy of LiveAid.

158 families. (I find this stressful.)

– I’ve heard of the glass ceiling, but this is the first time I’ve heard of the glass cliff.

I’m not a boy, I’m not a girl either.

Cure for Type 1 diabetes imminent? Awesome!

– We are women and we’re sorry.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already!