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I feel almost normal today!

I was ill going into last Friday's meeting (which was as shitty as I thought it would be and quickly devolved into near shouting matches between and among people with different political perspectives, as well as differing notions about what's appropriate to say to the elderly and infirm as one drives them to the polls. I am opposed to making people think that I won't drive them home if they don't vote for a particular candidate (a strategy that was bandied about in earnest); that's not the purpose of helping others exercise their civic duty. I said as much and tried not to be drawn into other people's arguments. It was exhausting.

I do have strong opinions with regard to the upcoming presidential election, but that doesn't mean that I have to burden any of the people I drive to the polls with them—and I don't need some chippy who just graduated to a proper driver's license to smugly tell me that I am out of touch because of my position—which is, just to be clear, that I think it's inappropriate to browbeat old people (and also a waste of time because people don't tend to become more flexible with age).

My annoying head cold didn't improve the experience of the meeting at all. By the end of the day, the cold was in my chest, and breathing had become a dangerous and disgusting sport. The cold's not gone, but it's better, thank God—and thank Shog, who took excellent care of me. *loves him* I really do not deserve him; happily, he feels the same way. I cannot tell you how important this state of affairs is to the continuance of our marital happiness. In any case, a couple of days back, I started thinking, while I was propped up and trying not to wheeze, that I have more time for fandom now that Mom's moved out.

And that's when I decided to bring back snapecase. I don't know how many people are still around who remember the fest, but it was always one of my favorites and I'm going to try to make it work. Even if it's a ten-work run, it'll be worth doing. I wish that Snape would turn 50 again; I'd love to re-run severus_shorts. Of course, there's no stopping anyone from submitting birthday fic to the Snape Showcase. *hopes*

In domestic news, the kitchen is in an alarming state (points from Shog), but the basement is spotless (points to Shog)! The near-sentient laundry pile has begun to take on a shadow of its former self, but Shog's taken to saying that he enjoys his discussions with it. :P What really needs to be done, as soon as is humanly possible, is the vacuuming; we've too many animals not to vacuum at least twice a week, and we're usually lucky to do it the once. I'm not sharing pictures. :P

What have you been up to, flist?

P.S. Had a bad moment at the dog park this morning—I put my keys in my bra (my sweats don't have pockets), and they fell out without my realizing it until I was ready to leave. Without the fob, I'd never have been able to get over the fence, and my phone was in the car. Happily, a friend arrived and helped me look, and she found my keys exactly where I "knew" they weren't. *so grateful* I'm donating all my clothes without pockets and buying some better bras. *rolls eyes at self*


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Sep. 22nd, 2016 10:06 pm (UTC)
Athleta's exercise pants all have little key pockets! They are kind of expensive, but really nicely made, and there are less expensive options if you pick them up on sale.
Sep. 22nd, 2016 10:49 pm (UTC)
Cool beans! Thanks for the link. :D
Sep. 22nd, 2016 10:43 pm (UTC)
That little girl needs to grow up. Personally, I think volunteers should be required to drive the seniors TO and FROM the polls and keep their opinions to themselves. But to try to blackmail them into voting their way? That's just WRONG. If one of the seniors complains, could the volunteer be in trouble?

I guess Shog's priorities are cat not kitchen/laundry oriented. :)

As to the key issue ... most of my work pants have no pockets so I carry a couple of lanyards in my bag for the day's key/s. I once 'lost' a key in the cushions of the staff room sofa and got chewed out royally by the secretary when I went to hand in the supply folder and keys at the end of the day. Luckily I was able to trace it back to the last place I'd been and found it. Those women are MEAN!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep. 22nd, 2016 10:54 pm (UTC)
I completely agree. Based on the meeting, I'm not sure. The organizers also agree with us, but they really need the drivers. The firmness that I expected regarding not browbeating people wasn't in evidence.

Truer words about Shog!

Oh, dear. Well, keeping track of keys must be a frustrating thing. Still. I hope you don't have to deal with crabby people that often. :)
Sep. 22nd, 2016 11:03 pm (UTC)
I understand the concern and I don't take losing a key lightly. Some of the keys open up multiple rooms and if a student found it, it would be bad. Even ONE room being accessible to students is bad as teachers keep confidential records, test masters etc in their desks.

This particular secretary ended up transferring to one of the county schools that I rarely go to unless I'm really desperate for a job. :)
Sep. 23rd, 2016 12:18 am (UTC)
I can imagine the mayhem of a found key.

Oh, good!
Sep. 23rd, 2016 12:06 am (UTC)
Ah, the bra method - I know it well! I see lanyards have been suggested, but a decent safety pin is a good alternative, especially as a back up to the bra.

I'm still cursing myself for losing that money last week. My regular bag has a zip pocket and a couple of safety pins I use to secure things, but I didn't bother to secure the money purse inside the much smaller neck purse I used or my bra. A lesson learned the hard way :(
Sep. 23rd, 2016 12:22 am (UTC)
Lost money is a sad thing. I can't believe that I didn't even feel the keys slipping away. Safety pins! Yes, I'll get some. :D
Sep. 23rd, 2016 06:27 am (UTC)
I'm gobsmacked that someone would even think it okay to bully someone they're taking to vote.

I need to do the ironing today, before it begins to become a mountain again. *nods*

Glad you're feeling better.
Sep. 23rd, 2016 12:40 pm (UTC)
I don't understand it at all, and it upsets me to think that it might happen. No one seemed to accept my "higher" reasons against it, but the idea that someone might try to bully them into cheering for the other side on the way to a home game did seem to sway some people. Apparently, sport is sacred in a way that politics isn't.

Oh, yes! One must keep rumpled clothing in check lest it gain strength enough to conspire with the evil gang of missing socks and gloves lurking in the dustier corners of the house. ;)

Thank you (though I suppose it's obvious that I'm still enjoying my cold meds :P).

Edited at 2016-09-23 12:41 pm (UTC)
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