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I know this isn't the biggest problem we face now.

But exactly what is the problem with stores and online sites keeping things in stock?

Is it the hoarding? Why does everyone suddenly need so much rice, chili powder, oatmeal, you know ... stuff you might have in your pantry? I get that we're using more vinyl gloves. But seriously, coffee? Are we drinking that much more coffee?

I'm just trying to do my normal shopping. I'm not stocking up on anything, which might be stupid but it's the way I roll. (I hate clutter.) But nothing is available. We still can't buy alcohol or aloe vera gel, and we've been trying online and locally for several weeks now. Isn't there some point where people have enough and then the rest of us can get some?

Yes, this is a tiny, tiny thing compared to what the doctors and nurses and infected and grieving people are going through. Still, the stress we're all going through is real. And frustrating. And scary, because we know that even if we can find stuff to buy, just touching it might get us sick ... which is why I go through the extra work of washing absolutely everything that comes into the house with soapy water.

Are we going to get to where we just can't buy anything? Is that why people are hoarding stuff? Am I just too naive?

Is anyone else just really tired?

I suffer from fatigue on a good day. But this year I'm having a hard time putting one foot in front of the other. The daily energy-suck of this administration, worrying about nuclear war, whether the repugs will let MF45 skate for his crimes (they did), the economy, the virus, the election, all are very draining.

It's hard to exercise, but I've worked out every single day for over 3 years. It's my "I don't give a shit about anything else" time. And I cook and garden and do other things to distract myself. Right now, I'm sewing masks. And it helps to do something even when I don't have the energy. Just stay away from heavy machinery.

I sleep well most nights, and I wake up feeling pretty good for just a split second, until my waking brain reminds me that we are in a worse nightmare than I ever imagined on that horrible day in 2016 when it was clear that we would have a monster in our White House who would endanger the lives of every one of us over at least the next 4 years. I don't post on FB anymore, but I did put my photo as just a black square on day 1 and vowed to leave it like that until our country got back on its right footing.

This year was supposed to be a good one. It was the year we paid off our mortgage, our daughter is graduating with her master's degree, and our friends were going to visit us from Germany. Well, we did pay off the mortgage, which is a good thing. Daughter is likely graduating, although she's been learning and teaching from home for several weeks. The award she earned will not be presented at a banquet, and she won't have a graduation ceremony. Normally, we would be celebrating. We couldn't even have a beer with her when she passed her oral exams yesterday. Our friends can't visit. Even before coronavirus, it was not worth the risk while people were being turned around at someone's whim because of all the shit that comes out of the orange anus. And I'm still nervous about the election delivering another 4 years of this. I've learned not to ever ask how much worse it can get.

Yet, we still have an income and we're still healthy. Everyone we know still has an income and is still healthy. We are thankful for that. Still, it feels as if we'll never get out of this rabbit hole and it's exhausting. We grieve for those who have lost loved ones and are intensely aware of how much the last thing they need is social distancing. We are aware that even before this, so many families were one paycheck away from disaster and now they have that disaster.

It's just all so much. And it's making me more fatigued than ever.

My dentist's office just closed.

I had an appointment scheduled for the end of the month, but I have to say that I'm relieved not to have to decide whether to go or not. They're calling everyone who has an appointment and rescheduling for a few weeks out, which I think will probably be too soon. I expect them to call and move it out again before then.

Email from Senator Lamar Alexander

I receive all emails from my so-called reps. It's really hard to open and read them because of how horrible they are. Everything would be just fine if the Democrats would just step in line. I don't even have the stomach to read Marsha Blackburn's latest screed.

I'll spare you the whole thing and just include the parts illustrating how these monsters are blatantly sowing division. Yes, I write to them, but what I get back is basically a pat on the head.

It's really hard to stay optimistic when I read the spin.

Senate Democrats block largest pay raise for military service members, including those at Fort Campbell, since 2010

This week, Senate Democrats, for their own political reasons, blocked funding for the largest pay increase for our military in 10 years. The legislation would have also set record funding for our 17 national laboratories, which include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the fifth consecutive year of increased funding for the National Institutes of Health, which researches and develops lifesaving treatments for Tennessee families. Democrats are plunging these departments into uncertainty that almost everyone agrees wastes taxpayer money.


Working to improve health care for Tennesseans

I often suggest Tennesseans look at Washington D.C. like a split screen television. On one side, you have the controversies of the day – Democrat impeachment and the president’s daily tweets. But on the other side, you’ll often see senators working together to achieve results for the American people. That has been the case for the Senate health committee I chair.


To celebrate Halloween, Senate Democrats have come up with a scary fairytale without an ounce of truth

Democrats are trying to trick Americans into thinking that giving states the ability to lower health insurance premiums could somehow undermine protections for pre-existing conditions, something federal law does not permit. The Trump administration has issued guidance that would allow states to use innovation to lower the cost of health insurance premiums. Democrats this week attempted to block state’s ability to innovate. Democrats should allow states to use the flexibility created by Obamacare to lower premiums and help millions of Americans have access to more affordable health insurance.

I'm reading Michelle Obama's book.

I'm about 300 pages in, but can only read small sections at a time. Being reminded of the class we traded in for the worst trash ever makes it hard to get through. Reading about how well we treat our presidents and their families and how much the Obamas appreciated it, only to have the current squatters shit all over everything, depresses me.

So I read a few pages, get a little nostalgic for what we had, and then have to put it down. I miss the Obamas SO MUCH. I miss having a real president, a smart president, a compassionate president ... all the things Barack Obama was and is. And I miss having a classy FLOTUS and well-mannered kids and joy in our White House. This book is a huge reminder of how far we have fallen.

That being said, it is a fascinating book. I'm thinking that if we ever get a real president again and honor is restored to the office, I may be able to read it again and enjoy it a bit more.

Anyone else respond to it like this?

Saving Mr. Banks

We watched this on Netflix last night. It's about the author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers, working with Walt Disney to make the movie. There are a lot of flashbacks to Travers' childhood. Also some clips from the Mary Poppins movie as well as actual audiotapes of the sessions between Travers and the Disney team. Emma Thompson plays Travers and Tom Hanks plays Disney. It's hard to go wrong with either of those two. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Anyone else catch this one?

One Strange Rock

On Netflix now, season 1. I just finished it and enjoyed it immensely. Just thought I'd rec it, in case anyone's looking for something cool to watch.

It's hard to stay positive.

Seriously. I live in a very red area. Most of the time, the republicans run unopposed for every local office. I vote in every election, but have never and will never vote for a republican.

I write to my "representatives" ... if that is the correct word for them. I can't tell you how many messages I sent to them regarding Kavanaugh. Then I got canned emails back about the orange one's Russian summit. WTF???? Just last week, I got 3 identical emails telling me how qualified the K-perv is and why they were so proud to vote for him. I could just as easily have written to them something along the lines of "white gravy isn't food" and would no doubt get the same canned response. These people do NOT represent me and don't even pretend to anymore.

To top it off, my adult kids don't vote. I have talked with them until I'm blue in the face, but they refuse. I've heard everything from "both sides are the same" to "it's all fixed anyway." One of them is a graduate student and has NO idea how close she came to having to pay income tax on the value of the tuition that she gets for free because she's a TA. I tried to explain it to her. She's over 40 and has never even registered to vote. Now it's too late in this state for this election, as registration ended on October 9. She gets irritated when I bring it up and says I'm just trying to upset her.

I've talked to other adults who "just don't care about politics." But they're happy to blame their woes on "the government." Yes, I take that opportunity to explain that "the government" is who we elect by voting. If they're unhappy now, it's because the republicans are in charge and they have the opportunity to try to change it, if only they would vote! How can I persuade strangers to vote when I have no influence over my own kids and friends?

I am majorly pissed off at Bredesen for his statement that he would have voted for Kavanaugh. Still, this state is RED and I understand him wanting to appeal to the rural voters. But I fear he may have shot himself in the foot because he pissed off his base. Yes, I still voted for him, but not everyone will. Non-republicans simply will not vote, and Democrats may or may not. You can bet your ass that the deplorables will come out in huge numbers to vote for mini-Trump Blackburn.

Still, I'm really trying to stay positive. This nightmare has gone on too long already. I'm afraid to trust the polls at this point.

Does anyone here do Beachbody?

I know this is a strange place to ask ... but it seems like all the Facebook groups are full of fans-of-the-orange-megalomaniac-pretend-president and/or pervs and/or religious nuts. The programs are good, but the groups really suck. So I figured if I wanted to find a group that at least leans more liberal, someone on DU might know. Anyone?

I like the "Welcome back!" banner.

Silly, but I don't want to dismiss it. I missed DU when I needed it the most.

Just sayin'....

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