Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Are you going to vote?

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If you read the title and have no idea what I am talking about, that is okay.  I didn't even realize that there was voting this year (maybe I'm a bad citizen?) until I received a brochure from the state about some state issues that were being voted on.  I have only ever voted when there was a presidential election or a major recall election and have never really paid attention to anything else.

After reading about the issues and deciding I gave a few shits, I realized I should probably vote.  Election day is November 5th.  I researched the issues some more, and by researched I mean read the brochure that the state sent me, especially focusing on rationale for or against a particular amendment or proposition.  I definitely did not over exert myself here.

Then I had to struggle bus my way to figure out where I needed to go to cast my vote, but I was saved when I received a mail in ballot.  Score for not having try and navigate government websites! Thank you Colorado for realizing how lazy I am and delivering my ballot to my door.

The main benefit of the mail-in ballot for me was that I was able to research every single issue and candidate before I cast my vote. I did my research on neutral sites and canidate webpages. I tried to stay away from the extremists on both sides of the issues. When all was said and done, I voted the way that I felt was right, and boy did it feel good to vote on what I thought was right and not what a political party was telling me to vote for.

Once I was done voting, I placed my ballot into the envelope, slapped 66 cents worth of stamps on that bad boy, and dropped it into the mailbox.  It was that easy.  For those of you who may be a little cheap, you could drop it off at select locations for free.

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The whole process was easy peasy lemon squeezy.

So if you haven't voted in a non-presidential election, I urge you to vote next week.  What takes a few minutes of your time could have a significant impact on the future, plus it is kind of your duty as a citizen.  And I recommend signing up for mail-in ballots, you will receive one every time there is an election, annnnnd if you feel like that time around you would rather vote in person for that election, you can discard your mail in ballot and do that!

Happy Voting!


Friday, October 25, 2013

Is Your Brain Plugged In?

"Is your brain plugged in?" would be what my boss asked me after only being at work yesterday for 45 minutes.  I had managed to screw up three different experiments, but at least two were fixable.  The third one was not, and it is a 14 hour experiment

So the moral of the story is when I screw up, I screw up big time.  I will be spending this afternoon from 3pm until Saturday morning at 5am at work.  Talk about a wild Friday night.  You better believe I am bringing along a blanket and using my second monitor to watch Netflix in my down time.

I should have known is was going to be a rough week when I read this fortune on Sunday.

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Seriously, what the hell does that mean?  I am going to die soon? Am I going to get abducted?  Is it metaphorical? Is something terrible going to happen, and I'm going to have to work through it alone?  No matter what it means, I am going to live in fear for the next few months.  

Well I got way off topic, although I am not too sorry about it. I needed to tell somebody about my creepy fortune cookie.  Now back on topic.

Even if I am having a rough week, at least it is not as bad as the week this engineer had.  If you don't watch the video (which is a poor choice), he attempted to blow up a dead beached whale with a half ton of dynamite.  And it didn't quite work as he planned. Silly, silly engineer.  

Have a great Friday!  Hopefully it is better than the engineers!


Wednesday, October 23, 2013


It has been a hot minute, or month, or months since I last posted here in my little corner of the internet.  I don't have a good excuse or reason, I guess life just took over.  I have moved into a new apartment, dealt with said apartment flooding, and started classes.  The weeks seem to be flying by, but I am loving every minute!

The good news is hopefully I will be getting a new blog design soon(ish) so it won't look so janky around here.  For those of you reading, I appreciate you putting up with my design talents.  Obviously I will not be opening my own design studio anytime soon.

I am going to try to blog more frequently.  One of the reasons for this is pretty selfish.  I am writing very academic papers and reviews right now, but I have trouble expressing myself concisely.  One of my college English professors always said that if you write every day then you will become a better writer.  So I am going to try to write something here everyday, even if it is not something really long or fabulous.  For the first few years months weeks, my posts may be a little rough, but I am hoping that you will stick with me through it!  The other reason I want to blog more often is because I want to become more engaged in the blogging community so hopefully by posting more often I can interact more with my readers and other bloggers!

After reading through some of my older posts, I realized that I sometimes write without much personality and that is nothing like me in real life. You can't talk to me for two minutes without getting sass or sarcasm.  So hopefully I can sass this place (is a blog a place?) up a bit!

If you have any suggestions on things you would like to see around A Gregarious Mess, just let me know!