Life After the 2016 Presidential Election – Day 1

November 9, 2016:

Woke up with a sense of dread. Nothing had been called yet when we went to bed, but it was most definitely looking like a Trump victory was not just possible but likely. I wanted that to not be true so badly, I hesitated before grabbing my phone to check…. what I had fallen asleep fearing – what I had been actually scared of for a while now – had actually happened.
I understand this is how democracy works. Normally the hardest fought races lead to the highest level of discourse and debate on policy (oh wait, that may just be wishful thinking) here it gave us 17 months of ugly nastiness capped off with a Trump presidency.
What does give me solace is that Hillary appears to have won the popular vote. Phew. More voters chose her than him.
I believe our failed education system is what got us here. In hindsight it makes perfect sense… I find myself less upset with people I consider to be of a lesser intellect than my friends, my husband and I (yes, i know that’s super snobby), but if I know you are smart enough to see through the facade…. to KNOW better, I will judge you. And not in a good way… it’s kind of like when I learn someone has a cat, I INSTANTLY like that person better. Here, when I learn someone supports Trump, I INSTANTLY lose just a little bit of respect for that person.
I understand differing views on policies is what the political system is built on, but I do not understand how anyone has ever been able to get a straight enough and reasonably detailed policy position or proposal to know whether you agree with him or not.
This was a hard day….
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Back to blogging….

Today is the first day in a LOOOONG time that I have logged back on.  Blogging/writing is a passion for me, but one that tends to take the back burner to the real life stuff and that sucks.  I’ve had a rough couple of weeks… this year’s election has thrown me for a loop – to say the least.  On November 9, 2016, I started writing down how I feel about where we are as a country and as a world and have decided that maybe this will be a good outlet for it.  I’m not oping for much of anything, other than to make this an outlet for my thoughts, emotions, fears and hopes…. I can’t make any promises as to how long I’ll stick with it, but I’m hoping to “find” like minded people that will help keep this introvert sane….

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Day 10 – Because I can’t say it any better….

http://feeds.dailykos.com/~r/dailykos/index/~3/b1aVBgmJcIE/-Harry-Reid-Mitt-s-secrecy-has-nothing-to-do-with-me

By the way, this would fall under both the “good” category (because it’s highly entertaining) and the Ridiculous category (because it is, for the lack of a better term, ridiculous!)

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Day 9 – For Science!

Whenever I hear my husband yell “For Science!!” I know that he is being silly with a friend (or by himself, it happens) – doing anything from taking silly pictures, to playing video games, to actually discussing something scientific.  It’s sort of become an inside become an inside joke for him, though one that carries a grain of truth, always.  My husband is a scientist, which is as exciting as it sounds boring.  He loves being a scientist, and all that entails (everything from lab coats and goggles, to creating and researching during long hours in the lab) and more often than not, he tells me all about it.  So, it is in his honor that today’s entry is, essentially, FOR SCIENCE!

In 58 minutes and 24 seconds NASA’s Curiosity Rover will – God willing – land on Mars.  How seriously cool is that?! Now, I will admit that I am one of the ones that is somewhat disappointed by the fact that space exploration seems to have moved at a snail’s pace in the last four decades, and scratching my head over how we are not much further than we are with it.  However, in the end, I know all good things take time and no matter how long it may take, I, for one, am super psyched about Curiosity’s mission and hope it all goes well.

As for the Ridiculous – sort of staying in line with the science motto for the day – they remade Total Recall?  Wow! I am honestly not sure how I feel about that, what with Arnold still alive and kicking.  I mean, the original isn’t that old… is it?  Though, I suppose with all the advances in CGI and film making in general, it might be cool to watch the remake. We’ll see how it goes.

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Day 8 – “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” ~ Voltaire

You know what’s good….?  A good book. What is greater than laying on out on your porch, in your bed, by the pool, or where ever and get fully immersed in a good story?  When the mood is right, there is nothing better.  I am a bit of a bookie (no , not that kind… though, if you want to send me your money, go for it :)).  There is never a time that I am not reading a book.  It’s actually a bit of an obsession.  If I don’t get in some reading time before bed, then, well, I don’t even know what then, because that simply does not happen.  I can be tired, I can be tipsy – that Nook is getting turned on, even if I read only a paragraph before passing out. In addition to being an avid reader, I am also a bit of a book snob.  By that I don’t mean that I only read the literary greats, or refuse to read anything but biographies – on the contrary… I love me some good contemporary fiction.  Through some court room action in there – even better.  What I do insist on, however, is good writing.  If the writing is bad, or even just not as good as I would like it to be, then I will not truly enjoy the book.  The English language is a beautiful thing – and  good prose makes my heart sing.  Currently, I am reading Richard North Patterson’s book Eclipse.  He is a great writer as far as I am concerned.  Not only does he use the English language the way it was meant to be used; he also crafts compelling stories.  And, bonus, the stories are typically about some kind of issue.  Things like the death penalty or abortion.  He makes the arguments for both sides of the issue through the characters he creates, and they are always compelling on both sides!  When reading his books you are not only treated to a well written suspenseful story, you also sort of get educated on an issue.

Now, to the Ridiculous.  I mentioned that I read a lot.  That naturally means that I am always looking for the next book to read.  Sometimes I don’t have time to research what I should or could read next… let’s face it folks – I’d rather be reading.   Most recently, to overcome this issue, I decided to just go with the NYT Bestseller’s List – Fiction.  No one on my Facebook had suggested anything recently, so why not.  I picked a few different books in the Top 10, figuring nothing much could possibly go wrong.  As I said, I don’t necessarily care what the book is about, as long as the story is compelling and the writing good.  What I ended up with, however, was pretty ridiculous: Two erotic romance novels and one vampire novel (which consisted of 80% vampire and were-animal sex, and only about 20% plot).  I guess I’ll need to find a new source for finding the next great read… obviously what the American public is buying does not necessarily live up to m standards.  Sorry, dudes!

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Day 7 – A Cop Out

The Good: It’s Friday!

The Bad: It’s Friday and I am neither opinionated nor motivated enough to blog.

The Ridiculous: I actually feel guilty about it! We’ll have to examine this obviously deep rooted fear of failure (perceived or actual) some other time. I am done for the day.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Day 6 – Good News and What’s Up With the Olympics, Man?

Ok, this is getting really really hard – when will daily  blogging  finally become a habit? Something I look forward to? Maybe tomorrow? Day 10? Day 30?   We shall see. One more day down, is all I can say.  Anway, it is getting late,  I worked hard all day, my husband is inexplicably cleaning the closet immediately behind me, so this will be short and sweet.

The Good: I am insured!! In the words of my good friend A.M.S “Woot Woot!” Well, not quite insured yet, but I did just submit my application for insurance, after making the poor agent really really earn his commission with endless follow up questions and “I changed my mind on this and this” for the last week and a half.  Fingers crossed that all will go well.  Now I can go back to worrying about the ‘being sick’-part of getting sick, and stop (mostly) worrying about the ‘paying the bills’-part of getting think.  Hopefully it will all just be a unnecessary precaution that costs me money every month, but after not being insured for this long, I actually don’t mind paying for some peace of mind.

The Ridiculous: What’s happening at the Olympics, man? Between the Badminton players trying to purposely throw a game so they would have easier opponents in the next round, to the boxing match that was so obviously rigged, to all the other bad press they are getting, I don’t understand what’s going on anymore.  Or has it always been that way, I just haven’t noticed because, let’s be honest, as an Austrian I really honestly couldn’t care less about the Summer Olympic.  I think our medal count is at… wait for it…. zero, BUT the Schwaiger sisters did end the US Teams 32 set winning streak in Beach Volleyball yesterday… so that’s something!

 

 

 

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