I was sitting at my desk this morning minding my own business and
tweeting working my tail off, when out of the corner of my eye I saw a spider tip-toe across the carpet like Clara in the Nutcracker.
Alarmed, I did what any normal person would do and reached for the Febreeze I keep in my office cupboard (ironically, next to the Kleenex, which might have been more effective.) Despite a good three or four squirts, the eight-legged freak kept on booking through the Clean Linen shower, but then stopped a few feet away.
So did I, as quite honesty, I was impressed with both his gumption and the pleasant aroma of Febreeze.
Anyway, I can’t be sure, but I think he turned around and gave me the bird with his little spider leg. Apparently my attempted arachnid homicide did not sit well with him. He went on his way, and I can only imagine he sent out a bunch of Twitter litter about the skinny Polish chick that harshed his mellow with cleaning products this afternoon.
Whatever. At least now he smells fresh for the ladies.
My point is not that Febreeze is ineffective as an arachnid killer—although that much is obvious—but rather that I feel I should reverse my karma after the assassination attempt. And although I had another post ready to go up that’s a bit snarky and self-indulgent, that can wait a day or two so I can put some good vibes out there.
So with the holiday season in full swing, I will share with you a few of the cool things you can do to support some bloggers who are trying to put out some good vibes of their own. It’s a HUGE misconception, but bloggers aren’t just witty words and dangerously good looks. They also use those inherent attributes to give back, and here are some ways you can help.
Cool Things Bloggers Do That You Can Do Too
It goes without saying that you have already purchased my book, as I’ve sent out enough annoying reminders to do so, there’s a tab at the top of this page and a button on the side. But just in case you haven’t—and you know who you are, all you people—here’s another reminder that you should.
Oh, hi. Remember me?
After you buy my book, you will need a calendar for 2012 so you can put a big red heart or smiley face sticker on all the days I publish a post. You do that, right? Am I the only one?
This year participants are showing off that survivor strength, not because they are all survivors, but because they all are supporters of every woman who has had to struggle against the violence. All proceeds will go Violence UnSilenced.
My friend Liz from across the pond at I Am Pisspot lost her mom to suicide 12 years ago and has since worked with a mental health charity to help others coping with the same thing.
So what is she doing now?
Being a runner, she’s running four races in four cities across Europe to raise money for the cause. If you’re interested in donating money, this link will take you to the official site.
After you read my book, you can read Jayne’s from In Jayne’s World, as she is releasing a compilation of 19 essays from the past two years of her blog. Each month, she’ll be selecting a different group to receive a portion of the profits from “Suitable for Giving,” but I would just recommend that you put it in your Amazon cart now with the multiple copies of mine and an avocado cutter or two.
Finally, Ms. Holly at The Healthy Everythingtarian has teamed up with another food blogger to raise money for medical supplies for the Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin. If you would like to donate to that, this link will take you to the official site.
So as you can see, bloggers do cool things like raise money by writing books, posing in calendars, running races and supporting mission trips.
And, you know, we save spiders from impending death and body odor.
This list is in no way complete, but simply a list of the things that I have purchased or donated myself so far (damn you, spider karma.) If you have something you would like to include, feel free to add it in the comments!
For now, Buy the Book. Save a Kitten—or any of the other things above.