Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Night Surprises

Remember that co-worker of my husband’s who asked me to review her National Board entry a few weeks ago?  Remember how she kindly gave me a Starbucks gift card to compensate my time and assistance? 

Well, that co-worker's name is Manar…and she’s back! I confess, I’ve never been happier to edit a paper in my life. Manar’s generosity is unmatched. This afternoon she sent my husband home with a goodie bag for me. The contents?

- 2 packages of adorable glass candleholders. It’s hard to see them here, but I’m going to try to use them in my spring décor, so hopefully you’ll see them up close and personal.
- A bar of lemon-scented soap (someone’s been reading my blog and taking notes!)
- A gift card to the Home Depot!
- And a gift card to Trader Joe’s!
Plus, they were all wrapped up with cute tissue paper, in a Banana Republic bag.  This is a woman after my own heart.

(Oh, yeah.  I forgot that the goodie bag also included two more National Board entries for me to revise, but who wants to focus on that when I have NEW SOAP to write about?!)

Please know that I don’t share this information to brag about my blessings.  After all, Manar is a modest person, who is probably blushing about the fact that I'm even mentioning her altruism.  But I want to be transparent about any gifts I receive.  That way, when I come home with a new pendant lamp from Home Depot, you don’t think I fell off the Stopping Spree wagon!  (Although if I'm going to fall off the wagon, it's going to be for something far more exciting than a light fixture...)

One thing has become abundantly clear:  I’m trafficking in gift cards these days.  It is truly the perfect solution for my money-saving mission.  Anyone else need a paper edited?  A closet cleaned?  A fireplace mantel decorated?  A box of photos organized?  A garden planted?  You know where to find me - and now you know exactly how to thank me.

And now, I must attend to a few National Board entries...
(P.S. Manar, thanks a million!  I've already glanced at your two entries and they look great, but I promise to provide ample feedback/suggestions to help you with the process.)


  1. I have NB papers for you to edit, Kate! :)

    1. @Amy - Sounds good. It'll time out well with our HSPE testing time!