Did anyone read/like the Organics posts? I’m saving the best for sometime this week, where I look at the claims of health benefits. Maybe for Turkey Day, so that those of you enjoying organic turkey will be too sleepy to tell me how wrong I am.
This is the first Thanksgiving that I will not spend with my extended family. Instead, my sister, Chad and I, and some friends of ours from college will make our own dinner. I think it will be a lot of fun, but it won’t be the same. I wonder if I made the right choice. A $600 plane ride home seemed out of the question back when I was trying to book a flight, but it was by no means undoable. Did I go too far with trying to be frugal?
Well-Heeled wrote a post about her Christmas gift-giving. I’m in a similar situation. I don’t do gift exchanges with my friends or coworkers, so I only buy presents for my family members. I was lucky to have thought up good gifts for everyone this year; usually I can’t think of anything and spend extra to compensate. This year, the gifts are more expensive but they are perfect.
A question: what is everyone doing about charity? Are you doing anything different? With my retirement accounts completely underwater, the idea of keeping cash seems comforting. At the same time, there are so many horror stories about food banks running out of food, people losing their homes, I’m sure a bunch of people will set fire to their houses by trying to deep-fry a turkey, and CNN had a picture of a sad puppy that had been brought to the pound because its owners couldn’t afford to feed it anymore. There are so many people who need help, but I can’t help everyone and really, is my contribution even going to matter? Lehmann Brothers donated hundreds of millions of dollars last year. How can my paltry amount compare to that?
On a happier note, I’m looking forward to the end of classes! Next week is the last week, and then I have finals. I’m doing well in all my classes, so barring any problems on my finals (problems are likely, though; I have been slacking!) I should get through this semester OK. It will be over, at least. Next semester I’m only taking 2 classes, and that will be much more manageable.