Sunday, December 21, 2008

Nike and iPod Sport Giveaway

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I am giving away an iPod Sport. We all ran around this holiday season doing for everyone under the sun. We all ate everything under the sun, too. This will help you know how much you're running around in the future.

Anyone with a U.S. mailing address may enter.

Entries:

Leave a comment here for an entry. Your comment can be about the prize, my blog, your blog, my cute puppy, your cute puppy, a funny story, pretty much anything interesting.

(Please, no comments saying "Enter me" or "Neat contest!" or "Mine, Mine Mine!" or any other lame-o non comment. Also, no sob stories about how you/your daughter/your mailman didn't get a Christmas this year, chewed off your last working limb to feed it to your/your neighbor's starving children, need to send your child to Fiji for medical reasons or any other lame-o sob story. Everybody has a story which could surely break our hearts. A contest entry is absolutely not the place for said story. Not now, not ever, not in this or any other contest in the world. You know who you are - or maybe you don't? Anyway, I'm telling you now. Please cooperate. The rest of the world thanks you in advance. Lame-o comments or sob stories will be disqualified.)

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Blog about this contest and leave a comment directing back to your blog.

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Post a tweet on twitter and leave a comment here directing back to the link.

Send an email about this contest to your friends and copy me. Then come here and leave a comment saying you did.

Leave a link to this contest anywhere tens of people will see it and leave the link to wherever you dropped it here in a comment.

I will use a random number generator to choose the winner. Entries which do not follow the rules will be disqualified, but will not be removed from the comment queue. This way people can snicker with their friends about how some people did not follow the rules and will surely be disqualified.

*The first ten people to enter the contest will each be eligible to receive five bonus entries. If you believe yourself to be one of the first ten legitimate entries you may make five more entries by leaving up to five comments asking for your bonus entry. Please wait until each of the first ten entries has been made before you begin asking for your bonus entries.

Make sure I have a way to contact you. If you win and I can't figure out how to reach you then you really didn't win, did you?

Good luck!

Christmas Is So Close, I Can Hear It Breathing!

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Yesterday the mall was crowded! No surprise there, huh? The final Saturday before Christmas and people sure were crabby with their families as they shopped. This year I did almost all of my shopping online. I did about 90% of my shopping on Etsy and Amazon. Never before has Christmas shopping been so stress free. Of course, there's still the not-so-trivial matter of deciding on gifts which are 'just perfect'.

The only reason I was at the mall yesterday is because I was the chauffeur for a group of teens. They shopped and did whatever teens do at the mall, which likely included loud moments in Chipotle and/or the food court, while I walked around the mall browsing shops I don't usually enter. I watched dozens of children anticipating their turn with Santa, had a kiddie burger in Johnny Rockets, and engaged in conversations with a few strangers.

Mostly, though, I just walked around with a big honkin' grin on my face because I was happy to not be stressed over shopping. I could still use some stocking stuffers, but frankly I'm leaning towards filling their stockings with Slim Jims and candy and gum because: a) I'm lazy, and b) They are big so there wont be so much judgment about me giving a metric ton of candy to smaller children (which I would also do, just sayin') and c) We seem to have hit the point where suitable stocking stuffers are much more difficult to come by.

I hope your Christmas season has been as comfortable as mine. I hope you have everything you need to fill Christmas with love and joy and laughter and memories. Check back here for something very special. If you're one of the first to find it, you'll be glad you were. That's all I'm going to say - for now.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

LOL: Legacy Of Love

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It's a difficult thing to put into words. The two sitters in this photo have given everyone who knows them a lot to think about. Once a person comes into their home they feel warm and welcome. They belong. That's a big deal all by itself, and a great thing to teach. They never give up their dignity, or try to take yours away. That's not so say they aren't a lot of fun, because they are. My grandparents are 82 years old this year, by the spring of 2009 they will be 83. They have been married 65 years. (I think they're both more fit than I am.)

How can I explain to people who have never met them the magic of a popsicle, or a lunch box? Or a pudding cup or noodles rolled out on the table? Could you possibly understand the tragedy of the Ben Franklin stove being removed from the front room? How the the triumph is when everything stays the same? Somehow I doubt it.

I invite everyone to try to be as great as them. And if you can't do that, I invite you to, at very least, create a legacy of love for your family as special as they have done for us.

*Those people standing in the back? A bunch of rabble-rousers. My mother, aunt, and uncles.