If you want to see my graduation, you can watch the whole thing here! Or click on the link and scroll down to see my slide.
It was a fun day! I got to visit my grandparents and learn a bit more about my great, great grandfather, one of the first UW law graduates!
If COVID-19 isolation has made anything abundantly clear, it is that quite a few churches have my e-mail address. And they are not always good at identifying themselves.
Today I got an e-mail from “Lizzie” about a “Friday Evening Chat” via Zoom for the women’s group. Surprised, because I do not belong to a women’s group at the moment, I click on it. The e-mail came from “churchbuilder”…which is, in fact, not a church but a software for churches to e-mail groups of people.
Baffled, I run through all the usual suspects. One of the megachurches I visited in Colorado, perhaps? Ah, but they e-mail me quite regularly and usually list the church’s name in the subject line. My home church? No, to my knowledge no one goes by “Lizzie” on the staff. (And anyway, the e-mail would come from my Mom and she never would go by that particular nickname.) My church in Thailand? No, they usually send announcements via Facebook. A church here in Madison? Possible, but puzzling because again, they usually identify themselves via their e-mail address.
And I know, because I have gotten literally hundreds of e-mails from churches since the COVID-19 thing hit. Which I appreciate. It shows that no matter how isolating social distancing might feel, the church has not also gone into isolation.
But as a perennial mover, I have given quite a few churches my e-mail over the years and they all apparently decided this was a good time to engage with their e-mail lists.
Which brings me back to this mystery e-mail. A Tennessee church? I haven’t heard from any of them in a long time. And then I look more closely at the e-mail address: “churchbuilder.org.uk.”
Ah! It is from my church in England.
What a crazy litigious build-up to Wisconsin’s election today! My sister and I got our absentee ballots out weeks ago so it doesn’t really impact me much when people vote (though I certainly have strong opinions about what the governor tried to do.) But it really has brought to a head a lot of questions about separation of powers and executive orders.
If you haven’t been following, one case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. It involved an order that would have extended absentee voting to six days after the election. Election results wouldn’t be released till the end of the period. The Supreme Court said that would effectively change the election day and that could not happen this last minute.
Another case went before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, challenging the governor’s executive order delaying the Wisconsin election till June. In a 4-2 decision (Justice Kelly abstaining), the court held Governor Evers could not move the election day via executive order.
Pretty exciting stuff!
Did you vote?
I feel a little corny doing a thankful Thursday post, but I guess we could all use it. Things I’m thankful for:
- How easily both my jobs transitioned online (especially the more I see about people being laid off or losing their jobs.)
- How easily my schooling transitioned online.
- The fact that I live in a big apartment (I’d be going crazy in a studio.)
- The fact that I live with my sister (she hides in her room all day but at least I get some extrovert time.)
- All my online friends (in high school all my friends were online, and I’m grateful for how easy it is to pick back up friendships that way.)
- How packed my freezer is.
- YouTube (because videos parodying famous songs and adding quarantine lyrics are GOLD right now.)
- My tax return (’cause that just arrived and I like $$$.)
- The fact that I can hair-pin-lace while listening to my class lectures.
- Calls from relatives (HI GRANDMA!)
- The fact that my friend and her husband have a bet on how many books I’ll read during quarantine ’cause that’s super incentivizing. (They only count since yesterday, though, so I’m at 2.)
- All 399 followers of this blog.