These things are amazing. They're made in Oregon, so I don't know if they're distributed around the country, but if they are you should try them! They also come in plain peanut butter and dark chocolate peanut butter, but I haven't tried those yet.
We've been wanting a bookshelf for quite some time now. Our books filled half of our storage coffee table and then we had some that were just sitting around. So on Saturday we found a bookshelf for only $28 at Target and used a $25 gift card on it. I set it up while Michael played basketball and when it was all done and I stood it up...it looked like this. :(
See the raw edge on the bottom sides of the shelf? *Sigh* We're just going to get black paint and paint that part. It was a cheap bookshelf and it serves its purpose (and it's just in a guest room). Side note: those are all Harry Potter Funko Pops. Michael is obsessed with collecting them and has accumulated those in about six months.
Also on Saturday, we bought the Ecobee Lite thermostat that I wanted. We bought it at Home Depot because we had $100 worth of gift cards from Christmas and Michael's birthday...and then we got home and realized you have to actually do something with the furnace itself. Our furnace is in an attic crawlspace and we only have a four foot ladder, which isn't tall enough. We opened the thermostat, so I'm not sure if we can return it. I'd prefer to get a full-size ladder and get it done, but we also don't know if we're savvy enough to even figure out how to do it once we can reach the furnace. Does anyone else have experience changing out their thermostat for a "smart" one and having to mess with the furnace? Is it difficult?
This Muslim ban crap has me so angry. In November, I decided I would start a monthly donation to some sort of social justice organization. I ended up going with the ACLU, and I'm so happy with that decision now based on all that's happening and how they're fighting. I was also super happy to see the below message in my Bloglovin' feed, to see Starbucks planning on hiring refugees, and to see companies like Lyft pledge large donations. I'm also proud to see Nike (founded and headquartered here in Oregon) making a statement (okay, technically it was an email to all employees, but it has since been published online) against the ban. (Obviously, the happiness over these things doesn't overpower my burning rage, but it's nice to see like-minded businesses and individuals fighting for what's right.)
Michael is a Twitter fiend, and he saw a tweet where someone suggested volunteering at your local mosque. He found our local mosque and saw that they do have volunteer opportunities as well as interfaith meetings. He contacted them and we've been added to the volunteer list. I'm excited to meet people who are different from me and to support a group that is being marginalized unfairly. I never would've thought to do this, so I wanted to include it as a PSA to anyone out there who isn't sure what they can do! Obviously, it's not an action that will change political policy, but it's a way to stand in solidarity with your fellow human beings.