Election Frustration

Yesterday was election day. And as everyone knows, the results have been a swing toward conservative leaders. This blog post is not about the results or why people vote the way they do. Instead, I’m writing about the one thing every election that disturbs me greatly.

Why is it that each side of the proverbial aisle has to use election time as an excuse for abusing those with a differing viewpoint? In the last 24 hours, I’ve heard people called morons, hicks, stupid and more for the voting decisions being made. I really don’t understand why we can’t all simply agree that we have different perspectives on the same issues and move on. The election process in the United States is one of the best advantages to living here. We have the privilege to elect individuals to office every two or four years where there are others in this world who live in oppressive environments and don’t have choices. Shouldn’t we instead work together to make our states and country a better place instead of fighting, bickering and insulting each other?

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Is It Just Me?

I’ve noticed that the years fly by faster and faster as I get older. Is it just me or is this the case with everyone?

This year in particular seems to be speeding by. The year is more than half over and I feel like we just got things rolling with our New Years’ Eve party. The next thing I knew we were hosting the 4th of July and trying to find time for a vacation (which doesn’t appear to fit in our schedules until September).

My husband and I have hosted activities/people at our home every weekend since Memorial Day. Is it wrong of me to wish for a weekend to myself? Is it just me or can I be a little selfish and wish for some alone time?

Writer’s Block

It’s been a crazy few months between moving into our new house and dealing with family health issues, but I’ve also been struggling lately with what to write about on this blog. I need some inspiration. I read blog posts from other fantastic writers every day and read articles, books and other thought-provoking material offline as well. I’ve just lost my focus on what to write here. Maybe I think I need to come up with something amazingly original or truly set apart from the hundreds of other writers out there or perhaps it’s hard to get motivated here when other areas of my life are less than inspiring. Hmm … perhaps that is the real issue. Does anyone else ever feel like they’ve lost their mojo? How do you get it back?

Crazy Holiday Season

It’s been weeks since I last posted here. It’s been an insane month but one that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

After finally closing on our new home, we’ve spent the last month moving in and getting the house ready for Christmas. It’s becoming a home now, and for that I am thankful. More space means that we have plenty of room for all of belongings but also for our families and friends. We planned on hosting my parents, brother and sister in law on Christmas Eve but a record-breaking blizzard in Tulsa prevented them from driving the hour from Stillwater. That snowfall didn’t prevent my in-laws from visiting on Christmas day though, and we had a fantastic lunch and afternoon spent opening gifts and spending time together.

We are now planning a New Years’ Eve party for our friends — the first in our 10 years together. I’ll try to post again soon, but I do hope you each have a wonderful and prosperous New Year.

Thank You

It’s been about a year since I started this blog and, while I’ve not been the most consistent writer, I’ve enjoyed having an outlet for my thoughts and opinions. Given that it’s November, a time for thanksgiving and celebration, I thought I’d take a moment to thank those of you who read my blog on a regular basis. I see the stats and appreciate the comments and feedback I receive more than you will ever know.

At the same time, I have to share a bit of my own thanksgiving. First, I’m thankful for a family who loves me — my husband, parents, brother, in-laws and extended family beyond that mean the world to me and I’m grateful every day for the people in my life who have shaped me into who I am today.

I’m thankful that my dear husband and I are now in a new house. We closed on Wednesday, November 25 and moved in over the holiday weekend. Initially we were scheduled to close Thursday, November 19, and I would then host Thanksgiving for 10 (insanity!). However, that didn’t work as planned so instead Thanksgiving was spent at a hotel buffet and moving. It was still  special. I truly am thankful for the new house and appreciate my family, who was willing to help us get settled.

Again, thank you all for reading my posts. I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving and look forward to the holidays.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month, if you weren’t already aware. I don’t share this story often, but it’s important for women of all ages to take their breast health seriously. I feel compelled to share my story publicly to encourage you to

I was 25, relatively young in breast health years, when I started having problems. My doctor referred me to the breast health center at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa where I underwent my first mammogram and a needle biopsy. Very scary for me knowing my family history. I had a great aunt on my mother’s side of the family pass away from breast cancer and an aunt on my father’s side of the family choose a double mastectomy as her treatment program for breast cancer. Fortunately I didn’t have cancer, but rather had calcium build-up in milk ducts, which they removed. Now 10 years later, I have an annual mammogram and watch things very carefully to ensure the family history doesn’t creep up on me.

I encourage you to conduct regular self-exams and if you find anything abnormal, please do not be afraid to seek medical care. Early detection saves lives.

Farewell, Guiding Light

guiding-light-cancelledI watched the long-running soap opera Guiding Light today for the first time in a very long time. A friend’s daughter was cast in today’s episode so I set the DVR. I’ve been a bit out of the loop and didn’t know until recently that Guiding Light was calling it quits, going dark. Apparently production costs have gotten to the point that it’s not profitable anymore. That makes me sad on several levels.

First is personal: I used to watch GL with my grandmother as a young girl. It was one of her “stories” that she couldn’t miss. It was our ritual in the summers — I would visit for a few weeks, and the two of us would take a break each day to watch the serial.

The second reason is more historical: GL is the longest running scripted show on TV at 72 years. The show started in 1937 as a 15 minute show on the radio and transitioned to television in 1952. In 1968, GL expanded to 30 minutes and on to its’ full hour in 1977. The show has been a mainstay in daytime drama and played a role in quite a few women’s lives. Story lines have ranged from serious issues affecting families to more humorous, but every one meaningful. The last episode will air on Friday, September 18.

Farewell, Guiding Light.