The girls are spending this holiday with their father in NY and I decided to stay home and hang with my family because my favorite pastime is arguing about basic human decency over a giant piece of sweet potato pie. Which reminds me: When I was giving my speech at the 8th annual mass resignation form the LDS church, Marlo was at my mother’s house with the rest of my family and overheard my mother say something like, “We respect the president and what he’s trying to do for our country.” Marlo wanted to know what I thought about this since she’s overheard conversations in our home wherein we communicate a very real fear that this dude is going to engender nuclear annihilation.
I’m trying not to indoctrinate my children with anything other than “please be a good person and care about the world around you.” That’s it. I want them to critically think about issues and come to their own conclusions, hopefully ones that are inspired by concern for the well-being and happiness of their fellow humans and the sacrifices we have to make in order to transform that concern into real action. But when she asked me that, I don’t know what came over me and without hesitation I said in complete monotone, “Donald Trump is the worst person in the world.”
And then I repeated that sentence three times. Some truths we hold to be self-evident.
Now let’s go shopping!
Some of the partners I’ve worked with in the past alerted me to these Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals they’re running, and if you’re wondering about gifts to give this season these are some excellent thought-starters.
ButcherBox is running two incredible offers over the next five days.
FIRST: FREE Ultimate Steak Bundle (2 Ribeyes, 2 NY Strips, and 2 Filet Mignons) with your order.
SECOND: $100 of FREE wine from Dry Farm Wines (3 bottles – customers can choose) with your order.
You can only choose one, but either option is a sweet deal. Just a reminder: ButcherBox steaks are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished and raised free from antibiotics and hormones. I love these guys and what they are doing for independent farmers. And they are working with Dry Farm Wines because they curate only the highest quality natural wines from small, organic family farms that meet strict standards of health.
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If you’re looking for some one-offs here are some ideas to get you thinking. This season stresses me out more than any other (see: I AM TERRIBLE AT GIFT GIVING), and I’ve already had the girls make their Christmas lists so I could get a jump on things. Where do I get a stuffed, magical unicorn that stands as tall as Lebron James? Asking for a very picky eight-year-old.