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30 Days of Thankful- Day 6

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Sorry this is late. I'll post day 7 later tonight. I really like using these as a way to unwind from my day. Plus, going to bed reflecting on something I'm grateful for... yeah, win/win.

Day 6, Nov. 6th
Today I am grateful to be an American with the right to vote for my elected officials.

This post isn't about the politics. In fact, to date, only one person knows who I voted for (besides me and God). I'm still not going to say for the time being. This is what I posted as my Facebook status last night:

There are a lot of really ecstatic people in America tonight and a lot of really disappointed people. This country, it's leaders, and it's citizens should always be a regular fixture in your prayers, no matter who is president and no matter what the state of this union is. Have faith that things are as they should be and always, always pray.

Okay, hopefully that helped ya'll a little. ONWARD! I am 29 years old (for the next 30 years) and this was the first time I ever voted. I'm sad to say that it took me so long to realize its importance, but proud to say I actually did vote this election! I was already disillusioned with politics, not interested, not trusting of politicians, etc. starting from my youth. And the reality is, none of that has changed. I don't trust ANY politician. I think our system is pretty flawed. I don't care to sit and talk about anything relating to politics for 5 minutes, let alone hours on end. I can safely say I AM SO GLAD THIS ELECTION IS OVER!!! What made this time different? Well, to be honest, I wanted to vote in the last election, but it was my first year at UCSD and I was pretty confused about how to go about doing so in a new city, plus I had no idea what address I was registered under at that time, and so I just let it go. This time, I was able to get my act together and re-register. Super awesome! This time several key ideas that were focused on (or only somewhat so in a few cases) by the candidates were very important to me. I can't tell you what they are since they'd reveal who I voted for, but one offered what I was looking for and the other really didn't. And, oddly enough, the state of the economy was low on my list of importance.

Either way, I'm glad I was able to cast my vote, participate in the election process, do my duty as a proud American, and get a really good buzz from the huge rum and coke I made my roommate and I because the tension as the numbers were rolling in was palpable. We were so on edge and stressed out! But, now I'm glad things are over. We stayed up to see the speeches from both candidates and then my kitty and I turned in for the night.

Casting my very first ballot!

We voted! They gave me TWO stickers since I was a voting n00b!

Oh, yeah, I "drunkenly" made an All-American, borrowed from other countries, healthy dinner to help alleviate the tension further, since cooking is relaxing for me. Turkey burgers on wheat buns with reduced fat cheese, home made baked fries, and a green salad with ranch dressing made from olive oil mayo and fat free soured milk (also I added fresh parsley and green onion to freshen up the taste).

Kitty is a total bed hog! 4:30am and I wake up on the other side of my bed.

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ABB698 11/7/2012 10:37PM

    emoticon on your first vote! emoticon

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DIANER2014 11/7/2012 9:47PM

    Congrats on voting! Your food really does look good! Like the pictures.

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 11/7/2012 5:26PM

    Congrats on your first vote! You look so cute in the picture :)

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/7/2012 4:24PM

    Your voting picture is so cute and you look so proud! I'm so glad the election is over, too.

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NEWSGIRL2177 11/7/2012 4:06PM

    OMG, I love your voting photo SO MUCH!! That's awesome.

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JBINAUSTIN 11/7/2012 3:16PM

    Thanks for voting.

My cats don't hog the bed, they hog the humans in bed. Yesterday I woke up with three cats lined up in a row: ankles, lap, chest. I felt like a mattress. :-)

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ARUNNINGKAT 11/7/2012 2:03PM

    Congrats on your first vote! Your food looks super yummy!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/7/2012 1:52PM

    I, too, am grateful for the privilege of voting! I also voted and agree we need to pray for our country and to be guided in the right direction and for the right way to go about things!
I love the meal you made...yum! I loved the pictures...you are so cute!
And Kitty (M&M) makes me laugh...our Alice is also a bed hog but I love feeling her there and hearing her purr!
Love & Hugs,

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 5

Monday, November 05, 2012

Day 5, Nov. 5th
Today I am thankful for Halls throat/cough drops.

No, really, I've been fighting some cold for a few weeks now and NOTHING seems to be helping me. Unfortunately, I can't afford to go to the doc. Prolly not anything that can be done anyway. I don't have a fever, no real signs of infection... just a hangers-on of a cold. Just when I think I'm pulling out of it, something happens to say otherwise. This weekend it was a sore throat. I've also had some inner sinus congestion that's making my head feel full, if that makes sense. So, these Halls drops with the effervescing power contained within has both soothed my throat and helped to relieve the sinus pressure I've been feeling. I still have to go about my daily life- practicum, chores, cooking, caring for kitty, etc. whether I'm sick or not, so these little throat drops have been a real lifesaver.

And, they boost my morale by printing encouraging things on the wrapper. HA!

That ghost used to contain Skittles. Now it vomits out my cough drops. AMUSING!!!

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NEWSGIRL2177 11/6/2012 10:50AM

    I hope you feel better soon!

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JSALERNO 11/6/2012 6:09AM

    emoticon CUTE!

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JBINAUSTIN 11/6/2012 3:53AM

    A cough drop with an encouraging message--what will they think of next? I hope you get over your cold or whatever soon.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/5/2012 11:56PM

    Hey, sometimes, and often in my opinion, it is the little things in life that truly make a difference...a smile, a note, a cup of your favourite tea...a cough drop!
Have you tried the saline spray for your sinus congestion...very helpful! Can get it cheap at drug store. And I love sugar free Vitamin C drops (lozenge)! So sorry you can't get rid of it...I hate how long they can hang on...and to bad no universal health care, so you could at least get checked out! Boo!
Healing Hugs!

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 4

Monday, November 05, 2012

Day 4, Nov. 4th
Today I am thankful for my college education.

And really, that's saying a lot, considering it's done almost nothing for me. I can't remember a point in my life where I wasn't absolutely certain I'd have a Bachelor's Degree someday, and since junior high, I knew it would be in theatre. So, really, my degree is the accomplishment of a personal goal as opposed to a professional one. I'd have loved to use my degree in theatre to actually, ya know... work in a theatre. But, alas, this business really is about WHO you know, not WHAT you know. And I don't know anyone. And I don't want to leave San Diego.

Besides all that, I am grateful for my education in OTHER ways... particularly with this upcoming election. I learned in my classes how to think critically, analyze evidence, and to never take information for face value. I need to know that what I'm reading/hearing comes from a reliable, reputable source. I listened to the debates with skepticism, questioned everything, and am doing so as I research the various propositions that need to be voted on here in California. And I feel I'm able to make an educated decision without all the shiny carrots being dangled in front of me to distract me from the issues (or reality).

I also wouldn't be the person I am today without all the experiences I had in college. A leader of sorts (running a very successful social club that I essentially started from scratch with a friend), ambassador to the transfer students at my particular college for 2 years (essentially the face and representative of that population), and all the hard work I did in various classes, shows, workshops, etc. I wouldn't trade that for the world. I'm looked up to and a role model for my siblings, my parents, my grandmother is proud of me...

Also, already having a Bachelor's Degree means I can go straight into a Master's program without having to get another Bachelor's, even though it's in a different field. Woohoo!

So, I am thankful for my college education. Even if that degree is just a pretty paper in a pretty frame.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/5/2012 5:39PM

    Awesome blogs, Jill! It's always refreshing to read about things people are thankful for!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/5/2012 12:38PM

    I am proud of you! I have always said getting the degree is the real education!
I had the same issue with my degree in Sociology/Psychology many years ago with
Not being able to find a work for over a year after graduating! But, I, too, have no regret
At getting my degree and feel it made me who I am today!
I, too, am grateful!

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MOWINELADY 11/5/2012 8:34AM

    Congrats on your accomplishment and having such a great outlook on life.

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JBINAUSTIN 11/5/2012 12:33AM

    I didn't even frame my diploma. I use my B.S. in Botany to identify plants for my garden. But all that coursework turned out to be handy as a technical writer, where I was basically a student of new technology over and over and over again. So it wasn't wasted, just not direct.

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MARYJEANSL 11/5/2012 12:26AM

  I know what you mean - I feel the same way.

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 3

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Day 3, November 3rd
Today I am thankful I have shelter.

In light of the recent hurricane (and weather anomalies past), I am grateful that I have a house to live in. I am so terribly saddened to hear people are struggling and have lost their homes, etc. They are in my prayers. I myself am in a position to not have housing fairly soon, although my family would never let me be homeless. I'm pretty sad about this because I love this house, this neighborhood, etc. And come January, I won't be in here anymore. I'm grateful for the time I've had here and for the little time that's left.

The day I moved in (I painted it that color!)

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/4/2012 12:30PM

    I hear you loud and clear...this is such a sad time for so many who have lost so much! I just can not imagine such devastating loss! They are all in my daily prayers! And, I keep your situation in my prayers, too, as a comfortable place to call home, where you think, eat, sleep and live is still very important...I will be seeing you and your dear Kitty (MM) in just the right place!
Love & Hugs!

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JBINAUSTIN 11/4/2012 2:32AM

    We're lucky to have homes, but it's sad that we have to be reminded of this by other people losing theirs. I appreciate my space a little more now.

Your bedroom matches your SparkPage! Cool.

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MOWINELADY 11/3/2012 11:25PM

    Thank you for reminding us that we need to be thankful everyday for the little things we have in our lives that we take for granted so often.

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30 Days of Thankful

Saturday, November 03, 2012

I've seen this around, a few Sparks are participating, and in light of my recent situations, I think I need a perspective shift. Its so easy to get caught up in all the "bad" stuff... Its going around these days. Its easy to overlook what we do have. So, this month I am going to concentrate on what I am grateful for. Once a day I'll post a little blurb about what I'm thankful for in my life and include a picture. (Hey, I gotta be creative somehow!) Since I just read about this today, I'll do two entries in this one.

Day 1- November 1st
Today I am thankful for friends that have my back.

Despite the stresses I've had concerning a few of my friends lately, I am blessed to have them when situations get REALLY tough. My grandmother forgot to do the banking yesterday when rent was due, so my friend covered me. Of course I will be paying her back now that the money is my account. But, it was good to know that I have a friend that will do that for me in a crunch and not even think twice about it. I have other friends that don't mind giving me rides to places I need to get to, friends that'll spot me for lunch, friends that'll listen to me when I'm upset, friends that won't judge me when I make mistakes, and friends I can depend on to be a part of my life- past, present, and future. For them, I am truly thankful.

Day 2- November 2nd
Today I am thankful to finally have a cat.

I got my first cat when I was 8 years old. Poodie was my companion for 16 years. I've had numerous cats in that time, a dog, a couple of freak carnie goldfish... When I moved to San Diego 5 years ago, I moved into an apartment that didn't allow pets. And I haven't had a pet since. Its been lonely not having a pet. I've always enjoyed their companionship and cuddly snuggliness they provide. So, luring a stray that was wandering through my yard and suckering it into being my pet has been awesome!

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DIANER2014 11/3/2012 5:56PM

    Great blog and pics! It's nice to have friends you can depend on.

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/3/2012 2:22PM

    It's great to have friends and pets we can depend on !! Cats may be finicky, but they are good listeners.


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NEWSGIRL2177 11/3/2012 11:14AM

    Your kitty pics are super cute. Love! Friends, in all forms, are so important.

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JSALERNO 11/3/2012 6:33AM

    Glad you had a friend who could help you out.

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NANCYPAT1 11/3/2012 1:11AM

    Thanks for your gratitude blog. It is a NECESSARY reminder that we do have to express and FOCUS on our blessings rather than on what we do NOT have. Positive words and gratitude go a long way to making challenges and struggles shrink a little bit and bring a little peace into our hearts.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/3/2012 1:03AM

    I love your grateful blog and will look forward to it each day!
You know I am an animal lover! So, I, too, am grateful for our cat, Alice!
I love your Meow Meow! The pics of the paws with pads are awesome...I love paw pads!
And the close up...however did you manage that one!?
I am very aware of being grateful...and especially what people are suffering from the super storm! So very sad!
Have a great weekend, my friend!
P.S. I am grateful for you, my SparkFriend!

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ARUSHING2 11/3/2012 1:00AM

Nice diversion for me - thanks!

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WORTHART 11/3/2012 12:56AM

    Thanks for reminding me how important it is to be thankful for whatever life brings us.

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