Current Obsession: A Pregnant Giraffe -- Also new project and I need your help.

Okay, so I'm totally obsessed with this pregnant giraffe, April, right now. I've discussed my love for giraffes before on this blog. We have a lot in common: we're both tall and gangly, we make goofy faces, and people are generally always happy to see us. Okay, maybe just the giraffes on that last one, but a girl can dream! I logged onto YouTube last night and usually I just head straight to my subscriptions and don't even look at the "top things that people are watching now and you should too" but then I saw a giraffe in one of the thumbnails.

It's a livestream and she's pregnant and she could give birth AT ANY MOMENT and I cannot stop watching! Last night, while Fiance was trying to fall asleep next to me, I just kept staring at the screen and whispering things to him like "Oh my god, Fiance, you can see the baby moving around in her belly!" or "Oh my god, Fiance, look!!! She's eating." ... "Fiance, I can't stop watching, SHE COULD BE IN LABOR ANY MINUTE NOW!"

It's possible that last one was more of a shout. I'm pretty sure Fiance finds my voice to be a soothing lullaby, so he probably loved it.

Eventually I did fall asleep and when I woke up in a panic that I had missed the birth, it turns out that April was still just standing around being pregnant. That's when I noticed that the video started streaming on February 24th, so... this could be a while. But in the meantime you can read terrifying statistics about giraffe births like this one: A baby giraffe is approximately 150 pounds and six feet tall when it is born. That is literally the size of me. THAT BABY IS ME-SIZED.

Anyway, all of this long-winded rambling is leading up to this: I've been thinking about doing a thing and it has to do with giraffes. Giraffes were just recently classified as a threatened species. There are less than 100,000 of them left in Africa, and that number has dropped by 40% in the past two decades alone. And I want to help. And I want you to help. Because have you ever been sad when you see a giraffe? No.

So, this brings me to my next point: I crochet a lot and I've been working on making crocheted giraffes and I want you to have them. I'll have photos soon, but I want to get the ball rolling here. Here's how it works: If you make a donation to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and send me a screenshot proving that you've done so, I will send you a crocheted giraffe.

Because there is about to be a new giraffe baby in our world, and he or she needs friends, you guys. So what do you say? Are you with me? I don't care how much you donate. Just do what you can. And maybe spread the word and share this post, too?

Thanks, loves.

-Emelie

Awkwardly Awesome People to Be Aware of #2: Kelsey

So remember back in December when I was all "check out these guys who are saving the world by climbing mountains!" Well, now I've got another person to introduce you to: Meet Kelsey:

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Kelsey and I met while we were both studying abroad for a year in England.  I was on my way home from the pub at like... 2 in the afternoon and she had just gotten to our flat where we would be roommates. Due to the fact that I was a little buzzed and trying to cover that up, she thought I was a stoner. I thought she was a ditzy party girl.

What I'm trying to say is that first impressions are often wrong. I'm not a stoner (I just like day drinking) and Kelsey, it turns out, it's the most badass person I know.

Why?

Well, folks, not only is she not ditzy  (in fact, she's super smart), but she's also decided to just like... save the world or whatever. We got back from the UK, graduated college, and while the rest of us were looking for jobs or getting engaged, Kelsey was all "I'm gonna go to Madagascar for a few years with the Peace Corps. and live in a hut while I teach little kids and mothers about water sanitation and what not! You guys have fun with your stuff!"

Right??? She's awesome. She's not even Awkwardly Awesome. She's just plain awesome.

In fact, she's so amazing that she's taken on this crazy huge project of getting decent latrines built in her village so that the residents have somewhere sanitary to go to the bathroom. Currently, the people in her village are without latrines because the river that they bathe and drink from has washed away the ones they had before. So.. Kelsey is building stronger ones. Because she's awesome. (How many times have I said that?)

Here's the even cooler thing, though! YOU get to be amazing, too! Kelsey, as you can imagine, can't really do all of this completely on her own. She needs help, and that's where those of us who are super lazy and sit on our couches all day get to take some action. I know that the Doctor Who coffee mug you're looking at on thinkgeek.com is SO COOL, but if it's between getting that this week or helping someone not poop in the river that they bathe and drink from, I'm begging you to go with the latter. I mean, I want the mug, too, but it'll be there next week.

If I've convinced you or if you want to read more about this from Kelsey herself, click here.

Have a wonderful day, Duckies!