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Nov. 17 2012 6:00 AM

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Now that the election is over, how should he return to normal life?

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John Dickerson

"Help me become a person again."

John Dickerson

Slate Chief Political Correspondent

As a political correspondent, I've had a long year. In this lame-duck period, we're facing another budget crisis, which will steal some of my attention. We're also watching a sex and spy scandal unfold, complete with baby-doll dresses, six-minute miles, and more email than you get from LinkedIn. After the last five presidential races I covered, I used this period to recoup and rediscover the life that I left behind for the last year on the road. But I never know where to begin: There is so much that I missed last year, I get overwhelmed. So, we're employing the Slate Reader Takeover to help me decide which path back to normalcy I should take first, by assigning me one of the following duties to write about in the next week or so.

Now that the election's over, how should I return to normalcy?

Reintroduce myself to my children.
10 votes
Cook a meal more complicated than PB&J.
10 votes
Read the one great book I missed while I was away.
10 votes
Reconnect with nature.
10 votes
Discover what apps, Internet memes, and gadgets I missed
10 votes

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John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

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