Whoa 2017

January 20, 2017 at 2:09 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Guys. So much has happened since I last posted! We had Christmas! We have a New Year! I had a honeymoon in Thailand! And god help us, we have a new president.

I have many feelings and thoughts on all of these things but will probably actually post about the honeymoon and some politics in the upcoming days. The honeymoon was great and wonderful and Thailand was amazing and I was ashamed to be abroad representing a country who recently elected Donald Trump to its highest office. So what am I doing about it? Well, I’m heading to Washington, D.C. on a bus tonight to take part in the Women’s March tomorrow. Then I’ll bus it back to Chicago and pretend that life is somewhat normal for the next four years (or however long it takes for us to have a change in authority).

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Next stop: DC!

Here’s hoping everyone stays safe and that we can move forward in the right direction – as a country and as a planet.

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Is It Over Yet?

December 13, 2016 at 3:40 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

God this is the year that just won’t end.

It goes on and on my friend.

(If you now have a tune involving a sheep puppet in your head, I apologize).

But really, this year just keeps going and going and just when you think you’ve had enough, it goes along some more. I’m dealing with some personal stress and then of course there’s the national stress leftover from the election (and looks like it’s going to hang around for at least another four years), things can be tough. I’m trying to stay positive though and so I will say that I’m thankful for the fact that this year is creeping ever so slowly to its end and I’m looking at a significant time out of the office for Christmas and then our honeymoon. Because if I can get through these next few weeks, Thailand awaits!

Of course, the issues and stressors that are in my life will be waiting for me when I return. But hopefully a vacation will help them from being so damn daunting! After all, life always seems a little brighter when you’re sporting a tan.

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Hail to the Chief

Just ask our President-elect…

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Dazed and Confused

July 3, 2013 at 11:18 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

That pretty much sums up the state of politics these days.  In honor of the 4th of July, here’s one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite movies:

We could make things happen…

“Hey guys, one more thing, this summer when you’re being inundated with all this American bicentennial Fourth of July brouhaha, don’t forget what you’re celebrating and that’s the fact that a bunch of slave-owing, aristocratic white males didn’t want to pay their taxes!”

Despite all of the things going on with our country and our politics that I’m not very happy about (NSA, anyone?), I still think that things here are better than they are in many places.  Not that they’re as good as they could and should be, but hopefully we’re moving in the right direction.

Hopefully.

Regardless, I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July and if nothing else, I’m thankful to be free from work for a day (as my last job didn’t consider the 4th to be a holiday).  May your BBQ’s be tasty, your beer be cold and your fireworks be bright!

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Done and Done!

November 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Well, I’ve done my civic duty for this election period.

Not a fancy sticker but it will do.

This whole early voting thing is mighty handy, I will admit.  Scott and I attempted to take care of this last Sunday but the wait was running over an hour and we simply didn’t have that sort of time to kill.  I went to the downtown polling location yesterday on my lunch break and the lines were much better – I only waited about 20 minutes before being able to cast my ballot.  I have memories of elections gone by and of my mom having to wake up my sister and I super early so she could take care of her voting at the buttcrack of dawn.  It’s pretty nice knowing I’ll be sticking to my usual routine on Tuesday and enjoying that extra hour of sleep that the end of Daylight Savings Time will provide.

This election is a very divisive one (but really, which election isn’t?) and I’m glad to know that my little vote will eventually be heard.  Of course I wish there was more I could do to get this country on the track I think it should be on but short of running for office myself, voting is a good place to start.  And seeing as how I gave up my dreams of presidency long ago (thanks for those skeletons in my closet, college), I’ll be content with watching someone else go prematurely gray as they try to solve the country’s problems.

As I’ve mentioned before here, I think it’s important to be aware of the issues at hand and make responsible voting decisions.  And while I don’t exactly see how any educated mind can believe some of the stuff being spouted by one particular candidate, I know for a fact that neither man is perfect and neither can keep all they promises he’s made.  All I can do is hope that whomever is elected does his best and helps this country become a place that I’m not so hesitant to bring a new life into (…eventually).  Of course I’d like for “my guy” to win but since there isn’t much I can do other than what I’ve already done, I’ll just sit back and watch the chaos ensue.  And either way, I bet I’ll be having a drink come Tuesday night just to celebrate the fact that this election season is finally over.

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Well, Big Bird’s Not Happy

October 4, 2012 at 11:50 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

So, there was a little debate last night.  If you have any sort of access to television, the internet, newspapers or crazy hobos on the street, I’m sure this did not slip by you unnoticed.  I did watch and I’ll admit to some eye rolling and disgruntled sighs – I’ll also admit that this pertained to both candidates.  And the moderator.  I’ve been doing some thinking and I firmly believe that if we invoke Nickelodeon’s use of getting slimed, we would have much more entertaining political debates.  Just think – every time one of the candidates misstates a fact, hems and haws around the truth or goes over their designated two minutes (incidentally, I don’t think any one of the three men on stage knows how to count), they would get slimed in front of a live national audience.  All in the name of truth!

I can see them now…

Speaking of truth, there’s a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that does a lot of fact checking on the things being said by both presidential candidates.  Here a link to some of the checks they did from the debate last night, in case you were wondering exactly what was and wasn’t correct.  It by no means covers everything but it does encourage us all to do a little digging of our own rather than just blindly believing everything our favorite guy happens to say.  Because after all, knowledge is power!

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