I will be honest and say that the days since the election have been really hard. I’ve struggled to get back to my routine, which is the one thing that tends to bring me some peace and relief. I took Wednesday, my usual day off from work, to cry and read and talk to my folks and meet Nat at work on his lunch break. Thursday I went to work and had a lot of difficulty focusing and being present and productive, and Friday we were closed for Veterans Day. I tried to think of things that make me happy, things I could find the energy to do, and I decided to spend the day at the zoo. I walked around for hours until they closed, talking to my best friend on my headphones almost the whole time. Since I had taken the train, I opted to go downtown instead of home and participate in one of the protests. Nat picked me up later. Really just taking it one day at a time. My heart aches for all of the people that will be harmed by the decision that was made last week. I am trying hard to revel in what makes me feel positive and productive and fulfilled – being outside, being around animals, making pictures. Also, a good cat to cuddle doesn’t hurt.