Today is the first day I have felt semi-caught up at work this whole month. Yay!

My plant is even bigger now!

We just found out Brian’s parents will take us to the beach some time in October. I hope a hurricane doesn’t thwart our plans! We plan to go deep sea fishing, and I’ve never done that before, so I’m excited. Last time we were going to do that, there was a tropical storm, and that pretty much ruined all our plans for the week. If we catch any kind of shark, I am going to punch it. I hate those things. I’ll punch it 3 times – 1 hit from me, 1 hit from Sheena and 1 hit from Brittany. Yeah! We all hate sharks.

I am open to your advice on dealing with people and their outpouring of political opinions. I have been dreading for some time now the stuff people are bound to say for the next several months – even way past inauguration day, I’m sure. I have lots of faults, and one is thinking I’m right and everyone else is an idiot. That may sound mean or silly, however you choose to read it, but that is honestly the general feeling I have towards those who have different ideas on certain topics as me. I don’t act that way towards them, but it’s in my head, as you all probably can relate to because I know I’m not the only person who thinks they’re right and everyone else is wrong sometimes.

One of the biggest topics that falls under this category is politics, and I am not good with letting others’ comments slide. I understand and am fine with the fact that people can have different opinions, concerns and values, but I don’t know why people think places like work are a good forum to openly discuss these things while assuming everyone agrees with them. This is when I wish I always had my sister in law around because she is working on her PhD in political science, and she is a library of the facts I wish I could remember and spit out when I get in a situation like that.

I heard this today at lunch:
-“I heard Joe Biden’s son’s speech on tv last night, and he asked everyone at the Democratic National Convention to please vote for his dad & Obama during elections because he wouldn’t be able to be here then to ask since he’s going off to Iraq. He signed up for the military.”
-“That’s funny since the democrats are always anti-war.”
-“Yeah, really. Well, I hate to say it, but I think that was all just politicking – him signing up for the military around election time.”

I don’t know about you, but I don’t care who my dad is. I am not signing up for the military EVER. That to me is like asking to die. I wouldn’t care who asked me to register. I feel like that’s something a person either just has or does not have a desire to do. Also, my dad would never ASK me to sign up for the military just because he was running for office because he wouldn’t put me in a life or death situation by choice. Who would do that?

Aside from that, of course democrats are doing things just because it’s close to election time. So are republicans. So would libertarians or greenies if they ever made it to the presidential election.

AGH whatever. I’m over it for now.

Oh – one more funny thing – everyone always decides they like the republican candidate because of “religious reasons,” but if people actually read the Bible, plus paid attention to the real reasons things are done, such as starting a war because of oil since they and all their buddies have stock in the oil industry, or cutting taxes for the rich, screwing over our education system, or making it impossible for the poor to be anything but poor, they might think again about who they should vote for. How about this – maybe not use that excuse until you talk to your minister to see where he or she stands. I’m pretty sure almost every one of my ministers will be right there with me on voting day. I know for a fact several of them will.

GOOD THING: tomorrow’s Friday!
BAD THING: head is trying to hurt