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#80125 Feb 12, 2013
Catholics are like Jews in that regard: Not practicing/following/fully still believing doesn't change things much. ;)

Since: Jan 10

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#80126 Feb 12, 2013
I have just decided that February 2013 is my last year of spending any money on coworkers' kids' fundraisers. Butter braids. GS cookies. Heggen's pizza. Those are three of the several items on our counter at work right now.

I always told myself "people bought from me when i was in school selling stuff." I did that for four years. But now I've been repaying that generosity for 25 years!

I officially resign from the purchaser of anything that your kids need to do their fun activities. Sorry, parents. If we're close, I probably buy bday and christmas gifts for your kids. That's enough.

And making this decision 2 minutes ago FEELS GREAT.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

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#80127 Feb 12, 2013
From a forwarded email from a friend:

Today's Short Reading From The Bible ... A Reading from Genesis ...

And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the earth.

Then He made the Earth round ... And He laughed and laughed and laughed.

Since: Jan 10

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#80128 Feb 12, 2013
Toj wrote:
From a forwarded email from a friend:
Today's Short Reading From The Bible ... A Reading from Genesis ...
And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the earth.
Then He made the Earth round ... And He laughed and laughed and laughed.
Typical man hater joke!

Since: Jan 10

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#80129 Feb 12, 2013
FWIW, my coworkers are not pushy at all. They put forms on the counter at work and nothing gets said about them.

Since: Aug 08

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#80130 Feb 12, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
I have just decided that February 2013 is my last year of spending any money on coworkers' kids' fundraisers. Butter braids. GS cookies. Heggen's pizza. Those are three of the several items on our counter at work right now.
I always told myself "people bought from me when i was in school selling stuff." I did that for four years. But now I've been repaying that generosity for 25 years!
I officially resign from the purchaser of anything that your kids need to do their fun activities. Sorry, parents. If we're close, I probably buy bday and christmas gifts for your kids. That's enough.
And making this decision 2 minutes ago FEELS GREAT.
I don't buy from others and I don't push my kids stuff on others. I just think it's gotten ridiculous.

My mom used to drop me and my two bros off at farm & fleet and have us sell stuff outside the door when we had fundraising for baseball. We'd be decked out in our uniforms. I absolutely hated it. We'd be there for what seemed like an eternity. I won't make my kids do that.

What's even worse is they have all these fund raisers for school and tell the kids they can get all these prizes if they sell stuff. My kids came home thinking they are going to get an ipod. I told them ... no, this is a scam ... you would need to sell a bazillion of these things before you could get that ipod ... you if you work really, really hard, you might get an eraser, at best.

We have a fair at school (with carnival rides and games), fundraiser nights at various restaurants, and book fairs ... I'd much rather do stuff like that to support their school than have me or them have to pitch stuff.

Since: Jan 10

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#80131 Feb 12, 2013
someone in my wapo forum posted that at a big school band meeting, the director said "If every family gives me $15, we don't need to do any fundraisers this year." Then said it was a flurry of reaching into pockets and purses.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

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#80132 Feb 12, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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Typical man hater joke!
Definitely. But funny.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#80133 Feb 12, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
I have just decided that February 2013 is my last year of spending any money on... GS cookies.
Refusing to buy girl scout cookies is only punishing yourself!

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

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#80134 Feb 12, 2013
Toj wrote:
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Oh. Well, here's a way to call him on it. Tell him you want to go to Mass this Sunday and would like him to accompany you.
Call him on it? How so? When my mom visits, she still goes to church. Asking me to go is not going to get me to go. Not sure what your intended outcome of "calling him on it" is.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#80135 Feb 12, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
<quoted text>
Washing my hands in the restroom at work this morning, I looked at myself in the mirror. got back to my desk and added to my Target list "hair color."
I'm refusing to dye my hair. I'm the laziest hair-doer on the planet and I detest the look of roots so...

Both my grandma and mom are were/are a beautiful silver so I'm going to see what happens.

“What's it to ya?”

Since: Mar 09

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#80136 Feb 12, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
FWIW, my coworkers are not pushy at all. They put forms on the counter at work and nothing gets said about them.
I was wondering how you were going to implement your non-purchase plan without being "mean" or whatever. Glad to hear your co-workers aren't all "buy from my kid or you're not a good friend" types.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#80137 Feb 13, 2013
PEllen

Chicago, IL

#80138 Feb 13, 2013

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#80139 Feb 13, 2013
Sublime1 wrote:
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I don't buy from others and I don't push my kids stuff on others. I just think it's gotten ridiculous.
My mom used to drop me and my two bros off at farm & fleet and have us sell stuff outside the door when we had fundraising for baseball. We'd be decked out in our uniforms. I absolutely hated it. We'd be there for what seemed like an eternity. I won't make my kids do that.
What's even worse is they have all these fund raisers for school and tell the kids they can get all these prizes if they sell stuff. My kids came home thinking they are going to get an ipod. I told them ... no, this is a scam ... you would need to sell a bazillion of these things before you could get that ipod ... you if you work really, really hard, you might get an eraser, at best.
We have a fair at school (with carnival rides and games), fundraiser nights at various restaurants, and book fairs ... I'd much rather do stuff like that to support their school than have me or them have to pitch stuff.
I went to private grade school and we had to sell crap nearly every month. I had to go door to door in a neighborhood where 80% of the kids went to the same damn school as me and were selling the same stuff. Humiliating and awful for an already shy kid. I would never make my kid do that.

J put up a "no solicitors" sign by our doorbell and kids selling delicious goodies are apparently the only ones that can read it and comprehend it. The fecking Jehovah's Witnesses don't realize it's for them.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#80140 Feb 13, 2013
squishymama wrote:
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I'm refusing to dye my hair. I'm the laziest hair-doer on the planet and I detest the look of roots so...
Both my grandma and mom are were/are a beautiful silver so I'm going to see what happens.
I cut all my hair off 2 weeks ago. Went from about 6 inches below my shoulder to a pixie. I am loving it. Going to go broke buying cute girly hair clips and headbands on Etsy.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#80141 Feb 13, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
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I cut all my hair off 2 weeks ago. Went from about 6 inches below my shoulder to a pixie. I am loving it. Going to go broke buying cute girly hair clips and headbands on Etsy.
I have been tempted to do that, but my hair guy keeps telling me I have Angelina Jolie hair (that's the ONLY physical trait we have in common!) so I'm trying to enjoy that for a while.

Maybe when it gets really grey I'll cut it short again.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#80142 Feb 13, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
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I went to private grade school and we had to sell crap nearly every month. I had to go door to door in a neighborhood where 80% of the kids went to the same damn school as me and were selling the same stuff. Humiliating and awful for an already shy kid. I would never make my kid do that.
J put up a "no solicitors" sign by our doorbell and kids selling delicious goodies are apparently the only ones that can read it and comprehend it. The fecking Jehovah's Witnesses don't realize it's for them.
I don't. We just ask family and don't really worry about it.

My husband's company (sales) had a session on fundraising on Take Your Kid to Work Day. Lulu wasn't old enough last year, but I'm going to see if we can get her signed up this year. Even if you never get good at it, it's helpful to know the techniques.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#80143 Feb 13, 2013
Who doesn't want to be saved?
Matilda77 wrote:
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The fecking Jehovah's Witnesses don't realize it's for them.
PEllen

Chicago, IL

#80144 Feb 13, 2013
RACE wrote:
Who doesn't want to be saved?
<quoted text>
Jesus saves. Moses invests.

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