ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
This is Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

I wasn’t sure if I would post this at all. I’ve had a lot of thoughts and feelings…and it felt more wrong to keep them to myself!

Things have felt really different ever since Tuesday, November 8. Also known as Election Day here in the USA. I documented this day, partially because I knew it would be historic but not for the reason I expected. I’m still processing what happened, the betrayal I feel, the sadness, fear, and anxiety my friends and those in my close circle feel…I’m trying to acknowledge and read about what happened but at the same time protect my heart and my brain because I’m so sad and feel so exhausted for the people at the front lines of this struggle for humanity. The humanity to say “we exist, we feel things, we want change” without the response of “stop being so argumentative and pipe down.” And I also acknowledge the privilege I have as a white-passing, healthy, able-bodied person from a stable household and supportive family…so I want to give as much space to listen to people who aren’t in my position to say and feel what they need to say and feel. My ears and heart are open.

I know this many be reactionary, but this is my personal blog and I want to remember all of this as it’s been an emotional rollercoaster for everybody close to me. As of today, and the moment I’m in right now, I can’t really help but distinguish everything as pre- and post- election day. The day I learned that my bubble is real and it feels like the minority. Been thinking about how I haven’t really felt truly like the minority in a long time. My friends have really always been from diverse backgrounds, we’ve all shared similar ideas about progress and diversity and change in the world. I didn’t really know the rhetoric that was being talked about on the “other side” of this, beyond our social network bubbles. It does seem there is a common theme of anti-establishment talk, and hope for less socio-economic tension…so I hope bubbles burst, people unite, realize words matter, discussion flows, and we can all stand up for those in danger.

I just wanted to put this day out there, because I feel so fundamentally different because of it’s outcome. Also gonna link to this because I think it’s beautifully written. (I don’t know Eric, this was shared by a person I do know). Extending love to everybody who sees and reads this. Everybody. Sincerely. Ok. Here we go.

(and another housekeeping note – I’ll post the rest of Alaska DSLR pics next, and the rest of my weekly photos are up in Flickr, ready to get updated, and I’m planning on getting all of this pre-election happy Sarah stuff up as soon as I can. It feels healing…)

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
I was up and puttering around when I felt some overwhelming need to pick up the camera. I’ve been fighting off a cold and it finally won…and then I gave it to Zach. He’s been a lil’ baby since.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Good morning, Su!

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Morning, Twoo!

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Dirty mirror, cleaner face.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
I take my first round of meds for the day.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
I’m off from work today, texting my co-worker friend to beware…

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
I let them out into the world.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
My bangs are wet because I was too lazy to push them back when I was washing my face. I think my mom would say I definitely still have “sick eyes”. Puffy, glossy…swollen.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Some kitchen clean up needs to go down.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Cleared up the counters and got started on my dinner.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Scrolling through the Internet, the election has been on the top of everybody’s minds for sure and today is the day. The day!

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Peeling carrots, chopping celery, prepping for a soup. Here’s the recipe I’m following, by the way. Found it just by googling…first time trying it.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Sweaty sick Waldo bedhead, bundled in sweaters and sweatshirts, peeling garlic…all while the pups watch.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
The onions really got the best of me

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
He’s vertical! He won’t let his fever stop him from fulfilling his civic duty…off to vote.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Alright, goodbye soup! See you in 8 hours.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Washed all the dishes, tidied the dishes.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Got this text. Nailed it.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Getting myself ready for the day, even tho I’m feeling a little stinky still.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
On Sunday, I sat down with my mom and dad and we finished this entire puzzle in a day. Time to take it apart because it’s just taking up precious living room space. *Sadface*

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Back in the box. I enjoyed this one though! The last puzzle I attempted was too hard because there were no edge pieces. WHY!

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Put my clothes and face on as much as I possibly could.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Zach came back and agreed to come with me as I drove over to my polling place.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
“Clothes” aka wearable blankets are the best outfits.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Grabbing the camera from trigger-happy Zeen, ended up taking a semi-glam portrait that looks like a selfie I swear my arm actually can’t support the big ass camera ahah.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
My dusty car and Dobby and Zeen

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Little dog face in the back of this Prius

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Passing downtown LA

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Made it to my polling place at the library!

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
I did it!

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Proudly wearing my sticker.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Walked to find some food, but the little place on Mission I was thinking of going to wasn’t open on Tuesdays, unfortunately. Passed by Yoko’s namesake, Yoko’s Antiques!

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
I was going to get a snack, but quiches here were like $7! I used to love this place as a kid. My dad would take me here every Sunday after our bike rides together. It actually seems bigger as an adult (I feel like it’s usually the opposite, right?)

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
As we were sitting there and I finished up a coffee, Zach started getting chills again and quietly requested we get back so he could sleep.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Back to the car, listening to the new Reply All, a podcast about the Internet.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Sick boy.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Quick pit stop to pick up some soup

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Looking…so…healthy.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Always happy to have me home! ❤

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Just after noon

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Pho for the heart

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Noodle cam

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
I saw this at Ralph’s on Monday when I was picking up some medicine. I’m a sucker for those “oddly satisfying” putty and sand Instagram videos. I was hoping these would make that fun crunchy sound.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Unfortunately it’s not super crunchy, but still nice to play with.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Googled “fat chihuahua…” for research okaaay

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Worked on a simple little card for my aunt and uncle’s 50th anniversary party that is coming up.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Hello face

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
I got this minerals poster a while back when the alchemy show at my work opened, and I finally got around to putting it all together and finding a place for it to hang.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
I love it! Too bad my fan isn’t too cute, but I’ll probably add and subtract a few things on that little table.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Starting work on my Alaska photos part 3!

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
He’s alive

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Double chin for the win. Heating up some water for some tea. My throat is really hurting.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Should give gecko’s cage a good clean while the water heats up

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Let him crawl around while I move out all the plants, give him fresh water, and change the paper towels.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Always gotta make sure the sticks go as high as possible because gecko loves sitting at the top.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Put gecko back into his spot (you can see him upside down)

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Throat coat for me, earl grey for Zeen

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
*gimme gimme more gimme more*

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Back to my workroom

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Been doing a bit of freelance design work, talkin’ with a job.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
It gets dark so early now.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Warm atmosphere

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Goodbye workspace! Officially closing my computer and joining Zeen who has moved into the living room to watch live election coverage. My friend Sara is also coming over, so I should finish up my crockpot soup before she arrives. We’re supposed to go pick up dinner ahah.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
To finish up the recipe, just need to shred the chicken and add it back in with some noodles.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Close bid for Florida, ultimately of course it went Red

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Finishing touches.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Tweedy helping us cope with the slowly trickling in results

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Sara arrives! We rush over to the Japanese market to pick up a few things. She wanted to make mochi tonight and brought her own mochi flour.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Grabbed some bento boxes to eat back at my place

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Wandered to find some treats to put inside the mochi

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Bought too many things from the clearance section

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Stopping for some mochi donuts on the way out

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Stuck in a little commuter traffic

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Yakisoba and some karaage chicken with rice and sides.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Finished up our bentos and then got to work on the mochi

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Mixed the mochi flour, sugar and water. Heated it up in the microwave in increments of a few minutes, mixed mixed mixed and did it again.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Got this result!

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Then we formed them into little balls and put chocolate almonds and strawberries inside.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Sara loved it, but for me the texture was still a little bit off. Maybe needed more time in the microwave. But for how fast it was to make…pretty good!

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
And now the stressful part of the evening truly begins.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Following thoughts on Twitter as I also begin to panic and text close friends.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Saw Van Jones’ comments as it happened live. It’s a really moving clip, shows just a taste of the panic that I was seeing from people online and from my friends.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
I was kind of numb, in shock…and the shitty foam slime stuff came in handy as a stress toy.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
More throat coat

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
More panic

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
And then this happened.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
More twitter thoughts and panic and scrolling and wondering if anything is real

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
And this happened. I started crying. I texted friends, everybody was so crushed and just so confused and hurt.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Zach went into research mode

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
It was getting late, needed to try to get to bed.

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
What do we do now?

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
ADIML - November 8 - 2016
Finally got into bed around 1 am…

ADIML - November 8 - 2016
But definitely couldn’t sleep. Cried more. Worried. My mind was racing. What now?

*Note from me now: Since this night, I’ve come together with my best friends, I’ve cried and hugged people I love, I’ve vented with co-workers, I was witness to and walked in a very compassionate rally in Downtown Los Angeles, and I’ve read as much as I can, listened to as many people as I can. Empathy. Education. Compassion. Listening. Moving forward.

Much love friends.

Posted by:sarahwaldo

By day I'm a content producer at an arts org in Los Angeles, by night I am the overly apologetic brain and face of sleepywaldo.blog

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