Throat still sore; ran a mild fever part of the day. In addition to my mint hot chocolate, which tastes like Thin Mints and would be totally awesome if they'd just dial down the peppermint a little, I also have Rudolph's Favorite Chocolate Creamy Cocoa, which is good but also adorable. In fact, I'm starting to panic because I think I'm going to run out pretty soon. Durrrr. I'll have to go back to Smith's and see if they have any more.
shoukinkasegi totally made my day with this: "Birmingham's got book smarts. A 2004 'Most Literate Cities' study from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater reported recently that of the 79 American cities with populations of more than 200,000, Birmingham ranked 18th - beating cities such as New York (49th), Chicago (58th) and Los Angeles (68th)." I'm not saying that we don't have a lot to work on down here, but don't ever let anyone tell you that Birmingham is a town full of hayseeds, because it's not. What we mostly got the ranking for is our vast array of bookstores and libraries, thank you very much--there's still a lot of work to be done with adult literacy programs, but if you can read (and I assume that, if you're on my journal, you... can), you would enjoy Birmingham.
Meanwhile, I've fallen behind on several things--the 4christina.org fundraising being one of them. Well, rather, tallying the fundraising--y'all are sending the money directly to Christina, and that's what's important. You can help the family out whenever and as often as you want, but for the purposes of a new "Fifteen Minutes," I'm closing the tally on January 1. (Go here if you'd still like to donate, and keep in mind my whole "one dollar makes a difference" philosophy. Please make sure you log your donation in the for-my-eyes-only poll.) Also, Jillian tells me that her father--that would be Mr. Christina--has lost his relief job and is taking a big pay cut, as they were fearing he would. My mother's offered to finish tallying the donations, so I'll be able to tell y'all whether we made our goal or not. You can also pre-order Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince through the 4christina.org Amazon link.
As for the promised fundraiser "Fifteen Minutes," it's a dead heat between Snicket and Phantom. Seriously, it's a difference of one vote.
As for the Asian death toll, Yahoo headlines are saying that it's up past 77,000 now, and... I don't know. I feel like we ought to be doing the whip-round of all time for this, but... I can't spearhead this one. I'm exhausted and buried under work. If someone can come up with a cohesive plan to raise money, a few distinct places to donate--in fact, I think I saw it pointed out on anne_jumps's journal that none of the big bottled water companies are donating anything, and water is exactly what people over there need right now. Maybe a letter/email-writing campaign?--I would post it and pimp it to high heaven. But that someone in charge can't be me right now.