Martin and I had a really nice dinner on Friday night despite his having a bit of a cold. We ate at the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the Hancock Building. When we got there we overheard that there was an hour wait for a table next to the windows, so we didn't even ask. We were surprised to be sat (not 10 minutes later) next to the windows overlooking Lake Michigan (when we made our reservations we mentioned that it was our anniversary...but we didn't have much hope for a window seat as they are in high demand and we were told that reservations for window seats were not taken). We were also pleasantly surprised when halfway through dinner we looked out and saw fireworks being shot off at Navy Pier.
Afterward the weather was so nice that we decided to walk home, which gives me another chance to tell you about a celebrity sighting. On our walk home we passed none other than the infamous D-Lister Kathy Griffin walking along Michigan Ave:
Martin and I saw her live last year, and we were big fans because she's just not afraid to say ANYTHING about ANYONE. We haven't been so into her lately, not for any reason specifically, just that sometimes her material seems a bit tired.
Anyway, as we passed her I noticed who it was. Once she was out of earshot I quietly said to Martin, "That was Kathy Griffin". He replied that when he spotted her he thought to himself that it was her too. It wasn't such an easy spot as she had no makeup on, was wearing glasses, and her hair wasn't done, but after seeing her out of hair/makeup on "My Life on the D-List" there was no mistaking that it was her. Friday night she looked more like this, but with longer hair:
I know, I know, it doesn't compare to Joan Cusack, but when I saw her I thought to myself, "I have to post this".
So, I have to give hand it to my girl Chelsea who totally called me on the photo I sent to her in reply to her request for a picture of my workspace. The photo was for a post on her blog, and the photo I sent was EXACTLY the photo my mom would have wanted me to send, and EXACTLY NOT the photo of my workspace AS MY WORKSPACE:
This is like my workspace dressed up in a Halloween costume being the workspace it wants to be. Chelsea saw through it the moment she laid eyes on it...and she totally called me on it. And I KNOW that when Iris saw it she was like, "Yeah right Care...that's your desk, and what planet do you live on again?". I have to add that Iris lived down the hall from me in the dorms at the Art Institute, so this girl spent a lot of time around my workspaces and knows what MY desk would look like 98% of the time! The picture above is more like Iris' meticulously neat workspace, but STILL a little messier.
So, with these two girls in mind I have decided that I can just be honest about my messiness. I do have to say in my own defense that while I tolerate "messy", I can not stand "dirty". Messy to me is clutter: laundry not put away, paperwork not filed, magazines in stacks, and a tabletop overflowing with "current" projects. Dirty, on the other hand is just, well, nasty: a kitchen sink that is so full that you forget what the drain looks like, toothpaste residue in the bathroom sink, a post-soak bathtub not rinsed clean, and a ring around the toilet bowl. Dirty is messy with the addition of bad smells that just keep getting worse...I don't do dirty!
That said, I have decided to add a post category called "Today's Desk" where I will post a photo of my desk after a day of work in the studio. Here's today's photo:
Yep, that's more like it...and this is not as bad as it gets. This could get interesting.
I have to say that honesty has me feeling better already.
OK...time for me to get ready to go to dinner...Martin is taking me out to celebrate our 1st anniversary.
Unless provoked I try for the most part to stay out of other people's political business because I truly believe that every person entrusted with the right to vote can and should educate themselves on the issues and the candidates and only then make a personal decision based on what they believe is best for them/the country.
I take the "educate themselves" part of that statement very seriously, especially when this information (or misinformation) leads directly to an electoral choice. I'm sure (and hope) you all agree with me on that.
My Dad believes that too.
For years around election time my Dad would make up a "cheat sheet" for election day. If you run into him this November 4th I'm sure he will be able to produce this sheet for you if you ask...it's always in one of those pockets. For as long as I can remember, that "cheat sheet" would go with him to the polls every time election day rolled around (whether it was state, local, or national elections). He would get up extra early on election day and would often be back from the polls before we were even awake. He made the sheet up for his personal use, and he would never go so far as tell us how to vote, but his "cheat sheet" was always sitting quietly on the kitchen table, available "just in case" we didn't do our homework.
I have to admit that early in my "voting life" I found this cheat sheet very useful...a person I loved and trusted completely had done all of the research and investigating for me. The hard work was done...slip that sheet in my pocket and off to the polls I went. This worked for me until I realized that although I agreed with my Dad on most issues, there were a few things that we saw differently. It was at this point that I knew from then on it would be my responsibility and my responsibility alone to THOROUGHLY inform myself and then cast my vote based my own research.
With our busy lives and the fact that many news outlets are seen as leaning either left or right it can be really difficult to know which way to turn for unbiased and informative news - I listen to bits from many and have my preferred networks, but do not completely trust any network news for this reason. I know most of us pretty much trust our sources, but in the spirit of encouraging an informed citizenship I am sharing a few links I have found and which I see as the most unbiased resources I've come across for distilling the truth out of all of the "too much talk" we hear during the election season. Please don't trust me on what's best for you though, check them out, but do so in a critical manner, and then decide for yourself if you want to trust the content.
I encourage you to check the sites out...you don't have to spend too much time there, I just want you to be aware the sites are out there, and when you hear that "this person did this" and "that person did that", you have a few places to check it all out and get the facts.
Please know that this is not an attempt to change anyone's mind...and it is certainly not political propaganda...I wouldn't betray your trust like that.
Checking these links out has not changed my mind, and I don't expect that what you will find will change yours no matter how you plan to vote, but what is has done is it has helped me to better understand each of the candidates and issues involved in the upcoming election.
With both sides telling us what the other side thinks/does it is not too difficult to see the conflicts of interest involved in this giving of information, but these sites help a bit when it comes to sorting through all of the mud. They have helped me to more clearly see both sides.
Please believe me when I say that this post is ONLY in support of helping to better inform the voting public, and I am taking the time to do so because I think if 5% of the people who read this get something out of it I have helped to elevate the process, and have somehow helped the nation. I hope that then, in some way, directly or indirectly, I am helping you.
My "quick" links for what is true/false about charges and claims: