***Updated 9/19 7:39 a.m. MST to add: ONE MORE STEALER! I posted the recap a few hours before midnight Sunday and shot myself right in the foot because at 11:00 we got one more stealer. Geevz from Hazardous Undertakings scored this super cute sewing desk from a thrift store for only 20 bones: Thanks, Geevz!***
First things first: thanks to everyone who participated in Saturday Steals over the weekend! I love refreshing my browser over the weekend to check in on the state of things. Whenever I refresh and see a new post added to the list my heart gives a little lurch. It’s reassuring to see that I’m not left in the dust—that people are willing to steal and post and show their support.
We didn’t quite make the goal of 10 Stealers this week, but we did get up to seven (well, eight if you count the accidental double entry, which I did for a while because it made me happy looking at such a long list of participants).
Seven is pretty good. It’s more than six.
The thing about seven, though, is that it’s a prime number. Only divisible by one and itself. And prime numbers have always irritated me. They seem so stingy with themselves, all elitist with their own little club and crap. Prime numbers remind me of high school in more ways than one. So even though seven is better than six, it still won’t do. I’m not settling for 7. I am shooting for 10 again next weekend. 10 stealers or bust!
So be thinking throughout the week of what might constitute a steal. Maybe you drive downtown and swing into a parking space with 30 minutes left on the meter. Maybe you buy a Whopper from Burger King and fill out the survey on the back of the receipt to get another Whopper free. Maybe you wake up and the sun is shining and you have a life-clarifying moment listening to birds chirp without having to pay to see a James Cameron movie in the theatre. Steal. Remember, you can add it as a comment on Facebook and then mention it on your own Facebook wall. We are no respecter of social media outlets here at AoOL.
The offer of a giveaway will still stand: when we reach 10 stealers I will choose a winner from the participants.
Anyway, on with the roundup:
Alaina from View from Down Here got her unborn baby’s nursery painted for free:Rachel from Dreaming of the Country bought this cute crock for her new kitchen from an antique store with birthday money:Irene/Minnie Driver from Me He Perdido got into a bunch of Roman museums and sites for reduced or free prices because she’s under 25 and European (I wish I was under 25 and European):Deanna from Meannagan (how do you pronounce that, Deanna?) scored three steals: a baby for free, six days’ worth of diapers for free, and five pairs of Victoria’s Secret panties for free! I’m glad to know the Meannagan bottoms are so well covered these days:Anonymous My Sister from Five to Nine Furnishings scored this ADORABLE bedroom set for a good deal, and it can be YOURS for a good deal, too! She’s selling it all for $285, which is not only 1000 times cheaper than a set from Pottery Barn but also 1000 times amazinger. Hurry and buy it so I don’t have to try to bring it back with me from Arizona when I’m visiting in October:Ros from Ticklepea landed another round of excellent books for only 30 pence each:And Chloe from My New Life as a Housewife scored two beautiful rosebuds on her own bushes in her backyard for free:Thanks, everyone, for participating over the weekend. Hope you all come out again this weekend and that three of you bring friends.
I have a busy week ahead. I don’t have a full time job but I have three part time ones and between them and my duties at church as an adult adviser for the teenage girls in my ward, it definitely feels like I’m working full time hours.
Speaking of my duties at church: earlier today I spoke to the girls as a group (there were nine or 10 girls present and the same number of adults) about chastity and dating standards. As I am generally a very prude sort of person, you can imagine how uncomfortable I was with giving such a lesson. I prepared for it most of the month, though, and I thought it went pretty good in the end. I hope I inspired them to keep their pants on until marriage.
I used the line from Juno where Juno tells her dad that she’s pregnant, and her dad, disappointed, says, “I thought you were the kind of girl who knew when to say when.” And Juno looks down and says, “I don’t really know what kind of girl I am.” (You can see it here.)
The first time I saw the movie I thought, “If I ever get to be a young women’s leader I am using that in a lesson.” It breaks me heart that so many girls struggle with exactly that: they don’t know what kind of girls they are.
My goal is to help them figure it out.