Saturday, August 20, 2016
Posted by wesley's mom (sue) on Saturday, August 20, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
You may not have heard, they've been keeping it on the DL, but there's a presidential election coming up. Some have even said this is an important presidential election (although, if you ask me ALL elections are important).
I've heard of people thinking they are registered to vote, only to find out ON ELECTION DAY, that they were not. Oh the weeping and the wailing. Maybe you think you already did it (did you?), maybe you think it's automatic (it's not), or maybe you think your wife, brother, or 2nd cousin signed you up when they registered (wait...why would you think that?), whatever you've got going on, may I suggest that you double check before it's too late?
Each state has different rules and deadlines, so check yours and get registered if you're not. Also, if your state offers early or mail in ballots, DUDE! Get on that list!! I've had lots of people tell me that they prefer to go down to the polling station and vote in person. They enjoy the pageantry, solidarity, and symbolism of waiting in line for who knows how long with a bunch of strangers. If that's your thing, great! I get it (not really, but sort of, I guess). BUT, in Arizona (check the rules in your state, they may be different) requesting an early ballot does not mean you can't go vote in person if that's what you want to do. It just means you have your ballot early, you can study it, reflect on your choices, talk it over with your psychic, then, if it gets close to election day and you feel like getting it out of the way early, BOOM! You drop it in the mail. No stamp required. OR election day comes and the county recorder has made a drastic reduction in the number of available polling places and it looks like you might have to wait for HOURS and then more HOURS to vote, BOOM! You have your ballot and you can just drop it off. All I'm saying, is that the early voting list is all perks, no non-perks.
If you want to register, double check your registration, or sign up for early voting and you live in Arizona go HERE.
If you live in another state, HERE are links to some other state's elections website. If your state isn't on the list, try Google. Google knows everything man.
I don't care who you vote for (well, I mean I DO, but...), just make sure you vote. It's your right and your responsibility. Like they say at the Olympics, you can't win if you don't play...wait, maybe I'm thinking of Vegas,,,,either way...vote, and while you're at it, make sure your kids see you do it.
Okay. I'm done lecturing.
Posted by wesley's mom (sue) on Thursday, August 18, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
We are down to only 2 kids left at home. The new school year started for them a couple of weeks ago, and it starts for me tomorrow (senior year for 2 of us!!).
Back in the day when there were 5 kids at home this time of year was crazy. There were schedules to get used to, new teachers, homework, friends in and out. It was busy, and usually loud.
Now it's quiet. These last two are pretty independent, and even a gaggle of friends at this age is much easier to manage than a gaggle of 12 year olds. (We haven't had an explosion in our backyard in ages).
I always thought I would be sad when we came to this point and the kids didn't need me as much. I figured it would be lonely and boring. So far that's not the case.
Loud and busy can be fun, but quiet is pretty good too.
Posted by wesley's mom (sue) on Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Posted by wesley's mom (sue) on Saturday, August 13, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
What does it mean when it takes a 10 days to recover from a 7 day vacation? We had the BEST time, and we haven't really been back to 10 days, so hopefully it will not really take that long to recover, but I have been SO tired since we got home that 4 days have felt like 10.
I'm pretty sure I have Post Vacation Depression, either that or I've been watching too much Olympic coverage, because, ugh, the weeping. It comes out of nowhere. But it could be exhaustion and pre-back to school anxiety.
Good grief Charlie Brown!
Why do I even bother trying to pin down what is causing me to feel the feelings? You'd think by now I would just figure it's part of my process. Or ALL of my process.
Anyway, I'm going to try REALLY hard to write about our trip this week so I don't forget all of the good stuff.
I just need to take a nap first.
Posted by wesley's mom (sue) on Monday, August 08, 2016
Sunday, August 7, 2016
There's a song from Hamilton about running out of time. in fact, there's a lot of talk in the musical about Alexander's need to be always moving and working. I know how he felt. There's so much to do and so little time to do it, and maybe it's a little like being a fish, I worry that if I stop swimming I'll sink.
Then, this morning I read a quote from Lauren Graham, she was talking about the Gilmore Girls reunion, but it could apply to lots of things, "It's like getting a chance to go to college when you're really ready, you know, when you really get what an incredible opportunity you have and how rare the time is."
I've had a few people tell me that I might be too old to start a new career. Or that women over 50 just don't get hired. Or that maybe I should think about slowing down.
Seriously, at 48 years old I should slow down? And then what would I do for the next 50+ years that I'm alive? No thanks. I think I will go as fast as I can for as long as I can.
Sometimes though, they get in my head and I start to think maybe they're right. Maybe I am too old, maybe it is too late, maybe life is all about making money and I'm never going to get rich doing what makes me happy...
Just for fun I looked up some ladies who made it big later in life and this morning I am proud to present a list of women who did not slow down or listen to the Debbie Downers in their lives who told them they were too old to get hired/make a change/do anything significant.
1. Lousia May Alcott, first book published when she was 37.
2. Julia Child, enrolled in cooking school when she was 36, wrote her first cookbook when she was 39.
3. Vera Wang, became a fashion designer at 40.
4. Martha Stewart, first book when she was 41.
I could go on, Grandma Moses, Laura Ingals Wilder, but the point is, like the Dixie Chicks, I have always taken the long way around, and things have always been okay, I don't see any reason to mess with something that's been working for me.
Posted by wesley's mom (sue) on Sunday, August 07, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
Saturday, July 23, 2016
I would say I spend 40% of my time feeling adequate, 50% questioning everything I do and say, and the other 10% feeling like I am far superior to the idiots I'm surrounded by. Sometimes someone will say something to me or I will overhear them, and BOOM. I turn into Captain Smug. The other day I happened to hear a conversation about insects. The conversers were specifically talking about cockroaches and the disgust they feel towards them, "I don't know about you, but I can't deal with anything that could survive a holocaust."
Guys, I felt like I was sitting in a David Sedaris story.
It took everything I had not to say, "I'm sorry, but I believe the horrible event you mean is a nuclear blast, or a famine, or some other manner of disaster, because victims of the Holocaust belonged to very specific groups, PLENTY of insects, and ...wait for it...even HUMANS survived the Holocaust."
I mean, did they even understand what the Holocaust was?
I was thrown off for the rest of the day. It's not often that I feel like I'm the smartest person in the room, but when it happens, I savor it.
Don't worry. By the next day I was back to overthinking my every word and gesture.
Posted by wesley's mom (sue) on Saturday, July 23, 2016