Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Quench the Thirst

Thank you all for your birthday wishes yesterday! I loved reading all your nice wishes and condolences on my catching ability.

It was a great day, Matt had off of work so we spent the day together. Later we headed over to my mom's house for a family dinner of her amazing pot-pie and shoo-fly pie. If I ever work up the courage to try either of those recipes on my own, I will be sure to share it with you! It.is.AMAZING.

After dinner my sister Ashley showed us an interesting clip from youtube. If you have the time (2 minutes), you should check it out.

This becomes all the more interesting when you realize that we, Americans, spent 10.6 billion dollars on Black Friday alone.

This in no way is meant to come across as a guilt trip to anyone, I love Christmas gift-giving and I don't think there is anything wrong with giving those you love a gift or two.

It's just amazing to think what we could do, all of us - the average people around the world, if we just put our minds and wallets together to make a big impact.

You can learn more about this specific organization here or a simple google search will turn up similar programs through various non-profits.

We just might improve our world yet folks!


  1. The video makes a good point - we should consume less and think more about the meaning of Christmas.

    My mum always gives us a card saying that our present was money donated to Oxfam. We intend to donate to kiva this year...

  2. Glad to hear your birthday was fun!

    That video was very interesting! Shows how easy it to loose the real meaning!

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog! I look forward to reading yours.

  4. Wow! I didn't know Americans spend that much on Christmas. That's crazy! I think home made gifts and the gift of your time is the best! :)

  5. Happy Belated Birthday...how did I miss this memo!?

  6. STELLAR message and video. Thank you ((so)) much for sharing. I ADORE your site! :o)

  7. How did I miss your birthday?! I feel like a horses ass.

    I hope you had an incredible birthday. I'm sure you spent it with your lovely newlywedded husband.

    Big Hugs!

  8. Wow, I loved that video. I have this really interesting video that I want to put up on my blog except I am not sure anyone will watch it cuz it is 20 min. but is all about how consumerism can't sustain itself. It is really interesting and thought provoking. I wont be around my family this Christmas so I am asking that they donate money in my name. I think that is always a great and loving idea!

  9. Wow, this is an extremely well-made and powerful video! I think the tough economy is forcing a lot of people to reevaluate the purpose (if any) of holiday spending.

  10. wow! that is such a great video!! soooo well made. it has been my xmas tradition every year for the past 6 to give gifts as donations - just a card saying that there was a donation made in their name - everyone still says that it is one of the best presents they could get. makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside too. :) ill look around to find all the websites i use and make a list and put it on my bog - is it alright if i steal that video from you? :)

  11. Happy belated birthday! Post-Thanksgiving birthdays are the best. :)

    Thanks for posting that video. I've been trying to find a way to explain to my friends and family that I'd rather they not spend money on me when I already have the things I need most. It's hard to go against consumerism, but I'm going to keep trying.

  12. happy birthday...a little late!

    that video is great. makes you think. thanks for sharing.


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