Wednesday, April 27, 2011

fiscal fast: day three

Day three, not so bad. I honestly can't think of anything we wanted to buy today, although Braeden almost failed this morning by starting to set up an automatic bill pay for the credit card (meaning that he would have made a credit card payment today) but then realized at the last second that he would be spending money and stopped. It's amazing how easy it is in the world today to spend money without even realizing that that's what you're doing.

Interestingly, we've started to get some wedding presents from our registries in the mail this week, so although we haven't been spending any money we've been getting new stuff. Braeden also picked up a bag full of free books in Spanish from work. Last week we even got a nice queen-sized mattress and box springs for free, though we weren't fiscal fasting at the time. It's really amazing the good quality stuff you can find out there for free.

Speaking of, one of the things Jeff Yeager talks about in his book is how we as Americans spend a lot of our time working so we can earn money so we can pay people to do things for us: if we learn how to do these things ourselves we can skip the money step. Tonight I went to a Center for the Book lecture by Peter and Donna Thomas. They are book artists who are currently traveling across the country, meeting up with other book artists and book making groups. They are traveling in a gypsy wagon (inspired by their Renaissance Fair days) that they made themselves and pull behind their truck like a trailor. I got to take a peak inside and it was just beautiful and old-time-y and incredibly impressive. It took them 3 years but they made it, they built it themselves. I think that is beautiful.

Their books are also impressive works of art. My favorite are the books in their ukulele series. Peter takes these ukuleles apart and makes them into books, then puts them back together so that they are still playable! He played us a few songs during the presentation and it was really fun. What are books without book folk songs to celebrate them?

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