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Four Fun Things (on Election Day!)

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Have you voted yet? I’m heading out shortly and can’t wait. Here are 14 cool posters by graphic designers about getting out the vote, and in case you need a break on this nailbiter of a day, we have a few more diversions…

Marble Computer Skin

First off, how beautiful is this marble computer skin?

Best Wreaths from Food52

Pretty wreaths from Food52.

And this 8-minute film, Never Happened, follows a pair of co-workers who have a fling on a business trip. Loved the unexpected twist.

Ok, my friends, stay strong today. Let’s do this thing!!! xoxoxo

(Marble computer photo by Ana Markovych. Voting posters from Girl of a Certain Age.)

  1. Thanks for posting our film! We release new fils every week on YouTube and Facebook, so please find us there if you enjoyed, “Never Happened.”

  2. I don’t get the ending can someone please explain it to me ?

    • Anne says...

      Yes, please explain!

  3. What to say… I wish the best for America.

  4. Sara says...

    My heart is broken. I am fearful for our nation and the uneducated people who truly believe in Trumps policy foreign and domestic. Progressives- where do we go from here?

  5. K says...

    My head and my heart are confused. What does this mean for our nation?

    I want to ask the people who voted for Trump – not those who voted against Hillary, but those who wholeheartedly voted for Trump – what they want to change about America. Please articulate. Please tell me also, that you don’t condone the way he speaks to women or minorities. Please tell me it will all be ok.

    It seems only appropriate that it was raining this morning. Mother Nature was softly crying.

  6. Elisabeth Adkins says...

    My heart is broken. I just hope America can survive and recover and learn to choose love not hate. </3

  7. I’m in total disbelief and under a dark cloud of sadness and disappointment. I really don’t know what else to say.

  8. Sarah says...

    Please please please comment on the election results today. We all need to hear from Clinton supporters on how they are moving forward. I know CoJ tends to stay light on hard days, but I think something needs to be said, since you all endorsed Hillary. (ps. Does anyone else have this tight knot of anxiety in their chest?)

    • mosey says...

      Yes, I’ve got knots in my stomach. It really feels like a day of mourning here in NYC.

  9. Anna says...

    I’m so so sorry, America. I thought you were better than this. I guess I was wrong.

  10. From the UK early in the morning. I am very sorry. We live in difficult times.

  11. Anna says...

    We in Europe just woke up to the scary election news. I’m terrified. Brexit, Trump, the rise of nationalism everywhere – these are scary times.

  12. Kate says...

    Like many of you, Cup of Jo is a daily read for me. It’s also a voice of US women for me as I live in the UK. I have been up most of the night following your election and I can only imagine that the stomach-turning realisation you are experiencing right now is how I felt about Brexit. Scary not just because of the implications it holds for the country, but because of the division it shows. I know it’s not comparable to brexit in many ways, but in others it is. I think the most unsettling feeling for me was being so far removed from the feelings the majority of my country had. That I was oblivious to so much anger. It’s a strange time we live in, I can only hope these two events have shown us our rock bottoms and that we can bounce back up.

  13. Jill C. says...

    I voted early this morning with my 5 year old son and 6 year old daughter….an amazing day to say the least! I hope they remember years from now when they came with me to vote as it is really such a big deal! Now I nervously await the results….fingers crossed!!!!
    I only wish I took off tomorrow from work bc I am going to be exhausted waiting but all night!

  14. Thanks so much for adding some levity on this stressful day! We all need a break from the crazy political cloud hanging over us. Hoping we can all come together again. Share love with all.

    XOXO, Amy @ Jeans and a Tea
    http://www.jeansandatea.com

  15. Bobby says...

    Everyone must, must watch the Samantha Bee episode where she dissects Hillary’s emails and what they found. “Scandalous and awful things” like an email from Hillary after finding out about a ten year old Yemeni girl who was getting divorced: “Can we get this girl to the US for education and counseling?” Or how about her response to hurricane victims in Haiti “What are the logistics of getting them food and medical supplies by first light?” Had me in tears. I didn’t just vote against Trump I voted FOR Hillary. She’s a badass who will fight for all women and children! (Not to mention everyone else!

    • Nicky says...

      This. Thank you.

  16. Sarah-Jane P. says...

    Thanks for sharing ‘Never Happened’, Jo. Such an intriguing film! It raises so many questions, whilst being very unnerving. We think that type of technology is so far into the future, but in reality it can’t be that far into the future either scary!

    • Ellen says...

      You gotta watch Black Mirror on Netflix. It’s basically the Twilight Zone of the digital age.. *shivers* Very unnerving indeed!

  17. Meredith says...

    I love that the link for the picture with the rabbit was about the laptop skin, instead of the rabbit, which I was expecting! I mean, a rabbit looking at a laptop! :)

  18. I voted this morning! I have two little girls and 2 teenage stepdaughters and I was so filled with joy and pride as I told them their dad and I were voting today to help elect the first female President of the United States!! What a privilege it is to exercise our right to vote!

    Xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

    • Beautiful.

  19. Brianna says...

    I’ve been obsessively refreshing fivethirtyeight.com for the last two hours. For what, I don’t know, since it’s barely 10 after 1 p.m. on the west coast. We have a long way to go. Polls in California, Oregon, and Washington don’t close until 11 p.m. and that’s assuming nobody is still in line.

  20. Meg says...

    I voted by absentee ballot, and am eagerly awaiting the results from my home in Germany. I’m trying to decide what time to set my alarm for in the morning, I don’t want to miss anything. When my daughter wakes up to nurse tonight I will be sneaking peaks at the news on my phone. Go Hillary!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s thrilling to think of you checking in the middle of the night while breastfeeding! so so so hope there will be great news!!

    • Ashley F. says...

      I was doing the same thing while feeding my little girl last night. So crazy to watch unfold. Like Obama said though, the sun still rose this morning albeit a bit more slowly and defeated than normal.

  21. Jessica says...

    Well, I guess that worked. Now I’m obsessing over the earring at the end of that video instead of the election.

    • Katie W says...

      Haha me too! I was like, “I don’t think I get it..” so I googled the title of the movie + “earring.” People all said what I kind of suspected. “So she also had her mind wiped while he was gone and fooled around on him too?”

  22. I went voted earlier with my 7 year old daughter in tow. I’m trying to impress upon her the significance of electing our country’s first female president. But in a way it’s great that she takes it for granted. Like, yeah, so? Hopefully we’ll ALL one day take it for granted, it will be so common.

  23. Thank you for being a role model. Thank you for encouraging women to use their voices and their rights from such a special platform. As a woman who’s career rests on continued public support, it’s no small act to voice your opinion in what has been such an ugly and divisive atmosphere. Thank you for being a breath of internet fresh air that is rooted in integrity. It’s a rare combination.

    • shanze says...

      Second this-
      i think you are very brave, its takes courage to stand up for what you believe in. Voices like yours make me hopeful that we are raising our kids in a world with good people who want to create a more just world, its easy to hear hate mongering and think that everyone around you feels the same way and is too polite to say so. I say this as someone who doesn’t have the luxury of going through a Trump presidency: wrong color, gender and religion.

  24. #imwithher says...

    I love you, Joanna Goddard.

  25. Laura says...

    Is it weird they didn’t ask for my ID to vote today? I forgot my sample ballot too so they didn’t cross my name off the list, but I just had to fill out this form. I started reaching for my wallet but they said it wasn’t necessary (I live in California where I thought it was required). Haha now my anxiety on top of anxiety is making me wonder if something went wrong. (Does a selfie with my sticker count as a vote?)

    Also, something interesting I heard in line today from the person next to me, “Wow. I’m the only old white guy in line. Thank goodness.”

    **Not that I’m condoning anyone from not voting, just that I found it interesting.**

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, i found the ID thing so odd! i brought my drivers license and passport, just to be extra safe, and they didn’t want either!

    • Emilie says...

      Voter ID laws vary by state, but in general voter rights advocates are against them because it adds another barrier and can disenfranchise people who are already marginalized (elderly, low income, or anyone who doesn’t drive or have a passport). That may seem like it would be a small group, but it’s bigger than you would think! If it was required in PA (which was recently being considered) my aunt would not be able to vote, for instance. So it may seem odd not to be asked to show ID, but there is good reason for it!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is really interesting! thank you so much for explaining, emilie!

    • Lucy says...

      I had the opposite reaction. In DC, I’ve always been told to put my driver’s license away because we a very voter-friendly jurisdiction that does not require ID. Today, everyone was handing theirs to the clerk, who was scanning them into an iPad. I started wondering about people who don’t have IDs and how they would vote. I think it was just a convenience thing and they probably could have looked you up without an ID, but it had me puzzled.

    • Ellen says...

      I’m from Pennsylvania and my mom was the Judge of Elections in our area when I was growing up. When I was in high school if she needed a position filled at our polling place, she’d ask me to do it. So I’ve been a Machine Operator, a Minority Inspector, a Majority Inspector, and a Minority Clerk at my polling place all before I was even eligible to vote myself! Ha ha! In our county, we were RARELY required to ask for ID. Usually only if there was a change of address or something of that nature.

    • Laura says...

      Yes, I’m also against requiring ID to vote, but I was just confused because I’d been informed it was required in CA in certain situations, and I assumed I’d had to since I didn’t have my sample ballot. I wasn’t aware I should’ve brought my sample ballot (as opposed to my ID) so I wish I would’ve known beforehand.

      I read about a sad case today that also adds on to the argument of just doing away with requiring IDs:
      https://twitter.com/dabeard/status/796028378906238977

    • Roxana says...

      Wow. So surprised by this.

      I’m in Illinois where we’ve always had to give some form of ID and then sign a book. Literally. I just had to sign before voting and this was after the voting judge took a good five minutes to look over my ID.

      I think IDs or some kind of confirmation of identity should be required. I mean, if you at least verbally confirm your name and address somehow? They must have lists of everyone? I don’t want to disenfranchise anyone, but it seems like not presenting an ID is an opportunity for major voter-fraud. Maybe I’m missing something?

      Either way, here’s to hoping that tomorrow is a day when all Americans come together, no matter the result!

      Until then, I want to put my head in the sand. I think I’ll watch a rom-com after the kids are in bed.

  26. KB says...

    I’m #withher up here in Canada, and I can’t concentrate today either! My family will be watching the election results tonight and nervously overeating. :)

  27. I love your positivity on the nerve wracking day! Great links. Thanks for the distraction.

  28. My anxiety is out of control today. I’m a blue dot in a my VERY red Texas Oil and Gas company and I can’t focus on my work at all. I feel like my body is literally vibrating. My little girl came with me to vote for Hillary and she was so excited to vote for the “first girl president” that I can’t bear the thought of breaking her heart if HRC loses. Not to mention my own heart being shattered in million pieces. I just really hope things turn out for the best.

  29. Sitting here in England, thinking of you all doing the voting! Wish I could add my voice. Hoping for the right result…

  30. Alice says...

    I’m working from home today and cooking chili. A long, slow process with a delicious ending! I also wrote my 3 year old son an email about the importance of this day – before knowing how it all turns out. #imwithher

    • Meghan says...

      This is the sweetest idea for a toddler. Can I ask, did you set up an email account for him to read later in life? I’m stealing this idea for my 2.5 year old. Thank you!!

    • Alice says...

      Yes, exactly! I set up an email account for him when he was a baby and I’ll email quick notes every now and then. Not sure when I’ll give him the password. What age do kids start using email??

  31. Karine says...

    In London and everyone is scared. People still remember the hmmh Brexit. America make us proud! Sending love!

  32. Thank you again for being so vocal about this election. I love people who use their power (the amount of influence you have is a huge power!) for good instead of staying safe in their neutral zones for fear of alienating or offending their followers. I have so much respect for you, Joanna and team! #ImWithHer

  33. Purnima says...

    Woah. Such a cool twist in that short film. Did not see it coming.

    I wasn’t able to sleep last night and I haven’t been able to sit still today so I signed up to call voters in swing states for Hillary. In addition to voting myself, GOTV and feeling useful helped calm me down. (As as aside – surprising # of people don’t pick up their phones: ~7/100 ppl answered.)

  34. E says...

    Even though #imnotwithher, I will say that her branding/advertising has been on point for this entire campaign. She has a great team surrounding her!

  35. LOVE THIS! thanks for sharing. you made my day! loved everything in there!!! #imwithher #wishIcouldvotebutImfrench :(
    darn it!!!

    • Karine says...

      Me too.. We’ll get to vote next year :)

  36. Katy says...

    Are you going to stay up to watch the results? I’m such a wimp about staying up late since becoming a parent but I’m gonna brew some coffee and set my alarm for midnight just in case. I will not miss this historic moment!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes for sure!!! wouldn’t miss it!

    • Kate says...

      Spare a thought for the election junkies across the pond. Coverage here in the UK begins at 11:30 and runs until 6 am! Don’t think I’ll manage an all-nighter, but many people here are watching this election with particular fascination and trepidation.

    • Olma says...

      And not only does the coverage not start until 11.30 pm but I have been awake since 6am so this is the longest day ever to be so anxious and nervous and excited and hopeful for a most historic ending.
      Hell Yeah- I’m with her!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. I was at my polling site by 5:30 a.m. :) loving that marbled computer skin.

  38. Boy oh boy, the election day anxiety is real! Thank you for the distractions! lol – That marbled computer skin is too pretty! I love the white one they have as well :D

  39. Sarah Beth says...

    I took the day off of work so I could vote with my nearly-1-year-old daughter. I’ll admit, I got a little teary in the voting booth, holding my daughter in one arm and voting for our first woman president with the other. Now we’re spending the day relaxing, eating graham crackers, and distracting ourselves with good tv and our favorite blogs. Thank you for always being a bright spot (and voice of reason!)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is amazing, sarah beth!

    • Me too, Sarah Beth! I took the morning off and brought my nearly 2yo with me (+ I’m pregnant with another girl!) I couldn’t help but tear up at the polls this morning! #imwithher

    • Patricia says...

      I brought my two daughters with me too. I have been weepy for days and am praying that we wake up tomorrow with all of the anxiety behind us. I asked my daughters this morning if they thought the mom or the dad would become the President and live in the White House and my two-year-old said, “Um, the baby.” Let’s hope she doesn’t have “the gift.” Ha! #imwithher

  40. Here is the AIGA website that explains the Get out the Vote campaign in a little more detail. https://www.aiga.org/get-out-the-vote

    Also, the poster that you featured was designed by the very famous, Milton Glaser. Of, I NY fame.

    • Colleen S. says...

      That bunny was the first thing I noticed!

    • I loved the whole picture! Paint color, geometric decor, marble cover, stoneware mug, and adorable bunny!

  41. Anna says...

    That film! So good! Perfect treat for spending lunch eating at my desk! Good luck tonight from Canada!

  42. andrea says...

    I was trying to figure out why it was called a “sci-fi” film and then BAM. so good!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      me too!!

  43. Jules D says...

    I need a bunny on my desk at all times! Also, lotus pods… *shudders*

  44. Lea says...

    Forget about the computer skin, I want that bunny!!!

  45. Jeanne W says...

    That film was so intriguing I watched it twice. It was simultaneously uncomfortable and yet so creative on a variety of levels. If there is no memory of the affair, does it exist? So did the wife cheat too? And is she pregnant? And if so…is, is it even his?? So many thoughts. Perfect timing for this crazy day too. Thank you Jo and team for the diversion!!

    • Ellen says...

      Jeanne, if you liked this, you should watch Black Mirror on Netflix!! Specifically, you might like the episode called “The Entire History of You”. I think it’s season 1, episode 3? (Each episode is its own story line with its own cast, you can jump around.) It will blow your mind.

  46. patricia g says...

    I love when you share short films, documentry/movie recs, etc. I always enjoy them- thank you

  47. Sonja says...

    Bring on all of the diversions! I kicked off my day with a 6 a.m. Barre class in an attempt to counteract the anxiety. Now I’m just sore and anxious.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, i hear you! there is no way to escape the nervous energy today!

    • Alexandra H. says...

      HA! This is my thoughts exactly. I’m going to do an early evening yoga class to try ground and re-balance this crazy and important day. Sending best wishes!

  48. Naseem says...

    That 8 minute film! So good!! Thanks for sharing :)