So I’m in the routine of my weekly Wednesday Humpday Happy Five posts but I need to start doing more posts in between. This is starting to become the Humpday Happy Five blog. In case you’ve been under a rock, this is my attempt to share some happy things I find on the inter web to help us get over the mid-week hump. Here’s Volume 1, 2, 3 and 4.
1. Noisli // White Noise for Epic Working
Sometimes trying to write blog posts, create worksheets or do anything “word related” is challenging with lyric music playing. I’ve tried classical but it either makes me sleepy or want to jump up and do ballet. Introducing Noisli: improving your focus and boosting productivity by creating your own mix of sounds. This site is clean, minimal, intuitive and well designed. I love that you can choose white noise for relaxing or for being productive, you can customize your own perfect concoction of nature sounds.
2. Gender neutral restroom signs at the CNE here in Toronto
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), also known as the Ex, is Toronto’s annual 2.5 week long fair. Think carnival rides and all the deep fried food, although I’m going off what I hear as I’ve never braved the crowds. I imagine it to be like the Stampede (born and raised a Calgary gal…) with a few less cowboy hats and horses. Anyway, they are one of the first Canadian events to have these rad gender-neutral washrooms. Now, before you get your knickers in a knot about me posting this, take a deep breath. There are no reported cases of transgendered people using a washroom to rape women/men. Also, I’m pretty sure a rapist isn’t going to wait for gender neutral signs to decide that he can finally sneak into a women’s washroom. There is a lot of misinformation being spread out there and people need to relax. In my opinion, when I imagine what it would be like to live every single day feeling like I’m in the wrong body my heart hurts. If creating a safe space where people of all identities can safely pee (yes, we’re talking about peeing here people, this doesn’t need to be too serious), will make someone feel less alone/scared/isolated, then I’m happy to let anyone come and pee beside me. Afterall, as a cisgendered-white-heterosexual I’m lucky that I don’t feel stressed or sad every time I debate about which washroom will cause less anxiety. So, kudos to you guys at the CNE on these witty signs. You can read the full story here.
3. Tate and Kathryn dancing to Rise Up
I know, I know, I keep posting about my favourite 13 year old, Tate. But seriously, she’s an exquisite dancer and beautiful human. I’m sure my love and excitement for everything she does runs deep within me because I’ve known her her entire life, but you guys will love this number too! This piece in particular struck a chord with me because I absolutely love Andra Day’s “Rise Up,” and I love that it is a dance about sisterhood. With everything that’s been going on in my life I am so, so grateful for my sisters (both blood and non-blood) who continue to love and support me. And guys, she’s barely 13. Can you believe that!?
4. Suburban neighbourhood hangs rainbow flags to show solidarity to lesbian couple who were vandalized
Cari and Lauri Ryding returned home from vacation to an egged house and their rainbow pride flag stolen. A few days later 40 houses in their suburban neighbourhood had decorated their homes with rainbow flags to show their support and solidarity. This obviously made me cry because it is just so sweet! You can read the rest of the story here.
5. One year after double hand transplant Zion Harvey says “I can do more than I imagined”
In July of 2015 Zion became the first child to undergo a double hand transplant, and last month he threw the first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game. When he was just two years old he had a severe infection causing him to lose his legs below the knee, as well as both his hands. Unfortunately, when he was just four years old he had to get a kidney transplant and is surviving because of his Mom’s donation. Ironically, because he’s already on anti-rejection medication for the kidney doctors thought he’d be an ideal candidate for the double hand transplant. He is a super kid and seems so grateful for his Mom and life. “So when I got my hands, it’s like, here’s the piece of my life that was missing. Now it’s here. My life is complete” (NBC article). We always think our lives will feel complete when we have a spouse, more money, a home, children… but imagine just feeling like having hands (something we take for granted every single day) could change your life. Humbling.