Friday, October 31, 2008

i guess i'll stick around

This election, this election.

Man, what are we going to do when it's over? Ally B said we'll all have to get a life again. I've neglected mine -- in favor of watching this whole process like a hawk -- to the point where I might not recognize it when we meet again on Wednesday.

I don't have to tell you guys. I think my preoccupation has shown around here. Just a little.

I'm looking for a crowd to gather with on election night. I'll probably head up to Austin, because I know my mother-in-law and her crew are down to par-tay.

I took a break from feeding my obsession to get unbelievably homesick for LA this week. Wednesday I almost packed up Mira and hit the 10 West. I wouldn't even have needed a map. It's the 10 all the way from my new address to my old one, and I was ready to ride it. I made some tearful phone calls, heard some encouraging and sensible words -- from that dynamic duo Schmin and Natalie-- and hung on for another day.

I got my absentee ballot on Wednesday, and on Thursday afternoon, I voted.

I'm a little sad that I couldn't go into a booth and pull the lever, and I sure do miss the little sticker, but voting was wonderful nevertheless. Like Oprah, nobody has to ask me who I selected for president, or why I was buzzing after I bubbled in his number.

Then I moved on to my branch library and got myself a card.

Ah, the library, where I truly feel at home. This one is pretty nice, no?

I made a beeline to the crafty books. Knitting's on the top; there's no garment sewing, only quilting. It's a small branch library, so I didn't expect too much.

God bless Natalie's eyes, because when I got home, a box of my favorite Trader Joe's treats was waiting for me.


Anonymous said...

This post brought a smile to my face. Don't you just love libraries? I think I'll designate 1 day a week to just sitting around in ours.

OK, back to watching that machine on Ebay........I'll tell you about it if I win, there is another bidder driving me crazy and you never know who is lurking! Have to go fight!

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I see we like the same chips! Nat is feeding your soul.....


Ellen Bloom said...

I've been thinking alot about you too, Carla. Especially since we had our Stitch 'n Witch party on Thursday. You were definitely missed! Every year you came up with the BEST costumes!

Also, everytime I drive up Hauser or Cloverdale (which is often), I kind of look for you walking up the street. Sigh.

I know that you'll make a good life for yourself in Houston. Like Natalie said, hang in there and give it a chance! One of these days, we'll all come to visit!

Anonymous said...

Oh what a pretty library! That just made me take a nice, deep, calming breath. I was wondering if you'd already voted and if you get to vote for the next Supervisor on the LA County board.

(((((((((((I think of you daily Carlita.)))))))))))))))) Take care!

woolanthropy said...

That library looks nice. Glad you got your goodies. Have you gobbled them all up yet? Remember to savor!