A Year of Thanks

1 post a day for 365 days showing gratitude

saw my brother AND he made us dinner January 31, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — courtsbrogno @ 7:40 pm

So I called six more senators today, which is a serious feat in itself because most of the time the lines are busy and mailboxes are full. But I’m still calling.

And then my brother texted me and asked if me and the kids wated to come over for dinner. I was a bit hesitant at first because I don’t get off until 5, but then he mentioned that he made our grandma’s tacos, so there was no way I was missing that.



Don’t even begin to ask me about my brother’s fashion choices, but me, Luke, and Maddie all had an amazing dinner and it was nice to catch up with my brother, whom I haven’t seen in awhile.

So I’m thankful for the dinnner he made but not so much the comment in front of the kids stating, “you know what I did last night? Rolled hard on molly.”

Oh geez.


Catching up again:Wednesday through Monday January 30, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — courtsbrogno @ 2:21 pm

One of these days, I SWEAR, I will write once a day. I don’t know how I get so behind, but I just do. probably because the thought of writing at the end of a long day just seems so exhausting. But let’s get on with it:


I taught all day and got home pretty exhausted. But I did get to see one of Maddie’s senior pictures and I am just blown away. How did this happen? I swear it was just yesterday that I was walking her to preschool. As much as I love watching Maddie grow up and become the fierce young woman she’s become, I also miss her more childlike days.



Thursday is my Friday, but it’s also the end of a crazy long week for me. So when I got home, I lied on my bed and started this book:


And MY GOD is it an amazing book. I don’t want to give too much away but I highly recommend it. I finished it Friday am, and I will say that I ended up sobbing at the end.


My aunt Linda and Aunt Jo and Uncle Mitch came to town to visit, so we started the day with a hike up Madonna:


Then I picked Luke up from school! Yay!

And later my whole family (aunts, uncles, parents, and me and Luke) went out to dinner:



Another family day! Luke and I went to the record store swap and Luke made some great record store purchases:


Then we met the fam at a winery and just talked and caught up:


(My Mom and one of her sisters, my Aunt Linda,talking).

Finally I ended the day by spending a few hours at my friend Kirstin’s house as she celebrated the finalization of her divorce (in the most kind way possible. He ex-husband is great and he had no objections to the party). I was only there for about an hour and a half, but it was so nice to catch up with some friends.


Can America get any worse? I mean, I can’t even turn on the news without feeling like throwing up. But I take much solace in knowing that every time I open my Facebook page or Instagram page, I see people fighting for the human rights that must have been lobotomized from Trump’s brain. So I was pretty grateful to see this sign:



Back at school and I already made 6 phone calls to different senators about my views on Trump’s executive order. I could have made more, but so many of the phone lines were busy and/or mailboxes were full. But I’ll keep calling. And calling. And fighting for what this country stands for–and that is not sexism, racism, being 1st at anything, and just downright immortality. If you’re interested in hearing how you can help, you can sign up for https://dailyaction.org/

You will receive a text message everyday with something to do and a phone call to make. Brilliant.

So I’m caught up and pretty grateful for the last few days I’ve had. I feel a strong urge inside me to get out there and fight and I will. I will for my children, for myself, and for every marginalized community.

You should, too.


Oh, the stress January 24, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — courtsbrogno @ 6:13 pm

Today I was being evaluated by a tenure-track professor that I don’t even know, so I got up early, went to my office, got a whole lot of work done, and lectured from 1-2, 2-4, and 4-5. My evaluation was scheduled for my 4-5 class.

But then right after my 2-4 class I checked my phone to see that Maddie had called me three times and texted me that she was in a car accident.

I ran out of the room and called immediately. She was a mess, crying and trying to tell me the whole story and I just felt terrible. It was her fault–she hit someone from behind. So I texted her our amazing insurance lady and told her I’d be home soon. Then I called my dad to go hang out with her because in 2 minutes I was about to be observed.


(Maddie’s poor car).

Oh how I wish I could have gone home to be there for her, but I couldn’t. So in about 2 minutes time, I calmed myself down, went into the classroom, and gave a lecture about the different kinds of arguments one can make, but in the back of my mind I was thinking of Maddie.

Luckily the evaluation seemed to go fine and Maddie is safe. And for that, I am forever grateful.


Catching up: Thursday, Friday, Saturday,and Sunday, and what the hell, Monday too January 23, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — courtsbrogno @ 12:26 pm

Whew…I’ve been busy, but I AM NOT going to stop writing. So let’s get to it:


I went to school and was suffering from terrible, terrible heartburn, which I have been getting recently for no apparent reason. So I took 2 Zantac which usually work, but it didn’t at all.

At noon, I packed my stuff up, sent an email to students canceling my classes, and went home.

But on the bright side–I did make a video of myself giving the lecture I had scheduled and then uploaded it to YouTube for my students to watch so we are now NOT behind.


What a somber, somber day. Trump was named president. I tried my best to find something positive about this, but I just couldn’t. Then to make matters worse, I was updating an essay assignment in which the students have to pick someone from President Trump’s cabinet to write to. ONLY, he hasn’t had any cabinet members confirmed. So, I actually called the U.S. Department of Education, and spoke to a women. I asked her “who will be acting Secretary of Education,” to which I was put on hold for awhile and then she came back to tell me, “We won’t know until Monday.” So NOW (TODAY) it’s Monday and I looked at the Department’s web page and poof, John B.King, Jr had disappeared to be replaced with….no one? So I called again. And was put on hold for awhile, but then I got to talk to someone. When I asked who the acting Secretary of Education was,he had to ACTUALLY look it up. HE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW. But I got an answer. It’s Deputy General Council for program service Phil Rosenfelt. And this is what he does according to his own website:

“Philip H. Rosenfelt is the Deputy General Counsel for Program Service in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education. In this post, he oversees legal services to the Department relating to the development and implementation of Federal programs that assist elementary and secondary, vocational and adult education, special education, rehabilitative services, the Institute of Education Sciences, educational equity, and ethics provisions, as well as advice to the Office of the Secretary of Education on civil rights issues.”

The man on the phone told me that there is hope that by January 31st Betsy Devos will be confirmed.

Well not on my watch. On Thursday l calledĀ  my two senate representatives, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala HarrisĀ  and told them NOT to vote for Betsy Devos (super easy. you just leave a message). But then again, I live in California and of course, they’re not going to vote for her. So now I’m calling every state in the goddamn country’s senators and telling them not to vote for her.

Anyway, as of today, According to the Washington Times, “ Donald Trump got off to the slowest start for any president in modern political history, with just two of his Cabinet picks confirmed so far and Democrats poised to make the process even more painful over the next weeks.” His two confirmations: Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly were approved.

Wow. Way to go.

I also made my dear friend Andy dinner and brought over some wine because his sister recently passed away and Andy always gives, gives, gives, and I want to change that so I can give, give, give to him.



Today was one of the best days of my life. My little, tiny town had 10,000 people of all ages, sizes, ethnicity, gender, sexuality marching in the rain! 10,000 of us. It was incredible.


I feel high from the march. Like I can do anything!




But then I gave a lecture at the university for those students who have AP’d out of Freshman Comp. For those students, they are truly at a disadvantage when it comes to their writing. So I do this own my own time, buy donuts, and try to cram 10 weeks of information into 1.5 hours. Even though I can get a little bitter that I’m going out of my way for a university that doesn’t care, when I see the gratefulness of the students, it’s all worth it.


I’m going to teach and have a good day and call some senators and end the day folding laundry and drinking wine with Sonci and planning out how we will change the world.


Bring it Wednesday January 18, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — courtsbrogno @ 3:41 pm

Today was my first day teaching back at the community college, and I was completely prepared.

Whew. I week ago I did not think that would be possible, but I worked over the weekend and yesterday in my office and I pulled it off. the first day went smoothly. Fingers crossed for the rest of the llllooooonnnnngggggg semester.

It’s also raining again today and I am not the least bit sad about that. California needs as much rain as we can get. And looking at the upcoming forecast made my heart just sing. I already see myself hunkered down this weekend, reading as the rain falls. Oh and grading. I already have some grading to do.



Tuesday dinner

Filed under: Uncategorized — courtsbrogno @ 3:32 pm

Tuesday, I worked all day, but was thankful to come home, grab the kids, and head to my mom’s house who made us dinner. Meatloaf. Now, to be honest, I’m not a huge meatloaf fan and I think I’ve made it once in my life, but Luke had it for the first time last week at his dad’s house and has been talking about it non-stop. So when he asked me to make it, I said, “You know who makes good meatloaf? Nona.”

And if you want Nona to cook for you, you call Nona and let Luke talk to her and she melts and agrees to make meatloaf for us.

The entire meal, we did not hear a peep from Luke and he ate so much meatloaf, none of us could believe it.

And I’m pretty thankful that for the second night in a row, I didn’t have to cook dinner.

And the meatloaf was pretty good.


What a long weekend that was

Filed under: Uncategorized — courtsbrogno @ 3:27 pm

A four day weekend is blissful unless you have an 8 year old to keep happy.

I tired my hardest.


Took Luke on a bike ride.


Went shopping with Maddie and Luke. Maddie was looking for a Winter Formal dress and so we went into several stores and watched as she tried on dresses. Luke was in hell. He’s clearly more like me: not a fan of clothes shopping. But then I treated them both to some coffee/hot chocolate:


When we got home, Luke played with his toys and Maddie and I watched DeadPool together. It was her movie choice and it was so funny and just, overall, excellent.




Started the day off playing probably 20 games of Operation with Luke. Beat him every time. Now he’s been playing by himself working on his “strategy,” as he says.


Watched the Green Bay game. My parents ditched me and the kids to hang out at their friend’s house (can you believe that), so I actually had to illegally stream the game on my computer, which meant watching the whole game like this:


But DAMN what a game. I love Mason Crosby and he made me proud. Can’t wait for this Sunday–we’re just one step closer to the Super Bowl and if the Packers make it to the Super Bowl I have to find a way for my dad to go. It just has to be done.

In the between times of playing with Luke, watching the game, and taking a walk with the dogs, I cleaned my house again. My mom and sister gave me a hand-me-down vacuum and also a floor steam cleaner and they worked MIRACLES on my floor. So grateful.



Went on a hike with Luke up Cerro San Luis. We talked MLK day and what civil rights mean, and it was just a fun hike and a nice way to get exercise and listen to Luke’s thoughts about civil rights.

In the evening we had our second family dinner at my Aunt Debbie’s house. What a crowd. Me and my kids, my sister and her family, my mom and dad, Aunt Judy, my Uncle Michael and his wife and her 4 kids and her mom and 4 aunts and one uncle (all delightful people), and of course my Aunt Debbie and her husband. It was a great time.


The night ended with Luke lying next to me in bed. He rubbed my chest and said, “I’m rubbing your heart. That’s how I give you my love.” This kid. He is just so full of love sometimes. Wow.

We made it through the long weekend and we all had fun. Maddie was working a lot and off with her friends, but I think she had a great weekend too.