Election 2016: New Hampshire

Random thoughts as the results come in…

WHO ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE VOTING FOR TRUMP? (Seriously, who are you?)

How much will Bernie win by? Did someone say 27% (that would be me, because you know, favorite number.)

I enjoy watching Hillary lose, even if it was predicted.

WHO ARE ALL THESE REPUBLICANS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT? (Seriously, why are you all running?) It’s bad enough there’s Trump on the ticket, dividing up the piddly votes among 127 candidates isn’t helping. And I’m still completely dumbfounded that there’s not one of the 127 candidates I would consider an option.

Write in? Puppy Monkey Baby?

Caucus Talk

I watched some caucus coverage tonight. This election makes me want to revoke my Political Science degree.

I have not watched one single debate. I’ve not been reading articles, listening to news stories or blogging about the 2016 Presidential Election.

Me, a former political junkie?

Nada.

I believe it started about four years ago: Dear Republican Party…

I can’t get behind any of these candidates, it’s not even lesser of evil support. I look at the Republicans running and I think—-am I reading The Onion? Am I sure I haven’t entered into an Idiocracy  time-warp-zone? HOW CAN THIS BE REAL LIFE?

Sigh.

But the caucus sucked me right in…started reading the tweets, following the CNN (and moaning upon hearing Wolf Blitzer say OUT LOUD “OMG”) put an update on Facebook and started to engage with friends.

My thoughts?

Iowa doesn’t mean a thing.

Yet, that said. Rubio coming so close—will help him. Sanders on the goat hair of Clinton’s chin—will hurt no one but her ego perhaps. Iowa doesn’t matter. Trump giving a rather normal and dare I say nearly gracious “concession” speech will be a news bite. And then we move on…

Now that I’m on this roll…I have to mention that I said out loud tonight that despite my dislike for Mitt Romney, I would choose him over all the Republican candidates in the Iowa Caucus combined. And I really, really am not a fan of Mitt Romney. If a gun was held to my head (and I knew it was loaded) I would choose Rubio.

Cruz? Shudder. I can’t even pretend that I live in a country where Trump is a viable option, I simply refuse to believe it could happen. If it did though, rest assured a majority of his supporters aren’t smart enough to realize they have to register to vote, to actually vote, which would make Hillary Clinton our President.

Sigh.

My ten-year old precocious niece wants Hillary Clinton to win. She is excited to see a woman become president. (Dear God I was her age when Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman to run as VP!)  And that makes my political heart so happy I could burst. Even if her Aunt Jenny actively campaigned against her (and met Rudy in the process….) when Hillary ran for Senate in NY. I’m NOT a fan of Hillary. Never have been never will be.

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Bernie Sanders is the candidate I’m most aligned with…but I don’t think he will get the nomination.

Although now that I just heard this factoid, I have to wonder if I’m wrong and the universe is trying to tell me something.

“AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Bernie Sanders just said his average campaign donation online has been….WAIT FOR IT. $27! Whaaaaa? 27! My most favorite number in the entire world?

Maybe I should believe?

Dear Bernie Sanders,

Focus on the issues. Not on Hillary. Keep on keeping on. Do not mention the word EMAIL. Just focus on the issues facing America.

Kind regards,

All Things Jennifer

QCRG Charity Bout – Buffalo Dream Weavers

QCRG Charity Bout - Buffalo Dream Weavers

QCRG Charity Bout – Buffalo Dream Weavers

ROLLER DERBY TIME! Let’s Roll Buffalo!

The Queen City Roller Girls next bout is THIS FRIDAY January 29th at 7pm at Buffalo Riverworks.  The league is asking fans to bring donations of hats, gloves and scarves for the ongoing Buffalo Dream Weavers Warm It Forward project.

The QCRG Charity Bouts are a chance for skaters to play with and against different women and for league members to serve as coaches for a bout.

“We will support our community through charitable giving, volunteerism, and awareness, all the while, participating in community events to continue visibility for ourselves and our sponsors.”

And this time? The team names are a a special nod to our local weather events!

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#ICECANOS vs. #ICECARS

Click here for tickets!

Here’s our February Schedule. Hope to see you there!

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Lets Roll Buffalo

Check out the entire QCRG 2016 Season Schedule

Depression, in Her Words

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I’ve shared words about my depression before, but never as eloquently as this. Thank you for sharing Kristen…and Olivia, you are SO SO SO not alone. And now, enter my big fat, happy pills medicated tears of empathy.

“You are beautiful woman. Why even mess around and let depression eat away years of a great life? Stay on the medicine. Let it help you. You deserve it, and your family deserves you.

Don’t give up. Don’t feel shame. Do whatever you HAVE to in order to remain the treasure you are – to yourself, to your family, and to the world that surrounds you.”

I HATE that depression can make me feel like this, someone who is a friend of a friend feel like this and SO MANY FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND OTHERS hide in the shadows in shame.

As my friend Jenn commented:

It’s sad that people treat this medical issue so differently than I treat my thyroid disease or my husband treats his high blood pressure. Something isn’t functioning properly and there is no reason to feel shame over taking medication.

If you are one of these people hiding, know you aren’t alone. Reach out to someone, anyone…ME. There’s no need to be ashamed.

 

Good vs. Evil

Good vs. Evil

Good vs. Evil

TODAY IS MY SUPER BOWL. PEYTON MANNING is everything. Please let them win today. And win the Super Bowl. And then he can retire with an angelic hal( upon his head as it should be forevermore

I despise Tom Brady as much as I adore Peyton Manning. (Previously on All Things Jennifer: #ThingsIHateAlmostAsMuchAsTomBradyBillBelichickAndThePatriots)

I’ve been a football fan ALL MY LIFE and the only two jerseys I own? PEYTON MANNING. (In fairness, I never could decide on a Buffalo Bill…one of these days I’ll splurge on an old school #78 though, one of these days.)

I’m so nervous…

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Jennifer L.S. Weber comes to the world of Real Estate after spending the last few years selling, buying, and selling property (and watching far too much HGTV).

After attending Allegheny College and the University of Buffalo School of Law, Jennifer realized the best way to pay off her insurmountable student loan debt (insert sarcasm here) would be working for non-profit organizations and trying to make a difference in the community
She has enjoyed a colorful and rewarding professional path, including twenty years of Western New York non-profit management, fundraising, marketing, event planning, public relations and counseling and mediation. This journey has led her to J. Philip Real Estate, where she is starting her own business as a real estate agent alongside Best Buffalo Homes.

After living all over the Buffalo/Niagara region (Chautauqua County, City of Buffalo, and Niagara County) she is now settled happily at Weber Wonderland in Southern Erie County with He Who Makes Her Smile (otherwise known as her husband), two giant puppies, and way too many cats and plants.

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27 Volunteer Opportunities in WNY

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Because it’s not just about ONE day, it’s about making a difference every day. Here are a few links of places to check out opportunities around Western New York. And don’t forget your local churches, youth groups, schools, libraries and hospitals. Not to mention just lending a helping hand to your neighbor next door.

  1. Idealist
  2. Service Collaborative of WNY
  3. Volunteer Match
  4. Volunteer WNY

27 Volunteer Opportunities in WNY

Here are some of my favorite organizations in Western New York where I have either worked, volunteered or supported in some manner over the years and/or presently (or want to do so in the future!)

  1. Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  2. Aquarium of Niagara
  3. Belmont Housing Resources for WNY
  4. Buffalo City Mission
  5. Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
  6. Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
  7. Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  8. Buffalo Zoo
  9. Compeer of Greater Buffalo
  10. C.A.S.A (Court Appointed Special Advocates
  11. Food Bank of WNY
  12. Friends of the Night People
  13. Habitat for Humanity
  14. Haven House at Child and Family Services
  15. Hospice Buffalo
  16. International Institute of Buffalo
  17. Journey’ End Refugee Services
  18. Kevin Guest House
  19. Meals on Wheels 
  20. Old Fort Niagara
  21. Parent Network of WNY
  22. Queen City Roller Girls
  23. Ride for Roswell/Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  24. Ronald McDonald House of WNY
  25. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
  26. United Way of Buffalo and Erie County
  27. Unyts

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.