November 5th, 2008


Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States

Well, here we are. November 5. It's all said and done.

Last night I was chatting with some awesome women while we watched the election returns come in. When they finally declared Obama as the winner, I was just so suddenly, and surprisingly to me, overwhelmed. I couldn't even yell and squee, I just had to get up from my computer, lie down on my couch and cry.

You guys, I know this is a historic election. I know the many reasons WHY it's a historic election....and they all are INCREDIBLE. I African-American president? It is both mind boggling that it's happening now and that it is only just now happening.

To have so much of the country united behind someone they truly BELIEVE in is...awe-inspiring.

According to poll Gallup released yesterday:
74 percent of Americans say that the result of these elections are more important than previous years.

According to the US statistics office:
In 2004 there were 142 million registered voters, whilst this year that number surpasses 153 million.

Nelson predicted a turnout of up to 78 percent of registered voters.

Do I think the next few years are going to be easy? No. Do I think it likely that I'll agree with every decision the new administration makes? No. Do I think that so many people having hope for the first time, in a long time, is hugely significant? Yes. Am I excited to see the strides and changes our country is going to make? Yes. Do I actually think the citizens of the United States can make a difference? I do.

Can we actually change our destiny? Yes we can.

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runnin through my head

A few months ago, I read the book Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. I enjoyed it and through my awesome wikipedia skills discovered that there is a movie too! (With Ewan McGregor, Mickey Rourke and Alicia Silverstone, no less!) I watched that last weekend and it is awesome.

Alex Rider is played by Alex Pettyfer, who is ADORABLE. I have such a little baby crush on him now. You can see why here and here. SO CUTE. I LOVE HIM.

In yoga this morning, some people behind me were talking and I could hear pieces of their conversation, including: "they fought really hard but just couldn't win it" and "it was really disappointing." I was gritting my teeth and repeating my current mantra (Do Not Engage) when I realized they were talking about....the high school marching band competition that also happened yesterday. It was a nice wake-up that the whole world isn't thinking about the things *I* am thinking about. Life continues.

My little brother does this thing where he always calls me his sister. He almost never refers to me by name. It's always "go ask my sister" or "yeah, that's what my sister said" or "John, this is my sister." And I looooove it. I'm really not a smooshy pet-name-person IRL, but I love that he always calls me his sister. My mom says this is because there is no one else in the ENTIRE WORLD who can call me that. I'm only a sister to ONE person. Kinda neat.

I am so overwhelmed with life at the moment. I cannot seem to get caught up. I have unanswered emails (which drives me batty), I still haven't written my birthday thank you notes (which makes me feel ungrateful), I have GOT to pick up my house as Rachel is coming tomorrow and there is NO MORE TIME and I have so much homework to do. I feel very flail-ey about life in general.

Now lastly, I'd like to talk about ringtones. I blame mandyremains for this as she was talking to me the other day about uploading holiday ringtones on her phone this year.

I've used "Carry On" as my text ringtone FOREVER, and probably will for the foreseeable future. I used "Back in Black" for my phone ringtone for a looooong time but just changed it yesterday to "Let It Rock," which I may or may not keep.

SO. Now you tell me!

What ringtones do you use on your phone?

If you could have a personalized ringtone play when you call me, what would it be?

What ringtone plays when Jared calls or texts Jensen's phone?

What ringtone plays when Jensen calls or texts Jared's phone?

I am a bit in awe of all the people saying they never believed they'd see this day. I mean, I wasn't sure it would be TODAY, but I always believed it would be SOME DAY. There are more hurdles to be overcome, clearly. More barriers to break. But they'll happen too.

ETA: Michael Crichton died unexpectedly at 66. Wow, that's a shock. He was such a creative and talented guy. Sad.
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