Of apostrophes and other animals

Meg wrote a fantastic entry recently entitled Malapostrophication, crap marketing agencies, and why its they’re fault you’re business look’s dumb. Just in case you don’t go through my blogroll every day, you know.

I must remember to get my camera out more often when I see signs like that. I don’t seem to have any malapostrophication examples uploaded to Flickr, so you’ll have to make do with the one on the right as an illustration for now.

The pledge

I, Mirthful, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of “new” manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoated, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftyness brings! Signed Mirthful.


And so it begins. I thought I’d try this for 2 months to start with, which is kind of a cheat as I can quite easily go 2 months without buying any new clothes even without a pledge – I often have a hard time finding anything I actually want in the shops (though I will probably find lots of items I actually want now that I’ve pledged not to…).

Yay, blogathon!

It’s on 29 July, apparently, which is all good. And no, I’m not even contemplating doing it this year, I have enough problems staying awake for twelve hours, 24 would be impossible and since the event starts at 3 pm local time I’d actually have to stay awake from whenever I wake up (which, knowing me, would probably be ridiculously early if sleeping in was the plan) until 3 pm the next day – a minimum of 30 hours or so. Not possible in any way, shape or form.

However, there is no need to despair, plenty of worthy people are blogging for worthy causes, and you can sponsor some of them instead. So far I’ve pledged about a dollar an hour to Jamelah‘s chosen charity, because, well, Jamelah’s blog is entertaining reading and also who hasn’t figured that breast cancer sucks? Read more about the Blogathon here.

Do some good

My friend Roger is walking (which is good in itself) a sponsored walk for the American Diabetes Association (which is even better), and either all his other friends are as forgetful as I am (I needed the reminder, Roger), or they’re miserable so-and-sos or possibly just piss-poor. What do I know. Anyway, if you feel you haven’t quite fulfilled that “give a tenth of what you earn” thing recently, why don’t you do some good and sponsor him, too?

And while you’re at the good deed doing, sign up to sponsor a child through SOS. I just did, and boy, is he adorable (yes, it’s a he, and that’s just about all I can tell you, as, for obvious reasons, we’re not supposed to plaster the personal details of the children all over the internet).

Then go toast yourself for being an excellent person.