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Some recaps for you:

Halloween weekend was so much fun!  I dressed up as Chun Li from Street Fighter and seriously felt like I could kick some major ass!  I ended up wearing the costume both nights because I didn’t like any of my dress options for the dead homecoming queen.  I am going to borrow some photos from JD since I can’t get my card reader on my laptop to work, and I don’t know where the camera cord is.  Such is life!

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groupGroup shot: FL Gator fan (T), Chun Li, Sarah Palin as Miss Alaska, Queen of Hearts, Black Cat, FL Gator fan

The election night party/Obama victory party was a huge success! 8 people ended up coming over, and we ate, drank and watched the election coverage.  It was a lot of fun, but we stayed up way too late!  I was hurting yesterday morning.

I made Crab Stuffed Mushrooms (so yummy and fairly easy to make), Olive Cheese Bread (thanks to Adriana for the recommendation), corn dog nuggets (I didn’t make them, only heated them up), and cheese and turkey pepperoni slices for French bread.

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Today I decided to do some random online shopping and ended up ordering 4 items.  I really wanted some fun new fall dresses and shirts.  It’s been pretty hot here this week (75 degrees), so I figured these would be good in between weather outfits.  Now I just hope they get here by my birthday next Saturday and that they fit!

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T and I are having a dinner date night tonight, and I can’t wait.  It’s been a few weeks since just the 2 of us have gone out since he’s been working so late.

Thank you America for finally realizing that it was time for a change.  Congrats to Barack Obama and Joe Biden for winning the election last night! Barack’s speech was amazing and brought tears to my eyes.  I can’t wait till the inauguration.

I am so proud to be a part of a generation that really became motivated for this momentous election, learned the facts, and went out to vote.  I am also proud to say that I voted for the first black president (even though Georgia went red…grr).  It’s about time that someone besides elderly white men held important positions in the government.  What about the rest of us whose views and beliefs they don’t share?  Are we supposed to sit back and suffer?  I’m so glad there is a new party in power, with beliefs that are much more similar to mine.

Being in the South, there are a lot of Republicans, especially once you leave the city limits of Atlanta.  I have nothing against Republicans.  I believe that we are all entitled to our opinions and should be able to discuss them freely.  What is really getting under my skin post-election are the narrow-minded people who are being so ignorant about the results of the election.  Signing into Facebook, I’ve seen some pretty terrible things written in people’s statuses.  And it makes me sick.

I’ve seen things like: “praying that God be with the new president. And by God, I mean the Christian one. Remember? The one upon which our country was founded?”  “Why, God, Why?  “Praying for our country”  And I could go on.

Who the hell says stuff like this?  It makes me so mad.  God has nothing to do with government in America.  Remember people, there is a separation of church and state.

I don’t know if you see the same thing in other parts of the country (or Canada), but in Georgia many of the Republicans claim to be christian yet they are the first people to judge others and discriminate based on skin color.  It is so hypocritical and drives me batty.  Some of the people who claim to be the most “christian” are the ones making the nastiest remarks.  Hinting about moving to Canada if he lives for the next 3 days.  I never liked Bush, but I would never wish an assassination upon him!  I can’t fathom, no matter how much you didn’t like the elected president, that people are making remarks that sound like they are wishing harm on him.

Another thing that is getting under my skin, is when Republicans are complaining about Obama’s lack of experience.  Hello?!?!  Does anyone else find this comical?  Palin hadn’t been out of the country until recently.  She has no real political experience outside of Alaska.  But no one was worried that if McCain passed away as president, she’d take over.  Whatever…

America is such a diverse country, where people hope to go to experience a better life and achieve their dreams. We are the land of the free, yet some people’s ignorance continues to hold us back and hinders forward progress.  I’m so tired of all of this negativity.  Why can’t we all accept gay marriage?  Or all be happy that our country just elected its first black president?

We are like a patchwork quilt, a nation made up from a variety of colors and backgrounds.  We should embrace this and thrive from all of our diversity, not cover it up or try to get rid of it.  A patchwork quilt isn’t so pretty if all of it’s squares are white.

**I’m not hating on all Republicans, just the ones who are being ignorant.  My dad is a republican, and he is hopeful that Obama can make a difference and better our country.  Even though he didn’t vote for him, he is stepping up and supporting him anyway because he is our country’s new leader.  I think all people need to believe this.  He is our president and nothing will change that.  Instead of wishing failure on him, you should support him because what happens to his policies affects all of us, not just the Republicans or Democrats.**

As you all know, I voted early.  So, I do have to admit, I feel a little left out today not being at the polls.  T went this morning, a little after 8, and it only took him about an hour.  I guess I should have waited.  To make sure I felt like a part of the whole process today, I saved my I voted sticker for today.  And I am wearing it.  On my blue shirt. 🙂  In honor of the election, T and I have decided to host an impromptu election night party.  We’ll have some hors d’oeuvres and drinks, then watch the coverage with some of our friends.  Now here’s where you come in, my loyal readers.  We’ve picked out some yummy munchables that don’t require too much cook time (or money) to serve tonight.  Here is what we’ve settled on so far:

  • Crab stuffed mushrooms (T made these for my birthday dinner last year, and they were AMAZING)
  • Edamame (Alton Brown did a whole segment on cooking them at home last night, so we thought we’d try it out)
  • Cheese, turkey pepperoni (this is the BEST pepperoni ever!) crackers and french bread
  • Pigs in a blanket

My daily reads keep increasing, but my comments stay about the same.  I want to know who you are and what you think.  So delurk (or just comment if you aren’t a lurker) and tell me:

What do you think of the menu?  Do you have any yummy apps to suggest?  Or any fun drink recipes to share?

And if you’re in America today, get your butt out to the polls and vote!

I forgot how much negative campaign ads bother me until they start going into constant rotation, and everyday I’m told by one candidate how unqualified for a position his/her opponent is.  This really gets under my skin.  It also makes me feel like a person is not really qualified to hold any type of official position because all they can focus on is their opponent’s flaws.  Enough already.  I want to hear you discuss the way you will improve our government.  I don’t need you to tell me about other people’s mistakes and repeatedly bash them to try and get my vote.

There are specific commercials airing in Georgia for our US Senate candidates that have gotten out of control.  Both candidates drag each other through the mud, and the worst part is that some of their ads are misleading.  They take negative votes on past issues and turn them into scathing ads, but they leave out the details that clarify why the person voted that way in the first place.  It’s very misleading.

What scares me about this is that there are people out there who don’t really know much about politics and will go to vote, and they will let these smear campaigns be the reason they vote the way they do. Instead of doing research to find out where a candidate stands, they will latch onto the negative and make an uninformed decision.

Honestly, the mudslinging makes me not want to vote for either candidate.  Luckily I voted last week before the damn commercials aired every 2 minutes.  I also feel that the Republican candidate makes personal attacks on his Democratic challenger, which in my opinion, has no basis being brought up in a political campaign.  I don’t care about what goes on in their personal lives or what they did when they were in college.  I want to hear about the issues and how they will strive to better our sinking economy.  And if you are going to bring up past voting records, make sure you include all the facts.  Stop leaving out the information that explains why a particular vote was cast.

How do you feel about political attack ads and mudslinging?  Does it make you want to run out and vote?  Or not support either candidate?

Today my co-worker Mel and I decided to vote early to avoid some of the craziness that is sure to ensue on November 4.  Question:  My readers in other states, are you able to vote early?

We left work at 1:30, and we hampered by the rain.  After about 20 minutes, we arrived at the early voting polling place.  We were worried at first because we thought the lines would be outside, which would have been awful since it was rainy and cold today.  Luckily (or so we thought) we weren’t outside for more than 5 minutes.  Then the real fun began.  We snaked through the building, down narrow hallways crammed with early voters.  The hallways were like mini saunas.  With all of the people in such a tight place, plus the heat and our sweaters, Mel and I thought we may pass out at points.

Finally we made it to the stairwell and were led up to the top floor.  We thought we had reached the voting room.  Oh no, we were being ushered into a courtroom to fill out our early voting paperwork.  The woman who was leading us around was a bit odd.  She kept yelling at people who didn’t wait at the top of the stairs.  She ordered Mel to stay at the top of the stairs until she told her to move, and to not let the rest of the group pressure her to leave the stairs.  What the hell did she think the crowd would do?  Bum rush Mel?  The woman was bizarre.  Once we got into the courtroom, she would get super bitchy if people started talking.  Half the room had already filled out their papers, and she was instructing the new batch of voters.  At one point she turned to this man who was talking to the guy next to him and stopped talking.  Then she said, “Go ahead.  I’ll wait till you finish.”  It was like we were in kindergarten!

Finally, after 2.5 hours, we cast our votes.  This took a whole 5 minutes.  But I am glad that we got it over with.  I’ve heard that lines on election day may be up to 6 hours long, and I definitely would not want to stand around all day.  I just wonder if this will deter people from voting.  I really hope not.  Waiting in line sucked, but Mel and I made the best of it.  We chatted and made friends with the people around us.  Some people brought books or played games on their phones.  One lady even had a fold up chair with her.  She was smart.

If you can vote early, I totally reccommend it.  Even though I won’t hit the polls on the 4th, my eyes will be glued to the TV all day, hoping to God that Obama and Biden kick some republican ass!

Normally I’m not very into politics.  A lot of the time I feel like politicians will say one thing to get your vote and do another once they are in office.  But today was Gerogia’s presidential primary, and I was sure as hell going to vote.  I woke up a little earlier than usual (aren’t you proud of me) so I could go to my polling place before work.  Thank God it is right around the corner from my house, and there weren’t a lot of people there.  I was in and out in less than 10 minutes (a majority of that time was spent trying to decide who would get my vote – Hillary or Obama).

I had a really hard time choosing between the two of them.  I spent last night scouring the Internet for a page where I could compare their platforms side-by-side.  It took me a while, but I finally found one but I still wasn’t sure.  They seem so similar on many issues, and they both advocate things I believe in.  In the end I went with the one I had considered voting for months ago – people always tell you to go with your first choice.   

What really excites me about this upcoming election is that our choices for president are expanding.  We are well past-due for having someone run our country besides white, conservative men.  I look forward to entering into a new era where a black man or a female can run this country.  Why should it matter what the president looks like?  All I care about is how he/she will change our country for the better.  It’s time to loose those uptight Republicans and bring in someone who is much more forward-thinking.  In the end, I just hope that a Democratic candidate will be in charge of our country for the next four years, even if it’s not the person I voted for.        

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On a different note, today is Mardi Gras!  Happy Fat Tuesday everyone!  My little sister spent the weekend in New Orleans (leaving me, super jealous…grrr), and I can’t wait to hear all of her crazy stories.  This is the second year in a row she’s gone, and I haven’t even been once!  Maybe one of these years it’ll happen (once T is done with his crazy busy seasons and CPA studying).  I probably won’t make it out to celebrate tonight since everyone has to get up earlier than me for work tomorrow.  But I am going to a hockey game tonight, so maybe they’ll be throwing out some beads.    

Laissez les bons temps rouler mes amis!

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