Happy Hodge-podge-oween!

I've had a lot of things on my mind lately, but every time I think about writing about anything I talk myself into putting it off until the next day. And as Harold Hill put it, "Pile up too many tomorrows and you'll find yourself...at the bottom of all your friends' blogrolls sorted by the most recently updated. Or at least that's what he would have said...if he was real...and had a blog...and then neglected said blog...and was included on Marian and Winthrop's blogs.

Anyways, I decided to write a post about anything or everything. Partly because I haven't posted anything in awhile, but mostly because I just need to write (or type) my thoughts out.

Politics - One of the things that has been on my mind, and probably on a lot of people's minds, is who is going to be our next President. Frankly, I wanted to call a "due over" a long time ago because I was never really impressed with either candidate. And that's before all of the mud-slinging. I'm not a big Obama fan, I think he's a very persuasive and eloquent speaker, but I don't agree with a lot of his platform. I base that on his political views, though. It blows my mind when I hear someone say people are going to vote for him because he's black or not vote for him because he's black, or because they think he's Muslim, or from the Middle East. Race, nor gender or religion for that matter, should never be an issue in politics. Period. Why is there still racism (or sexism) in this country? Shouldn't it have died off years ago? Aren't we all more mature than that? And although he's not Muslim, being so would not make him a bad guy. During my mission up in Quebec I met many Muslim people who were much nicer to me than some people who professed to be Christians. And although I've never met someone from the Middle East I would assume there are nice people from there, too.

As for McCain, I know he went through a lot in that prison camp, but that shouldn't matter in a political race. I don't think he's the right guy (sorry, person) for the job, but I agree with more politically. But the fact that the polls predict this to be a fairly close race makes me think that either 1) as Americans, we don't really know what we want or 2) neither choice seems like the right choice.

...and on a lighter note:
Halloween - I've been terrible this year. Usually I know what I want to be months ahead of time and start on my costume (if need be) weeks before. I also try my hand at pumpkin carving (a skill I would like to really work on and improve). This year I didn't do anything. I couldn't think of any great costume and I never got around to buying any pumpkins. I hope next year will be better.

**there were a few more things that I wanted to talk about like Propostion 8, marriage in general, feeling overwhelmed at work, what Abigail is up to, etc. but I feel like I've rambled on forever and this post is long enough as is. Maybe I'll continue on tomorrow...