-I would have no health insurance. -I might not have the right to make decisions about my own body. -Costs for my education would rise (including interest for my student loans.)
-I would not be treated with equality in the workplace. -I would be dismissed as one of the "47%" because I do not earn enough in a year to be required to pay taxes. -Many of my friends and neighbors would not be given the same civil rights as me. -Many of my fellow Americans would not be treated with the dignity and respect their age and station deserve
I am a loyal American citizen. I want what is best for the people of my
country, and I believe that Barack Obama has got my back. He's got
yours too, whether you plan to vote tomorrow or not. (But seriously, why
not just vote for the guy that cares about you? What's going to happen?
Oh, right. You'll get healthcare, equal pay, basic human rights, and a
decent education. Bummer.)
Outside my window...it is dark, cold, and it smells like
late autumn. The last yellow and red leaves fell from the trees during the
hurricane, and are plastered to just about everything in sight. There is woodsmoke
and the rich scent of wet grass in the air.
I am thinking...that I will be glad when my parents return home tomorrow. This
week has taken a lot out of me, and I’ve been longing for a quiet, cozy night
with the family. I haven’t slept in my own bed all week, and I don’t quite feel
I am thankful....that my family and friends are safe after Hurricane Sandy.
There are so many people that have been affected by the storm, I am thankful
that our house was not damaged and that no one in my town was hurt.
I am wearing...my substitute teaching clothes! Grey tights, a blue patterned
dress, and a navy blue cardigan.
I am hearing...the quiet noises of an empty house. The kitchen clock is
ticking, the gas stove is settling, the animals are moving around, and the old
floorboards are creaking under my chair.
I am pondering...the importance of self-control. For the past two nights I have
found myself eating far too much Halloween candy, and almost immediately
regretting it. Over the weekend I found a book that uses yoga practices to
promote control of the body and mind. This morning I ordered it for myself
(something I rarely do) because I feel that I need some structure to support my
I am wondering...whether I will have enough motivation to clean my room
tonight. Otherwise I’ll have to spend another night downstairs. This past week,
I was so preoccupied with parties, houseguests, hurricanes, work, and chores,
that I didn’t take much time to do anything for myself. I was in the midst of
cleaning my room, doing my laundry, and organizing my sewing projects when my
parents left for their business trip. After that, all hope of finishing my
individual work was lost.
I am reading...nothing at the moment. I have been trying to keep up with Bible
readings when I read anything, but I seem only to be able to read my herbal healing
books on a daily basis to deal with headaches, stomach aches, and cramps.
I am hoping...that this weekend I will have the opportunity to get started on a
new healthy-living routine. I specifically used my trip to the grocery to buy
flax seed, tofu, and lots of fruit. Tomorrow I hope to cleanse my system of all
that Halloween candy, and make some vegetarian inspired snacks and meals.
I am going...to see Barack Obama and Bill Clinton on Sunday. I haven’t taken
advantage of any political events this election season, but I came up with a
fabulous tee shirt slogan, and I’m planning to wear it to a rally in the
capital. Here’s a sneak peek: “I’ve got a history degree, but even I’d rather
move FORWARD than backward!” It came to me as I was thinking about how scarily backward
Romney’s and Ryan’s views on women are.
I am smelling...a stinky dog. I think I should give her a bath tonight. :-P
I am noticing...how much I have to get done before tomorrow afternoon! Clean
house, strip beds, bathe dog, wash dishes, do laundry, take down Halloween
decorations, cook down pumpkins for canning, put away laundry, bake, start
healthy living routine, get Thanksgiving decorations up, put out campaign
signs, run errands, etc. Yikes.
I am remembering...some of the wonderful things God has done for me lately. He
is so good!