Thank goddess this election is over – my heart rate was elevated all day Tuesday and Wednesday. It was pretty clear to me since Wednesday that Biden had won so I wasn’t anxious anymore about the election after that. But them finally calling it Saturday was a huge relief I didn’t even realized I needed. I honestly, thought they were going to take weeks. Anyway, you can find me dancing to this:
Who did this?!! Lol I heard trump was on the golf course when he found out well you can stay bub!! CAUSE YOU ABOUT TO LOSE YOUR JOB!! pic.twitter.com/QJnpViZJlD— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) November 7, 2020
I’m well aware that this is not over. He-who-shall-not-be-named is going to do everything in his power to drag this out. But I am always for celebrating small victories.
I am still angry though because it doesn’t change the fact that so SO many people showed up to vote for him. More people than in 2016. Including my parents, seriously what is wrong with you all? I guess it shouldn’t be shocking that a country built on racism is racist. But I still don’t get how people don’t seem to realize they are the mudsill (I recently learned this term).
I had another win recently, Stony Brook University agreed to waive graduate student fees starting spring semester for those of us who have a tuition waiver. So excited! That’s $800 I don’t have to pull from my basically non-existent savings. However, I still acknowledge there will be plenty of grad students this doesn’t help (i.e. master’s students) but our fight is not over.
I want to go home for Christmas. I even booked a flight (I can cancel with no repercussion). But I haven’t talked to my supervisor about it yet because there are so many unknowns. Fortunately, New York State travel restrictions are easier now; instead of needing to quarantine for 14 days (which was the requirement when I booked the flight), I will instead need to get tested 3 days before I depart MN, quarantine at home in NY for 3 days, and then get tested again on the 4th day. I was relieved, like woo that will make asking my boss easier because I only need to request 1.5 weeks off not 3. But now, COVID is really spiking in MN. It’s basically in an exponential climb that has me freaked out about if I should even go. AND this weekend, my mother (note my annoyance by referring to her as mother and not mom) told me that her and my father will be flying to Nevada December 11-13. Honestly, I am ready to just cancel my flight. Like wtf?! They know I’m extremely cautious about this and I feel like they just don’t care as much about seeing me. I know that’s not the case but still, I am very frustrated.
Also my roommate is apparently going to a large in-person wedding this weekend… I don’t even know what to do about this. I guess I will talk to the other roommates and approach her asking her to get tested and possibly quarantine back home at NJ. I don’t want to have to unexpectedly take 14 days off to quarantine if she brings it into the house. That would really screw up a lot of my experiments. Also I don’t want to have to miss my reasonable small gathering Thanksgiving plans because she is making the choice to go to a rather risky event.