At 2 pm today I walked into my precinct to cast a ballot for the 15 propositions that are under consideration. They piled 4 precincts into one small room to vote, so I was worried that I would have to wait a bit, but it was important that I get in there and voted. I breezed right in and told them my precinct and the 4 workers and 1 judge cheered. I was the first person in my precinct to vote today. Imagine my surprise when I turned my ballot in and found that I was only the 5th person to vote out of all 4 precincts that day! I would like to believe that there will be swarms of people that hit the ballot box later this afternoon/early evening. I also would like to believe that there were tons of people that did early voting. In reality I know that they expected turnout to be low this year, so I don't expect too much. Pathetic.
Why don't people vote? Is it too time consuming? Do they not care? Do they think it matters or doesn't matter? What about their children? I remember my parents always making a point to talk to us about voting, the political process and raised us to make informed decisions. The girls knew that today was election day. I just can't imagine why someone wouldn't exercise one of the rights that was given to them. If they lived in a third world country and didn't have the right to vote, would it become more important to them because it was something they couldn't have?
I know that voting on propositions isn't nearly as exciting as President, but it is still an important time to get out there and cast your vote! Did you know when you vote that your voter registration card is automatically renewed? (Had to make sure on that while I was there so I can be ready for next year's Presidential election!)
DH had CQ last night. When he was younger he could take a quick nap and be good to go. Now it takes days for him to get back to his old self. I can only imagine what I would do with 24 hours to myself--I know he has to work some, but a lot is downtime. He says they can only read field manuals or read up on current events. I would be happy with a stack of newspapers!
I had an interview today for one of the programs I am looking into. It is probably the one I am going to do if I get accepted, based on cost. The other program runs over the summer and I would have to pay tuition and daycare for three kids. Maybe if I won the lottery. I'm excited about everything that lies ahead!
Hawaii is just two days away and I am no closer to being ready then I was 6 months ago when I booked the hotel. I always tend to overpack, but I am trying to remind myself that if I run into a problem with not having something there is a huge PX and we have a rental car.
I got a pair of chaco's the other day and I am hoping that they eliminate my foot pain. Between my bad feet and DH's bad back we are a sight to see. I don't even want to imagine what we will look like after we really are old!
Off to fold laundry and clean out the DVR so I can tape all my shows while I am gone...
Ben Franklin was not thinking about my kids when he suggested Daylight Saving Time. I can only hope that they will be so exhausted that they go to bed tonight at a normal time and be back on schedule. Junior was up at 5:15 ready to go this morning and was ready for a nap at 9. That makes for a very long afternoon with him.
Cats last night was wonderful! The girls were still talking about it this morning, but Abbie told me that they spend too much time talking about a "jellical life" and she didn't like that. I tried to explain that it was the point of the story, but she still thought that it should have been excluded.
I am in no way ready to leave on Friday. We have so much to do to get ready for my mom and to get the girls ready to go as well. It has to come together! Junior is going to daycare on Tuesday so I am hoping to crank out a lot of stuff.
I'm getting my legs waxed on Wed. Ouch! I'll have to recuperate from that during my manicure and pedicure.
I finally found a pair of sunglasses that I looked and fit my face. I have a really hard time finding something that I like.
Jessie--I'm so tired that I promise, in honor of you, I will sleep in one day while on vacation!
We have survived four year long deployments--one to Bosnia and three to Iraq. We have been married for almost 17 years and have three children--Em, Abs, and Junior. Gunner is currently deployed for the 5th time to Afghanistan. We are fast approaching the year mark, and then we will focus on the prize--retirement!