Seester Sunday: Groundhog Day

Melissa:

Well, so much for posting again “next week.” Ha ha. (See our last post from A MONTH ago!) Life happens, I guess. 

This Sunday is a big day for a lot of people. Not only is it Super Bowl Sunday, but in Iowa, it is Caucus Eve!

I worked at Barnes and Noble during the day today and afterward took Percy and Gemma for a nice, long walk around Gray’s Lake.

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Then we stayed in and watched the Super Bowl. I can’t remember the last time we had a night in. With holding a final 50-50 in 2020 three day candidate training for women running for office, wrapping up the 50-50 in 2020 organization as a whole, lining up new clients to begin work for on February 1st and after, attending caucus events, and dating (Yes, the first date at Centro has turned into several dates now!) during the past three weeks, this lady has been on the go a lot. 

Today I wore a sweater, tank, and Pixie pants from Old Navy. This was the perfect outfit for today: practical and comfortable for work, and something I could keep on for the rest of the day at the lake and at home. Not sure if I’ve mentioned it a million times yet or not, but I like to get dressed once for the day and call it good. 

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I accessorized with my main thing: earrings. These I bought from a Lia Sophia consultant eons ago:

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I wore my tall brown boots to Barnes and Noble and then switched to my waterproof ankle boots for lake time. Both pairs of boots are from – you guessed it – Target! 

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While life has been crazy lately, I have continued to stock up on books for the slower days ahead. Today’s Barnes and Noble purchase:

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Hope you enjoyed the Super Bowl, and if you live in Iowa, please caucus tomorrow! I recommend caucusing for Amy Klobuchar. 🙂

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Sarah:

Happy Candelmas/Feast of the Presentation, Eve of Jeremiah’s birthday, Superbowl Sunday, Groundhog Day, National Tator Tot Day, and the first global palindrome day in 909 years. How’s that for a great setup for the day?!

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Today’s outfit consisted of a white maternity tshirt, jean jacket and thrifted black maxi skirt with black Old Navy leggings underneath. I wore boots as well. I also, like my sister, like to get dressed ONCE for the day, and I hate changing during the day, so this is what I wore for everything! My legs were warm and I like having the option to remove my jacket as I tend to get quite *warm* these days! I wore this outfit for church, brunch, walking to the library, folding laundry, making food, soothing a fussy toddler, photographing handstands, delegating jobs, loading the dishwasher, overeating Superbowl food and visiting at my parent’s house. Gabriel was a gift bearer at church today and Lucy read half of the prayers of the faithful as it was 3rd and 4th grade Mass ministries today. It was a good day!

We will hopefully be back again soon with another installment of Seester Sunday!

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My First Caucus

My first caucus was bittersweet.  It was an easy year to remember: 2000.  The Republicans and Democrats both had heated races that year, but both had clear frontrunners.  George W. Bush seemed to be the annointed GOP candidate, and while Bill Bradley put up a good fight, Vice President Al Gore was going to be the inevitable Democrat nominee.

I had hoped to vote for Elizabeth Dole in the Iowa Caucus.  I worked full time for her as a field staffer from July through October 1999, when she decided to drop out of the race.  I had begun to volunteer for her during the spring of 1999 and before I knew it, I was hooked and working 80+ hours a week for her.

After some wound licking in October, I decided by mid-November to support Steve Forbes at my caucus.  I volunteered here and there for him, even though it felt a bit weird, like an out of body experience, after having backed another candidate and working so hard for her.  This was my first presidential campaign to be actively involved in, as I was just a few months too young to vote in the 1996 presidential race.

I was a student at Simpson College in 2000, so I caucused in Indianola.  My first impression was, “Wow, there are so many people here!  How cool is it that so many people care about this election?”  Forbes and Bush had the strongest presence at my caucus, with a few Bauer and Buchanan supporters sprinkled throughout the crowd.  Bush won our caucus, with Forbes not too far behind.  The vote was simple with paper ballots marked and handed in to the counters.

Afterward I went to the Forbes caucus party in Des Moines.  While Forbes finished second, the spin was his finish was a victory since he put up a tough fight and was climbing in the polls in the early primary states also.  The media coverage was tremendous.  All national and many international outlets were there.  With no Twitter or Facebook back then, everyone was glued to the televisions.  I was more starstruck by the media than the candidates during the 1999 – 2000 election cycle.  I met Tom Brokaw, George Stephanopoulos, Lisa Meyers, Joe Klein, and Wolf Blitzer, among others.

Caucus night was so much fun for me.  I had started to pay attention to presidential politics as a junior high student during 1992 and could not wait to be able to vote and be a part of the action.  I never imagined I would one day work on a presidential campaign, meet national media stars, and be so thrilled to cast my vote at a caucus.

After working on various campaigns and for the Republican Party of Iowa, I am looking forward to participating in the caucus as a local precinct chair in 2012. I hope others have a great caucus experience that inspires them to become more involved with politics.  We are very fortunate to live in Iowa where we have a sizable impact on the presidential race.

November Recap

Wow, November flew by!

1.  I wrote zero “Fridays with G and L” posts, even though we had three very fun Fridays together in November.  Stay tuned; Aunt Mel is playing catch up.

2.  My days and weeks have been more consumed by Target Optical work.  ‘Tis the season!  (Only 21 days until Christmas!)

3.  And political work became a second job during November: transitioning into the Scott County Republican Women President role, as well as doing all sorts of caucus prep work as Secretary of the Scott County Republicans.  Caucus Day is January 3, 2012.

4.  The fam and I ventured out to the Playcrafters show “Leaving Iowa” in Moline.  Neat stage and atmosphere!

5.  I helped with a successful 3rd Annual Ronald Reagan Dinner in Bettendorf.  Keynoter was Gov. Rick Perry, and we had over 300 people in attendance.

6.  Survived the mad midnight rush of shoppers at Target on Black Friday.  This year I was working.  Otherwise I would have been right in there with them.  🙂

7.  Became a library card holder at the Tipton Public Library since it’s a new spot I frequent with G and L on Fridays.

8.  Held a Pre-Holiday Merriment party at Mom’s house in Durant with Pampered Chef, Lia Sophia, SendOutCards, and wine, of course.

9.  Enjoyed a light and brief first snowfall and looking for some real snow to arrive, since that lasted a whole few hours until in melted.

10.  Celebrated my one year anniversary with Target Optical by ordering and now wearing my free pair of glasses!

Happy Holidays!