Saturday, October 19, 2013

Christmas is Here

I know it's mid-October, but I got confirmation in the mail two days ago. A massive envelope arrived from World Vision with goodies to fill out for my sponsored children: three Christmas themed, one lighthouse themed (because she is, presumably, Hindu, and mentioning Christ would endanger their work there). I also got warning that Christmas was here when my mother began clamoring for my wish list. So here it is:

  • Gift certificates to Modest Needs - This website is my new obsession. Believe me when I say it's a good thing--a very good thing. It's like micro-finance for Americans who are in stuck situations and need one-time help. :)
  • Money in my name to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline - I've heard of too many suicides lately, and you know this is near and dear to my heart on account of my frequent suicidal ideations. A depressing present to be sure, but I'll happy-cry if you give. 
  • A Knitter's Basket from Heifer International - Or a share of one--the price is pretty hefty. 
  • Speaking of knitting, YARN! - Next year's hats for the homeless aren't going to knit themselves! I need bulky weight, acrylic yarn in dark, solid colors for my purposes--at least 2 balls and preferably in even increments. I like Webs and KnitPicks. I also take gift certificates. 
  • This book - For those who want to get me something tangible. 
  • 24 cans of lychees - Okay, I'm being facetious with this one, but I wouldn't hate you if you actually did get this for me!
  • Cardigans - My ideal wardrobe right now is a magical one that leads to Narnia, but barring that I'd like t-shirts to wear all summer and cardigans to wear over them in the colder months. Simplify, simplify. I wear a 2X. Yeah, I'm fat. Sue me. 
For those who think they've found a real nice treat, DO NOT GET US THE COMPLETE CALVIN AND HOBBES! Chris already sprung for that. 

There I go again, selfishly asking for gifts. But it's the question everyone wants answered, so you can think I'm rude if you want. Oh, and Chris has an Amazon wish list with about 45 things on it, so ask him about that if you want to know what he wants. 

Toodle-loo, comrades. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wisdom from Pinterest

Yeah, I know. This is the same website where people are giddily repinning the DIY 8-foot long stuffed squid tutorial I found. But it's not all cupcakes and thinspo (and squid). I found this little nugget today:
"Fifty years later, a new discovery of poverty is long overdue. This time, we’ll have to take account not only of stereotypical Skid Row residents and Appalachians, but of foreclosed-upon suburbanites, laid-off tech workers, and America’s ever-growing army of the “working poor.” And if we look closely enough, we’ll have to conclude that poverty is not, after all, a cultural aberration or a character flaw. Poverty is a shortage of money."

I'll be the first to admit that anxiety keeps me from talking warmly to strangers, but it's worth it to go out of your way to be nice to the homeless--if you think about this quote, it might be you one day. For ideas and depressing pictures, see my homeless Pinterest board.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I've sewn one pair of mittens. It took great effort not to sew two left-handed mittens, and I can't hem them because my sewing machine is too clunky, so I'm taking them to Missouri in the hopes that my mom can serge the edges for me (please, Mommy?). As for any others I might be able to get done (I think I can get one pair a day if I really buckle down), I'll hem them before I put them together. The box bound to NYC is nearly full! I'll take pictures before they fly away.

In closing, here's what an 8' squid pillow looks like:

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Hunger & Plenty

Remember the time of hunger in the time of plenty,
And poverty and need in the days of wealth. 
- Wisdom of Sirach 18:24

Chris got a job! Yay! He works for the county jail! Yay! That means he isn't affected by the stupid government shutdown! Yay!

I guess that's why that quote from the Wisdom of Sirach struck me when I happened upon it this morning. I'm still working my way backwards through the Old Testament and discovered after reading the Psalms that I missed a huge chunk of the Orthodox Bible. Oops. I don't know if what I quoted means to can your tomatoes or if it means remember those going through bad times while you're going through good, but the latter is how I take it. Chris and I have finally reached good times, but I'm sad about the people who are on "indefinite, unpaid vacation"--aka, furlough.

Here's a helpful resource: WIC and Shutdown: Where to get baby food and formula. The shutdown of WIC is what annoys me the most. Low-income babies without their meals? That ain't right. Apparently Texas is good through the month, but then it's up in the air. In the meantime, donate diapers and formula and stuff to local food pantries, 'kay? And in the spirit of How to Knit for the Homeless, skew large in the diaper department.

Speaking of knitting for the homeless, this year's work is almost complete. I've got all of one scarf (they're time-consuming, okay?) and 20 hats (woohoo!), and now it's time to pack away the knitting, get out the sewing machine, and make mittens. And my sewing instructions for the pattern have gone missing, so I really can't wait to be winging that!

Pray, lend a hand, and sit back and watch with joy as WWII veterans break into their own memorial. :)