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Pull Up A Chair…


Election season is over for the moment, and the tough work kicks in for the newly promoted Democratic leadership.  And all of us who have been busting our butts for the last few weeks making phone calls and stuffing envelopes and knocking on doors and donating funds and…well everything that needed doing…I don't know about you guys, but I'm exhausted and in dire need of some relaxation time.

So this morning, I thought we'd kick back a little and savor the taste of victory.

This morning's photo is a picture that I took earlier in the year of a gorgeous oak tree near our house that had just started turning its leaves to that gorgeous shade of gold they are every year.  This year, most of what I saw of it was from out my kitchen window, in little glimpses between conference calls and research and writing and e-mails.  But it was worth it, just to see all those red districts turn blue.

Sometimes, though, you have to take a break for a bit, look back over what has happened and try and get a little perspective.  And you also need to take some time to, as Stephen Covey says, "sharpen the saw."

For me, cooking a gourmet meal, complete with an excellent bottle of wine, a little soft jazz and some candlelight…now that is a great way to wind down for a while, but only if you are cooking for people you love.  Then you add some heart into the mix.

I've also been having fun lately loading every song I've ever liked from every CD in the house onto my new birthday iPod (thanks, Mr. ReddHedd!).  Thus far, I've barely made a dent in the 60 gigs…but I'm working on it.  And kicking back in our sunroom with it set on shuffle, and having only music that I enjoy playing?  Luv it.

Now if I can only figure out how to make folders of music for different categories.  (I'd like a Kick Ass folder for those days when I'm feeling particularly snarky, for one…)

Yesterday, I finally finished weatherproofing my new birdfeeder (yes, the one I got way back near the beginning of October) and got it up on its post with a little help from the hubby.  This morning, the birds are cautiously checking it out, but thus far it's been a hit.  (Plus, it's sunk pretty deeply into the ground and anchored with some steel rebar, so the young buttheads who stole my birdfeeders last year can bite me.)

But the best thing I've been doing this week is some coloring with The Peanut.  I'd forgotten just how much I love it until she got old enough to appreciate the joy of crayons.  And suddenly, I'm appreciating the joy of crayons, too. 

I have this Sarah Ban Breathnach book called "Mrs. Sharp's Traditions" that a dear friend sent to me.  It has this great suggestion of putting together a "rainy day cupboard" of craft supplies and construction paper, and pictures from the fronts of old cards and all sorts of other things for art projects and playtime during bad weather.  My goal over the next couple of weeks is to stock a rainy day cupboard for our house — The Peanut is old enough to make some use of the idea this year, and it would be an awful lot of fun for her momma, too.

What we were all able to do in this last election cycle was to cook up something spectacular.  Let's spend a little time thinking about cooking up something just as spectacular for ourselves to celebrate this victory.  It was a long time coming but, somehow, I think that makes it all the sweeter for all of us.  Let's talk about what we've been doing for ourselves lately.  Pull up a chair… 

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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