Finally, a happy ending because while it was a fairly stress filled, and thus accident filled, day, in the end, the voters came through.
The levy passed by 54%
I was elected to the school board with the 2nd highest vote count (top 3 were in)
The other races I was watching did well too. Our town has a new mayor and so does my old town, both absolutely needed it. Only one local friend and one friend in Indiana lost their races, I know how they feel today but hopefully tomorrow they are back at it, changing the world.
Today I took a celebratory nap since results didn’t finish until well after midnight.
Now I need to go make headway on all the things that got back burner treatment for campaign needs.
I always love that blogging daily in November means a good opportunity to publically remember my wedding day.
Today I’m a tad distracted with the election but I’m glad we get this weekend to celebrate.
It does not feel like 14 years but we have done a lot in that time;
a house built
a house sold
a variety of pets
a million miles traveled
and all the little things that truly make up our life like the fact you make me coffee, you learned how to cook for us, you research fun topics and you find me dumb jokes (that I love) all the time. You help me have fun, you support my crazy plans, you are my biggest advocate in most things. I love that you do the dishes even though you hate them because I hate them more.
I hope we never stop learning and growing and loving each other.
Happy Anniversary honey
Tonight driving it hit me, tomorrow is election day. Tomorrow.
I’m excited and nervous and ready for it to be decided. Tomorrow is also my anniversary. Why didn’t I think about future election days when I was picking a wedding date? I thought about flowers, the weather, the time of sunset, cars, travel, even made sure we had unscented candles. I live in hunting country now and I sympathize with all who have deer opener (this next 2 weekends) anniversaries or birthdays – it is just hard to be excited about two things at once! I want to say I got married in an off-election year but no, I looked it up and it was when Bush won over Kerry. I’m pretty sure I voted? My blog started in Dec 2004 so no way to know for sure.
Keeping busy is always the best thing for me so today in addition to having the kids home and going to work out and swim for 2 hours, I finished getting the laundry room completely squared away. That might sound silly to all of you but our laundry room is actually oddly large and has 2 upper cabinets, 2 lower cabinets, and 2 big drawers. I added to the storage with 2 ikea all wood shelves that I put a drying rack between for the delicates. It took a while to figure out what all would go in the room and in the end, it is where I’m putting a bunch of craft and wrapping and the ‘junk drawer’ stuff like batteries and light bulbs. I also got a good swimwear center going so all the suits, towels, and bags have a place to go away close to where they get dry. Life will really be better now that those things have a place.
While I’ve been doing this project, and its predecessor of emptying the front room of all boxes where about 75% of what was in the boxes ended up in the laundry/craft room, I watched West Wing where they are focused on the election at the end of the series. I know how it ends but watching the campaign as I’m campaigning was actually pretty cool. If I ever run for something national I want the writers from that show writing my speeches. I’m saving the last episode about election day for tomorrow.
So now I go back to the project list and keep busy for about 30 more houses and then I’ll know if the Levy passed, if my town got a new crew in local seats, if my former town got the right women elected, and if I have a new job for 4 years.
Cross your fingers for all of the above, please!
The #1 question I get right now is “how is the campaign going?” I’m not sure if it is confidence or bad luck to say, but, I feel pretty good about it. Here are some facts that make me feel pretty good about my chances;
- There are 3 spots and 4 people so my odds are decent to start
- I have the support of the current board and that has helped me immensely. All of them successfully won in their turn so they know some good tricks.
- I ran the VoteYes campaign last year so my name is fairly well known in the community and I made some great connections.
- I’m on the PTA at my school, and, I go to the school daily to pick up kids so I have a bonus ‘face time’ opportunity.
- I have a supportive husband who reminds me to give cards to everyone, and, kids who are excited to go a lot of places around town like homecoming, trunk or treat, and trick or treating around the neighborhoods. I’ve handed out over 100 cards to strangers in our town.
I’m not going to officially count the gender bias in my favor for school board but I also can’t ignore my very female name and the fact that ‘school’ and ‘women’ tend to get put together. Given how often a female name can count against you in a political race I’ll take the freebie if it happens.
I’ve also had the good fortune to have great content handed to me with public town halls about the schools and the levy vote that have been weekly for the past 2 months. Not only did I learn from them, I also had something to publish weekly that was real and important for people to know about. Some of those articles have over 3k views on facebook! Who knows if that will translate into votes for me, my hope is that it translates into votes for the Levy question. If I don’t win, maybe about 10 people will be truly disappointed. If the levy does not pass it impacts everyone in the district and I don’t even want to talk consequences here… This is a fight for the life of our elementary school and/or the music program and both are very worth fighting for.
Just 4 more days to wait!
Blog every day in November is going to be extra challenging this year since I’ve fallen down to once a week recently… I occasionally reflect on the fashion of webpages/blog/online journals that have come and gone and feel like they are maybe coming back again. Oh well, I’ll keep doing what I’m doing here in my corner.
Today you join me on the day I celebrate the lives of the people who have left this earthly coil. A little All Saints day, a little Dia de Muerta, a little bit all my own. The point is to remember the people and teach our kids about those they never met or those that died when they were young. Sure, as a memory comes up in the year I share it with the kids but this is the day we make it a point to go through the book.
Speaking of the book. I was worried I would not find it in time… Last week was the push to get the book shelving up and over the past few days, I worked on clearing all the ‘house stuff’ boxes that were hanging out in the room. Today I went and got the top 5 boxes in the ‘book’ pile in the garage and it is luck or fate but the 3rd box opened had my album for today. I added my grandmother, the first addition in years, and now I’m thinking about what to get to celebrate her.
I usually try and bring in a special food for the person to share with the kids. My Grandmother though was on a perpetual diet most of my life with her, with a memorable highlight of a liquid shake diet that looked (and smelled) like chocolate cement. She uniquely liked to eat maza bread but I know that isn’t exactly something she enjoyed for the taste, and, isn’t really available in our area. When I lived with her in Malta she cooked a bunch of things that blur together in my memory except for when they were super spicy. My grandmother was absolutely not a baker (to me at least)… When I give it real thought most of what I remember is that she enjoyed what was put in front of her and my grandfather making her toast and tea so to honor them both I think that toast and tea might be what we do today.
I’m excited about the challenge this month, good timing since it will be a crazy and fun month to document. The election next Tuesday, a giant group of house guests coming mid-month and our first official party at the house. Most of my family will visit for Thanksgiving so it will be plenty of running around, family events, and getting the house ready.