Post-election day. Even though this wasn't a huge election year, there were a lot of important local races going on (my preferred city council rep won!) and this morning, there is a lot of commentary out there. But this really caught my eye, and I keep returning to it.
When asked about Bob Marshall, Danica Roem said “I don't attack my constituents. Bob is my constituent now.” She has more grace and composure than I will ever have. #virginia#DanicaRoem - Nicholas Trevino (@BlyTarbell) November 8, 2017
I'm not sure how much coverage this local race got, but in sum, a transgender woman was running against a 13-term incumbent who had once called himself Virginia's chief-homophobe. He introduced the state's bathroom bill. But Roem didn't campaign on those issues, at least not initially. She campaigned on the local issues important to her potential constituents. Her big focus was traffic, something my friends in that area say is a huge issue. She didn't even bring up gender until her opponent started to use it to attack her. And the whole time, she refused to stoop to his level. She kept her messaging positive. We could learn a lot from her. She was being attacked and she went high. It's so easy to respond with anger and frustration and lash out, but Roem managed to keep herself out of the fray, and I have so much respect for her because of it. I'm looking forward to her political future. Also, I just love this from the Washington Post: Standing on a table inside the pub, Roem dedicated her win “to every person who's ever been singled out, who's ever been stigmatized, who's ever been the misfit, who's ever been the kid in the corner, who's ever needed someone to stand up for them when they didn't have a voice of their own. This one is for you.”
She then reiterated her promises of alleviating traffic congestion on Route 28.
“That's why I got in this race,” Roem said. “Because I'm fed up with the frickin' road over in my home town.” The post More Kindness appeared first on Elbowglitter.
So you have finally reached retirement, all of those years of hard work and toil are behind you, now your time is your own once again. The only question is what are you going to do to fill it? For increasing numbers of people, retirement is becoming the time in their lives to take up travelling in a serious way.
I'm back from vacation. And it was exhausting. And I didn't even run a race while I was away. (I know, it's a rarity for me.) I didn't even bring workout gear with me, since I knew I wouldn't bother to get in a run. The Magic Kingdom was beautifully spooky at night. Of course, that meant that I had to do a Tuesday night ten mile run on my treadmill when I got home, but these things happen At some point, I will learn to take relaxing vacations. That day is not today. If you couldn't tell from the picture, I just got back from a trip to Disney World. It was my one-year-old niece's first trip, which made it extra special. That kid had six adults around to entertain her. She is definitely living it up. While I'm not a Halloween person, I love going to Disney at Halloween because I love the creativity of all of the decorations. I love that the carved pumpkins placed all over on Main Street are themed to their respective locations (film strips over the theater, jewels over the jewelry store, etc). I love that the characters wear Halloween costumes. Because come on, characters in costumes are awesome! Halloween season also means it's Food and Wine season and if there's something I love, it's eating and drinking delicious things. This was also my first trip to go see Pandora, the new land based on the Avatar movie. When it was first announced a few years ago, I wasn't sure what I thought. The movie was already old (and while I did watch it, I don't remember being all that enthralled). Guys, this place is incredible.
The theming is amazing and the space is just gorgeous. Even just walking around was so impressive. We got to ride Flight of Passage, where you ride on the back of a banshee, and it was incredible. The technology is so cool and the experience was phenomenal. If you're going to the parks, make sure you get a Fast Pass for this ride. We had Fast Passes, but because the ride was having some issues, we still had to wait almost an hour. (The regular line was a 4.5 hour wait!) No complaints here, it was totally worth it, but thanks to that, we were also given a Fast Pass to ride Na'vi River Journey, a ride that my niece could also join us for. That was also absolutely gorgeous. I want to go back and experience the space after dark, because I'm sure that it will be beautiful all lit up. And yes, I do believe my niece had a blast. While it's not my place to put someone else's child on social media, I think the back of her head is probably okay. Also I'm pretty sure Dad had a good time too. The post Disney Trip Report appeared first on Elbowglitter.