Sunday, April 15, 2012

Walking for the homeless

Today I did my third Homeward Bound walk, helping raise money for several local organizations that help people in our community who are experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. I walked with a group of women from my moms group, the Hoosier Mamas.

There were 5 who walked in our group. We raised, as of this evening, $335. Not bad.

It was a beautiful day for the walk. Once again, we lucked out with sunny, warm weather. We walked 5K, which is a little over 3 miles. We got some sun. We drank lots of water. Chili and snacks awaited us when we returned to the park.

One of the things I really like about this walk, besides the good cause, is that it really is family-friendly. They encourage kids to get involved. Because a lot of kids experience homelessness and food insecurity. There are events before and after the walk to help entertain kids.

Walking for Homeward Bound is something I really like doing. I've known people who have been homeless, who have needed to use the services of the food bank, who needed a helping hand. We're extremely fortunate that we have a house, that we can afford our mortgage and buy groceries. But there are no guarantees.

For the past few years, we have concentrated our attention on local groups like the ones listed below when we decide where to donate time and money. In a perfect world, these organizations wouldn't need to exist. But they do.

There's still time to make a donation that will benefit Amethyst House, Centerstone, Community Kitchen, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Martha's House, Middleway House, Monroe County United Ministries, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, New Hope Family Shelter, Shalom Community Center, Stepping Stones, and Youth Services Bureau. Our team page is here.

If you prefer to donate directly to the organization of your choice, please consider doing so. Plus, starting tomorrow, you can vote for Hoosier Hills Food Bank to win an orchard. You can vote once per day.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Paper craft

Wil has been creative of late, drawing and cutting out a variety of things using construction paper. I love his imagination.
Wil cutting out aliens.

It started with dinosaurs:

Wil's herd of dinosaurs.

Then he made a band.
The instruments: drums, guitar, bass, tuba, keyboard, microphone.
And the band members. Complete with stage curtains.

This week's projects included Transformers - both robots and vehicles:
Bots and vehicles from Transformers Prime.

Transformers he made for Sam.

Transformers Rescue Bots.
and Ben 10 aliens:
Sam's aliens.

Wil's aliens.
And one of the best things? He has made some for Sam so they can play together.
Sam playing Ben 10 aliens.
I can't wait to see what he comes up with tomorrow. We still have a lot of construction paper.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New way to size women's clothes?

I don't really need a blazer, and they are still a bit pricey, but I am intrigued by the idea Quincy has developed of creating clothing based on shape rather than size.

Considering how out of date the current sizing used for women's clothing is (it was developed around 1940, when women were shorter and thinner than now), it's about time someone is trying to address the issue. A new sizing scheme is definitely called for.

The balance Quincy has sought between custom tailoring, which is expensive, and off-the-rack, which rarely fits well, is intriguing. I've always been frustrated by the assumption that women who are tall are skinny and curvier means shorter. Or the assumption of the opposite. Or that all women have the exact same length torso.

I'll be interested to see how well this takes off and if customers are satisfied with fit. And maybe I'll buy something from them once they expand their offerings.