One week to go

I am anxious, nervous and excited. I’m sick that this election is boiling down to a few states. The Ohio polls are mixed, but all are close. The Wisconsin polls are a little less mixed but there are two results that are tied, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility for Kerry to win there. It looks like Bush is gaining ground in Minnesota, but earlier polls showed Kerry with quite a lead, so that state is still up in the air. New Mexico looks a little scary.

The ABC poll has Kerry ahead by a point. I saw snippets of Bush from Good Morning America. Charlie Gibson asked him what his views on homosexuality were again. He conceded that it was within the realm of possibility that homosexuality is a natural state and that no one should be denied rights based on sexual orientation. Then he went on to support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Does he not realize that people would use the constitutional amendment to deny rights? Maybe he does, which is even scarier. I can’t find a clip anywhere, but it was kind of interesting–and scary.

Being a Mom

Yesterday and this morning, I was pure mom. I cleaned house. I went grocery shopping. I made apple pie. You can’t get much more mom than that. This morning, though, I put a roast in the crock pot–so I guess you can get more mom. Sometimes I think that it would be okay to be doing this stuff all the time. God knows, my house could use a full time mom around. There are piles of stuff everywhere. I can barely keep up with laundry and I’m doing good to make a meal that isn’t partially frozen.

I could do it–work full time and come home and do everything. But I don’t want to and I don’t really have to. People make you feel like you do though. You can see it on their faces when they see the suitcase in the corner that’s been there the last 10 times they’ve come to visit. It’s true, I’d much rather the suitcase not be there. I’d much rather not be staring at the pile of still-not-put-away clothes. But if I did all that, if I kept my house clean–and even if Mr. GM did more than the 10% he now does–I’d never have time to read a book, to write anything, to even breathe. I know, because I have friends that do this–both at home moms and work outside the home moms. Their houses are spotless. They have nice gardens and cute decorations outside. But they haven’t read a book in years. They’re barely keeping up with the news. They’re in bed by 10 because their kids get them up at 6. Maybe I’m lucky that I can stay up late, but I say it’s a choice. At book club last week, one mom had made it through a bunch of books. I myself had read two books instead of our allotted one book. Another mom–a go-to-bed-with-clean-house mom–said, “How do you find the time?” And the book-reading mom said, “When you love something, you just do it, you find the time?” And I thought, “Yeah, you go girl.” Because I don’t love housework. I don’t even really love a perfectly clean house. I love my kids. I love Mr. GM. I love reading and I love writing. And those things take up all my time outside of my job–which I also love–so the clean house, the stereotypical mom stuff is just going to have to wait. It’ll happen occasionally, like it did yesterday, but only after the good stuff. Mr. GM really liked the apple pie–so it was worth the effort. 🙂

The Electoral College

The Electoral College bugs me. I understand why it’s there–to prevent the masses from being swayed too easily by say, beer and twinkies if you vote for me. However, it doesn’t really assure a fair election. Witness 2000. Gore won the popular vote, the electoral vote was contested and still, we ended up with Bush as president. It seems to me very likely that the same thing could happen in 2004. For the first time since I’ve been voting in presidential elections, my vote actually counts–because I’m living in a swing state. I voted for Gore in Arkansas even though I knew the state was going for Bush. I know lots of people probably didn’t vote in Arkansas that year because they figured, why bother. Here’s some information on that.

Anyway, I wanted to find out what the deal was with the Electoral College and whether anyone was trying to do anything about it. First, did you know that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is responsible for administering the Electoral College? I didn’t. Hey, I have an M.A. in English, not PoliSci. So there’s plenty of information there about how the Electoral College works and its history, including a list of all the election results.

More interesting to me was the Center for Voting and Democracy which explains how the college works, its pros and cons and possibilities for reform. I’m all for it. After the 2000 election, I remember there was a lot of discussion about reforming the system, promoting primarilty Instant Runoff Voting system explained on the Center for Voting and Democracy’s website. Those discussions never really got anywhere as far as I can tell. Sigh.

Political reading

Once again, let me just point you to Bitch, Ph.D. who has some great links for your political news. I haven’t made it through enough coffee yet to find my own. I’m working on a whole electoral college thing. Keep checking.

Neighborhood Politics

I am the precinct Minority Inspector, not just a poll watcher. I spent last night with the neighborhood democrats, all of whom are in their 50s and 60s. I really felt like I was being handed the torch. I am positively giddy to be so involved in the election process. I get to run off thugs, candidates who try to campaign, decide when to use provisional ballots, and I get to count the votes!! I’m so excited. I’m hoping to become more involved in local politics which sometime affects us more than national ones. I’m still anxious about the national election but I’m feeling good about being more involved.

Campaigning a no go

I’m bummed, but I got stuck doing mom stuff and was too tired to fight it, so I’m at home and not campaigning for Kerry in the city. I feel bad, but there just was suddenly too much going on all at once and I couldn’t deal. But . . . I am getting my poll watching training tonight. I really don’t quite get what my affiliation is, but hey, anything I can do to help. My neighbor and I are the only ones with Kerry signs in our yard. The other neighbors are still talking to us though, so maybe . . .

Single parenting sucks

If you are a single parent, I worship you. I have been on my own since last Friday and I’m dying. I suppose I’d get used to it if I had to do this all the time, but I don’t, so I’m pooped. Parenting is the one area where Mr. Geekymom actually wins points. He really does do 50%–at least–of the parenting tasks. It’s just nice knowing that every other night I don’t have to make sure the kids have brushed their teeth, had baths and are tucked in for the evening. On weekends, we trade off soccer games.

Today was hectic. Work was killer and then I had to pick up my son at chess club (future geek), then go to soccer practice, now he’s on his way to Cub Scouts (which I don’t approve of, but will let him figure that out himself) riding with a friend. Little Geekymom (aka my daughter) and I are going to have a girls movie night and watch Home on the Range. Thank you Netflix!

I know you don’t really care, but hey, just had to share.

Tomorrow, I’ll be out canvassing for Kerry. I’m working my polling location on the 2nd and I get my training this weekend–pretty excited. My neighbor is some kind of election leader and she wanted a Democrat on the inside. Apparently, the Republicans were up to no good last election. We’re in a swing state, so I could end up being on tv, checking ballots for hanging chads–yes, we use punch cards.

Look for a new design this weekend.