I didn't want to add to the plethera of 'go vote!' posts around the blogosphere (though if you haven't yet and you can, you definitely should go vote!!). But I thought I should post about my thoughts on this election day, my very first for THE president.
So here is my voting day post. I am an emotional wreck today. It's a good thing that The Boyfriend is working the polls and doesn't have to deal with me all day ;) I voted last week. My vote 'doesn't matter' here in one of the reddest states, Utah. Yes, if you didn't already know it, I voted for Barack Obama. I don't have to explain why, I'll just say that I can't see our country heading in the same direction as it has for the last 8 years. So I voted for Obama. I'm completely sold on the idea that we shouldn't be a divided country. I'd like for all of the states to be swing states. I think the independents don't have the representation we need, that is, there are only 2 major parties when a third of the country is registered as independent. I could go on and on all day about what I think we should be as opposed to what we are, but I won't.
I'm excited today, also nervous, and I can add a whole host of other emotions/feelings to the list. I'll probably be glued to the TV for the rest of the day to see what is going on and what will happen. Oh, don't forget fivethirtyeight.com!!
I'm happy because there has been such a turnaround with the attitudes of people in regards to politics and to what goes on in our country. People care. People are voting. Young people are voting. Young people who can't vote are involved and trying to persuade people in their voting. People are waiting in lines for hours to vote. I feel like the apathy that plagued me and millions of others is gone and will be gone in future elections, for a long time. It is too important to just sit by and do nothing anymore.
I haven't voted until now because I felt like it wasn't important. Like my voice wouldn't matter. I still sometimes feel like my voice won't matter in my state, but I will keep voting. Even if the Republican wins in Utah because he will and always has, we still need a consensus of the people. I have to vote so that I can complain. If I didn't do my duty and vote, I have no right to complain about what is going on.
I took my daughter with me to vote, last week and two years ago. I plan on taking her with me every time. I will do my best to teach her just how important it is that she be informed and involved. I hope when she votes for the President for her first time that the situation then won't be quite as dire as I feel like it is today. And I hope that she realizes what a privelege and a necessity voting is.
HOPE is a great thing, not just a slogan. It's a lot better than fear. I hope that tomorrow I'll know for sure that Barack Obama is the next president of the United States. And then I hope that we can all get past the negativity and hatred that has been shown over the last few months. I think we can.
Posted by Lauren on November 4, 2008
I should have never promised no more politics posts. I guess I could have promised no more political rants though ;)
In case you missed it, or haven’t heard it already. Bring it on, November 4th. We are ready.
P.S. This says it all, too. As well as this. Live and learn. (Go Nate!)
Posted by Lauren on November 1, 2008
Since I hardly post anymore I may as well squeeze as much as I can into one right? And I apologize if I usually visit your blog and I haven't been in a while. I swear I will be better!I'm so overtaken by all of the stuff going on in the horse race known as the Pres. election so I haven't been thinking about much else. I voted already, but I'm on pins and needles to know what is going to happen! Anyway, one little political plug and them I'm zipping it on that topic. My newest must-read-several-times-a-day is fivethirtyeight.com. The guys that run it write so incredibly well, and besides all of the numbers stuff there are plenty of inspirational and touching posts to read. This is probably old news but if you haven't heard of it, go check it out! If you type in the page, don't type the wrong thing because apparently it is pretty close to some porno site, heads up!! And the comments get quite spirited, I enjoy them but some may not. So fair warning.
ped out a couple of things for a niece and nephew, hopefully the moms don't mind seeing them before they actually get them! My sister-in-law said she needed a pair of mittens for my nephew and they took about 1 1/2 hours. Gotta love that! It is just a basic pattern without thumbs, using double stranded sock yarn. I think they are cute :)
My sister requested a hat for Bobita's favorite cousin that is her age ;) So I also whipped one out yesterday. I just hope it fits! I hope I can get it mailed down there so that it gets there close to her birthday – I hope?! Anyway. It is also just a made-up pattern with earflaps and i-cord ties and a mediocre pom-pom. Good thing kids aren't too picky. Well most of the time.
I finished making some new yarn. I'm calling it Grinch. It is a 2-ply superwash, self-dyed, about 200 yards or so. It'll make a cute hat or something for some little one.
I started on something else too, Versatility from Knitty. I picked up some
Araucania Chunky at Unravelled Sheep over the weekend and I think so far it is turning out great. I'm doing slightly smaller bobbles than the pattern says to. I just couldn't handle the big big ones. It should still be pretty cute, and save on the yarn!
I'm still working on the Dimorphous Mittens, I have one inner mitten done and then a good start on the cuff of the second. I figure the outer shells won't take too long so they should be done just in time for when it gets really chilly around here.
That's all folks :)
Posted by Lauren on October 29, 2008
I voted today! I’ve been anxiously awaiting this day for weeks now, and I’m glad it is over and done with! I’ve
never voted in a presidential election before, but I’m thinking that early voting or even by mail is definitely the way to go. No line, quick and painless. Here’s a shocker for you – I even voted for some Republicans. Just not McCain ;)
I don’t care who you vote for, just go do it if you are registered! And if you aren’t, well go get registered. Just wait until after November : )
On a side note, The Boyfriend went to his class on being a poll worker yesterday at the city and county building. He said there were lines of cars just to get into the parking lot, people who waited until the last day to walk-in register. It’s too bad they waited until then, but it’s fantastic that people are getting out there to register!
Anyway, I should have a fiber related post for you soon. Until then.
Posted by Lauren on October 21, 2008
It has been quite the week in politics. Lots of smearing and negativity, even lots of hate. I was reading in a forum this morning about the newest string of chain emails that just put out outright lies and get sent around like mad by ignorant people. Thankfully I have never been the recipient of one, but it still happens way too much apparently. That, along with this op-ed today prompted my finger to do some walking over here and my credit card to do some talking. I, like so many others, may not even have the money to donate but it is important to me and I will do what I can to help the fight. The smears translate into money for Obama, so keep them coming if you think it will help, even though it obviously hasn’t helped so far – even Kristol admits it! Go ahead and follow his advice even though it will be completely transparent if you do. Every time it gets really ugly I can find comfort in giving my money to the campaign I believe in : )
I promise, no more politics until it’s over! I’m going to vote early to avoid any potential problems. Did I tell you that The Boyfriend will be working the polls?!
Posted by Lauren on October 13, 2008
Or is the McCain/Palin campaign trying to divide us even more than we already are? Aren’t we, as a nation under God, supposed to be patriotic as one people? Are we supposed to be a nation of haters, wishing death on our fellow Americans? Really? I think you know my answer to those questions.
I usually get mad about stuff like this but I saw these videos today and they just made me really, really sad. The first is of members of a crowd after a McCain/Palin rally in Ohio. The second is of a crowd waiting to get into a McCain event in Pennsylvania. I know I’m not alone thinking this is wrong. I have never wished ill on McCain or Palin, or heck even George W. Bush. This just sucks. And we need to get our act together and stop this ignorant nonsense and solve some real issues.
Once again, for anyone who needs the links:
Stop the ignorance and get the truth.
Posted by Lauren on October 9, 2008
Vegas was great and fun, but 3 days there is really too long. Especially being away from my kiddo for that long. I missed her terribly and by the end of Sunday I really just wanted to be back home relaxing, not walking around on The Strip with all of the other touristas and crazy women wearing insanely revealing outfits to go clubbing and to be seen – lol. I’m so glad to be home! School starts this week along with dance classes, and I’m not quite ready yet but it is nice to have some kind of purpose again after a long hot summer. Anyway, on to the other interesting stuff.
A lot has happened politically in the last few weeks, right? The Democratic National Convention and the McCain VP announcement, just to name a couple. I try to follow the politics, but lately I have been noticing some disturbing things. I recently found a few websites that I will be visiting more often, they are Politifact.com and Factcheck.org. I might be behind with these, but better late than never? So with all of the ads and speeches you hear a lot of claims about the candidates, and it is helpful to know if they are really true or not. So if you haven’t been to those, go check them out please, to get the truth – about all of the candidates.
The disturbing things. Here on Politifact is a list of the truthiness of chain emails spread around about presidential candidates. I looked at all of them, and the majority of them are about Barack Obama, a handful about Hillary Clinton, and only a few are about John McCain. All but one of the completely untrue ones? They are mostly about Obama, some about Hillary. Why is this? It leads me to believe that there are people out there who just don’t like Obama and Hillary and are trying to sabotage them by spreading outright lies about them. And if you look at those, they are pretty nasty things that are being put out there. Why are there so few about McCain? It leads me to believe that though people may not like McCain they are restraining from spreading outright lies about him. Am I wrong to assume this?!
Now I will admit that the Obama/Biden campaign is not completely in the clear here, they have been putting out stuff that is wrong too, you can see that if you go to the above mentioned sites. My biggest gripe here is that both sides are spreading things that are untrue. Why do that? If you are confident in what you have to offer and that it is better than the opposition, do you really have to get into the mudslinging? I don’t think I’m alone either in not wanting them to go there, period. The biggest problem is that people don’t fact check, and a lot of people just believe anything they hear. So people believe that Obama’s other middle name is Muhammed and that he is an America-hating-Muslim, when it is far from the truth according to the facts that people could find if they only looked. It isn’t fair if either party wins the election having done so from LYING. So stop it!! Give us a break, and let’s just hear the truth – we can handle it!
Okay, that feels better having got that out. Ahhhhh :)
Posted by Lauren on September 1, 2008
I have nothing better to post today so I’m giving you a link about John McCain. Really? He doesn’t know he owns 10 houses? And who is supposed to be the elitist in the race?! Honestly the more I see of this guy the more I get disgusted with him. The question is are we going to hear about this over and over like we did the $400 haircut? I’m guessing no.
Sorry, I guess I’m in a bad mood and can’t openly gripe about what I really want to, so you get this!
Spinning content coming soon…
Posted by Lauren on August 21, 2008
Thank you all so much for the sweet birthday wishes!! We had a pretty great day, The Baby pretty much got to choose what we did and what we ate, and she had a great time opening presents. She got some pretty cool stuff, including a home sewn bath towel from my sister. I love it more than The Baby does I think :) The mac and cheese was delicious, and I made lava cake for dessert even
though all she really wanted was the ice cream (she’s an ice cream fiend!). I showed her the blog post and read through the comments for her and she was just beaming, it was so precious, so thanks for helping make her day.
In other stuff, I voted yesterday – did you?! I know that I’ve mentioned Ron Paul before here and how I like him, and I still do. I just decided a few weeks ago that I believe Barack Obama is really the person who needs to be the president this time around. So that’s where my vote went. And didn’t he do great last night? Woot!! Anyway :)
After running out of yarn on my Logan River Wrap, I picked up another skein yesterday and was able to finish the second border last night. All of the ends are woven in and now it just needs a bath. I’m soooo glad to have this one done, it seemed like it just kept going on and on and on! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed knitting it. The dropping of stitches is always great fun, and the pattern was easily memorized and still interesting. Hopefully it will dry today and I’ll be able to show it off soon!
I’ll be trying to finish up some stuff that has been lingering on the needles for a while now. It’s going to be hard to not cast on anything new. There are tons of stuff that I’m eager to get started, and I need to start spinning again too since I missed the last half of last month in my spinning every day goal. I will leave you with the nice
little big surprise I got this morning. We have a recycling bin!!! Yes folks, I am ridiculously excited about this. I have dreamed of the day and had heard a rumor that it was coming, but I would have never believed it! I feel like being in the ghetto, we often get overlooked on a lot of things like nice roads, TRAX, and even recycling pickup. So I am extremely happy to see this come :) Maybe there is hope that we’ll get more of those other things yet! That’s all I’ve got, have a great day!
Posted by Lauren on February 6, 2008
I just saw this article and I wanted to share. How many of those ‘frontrunners’ have raised $4 million in a day, from ordinary people like me?! I know Ron Paul is not the most talked about candidate and a lot of people make his followers seem kooky or whatever, but I don’t care. I really could care less about the media-made ‘frontrunners’ in this presidential campaign, and right now it scares me to think who might actually become the President and how they might possibly just be worse (as hard as it is to imagine!) as the one we’ve got right now. Anyway, I think Ron Paul kicks butt, and I gave money to him too even before this milestone of his. I really hope the stupid media starts putting more focus on people like him that say things that actually matter, instead of the ones who are just spewing out sound bytes that haven’t got much substance. If we really want what is best for us, we need someone like Paul who really wants to get rid of big government and keep our noses out of places we don’t belong. And I know I’m not alone!! I am still kicking myself for missing him when he was here the day after we got back from vacation! I’ve watched some of his speeches on CSpan and he really knows his stuff. I disagree with a few things he states as issues, like abortion, but overall I think he is the man. Can you believe I would actually consider changing my party to Republican to vote for him in the primaries? I know! Go Ron Paul!
Posted by Lauren on November 12, 2007