Being married to Andy has come with certain adjustments. For
instance, I am now compelled to boycott things I once felt I could
indulge in endlessly due to the privileged status God has
given the American people in exchange for mentioning his name on public
documents. A brief summary of the list is as follows: Wal-Mart, Santa
Claus, gasoline, Valentines Day, McDonalds, the tooth fairy and
anything else fun you can think of. The list gets longer every
day. Evidently I do not have the right to force other
people's children to make my stuff all the while chained to their
sewing machine getting whipped in the face. Who knew? I just
wanted my seven dollar skirt.
Obviously, I'm joking a little
bit. I would consider myself somewhat aware of the stress our
affluent consumer culture has put on the rest of the world. But
Andy...On this issue Andy possesses the kind of discipline given only
to a special breed of people I don't usually associate with because
they are somewhere out there running marathons, eating carrot sticks
and rice cakes while feeding homeless people and fixing global
warming. I tend to be sympathetic and occasionally morally
outraged but my conviction often has trouble getting off the
couch...especially when it's going to cost money.
boycotts/cutbacks have become a joke amongst the family members.
A few days ago I was complaining about not being able to drink soda
anymore (the result of a new years resolution) and my dad says, "Let me
guess...the soda companies are oppressing someone now." I"m sure
they are. Who isn't?
Despite the fact that Valentines Day
is evidently just a corporate shell of a holiday rotting the teeth of
people the world over, this year, I decided to take a little piece of
my childhood back and throw a Valentines Day party complete with pink
cupcakes, paper hearts, a pinata and a valentine-making station.
I stole some decorating ideas from my brilliant friend Liz Napolin and
even amidst the massive snow storm plenty of people came and we all had
a good time.
Me making the human heart pinata (Liz's idea)
Pinata beating fun
Kelly and Katie eating the spoils
My poor broken pinata :)
I hope you all had a fun holiday in your neck of the woods.