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I Was Most Excited About Virginia’s Eminent Domain Amendment, ‘Cause Obviously

Voting line excitement. (And also exhaustion, with a smidgen of hunger.)

For the last presidential election I held a party and it involved maps and coloring and sides, and of all the parties I’ve ever thrown, it might have been one of my favorites.

Today I was going to write a post about said party, aided by the fact that I knew I had a post draft that I was planning to post four years ago.

(If you’re lazy enough to not write something for four years, it’ll be relevant once more.)

(Laziness, you’re awesome.)

Only, I can’t find said draft.

I can only assume I deleted it in some mad clearing-out-my-draft-box rage that showed little foresight for my need to share coloring with the world.

I haven’t abandoned my dream of sharing that post with you, but as I now need to scrounge through external hard drives to locate the photos, I thought I’d show you Skye and me standing in line this morning.

It was long and we surely made it more painful for all the others in it by looking up and reading aloud the proposed amendments and bonds.

(You’re welcome, neighbors.)

And because being in the same building reminded me, you should read about last year and how I shamed myself at my polling station and possibly mis-voted.

As a funny-in-that-way-upsetting-things-often-are-hilarious addendum, last year’s volunteer? Totally lied to me about which sheriff candidate was the incumbent and I voted for the jerk-ier of the pair.

(Borat’s lucky I didn’t see him this time.)

(You know, ’cause I would have whispered angrily to Skye about it.)

But most of all, I want to share with you my Lincoln quote for this week’s Project Life.

You’ll see it when I showcase that week’s pages here, but as that’s likely to be in December (of 2013), I wanted to write it out now.

 “…Let us neither express, nor cherish, any harsh feelings toward any citizen who, by his vote, has differed with us. Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling.”

~Abraham Lincoln


It’s one of my best-loved of his quotes,



Equally Awkward Reads

* Dear Judge Dredd

* Election Shame 2011

* I Hate Politics


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  • Andi November 6, 2012, 11:41 am

    I voted! And I was EXCITED to wait in line because A: I got to chat up random people, and B: It tells me that people are taking our country’s future seriously.

    And that is pretty awesome.

    • Megan November 7, 2012, 9:24 am

      That is true – last presidential election there wasn’t nearly that long of a line! (And last year’s election didn’t have a line at all!)

  • Meg November 6, 2012, 11:53 am

    I voted! With two toddlers in tow! But they only gave us 2 stickers. For three of us. Hopefully the Little Miss’s experience of having her mother steal her sticker will inspire her to actually vote next time…

    • Megan November 7, 2012, 9:26 am

      Two stickers for three people? That’s just anarchy.

  • Tracy P. November 6, 2012, 1:43 pm

    Aw, Abe! I promise not to be among those making you restless in your grave today! May your tribe increase. Lickety split, I might add.

  • LDiggitty November 6, 2012, 2:03 pm

    That quote is very noble and all, but the people who don’t agree with me have been very noisy and annoying as of late.

    Hopefully things will quiet down soon (after the initial post-election complaining from the losing side slows down…)

  • Allie November 6, 2012, 2:42 pm

    Way to vote! I hope you track down those party pics, because it sounds fabulous.

  • Kimberly November 6, 2012, 3:00 pm

    I read that quote in a deep man voice. Actually, I should go back and read the post again in a deep voice. I’m doing it right now as I type.
    I’m glad you voted.

  • Mindee@ourfrontdoor November 6, 2012, 7:59 pm

    Perfect election day post!

  • Christina November 6, 2012, 10:57 pm

    I did go vote. And I was certain the whole time that I was doing something wrong (like, not person-wise, but all the stuff people could see me doing), or I just knew I had toilet paper coming out of the back of my pants, or something like that.
    That quote is powerful.

  • Kari @ bite-sized thoughts November 7, 2012, 12:38 am

    I’ve really been quite excited by your election – more so than I am about ours – which might have something to do with the fact I don’t have to do anything, or be affected by the results, but get to share in some sense of eventfulness from afar. This means that I would really rather like that lost post of yours 😛

  • Melonie November 7, 2012, 5:23 pm

    We weren’t a swing state (rarely are- I like to think we’re a blue state because it matches our skin in the winter time) but we had a couple of pretty significant amendments on the ballot this time around. Can proudly say that I helped defeat them both. Yay!

  • Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? November 7, 2012, 8:50 pm

    Map coloring? Now that’s a party!

    Maybe you’ll magically find it!

  • spilledinkguy November 8, 2012, 11:02 am

    It’s likely I would have totally colored outside the borders. Er, lines.
    I’m sure many a state would have been outraged.

  • Skye November 13, 2012, 5:08 pm

    I’m so glad we could stand in that long line together! 🙂

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