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I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. It wasn’t just a party thing — I usually hop all over the place with voting* or a woman thing, although that would have been fantastic to see. I voted for the more experienced candidate, the one with the better resume.

(obvs this is posed)

Current mood: despondent.

AAAND she lost. I should have known when I laughed at Trump verbally slaughtering the Republican candidates one by one that he would have been a bigger threat. But I wrote him off as a joke. And although he received fewer popular votes, he won the system as we have had it set up for hundreds of years.

I see many, many people claiming that he’s not their president. And although I have facepalmed so much these last few weeks that I feel the topography of my face flattening I have to say this: he is my president.

I take a train each morning to work. And on most days, the operator is the same guy. But if someone else happens to be chosen to operate that train, I can’t say, “Nope. Not my train operator.” Because I am literally on that train and that guy is literally operating it. And most important: I want him to be responsible for properly driving the train with me on it.

I feel as if when we say Trump’s not our president, we are washing our hands of him. Instead, we need to hold his feet to the fire. Listen, mister…you are MY president, and here’s a list of things you need to do.

I will continue to facepalm for the rest of today. But starting tomorrow, I intend on figuring out what comes next.

* Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Kerry, McCain, Obama, Clinton. I’m also still a registered Libertarian. I’m a hot mess.

Friday 5: How Do You Do That?

Look at me getting back in the blog swing of things! Sentences like this usually portend my dropping off the face of the earth for weeks again, but we’ll see.

WM bought this for me to commemorate my 3 months of yoga practice!

WM bought this for me to commemorate my 3 months of yoga practice!

Currently I’m flopped on the sofa recovering from a very flow-y yoga practice. This fitness thing sucks. It takes up time and leaves me tired. Bah. I do feel stronger and more flexible though. But I miss that extra 35-40 minutes of sofa time at night.

I got some REALLLLY good news about my Fall Business Trips. I didn’t do a spring trip but I’m taking 2 in fall. And boy oh boy oh boy have I lucked out. I’ll spill details once the travel is booked.

It’s supposed to snow tomorrow. I’m glad I’m procrastinating on getting seeds/plants planted, because they would certainly die this weekend. Related to gardens, we didn’t see this house until later in April last year. By then, the lawn was mowed and all evidence of the weedy mess that actually IS our lawn was destroyed. Our lawn = clover, dandelions, and wild violets accented with tufts of weird grass.


This week’s Friday 5 theme is How do you do that? Let’s get started!

1. When you draw a five-pointed star, which point do you begin with, and where do you go from there?

I had to draw one to answer this! I start at the bottom and draw the first line upward. Then bottom left, upper right, horizontally to the left and back down to the start. (6:00 -> 12:00 -> 8:00 -> 3:00 -> 10:00 -> 6:00) That doesn’t make a perfect star, but it is what it is!

2. On a typical day, in what order do you put your clothes on?

On a typical day, I shower the night before. The order is: bra, shirt, sweater/topper (if worn), tights/skirt OR pants/socks. Then shoes. Underwear are clean from the night before.

3. When packing for an overnighter, what are you likely to pack too much of?

Underwear! Every trip I bring home at least 2 clean pair but you never, ever know what can happen.

4. How particular are you with laundry chores?

I’m very wash-and-wear. WM is more discerning with how his stuff is washed. He also irons his clothes. I … don’t.

5. How are your bookshelves organized?

We have many, many books. WM does the bookshelf organizing, so I asked him. He said we go by subject and then author. Most of his books are history, fantasy, or biography. Then I go and mar his intelligent flow with my shelves of pitiful self-help books, Little Women, and Anne Lamott. (I love Anne Lamott.)

Have a fantastic weekend!

Throwback Thursday: March 1995

Green dress, white and green nails, and in the epitome of 90s accessorizing … a shamrock choker.


I was working full-time at JCPenneys, in the Juniors Department. I was talked to at least once a week about my hemlines being in violation of dress code. To which I’d respond: “I bought this dress/skirt here, in this very store. In the careers department. If you want us to wear longer items to work, talk to your buyers about buying some.”

Sometimes I miss being super-blonde…

Friday 5, Saturday edition: Belly up to the Bar

Happy Saturday!


Max, looking dead but still alive. Promise.

It’s a lovely, sunny morning at the home on Literary Lane that we’re calling Angry Man Farm. (We aren’t angry and it’s not a farm, but the name is great!) I have some oatmeal and coffee in my belly. The dogs are snoozing. Max is still alive, though a bit addled this week. He has about 2 ‘off’ days every few weeks. WM has some classwork to do (grad school! so proud!) and I am staring at a to-do list that includes researching when to plant seeds, spending time in the room that will become my own craft room/office and looking ahead at March.

This Friday 5, “Belly up to the Bar” was supposed to be written and posted last night, but after work, dinner, and exercise, I settled in to watch some NXT and slipped into such a sleep I barely remember going upstairs to bed. Sweet, sweet Friday night sleep. 🙂

1. What’s the Good News?

I went to the dentist on Thursday for a regular cleaning and checkup, and other than the gaping hole that tooth #7 has left in my smile, my teeth are in great shape and I had no cavities. But the REALLY good news is that next week I get to meet with the surgeon to see how my jaw has taken to the bone grafts. I might be ready for the next step of this dental implant process. March 11th will mark 6 months into this year-or-so process. But this incoming fake tooth has to last me at least another 40 years, so it’ll be worth it.

2. When did you last Take 5, and how did you spend it?

I had that four day weekend/staycation last week, and I mostly cleaned this house. One of my fears buying this place was that it was so much bigger than the apartment and that I would have lose more of my spare time to cleaning it. That fear came true. It’s worth it, but yeesh.

3. Who’s a Big Hunk?

Besides WM? My Big Hunk of the week continues to be WWE wrestler Alberto del Rio. [drools, fans self]

4. In what way has this week been a Rocky Road?

You know when you hold an institution in high esteem and then it makes a decision that’s ‘best for business’ which disappoints you? Makes for a little bit of rockiness.

OF COURSE this is nonbloggable but will likely be in my memoir entitled “I Fell Asleep and Forgot to Post.” Look for it in 2046.

5. What’s something you’re keeping Skor on?

Skor bar…okay now I’m drooling! The answer is NOT the presidential election. I watched 15 minutes of the debate a few nights ago and now I see why people like Trump. Here is a guy is not a career politician and in the debates, he verbally beats up Cruz and Rubio to the point where they are just sputtering and sweating! Who wouldn’t want to see this? I kind of wish he’d guest star in one of the Clinton/Sanders debates. Heck, I wish people could hire Trump to debate in their own local and gubernatorial debates. School board appearances, mayoral town halls. I think he has a great second career going.

I fear a President Trump far less than I fear a President Cruz. I can’t see the Congresscritters working with Trump at all, and from the last 8 years, we know what happens when you can’t get Congress on your side.

I’ll still be casting my general election vote to the chosen [D] because, well, I kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiind of fear for our civil rights if I don’t. Which [D] do I prefer? Neither yet. I wobble almost daily.

Okay, fine! I guess I AM keeping SKOR on the election. Bah.

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