Monday, January 30, 2017

What To Do

The news this morning made me cry. I don’t watch or read news on the weekends because I need time away from all the bad stuff so this morning was a bit of a shocker. It’s like a crazy sci-fi or dystopian book except this is real life.  Sometimes I feel like I’ll wake up and it’s all been a bad dream, but I know it’s not.  He’s been in office barely over a week and look at the mess we’re in. I refuse to call him President. He doesn’t deserve my respect.

I’m a white, middle class, religious, and fairly conservative female and there are a lot of things that don’t personally affect me when things happen in politics. I’m also not that interested in politics. I vote and try to be aware of some of the things going on, but that’s usually the extent of it. I’ve already mentioned that I didn’t vote for him. My philosophy after the election has been to wait and see because there wasn’t much anyone could be doing it seemed, until after the inauguration. Now, I vehemently disagree with what that man is doing and I’m alternating between anger and anxiety about the future.

My typical reaction is to buckle down and wait it out but I don’t think I can do that this time so I’m struggling to figure out what to do. I mean I have to work and do all the things of life but I also need to find a way to stand up for what’s right. It might take me a little time, but it’s something I’m going to work on. Ha ha… this may make some kind of political activist out of me yet.

I read this thing on twitter that said something like if we must fight we must also sing (sorry, I don't know who said it). So I will keep buying books and going to the theater and take my niece ice skating and play playdoh with my nephew and all the things that I am blessed to be able to do. While I’m trying to figure out how to do my part for the here and now, I keep coming back to a recent Sunday school lesson where we talked about how God knows all things before they happen.  While the next 4 years may send the U.S. back to the dark ages politically, this is a tiny bit of time and not even a power hungry president can knock off track the things God has already planned out.  It does help, a little bit. Faith combined with action may be what gets me through it.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Just Some Stuff

Well, the winter blues have kicked in.  It’s snowing today which actually makes me happy. If it’s going to look gloomy, then we should at least be getting weather to go with it.
I did get released from being RS president on the 8th and then spent the entire rest of the week doing absolutely nothing useful. It felt kind of nice. This week I’ve been having fun, mostly at the theater. I have barely been home at all, which means this weekend will be laundry and cleaning and that’s ok too.
I’m one of the bazillion people who bought an Instant Pot during Amazon’s black Friday sales and I’ve been having fun with soup recipes. I’d like some accessories for it, but I’m also on a spending freeze right now (just because I can) and so those types of things will wait for February when birthday shopping month commences.

So yeah, life is ok in spite of the winter blues. One bright spot for sure is that Aunt Jenny (my Christmas cactus) is blooming. I took this picture over a week ago and now that bloom is finished but 2 others are out. And this makes me really happy.