notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

V-Day Giveth-a-thon

So Niki has taken the initiative on reprising our Donors Choose project from Christmas of 2005, and I'm here today to spread the word about our new effort. We funded the @#*! out of that @#&$ if you recall. We'd like to fund the #$!* out of this one too:

A New Reason to Love Valentine's Day
As a child Valentine's Day was my favorite holiday. Yes, I liked it more than Christmas. I loved getting valentines in my specially decorated bag from everyone in class, and the class parties always seemed to have the best food on V-day. It was just all around good vibes, everyone got tiny themed cards, and we had a great time figuring out whether our crush intentionally gave us the best Transformers valentine. As adults, though, this spirit is lost in our singleton status, our worry about the perfect gift, or our dinner reservations at THE most romantic restaurant in town or nothing else.

This year, in my quest to recapture primary school good vibes, I'm bringing back 2005's Christmas good cheer to help fund projects at DonorsChoose. I've teamed up with fellow bloggers, Andi, Ashley, Jeff, and Megan to challenge our readers to fund 4 worthy proposals that we carefully selected. Let me explain a little more:

The Who: Kids under 11 years old, most of them coming from families that live below the poverty line

The What: 4 proposals submitted by teachers from schools around the country, all from low-income areas. Two teachers want to help their kids create books. One teacher wants to show her kids the fun of using props to act out plays in the classroom. Another teacher wants to give kids the gift of knowledge by subscribing them to Time Magazine for Kids. Read more by following the links.

The When: By February 14, 2007 - A Valentine's Day gift to warm everyone's heart!

The Where:

The Why: Because Valentine's Day is about showing people the love, not buying expensive gifts or gorging on chocolate. Also, because I'll totally heart you forever!

The How: Go here, donate as much or as little as you can.

Our goal is to completely fund all these projects, which total $1,381. If everyone who reads our blogs donates, we know we can do it. Go on, you know you want to.

Why are you still reading this and not donating?

PS - There's a great goal-o-meter at Niki's post that I couldn't figure out how to reproduce, which is a shame because everyone loves those things. Check in there to monitor our progress. Make a donation and watch it rise. That's right, you're a wizard - show me what ya workin' with.