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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hey Y'all, Watch This!

Tonight I'm watching for breaking news. I'm seeing a whole lot of this:

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**Which has, incidentally, changed to this since I started the post about 20 minutes ago. Poor McCain. Image from**

This being only the second election of my adult life, and the first one I've ever really paid attention to, I'm wondering just one thing: When do we find out who wins? I mean, if we don't already have a really good prediction, like CNN does.

***Update: Never mind. I got it sorted.***

If you're heartbroken about this {or if you're jumping for joy, this could be a good celebration}, I would like to introduce you to a brand-old feature of Archives of Our Lives that should cheer you up: The Follow Me Feature.

See there, to the left of this post, the group of 16 people who follow this blog?

Don't they look like they're having fun? That's because they are. They are having fun following this blog.

Here's how you, too, can have fun for the low low cost of nothing:

Step 1: Sign in to your Blogger™ account. Don't have one? Start one up at Don't want to? Fine, then. Forget about it.

Step 2: Return to It should look something like this:

Or in other words, exactly where you are.

Step 3: Direct your gaze (and your mouse) to the "Follow This Blog" feature. It will be easy to find, because it's at the top left-hand corner of the blog, and it's titled "Maybe I Can't Lead, But You Can Surely Follow."

Just a reminder--it looks like this.

Step 4: Click "Follow This Blog." It's the red link above the photos of all the other happy people who are already following this blog.

Step 5: Enjoy fresh updates right in your Blogger™ Dashboard every time you sign in--and ever time I've updated. It's like Google Reader™, but for people who don't understand how to use Google Reader™. People like you and me...or maybe just me.

And a note to those 16 of you who've already signed up: Thanks guys. You're the best.

Anyway, join in the fun--I'll make it worth your while, with a special giveaway only for people who are signed up to follow this blog. When? Soon, I promise. I just have to go to Oregon and come back, and we'll be golden.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I rarely commnet but I do follow you or stalk you (as my first say). Also, I am totally first!

November 5, 2008 at 5:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me try that again.....without spelling errors.....

I rarely comment but I do follow (or stalk you as my blogging friends would say) your blog.
Also, I am totally first and second now, I think.

November 5, 2008 at 5:42 AM  
Blogger HeatherPride said...

I'm happy to have beaten the rush! Love you, love your blog!

November 5, 2008 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger lindser-lou said...

oh good, i always felt so dumb that i had no clue as to what "google reader" we can be in the dark together!
and i already do follow you...but somehow i'm hidden. i need to fix that.

November 5, 2008 at 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Not to suggest it's any of my Canadian business), but, YAAY AMERICA!!

May your courageous
decision(s) help heal our troubled world.

You Rock!

November 5, 2008 at 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


November 5, 2008 at 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm...i'm wondering if there will be a MORE historical and important election in this century. A lot can happen in 92 years.

November 5, 2008 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger RatalieNose said...

Well I've never considered myself to be much of a follower, but you are worth following so what the heck?

November 5, 2008 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Geneva said...

well your shameless plug worked. And I'm a sucker for a giveaway :)

November 5, 2008 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Zach and Whitney said...

I Whitney am a follower of Archives of our lives. I think I need a t-shirt or something.

November 5, 2008 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Camille said...

colepack-- Have I ever told you I like the little cartoon buddy that accompanies your name? It's nice.

colepack-- Don't worry. I love typos. And first commenters.

heatherpride-- Oh, heatherpride. You're such a good friend for someone I've never met. You're so nice. I quite like you.

lindser-lou-- Yeah. Google reader? I totally signed up for it one day because I was like "Oh, Loralee uses Google reader, and so does Cristin, so I should totally get it." It was at least a MONTH before I even figured out where the updates go. And I can't figure out how to add people to it. I'm so lame. Glad to know I'm not the only one!!! I'm so glad you follow me! I'm getting ready to sign up on all the blogs I read every day--I'm going to be a follower, too.

anonymous the first-- Well, on behalf of America, thanks for liking us. I don't know what sort of healing will come of these next few years--but hopefully it's as healing as my pictures of fall leaves.

anonymous the second-- No.

anonymous the third-- That's something you'll have to take up with anonymous the second, but I'm assuming s/he only meant "in this century [SO FAR]." Then again, maybe not. Who knows.

ratalienose-- Oh, I always considered you one of my favourite followers--I'm so vain. Well, now that you've made it official, THANKS!

geneva-- Totally shameless. I know. I'm such a beggar. And don't think I forgot I owe you my part of the bargain... I just want it to be excellent, so I'm taking my time.

zach and whitney-- Thanks Whitney! You will probably never know how flattered I am to have you follow my blog. If I ever get T-Shirts printed up, you'll be the first to know.

November 5, 2008 at 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous third to Anonymous second said...

Anonymous the second...i did assume also that's what you meant, most historical election, so far, this century, like
Camille had mentioned in her talk back, my trouble though is at my advanced age, i can't imagine living through the entire current century, so it's difficult for me to make suppositions beyond my likely expiration date. And my brain hurts when you yell, with the capital letters. i feel accused, for whoever didn't vote..and i'm not even involved in the whole affair.
but don't you think there's many more strange and unusual events to come that not any one person will ever have the perspective, or longevity, to speak to with absolute definity?

I know, it seems silly and possibly disrespectful to you, but the world outside AMERICA welcomes and is comforted by this incredible event.

I do think though your president-elect could do wonders in these first few months with some of Camille's wonderful scenes of beautiful fall foliage.
Let's come together,right now, you and me.

November 5, 2008 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Molly Shumway Rawlins said...

wow that last comment made less than no sense to me.

I also have always thought it was strange that people get so bent out of shape over capital letters. it is just writing, it does not have any real sound. Some people just like to appear enthusiastic, and use capital letters to show that.

hooray for Obama. I voted for him. My husband voted for him. my sister voted for him. my parents, and my husbands parents voted against him. I am excited and anxious to see if there really will be the wonderful change I hope to see in the world.

glad I can be in the group of followers, though i have wondered how they arrange them, because I swear I have been a follower longer than some of the other people on that chart?

November 5, 2008 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Molly Shumway Rawlins said...

that anonymous reader always makes reference to their advanced age. sometimes I cannot tell whether they think it is a way to seem better than other people, or more intelligent...? just an observation.

November 5, 2008 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Molly Shumway Rawlins said...

oh yeah so are you going to follow my blog now too, camille? :)

November 5, 2008 at 10:28 PM  
Anonymous anon10 said...

Well, here is my opinion on the election. Even though I supported mccain, I still think we can progress no matter what president we have. This country needs a change and we need a president who can get it started. Obama is good thoug, he has fresh new ideas that can help lead america to success. So, no matter who I supported before, I will support anyone who is willing to take the challenge and help america regain its strength.

November 6, 2008 at 6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will always be periods of trial. The fault is with people, not the system of America. America doesn't need to change at all. We have always been the greatest country on earth. Why do you think everyone wants to come here. The people need to change by starting to work harder, start saving their money, stop using credit, stop buying things they don't need. Learn to sacrifice, give to the poor, do service for your country. Wake up people, no one is going to give you a free handout. In Obama's speech did you hear him say we need to learn to sacrifice. I don't think the audience liked it too much. I supported McCain, but I appreciated that bit of truth.

November 6, 2008 at 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Camille, you didn't vote?? Awh:( Ha- I'm laughing at the quote above me, "America doesn't need to change at all." No offense, but change is inevitable. It needs to happen, it is going to happen, it's important.

November 6, 2008 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Heber Austin said...

I found this to be strikingly funny, I got several good laughs in for today from it.

November 7, 2008 at 3:50 PM  
Anonymous By golly, Miss said...

Molly, i totally agree with you about that anonymous reader who always makes reference to their advanced age. I cannot tell whether they think it is a way to appear better, or more intelligent, too.
I wish i could find the other comments that anonymous reader made referring to their advanced age, i would like to think on this query, maybe help you out with your observation.
Could you remind me where that older reader referenced their advanced age? Your help i`m sure would be invaluable.

November 7, 2008 at 4:17 PM  

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