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November 16th, 2011 at 10:42 am

My candidate has done the highly improbable and surpassed her opponent the incumbent in votes today, one week after the election. We are crossing our fingers, fingering our crosses, burning herbs, saying prayers and making wishes this holds up. This might be a "Dewey Defeats Truman" moment as the local newspapers are acting like the incumbent has won a strong victory.

I don't want to jinx anything for her: this year my team lost the Stanley Cup Finals and downtown rioted; I wanted a former Harvard professor/novelist to lead what used to be the "natural ruling party" in the election this year--under his leadership the party for the first time in its 150-year history got third place; the party that became Opposition party lost its leader to cancer; I just want something good to happen to a cause I support. If my candidate loses I will feel that I jinxed her. I am still working for her doing social media because now that she's ahead by 91 votes after an initial 4000+ deficit, the local news has shown interest in the "risen-from-the-dead" which means updates until the county certifies the votes.

Frugalicious: got my hair cut by a woman 1.5 miles away, for my first time. She hadn't changed her prices in ten years, but if she even raised then 20% I'd be paying 25% less than I had with my last stylist. She was informative, experienced and attentive. She gave me so much validation on how I tend to style my hair: I am the laziest woman on earth when it comes to haircare but she pointed out that letting the hair be its natural self was the best thing. I gave her a good tip because I expected to pay $20 more.

I made tourtière today for a multicultural potluck. Would you believe someone else made tourtière too? Note that the other person is not from the same ethnocultural background I have - she used her father in-law's background, but she has a French-Canadian surname and I... my surname at birth was Belgian. I used the food where I grew up because I thought it'd be unique! I could have made butter tarts but I don't want to be a one-trick pony.

I could have made cabbage rolls!


laugh if you must: this isn't far from the matrilineal ethnoculture

6 Responses to “off-topic evaporative post”

  1. littlegopher Says:

    My grandma's family was from Quebec and my grandpa grew up in Montreal. They lived in Wisconsin, but spoke only French, and my mom and her brothers learned English when they attended school.

    As you may imagine, my mom grew up eating tourtiere, and so tried to introduce it to us kids. Every Christmas eve, she'd make one, and we all had to try it. It was never our favorite, but I loved the tradition of it because she'd tell me the old family stories while she made it.

    I'll have to try one out for my kids. I haven't thought to do it before - but I guess I could continue the tradition of making the meat pie that is hardly eaten Smile and of course, tell the stories that go along with it.


  2. My English Castle Says:

    We used to live across from a French church in the Twin Cities that had a tourtiere fest every year. You could buy them--and oh they were so good. Yum--I might just try to make one. Last night's caramel apple streusel pie got rave reviews from DD.

  3. PauletteGoddard Says:

    My English Castle: my Belgian ancestors (probably French-speaking) settled in eastern Wisconsin in the 1850s, in the Outagamie boonies. I haven't tried any Belgian food: that line's probably been "assimilated" since the 1910s...

  4. baselle Says:

    Outagamie County ... just a little south of Winnebago County ... home of the farmette and my stomping grounds. I'm mostly Pole, so tourtiere is not in the recipe. The recipe reads like it is fantastic.

  5. baselle Says:

    Heard on local NPR tonight that "Dewey" conceded. At least I think its the race you were referring to.

  6. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Yes, I did read that "Dewey" conceded. I have concluded my updates to the populace and have one more thing to be grateful for. What I learned from this is that I wouldn't buy anything in Bellevue: Dewey learned that an Eastside dollar goes one-fifth as far as a Seattle dollar when it comes to votes.

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