Weekend in Photos

It’s Election Week! It’s Election Week! Election Day is tomorrow!

Now I’m sure most of you are just as ecstatic as me, but probably for different reasons. You’re probably all excited for it to be over with, sick of hearing your friends complaining on Facebook, posting long tirades, and the like. That actually doesn’t bother me too much…I’m known to share news articles and add a couple of comments myself from time to time. Plus, my life is basically all politics all the time anyway. (I work at a lobbying firm, my roommate works at the State Capitol, my boyfriend works on campaigns…) I’m even considering getting a masters degree in Political Communication some time in the next couple of years.

But the reason I’m excited is two-fold. First, I am also excited for it to be friggin’ over with, but that’s because T-Man has been working on a seriously close congressional campaign since the beginning of June. Long hours, stressful days, late nights working at home after he gets off…I knew campaign jobs were tough, but I’ve really been seeing it first hand now.

The other reason I’m excited is because the presidential race is super close and I LOVE watching election results. (Nerdy, I know) This time four years ago, I was living in France, had already sent in my absentee ballot, and was getting ready to stream election results all night long on my laptop. And I did. (And I wrote an article about it that was published in the UCSB newspaper!) It was such an interesting experience to see how French attitudes toward me and my American friends changed after Obama’s election in 2008. Can’t wait to see what happens this time.

I truly believe that everyone should at least take a minor interest in politics and how their government works. What happens at the polls affects us in so many ways that a lot of people don’t think about. Especially us in California, with all of our voter-created propositions. Get out and vote tomorrow if you haven’t already!

Even my grandpa’s vote got counted (via absentee ballot) just days before he passed away. And that leads me to my weekend. I took Friday off to unwind a little and help my parents prepare for my Papa’s service the next day…and the rest of the weekend was spent celebrating him! (I swear you guys will get to stop hearing about this sad stuff soon!)

Cozy Thursday night with T-Man celebrating our early weekend — Next day, picked up posters of Papa for the service and painted a paper plate (each of the grandkids did this, it was something he used to always do with us when we did arts and crafts while camping)

Papa’s t-shirts and YMCA/family memorabilia — more T-shirts — the stage and projection screen — My cousin Neal, cousin Evan, and Evan’s wife Ashley helping to take down decorations afterward haha!

Flowers from the service back at Grandma’s house for the after party — We donated a tree in Papa’s name to the YMCA and had people write wishes on little cards and tie them to the branches. This one was my Grandma’s — Before leaving yesterday morning, we all gathered around the oak tree behind my grandparents’ house and said a few prayers for Papa.

When I came home last night, the flowers T-Man bought me (he couldn’t come to the service) had finally bloomed! — When I came back to work this morning, I had this awaiting me 😦

Back to the grind, but not for long! T-Man and I are leaving on vacation Saturday morning! We have had a visit planned to New York for a couple of months now to see friends and my family. Luckily, my aunt who is hosting us finally got her power back last night! Now send your good vibes to my best friend and her roommate (another close friend) that they’ll be allowed back into their downtown Manhattan apartment soon so we can all take a break from the craziness and have a fun time Saturday night!

In the meantime, I’m going to put the bottle of champagne T-Man’s mom got me for my birthday in the fridge to chill…even if his candidate doesn’t win, his campaign finally being over is reason enough to celebrate!

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Weekend in Photos + Rain

Would you believe me if I told you it was 89 degrees here just last week?

I would say I think this means fall is here to stay, but it’s supposed to be in the mid 70’s later this weekend, so I just don’t know what to think anymore.

Alls I know is I had to bike to work today, and it looked a bit like this:

Fortunately, I’m experienced in the art of biking in the rain…It happens a whole 4 times per year down in Santa Barbara 😉

My strategy is to wear as light of clothing as possible while I bike, then change into warm dry clothes at my destination. Mission accomplished this morning…except that I acquired what we referred to at UCSB as a Freshman Stripe…a strip of water that gets kicked up by your bike tire if you ride through puddles (or haven’t bought fenders for your tires yet), usually found on the backs of Freshmen. And me. Womp womp.

Luckily, it wasn’t like this all weekend:

On Friday, I went to our local YMCA’s annual auction. My family is kiiinda heavily involved with the organization. My dearly departed Papa (whose service is being held at a YMCA), my dad (who helped organize the auction), and even my brother (the one holding up the sign [the job was a perfect fit — he’s 6’3″]). There were lots of tastings from local wineries and catering companies, and both live and silent auctions!

The only auction item I won was a gift basket with moscato & Girl Scout cookies (score!)…but as you can see, my family made out with a fair amount of loot. And my mom gave me one of her boxes of Tagalongs, so generous she is!!

For the first time in months, I slept in on Saturday morning! (T-Man’s campaign schedule isn’t exactly conducive to sleeping in) — When my lunch on Friday consisted of quinoa and chickpeas (because it was all I had left) I knew it was time for grocery shopping…. — and baking! This Apple Goodie is a Grandma Hanzlik recipe…. to be shared soon!

Late Saturday night, we redeemed some Groupons for a Haunted Corn Maze in town. It was AWESOME! And pretty terrifying. It helped that we were led through by someone who works at the farm…but there were literally dozens of actors that kept jumping out or (even worse) creepily coming out from behind us. Definitely check it out if you’re in the Sacramento area!

To keep with the scary theme, I took a picture with one of T-Man’s creepy pirate ship paintings.

The weekend ended with dinner & the Giants game at my parents’ house… I was shocked to see the dozens of sympathy cards that had come in for my dad. — The Giants forced Game 7! So so so hoping they make it to the World Series. My Papa would be so excited! — For dinner, I cooked a spaghetti squash with my momma’s homemade meat sauce. None of us had tried it before, and we all liked it! Though I’d warn to those wanting to try it that it isn’t as filling as regular spaghetti, so we paired it with a couple nice slices of French bread!

Hows the weather in your neck of the woods?