Please Vote!

For those of you who are US citizens, today is election day.  It is a midterm election which in the past have shown to have embarrassing small turnouts.  So I decided to write a post today asking if you are registered to vote, please go out and vote.

I’m not going to tell you who to vote for – that is your own choice and responsibility.

The average turn-out for a midterm election is 40% according to Fairvote.com.  That is less than half the population that is eligible to vote.  It’s even less for elections that are purely local or primaries.  Being involved in your government is the first tool to making a change in the government.

Imagine that you are having a pizza party and there are ten people.  Four people get together and decide that the pizza is going to have sardines and pineapple. They asked everyone but 6 people decided to not participate in the choosing of toppings.   That is what is happening during midterm elections.  Only 4 of those ten people able to have a say are actually putting any input in.  Most Presidential elections are only having 60% which is still embarrassing low.

Do not let your government be that way.  Please vote today, and have a say in your local offices as well as federal.  Local is even more important then federal as it is most likely to affect you personally as well as many of the future federal politicians will seek local positions first on their way to Washington.  Choose good people to lay the foundation of the future.

Right now anyone over the age of 18 can register to vote.  It was not always that way.  Women and minorities have had to fight a long battle to gain the vote.  We should all appreciate that fight and use our right to vote.

There are many online resources to help you find out where you can vote and how long the polls will be open.  In particular there is Vote.org which has information about your rights as a voter and also can help you find your local polling place.

General Update

For those of you who follow me regularly, you may have noticed large amount of time between posts.  This is for a couple of reasons.  November was an very busy month for me, and “real” life had to get prioritized.  There was Nano, which I had meant to write four posts about, one a week, but ended up doing none of that.  There was also the fact that early last month I got a new nephew, who arrived a month early.  So part of my time was helping out my sister while she was in the hospital by watching my older neice.

But now its December, and I’m hoping to get back on track with a few of the things I want to do, one of which is to post more regularly on this blog.  I’ve started a Posting schedule in order to help me track my posting so I know what I’ve already posted, and what I need to post.  This way I don’t forget to finish post series, like the one on the constitution I was doing prior to the election.

Primarily the posts on this blog tend to be about either history topics or book reviews, with Writing in third.  It’s going to continue that way.   There is going to be a lot of book reviews in the near future as I try to catch up and meet my bookit goal of 52  (I’m at 39 really, though Good reads will tell you I’m at 40).  I believe I did a post like this in October, so its basically a recommit.

This a part of my plan to do my new Years resolutions now, instead of waiting for January.  In January I can recommit to my goals for the year.  And unlike the last time, hopefully I’ll actually keep to them.

So thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the posts to come.

 

July Goals

Its that time of the month again where I go over my goals sheet from the start of the month, see if I accomplished anything I set out to do, and start to make a new goal sheet for the next month.  I’m posting some of them here to basically feel more accountable for them since other people know of them.

THis month didn’t go so well as I ended up not doing ANY of my goals.  So many of July’s goals will be roll overs as I try once again to accomplish them.

Assisting me this month as far as writing is Camp Nano, which I talked about last night so hopefully I will actually achieve the 50,000 word goal for the month.  This should also help me with my goal to catch up with the drabble prompts from a challenge I am doing.  I also hope to finish alot of various fics.

And now t hat recap of last night’s post is over, I also am rolling over some health goals.  I want to reduce my sugar intake (less pop, resist the temptation that is 99 cent cake slices) and also start doing pilates regularly to perhaps ease some of my back pain and help me be healthier.  Maybe start using my phone health app a bit more regularly to track my meals to see what exactly I am eating.  (A good bet is not enough of the right stuff, too much of the yummy but not good stuff)

I also plan on continuing to try daily drawing goals, and to take classes on Lynda to assit me in bringing back my motiavation and actual follow through with graphic design.  I feel like my artistic muscles are atrophying.

I also hope to update a few of my websites that I run, try and get them spruced up.  Partispate more in my creative online communities, and read a few more books.  I’m at the halfway mark for my goal I think (either 25 or 26, I need to check my record), but I need to keep up with the reading because not only is it a relaxing activity for me and helps me keep my stress levels within dealable boundries but also because I’m determined to reach that goal this year.

I’ve got Hunger Games queued up next (among the other 5 books I’m in the process of reading). I’ve already read it, so I’m not sure if I’m going to review it, but I might make some Hunger Game themed posts as I read through the series.  One you might see this month is a post on my changing thoughts about Gale Hawthorne.

And maybe I’ll start posting that rewatch series of Gilmore Girls since the new season is approaching.  (I’m excited yet afraid…)

 

 

Happy Easter

While I know my readers no doubt have a variety of reasons for liking (or not liking) the holiday, for me this holiday has two meanings.

There is the religious one.  I am a Christian, and this holiday celebrates the idea that Christ died for our sins.  To me this holiday is more significant religiously then Christmas.  I attended Church this morning which was uplifting.

There is also the commercial holiday which is fun and enjoyable.  I love chocolate and its always fun to watch little kids riffle through their easter baskets seeing what treats or toys are waiting for them.   This year I got my niece a bunch of scribble eggs, plastic eggs she could draw on.  She seemed quite happy to doodle away, carrying the egg wherever she went for awhile.

Its also a day of togetherness.  So I wish all of you a happy Easter for whatever reasons you celebrate it.  If you don’t, I hope you had a great day as well.

EDIT:  I thought I posted this yesterday, but apparently I only saved it to my drafts.  So pretend it was yesterday when you read this.