100 Things – 26 through 30

26. I get a little teary when I vote. I hold it together in the booth, but walking back out to my car, the enormity of what just happened usually gets to me. I registered the second I turned 18. No matter how many times I flick levers in that booth, it always feels like a very big deal. Probably because it is. I can’t imagine living back in the day when women weren’t allowed to vote.

I still wear my “I Voted Today” sticker like it’s a medal of honor, and stick it on my guitar case when election day is done. Through a glitch associated with changing my name when I moved and got married, I was actually registered to vote twice for awhile, but I did not vote early and often.

Tomorrow, I’m headed out to Ohio to help register voters for two days. If you live near a swing state, think about giving some time to make sure as many people as possible get to the voting booths in November. Neil spent some time in PA helping out recently, and it inspired me to get out there and help. Who you vote for is no one’s business but your own, but make sure you do it, okay?

27. I like to floss my teeth in bed. My husband thinks it’s gross, and it probably is, but we can all agree that flossing in bed is better than not flossing, right?

28. I know all the words to the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

29. I’m obsessed with Willa Cather, and have read Song of the Lark (my favorite of her books) about 7 or 8 times. From reading her work, I get the feeling that she loved her characters very much.

30. I love SmartWool socks more than I ever thought it was possible to love a certain brand of socks.


  1. I can’t quite get over the flossing thing, but I guess since I’m not married to you, I don’t need to worry about it.

    In all my years of voting, I’ve never been given a sticker. I thought maybe it was just a New Jersey thing, but it hasn’t happened to me in New York either.

  2. I have a confession ~ I have never voted. I never plan to. I am not even registered to vote. I have NO interest in it. Honestly, I feel there is no one I would ever vote for. Perhaps someday there will be. I appreciate what those women did, went through, gave up in order that I have the right to vote. But I also have the right to say “No thanks, I don’t want to play the game (like hockey for example ~ that game is dangerous), I’ll just watch.”

    My husband said last night, “I’m going to vote for myself. That way I can say I voted.”

    Of course I had to give him a Simpson’s line “Go ahead throw your vote away!!” (which was said by Kang or Kodos in a Halloween special, I believe). He’s always coming up with weird/silly/funny stuff like that.

    I’m okay with the flossing in bed. :)

    ~Painted Pumpkins~

  3. Not only do I not get a sticker when I vote in NH, but I actually have to write in my ballot in pen. No fancy levers for us, no siree.

  4. Oh, Melissa. As Geddy Lee from the great Canadian band Rush sang, “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” If you aren’t FOR a candidate, at least you can vote AGAINST another.

    In the hierarchy of socks in my drawer, my pair of Smartwools sit solidly at the top. It’s not even close. Before them, I didn’t know socks could be so wonderful.

  5. I also get a little overwhelmed with patriotism when I vote. It always reminds me that our country is far from perfect, but it definitely could be a lot worse.

    Especially if you’re … iiiin west Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days, chillin’ out maxin’, relaxin’ all cool and shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school…

    Oh, sorry. Lost my train of thought.

  6. I’ve been contemplating buying some Smart Wool socks, so you’ve sold them on me now.

    I’ve also recently developed a habit of watching Fresh Prince reruns before I go to work in the morning. I think the theme song may have been the best part of that show.

    And when it comes to voting, I have a weird block against early voting. I do it if I know I’m going to be out of town on Election Day, but I feel so much more official and kind of patriotic (which is about the only time I ever feel patriotic) if I vote on Election Day.

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