It finally snowed. Ski resorts are rejoicing.
It's been snowing since last night. I had to shovel off a good foot of snow from my car. On the way home from the bookstore it was coming down so fast I had another 3-4 inches on my rear window. It snowed all through the night and has resumed snowing again mid-morning. We are going to my cousin's mission farewell this afternoon and I'm hoping the storm will let up.
So, Friday was "Buy Nothing Day". This time last year I was with Tom and MJ in New York City of all places for the annual Black Friday. We saw the protesters at Times Square-which was awesome. We'd had this dialogue about not buying anything-which was alright with me since I didn't really have a whole lot of money and had been thinking of quitting my job at the time. But we'd determined buying nothing on the biggest shopping day of the year only hurts the little guy who depends on that day for business. I thought to just not buy anything from big retailers. Actually Tom and I ended up buying a cup of herbal tea from Starbucks-but we were cold...okay and we spent money on a movie, but we couldn't get tickets to Wicked, even though we tried very hard and stood in line for a very long time.
Well I thought about Buy Nothing Day this year, even telling my family members (much to their chagrin) that it was bad to give in to our consumer culture like that. They already know how I feel about Walmart. My mom bears her testimony of that store every time I bring it up. But then there was nothing to do in the house but eat and watch children's movies and my parents had gone to pick up the motorhome (they bought a new motorhome for when my dad retires) and I had to get out of the house. Well the only thing to do seemed to be to go to the nearby shops. I was just going to look around, maybe visit Wild Oats, or read some magazines at the bookstore. But then...I saw Old Navy, and I saw how cheap it is...and I CAVED! I got some really cute new shirts and they were super cheap and super cute-especially the pink one, and on SALE. But I did refrain from buying an adorable sweater I wanted, so I did use SOME self-control. Okay, don't judge, Old Navy is not world domination-though I'm not exactly sure if their clothes come from sweatshops or child labor factories. But then there's the argument we're giving these people jobs so...Sometimes I wish I didn't try to justify things, and that I knew the right thing to do to help the most amount of people, and that it was in line with what I want, too-like an adorable long sleeve pink t-shirt.