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Elena is equal parts whiny and hyper today, but I got her to sit down after Biden was sworn in. Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma were playing, and she's rather taken with violins, so I pointed out the instruments, and showed her the cello (I'm not sure she's seen one before), and she said she thought she'd play the violin someday.

Then Roberts was introduced and the Obamas came up. She spent most of the actual oath part looking at Michelle Obama (who shares a name with one of E's teachers) and noticing the sparkly gold dress and I pointed out the girls (see, those are his little girls!). When [livejournal.com profile] galagan came in a minute later, she pointed out Malia and Sasha to him, as well as Michelle. Then I told her that I wanted to listen to Obama talking, and she has stayed relatively quiet. (He's finishing up now - I'm half listening.)

I don't think she'll remember this day, but maybe. Maybe.

I teared up a few times earlier - I will totally lose my rep as a cynic. I liked the speech - sort of a call to arms. It's an exciting day, to be sure.
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Consider watching the CBC coverage on C-span 2. Just overheard: "*IF* Napoleon had had nuclear submarines, we'd all be speaking French."

Also, they read an email from a viewer complaining that they wouldn't be covering it if it weren't for Oprah Winfrey and Tina Fey. The two anchors totally cracked up over this. Also, they aren't feeling as shy about discussing projections as the American networks. :)
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We had a little family outing and all went to vote together, about 11:00 a.m. We had to wait for, like, 2 whole people ahead of us in line!! And the voting booths were pretty full too.... I was number 668 in my precinct (there are 3 in town). So if the precincts have relatively even rates of voting (the lines all were about the same length, and I'm guessing the precincts are somewhat evenly divided population-wise), that's approximately 2,000 votes in our town of 8,000 before noon! Nothing too tricky on our ballot - the national level big stuff, a few uncontested state-level races, and the 3 ballot questions (that's No, Yes, Yes). We had really talked it up to Elena beforehand, and I'm always happy to take her along so she can see democracy in action. I love voting in our small town, where we always see people we know, coming and going, and in line with us. It's just amazing to think of such momentous things unfolding in elementary school gyms across the country - such a prosaic place, and yet so meaningful! (I seem to always vote in school gyms.)

I am getting no work done today. I should just give up and paint my toenails or something.
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It has occurred to me - watching the news about early voting, reading in the blogs and whatnot what to do tomorrow - that I have never lived anywhere where I had to stand in line for much time AT ALL to vote. Is it just me? Am I lucky? So it's time for a timely poll!! (This could apply to Election-Day voting or early voting, as long as you're going somewhere to stand in a voting booth, not mailing your ballot in.)

[Poll #1290638]

Please feel free to elaborate, question, rant and/or discuss in the comments.
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Elena has known since the primaries who Barack Obama is. She recognizes his face, and will call out his whole name in a sing-songy way. For a while, early on, she often confused him with Larry Kudlow (who has a show on CNBC; yes, I have a 3-year-old who knows her CNBC television personalities) - but Obama and Kudlow have very very little in common as far as I can tell, so we quickly corrected her on that point. So she knew Obama and she also knew she kept hearing his name in connection with Hillary Clinton, so she'd talk about them together. Now, she knows that it's Obama and John McCain. I was watching CNN last weekend (or the one before) and they were showing various VP speeches, so now she kind of knows the names Joe Biden and Sarah Palin (though I'm not sure she'd recongize them in a pinch).

Often, in conversation, I have asked her which one she likes better, and she will always say "John McCain." And then, often, laughs. Is she messing with me intentionally? It's bizarre. I really don't think I've expressed much of a preference in her hearing, unless she's picking up on conversations [livejournal.com profile] galagan and I might have about 538.com or the newspaper or something.

She brought it up today - Barack Obama and John McCain. I mentioned again that they are running for President, and that tomorrow everyone - ahem, all the adults - gets to pick which one they like better. So I'll take her with me to the school and I'll vote and we get stickers... etc. etc. And then I asked her again: Which one do you like better?

E: John McCain.
me: Why do you like him?
E: He's better than me. *** [something a little garbled] Hillary Clinton.
Me: Hillary Clinton?
E: Yeah, Hillary Clinton's friend. He's Hillary Clinton's friend.

(I'm realizing now that she may have thought that Hillary was running against Obama and now McCain is, so they are on the same side. Or something - she's probably not too clear on this point. Or - OMG, is she a Hillary supporter who has thrown her lot in with McCain, as they'd hoped would happen among female voters????? *grin*)

me: Well, yes, but I think Hillary Clinton is also Barack Obama's friend. She likes Obama better.
E: [makes dubious noises, and then....] How about you? Do you like Joe Biden?
me: yes, yes I do. I've always kind of liked Joe Biden.

So there you have it. Apparently for Elena it's still all about Hillary Clinton. I wonder if she could even pick Hillary out of a lineup?? :)

I also realized that 4 years from now, she will be 7 1/2 and old enough to have some idea of what's really going on. I was nearly 8 at the time of the 1980 election and I remember John Anderson (?) running as an Independent and having opinions about Reagan and everything. I can't wait.
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Post this on your LJ if you're in an opposite-sex marriage and you don't want it to be "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage cheapens or hurts it somehow.

Yup. Having lived in Massachusetts for 2 1/2 years now, with Teh Gay Mairrage all around us, I can't say it's affected my marriage in any way whatsoever.

(I'm suddenly reminded of the bumper sticker: "Don't like abortion? Then don't have one."

Only this would read "Don't like gay marriage? Then don't have one." Even better than the original, I think.)
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This gives me chills.

Update

Oct. 22nd, 2008 08:03 pm
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Whew. It's been a crazy couple of days. My Dad's been here visiting, which has its own set of Stuff -n- Issues. More later on that, perhaps.

School is good. I am doing well in my classes, and the workload is manageable - I'm only taking 2, so it's not that bad. My biggest fear - posting enough on the discussion boards - seems to be unfounded and I'm even doing okay (or oaky) on that front. (I always hated class participation. I'm better about that stuff than when I was 18, certainly, but it's still sometimes a struggle.)

Work is good too. I've been totally swamped lately, but in a good way, I suppose. Let me just say that I hate shelving picture books. They are all oversized (or strange shapes) and so thin, and easily pushed behind each other, and each author has about 14 different titles to rummage through. And a medium-sized stack is a million books (roughly) and just that much takes forever. Give me chapter books, any day. :)

Today I drove my dad to the airport - saw my first snow of the season crossing the small rise on Route 7 just past the Vermont border (just flakes blowing around in the air). What a cold day, too! While in the Big City, I ran a bunch of errands. I went into a JoAnn Fabrics Etc., and was stunned by the huge range of crafty stuff there (the words "You've never seen such a place!" entered my head).

I just got a call from Obama people asking me to volunteer, and the bitch nasty person.... no, bitch made me feel bad for saying that I was swamped and couldn't volunteer. Thanks a bunch. I should have chewed her out, instead of just sharing my frustration with y'all. Sometimes I wish I were a leetle more confrontational, and a little less passive about these things.

It occurred to me that I haven't been listing books here lately - and I'm not sure I'm going to catch up. Um, I do track them via Goodreads (which you can see on my Facebook page too). If you strenuously object, and you need my reading lists to be a regular feature of your life or something - tell me that, and I'll see what I can do. Maybe I'll post the highlights for my adoring fans.
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A friend sent this to me: Palin Debate
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I just donated to Obama.

I'd like to thank Sarah Palin for inspiring me to get off my ass. I practically *never* donate to presidential campaigns.
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[livejournal.com profile] galagan and I had a conversation the other night in which he said that he thought the function (or one of the functions) of Sarah Palin was to distract the Democrats from the real issues – and she has succeeded very well on that front. Look! She has a pregnant daughter! Her husband had a DUI 22 years ago! She is a secessionist!

So I want to return to the issues at hand, because I don’t want to waste any more of the 60-odd days before the election. And what I most want to talk about right now is abstinence – not because Palin’s daughter is pregnant, but because (even before that particular story broke) that is an issue for which she has positioned herself as a hardliner. Literally the first thing I heard about Sarah Palin was that she was an anti-choice, pro-abstinence woman.

Abstinence is only 100% effective if it’s used 100% of the time. )
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Signal-boosting from [livejournal.com profile] fairoriana:

The Hill, a DC paper, asked all 97 of the senators who are not running for president if they would consider the position of vice president if asked. It's hilarious. Be sure to click through at the bottom of the article to the full list of all 97 answers.

Minutiae

Mar. 10th, 2008 08:24 pm
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* Elena and I are surviving [livejournal.com profile] galagan's absence. Usually, [livejournal.com profile] galagan and I kind of take turns (as much as possible/feasible) whenever the other person is running out of patience. So single-parenting for me means..... drawing on the depths of one's patience reserves for several days running. So far, so good.

She did wake me up multiple times last night (3 times?) which sucks when I can't make anyone else go to see what's up. :P

* Wow, Spitzer. I'm a little fascinated by the whole thing (and eager to hear the buzz on the Albany NPR station in the morning).

* I am back on an exercise push. I do this, periodically: try to get myself into the habit of actually exercising on a semi-regular basis. Spring (or impending-spring) seems like a good time to do this, because I can tell myself that soon I'll be able to go for walks outside. I'm trying to do at least a little something everyday - even 5 minutes is better than nothing. Just a few days in, but I'm mostly managing to do something *longer* than 5 minutes. (Tiny victories.) So far, so good.

* I'm reading such a good book right now. So I think I'll go read it now. :)
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Today is the 35th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, and thereby Blog for Choice Day. I don't usually get into these things in this space, but I'm feeling in the mood for it today, somehow.

The Roe decision was handed down on the day I was one month old. I think of that, every year on this anniversary - if she had wanted to, if I had not been the result of a planned pregnancy, my mother would not have had any legal options. That makes me squirm a little bit, on her behalf. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be forced to carry a pregnancy I didn't want. (Being pregnant when you want to be is *wonderful*; my pregnancy only made me more pro-choice, as does having a daughter.)

I have been pro-choice as long as I can remember. Somewhere in the late 80s, while I was in high school, there were a bunch of news stories about abortion (Congress? the Supreme Court? not sure....), and I remember my 15-year-old self being very offended and appalled that a bunch of white old guys in suits and red power ties who were 2000 miles away could decide my fate like that (yeah, that's pretty much how I phrased it back then). And I was *years* away from having sex - but I knew that this impinged on my bodily integrity in a way few other things could.

My first real job out of college was working in an abortion clinic. These days, I lurk - and sometimes comment - in [livejournal.com profile] abortioninfo, which is a fabulous community dedicated to providing unbiased factual information without any pressure (either way, really) to girls and women in need. There is so much fear around the abortion decision and especially the procedure itself, even though an early abortion is something like 11 times safer than childbirth. Because it's a taboo issue, most people don't know of anyone around them who has had an abortion - in reality, 35% of women will have had an abortion by the time they turn 45.

I read that community because it makes it *real*. I do think that the pro-choice / pro-life debate tends to get bogged down in the rhetoric and it all becomes hypothetical, semantics, etc. This is not a hypothetical or a theory, this is someone's life, and that's what's on display in [livejournal.com profile] abortioninfo. The one thing I'd say I took away from my year working in the clinic is that everyone has a story, and every story is different. I see that in [livejournal.com profile] abortioninfo too, and that's what keeps me there - the stories.

I vote. [livejournal.com profile] galagan has accused me of being a one-issue voter, and that's actually kind of true. But as I said to my friend Z the poli sci professor, abortion rights is a litmus test for me: if I agree with a candidate on abortion, it is a fairly good indicator that I agree with them on a whole range of other issues. ([livejournal.com profile] sanj suggested that queer rights/gay marriage were also a good litmus test.)

Personally, I come down on the side of prevention - there's nothing inherently wrong with abortion, but it would be unnecessary surgery if the pregnancy didn't have to exist. I continually find it damned *appalling* that nearly half of the pregnancies in this country (to women of ALL ages) are unintended. We need better access to contraception (as well as emergency contraception), and comprehensive sexuality education, for children of all ages. I fully intend to be the cool mom who will answer all questions - my daughter can (hopefully) bring home her friends to ask me questions, and I will have a drawer with a boxful of condoms that people can take without my watching over them. Because knowledge is power.

Source for statistics here.
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Nothing will make you want to scream as much as watching the White House press briefing. Scott McClellan is a weasel, but he is very good at staying on message (which is his job, basically). I kept waiting for someone to ask about the Babs Bush comment, but no such luck.
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Random thoughts:

*Babies smell so good - but especially after baths.

*The EB's hair is soooo soft after it's been washed.

*She likes baths! This is A Good Thing. Especially considering how many excretory functions there have been issuing from her various orifices.

*Unbelievably gorgeous weather here today.

*I managed to do a load of baby laundry, but I really need to do my own. Everything I am currently wearing has spit-up on it (it was quite a day).

*The Little House series on ABC is managing to be pretty good still, if a tad sensationalized. I've had to quell my inner that's-not-what-happened-in-the-book critic a couple of times. But just a couple.

*Funniest political rumor I've seen in a long time: that new Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer is contemplating a Presidential run in 2008. My first thought was "oh please". Um, people? This is a podunk state, especially in political terms. Presidents don't *come* from podunk states. They come from big electoral-heavy states like Texas or California, or from the South. (There are two famous politicians from Montana - Jeanette Rankin and Mike Mansfield - both of whom predate the modern media era.)
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My entry earlier (Bushie censorship of GAYNESS) reminded me of thoughts I was having last night - I caught a news story that Alan Keyes' 19-year-old daughter has come out of the closet. I started thinking - what is it about these arch-conservative politician types that seems to cause their female relations to be lesbians? (Okay, I don't know that I mean for that to necessarily be a cause-and-effect kind of an implication, but I don't feel like figuring out another way to phrase it.) Alan Keyes, Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich..... Is it really a cause and effect? Or is this "happening" in their families just as much as in other families, only it's more newsworthy in theirs because of their political/public rhetoric? And why is it always the women in their families and never the men?

(To his credit, Cheney has been more moderate on the issue than I would have expected of him - say, gay marriage - barring the whole post-debate non-issue of I-can't-believe-you-outed-my-already-out-daughter!!!)

Anyway, just wondering aloud....
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Today started badly, but ended on a pretty good note.

I feel compelled to share these two things. The first is perhaps something to give progressives hope, or at least, some measure of hope. This is a pretty good article from the NYT about the outcomes of the election in Montana, once you get past some of the gee-whiz attitude those Easterners :) have toward how politics work in a small rural state:

Montana Democrats Reflect on Success

President Bush won Montana, but Democrats are celebrating, too. They won every statewide office but one and gained control of the governor's office and Senate.



And now for something completely different, but totally amusing....
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I'm being rather calm about the whole election debacle, but there is one tiny bizarre aspect that is nagging at me. A very personal thing.

more fallout from my summer )

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