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11.04.2008

Christmas in November


James:
Is this the earliest you've ever voted?
Me: This is the earliest I've ever done anything.

A few winters ago, I became keenly aware of my status as an adult when I complained about the snow. Up until then, I'd been more concerned with the magic and beauty a snowfall brings. Suddenly, I was a grown up bemoaning the other things that snow brings: shoveling, cleaning off cars, navigating icy streets. A small piece of my innocence and childhood was gone with that moment.

Today marks another adult milestone. I was more excited this election morning than I have been on a Christmas morning in years. Although to make the analogy more accurate, I suppose this morning was like going to sit on Santa's lap to tell him what I'd like for being a good responsible citizen all year. The equivalent of opening my present will come tonight (or possibly tomorrow) when the new president is announced. I'd just better not end up with a lump of coal in my stocking and a dud in the Whitehouse.

I was so excited to vote that I got up e-a-r-l-y and was at the polls before they opened at 7:00am. My husband had to go to work early, so we went together. If you look at the time stamp on my last blog post, you'll see that I didn't get much sleep. Well, actually, that time is misleading. I started the post around 11:00pm, but didn't publish it until after 1:00am and didn't go to bed until nearly 2:00. This is a normal night for me. Getting up before first light is not a normal morning. I felt like the little boy in that Disney commercial who says, "We're too excited to sleep!"

Now there's a very long day of w-a-i-t-i-n-g ahead of me. And as soon as this vanilla latte wears off, I may need a nap.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous lisa said...

Woot! Woot!

Obama WINS Pennsylvania!

Way to go!!!

11/04/2008 8:05 PM  
Blogger Nix Sidhe said...

Oh Jen, I know. Is it tomorrow yet?

11/04/2008 9:02 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

Woo Hoo! It really is Christmas in November. President Obama...I love it!

11/05/2008 12:23 PM  
Blogger jenica said...

yay!

11/06/2008 11:23 AM  
Blogger GailNHB said...

I'm still pinching myself, wondering if this is a dream.
But it isn't. Now is when the real work begins! And I can't wait to see what happens now.

11/11/2008 1:10 PM  

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