I already bought this dress and it's on the way. Now I have to still decide on a shoe. I love these but I am not sure. Give me some ideas if you don't think it will go with the dress. This is for Dave's company Christmas party (which I HAVE to attend, yuck).
When Dave read that Obama would be in Reno on Saturday, I did not have to think twice about going to the rally. Hooray!! With much excitement we made our way to Nevada on Friday afternoon. There were no rooms available for us in Reno on Friday night so we made our first stop at Harvey's in Lake Tahoe. For those that know me well, you know I love my slot play, but since we've been diligent in our budgeting to purchase our first home I don't get much of a chance to play. So I was thrilled when Dave pulled out a big win within our first hour there.
Saturday morning we were up EARLY to pack it up and hit the road for the hour drive to Reno. The gates were scheduled to open at 7:30 a.m. with Obama appearing at 10 a.m. We had no idea that we were going to join a few thousand supporters already there by 7ish. We stood in the line and got the coveted 'colored sticker' to show that we had signed in and could indeed enter the stadium. Very exciting. We had nice, easy conversations with people in the line. Before we knew it there was a long line behind us. Everything was very organized and very well ran, although this gal really wanted some hot coffee - it was 39 degrees! We stood waiting for the hour and a half that we had left before the next president was to appear. It was a festive environment with music. The only time I have ever fought crowds to be a part of something was for my kids - once for a New Kids On The Block Concert and then for a Harry Potter cast event in Hollywood and I hated the experience but of course you do those things for your kid. This was so different - I felt like I would never have the opportunity to be a part of history and I was not disappointed. Barack Obama delivered. He was warm, relaxed, confident and definitely in charge. He spoke of all the things that I admire him for. I would stand for many more hours to have that opportunity. Dave and I were both emotional to be so near this man that represents all the things a leader embodies. There were no cheap shots made - I was proud to be an Obama supporter and proud to be an American. The only thing that would have made it better is if I had been able to shake his hand. Dave took lots of pictures and some video. I hope you enjoy them but I know it is just not the same if you're not there.
We have one week to go to elect our next President. Please vote and vote early if you can. We CAN make a difference.
A typical weekday evening lately in the Weeks household goes something like this: Dave coming home from work, kisses wife, glances at the mail (damn, still no absentee ballot!), makes way to the couch, fires up his laptop (wife's is already fired up), then puts on news channel - this could be one of 4 or 5 channels but they are all news and specifically political. "Blue, blue, blue, oh look, another state just went to blue! Between following every poll known to the internet and watching all the news channels just to make sure we see the latest McCain or Palin-ism and of course to hear our view validated followed by some sprinkling of what Fox news has to say and then proclaiming Bill O to be one of the biggest idiots on TV. Oh, and let's not forget Jon Stewart's show so we can laugh our asses off, then before I know it, it is bedtime. The cycle begins again the following day at 5:30 pm until the weekend when it is sporadically done throughout the day. We eat, sleep and breathe the election. I have had two dreams of Obama in recent days -one where I was running against him and then dropped out because I wanted him to win and ecstatic when he chose me to be his running mate! Dave also has had a dream or two about the election.
I think it's fantastic that so many people are so involved in the election but it does bother me that there are many people voting for one candidate based on fear. Fear should not have a place in determining how we shall live our lives - yes, to the extent of common sense such as not crossing a crowded freeway but not of irrational fear such as the fear instilled in us when we went into Iraq. That situation was portrayed to us as a defensive action - that we were going there to get Al Qaeda and stop the weapons of mass destruction that Saddam supposedly harbored and planned to use on the U.S. Now fears are raised because of the rhetoric that Obama is some kind of terrorist and 'not one of us'. For crap's sake people - use your brain! Honestly I believe everyone has the right to vote for who they believe in but vote for the candidate that most closely follows your personal values and priorities please, not out of fear. I am voting for Obama because I want less $ put into wars and intruding where we are not welcome and scattering our political agendas; I want health care so that everyone can afford to get the necessary health care for their families; I want alternative energy so that it is more efficient, cleaner and a commodity that we as a nation can export; I want affordable housing, top notch education, and a cleaner environment. If we took the money that is poured into Iraq and instead invest it in fuel alternatives, a new healthcare system it would keep the money here and create jobs and finally enough already of giving the rich tax breaks. The middle class needs an effing break already. 5% percent of the people control 95% of the wealth in this country. You tell me - does that seem fair?
So as you can see we are obsessed with this election. I joke with Dave that I'm not sure what we're going to talk about once the election is over. Hopefully Beauty and The Geek will be back on TV. Don't forget to VOTE!
I was up and running at 6:30 yesterday morning to go to my women's meeting and following that I went out to breakfast with a group of gals from AA. It was 'take your sponsor to brunch' day. Funny thing is, my sponsor paid for my breakfast! Hey, I like that. So I finally got home a little after 12:30 and had a massage appt at 1:45. Unfortunately I have been suffering quite a bit from my Rheumatoid arthritis - lots more involvement of my joints all over. It is very painful and has limited me from doing certain things without pain. I am seeing my Dr first thing in the morning but in the meantime Dave and I joined up over at the Easter Seals pool so that we could both use the indoor 92 degree pool plus they have therapeutic massages for only $36 per 1/2 hour or $56 per hour! The massage was nice. Then we went up to Redwood City and looked around the neighborhoods for homes. There are some really cute areas.
Soon after I applied for a job at Alameda County the job was pulled off the website. I am guessing it has something to do with California's new budget that was finally passed. There were some cuts to Public Services of course. So I was super surprised and happy when I opened my email on Friday morning and there was another job posting for San Mateo County for a Court clerk. It's a great job and I have enough background to do it so I'm going to go for it - even though my hands are killing me. There is an informational meeting for it tomorrow evening in Redwood City so today we went back up there so that I could see exactly where I am going tomorrow at 6pm (think traffic). It's pretty cool how the County buildings are set up and we saw the infamous courthouse where Scott Petersen was tried and convicted. Then we scooted back here to go shop for our kitties - $185 later we were happily heading to the movie theater to see Bill Maher's 'Religulous'. We've been looking forward to seeing it. It was good. Very informative and funny of course. Finally got home late this afternoon - set up the toys for the kitties and made dinner. I'm ready to go to bed! I must be getting old, huh?
We bought a kitty tower and scratcher for the 'kids' so that they don't continue scratching and climbing on other things as above picture illustrates. They also got a cool new kitty drinking fountain - which they already love. Eeegads - I've turned into 'one of those people.'