Top Ten Fabulous Things of the Week 11.8.08

1. Barack Obama is the next President of the United States! I’m so excited, for many reasons. I’ve never been a bumper sticker fan (just my Apple sticker), but several months ago, I added an Obama ’08 one to the back of the Blazer, along with a “COEXIST” sticker, with the letters made up of the symbols of the major world religions (I’m a Christian, but I’m quite convinced if Jesus were here, he’d be promoting a bit of peaceful co-existence right about now!). All of a sudden I look like a raging liberal, although I’m really quite moderate. I’ve gotten a lot of grief for both stickers in recent months, and it’s so nice to feel vindicated – I might be a minority in Texas, but the country is with me, and I have never been more proud of my country.

Obama Web

2. My roommate broke out the old-school Nintendo this week and has been playing Mario Brothers 2, and it is fabulous! What those early game designers could do with 8 bits. No blood, no gore, no gangsters. Just 8-bit mushrooms and a pair of overalls. Gaming simplicity at its finest.

3. I’ve been having some back and leg pain recently, so at the behest of my doctor, I bought a pair of Mary-Jane Clarks to wear to work instead of my low heels. And OH MY GOSH, they are like walking on clouds. They’re more comfortable than flip flops. Heck, they’re more comfortable than FEET. When I bought them, the salesman said, “It is so nice to see women buying comfortable shoes.”

4. Seeing Jesse Jackson and Oprah crying as Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech on Tuesday night in Chicago’s Grant Park.

Obama speech

5. I went to dinner with some old work friends last night, and an army showed up. There must have been at least 40 of us there, some from years before me that I had never met. We filled up the entire back room, stayed for 3 1/2 hours, and had a great time. And the best part is that I actually have a job to tell people about when they ask what I’m doing! One woman said that they were lucky to have gotten me, and I thought that was sweet. That company was kind of like Hotel California – you could check out, but no one ever really left. It seems to be a large network of people who have filed in and out over the years, but most of them stay in touch, and that will be nice over the coming years, to be part of a large network of people in the business.


6. I went to see the Impressionists exhibit at the Kimball in Fort Worth last weekend, and it was great. The Monet haystack series was there, as well as some water lilies and the foot bridge. Van Gogh’s self-portrait and the bedroom in Arles were wonderful. I didn’t realize it, but he painted that second version of the bedroom that was there from an asylum, right before he died. My sister and I stayed in Arles on our Europe trip last year, so that was really neat to see. “Paris Street; Rainy Day” was there, and it is gigantic! There were gobs of Renoirs, and of all of them, his still-lifes were the most amazing for me in person. That man could make a grape look absolutely luminescent without making it seem unreal. All of them were so much more luminous in person than you can see in prints – all those short brushstrokes in all those colors. Amazing.


7. I just learned that Starbucks doubled their orders of Fair Trade coffee, which is great news for the Fair Trade industry and poor coffee farmers all over the world.

8. I’m kind of an Internet Petition Warrior. I may not have a lot of money to donate to the organizations I want to support, but I sign a lot of petitions to get things done over a range of issues. As a result, I get a LOT of e-mail newsletters – the ACLU, Organic Consumers Association, Center for Biological Diversity, etc. There are so many battles to be fought that reading them can be a bit depressing sometimes. After the election, though, they were all so positive and celebratory, because we now have a President-Elect with a decent environmental record, one who understand the importance of the organic family farm, the threat of climate change, and the preservation of citizens’ rights under the Constitution. Who knows how much he’ll get done in office in reality, but it is SO NICE to know that he will at least try, and I finally feel like I’m on the winning team, for once.

9. I’ve been asking Herb Mart for months to please carry the flavor of Kombucha I buy most often (at least 4 per week). It’s cheaper there, but Central Market is the only place I could find the mango flavor. Finally, after months of telling them I’d buy it from them if they’d stock it, they finally did! Such a teeny, tiny level, but it’s nice to actually affect change.

10. “Every aspect of our lives is, in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in.” – Frances Moore Lappe