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NaBloPoMo 2012: November 7th– hot girls, booze, and bacon

Today’s prompt reads

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Talk about the last compliment you received.

Hehe. Well, normally this would be one of my students saying “Miss! Miss! I love your nails/shoes/hair/outfit/etc!” in order to sweet talk their way towards a better grade. (Or, occasionally actually complimenting my style. I’m definitely one of the “younger” teachers which means, by the weird laws of high school mentality, I’m cool. In high school. Which BLOWS MY MIND.) However, since my school has been closed since Hurricane Sandy, I haven’t seen my lovely students in almost 2 weeks. Wah.

The last compliment I received was last night via Twitter. I was in a weird mood awaiting the campaign results, and as a friend complained that he wanted bacon, I realized that I actually had a pack of bacon that had a use by date of November 7th. aka today. Oops. Sooo I decided to cook the entire thing off. In my apartment. While watching the Election results. This resulted in the creation of a #Bacon2012 hashtag, and me sending out a lot of overly-tired, pumpkin beer induced bacon tweets.

I’ve never been so proud of so many people I don’t know. #Bacon2012 for the win!

I also ended up responding to a tweet from the lovely DeadCowGirl  saying that she was cooking. She posted a link to a recipe for braised beef shanks, and I tweeted back that I may show up on her doorstep, begging for her cooking with gifts of bacon & booze. Her response? My last compliment, NaBloPoMo!

So there you have it, folks. I’m a hot chick, and even hotter when I show up on peoples’ doorsteps with gifts of booze and bacon.

I love the women I’ve met through BlogHer. Seriously.

I just finished reading Jenny Larson (The Bloggess)’s book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir), and there is an entire chapter devoted to her making friends with girls (bloggers) for the first time. At one point, she says, “…I discovered blogging and found other people online who were misanthropic misfits like me” (Lawson, 169-170).* This perfectly sums up how I feel about the women I met at BlogHer12. While I may seem like I’m able to speak coherently to you folks, I’m letting you in on a painful secret: as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become extremely awkward in social situations. I prefer the safety of texting while standing against the wall at parties, and at the BlogHer Conference in August, although I had the time of my life, I didn’t know how to react when meeting people (take a look at my top ten moments!) or when Big Name Bloggers knew my name.

The women I have met through blogging have helped me gain a voice, and they’ve been the girl friends I never knew I wanted. I’m not afraid to be silly, non-sensical, redunkulous, and me with them. We’re all “misanthropic misfits,” and it means so much to me to have these blogging friends.

So, thank you, DeadCowGirl, for being the inspiration for this NaBloPoMo post and calling me a hot chick.


*Yes. I did just cite a quote in MLA format on my blog.

Obama’s win means I can believe in my future again.

“We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you.”

I didn’t realize how invested I was in Barack Obama winning the Re-Election until tonight. When I arrived at the polling location, I was overcome with emotion. I started thinking about what my life would be like if Romney won, and I actually got teary-eyed. To me, the election wasn’t about gay marriage, contrary to what most people assume with me. It was about being able to live the life I deserve to live. I was terrified for my rights as a woman, terrified for my rights as an individual who needs health care, terrified as an educator, terrified as an American, and terrified as a gay woman just starting her life.

When it was announced tonight that Barack Obama won, I burst into tears. I’m more emotional with this win than I was with his win 4 years ago. This one gives me a new sort of hope.

I’m on the brink of starting my life. For the first time in my existence, I am facing my future in very close proximity. With Obama remaining as POTUS, I can also face the possibility of living a life with less worries. In these next years, I can rest easy that I’ll have healthcare, that I’ll be respected as a human being, that I can have a President who I respect, and that I could even potentially marry the woman of my dreams. Four years ago, I could barely imagine having a girlfriend. Now, as I look ahead to the next four years, I see the same dreams as so many other young Americans: I see myself graduating from graduate school. I see myself finding my first “real” job. I see myself finding a love that deserves me, and I see myself actually having a chance at settling down and getting married. I can even see myself thinking about starting a family in the next four years.

I am so incredibly grateful tonight. I can believe in my future again because I have a President who believes in me.

My “HOPE” pin from 2008 still stands true today.