Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Nonsensical

I can hardly deal with social media these days with all the post election fall out that is going on. Some is genuine, intelligent concern. Some is all out ignorance and stupidity. While others seem to post false information just to fuel the fires on both sides of the campgrounds. On a positive spin, what a great way to help me spend less time on social media! So I guess it has that going for it... 

I went to The Exercise Coach yesterday and thought I was going to die. Okay, well maybe not die. But I seriously wanted to cry (seriously), and definitely wanted to puke after the session. Don't let anyone tell you that the 20 minutes you spend with this franchise is a waste. Ouch! The saddest realization of the session was that it was an evaluation in order to set a baseline and not even the full workout! I'm not sure how I'll survive the next session, but back I shall go. 


I am hoping that this (The Exercise Coach) and having recruited a new accountabilibuddy for the gym will help get, and keep, me on track with my fitness goals. 


In other random news and postings, I can't believe next weekend is Thanksgiving! I suppose I should get to the grocery store for the feast-ival supplies sooner than later, or my guests and I will end up in a scene like the one below... What are some of your favorite side-dishes? I got a request to make cornbread. I don't think I've ever had cornbread for a holiday dinner? But I'm looking forward to finding a yummy recipe for it and can't wait to make it. Why must carbs be sooooo good? 


I just saw the weekend forecast and it looks COLD! Now, the only thing I like about the cold is the potential for snow. And the only thing I like about snow is the potential for snowshoeing! Of course, this is what I hope for...


But the reality of what I see most of the winter season is  what's shown below... So grey, sloppy and gross! Well, here's to hoping for the best this winter and getting out to enjoy the snow, if there is any? (Ha, famous last words, right?)  


So yep, I realize this post is a little (okay, a lot) random and nonsensical, but quite frankly with election overload going on, I'm quite happy to write and post it. Happy Tuesday peoples!


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

America

Note from author: If you're suffering from election fatigue, skip this read for today...


American voters who, as of yesterday morning, were proud to exercise their rights and take advantage of their freedoms are the same people spewing anti-government and throwing tantrums today. It's sad that there are so many poor losers and more so, that there are so many braggadocious, poor winners. America has forecasted Trump to fail the world without him even having stepped one foot into the White House, which I also find sad. What happened to beliefs such as not judging others? What happened to not saying anything at all if you have nothing nice to say? Hell, what happened to being a united nation? 

Instead of moving forward, I find people want to wallow in hatred, indulge in false media statements, make America miserable and, most of all, have someone else to blame for it. Trump is not the end of the world. Trump is a temporary status, just as we all are in this life. And to date, win or lose, he's changed nothing other than your emotions. Yes, disappointment and sadness are bound to come to us when there can only be one winner, but how you deal with those emotions is up to you. And that is what you cannot blame on Trump. 

I personally think, despite the differences I have with Trump (which are many), that he will take the job of leading the nation seriously. Just as Hillary would have. I believe he will surround himself with people smarter than he is to help run the country. Just as Hillary would have. I also believe that Congress will not let him (or Hillary had she prevailed to) "run a muck" drunk with power. Do we need to be reminded of how the Government works? 

I may not agree with the President-elect. I may not agree with his future actions. But I'm not going to sit here and pout as a pitiful winner or loser of this election. Instead, I will pick my battles as they (may or may not) arise. I have the right to protest. I have the right to petition. And most importantly in four years, I have the right to vote again.

If you are afraid of and fear Trump, as I think most of us do in some way, okay. But don't let the fear fuel you. Racism, bigotry and a womanizer is not who or what the people are behind. At least not the Trump supporters I know. While surely individual opinion and reasons for each party's admiration vary, the Trump supporters I know are personally weary of politicians and the immoral, non beneficial situations they've created. They want change. They want someone who is not tied to Washington's bedposts to run the country. They don't want the same tired politicians continuing to run the States into the ground. So when given a different option, in the form of a business man, they took it. The choice of winner is, in my opinion, a form of "damning The Man" and bucking the system. Right or wrong, they have been tossed so now, let the chips fall where they may.

In the meantime, I implore you to not throw away the ideal of the Land of Opportunity and all it affords you. America is the United States, so let's start acting like one. I shouldn't have to remind you of that, but in addition, respect other people's opinions and realize that whether you like it or not, we're all in this together. You have options. Many options. You can move to Canada as some have proclaimed. You can hate America for the next four years (which, you might as well move then), or you can pick yourself up by the boot straps, dust yourself off, and work towards a better America with me and the countless others whom did and did not support Trump. Be kind to one another. Volunteer. Petition. Help one another. Educate. Show love and compassion to all, not just some and consider...  


"At the end of the day, this is an opportunity to learn and grow and consider another world view. This is a wake-up call to get out of safe spaces, politically correct thinking, shatter echo chambers, and challenge yourself to consider the other side of the fence. This is an opportunity to reach out and truly learn to understand each other."  - Trent Lampinski


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Begrudgingly

I am not politically outspoken in life or on social media but that doesn't mean I don't pay attention to what is going on in the world around me. It is hard for me to get excited about this Presidential election when I deem neither candidate a suitable representative for me, and quite frankly, find both a down right embarrassment and threat to the United States of America. Despite that, I still exercise my constitutional right and vote for who I believe is the lessor of the two evils, despite party affiliation. But what happens when there is no lessor (in my opinion) and they are both evil? I still vote. And I hope. That is all I can do. 

I hope that the next four years go quickly (and smoothly). And I hope that in time, a future candidate who I can enthusiastically back and support will rise up for the next election.But in the mean time, I think the best way to look at this election is to not put all your trust in one person to change your life and existence. The President is not a god, nor life coach or counselor. The President cannot fix your life for you. Albeit that the President can invoke change in our country that we may/may not agree upon, but the fact is, usually those changes do not trickle down to our day to day well being. That may sound like a naive statement, but sadly it's the best I can hope for. Dear President, please try not to f*ck things up too badly, ok? 

So yes, despite my feelings about the current candidates, I did vote. It's my right, and yours. It should be exercised. However, I believe when doing so, I looked something like this while casting my ballot... 


Good luck America. 
We need it. 



Monday, November 7, 2016

Simple

To probably most people's delight, I am not posting daily, November "What I'm thankful for..." updates on social media. Albeit, I have plenty to be thankful for, but I can't believe the negative feedback I've received over the past years for simply being grateful. Having things to be thankful for is much different than having a "perfect life", which I've never claimed to have. Finding the positive "spin" on a shitty situation is an art form however, that some don't have, nor do they seemingly want to possess. Admittedly, it can be a fleeting art form for me some days, too.

My main reason for not committing myself to a daily, 30 day posting event however, is that I want to enjoy the things I'm thankful for, versus talk about them. I don't find myself with much free time these days, so living in the moment and appreciating it for what it is, is my main goal these days. Instead of talking or typing, 
I find myself taking lots of photos to capture memories in the making. Attached is probably my favorite weekend photo. 

Remember how much fun it was to be a kid and jump in the leaves? You didn't worry about getting dirty and you sure weren't concerned about raking or cleaning up the lawn afterwards. This is fun at it's finest. And more importantly, fun at it's simplest.