I just returned from a 3 day, 2 night trip to Arkansas.
Have to tell you that it was great fun (went with a group of about 25 women) and we visited a lot of incredible places -- the Clinton Library, University of Arkansas (even toured the Chancellor's home with his lovely wife), the Crystal Bridges Museum, and more.
I'm really glad that I went and if you haven't been to Crystal Bridges, GO.
That being said, I'm mad at myself.
Last night when I was going through my bags, I piled up the "stuff" that I'd accumulated on the trip -- some of it I was given (Anyone want a University of Arkansas paperweight featuring the Chancellor's residence in living color?), but most of it I spent my hard-earned money on.
Here's the list of my shame:
- 2 Blue Birds, glass, 2 inches tall
- 1 Soap Dish, ceramic
- 4 Presidential Quotation Books: Jefferson (1), Roosevelt (2), Lincoln (1)
- 1 Lamb Christmas Ornament, fabric
- 1 Paperweight, glass, University of Arkansas Chancellor's residence pictured, in presentation box
- 1 Print of a Piece by Wayne Thiebaud, "Supine Woman", about 10 X 14 inches (shown above)
And I wanted to buy more stuff -- I held myself back!
NOTE: As I type this post, I am looking at another recent acquisition from Dallas -- a Big Tex bobble head purchased one week ago today, obviously in the middle of a corny dog coma.
Why do I do this?
For me, a lot of it is being caught up in the frenzy of other women who are purchasing. Also, things look so much better when you see lots of them in a group (Alas, 2 blue birds do not a flock make...), so I make decisions that bite me later.
What makes me mad is that I had stopped buying stupid stuff -- I really had. The last time that I went on one of these trips (JLD trip to NOLA), the only thing I bought were 12 sterling iced tea spoon sippers -- and I had always wanted some and love them every time I use them.
I want to stop this needless waste and use the money to do something for good. The children at Community Partners of Dallas need more than a glass blue bird, and it is truly needed.
Now, I'm all for beauty and sentiment and I want you to buy souvenirs and love them. I think that it is part of the joy of life.
I just want to remember the CPD kids at the next gift shop I enter. My #FundraisingFriday gift is going to them.