things i love thursday! (november 8, 2012)

Oh heeeeey there, Thursday. You’re looking swell. Oh, what’s that Thursday? You say you’re less than a month away from my birthday? So glad you remembered! How about I repay you with a list of gratitude?

THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE THIS WEEK:

  • HEAT and HOT WATER because so many people are without right now. ūüė¶
  • Dax’s “Trick or Treat” jammies.
  • All of Dax’s jammies, actually. Footies for the win!
  • Barbecue chicken pizza. “Vegan” style.
  • Brainstorming and song writing.
  • Playing Libby’s REAL piano! I want one of my own so badly, but this will do! (Weighted keys, where have you been all my life?!)
  • People who have asked, “How can I pray for you?” and meant it.
  • AMBIEN.
  • Lazy Saturdays with college football and my boys.
  • Playing music with my friends.
  • Staying at church until almost 10PM because a certain baby boy was passed out on my chest.
  • Being productive.
  • Seeing my friends start dating each other!
  • Snuggling on the couch watching¬†The Daily Show¬†with Hamlet and Romeo. (Poor attention-starved kitties.)
  • Getting ADORABLE pictures sent to me by the girl who watches Dax on Tuesday. (See above. Is he not a lady killer? A chunky one at that!)
  • Election night drinking games.
  • And, of course, BARACK OBAMA!
  • Also: White People Mourning Romney. Because duh.
  • The Internet, for that matter.
  • Leftovers.
  • Jeopardy!
  • gChat/IM at work.
  • Coffee.
  • The sweet card my hubs got for me completely unprovoked.
  • “Small is beautiful.”
  • My friends. Period.

What do you love this week? It’s okay if you say Mitt Romney. We’re all friends here.

thoughts on election day.

Gonna keep this short and sweet.

My husband and I are on opposite sides of the aisle. One red, one blue. Last night, we shared a cheap American beer and pored over the sample ballots we got in the mail a couple weeks ago, discussing the nominees for each race, as well as the proposed state constitutional amendments. We had polite, political discourse about who/what we’d each vote for today, thankful to live in a country where we can not only have opposing views but be open and honest about them.

Then, we went to bed. Yes, the same bed. We even kissed each other goodnight.

This morning, I woke up and headed to the polls, feeling both confident about my choices and thankful to have a mate who, while he might not always agree with me, fully supports me and my views and always encourages me to think freely.

Then I got on Facebook.

Damnit, you guys. Why all the hate?

My husband and I are a prime example of how you can have differing political views and still treat each other with respect. I’m not asking all of you to make out with me or anything but GOOD LORD can we keep the hate to a minimum?¬†

Just because someone is a Democrat doesn’t mean he or she is a mooch without a job.

Just because someone is a Republican doesn’t mean he or she hates gay people.

Just because someone is non-partisan doesn’t mean he or she is a terrorist.

The meaner you are, the more fervently you bully people, doesn’t make you smarter than anyone. It makes you a douchebag. Plain and simple. As a parent, the hatred and disrespect I’ve seen on social media surrounding this election in particular is dumbfounding to me; can you imagine what it might look like in eighteen years when my baby boy is old enough to vote? To cast a ballot containing his views and beliefs? I hope and pray that, despite what hateful and ignorant things people might say to him, he grows up knowing that his opinions are not only¬†permissible¬†but are to be celebrated. THEY ARE IMPORTANT.

Even though we think differently, we’re all Americans. We’re all on the same team — a team that was founded on the right to to be yourself, no matter who you are¬†or who you vote for.

If you are able to, please vote today. Your opinion matters. You matter. To this country and to the world.

friday favorite: grill.

Please excuse the imminent silliness in this post. I’ve gotten a total of, ohhhh, about ten hours of sleep over the past five days. I’m no math major but if I’m not mistaken, that averages out to like five minutes of sleep a day or something. (For the record, I have no one to blame but my own body. My sweet baby boy sleeps soundly mostly through the night, waking only once or twice to nurse then going right back to sleep. Something is wrong with me, you guys. Terribly wrong.)

Anyway.

This week’s Friday Favorite is…

MAH GRILL.

Check out that grill, y’all.

Braces, floss, whitening toothpaste… that’s what’s up, you guys. This post is dedicated to all those things, as well as all the dentists I’ve gone to (and ended up hating, obviously) over the years.

What’s your Friday Favorite?