wADmM5mNLtOv064mhMCS_CYE3Bc Just Dorothy: October 2012

Ugh, Halloween...

So tomorrow is Halloween.  We have no candy, no costumes, no decorations out.  This year, I'm just not feeling it.  Not sure why.  We don't even have a pumpkin!  Usually, we have all kinds of decorations out, more candy than trick-or-treaters and Zach has at least a mask of some kind.

I don't know if this makes me a bad mom or just a lazy one.  Probably a little bit of both.  It doesn't feel like fall here yet, which doesn't make it any easier to get in the mood for the start of the "holiday" season. 

I had Steve stop at the store on the way home and grab candy.  Maybe I'll sit in the front with Ryan, snap a few glow sticks and hand out candy.  Maybe I'll even dress up like a zombie, which is very trendy right now.  Maybe I'll just give Zach all the candy and he and I can both call it good.  Maybe I will turn off all the lights and watch a movie.  With the candy. 

I miss when they were small and we'd go out, all excited to trick-or-treat.  I don't miss the pressure of finding the perfect costume, my kids trying to eat all the candy in one night, or the "just one more street mom!" over and over again. 

Ryan was 3 when I was almost 9 months pregnant with Zach.  He was dressed as a dinosaur in this deluxe costume that included a big, heavy head and floppy feet.  It was so hot, temperature and weather wise, that he ended up taking it off and I carried it until we were done.  We probably only went about 7 blocks or so, but I was exhausted by the end of the night.  It did the trick though.  Zach was born 5 days later, about a week before he was technically due.  But that's another post entirely....

My Name is Dorothy McFadden...and I Approved This Message!

This is my blog.  This is my blog about politics.  Which, in an earlier post, I said I usually refrain from discussing with anyone.  Discussing politics with loved ones or even liked ones is one sure way to ingite animosity.  It can even lead to the disolution of friendships and cause a rift between family members.  Bottom line:  just don't do it!

However, here is my rant, my little tirade, my ginormous soapbox, if you will.  Being an election year, of course we can't escape political chatter.  It's on TV.  All. The. Freakin. Time.  It's on billboards and signs on street corners.  It's in social media.  Oh, God, is it ever in social media.  And if I happen to disagree with your opinion on who the better candidate is...look out.  It's an all out attack.  If I disagree with Obama, I must be a racist.  I must be against the black man, right?  I must want to "keep the brother down."  Yeah, that's me.

If I don't vote for Romney I must agree that the bigger the government the better and universal healthcare is the way to go and that I want to allow all the immigrants to come on over with no consequences. 

Personally I think all government officials are liars and untrustworthy, period. So why would I vote for anyone?  Because someone is going to run our country and our states and our counties.  And I want to make sure that my voice is heard, even if the politicians are going to do what they want to do anyway, regardless of what my voice is saying.  I want to give our country, our state, our county the best chance possible to get out of the situations we are in.

I've had to remove "liked" pages on my facebook page due to the overwhelming negative comments that always follow, regardless of party.  True, I lean more one way than the other so some of the comments don't bother me.  But the negativity and the constant berating of those that disagree with others is horrendous.  It's social media so anyone can say anything they want without any repercussion.  However, if this were a face to face conversation most (I hope) people wouldn't even consider saying half of these things to someone. 

But the bottom line is this:  it's none of my business whom you are voting for.  It's none of your business whom I'm voting for.  I realize social media is your place to voice your thoughts, feelings, opinions, etc.  I just hope you realize that most of your friends would much rather hear about anything other than your political views.  I also hope that IF you do decide to post all this political junk and voice your opinions, you intend to back it up and use your power to vote.  Nothing worse than someone yakking about all kinds of stuff and then not doing anything about it.  If you don't like it, vote to change it.  If you do like it, vote to keep it the way it is.  If you don't intend to vote....shut up!