Thanks and Pics

Thanks for all your nice messages and emails. If I was fishing, which I wasn’t, I surely scored many fish.

I tried to post pictures via my new magical email method last night and they didn’t go through, so I posted them the old way in a few posts (below).

Today Seaworld came to my work (we sell a LOT of Sea World tickets) and they did a short presentation with a kookabura, a porcupine, a great horned owl, a baby kangaroo, a hawk, a lemur, a reindeer and a camel. I didn’t plan on doing it, but my coworkers said, “hey, the boss is out, go get your kids and let them see it, it was great last year!) So I surprised all my kids and picked them all up and we saw the animals and I just went home after that, with only the permission of all my co-workers, no real permission. It was over at 3, and I couldn’t see dropping them all back at care to arrive back at work at 4 or 4:30.

It was fun but bittersweet, because we all had such a nice weekend together and I could tell the kids were really bothered about the whole work thing–and so was I. It’s not an optional thing, but I’m missing them more and more. Every day Noah says, “Mom, I don’t want to go to school or Lincoln’s, I want you.” And I think about how it won’t be long before this sweet little four year old won’t feel that way anymore–it is such a short time, and I’m missing so much of it. I’m just really sad about it today. Sadness I guess in the air the past few days.

But again, thanks for your sweet words.

And for those of you who are asking me, “It looks like Obama will win? Are you happy?” I say no, although I will feel relieved. If McCain won, I would be wonderfully off the hook for all the negative future events which will surely be blamed on the next president, whether within the realm of his influence or not. With my being outspoken for Obama, it’s like a personal liability for every dumb thing he will do, and every dumb thing that happens, whether he did it or it would have happened either way.

Yes, I think we’ll be better off, but since we can never know what “would have been,” and since we seem to be headed for even more difficult times, I think it will be the easy road for folks to take to comfort ourselves with how great it would have been if we’d only chosen otherwise.

And then there’s the fact that he’s a politician, and for all the things I like about him, he’s still that. So it’s a matter of seeing how he will disappoint, while believing he’ll disappoint less than the alternative.

To quote Jon Stewart, “Oh Obama–how will you break our hearts?”

I’ve already voted, and I’m in Utah, so that’s all kind of anticlimactic.

Oh, and Gina, on the gay marriage thing, I read an interesting article about that last week:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/01/us/politics/01marriage.html?_r=2&hp=&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1225511260-d/kZUCg84l1R8pwJ7/1QTw&oref=slogin

Personally, they both are against it, Obama for religious reasons, McCain in the name of tradition, and it sounds like both of them are mired in federalism, state issues, and policy technicalities on why they will or won’t support various laws surrounding it. But when it comes to respect for the family, I think Obama has shown much clearer support of it personally with one wife whom he shows respect. McCain has shown very little concern for family matters in his treatment of his ex-wife and shockingly misogynist statements toward women in general.

But blah blah blah. It’s all over tomorrow. Thank heaven for that.

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