Evening Escapades, Big Bulging Boxes and that Sexy Census

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I threw the census envelop in a stack on top of my computer weeks ago. I told myself I would save it for later. I’d been eyeing it for a few days. Trying to wait until I was in the mood. I decided earlier that today was the day. Today. After work, I said. In the quiet of the evening. Over a glass of wine. I mean, you can only wait so long for some things.

I took a few minutes to relax and then I jimmied open that larger than average fella… no cuts received. We were off to a good start. I pulled out two of them. They were smooth. And light. Their scent unassuming. I disregarded the second member of the group. I immediately recognized the one I needed. The one dressed in blue. That was the one that caught my eye. Not a lot of words… more of a strong silent type.

My eyes moved quickly to the big bulging box in the center. My attention span is short. At the end of a long day, the last thing I want is a marathon. I just needed to get to the meat of the situation. Quickly. It was there I found that dirty little website. And the code I needed for entry. 

My fingers tapped confidently over the keys of my HP. I was hesitant before. But now, I couldn’t wait to enter. My eyes darted back and forth. I wanted to make sure I did it right. I did. I did it right. Entry achieved. No hesitation. And just like that, it was over.

I started at 6:41 PM.

It was all over by 6:46 PM.

And I was satisfied. 

True Story

All that really happened. But I DID spruce it up a little.

Because there is Nothing Sexier than the Census

April 1, 2020 was CENSUS DAY. You know that sexy little letter you get from the government every 10 years asking you information about who lives in your house? That’s the one. If you haven’t checked this off your list yet… you probably have time right now. Given… well… the whole dumpster fire otherwise known as 2020. And don’t worry, April 1 wasn’t the last day – it was just the date chosen to identify the people living in your home. You can still complete the census after April 1, 2020. 

I don’t even remember the questions because they were such mundane run of the mill I respond to this kind of crap all the time kind of questions. And even though I wasn’t doing much and I knew it would be quick, I really didn’t want to do it. But I’m pushing 50 and I feel like I should at least try and adult responsibly regularly. So yeah, I gave the five minutes. 


We all benefit from providing this information. 

I Knew You Would Ask

What exactly is dependent upon census data?

  • The building of schools that serve our children.
  • The number of seats per state in the House of Representatives that write the laws in our interest.
  • The establishment of new roads and highways.
  • Grants for public transportation.
  • Medical facilities and services that we appreciate and value now in this 2020 more than ever.
  • Funding for over 100 programs including Medicaid and Head Start and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that provide for those in need.
  • Educational grants for teachers.
  • Special education services.
  • Support for rural areas.
  • Environmentally related funds for the protections of wildlife and forests.
  • Mental health and social services that are crucial to our population.
  • Funding for services for families, seniors and children.
  • Congressional district drawings.
  • Identification of population trends and growth projections that make our neighborhoods… more neighborly.


There is not much that we can do in so little time and with so little effort that will impact so many people. So I adulted today. It took five minutes. Exactly five minutes. And I was extremely satisfied. If you haven’t already, and you are looking for a little adult satisfaction… visit my2020census.gov. It’s not too late to join the fun.

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Joi was born and raised in San Antonio. After a brief pit stop at the University of Texas in Austin, Joi moved to Houston in 1994 and began checking boxes off her never ending to do list. During this time and in no particular order, Joi taught a little bit of everything between first and eighth grades, got married and then divorced, completed grad school, birthed a few babies – Ferris {November 1997}, Warren {December 1999} and Laylah {March 2006}, moved an old lady into her home – Granny {January 1925} started working in Human Resources, served an excessive amount of time (on boards, in booster clubs, team momming) as a crazy sports momma, and learned a lot of life lessons. Joi is known for her unabashed honesty, always present sense of humor and her #TeamTooMuch style of doing everything. On most days, you can find her caught up in her love/hate relationship with politics, feeding her Facebook addiction, or counting the number of days until her last child graduates from high school.


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