Busy Before Travel

Cosmo Con 2012 is just around the corner and I’ve been incredibly busy over the last week preparing for the trip, events for the trip, and all things planning prior to.  I’m incredibly excited, and I think all the stress and busy-ness I’m enduring right now will help me appreciate the trip even more.

There’s so much to consider and I wish I had more money.  But I’m getting closer to the event and I can’t really think about money.  It’ll just cause me to worry about something I can’t control.  It’s time to just enjoy it.

So excited and yet dreading so much

I’ve never been so excited and have dreaded something so much at the same time.  What, you ask?  Shopping.

I love to shop, like most girls do.  And, as an added bonus, all that walking and carrying heavy bags is a workout.

I have a laundry list of things to get for Cosmo Con.  What’s Cosmo Con?  In the biggest nutshell, I’m an avid listener of Cosmo Radio and love the magazine.  For the second year in a row, I’m traveling to New York City to meet with around 100 girls that also listen.  Over the last couple years we’ve found each other through social media and have pages so we chat all the time.  It’s our one time of the year to see each other, hang out with some of the hosts we listen to on the radio everyday and just have a blast in the city.  And NYC is hands down my favorite city.  A lot of people hate the hustle and bustle city life…. but I love it.

I’ve been planning out today’s shopping trip for around a month.  My fiance is at work, so I’m taking the part of my day to myself.  We’ll eventually have to go shopping for him, but that’s for this evening or another day entirely.

I need a cocktail dress, couple pairs of jeans and tops, leggings, flats, pumps and boots.  I also want makeup, but that will just have to wait until next week.

So as excited as I am to shop, the part I’m dreading is money.  I’ve blogged about this over and over again that I never get in over my head.  As I get older and more fun opportunities arise, and unexpected bills come into the picture, I’m not over my head, but I’m at the most I’ve ever been at.

Don’t get me wrong, everything I buy today will be worth every single penny.  And most of it I’ll continue to wear.  I might not wear the dress again, or anytime soon.  I suppose if I don’t like it, I could always return it.

If I didn’t go on this shopping trip, I wouldn’t have anything to wear.  I’ll be gone total of six days and for as many outfit changes I do in a day on vacation, I’m going to need more clothes.

Perhaps this blog is just a reminder that I’ll be fine after today’s shopping trip.  After all, new stuff, hello!  Christmas in September.

I’ve really been keeping my eye on a ton of new fashion trends, I’ve seen so much I’ve liked and I’m finally ready to just go for it.  I’ve been stuck in my same dress routine for years and I’m ready to mix it up a little bit.  I’ll finally get to do that today. So really, I’m just making an investment in myself… right?

It costs how much?

I joined a wedding planning site a couple hours ago and just spend about a half hour browsing through venues.  I don’t really care to have a large ceremony but I would like to have a hell of a party.  Unfortunately you need to feed people and I’d like to provide free drinks.  I know it’s not cheap and I’m seeing that as I browse through venues.  And of course I would want something downtown because it will be easy for guests to stay and walk.

However, by the looks of what I’m finding so far, that’s probably not happening.  I’ve got time to keep searching.

Then I saw my long checklist of items I need to start working on.

Yeah.

Will get right on that.

I’m not overwhelmed.

…Counting Down to November

Since I became of age to vote, I’ve tried my best to make educated votes and not base my opinion on what I hear or what people want me to think.  I’m not a political person; definitely not one of those people who has beliefs so strong I can’t even fathom someone else doesn’t believe what I believe.  The people who aren’t open to different beliefs and ideas really bother me.  I find it quite ignorant.  I have a friend who is an athiest, I am a catholic, and we get a long just fine.  We can both share ideas with each other and have a great conversation.  Not a conversation of bashing and trying to prove who is right.  Just a conversation, that’s quite interesting actually.  And that’s rare.  Sadly.  I can’t change her mind and she can’t change mine, yet I’m very open and curious to hear from her and her to me.  It’s good to learn about things you don’t believe.  So when it comes to those people who love to force their opinions down other people’s throats–no, they don’t have to agree with the opposing opinion, however, they don’t have to argue it so strongly either.  No one will punish you if you just stop talking and listen.

I digress.

As the November elections near, my television is filled with bashing.  Interviews of any candidates are bashing.  I feel I hear more from candidates about how bad of a job their opponent has done and less about what they’ll do.  It’s like every statement start with “(Name) raised taxes by 50 biggilion percent.  I lowered taxes in my state 60 biggillion percent.”  Then literally minutes or hours later, one or several news organizations post the errors or incorrect facts said in a candidates speech.

How did we get here?  Honestly as an American I’m tired of it.  It turns me off to politics, it makes me not even want to pay attention when I should be following these candidates every move.  We vote for these people.  We put them where they are.  We should hold them accountable for their actions.  But it really just seems so immature to me to just bash your candidate.  It’s one thing if it was only something done every once in awhile, but everything they say is an attack or rebuttal.

As an American voter, extremely busy and don’t have hours upon hours to spend researching candidates, I want to hear what you’ve done.  I want to hear what you are going to do.  I want to hear what worked out really well and I also want to know what didn’t work so well in your past.  I want to be realistic.  The only way we can make things better is to cut back on things.  Is it fun?  Absolutely not.  But you have to.  If you have to make a tough call, just tell me why.  That’s why you’re in that chair and not me.  I might not agree with it, but just be honest with me and have a reasonable explanation.

I don’t want to hear what the other candidate didn’t do, what they screwed up on, what they believe.  That’s what news organizations are for.  Aren’t they the ones supposed to hold these people accountable?

I’m sure this is way too much to ask.

But the bashing is just ridiculous.  It seems now when an election comes up, the person trying to beat the incumbent makes America seem as though it’s a horrible country and we’re spiraling out of control.  We seem so divided when an election comes up.  Are we really? Is America really spiraling out of control?

I don’t know. But what I do know is it’s important to vote.  We get that chance as Americans.