Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Good morning, everyone. You know, the Statue of Liberty and this wonderful holiday called Thanksgiving go together naturally because although as Americans we have many things for which to be thankful, none is more important than our liberty.
Liberty: That quality of government, that brightness of mind and spirit for which the Pilgrim Fathers braved the seas and Americans for two centuries have laid down their lives. 
Today, while religion is suppressed in perhaps one third of the world, we Americans are free to worship the Almighty as we choose. 
While entire nations must endure the yoke of tyranny, we are free to speak our minds, to enjoy an unfettered and vigorous press, and to make government abide by the limits we deem just. 
While millions live behind walls, we remain free to travel throughout the land to share this precious day with those we love most deeply - the members of our families. 
My fellow Americans, let us keep this Thanksgiving Day sacred. Let us thank God for the bounty and goodness of our nation. 
And as a measure of our gratitude, let us rededicate ourselves to the preservation of this: The land of the free and the home of the brave."

Thursday, November 10, 2016

New seasons, new cars, new presidents

WELL. It's been a while, hasn't it? Let's recap the last few weeks.

October ended. I am okay with this - October is not my favorite month. We don't have pumpkin patches or apple orchards or Starbucks PSLs (which are gross anyway) and I've been wearing cardigans and flannels since August but it was dry enough to take a few crisp autumn walks and the leaves did actually change and stick around for more than .294 seconds this year, so that's fun.

Halloween happened. I honestly couldn't care less about Halloween - it's not a holiday we celebrate, I can buy candy any time I darn well please (because I'm an ADULT) and I believe people should put their babies in costumes at least once a week all year long, so Halloween is a non-event for me. That said, I do find it slightly amusing that the two people at my job who actually dress up are the kind of people who I suspect would wear their respective costumes every day of the year if it was socially acceptable (one is an actual Wiccan who always dresses like a witch, the other is a very...interesting...girl who has a Halloween mask stapled to her backpack 24/7 and wore a red wig with ram horns and a trench coat). I tried to get photographic evidence but the office I've lived in at work for the last year doesn't provide great photo-taking opportunities. I did manage to get a kinda lame shot of Ram Horn Girl walking down the back alleyway past my window, though.

We bought a new car. Neither of us have ever owned a vehicle newer than 2004, and while we've been perfectly satisfied with older, less expensive vehicles - Isaiah's Ford F150 is also a 2004 - my Jeep Liberty had about 215k miles on it and was starting to need repairs about every other month. As older vehicles do. So, it was time to retire it and buy something newer, with low miles, that is also kid-friendly so sometime in the next few years we're set and not needing another new vehicle that will fit car seats. We looked around, test drove a few different crossover SUVs when we were in Anchorage, and finally settled on a new/used 2015 Jeep Cherokee with only 12k miles on it. I guess we're one of those "Jeep families" now. I originally thought the new Cherokees were fuuuuugly but they've really grown on me, plus they are crazy comfortable. I think my favorite thing about it is the remote start...partially because it's nice to let your car defrost for 15-20 minutes before you actually have to leave, and partially because I feel safer walking to my car with it already running when there are bears potentially in the area (the noise and all).

The election happened. I am absolutely beyond thrilled that Hillary Clinton lost. She 110% deserves the defeat. I am also extremely disappointed that Donald Trump was the one to beat her, but hey. I didn't vote for either of them. As I said to a friend earlier today, if he is the second coming of Ronald Reagan I will be ecstatic and so happy to be proven wrong about who I believe he is (and is not). If he is the next Putin, my hands are clean.

Did I mention I'm SO HAPPY Clinton lost? And no, I'm not turning off comments on this post because I am secure in my beliefs and opinions and if you disagree and think she was the next Jesus, that's fine. You're wrong, but that's fine.

Daylight savings also happened. Can we just all agree that it needs to be a thing of the past? Like...yay, I get to drive to work in semi-daylight for another few weeks (until sunrise starts not happening until 9am again), but it's also almost dark when I get off work now and I get off at three thirty in the afternoon. I'm looking out the window right now and the sun is already going down and it's TWO O'CLOCK. I'm pretty sure that's not actually helping any farmers anywhere.

I think that's about it for current events in my world. Less than two weeks and I'll be on a plane to see my dear mother and sister, and I am beside myself with excitement. As I mentioned in my last post (if you can remember that far back), my mom has no idea that I'm coming and I cannot wait to surprise her. My sister and I are already planning a Thanksgiving menu and I'm in charge of the decor (yessssss) and Ijustcannotwaitohmygoodness.

When I get back, it'll be almost December and we all know what that means (ho ho ho!!). 

I'm terrible at ending blog posts in a creative way so I'll just leave you with this gem: