Friday, January 23, 2009

Farewell Mr. Potter

Did anyone else make this connection?

Surely I wasn't the only one. Or maybe I've just seen It's a Wonderful Life too many times. Yeah, maybe that's it.

My other takeaway from the inauguration fun times (aside from the fact that the whole day felt like the opening sequence to Sesame Street), is this groovy scarf that some muckety-muck was wearing on TV.

Isn't it cute? Sorta like a ripple blanket except long and narrow. And I like how it's striped but then there's a little surprise color at the end. Maybe I'll make one for next winter (tho in different colors). My one new scarf for the year. Because I have about 98273498 scarves already. Although this one is also in the running. But they're so different... Maybe I'll do both.

Yup, work on Tuesday was weird, hard to concentrate, and full of never-ending little thrills. Like hearing "President Obama" for the first time (and pretty much every time since). I feel like I'm living in some sort of alternate universe, like on 24 (except without all the carnage and torture, etc.). It still feels that otherworldly and surprising and unexpected. As if suddenly all your expectations were met. How often does that happen?

Plus, the man can bust a move. So if nothing else, we can be proud of him for that.

Is that a butt-bump he's doing there? God bless 'im.

As for my beloved friends and family who are perhaps not as excited about this as I am (not that you're not excited about a black president - we get it, you're not racist), I'm going to say this, and then we'll just agree to disagree and let it be. I hope, I really do, that you never feel half as alienated as I have at times during the past 6 or so years (the first two weren't that bad I guess). I hope you never feel as though a great portion of the country hates you and is out to take away your rights and those of your friends, and I hope your leader who you put your faith in never condescends to you and disappoints you at nearly every turn. All ribbing aside: it's a terrible feeling. Truly. So, I hope you never feel that. Because despite our opposing viewpoints, I do love you guys - you crazy, conservatives you! (Smooch!)

Oh, and before I go, I just want to say how excited I was to find out I won this book in the Holiday Kal-Cal this year! This was my first holidays to be a "crocheter/knitter" and I had lots of plans to make handmade gifts for friends and family. The Kal-Cal (that's knit-a-long-crochet-a-long for you yarn newbs) was a great way to keep track of those plans and share the results. I'll definitely do it again next year!

A few of the things I made for the holidays:

A crochet shawl for mom (pattern from here).

An LSU scarf for Mary Laura (though they had a crap-ass season, but there's always next year).

A washcloth for my sister-in-law (part of a set of four).

If you're on Ravelry (and you're into that sorta thing - that being all things yarn), I'm mandat on there. Making gifts by hand rocks. Speaking of, I better get back to that baby hat, ASAP. The babies, they just keep-a-comin'!


Kelley said...

Very well put !

Paul Boudloche said...

Amanda, your Aunt Sandy and I understand, but remember history has a way of repeating itself. I remember feeling this way in 1973 when Nixon resigned. Hopefully, I will not live long enough to again have to fear for our constitution. Keep in mind that there is a difference between a conservative agenda like Reagan and the first Bush, which you may disagree with, and warping the constitution. Even liberal politicians can become paranoid. Uncle Paul

Nicole said...

Well put AT. I also agree with your Uncle. I am so excited about what Obama has accomplished already (especially overturning the global gag rule). I hope that he can keep it up.

AMH said...

Not all who are conservative are extremists. Some of use are mostly fiscally conservative. :-)

Elizabeth A. said...

I'm conservative. I think we all know that. My biggest fear: The Freedom of Choice Act. This Catholic believes babies are human beings when they are conceived, not when they exit the female body and we decide they are now alive. That's really my only fear, and the one topic I'm "weird" about. I'll stop at that. Now we can agree to disagree. :)

I am excited that the country is excited. I think it's a good thing.

Gotta run! :)