Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Byeeeee 2020

I've decided the best final entry of 2020 for this old blog is a collection of my favorite photos from the year. Enjoy! 
The Class of 1999 had a mini reunion to celebrate our 40th birthdays. 

2020 boat selfie! 

My littlest nephew Bret turned 4!  

Christmas Eve tradition. I made it out there for about ten more minutes. It was cold this year!

In March when the world went to shit, we put Christmas lights back up to help lift the spirits of the people around Glenwood. 

Girls trip to Decorah, Iowa. 

Aubrey not crying while Gavin was holding her - had to document. 

Very rare girls night this year

My grandparents on Grandpa's 85th birthday - I hate that freaking pitchfork. 

The kiddos on Halloween

Haunted Hummel Park tour

Me and the littlest nieces at Dad's birthday party

Lunch out to celebrate Nicole and Mom's birthday - the world shut down a few days later.

Missy and I in North Dakota

Fancy pants. 

Don't be a grinch.

South Dakota with Miss.

My Street Dance girls.

I love this picture of Alex and Gavin.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Thank you, President Trump.

 It has been a crazy 3.916 years since Trump was sworn in as President. As many of you probably know, I am not a Trump supporter, even though I was a registered Republican 3.916 years ago. I have since switched my party. 

Just saying I am not a Trump supporter isn't really a strong enough statement. I hate him so much. I don't know how it's possible to hate someone I have never and will never meet. 

Even though these past four years have made my gut hurt and made me physically angry at points, I feel like I am a different person and I do, oddly enough, owe that to President Trump's administration.

1. I am so much more educated on our political system. I keep up on current events so much better, and have done so much research on our Constitution and laws of our land. I have done this because at so many points in the past four years I have had a wild disbelief that this is real life. I also have researched cults to find out why people trust insane leaders. 

2. I have had to take a good hard look at the people in my life. For the Trump supporters (most if not all of my family), I had to put myself in their shoes and try to figure out why they would like this orange faced dictator. I had to remove myself from situations and set boundaries. I had to stand on my own two feet and not succumb to peer pressure. I feel like this has helped me develop a skills set of empathy and knowing that despite insane differences of opinion, it doesn't change a fundamental love of a person. 

3. I have also had to learn to simply ignore some people when they are absolutely wrong, or spouting off information that is one sided or simply untrue. 

4. This presidential administration has made me so much more interested in past presidents and our history with that role as a nation. I have started reading more about first ladies and vice presidents. I love reading about vice presidents who became presidents. I am devouring information on history that makes me wish I had paid more attention in certain classes. 

5. There were many times in the past I labeled myself, quite proudly, as a non-feminist. I think even on this blog I have mentioned that I didn't see myself as a feminist in any definition of the word. However, I knew that President Trump's treatment of women rubbed me the wrong way, so I took a deep look inward. Of course I am a feminist. The definition of a feminist is someone who wants equal treatment of men and women. Who wouldn't be a feminist?