Friday, November 09, 2012

Election stuff.

So yeah.  The election... It started out pretty calm for me, but the week or so before I became very emotionally involved.  I am not even sure why all of a sudden it hit... I can't explain it.  But let me tell you, when it was announced that Obama won a 2nd term I actually cried.  I CRIED.  HAPPY TEARS.  I was so relieved... and happy.  I realize he's not perfect, I realize he's got a lot of work to do... but the fact is, Romney scared me. 

The talk of qualifying rape, the birth control issues... it scared the hell out of me.  Plus he is so out of touch with anyone who isn't making 6 figures a year... I audibly gasped when I saw that Obama won Ohio... then a few minutes later when they announced he had won, I totally screamed.  Nolan had just gone to bed, and came running out wondering what the heck was going on.  Both boys were jumping up and down celebrating... and tears came.  I didn't expect that. 

I've also had my eye on the local races here... Referendum 74... which would legalize gay marriage, the pot initiative, Governor's race (My boss is running... ), and the race for Attorney General... a new boss for me.

I have to say I'm so happy that Referendum 74 passed... but I'm still shocked and ashamed at how narrow the margin was.  WHAT THE EVERLOVING FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?  The pot initiative passed with a bigger lead than R74... in fact, 55% approved legalizing marijuane while only 53% approved marriage equality.

I am just kind of bowled over at how willing people are to discriminate.  Shameful. I am so glad it passed, but the numbers speak volumes about what a long way there still is to go for equality across the board.  SHAMEFUL.

Anyhoo.  That's all I have to say about that.  Overall I am pleased that on my 8th wedding anniversary the law was changed to allow marriage for all... what a great gift.

8 years... time flies. <3 br="br">

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Crazy Busy.

Holy cow the last few weeks have been a blur.  We are on week 3 I think... of Aaron working swing shift.  The boys and I have found our groove... thanks in large part to Aaron really picking up the slack in the mornings.  The house is clean when I get home, and he often helps with the homework... it's hard because when I get home, it's gogogogogogogo.  I get off the train, go straight to get the boys... and by the time we get home it's usually about a quarter to 6 or even later.  I hurry to put dinner together while trying to help the boys with homework.  It's a bit of a juggling act and we don't always do the greatest job.  But then Aaron is able to help balance it in the morning. So that works out pretty well.  I do dinner, dishes, get the boys showered and to bed and by that time I am BEAT.  I've also been going in an hour earlier as we are beyond busy at work right now.

At least soccer is over.  I say that with both relief and sadness... the relief because juggling 4 practices a week by myself would've been really difficult.  But I'm sad because I truly enjoyed it, and am really going to miss all those little knuckleheads. I never would have guessed how much fun we would have as a family in this experience.  Or how much I looked forward to the games.  It was great. 

Nolan is signed up for basketball, it starts in January... he is very anxious to start.  I hope he likes it!  Seth can play basketball next year, so he'll have to wait this one out.  Both started swimming this week.  It was kind of funny... Nolan wanted no part of swim lessons.  He whined, and bitched and was so cranky about it... I don't know why, the child is just like I was as a kid, he LOVES playing in the pool or the lake... any water.  He loves it.  Seth on the other hand was psyched.  

We get to the pool and I am told they can't go in the women's locker room because the age cutoff is 5.  Ok, no problem, I understand.  However, the 'family' bathroom they offer up instead was small, and kind of gross.  We managed, though it was a giant pain in the ass.  We walk into the pool area and Nolan is immediately out of his mind excited.  Seth on the other hand is like "screw this, I'm out."  These kids of mine can be so weird sometimes.  They end up getting in the pool for their 1/2 hour lesson (that was almost 10 bucks each... crikey.)  Nolan yells over to me several times during the lesson "MOM!  I LOVE THIS!  THANKS FOR BRINGING ME TO SWIM LESSONS! MOM WATCH ME! MOM I DID IT!!" ... it was sweet and a little embarrassing.  But sweet enough to soothe the embarrassing.  Seth cried a few times.  The teacher seemed to understand and took his time with Seth... the water hits him at the shoulder, and it hits Nolan at mid chest... so I can see why it freaked Sethy out. By the end the teacher had both of them putting their faces in the water, and jumping in without help.  (Well, Sethy held his hand, but that's it.)

They were jubilant after the lesson, asking if we could go there every day... all the cranking Nolan did about going in the first place, now he's mad because we can't go more than once a week.  Sorry dude, $80 for one month of lessons... 4 lessons each is about where I draw the line.  And that's cheap compared to some of the prices I found elsewhere. 

Anyhoo, yeah... we've been busy.   Good busy.  This is our first non-soccer weekend, and Aaron and I are celebrating it by going out of town for our Anniversary.  He planned it, I have no idea where we're going... that husband of mine is a good egg. :)  Though the fucker keeps referring to it as camping.  As in "bring your laptop, I think the campsite has electricity."  We are so NOT camping. 

The Ghost and the Pirate ... Sethy fought me tooth and nail on the eye makeup because he thought I was going to make him look like a girl.

Sometimes it shocks me how grown up he is getting.

7 going on 17.

My little peanut.  He's getting way too big for my liking as well.

Last Soccer Game for Seth

Last soccer game for Seth

Waiting to go in to his team party

Seth and his coach

The Tigers <3 br="br">

Nolan's last game

working out a little strategery

The Warriors <3 br="br">