90 Days, 90 Reasons to Reelect Barack Obama

  • 90 days, 90 reasons. (Ooh, you had to know I’d put a political link in there one of these days. This is a brilliant one, with essays insightful and humorous from some of my favorite people.)

  • It’s sort of like a giant ball pit for adults, but pretty.

  • Spending thirty-three days in the mountains, living off the grid, and being surrounded by creatives, looks like this.

  • The cutest little disaster preparation kit you ever did see. For a different kind of living off the grid.

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142 Responses to “Honor Roll”

  1. Kristin September 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Nicole – thank you for handling this with such grace. And thank you for inspiring me to finally put pen to paper on my blog on this issue I’ve been grappling with for awhile – how much or how little to reveal on certain topics. And also, how we’ve all become so quick to accept or write off someone for voicing their own views. That’s the real shame here.

  2. Monique September 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Wow. Late to the ‘party.’

    Haters gonna hate, Nicole. You know that, of course. You were true to yourself, which is what this blog is all about, and I appreciate that.

    (Side note in response to an earlier comment: I’m a Mormon FOR Obama. It’s a big misconception that we’re all pro-Romney. Us MoFOs (love it!) are going strong on Facebook with more than 1500 public members.)

  3. Jen S September 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    It will be fun to see if you break a personal record for number of comments with this post?

    It is refreshing to learn that so many republicans have such good taste and style. I didn’t know any that did. Oh, I kid ladies! :)

  4. cecily September 27, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    I’m late to the party, but I had to show some support.

    I don’t know why, but it surprises me that many of your readers are sooo conservative. They seem as riled up over this as I felt when another blogger showed support for the whole Chik-fil-a event. I was disgusted, but chose not to post hateful things on her blog. I’m sorry some of your readers couldn’t do the same. Pay them no mind.

  5. Cheryl September 27, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    I could tell from other things that you’ve written that you were a liberal Obama supporter. Still, seeing links for that man put a bad taste in my mouth. I’m not the biggest Romney supporter by any means, but he’s a much better choice than Obama, in my personal opinion.

    I wish you had steered clear of politics, as I have been a loyal reader for years and will be removing you from my reading list now.

    • awro September 29, 2012 at 7:06 am #

      Wow Cheryl…what is it like to live with such intolerance and hate in your life?
      To reject Nicole because she posted one tiny link in support of Obama is pathetic?
      I really hope you don’t have children so that you’re not raising impressionable little ones in an atmosphere of hate and meanness.

  6. Marla in Columbus September 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    To all the nasty commenters: tell me what exactly you’re paying to read Nicole’s work??? Oh yeah, that would be NOTHING!!!

    Honestly, I do not understand why some people think they can tell bloggers how to write/what to write about on their blogs. If you don’t like what the person writes about, don’t look at the blog anymore. Pretty simple I’d say.

    I know I’m late to all this, too, but I really don’t think you, Nicole, should feel the need to explain yourself to the people reading your blog. It’s absolutely no reader’s right to know whether or nor your husband is collecting unemployment benefits than it is my right to know if they are.

    Bad karma bed gone and appreciative readers stay!

    Marla in Columbus, OH

  7. Nester September 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    I guess I’m naive but I’m so saddened and shocked that people would stop reading a blog because of a mention of political views. If I choose to only read things from people who I agreed with politically, religiously, and with my own design taste my list would be short and most likely boring and I’d be missing out on a lot of great content.

    On another note, it’s so impressive that you are bringing home the bacon! Thrilled for you!

  8. katiedid September 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Really shocking, the amount of people who boycott if they don’t happen to agree with something. Does this mean they will stop seeing movies, buying clothes, food, travel to states or locations that support someone they are not on board with? I think not. Cool your jets, peeps, unless you plan to boycott everything that does not fit into your narrow view of the world!

  9. marlo September 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    Nicole, love your blog, love your 90 days post. I had a hard time not reading every single essay that evening, and posted a couple to Facebook. I don’t think people realize all the great accomplishments of President Obama in the past 4 years, or what it would mean if we lost the Affordable Healthcare Act, or if women lost the right to control their own bodies. People can choose not to read those things, and they can choose to believe everything Fox News puts out there, but I choose to educate myself. Thank you for helping me do that!

  10. Ilene September 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Just getting to this. First, thank you for the 90-90 link, those are some awesome essays! Second, of corse politics belongs here. You can’t separate politics from the rest of our lives. To think that politics is not inextricably linked to everything we do–from what couch we can afford to who cleans up after dinner–is silly. Or rather is one of the reasons women still don’t get equal pay or flexible work schedules or more men who stay home to take care of the kids. Our feminist foremothers said it, the personal is political. Thanks Nicole, you are one smart cookie and I love your blog!

    • patricia September 28, 2012 at 10:05 am #

      Well said Ilene, politics IS part of our lives. We are all political animals, whether we realize or not, and everyday make political choices. To think otherwise it’s naive, ignorant and backward. And Nicole has every right to post her political views here. On another note, I’m not afraid to point out that some of these riled up commentators’ views are tinted with a bit of racism. Like Cheryl’s comment above. “That man’s link left a bad taste in my mouth”. Not afraid to say it folks, but some of these are really hateful. I wish we can just stick to arithmetic to show our support or not for our candidates, instead of putting these hateful passionate racism-brewed comments.

  11. Liz September 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    To quote Judd Apatow:

    “Sometimes fucked is the perfect word. Just because we are talking politics doesn’t mean I have to use a phrase like grossly unfair.”

    The fact that we can’t have a sane discourse about the election in any context (a passing mention on a design blog, for god’s sake!) is just further proof that Apatow nailed it.

    Thanks for spreading the word and sharing your family’s story.

  12. nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma September 28, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    If Infinite Jest is in your bookcase, chances are…Obama.

    :)

    But only the esoteric among us would get it…

    Keep up the good work.
    I hope to be breadwinning too soon.

    If only, to prove my husband wrong.
    Nic

  13. Jacqueline Ashby September 28, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Thank you for the political link! Loved it. It’s about time people start to pipe up about the upcoming election and the fact that the political sphere is something we all live in. Fashion, design, art, fluffy things, and all that is around us are influenced by the politics of this great country. Thanks for sharing! A toast to our Freedom of Speech!

  14. Caitlin September 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    I think the point is that design blogs are a nice escape from the ugliness that is politics, especially in an election year. I come here to look at gorgeous design, NOT to read about the candidates. I mean, don’t we get enough EVERYWHERE else? Ugh.

  15. Anna September 30, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    Wow…I’m Australian and I am SO surprised people are so against each others political views in America…I don’t even know my friends definite political views, but even if I did, we can still have a conversation about life and all the other interesting things that life brings! Nicole, I loved your blog so much more when you first started because it was all you and no sponsors…but honestly, you are living the dream. And I would LOVE to be a paid blogger. You are GREAT at it. And I am sorry that your family gets under attack through you blog. I imagine you are under a lot of stress and heart ache right now. Our whole world is filled with different people and opinions…no one is exactly that same. That’s what makes life so wonderful. I hope your readers realise that and open their eyes to tolerance and awareness. Good luck…

  16. Tracye September 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    This is why this Country, America is jacked up…we have within our Constitution, the freedom of speech yet it is rarely accepted or tolerated or embraced.

    If some chick with a brain the size of one a grain of sand, can’t allow someone to write what they want on their own blog and stomps off in a hissy fit inducing rage and sickness, forever to remove Nicole from her reading list-OH THE DRAMA GET A LIFE PLEASE-then what hope is there for us as a Country of people?

    Is it really that serious? Nothing, and I do mean NOTHING can be worse than watching Bush plummet this Country into a void of nothingness but that was okay right? War was okay RIGHT? The spending of funds we did not have, WITH BUSH IN OFFICE, that was okay right?

    Everyone forgets what came before, that is the downfall of the human race well, one of them…

    Anyone that can’t take any political talk on a blog they don’t run? Needs to go play in traffic. Right now. Just, go because the world is full of people with opinions including those who can’t stand political talk on blogs.

    You people with so little to do…should go flog yourselves for being so…petty. And ridiculous and should on your knees thanking GOD that Mitt Romney will never be the President of these United States I MEAN, the one percent because he certainly doesn’t care about you remember?

    It’s not his job to care about “those” people?

    Yeah, that’s you hater.

    • Jennifer October 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

      Thank you so much for posting this awesome link. I am grateful to you for speaking out. Quietly revealing your political views by posting a single link, makes you, in my opinion, quite lovely!

  17. Joanna October 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    I know I am really late here, but it’s only now that I had some time to catch up on favorite blogs. I am shocked that so many people attacked you for posting the link. As many other commenters I agree that you have the right to post whatever you want, and it is impossible to separate life from politics. I can’t understand how this one person (“Mae”) could make such rude, ignorant comment. I see it very often with people making snarky, patronizing comments on what poorer among us can or can’t wear, eat or do. It’s no one’s business how someone else decides to spend his or her money.

    As I read home&design blogs or go through similar boards on Pinterest I am tired to see so many Christian-oriented decorations, signs, etc. – but I just roll my eyes or move on. I am atheist and of Jewish tradition – but I don’t scream on others, don’t get offended, even if I wished people kept their religion to themselves, I don’t like to be “attacked” by Jesus when I just want to find inspiration for bathroom decor, I still just go past it and move on. It seems like a lot of the stay-at-home moms who are intersted in DIY and living frugal, are also from Bible-belt and seem very conservative (which comes with a lot of Christ art and pro-Republican sentiments), and like to also run blogs/pin a lot. Go figure, a job for a sociologist ;-)

    Anyway – you are doing a great job, your life is your private business and I am just really happy for you that you and your partner were able to figure out how to earn a living out of a passion! that’s a treasure to cherish.

  18. Shannie Denney December 5, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Hi… I just saw your blog (Thanks Young House Love) and since work is slow I am able to back-creep on your stuff. Since voting issues are now a thing of the past (Thanks media ;) I will comment on the most important thing you noted… BEN FOLDS FIVE REUNITED!!!

  19. Mary December 31, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    I am not an Obama fan but it’s your blog and you can post what you want to. I don’t discuss politics at work because it isn’t relevant to what I do. Odds are you are going to offend half the people you are trying to build relationships with. It’s bad for business (my opinion) BUT you own this blog and can write what you wish. You know the audience you want to attract and maintain and how you want to grow your business and platform. I do think politics are best avoided in this arena. I didn’t care about the link but am shaking my head at the comments. On both sides. To say half the country is “crazy” is…well, crazy. I supported Mitt Romney and I’m not crazy. Well, at least I don’t think I am. Keep up the beautiful work. I couldn’t disagree with you more politically but love your aesthetic and wish you much success.

  20. Xenia May 22, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    I know that I am really late on replying to this post, but I am just seeing this post for the fist time, and I just wanted to clear something up that someone wrote. I worked as a payroll administrator for 26 years. Employees DO contribute to the benefits they get from unemployment. It is the sui tax that comes out of their paycheck each week. Granted it is a much smaller amount than what the employer contributes, but employees are contributing as well to unemployment benefits. It is just that the employer is contributing most of it. It is NOT welfare by any stretch of the imagination.

    Nicole, you run a great blog! I voted for Barack Obama both times by the way. He is not perfect, but I do believe that he means well for our country. The nation has been screwed up for a long time. No one could fix it in only two terms. I chose to stay away from writing about politics on my blog, even though it is my right to write about what I want on MY BLOG. Once in a while I will air my New Age thoughts on it though. :-)

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