November 6th, 2012

crossed heart

the Red Cross is sending me to New Jersey

Originally published at Cassie Alexander. You can comment here or there.

That sound you hear is quite possibly me hyperventilating.

Okay, less so now, because I’ve had a chance to go to the informational meeting, and there’s five people from my chapter going with me. Not that I know any of them, but there’s strength in numbers, and we’ll all be on the same plane :D

We’re going out to North Brunswick, NJ for processing, and then maybe out to other shelters from there. A lot of stuff is up in the air…like if I’ll have electricity? Do I take a sleeping bag so I don’t want to die at night? Or will I luck out and be at a place that has a hotel? No clue, alas. I don’t mind chaos or hardship, honest, I just want a heads up so I can pack for it.

I’m trying to figure out if I can get everything I need into a carry-on too. That’d be preferable, since we have two stops, and who wants a big bag on the way there — plus I’ll be coming home the day before Thanksgiving, a notoriously suck travel day, so it’d be nice if I could streamline things for just in case. Then again, it’s fourteen days, possibly without a washer or, you know, towels. Which makes it hard. I’ll probably pack, pack, and repack everything tonight to figure out the best way to go.

I feel better knowing that there’s other people going with me. I still feel scared overall about possibly screwing up somehow, my general low-level 3 kinda fear. I miss my husband and my cat already.

But it’s still the right thing to do — so here we go!

I’ll update here as I can, but no promises about that really. I’ll try to tweet some @CassieY4 though, assuming I have phone service :D

crossed heart

election night and it’s feelin’ right

Originally published at Cassie Alexander. You can comment here or there.

You know how authors aren’t supposed to have opinions and should just “shut up and write”?

Well, screw that tonight.

I stayed off the internet for the first half of the election reporting because I knew it’d drive me batty…but now that things are over, I am so so so so so so so glad Obama won, and that I got to watch one of the most epic and rousing speeches ever given. I’m totally crying over here because I feel like he means it. And now he’s got another four years.

No, not everything about Obama’s presidential term has been perfect. But he got more right than wrong, and I think another four years will give him time to get even more right. As a woman, I had no idea what I’d do if Romney won and all my rights began to erode away. I feel like our nation has been steered away from an iceberg of intolerance, anti-science sentiment, misogyny, corporate pandering, and general denial. I am so happy right now, and so incredibly relieved.

I was pretty excited about this whole Red Cross thing tomorrow because I wanted to help, you know? But I am even more fantastically stoked now. I feel like a lot of the time I’m the only one rowing the boat, like I’m the only one who cares. (Which I know isn’t always true, but sometimes it’s hard to see.) Now I feel like I’m rowing with a nation full of people who have the same priorities I do — health care, education, and inclusivity — and I honestly can’t wait to go do my part. I love all y’all. We can make things better. Let’s all keep rowing :D.