Monthly Archives: November 2012

Long Strange Trip w/ Video


The day I woke up. Never the same since.

Happiness has really been hard to find in the past few years. Depression, health, family issues, loss…a lot of pits very difficult from which to escape. This election provided me with a dopamine powered staircase and I simply walked out of my smog for that short period of time.

I felt creative, needed, worthwhile, proud…so many things which have been far from my grasp for a long time. I made friends, developed relationships, made contacts and even joined the Democratic Party. I’ve met celebrities, personalities, leaders. I have seen the President and the First Lady. I have learned priceless lessons and gained much education.

I have gone to rallies, protests, fundraisers, parties, debates and even the State Convention.

I have stepped out of my box – like WAY out. My heart issues disappeared. My anxiety was almost non-existent. I had more energy – something foreign to me. I lost weight even though I wasn’t exercising.

I was happy.

I have been having withdraw on a gradual basis for months now. And I am determined to find a new staircase…hopefully a more permanent one. It’s not that my family isn’t enough. It’s not that my life is intolerable. Not at all. But I guess I just need more. Otherwise I cannot help but feel as though I was fading – no, wasting – away. I think I can be a much better mom if I find the real me and my real path.

Anyway – these past two years have indeed been life changing and awe-inspiring. So much for which to be grateful under such odd and unfortunate circumstances. I just had to make the following slideshow to illustrate how I have perceived the past two years as a way to thank those who have made this time so extraordinary.

Racine, Wisconsin was monumental in creating change by working with grassroots efforts, the Democratic Party and a bunch of bad-ass progressives who will never give up. This video is a small glimpse into the hard work, friendship and passion which we have enjoyed for the past two years

Long Strange Trip Short by cheers44


Photos from Ed Schultz/John Nichols Racine Visit (June 2012)


I will be playing catch up for quite a while since I have terribly neglected my blog for a bagillion months. BAD blogger!!

Anywho – way back in May I told y’all about my campaign to get Ed Schultz and John Nichols to Racine for GOTV weekend for the Recall Election. Well…(a hundred years later) I am very proud to tell you that they did indeed pay a visit. Honestly, I couldn’t believe it all worked out, but it did. I guess this is one of those cases when being a huge pain in the ass pays off.

I really think that weekend was one of the best in my life. Its definitely up there. The whole election, campaign, all the months leading up to the recall – it was all life changing. And that weekend really put the icing on the kringle.

Here are some photos from that day. I do wish I wore a better outfit tho. Blach.

(slideshow function is having issues – will fix soon)



Grieving Our Furbabies


My furbabies.

I adore the show Flipping Out. I want Jeff Lewis to be my BFF and I want to work for him. And hang out with Zoila and Jenny. Love it love it. Don’t watch? That’s okay. You may appreciate this post anyway. Especially if you have ever loved a pet.

I have shared about my losing my best friend, Bob in February of 2011. He was far too young and we lost his sister 2 years prior.

Here are a couple past posts about my babies: Missing Bob So Painfully, Goodbye My Bobby Boy, Saying Goodbye to Brian, The Agony of Losing a Pet….I am sure there were others.

They were only about 2 weeks old when I picked them up from someone’s backyard. Their mother had apparently abandoned her litter. I bottle-fed them until they could eat food. These were my first babies and my best friends.

When Bob died, I was devastated. Luckily, I was able to jump right into the protests days after. It provided the distraction that I needed to protect myself from the heartache. But I still cried every day for a long time. And I still miss him quite a bit and very often. Even have a picture of him in my nightstand.

I held both my furbabies before and as they were being put to sleep. I spoke to and petted them as they drifted away. And both times I collapsed into a blubbery mess on the sterile linoleum flooring.

I know how Jeff feels in these scenes. I said the same words and cried the same tears. And knowing Jeff’s uber-sarcastic, tough personality – it made it all the harder to watch as he went through this familiar devastation. This episode really hit home and conjured up much empathy and nostalgia.

You will see him again, someday, Jeff. I have to believe that because I want the very same thing so badly.

If you have ever loved and lost a pet – I urge you to watch these clips and I dare you to not at the very least get a lump in your throat.



An introduction to Monkey.

Saying goodbye to Monkey. Here is where I LOST MY SHIT.

Jeff reflecting on life with Monkey (and yes, I lost my shit yet again).