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Kiva - loans that change lives

In the spirit of the holidays, I'm giving out four Kiva Gift Certificates to anyone who's interested (all gone!). They're worth $25, and should you not be interested in continuing to support the site when it's been paid back, you can just withdraw it. 25 smackaroos! Can't beat that! *g* So step right up and comment if you want one. If you don't have an email listed in your lj user info (or want it sent elsewhere), please include it in your comment.

And if you do decide to join Kiva, do join any teams you might be interested in before you start lending. You can't retroactively credit a loan to a team, it has to occur at check-out. May I suggest Fandom!, Women Empowering Women, your alma mater, any of your local area groups, or perhaps something else that you're interested in.

Merry Chrismas
Happy Holidays,

Oh, and thanks for the lovely comments on the Holiday Love Meme!
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Everybody's working for the weekend!

I'm currently halfway through The Deeper Meaning of Liff, which is like my favorite new thing. For those not in the know, it's "a dictionary of things there aren't any words for yet", by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd. All words are really geographical places. Collapse )

And let me tell you, by the time I stopped working at almost eight last night, I was feeling hynish in the extreme. But today was the first day of my five day weekend, so today is a happy day!

I've been watching a lot of TV since my last update. A LOT. I'm almost back to my January levels, after dropping to alarmingly low levels in March.

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I've run out of NCIS seasons on DVD, so unless this Farscape itch gets its claws in me completely, I think the next show in the pipeline is going to be Deadwood. Finally!

I've been really good about adding 25 bucks to my Kiva account each month, and so far this year, I've made seven new loans (the repaid loans have enabled me to loan $175, even though I've only put $100 into my account)! And I think that once this year is up, I'll probably be able to make at least a loan a month in perpetuity without adding another cent.

And since I love the idea of this site so much, here's that link again:

Kiva - loans that change lives

And if you do decide to make a loan, do join the fandom team. The number of members has doubled since my last mention, and the amount loaned has quadrupled, but I still think fandom can do much more.

And if you're into country rivalry, Team Sweden just passed Team USA, which is simply pitiful, you guys. Come on, where's your patriotism?! ;-) (If you're wondering where my patriotism is, I don't care so much about the US being ahead of us, since the US population is about 30 times the size of ours. I just want us to beat those @%!#^/$ Norwegians!)
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The season of giving

You guys are impossible to shop for, but I think I found something you'll all enjoy:

Merry Christmas, flist!

(In case you're wondering what the heck I'm on about, I adopted a polar bear through WWF for you all.)

Between the polar bear and my permanent account charitable donation going to the Snow Leopard Trust I started feeling guilty about neglecting my fellow human beings, so I also joined Amnesty International and made a couple of more loans at Kiva.org.

The more I loan through Kiva, the more I like it. And today I discovered lending teams, which I think is an awesome idea. You don't lend as a team, but your individual loans can go towards any of the teams you're a member of. At first I was disappointed that there was no LiveJournal team, but then I found the Fandom! team, which is even better! (And now I'm completely curious about who the members are.) If you're a Kiva lender, you should totally join.

And if you're not a Kiva lender, what are you waiting for? The best part about it is that you can make the same money help a bunch of different people since you get it back, it's only a loan. And if you're tired of lending, or if you need money, just withdraw the funds instead.