I was cranky yesterday and had a lot of trouble focusing on the things that needed doing. It took me a while to figure out what was wrong - usually if I'm in a funk I know exactly why. But yesterday it took me until about noon when I could no longer resist browsing the internet for the latest polls. I am in a funk because of this election. Too much is hanging on it and I can't take the suspense anymore. Today's funk is so much worse! I feel a little nauseated by the whole thing.
It's a bit weird...I've never been so emotionally invested in the political process before, which is exciting. But on the other hand, the rational side of my brain tells me that even assuming that my candidate of choice is elected, that will not be the panacea that we are all hoping for. I was speaking with my mother the other night, complaining about my worries as both BH and I are looking for jobs, and she was trying to assure me that the economy will settle down as soon as we elect a new president. She invoked her father's wisdom that the market is always skittish in an election year. That may be so but the collapse of the whole sub-prime housing fiasco is still going to haunt the market, election year or not. She's trying to be a good mom and reassure me that everything will be fine because mommy says so, but I'm an adult now and as much as I wish that were true it just isn't. She also pointed out that we are lucky because by the time we're wanting to buy a house, they'll actually be affordable. That is, assuming that we're employed, and have managed to recover some of our savings, which have been completely gutted of late due to our current situation as a single-income (student stipend) household.
Our next president is going to have a tremendous mess to clean up...make that several tremendous messes. I really believe that the right outcome in this election is going to go a long way towards making things right, but I think that it's going to take a while and I hope that everyone can just hang in there in the meantime and not lay the blame on the new guy if he turns out not to be a miracle-worker.
Please, please, please, if you haven't already, go out and vote! Please.