A Cape and A Tiara

by Holly on November 3, 2010

in dinner,seriousness

I wish saving the world was as easy as having a fashionable cape and nice sparkly tiara.

I really do.

You see, I’ve never told you all this before, but I work in politics. While the mere mention of the word “politics” may cause you conjure up skirmish images of skeevy middle-aged men, mailboxes full of campaign flyers and incessant bickering between Democrats and Republicans, you would be wrong in thinking that.

As someone who’s actually in the field, I can say that I work with fantastically talented, intelligent and warm-hearted people who simply want to make the world a better place on BOTH sides of the aisle.

However, saving the world is anything but easy.

In case you live in an underground bomb shelter still fearing aftershocks of Y2K, yesterday was Election Day. Despite the hours of extra work I’ve put in (as well as an army of others) over the past month, it wasn’t enough. Even a baller Gucci cape and diamond-encrusted Swarovski tiara wouldn’t have helped us win last night.

You know there are those times where everything just works?

It’s like when you saute your leftover Thai spicy eggplant in smoked paprika oil; add freshly-squeezed lime juice, 3/4 cup garbanzo beans, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and crushed peanuts; and magically come out with the most magical plate of revamped leftovers.

Yeah, last night’s election results were NOT like that.

In fact, I was on both the verge of tears and the verge of vomiting all night. Something is definitely wrong when yours truly cannot even stomach food without wanting to throw up all over stacks of phone lists, mail pieces and laptops checking election results.

I did manage to eat three handfuls of peanut butter chips, but that’s not here nor there.

It hurts when you put your heart, soul and paid vacation time into something you strongly believe in, and it doesn’t work out. It hurts. It’s defeating. It’s demoralizing.

Most of all, it just plain sucks.

It especially sucks when you and many of your work friends may or may not have jobs in two months as a result. I don’t know what is going to happen with that.

Things change.

Governors change.

People change.

Laws change.

It’s the nature of politics and nature of the world.

In the words of Mama Everythingtarian, we (she really means me) have to accept this fact and do our best to do good in the world whoever is in charge.

Me saving the world is definitely going to take more than a cape and a tiara at this point.

Tonight, I am going to need a fresh batch of homemade popcorn, warm mug of apple cider tea, reruns of “The Office” and an extremely early bedtime.

Saving the world can resume again tomorrow.


Lauren November 3, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I feel like the world is a better place knowing you are in politics now. ;) Do your thang girl! ;)

Alex @ IEatAsphalt November 3, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I’m right there with you Holly. I ate three pieces of nutella toast because thats all I felt like I could get down. Today was not a fun day at work. My fingers are crossed for your job situation, that makes everything so much harder.

Jessica November 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Of course!!!! This is obviously why you were so stressed yesterday. Sorry for being the most annoying/ignorant friend EVER and tweeting ya as to why you were so freaked out! I’m sorry!! Please excuse my minor brain fart :)

But also…let me just say that nothingg sounds better than a bowl of popcorn and home-made apple cider right now! Hope it calmed you down! LOVE!

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) November 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Ugh, I’m sorry Holly. :( It was a very disappointing day, that is for sure. I like Mama E’s wise thoughts…

susan November 3, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I have MAD respect for you girl. I wrote briefly about my thoughts on yesterday but honestly I get tired even thinking about politics! I think it takes a strong mind and a brave soul to be in the thick of that. And you have both!

Katie November 3, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Hang in there, Lady!! I can’t imagine pouring yourself into something like that and having it crash all around you. Things change…this too shall pass. Big hugs!

katie November 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Gahh Girl I am sorry for what happened! YOU are freaking awesome and so strong and I KNOW you gave it all you got, because you are THAT type of girl!! It all works for a reason :) sometimes we just dont see it right then! Anyway, i love you even more now

Tamar November 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm

i hear you; i’m pretty angry about the election results myself. i have some friends in politics (actually in madison) that are just as frustrated. but at least you can feel good that you tried, although you knew it was a losing battle to begin with. good luck!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm

So sorry that it was beyond a bad day for you. All the 1000s of hours of work, blood, sweat and tears…for defeat. I am so sorry.

“a baller Gucci cape and diamond-encrusted Swarovski tiara wouldn’t have helped us win last night”–no, but they sure sound fun :)

I am 100% buying you a drink (or 4) at Food Buzz. You deserve it after your debacle of a Tuesday and of course, b/c it’s long overdue anyway :)


Charlotte November 3, 2010 at 9:13 pm

I hate election weekend because I just get so nervous I eat everything in sight. I ate an entire bag of chips and top the tater last night while watching the results come in.

Today was a really sad day in the office, I imagine yours too. Keep me updated on how things pan out…

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I’m sorry things didn’t work out for the party you work for – now that I know you’r ein politics I know why you said you couldn’t share who you work for! Makes sense!

Mallory November 3, 2010 at 9:27 pm

chin up, girl.
you worked as hard as you could (which is prob part of the reason it sucks so much…)
but like you said, people change. laws change. everything changes.. but you working hard, kicking arse, and making a difference in people’s lives probably won’t change :)

and when you’re feeling up to it, let’s go shopping. for some gucci capes. i happen to be in the market for one…

glidingcalm November 3, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I love you.

Jessica November 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Yeah this election has me super bummed as well. I will probably continue to send my constituent mail to Russ. His home address must be posted somewhere.

Katie November 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm

You have no idea how badly I was wishing I was back in Wisconsin yesterday just so I could vote. I think I was watching the results there more closely than here in AZ (which also are just depressing results).

I think I made myself sick. Literally. I woke up achey and tired and sore.

Erica November 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Sorry to hear that :( I know its not much consolation but I work for a larger firm that probably has locations near you…if you need an “in” in the future…let me know, I might be able to help. Email me :) As for tonight, relax and get some rest!

claire November 3, 2010 at 11:14 pm

After reading your tweets last night (well, this morning…) I was concerned and now I know why! I am so sorry to hear this…politics are always an area of frustration for me and I can’t imagine working in the field. Take your mama’s advice…and yes, treat yourself to some delicious eats!

claire November 3, 2010 at 11:15 pm

oh, and live up at foodbuzz for me….

Emily November 3, 2010 at 11:55 pm

it’s so hard to work so hard at something and feel so passionate, and then in one night see it not go the way you wanted. There’s nothing to do but wallow for a bit before just being proud of yourself and living for the next great thing in life. And I am so proud of you and all your co-workers, yesterday was a sad night, but it could have been a whole lot worse without you guys, so thank you. You’re amazing, xoxo.

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes November 4, 2010 at 6:18 am

“It’s change that allows you to know your alive.”

Prediction: The Tea Party-ers are gunna be too hard headed to realize that things get done through compromise. They will bring grid-lock and in 2 years Johnny Q Public will still be upset and the deck is gunna get a through re-shuffling again.

Alison November 4, 2010 at 6:35 am

Sometimes it’s so hard to accept things the way that they are. Days like this can be so hard. Like we say around here “you get what you get and you don’t get upset”.

While cute and correct, it doesn’t mean that saying doesn’t annoy me.

Eat some popcorn and I’d still totally put on that tiara if I were you.

Maya November 4, 2010 at 7:14 am

I’m so sorry, Holly. But I feel better about the state of politics knowing there’s compassionate people like you who genuinely want to make a difference.

wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas November 4, 2010 at 8:49 am

I hear ya. 100%. It’s SO defeating, isn’t it? It takes me back to the presidential elections, when I fully invested myself and it just felt like my time, my passion and my vote didn’t matter. It’s definitely hard to stomach.

Don’t lose heart. There are many of us out here respecting your work, and thanking you for trying.

Jen November 4, 2010 at 10:47 am

Ugh! I’ve got my fingers crossed for you. You deserve to have a job that you love without the stress of wondering what may or may not happen to it.

Mama Pea November 4, 2010 at 11:35 am

See you soon. I’ll know to look for the tiara! (oh, and i’m taking EPL on the plane!)

Sami November 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm

chin up sweetie. there’s a silver lining. just gotta find it :) you’re a good person with a kind heart. God works for the good of those who love him (romans 8:28). it will all work out. you deserve happiness! xo.

Curtis November 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Midterms need to go away…it’s an outdated process…the negatives far outweigh the positives…good work never goes to waste…you’ll notice the results days, months and years from now…the thai spicey eggplant looks excellent! creativity, resourcefulness and openness to new things wins in the long run

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 4, 2010 at 1:42 pm

BIG hugs from the big apple. I used to work on capitol hill, so I know how scary/frustrating it can be when things (i.e. elections!) don’t go as planned. I think a night in with tea and popcorn and perhaps a Jake Gyllenhall movie can do wonders for the soul :)

Kacy November 4, 2010 at 3:59 pm

So, so sorry you’re going through a hard time! I can only imagine the disappointment and anxiety that has caused you. I’m only a gmail or gchat away if you ever need someone to talk to.


Ashlee November 4, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Lew and I just made our fist stop on the way to the foodbuzz festival. We dropped our twins off at the grandparents and are now on the way to Nashville fly out in the morning. We look forward to meeting you in San Fransisco.

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm

That has got to be so hard. To put so much energy into what you love and feel like it did nothing. I hope things work out well for you in the months to come.

julie November 4, 2010 at 8:32 pm

homemade popcorn is the love of my life <3

Madeline - Greens and Jeans November 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I was thinking about you on Tuesday Holly! You are ALWAYS welcome at mi casa in Philadelphia! In fact, I’m never there, so you could just move right on in!

janetha November 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Woah. I wrote you a card on the airplane that talked about taking over the world. And now I read this. Xoxo

Angela @ A Healthy Fit November 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I have those same napkins!!

Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run November 6, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I worked in politics before my current job, so I feel your pain. We were all holding our breath and praying…and then it happens all over again. It is t.o.u.g.h. Best of luck to you!

Special K November 7, 2010 at 11:37 am

Just getting caught up…but wanted to say…Holly, some days I don’t feel like nourishing myself, and then I read your humor and see your zest for life and think….YES, I CAN!

In fact, now, I print out 3-4 posts at a time and carry them to the gym with me.


Kelsey, at Happyolks April 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I have that tile in a card version on my fridge and as my iphone background!
great minds think alike.

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