Barack the Vote!

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YAY! I voted!  I woke up verrrrrry early this AM, showered, and ate a quick bowl of oatmeal before leaving for the polling place at 6:45 AM.


I just had basic oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins.


Word on the streets is that people have been waiting to vote in Florida for up to 2 hours, so I wanted to get there before the polling place even opened.


I took my coffee to go.


By the time I got to the polling place, the line was already wrapping around the library!  Fortunately, I only waited in line for 40 minutes. In college, I waited for FOUR HOURS to vote for John Kerry, so this was a breeze.


I stood in front of two cool men: one motorcycle-riding 55 year old who told me he’d been voting since before I was even "a spark in my mother’s eye" and a big mountain of a man originally from the Pacific Islands who told me it was his first time voting.


Voting always makes me a little teary-eyed.  This is going to be a historic election either way, and fortunately for me, I don’t think I’m going to be disappointed this year! 


I literally spent Election Night 2000 and 2004 sobbing into my pillow (NOT an exaggeration) so hopefully I’ll be able to be HAPPY on Tuesday for once!  :)  We’re having an election "party" on Tuesday and I’m suppppper pumped to see the results come in! 


I love how they give out stickers saying "I Voted." I would put money on the fact that no other country does this! Haha!




I’m going to get to work now… today is suppose to be my day off, but I have a massive document to get ready for print.  Hopefully it will only take a few hours!


I think I’m going to switch up my plans and do a LONG run later in the afternoon! I’m feeling motivated!


Have a great day!



  • VeggieGirl October 31, 2008, 4:59 am

    Eeek, good luck with your long workday!! Have a great run later, and enjoy your Halloween!! :0)

  • Meghann October 31, 2008, 5:22 am

    I was planning on running at Cady way park around 4:00 if you want to join me 🙂

    I may stop at the election party on my way back into town. I am going to my parent’s place to vote (there’s soemthing about doing it at an actual poll site that is exciting to me) and take Abbie to the vet and probaly score a free meal whil I’m there. I should be heading back to Orlando around 7:00. You’re actually on my way home so I can pop in. 🙂

  • Kimberly October 31, 2008, 5:57 am

    YAY for standing in line to vote (for Obama) in FL!! My ballot was in the mail good and early (I live in NY now but am still registered in Volusia County, since they need my vote far more). The other day my brother was sending me camera photos of the BCC students marching to Daytona Library – can I get a HELLS YEAH?

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina October 31, 2008, 6:03 am

    yay for obama. i am going to wear my pin AND tshirt in philly this weekend (swinger state). my sister in law is going door to door in new hampshire!

    anyhoozles, i only got to vote in 2004 for presidents and then in 2006 for the mayor and such, and let me tell you I didn’t have to wait for more than like 90 seconds! so weird how florida wait times are forever!

    have a fab day! it’s halloween you know!

  • Sarah October 31, 2008, 6:07 am

    I wish Missouri had early voting. I’m eager to cast my vote too== I wish Tuesday would just get here already! Funny story about the 2004 election. I was a volunteer for Kerry/Edwards and spent a LOT of time on their campaign. On election day I was at the headquarters from early morning till close of voting to remind people to vote and give rides. Around midnight I was driving home, EXTREMELY disappointed and upset about the outcome of the election when I got pulled over for speeding (the first and only time I’ve been pulled over). So to put the cap on a bad day, I got a ticket for driving 20 in a 10 mile hour zone!
    I just hope this election turns out better for us (I really think it will) and I will for sure be driving the speedlimit.

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 31, 2008, 6:12 am

    kimberly – hells yea!

    rhodeygirl – yay for being supportive in swing states!

    sarah – thanks for being a volunteer! i really appreciate it. i can’t believe you got pulled over on Election Night 2004. I was destroyed… literally freaking out, crying into my pillow. the last four years have been even worse for our contry than than i imagined, so im trying to be optimistic about this election! wish you could come to my election party (we drink american beer and yell at the TV).

  • Julie October 31, 2008, 6:35 am

    I just had to say your ring is beautiful!

    I can’t wait to vote, this is the most excited I’ve been about an election.

  • Rose October 31, 2008, 6:51 am

    Hooray for voting early – you are smart.

    Love your engagement ring!

    Enjoy your long run – the weather is supposed to be great up here, so I can only imagine what it’s like down there.

  • glidingcalm October 31, 2008, 7:14 am

    werd for votingggggg

  • Marissa October 31, 2008, 7:18 am

    I love the “I voted” stickers too! I actually posted that tell five friends video on MySpace with the title of “I love the I Voted Stickers” yesterday afternoon. Hopefully he’ll be our next president!!

  • therunningaddict October 31, 2008, 7:28 am

    Good luck on your run today!

  • Melissa October 31, 2008, 7:33 am

    I can’t wait to vote – and watch the votes come in….Go Barack!!!!

  • tfh October 31, 2008, 7:33 am

    I hope your I Voted sticker is still sticky enough to wear on Nov. 4! Nice job. I will be THERE on Tuesday when our polls open at 6 a.m.

    And if anybody is still undecided (???), isn’t it enough to know that your vote could prevent Caitlin from crying into her pillow this year? 😉

  • Justine October 31, 2008, 7:34 am

    I voted early on Wednesday! Unfortunately, I’m not sure it makes much of a difference here in Texas. We’re pretty much a red state all the time 🙁

  • Betsy October 31, 2008, 7:36 am

    i cried too on election night 2004. it was the most disappointing night of my life. hopefully i’ll shed tears of joy this year.

  • Pumpkin October 31, 2008, 7:45 am

    Kyle and I are going to go vote together on election day. (Aww, romantic!) Then, there’s a local breakfast place here that’s giving free two-egg omlettes to anyone with an “I Voted” sticker. You get to choose between a Barack Obamalette (egg whites with spinach and feta) or a John McOmlette (turkey, cheddar and avacado). It’ll be like an Election Day date!!!

  • Andrea of Care to Eat October 31, 2008, 7:47 am

    While I must admit that mail-in voting is terribly convenient, I don’t get an “I voted!” sticker or any kind of kudos when I drop it in the mail.
    I also cried in 2000 (imagine being a Democrat on election night, working in a bar in West Texas, serving beer to a bunch of old Republican men). Good times.
    This is the year!

  • bitesoflife October 31, 2008, 8:17 am

    Yay for voting! Have a great weekend!

  • Halie October 31, 2008, 8:27 am

    Your ring is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Sharney October 31, 2008, 8:56 am

    Yay for voting!! I'm glad you didn't have to wait too long! Hopefully my polling place will be just as quick come election day. I really hope & pray that Obama wins. Go Barack 🙂

    I hope you get your document finished and printed up quickly so you can enjoy your day off. Btw, Happy Halloween, Caitlin!!!! I also hope that you get in a nice pain free long run. You deserve it! I only ran a 3 miler yesterday and let me tell you, it was a tough 3 miles. Some days I just don't have it in me. It didn't help that I've been fighting this cold for a couple weeks now. It is a real energy zapper. I have been having a real hard time getting a good night's rest too because I cough ALL night long and wake up exhausted. Last night was no exception. Today is a rest day, so hopefully I can pass out candy to the trick or treaters and recover for my long run tomorrow! Wish me luck!

    Also, thanks for always replying to my questions. You are so sweet! Your honeymoon sounds gorgeous- Napa & San Francisco. Wow! That will be so romantic & fun tasting all the wine and stuff! Take lots of pictures for us. I'm sooooo excited for you!

    P.S. I can't wait to get rid of all the candy tonight! I brought the candy out last night and got it all set to hand out. I had way more than my fair share- candy is soooo hard for me to resist! Good riddance candy, I say 🙂

  • Anonymous October 31, 2008, 9:13 am

    I am going to be crying into my pillow if Barack wins. What a phony!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 31, 2008, 9:19 am

    sharon – even being slightly under the weather makes it sooooo hard to run! im impressed with your skills. and seriously… the candy needs to exit my house ASAP!!

    anon – i have some tissues you may borrow 😉 come on now, i managed to not say a single bad thing about mccain OR palin in that post, don’t call my pick a “phony”! let’s keep it friendly!

  • Katie October 31, 2008, 9:21 am

    Woohoo! Hooray for voting early (and voting at ALL)!

  • Janessa October 31, 2008, 9:31 am

    Yay for voting! In Oregon we get mail in ballots, which is awesome.

    Good luck with your long workday!

  • Ash October 31, 2008, 9:41 am

    Eeeeeee! Don’t jinx it!! I know am going to be glued to the television Tuesday night. Can’t wait!

  • Neesha and Dustin October 31, 2008, 9:50 am

    Caitlin…go check out my new blog. I think you will appreciate it!

    Good work on the voting!

  • Erin of Care to Eat October 31, 2008, 10:02 am

    SO with you girl. 2000 and 2004 were pretty demoralizing. TIME TO GET SWING THE PENDULUM!

  • Chic Runner October 31, 2008, 10:21 am

    4 hours! You are sure are a dedicated voter! 🙂 Congrats on making a difference for what you believe in. And Yummy oatmeal, I get so many ideas from your oatmeal concotions! 🙂 Happy Halloween!

  • Frayed Laces October 31, 2008, 10:24 am

    Have a great Halloween girlie-q!

  • Cass! October 31, 2008, 11:48 am

    I’m not even American and I cried when Bush won….both times… :'(

    Kudos to everyone for voting and standing up for democracy. Here in Canada we ended up with a PITIFUL voter turnout this year, so it makes me happy to hear that you guys are so into politics. Maybe next year (if you know anything about Canadian politics, you know another election is coming our way) we’ll follow your lead and boost voter turnout.

    And, I must say, GO OBAMA! We’ll be cheering you on from North of the border! 🙂

  • That Pink Girl October 31, 2008, 3:20 pm

    Voting is cool – what a great country we live in! And voting for Barack is the COOLEST! Next week should be exciting!!!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 31, 2008, 5:00 pm

    cass – you guys are the best neighbors a country could ask for!

    that pink girl – can i get an AMEN!

  • Tina November 1, 2008, 3:46 pm

    Great pick! I’ll be placing my vote for him on Tuesday morning, bright and early! 🙂

  • Elina November 2, 2008, 6:27 pm

    Yay for voting for Obama. I can’t wait until Tuesday!!!! My husband and I are planning on opening a bottle of bubbly when he wins 😀

  • Heather May 13, 2010, 2:06 pm

    in case i wasn’t already sure, this post lends understanding as to why I think we could be blends forever.

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