Nov 9, 2012

November Blog-A-Day Tracking

La Femme DM - my gaming blog
Thursday, Nov 1: Encounters 11.1 - Terrible Terrible DM
Saturday, Nov 3: Epic D&D Day
Sunday, Nov 4: D&D: Family Ties

The Biological Imperative - my personal blog

TV Sluts - TV blog with Maggie, et al
Wednesday, Nov 7: Non-squee Glee
Thursday, Nov 8: Alphas gets an A

You're welcome, bitches. 

Nov 6, 2012

Election Day victories, large and small

I'm watching the election from a bar in San Francisco, and CNN calls Obama's re-election. At first, I didn't believe it - it was way too early! Then I realized that it was past 11:30 on the east coast, and that it was entirely reasonable that our amazing President had triumphed.

In other HUGE news, Maryland's Question 6 - marriage equality - had also passed. After the disappointments of 2008, this year seems to herald a turning of the tide for gay rights.

And in a smaller but more adorable victory, my lovely mother voted (in Virginia) for the first time ever. She became a proud naturalized citizen in 2009 - almost 40 years after moving to this country - and this was her first general election. Here is the email she sent us, in its entirety:

Dear family,

I voted! Ha, ha, ha!


Nov 5, 2012

Dusting off the old personal blog...

This November, I'm trying to blog every day - so far I've udpated my no-longer-new gaming blog,, and plan to post on the TV blog, It only seems right to come back to the one that started it all, my personal blog.

Let's see, what's new and exciting? I've been traveling quite a bit this year - down to Florida for my friend Kara's wedding, up to New York to visit my friend Sarah a couple of times, a long trip to California to see my freshman roommate Erin, jaunts up to Baltimore for Otakon and Baltimore Comic Con, a trip to a cabin for an IRL meeting of my bridge club, our usual Vegas vacation at Chris and Kent's timeshare, and an adventure to Orlando with my whole little family in tow. This week I'm heading out to San Francisco for a conference and to hang out with my friend Mike. Whew!

I love traveling, but sometimes I hate travelers. Any time a large group of strangers comes together with a common goal, it is an opportunity for us to be our best or worst selves. It seems like many people choose the latter. I was once on a flight that was delayed due to a storm in the airport we were approaching. The pilot assured us that our connecting flights would be delayed, as well. One woman clearly did not believe him, because as soon as we touched down she grabbed her bag and promptly began pushing her way to the front. "I have to make a connection in 20 minutes!" she cried, shoving an old lady with her overstuffed suitcase. So. Aggravating!

Then there are people like my father, who shifted seat three times to allow various families to sit together on the way to Orlando. He did so cheerfully, without a single complaint - he saw it as a small thing, and it was. But small kindnesses like that can change our attitude towards travel and our fellow travelers. I think we can all learn from my Little Dad's big-hearted example.