Top ten tips for surviving the last few days before this #^$% election.

If you’re anything like me, a) I feel really bad for you and b) you’re struggling with serious pre-election stress.

Here’s how I’ve been trying to deal with the incredible angst I suspect we’re all feeling about now, with on a few days to go before we know the fate of the American experiment:

10. Plan for comfort food for election night. We’re having macaroni and cheese with baked apples on the side for dinner. And I’ll be baking a yet-to-be-determined sinfully rich dessert to get us through reports on the returns.

9. Focus on people you love. Last week we travelled six hours round trip to see our son conduct his first piece in public. Joy, joy, joy!

Giving a subtle and super-funny introduction of the song he conducted, “Rhythms of My Heart,” which is a raucous and satirical piece celebrating middle school romance.

Full-body singing and conducting. They brought the house down.

8. Continue with a long-desired living room redecorating project. This was stage two, in which we cleared out years’ worth of old stuff (including our beloved copy of the newspaper supplement from the day after Barack Obama was elected in 2008), consolidated into one new armoir, and rearranged the furniture.

Middle Sister is a pro at furniture construction.

7. Vote early so you can breathe a (tiny) sigh of relief.

6. Keep so busy you don’t have time to think about the possible impending doom. Just over this weekend we had this:

Singing in a fundraiser concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

5. And this:

Back to the Kauffman for “The Marriage of Figaro,” Middle Sister’s birthday president.

4. And this, later this afternoon: An All Saint’s Day performance of Faure’s Requiem at a local church.

3. Naps. Lots of naps.

2. Book the out-of-town-dwelling children for an election night FaceTime session. Just in case Tuesday night is the end of the world as we know it, I want one last look at their faces. Seriously, though, I want to share this momentous experience with my favorite people and fellow political junkies.

1. Join the secret FB group “Pantsuit Nation.” It’s given me great joy and immense relief this week to share my support of Hillary Clinton in a safe space where we can’t be cussed at, put down, or dismissed as “feminazis.”

However you’re riding out this storm, I wish you the best of luck!

2 thoughts on “Top ten tips for surviving the last few days before this #^$% election.

  1. Hey, would you be interested in the “pantsuit nation” group? If so I can invite you to join so you can see the posts. It really has helped me a ton in the last few days. Not unlike a support group…


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