Above is Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Honey Pot" and this is my granddaughter's favorite. She was grabbing for the computer screen and laughing. I have no idea what it reminds her of or what in it spoke to her. I happen to love it. But she's crazy for it. I ended up printing it up for her.
I will be buying gifts for her this year -- will be, I'm so far behind I haven't bought anything. We just put up the tree Sunday. And we'll buy for all of our kids and for our folks. So it'll be a lot of shopping. (I was sick day after Thanksgiving when I usually knock out all the major shopping. So I am way behind this year.) But one thing to consider if you are buying for any of the holidays, the AFL-CIO reminds you to look for the Union Label:
This holiday season, union families can use their power to help keep good union jobs in the community by purchasing union-made goods and services. The AFL-CIO Union Label & Service Trades Department (UL&STD) has compiled a list of union-made products you can buy and another list of products and services that the AFL-CIO has approved for boycott.
Start your shopping list with a visit to the Union Label website, www.unionlabel.org, and click on Search for Union Products to see if a product is union made and what union produces it. If you can't find what you?re looking for there, move on to the websites of individual unions that show up as links on the page.
Another great place to find a wide assortment of union-made products is the AFL-CIO Online Store, where you will find unique apparel, buttons, mugs, decals and other outstanding union items.
I bought DVDs and gift cards today. The days where you could go to one big box store seem to be gone. So this year, I am breaking things up. I felt so awful though because we got done at Best Buy and Borders (and I'll gripe about Best Buy in just one second) and Home Depot (my father, my oldest brother, my husband and my youngest sister) and at the last stop there's a Toys R Us and I thought, "Don't let her see it, don't let her see it." ("Her" being my granddaughter.) She's too small to read and fortunately she didn't recognize the logo. But I still felt guilty. If we hadn't waited in line at Best Buy for 40 minutes, I wouldn't have been that way. But it was an all day thing.
If you're going for DVDs forget it.
Not because half their stock is now HD. Over half. But because they've cut back their DVDs -- HD or regular. I can't believe. Blue Ray, sorry. They've cut it back. I was expecting it to be like last year where it was just aisles and they were high up. Forget it. It was a waste of time. I couldn't find a damn thing. My mother is missing Will & Grace. She's been on that show (talking about it) for months now. And she decided that is what she wanted.
I asked C.I. because I'd heard there was some problem. C.I. said, "Don't get the boxed set. The discs don't play and you keep having to wait for replacement ones." She said buy them season by season. They didn't have it at Best Buy. If they'd had that boxed set for $130 or so (or $160), I would've purchased it just to be done. But they had no selection. We had better luck at the bookstore.
The worse thing about shopping? You get so hot in the overheated stores and you're sweating and you have to take off your coat. When you're finally outside, you're freezing in a matter of minutes.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday: