Vinyltine’s Day

Instead of “typical” Valentine’s gifts, this year Dayle and I are getting each other records to start our collection. I’ve been on a jazz kick over the past few months and this appears to be the culmination of that particular auditory obsession.

To start the fun, I explored a local vinyl shop and picked up this Thelonious Monk record. My ears approve.

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Spare A Rose

The Spare a Rose campaign kicks off on February 1.

The idea, as the title suggests, is that if you spare a rose in the bouquet of flowers you will (likely) buy your significant other for Valentine’s Day, and donate that money to Life of a Child, a child with diabetes will get insulin for a month. If you decide to spare a whole dozen, that means a year of insulin.

In trying to think of the best way to equate the cost of your donation, I tried looking up things $5 can buy. My thought process was that if you went without [thing you can spend $5 on] just once, that money can go to a great cause.

This search led me to http://hackthemenu.com/. Now I know prices vary by region, but for the most part (based on this site’s data, so take that with a grain of salt) we’re talking about skipping one trip to Starbucks so a child in need can have enough insulin to live for another month.

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Spare a Rose

In between counting snowflakes, and inches of snow in her backyard, Kerri informed me about the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign that the International Diabetes Federation is organizing during Valentine’s Day. Here’s a blurb:

Donations to the IDF Life for a Child Programme are carefully directed to key areas of diabetes care and management so that established paediatric diabetes centres and associations can provide the best possible care, given local circumstances, to all children and youth with diabetes in developing countries.

If you’re curious, you should definitely check out the IDF’s page and consider donating.

I tried to think of something else to add to this besides, “you should give this a go” but my creative juices aren’t doing their thing. So naturally, I turned to Tumblr.

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Holidays

My mom is really in to holidays. There’s a napkin holder by the couch in the family room with napkins for nearly every holiday on your calendar (and some not on your calendar). As soon as one holiday is done, flip through the stack and find the appropriate napkin for the occasion and you’re set. It would seem that this fascination with holiday decor has spilled outside of Herndon and is slowly spreading to Sterling.

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