Lucky us, the bedtime shuffle went much easier than anticipated tonight.  Even better, for the second night in a row, Jeff put the kid to bed, with no tears I might add.  As it gets closer to midnight, like everyone else, I have the election in mind.

I’ve read countless magazine articles, online material, watched all the SNL skits and even sat through the murky political tv ads from both candidates.  As a new parent, ultimately, my choice is heavily influenced on the candidate that can potentially lead our nation in a positive direction, one that would quell the current economic shitstorm and pick up the displaced pieces to help safeguard our kids’ generation.  I’m done with the good ol’ boy shenanigans.

I won’t go into a diabtribe of the contrast of red and blue that has long resided in our home, and how it will affect our parenting in the years to come (I’ll save that for another day), but I will encourage everyone to vote.  Whether early or late, day or night, it is our privilege, right, and most importantly, our responsibility to vote.

As if we need food to entice us to exercise our right, Starbucks and several other establishments are giving out freebies to those who show proof that they voted!  (Thanks for the head’s up, Carrie!)

•Coffee. Starbucks is handing out free 12-ounce drip coffees.

•Doughnuts. Some 85 of Krispy Kreme’s 231 locations in the U.S. will hand out star-shaped, red-white-and-blue sprinkled doughnuts.

•Ice cream. Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. in each time zone, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shops will hand out single-scoop ice cream cones (a $3.40 value).

•Sandwiches. In a local market promotion, several hundred of the nation’s 1,400 Chick-fil-A stores will hand out $2.70 chicken sandwiches to adults who show proof that they voted. (I wish we had a Chik-fil-A around here)

Go Vote!