Monday, November 30, 2009

Actual office-type full-size RubberMade wastebasket in the car

Best. Idea. EVER.

Extra trash bags would have been a good idea, too. They'll be added to the gallon jug of water and the roll of paper towels in the "trunk" area of the minivan.

The wastebasket made the water and paper towels unnecessary, but it comforted me to have them.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

At my mom's house

Mom (67)
TellsDonaldDuckStories (64)
His mom (?)
His two brothers (61), (49)
Their wives (64) (44)
My mom's brother (60?)
His wife (65?)
My sister (46)
Her husband (47)
His mom (?)
My cousin KnitsAndQuilts (40)
Her daughter (10)
My cousin WasShyNowFlamboyant (KnitsAndQuilts sister) (21)
Her friend NotAtAllShy (?)
Her daughter (3)
Me (40)
Mr. Spock (51)
Muffin Man (7)
My niece, SpendingASemesterInIndiaThisSpring (16)
My nephew, WasThePrinceInTheKingAndI (13)
My second cousin DrawsReallyWell (30?)
His wife (30?)
Their son (2)
Other assorted cousins (7), (9), (11), (12)

Were here Thursday, TellsDonaldDuckStories step-brother (attained as a grown-up) and his partner.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Holy Guacamole, it's been a week!

What have I missed telling you about?

The LCDC Harvest Dinner was bountiful and a lovely chance to thank all the volunteerific volunteers.

Driving to my mom's was a rain-fest, but fine.

Thanksgiving at my mom's is a wonderful family-filled food-fest. It is still on-going, so I will leave you with that.

Happy Thanksgiving week to you all.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thinking about Hunter Mill & Sterling & DAD

And what they have in common:

  • Welcoming all comers who share their sense of purpose.
  • Making excuses to get together rather than making excuses not to attend
  • Enjoying the journey as well as looking forward to the destination
  • Looking for ways to pitch in
  • Speaking up
  • Finding solutions
  • Encouraging enthusiasm
  • Growing membership even in tough political years.
  • (Sterling and DAD) Holding meetings at local restaurants - helps local businesses as well as boosting attendance.

What do your organizations do to boost membership and attendance? What could they be doing better?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

And speaking of District Committees...

The Sterling District Committee is the hardest working, most enthusiastic, most volunteerific committee in Loudoun. They have a crew of people who staff the polls. A crew of people who walk and call and stuff envelopes and work back-to-school nights. A crew of people who work their butts off. MS and I never had to ask them for anything, every time we thought of something for them to do...we'd turn around and there they were


I was honored to work with you all.

Monday, November 16, 2009

You swine!

No, I haven't got it, but many of my friends do, so here is a list of books to read while feeling swinish.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I love the Hunter Mill Democratic Committee

I love it. LOVE. IT.

The enthusiasm and genuine excitement of that committee is just infectious. I can't kvell enough over them, and hope that I get to work with them a whole lot more in future.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Photo Goes Here

MM got a haircut on Saturday, but before going to get it cut, he got into his Halloween costume and we took pictures. Because we didn't get any pictures of him in his costume on Halloween.

He was Harry Potter.

According to my mom, he was Harry Potter. As they went around DC and to museums and into restaurants, people stopped them and took pictures. Little kids squealed with delight to see him. It was like being with a rock star.

So before his hair cut, we took pictures of him and then he said, "Mommy, I don't want you to put these up on your blog."


So, submitted for your approval, this word picture: A slender seven-year-old with shaggy dark hair, a lightning-shaped scar drawn tastefully on his forehead with lip-pencil, wearing Gryffindor robes, a white shirt, a rep tie, dark pants, dress shoes, and over-sized round glasses.

This was a comment in reply to Josh, but it got a bit lengthy.

Actually, Josh, what I want is everyone to have access to health care. Everyone. All over the world. With no barriers caused by financial issues.

What I want is Universal Health Care.

I don't care if it's government provided, though that's the easiest way to get there.

I want what Sweden has. I want what Japan has. I want what, yes, France has.

I want a country where no one has to choose between necessary health care and their next meal.

And I have to tell you, Josh, that coverage of abortion, and pelvic exams (not covered under the new law) and birth control is necessary health care to 51% of Americans. Especially when prostate exams are covered.

Not to mention that EVERY OTHER INDUSTRIALIZED NATION has government sponsored health care, and that, therefore, their businesses are at a financial advantage over ours since they don't have to pay outrageous sums to cover their employees.

Now, you may say, "Yeah, but look at their taxes!" and then I say: add up every penny you pay for things that their taxes cover and please realize that you are paying MORE than they are. As a nation, we are all paying more than any other industrialized nation for coverage with fewer people covered, shorter life spans, and poorer health outcomes.

Paying more for less? That's the American Way!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank you

Thank you for wearing the uniform. For going through training. For risking your lives and bodies.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dear Democratic Members of Congress

I'm not sending this to my own congressional critter, Frank Wolf, because he's a tea-bagger. I'm making it an open letter to you instead.

I am a woman.

I am a hard-working Democratic advocate.

I ring doorbells. I make phonecalls. I hand out literature at the polls and on back-to-school-nights. And not just for my husband, but for every single democratic candidate for the last eight years.

I want healthcare reform. Actually, what I really want is universal health care, single-payer style, but I'll take what I can get.

I can get better than this.

You say your bill covers 95% of Americans.

But the Stupak amendment leaves me, and every citizen capable of getting pregnant, uncovered.

I am FURIOUS that you would vote for this amendment and this bill. How DARE you bargain with my body, my life, my health.

And what did you get for it? This bargain? Did Republicans come flocking to vote for the bill? No.

You are not going to get the Republicans to vote for any health care bill. You're not. Just face that and move on. Since you're not going to get that, why don't you try this: Go back to Square One. Universal Health Care. Single-Payer style. Medicare for Everyone. Starting at Birth. And women's health covered too.

Don't make me regret working to get Democrats elected. All Democratic candidates, not just the one I'm married to.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Not on the word-study list...

The word "pour".

But we did have "poor". "Poor is?" I asked.
"Not having any money!" they said.
"Okay. It also means 'not doing well.'" I amplified.
"It also means pouring water!" said AnxiousToPlease.
"Oooh! That's a homophone! A word that sounds like this word, but isn't." I said. "Here's 'pour'. P-O-U-R. We're not doing this one this week but I'll show you a trick. See that 'u'? That's a cup. Fill it with water and pour it out. Now look at 'poor'. P-O-O-R. Those two Os are pennies."
Nods all around.

We had a similar discussion over "four" and "for". If you are curious, "four" has four letters.

Made a TON of new friends over the last few months


Went on a walk with a friend

When we got back, my friend was winded. Not a very long walk either. I think I need to put him on the Political Activist Workout.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Snark attack

So an ex-neighbor of mine at the old house sent out a snarky email to a neighborhood email list about us. I replied to the entire list with maximum cheerfulness and a side of snark (aggressively ignoring that he meant to be a meany, I mean)...

...and he took offence.

Which leads me to ask of you, my friends, what causes people to get offended when the person they are trying to attack takes the middle road of neither ignoring nor lashing out? Is it because responding with good humor makes the attacker look ridiculous?

Your thoughts?

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Well, There's Always 2011.

We didn't quite make it. We did better than the top of the ticket in the precincts I checked, but we didn't do well enough.

Our ground game was phenomenal, and I just can't even begin to describe how blessed I feel to have worked with so many terrific people. Our wonderful staff, the Unions, the Young Dems, NARAL, the volunteers of all ages, and everyone who helped in any way. Including many of you.

Thank you.

Today's the Day!

Or suffer the wrath of The Doorbell Queen

Monday, November 02, 2009

I've already blown NaBloWriMo

Yesterday was a whirlwind of meeting-and-greeting, walkingwalkingwalking, and dialing-and-smiling. My computer only saw me when I Googled up a map and the weather and checked my email.

Today, I'm at work. MM & QuiltsAlot are out on the town, probably going skating. Tonight we're having Midnight Madness - our phenomenal volunteers are going to do a last minute GOTV push.

If you're in VA, NJ, WA, NY-23, and ME, don't forget to vote tomorrow!!

My endorsements*:
VA: Deeds for Governer, Wagner for Lt. Gov., Shannon for Atty General, and (in the 86th) Miller for Delegate. Everywhere else, please vote for the Democratic candidate (if there is one) for the House of Delegates. Remember that redistricting is coming up!

NJ: Corzine

WA: YES (approve) on Ref. 71

NY-23: Owens

ME: No on 1

*DISCLOSURE NOTICE: I am married to this guy. I have no close ties to any of the other candidates I'm endorsing.