I am doing NaBloPoMo this month. 30 blog posts in 30 days. Come join me. #nablopomo2022
Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
It’s been fantastic to see all the interactions and comments that have been happening between the NaBloPoMo-bloggers these last few days. I love the enthusiasm. And thanks to everyone who decided that blogging every day is too much, but reading (and commenting) every day is not. I think I speak for everyone when I say that we surely appreciate the support.
I am also thrilled to share that we have a couple more new participants, so please go check out their blogs and give them a warm welcome!
Beckett • http://birchwoodpie.blogspot.com
Melissa • http://www.thebrightonjotter.com
Sarah • http://www.harrytimes.com
Suzanne • http://www.lifeofadoctorswife.wordpress.com
The full list of participants (14, as it stands!) is here.
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I filled out my election ballot this week and I am planning to drop it off at the early voting drop box later today. Did you make a plan to vote? I take pride in participating in the voting process and I’ve always participated in elections in Germany as soon as I got to voting age. It was a civic duty that I didn’t even question. But nothing makes you appreciate the privilege to vote more than living in a foreign country for about a decade without having a say in anything.
Can I just say one thing? I spent about 5-6 hours (total) researching ballot candidates, measures and propositions and it was not always an easy process to arrive at a decision that I felt “good” about.
It’s not a secret that I am a progressive liberal and sure, some choices were pretty easy. The local measures and statewide propositions, however, were hard to research, hard to fully comprehend and consequently hard to make an informed decision about. I don’t believe that ordinary people should be asked to make these kinds of decisions in every election – that’s what elected officials and experts are for. While I personally felt good about having done (at least a little bit of) research before filling out my ballot, I also thought it was placing an unnecessary burden on the electorate. No wonder people have voter fatigue.
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I have started thinking about my new planner for 2023. While I’ve been very happy with my ($10) Fringe Studio Planner these last few years, and I might go that route again, I am contemplating giving a new planner a try. Hot contenders at the moment: the Sprouted Planner that Elisabeth raves about and the MäksēLife Planners. If you’re using a paper planner, which one will you choose for next year?
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Are you all ready for the holidays now that Halloween is behind us? I’ll be braving Target later this morning and I am highly suspicious (well, I’ve actually seen proof on Instagram) that I’ll walk into a Christmas Winter Wonderland when I get there. Let’s not forget that we’ll first have Thanksgiving here in the US this month. As much as I love the holiday season, I refuse to deal with Christmas trees, ornaments, and decorations quite yet.
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But, and I’ll turn out to be a bit of a hypocrite now, I need to get this out for planning purposes: I have gotten a few inquiries from some lovely people if I was going to host another – my seventh! – annual Secret Santa (Mug) Swap this year. It is exactly what you think it is: a holiday swap, where you’ll receive the name of another participant and then put together a little Christmas package for them and put a smile on their face this holiday season.
Since there seems to be some interest, I decided to go for it. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite things during the holiday season and I am happy that others feel the same. So, I’m giving you a heads-up to come back tomorrow to sign up, if you’re interested. Last year, I opened it up to people from the US, Canada and Germany if I can get at least two people per country to sign up, so I can match people within each country to keep postage reasonable. I am planning to do the same this year. So, recruit some friends. The more, the merrier.
See you here tomorrow?