Digging Out After Christmas

Going green — By Stephanie on December 27, 2008 at 8:44 pm
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Lots of digging out this week!

Today was the first day in about a week that we were able to get out and really drive around in the Seattle area.  I arrived in town on Friday the 19th to beat a snow storm, which basically poured about 2 feet of snow on the Pacific Northwest from Saturday, on and off through Christmas Day!

While we were digging out from the snow storm and hiking up and down the steep hill leading up to my parents’ house, I realized that there is a lot of digging this time of year.  We are trying to dig out of debt, save for college and pay bills on time.  I am also digging deep into my own priorities to decide what to focus on for the year 2009. Ever the optimist, I believe that the New Year holds much promise.  But I do have to make a plan to stay on track.

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Many shoppers will be digging out after Christmas this year

Looking around the living room on Christmas morning at the mounds of gifts from relatives to our children, I thought to myself that we will also dig out from all the holiday spending and excess.  Our family was generous this year, and the haul of presents that my four kids received more than filled the trunk of one of our cars.

If that wasn’t enough, we went to the mall today and the sales announcements screamed from the windows:  Prices Slashed!  60% off of already reduced prices!  Spend more money that you don’t have!  Unfortunately, the consumers have to fill the role of the retail bailout package.  Count me out.  I have enough digging of my own to do.

Tomorrow, we drive back home to Oregon.  Normally a 6-hour drive, I expect it to take up to 8 hours because of the weather conditions.  We’ll be going slow to avoid accidents, and if it takes a little bit longer to arrive, better safe than sorry.  I don’t want to dig out from the side of the road.

I’m taking a similar approach with life in the coming months.  Steadily working on business, slowly making progress towards my goals.  Success does not come without hard work.  I’m determined not to crash and burn by being in a hurry to get there.   When we find ourselves digging – no matter whether its from too much spending or being in too big of a rush, its time to take it slow.  And enjoy the scenery along the way!

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  1. pinkpackrat says:

    Diging out after Christmas could take a long time this year, but maybe with Obama in the White House the digging will be easier. Seems like we’ve all reached a tipping point when it comes to spending and being good little consumers:-)

  2. Stephanie says:

    Hi Pinkpackrat (one of my favorite bloggers!) – yes, I agree. I had a panic dream last night about our own digging out. But I remain hopeful for the new year and a new administration!

    Cheers, Steph

  3. Uncle B says:

    Americans are locked into a lot of old British habits and notions from 200 years ago or more. The width of rail systems is one that costs the environment dearly. The other , and more apparent, is the front lawn! We need to dig them up and plant food instead! If we planted potatoes in place of grass, we could make Vodka in the fall, and not feel the sting of the (GRD) great republican depression at all! Or, we could fuel our existing cars, or, we could fuel high efficiency cars, or, we could eat well, a full tummy in GRD times is a good thing, or, we could feed the soon to be starving masses of urbanites as the food and food distributing corporations fail to meet payrolls and go out of business! We should be able to “rent” our lawn spaces to enterprising and otherwise unemployed Americans, for gardening, for a return in veggies in the fall! This idea may not seem worth the trouble to well heeled folk just yet, but as the true economic realities of the destruction of the Bush Empire are revealed by the Obama administration, we will realize that the depth and darkness of this disease, the GRD upon us, is greater than ever before admitted, and will have profound, paradigm shifting effect on the American soul and change our very way of life. It will be during this realization that the changes necessary for survival will be adopted. Solar energy will be recognized as “perpetual power” and most desirable, as will wind, wave, tidal and geothermal energy sources. After the convulsions, forced on Americans by oil shortages and high prices, America will rise like a Phoenix from it’s own ash, a reborn society with sustainable, realistic and nature friendly goals, with a world to convert to the new paradigm!

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