Waxing Political

To President-elect Trump – from a mom

trump-caricatureDear President-elect Trump:

I am a Mormon.

I believe in prayer. I believe in God. I believe in this country. I believe that God watches over this country.

Today, I pray for you. I pray for things that I am hoping for…

  • I hope that you put some of the best people around you in your administration.
  • I hope the inflammatory rhetoric is buried. Deep. Mariana Trench deep.
  • I hope that President Trump is different than Celebrity Apprentice Trump or New York Military Academy Trump or Campaign Trump.
  • I hope that you are fully committed to making America great because we have a lot of wounds, divisiveness, anger, and somewhere along the way, we lost our middle class.
  • I hope that you, too, pray to God for help.


A Mormon Mom

P.S. You’re rather entertaining to draw, sir.


To Hillary Clinton – From a mom

hillary-transparentDear Hillary,

I had this idea several weeks ago: when you won, I was going to write you a letter and post it on my blog. And then you lost. Huh.

I considered writing a letter to Trump today, but guess what: I didn’t.

I’m writing to you because of this statement from your concession speech:

“And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your dreams.”

I am not a Democrat.

I am not a Republican.

I AM a believer of my daughter’s potential.

I can get behind your statement with absolute commitment.

I want my little girl to grow up feeling this way about herself. My parents instilled in me the same confidence and with it, I’ve pursued multiple college degrees, a successful career, and made my decisive choice to stay home with my children.

Today, I think more and more about how I can be involved in serving my country, because of your campaign. I truly thought that today we would be hearing about our country electing the first woman president in our history. Huh.

I will tell my little girl that she is valuable. She is powerful. She is deserving. She should pursue her dreams.

And I will tell my little boy that he is loving. He is kind. He is a gentleman.

Because women’s rights and chivalry can exist together.


A Mom

Utah, this is the place

UtahData can be beautiful, don’t you know?

For instance, I like when I have lots of data in our spreadsheets for our family finances so I can make pretty little charts. The charts are much better, of course, when the lines are going in the right direction: towards more saving, more in retirement, less debt, etc.

We have lots of data at work between tasks, hours, story points, and how many donuts were consumed by this team each week.

Actually, we don’t have that last one, but I’d like to see how it correlates to hours worked. I need funding for this new study.

So I spend some time at reddit.com. It’s a beautiful world, reddit is. If you haven’t ventured into it, once you find the subreddits for you, you’ll find a new love. I follow subreddits like agile, projectmanagement, technology, saltlakecity, latterdaysaints, android, clothdiaps, and funny. Today, I learned about a subreddit called dataisbeautiful.

Let me share with you a few neato images that were among the first links there today. Then you take the time to tell me what you think it means about my home state: Utah. This will be fun. Ready?

1. Birth Rates in US and Mexico

The first one shows you the crude birth rate from 2010 of both the US and Mexico States. (Crude birth rate means the number of live births among the population in a given year.)

2. Babies born to unmarried mothers in the US, over time.

This one’s an animation so take the time to watch as the US changes year after year. It shows you the percentage of babies that were born to unmarried mothers in the United States from 1980 – 2004.

Now, tell me, what did you learn from this? How excellent are these? So how cool data can be?


“We” Voted. Did You?

I stopped by a nearby elementary school this morning on the way home from a doc appointment to vote. It was a good decision because I voted and I didn’t find any long lines, just me and the old people.

I took this picture because I thought it would be a cute or fun way to show off my voting sticker, but in all reality, I feel a little uncomfortable about it. It is definitely an adjustment to have my body change so much through pregnancy. I hardly have any pictures of me pregnant, but now I have this one with just a few weeks left and feeling excited for the end.

What I wonder is whether or not we’ll even know the outcome of this election by the time this baby is born. What do you think? Actually, I don’t want to know what you think because I’m not looking for political comments on this blog. Instead, I want to make sure you remembered to vote. And then, a different question for you: when do you guess this little boy will actually show up? The official EDD is November 24th.

Take Your Hat Off When The Flag Goes By

I celebrated Independence Day in three states this year.

Sunday morning: attended church in San Diego.

Sunday evening: fireworks in Las Vegas.

Monday evening: barbecue and fireworks at parents’ in Utah.

The Sunday morning of my holiday was where I felt the most patriotic. In the ward we attended, there were several families whose dads were away because they were deployed with a branch of the military. Also, my cousin’s husband was there with us. He’s a fighter pilot in the Air Force, living in Korea with his family, but spending much of his time away on tours of duty. We sang patriotic hymns, which I love, and I gave my cousin’s husband a hug at the end of the meeting. (I hugged other family members, too, because we were going our separate ways after, either home to Utah, back to Oklahoma or returning overseas to Korea.)

Eventually, my thoughts went to a play my elementary school put on when I was in 4th grade: Take Your Hat Off When the Flag Goes By!

As a kid, because of that play and because of a debate teacher in 5th grade, I learned a lot about the Constitution and how American politics work. It planted the seed in me and I’ve been a bit too political since then. But back to the play.

We sang a song called “Miracle in Philadelphia.”

We sang another song called “We Hold These Truths.”

In fourth grade, I had part of the Declaration of Independence memorized. How cool is that?

There were other songs about justice, checks and balances, free enterprise, and George Washington. I remember the melodies and part of the words of almost every song. At the very end, every grade in the school came out on stage or in the auditorium to sing, “Take Your Hat Off When the Flag Goes By.”

I feel like I’m lucky to have received this type of education growing up. Was it just me or did other schools really spend time teaching about the founding of this nation? Sometimes I wonder if kids know much about it or not. How did you learn about the Founding Fathers and the Constitution as a kid? Were you in that play with me?

I Liked What Evan Bayh Had to Say

I keep on telling myself (and some of my friends) that I’m going to stop following national politics so much because it is DEPRESSING. And yet, apparently, I really WANT to put myself in a bad mood because I keep on reading about it. This morning, I briefly thought there was a little bit of hope when I heard about several democratic senators (who I think I will send short thank-you emails to later this evening) who are opposing the disgusting omnibus spending bill*.

How many of you even know about the $410 billion spending bill, which is an increase of 8% over last year?

Currently, the bill is blocked by critics, but some of the news reports I’ve read say it’s only temporarily blocked and will pass regardless. This means, government spending will include 8,500 earmarks. Obama campaigned on a platform of stamping out earmarks, but will he follow through and act on this promise? The explosion of earmarks began under a Republican control of Congress and the White House and with this bill, the Democratic Congress and House looks to continue this “great” tradition.

I was really worried that our government wouldn’t set aside some money for rodeo museums, honeybee factories and the Guam public library. There are about 100 other programs, too, looking for some funding boosts from this bloated bill.

Senator McCain more than just spoke out on this and offered a proposal to save $32 BILLION, wiping out $7.7 BILLION in earmarks. Sadly, even Republicans opposed McCain. When across the nation, we as a people are tightening our budgets in this recession, why is the government blatantly trying to increase spending? Voters repeatedly stated their belief that Obama was the best choice for our economy, over McCain. I may not have voted for either, but currently, Obama indicated “he would sign the earmark-ridden measure,” which McCain clearly opposes. Just a thought.

*Indiana Senator Evan Bayh (D) seems to be leading the protest and I agreed with what he said here: “No We Can’t.”

I am now afraid…

I have to tell you that for the first time today, I felt fear about the economy. Why today? Because the Senate vote for the stimulus bill takes place today at noon and it will pass. I really am afraid. Senator Hatch puts it well in an interview today on KSL. This interview is my quote of the week: Senator Hatch on Utah’s Morning News.

Here two of the best lines from it:

“The Democrats keep pushing for more and more spending and then they blame Republicans for doing it.”

“When you’re paying about $632,000 to $2 million per job that’s outrageous; it’s not a good deal for Americans.”

I’ve been reading a lot on this bill and the pork spending that’s hidden throughout. If you want to read what I’ve been reading about what’s included in the bill and why it should be feared, check out the links I’ve posted on Tumblr.