These are the energy bars I usually buy from (yes, my favorite store) ALDI.
Somehow I have found myself in conversations with friends multiple times this past month about how to respond when someone on the street asks you for money. Now that I live downtown, and go for daily walks, and run most of my errands around the neighborhood, I find myself walking by or being approached by someone asking for money pretty much daily. And it can be confusing or awkward to know what the “right” thing to do is, right?
I’m always interested to hear about my friends’ experiences and advice on the topic. Most people I know always want to give and to “help”. But knowing what is actually “helping” can be tricky to navigate. (And I probably can’t and shouldn’t judge that anyway.)
As someone who pretty much never carries cash (sorry Dave Ramsey), I always used to feel a little frustrated and helpless when I found myself wanting to give to someone asking. But about a decade ago, a friend turned me onto a simple yet brilliant alternative — giving out granola bars.
Well, ten years later, they’re “energy” bars. ;) But the idea is the same.
Happy December, everyone! I hope that you all had a warm and merry Thanksgiving. (And to my Jewish friends, I hope that you had a blast celebrating the a once-in-a-lifetime — or really, once-in-79,000-lifetimes! – Thanksgivukkah. So cool!!)
I spent most of my holiday week at home with family in Wichita, and then came home to celebrate Friendsgiving back in KC. And then I woke up with the rest of the world this morning, and – poof! — it was somehow December. I know that everyone has been talking about how short the holiday season would be this year, but I don’t think I realized until today just how short that time would really be! Better get Buddy The Elf and Clark Griswold on rotation stat.
That said, I always find myself thinking each December about how to make the season less chaotic and stressful and more meaningful and healthy. So today I thought I would share the three small resolutions I am making for the month of December this year.
I tend to have a pretty bad track record of sticking with 365 days of new year’s resolutions. But I have loved making “December Daily” resolutions the past few years, and believe it or not, I actually tend to stick with them.
Alright, it’s officially three days before Thanksgiving, and my “man of the house” is still a 4-legged, tail-wagging Morkie. Although his manliness is probably a little bit in question, being that he went in for another little Hallmark dog audition last week and they dressed him up as…(ahem)…a girl! I think he rocked it, but he’s now back to happily sporting his favorite Chiefs sweater. ;)
Well, there are no two-legged guys in the picture right now either. So unless Prince Charming swoops in before Thursday, it looks like I will be single for the holidays yet again. And based on a handful of emails and conversations I have had with all you single ladies and guys after starting this series, it sounds like “the most wonderful time of the year” is unanimously one of the toughest times of the year for single folk, if not the toughest. Not always. But often.
November marked my third “fix” with Stitch Fix. And I’m happy to announce that it was a total success. For the first time ever, I decided to keep all five pieces!!
Well, to be honest, I was only planning to keep four. But since you get 25% off your entire order if you choose to keep all 5, the total cost was about the same. So I decided to call it an early Christmas present. And double bonus, since so many of you kind friends have signed up under my referral code, I had enough Stitch Fix credits that this order was actually free for me. I know, crazy. I’m not counting on that to happen again. But at least for this time, I owe each of you a humongous thank you. Mwah. :)
Said awesomeness is due entirely to the group of amazing, creative, bright, thoughtful women who I’m grateful to call friends and fellow bookies. But it is also due to the oh-so-official traditions that govern our little monthly get-togethers. Hours of hang time, thumb votes, tangential discussions, inside quote books, strong opinions, presentations, last-one-to-finish-awards, annual campouts, film adaptation field trips, random food smorgasbords, and copious amounts of wine are “musts”. Finishing the book is encouraged, but optional. And boys are almost never allowed (except for you and Gatsby, Mr. Mees).
What to do when your friend texts late at night with news that:
a) she just scored super-hard-to-get tickets to an AFI Festival Hollywood film premiere (just seven days away)
b) and that said film is a true story about an inspiring, courageous team of Navy SEALs
c) and that the cast includes one of our absolute favorite-ist of favorite actors
d) and that she wonders if you can go?!?
Oh my goodness. I’m going to stop making promises about getting these posts published in a timely manner. Life seems to have been crazy since I posted my list of 10 Things NOT To Say To Single People. But I’m finally back as promised with a follow-up post for what TO say to single people.
I have to be honest, though. When I sent out an email to a bunch of my married and single friends awhile back asking for feedback on what to say and what not to say to single people, the response on the latter was considerably longer. Whereas, I initially only had a handful of points for this list. But I happen to be especially partial to the number 10 when it comes to lists. So boom. 10 it is.