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Eloquence escapes me this morning, but in all honesty, I don't remember a time when I've been prouder to be an American. I almost can't fathom how much the very fact of Obama's election is going to change our country--and regardless of how his term goes, this is one thing that is going to have a positive effect no matter what.
An African-American political analyst for CNN summed it up so beautifully last night: he said that, before today, if a black child said they wanted to grow up to be president, the parent would have to be cynical, and at some point insert a measure of doubting reality into their child's hopes. But "after tonight," he said, nearly in tears, "I can't say that anymore."
This is such a huge, huge step in the right direction. Even though I voted for Obama and hoped he'd win, I really think that McCain would have been a fine president (Sarah Palin, on the other hand...), and he gave such a gracious concession speech last night... I honestly believe that both McCain and Obama have a sincere love for America, and that when McCain says he'll work with Obama to bring the parties together, I believed him 100%. (Sarah Palin, I'm sure, will enjoy the chance to return to Alaska indefinitely. :D )
And then, Obama's speech was so insanely well constructed. He did something incredibly important, which was essentially to say, "Look, I'm going to do the best I can, but if we're gonna be successful here, everyone is going to have to pull their weight and make an effort for change." It was like a brilliant disclaimer, and it also serves to bring him even closer to the people he's trying to bring together.
America, ya done good. ♥ I can't wait to see where we go from here.
1) Mom & I walking to the train station to vote this morning.
2) My brother got tickets to the Obama rally tonight! I don't envy him the crowds and chaos, but it's really cool that he gets to go. ^_^
3) Not that I'm a super big fan of the Twilight books to begin with, but I just came across an ew.com article that gave me a major character spoiler in the first two sentences. I hate spoilers. Unless I'm actively seeking them out. But usually I don't.
4) My research has shown me that I need to incorporate more fat into my diet. :| So I'll be hitting the grocery at some point with this in mind.
5) I have already made more NaNoWriMo progress this year than I did last year. :D Granted, last year I only wrote 2,000 words or so.
6) I need to buy a new winter coat. Several attempts have proved fruitless so far. And coatless.
7) I must go take a shower now so I can be ready to go vote. :D
I have made many, many cookies. I made cookies from approximately 8:30 to 12:00 this morning. Go, me! We are now up to our ears in them. My mother tried one of the pumpkin ones and assured me that, despite the inclusion of pumpkin and the fact that I used tub margarine with Omega 3s (etc.) instead of stick butter, they turned out nicely. Yay! Marginally healthier cookies that taste good! (Naturally, I claimed the right to lick the bowl, but the tastiness of the batter remnants does not necessarily guarantee a satisfactory cookie texture. Thus spake the philosopher.)
I have also upgraded my costume from Frodo v. 2.0 to Random Early 18th-century Person v. 1.0. The decision was made because my hair is too long to be Frodo hair. So I've got it in a queue, I'm wearing my spiffy 18th-century shirt, I put old soft hair ties from the '80s above my knees and tucked my pants in to make knickerbockers, and I'm wearing some white tight-like circulation socks that my dad got at the hospital. I say again: Go, me! I have foraged and emerged successful, and shall not have to tackily repeat a Halloween costume. :D (except now I'm cold, so the Random 18th-century Person will probably have to succumb to a sweatshirt at some point.)
My dad came home early from work, and while that's an overwhelming positive due to the ridiculous hour at which he had to be at the office this morning, it also means that my mom and I decided not to mess up the kitchen (and stressify my already bleary dad) by carving pumpkins. It was Mom's decision, but I hope she's not too disappointed. She's awfully tired herself today, though.
Anyway. Here we have a situation where I have about two and a half hours before I leave for the party tonight, and I'm excited, so instead of getting anything productive done, I'll just sit here and eagerly anticipate for the remainder of that time. :P Well, I'm gonna try to nip this in the bud and go read a book, or something.
Halloween is the holiday that ushers in the holiday season, which contains several of my favorite days of the year. These are what I call the Fuzzy Sweater Holidays, and are, obviously, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. :D Something about being inside by the fire when it's snowing or has snowed or is just cold/wet outside, surrounded by family and friends and good, warm food, is really comforting to me. I get sort of sentimental about it. Halloween isn't really one of those holidays, but it means they're coming up soon. ^_^ And of course, it's by no means without fun.
I was a lot more creative as a kid, so Halloween used to be a lot more fun. Like, when I was nine, I made my own kangaroo costume. (Random much??) When I was twelve, I went as Gonff the Mousethief from the book Mossflower, and I made my friend be Martin the Warrior because I was bossy (but hey, she did it). Nowadays, I feel like it's sort of a lot of trouble to devise a costume, which is too bad, really.
( A random interlude during which I attempt to remember my Halloween costumes across the years...Collapse )
Anyway. Today I'm going to a party at my friend's apartment, and in preparation, I will be baking pumpkin walnut chocolate chip cookies!!!!! I've never made them before, and I know pumpkin tends to give things a bit of a squishy and cakey texture instead of the chewy cookie texture I prefer. So, just in case they don't turn out well, I'll be taking a page from Roku and making oatmeal walnut chocolate chip cookies, as well. Cookie Power!
I also promised my mom I'd carve pumpkins with her, so if she's still conscious after waking up at 4:30 to see my dad off to work (poor Dad :( ), we'll likely be doing that, too.
In other news, I was cheering big time at Survivor last night. I don't think many people care about it on my flist, but on the off chance they do, I won't name names. I'll just say, IT'S ABOUT TIME that person got voted off.
I've also been reading The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, which is a little slow at first but still interesting. Maybe I'm underestimating modern teenagers, but the book is written in 18th-century-style prose that I'm not sure I would have either appreciated or understood in high school. I'm pretty impressed by it, though. roku_kyu, there are definitely some Mute-ish elements in it (and not like there were Mute-ish elements in Ugly Betty--the connections might be more easily seen by people who aren't me this time :P), so if you're interested in seeing how another author might handle a comparable situation, you might check it out, or I could loan it to you. ^_~
Anyway, I'm off to check my email and stuff. NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, too. Ooh, I'm gonna go sign up.
I missed your birthday in Japan, alas. :( :( :( So by the time you see this, it'll already be post-birthday. But regardless, I hope you had fun. ♥
So, last night I watched the show "Crusoe" on TV. I actually thought it looked lame from the clips and stuff I'd seen, but I decided to watch it anyway because I thought if it totally tanks it might prevent studios from making historical/semi-literary shows in the future. :P
It wasn't as lame as I thought, but it was a little boring. I really liked Friday, however. The guy who plays Robinson is a little too angular for my tastes. But I read an article where he says he read the book and studied the history of the period to prepare for the role, and I think that's pretty darn cool. :) Not sure if I'd watch it again, but since the only other thing to watch on Friday nights is Wifeswap, stranger things have happened. :P
A few days ago, my mom and I watched "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" on TV. I remember watching that movie when I was really little, and I totally didn't get that it was about WWII and fighting off the Nazis. The added historical context really appealed to me, because I love history blended with fantasy, and I said to myself, "Y'know, this is based on a book--I should really read this book!" But upon further research, it came to light that WWII does not figure into the book. Aw, phooey.
Due to this viewing, however, I have had the Beautiful Briny Sea song stuck in my head ever since. And on Thursday night, I woke up at 2 a.m. and couldn't get back to sleep for a while because my mind kept chanting "TraGUna...maCOIdes...treCOrum SAtis DEE."
Speaking of that. It may not come as much of a surprise that the same writing team who wrote the songs for "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" wrote the songs for "Mary Poppins." But who knew they also wrote the songs for "Winnie the Pooh" and "Let's Get Together" from The Parent Trap?? ...I like random connections like that, anyway. :P
Say what you want about George W. Bush. He's certainly not my favorite person by a long, long shot. But I just think it's bad sportsmanship to make a skewed biopic about him when he's still in office.
I sort of felt the same way about the movie 'The Queen,' but at least that was a serious take on things and not being billed as "Hey, everyone, come and see how stupid your president is!"
You don't have to like the man, but an ounce of respect wouldn't hurt, even if that meant simply delaying the release of the darn movie for five freaking months. *sigh* Just because you have a legal and constitutional right to do the things you do, it doesn't necessarily mean you should do them. I'm pretty sick of the media for a lot of things that fall under that category, actually.
This probably isn't gonna be a popular opinion, but whatever.
So, I'm currently on a create-your-own cereal site trying to create muesli for my mom. :P She really liked the muesli they had at our hotel in England, and her efforts to find something comparable here have failed, even at Trader Joe's. So I thought it might be cute to see if I can make her some as part of her Christmas present. I'd try to make it myself at home, but aren't you not supposed to use raw oats in cold cereal, or something? And my mom's home all day, and it might be conspicuous if I went through a lot of oat-toasting right under her nose. But anyway.
I'm watching Season Two of Supernatural. I realize I haven't mentioned recently how much I really love this show, and not only because of a certain Mr. Ackles being more than easy on the eyes. I love how everything Sam and Dean do has real-life consequences that make sense: i.e., if a doppelganger of Dean kills someone in Season One, a different show might just ignore that issue completely and say, "Well, that episode's just over, and it won't come up again." But partway through Season Two, it catches up with him. It's just cool. Also, in terms of character development, there's a depth there that I think is rare in TV shows. The writers seem to be really thinking from their characters' POVs, and how the "monster-of-the-week" situations would really hit them on a personal level. I just continue to be impressed by the writing on the show, and while there are inevitably some episodes that are more ho-hum than others, it's seriously one of the best shows on television right now. (And, might I add, the main writing team is composed of two women. HA!)
And then, like I said, there's the added bonus of the acting. *cough*
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