Friday, July 4, 2008

And The Winner Is ....

Well, it's the Fourth of July and it's now 8:05pm. I'm right on time with counting the entries, numbering them and running the random number generator. Yay, me!

A couple of caveats first.

1) My apologies to everyone who posted information about their favorite pets that I didn't respond to. To be honest, the 52 comments overwhelmed me. Can you tell I'm not used to this much traffic and love?

2) I did, however, respond to the first 12 commenters with two comments of my own. Those ended up being comments #13 and #14. To keep things simple, I didn't renumber the comments after me to take the place of #13 and #14 because being out in the sun all day baked my brain too much for that to work. Instead, if the random number generator had picked #13 or #14, I would simply have run it again. If it chose #26, that was the 26th comment vs removing my two comments and renumbering.

3) I tried really hard to figure out how to paste the random number generator into my post as I've seen other people do. Unfortunately technology doesn't like me and never has (yep, a post on that coming shortly!). The best I could do was copy and paste, but I don't think it's nearly as pretty. My bad.

ANYway! Thank you to all who entered. I had a lot of fun with the contest and hearing about your pets. You were all great sports, and I hope you'll come back to read my blog again! I did get my prize assembled, and pictures of it are below. It was a mystery prize, and I thought about keeping it a surprise until the winner had received it, but I'm too impatient for that!

It started out being a packaged of three books, a variety that I hope would suit someone's tastes. Sandra Brown's The Alibi, Amy Tan's The Bonesetter's Wife, and Mary Higgins Clark's Before I Say Goodbye. I've read and enjoyed all three, so I can vouch for them. Ok their quick and easy reads when you just want to turn your brain off -- although Amy Tan's is really good and one I've reread three or four times.

Then I decided to add some more fun to it. And fortunately Karen has children, so hopefully this won't go to waste. What kid wouldn't love drinking from this cup with the oh so funky straw?

And when the cup is dirty, said child can use this special Spiderman straw instead.

And if you're going to have drinks, you definitely need snacks!

Since today is the Fourth of July, I felt like I had to throw something patriotic in there. We have flags out the wazoo from all the decorating we do for Memorial Day and other events, so I was able to dig up four flags. And the squeezy stars are pretty cool. They handed them out in today's parade, and when I was putting the box together tonight, the wee ones wanted to donate them to the cause, as well.

Going with the theme of items that were handed out in today's parade, I'm also going to toss in two of the multitude of bubbles handed out in today's Fourth of July parade (just for fun!). If you'll notice, each of the bottles includes a coupon for a buy one get one offer from the local chi-chi soaps and lotions store. If you're ever going to be in the neighborhood, save the labels and bring them in!

As I started packing the box, I realized that I needed some packing material. And what better packing material than candy? Can you tell that Werther's and Jolly Ranchers are my favorites?

And I hate to say it, but I was also going to include a fun orange frisbee for kicks, but unfortunately it wouldn't fit in my box. So I'm going to hold onto in until I decide what to do with it.

Now everyone is either drooling over the prizes or crossing their fingers hoping they don't win. So without further ado, the winner is:

True Random Number Service
Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:23
Timestamp: 2008-07-05 01:02:32 UTC

Commenter #23!

And I'll be nice... I won't make you dig through all the posts to find who that was. Karen, one of my regular (I hope!) readers, had the luck of choosing this. Fortunately for me, she does have children, so the cup et al won't go to waste -- I hope!

Karen, I'm sending you an email to get mailing info. Your responsibilities are to create a Pay It Forward contest of your own and keep this group effort going! If you aren't up for this, let me know, and I'll choose a new winner. Somehow, I have a feeling you can do it, and I might even have an inkling of what your giveaway prize might be. (But that's being awfully presumptuous of me!) Anyway, congrats, Karen! And thank you again to everyone for playing!

Oh yeah... and Happy Fourth of July! By the way, YES we've had tons of random loud unsafe fireworks going off for days and days (not 11 days as with last year thankfully) and I currently can hear them from three sides. My town's fireworks aren't until July 12, however. Hmmm....


Debbie July 5, 2008 at 6:26 AM  

Dagnabit! I missed your contest. I love Amy Tan and haven't read that book yet!

Karen July 5, 2008 at 8:51 AM  

w00t! I'm so excited - the kids will love this as much as I do.

The Jolly Ranchers are mine.

MaBunny July 5, 2008 at 10:54 AM  

Gratz to Karen. Those look like really fun prizes!
Havea great weekend!

Kellan July 5, 2008 at 4:48 PM  

Congratations to Karen - she's a good friend of mine - maybe I can get her to share some of this loot with me - WOW!!!!

Michelle July 5, 2008 at 9:40 PM  

Debbie - Sorry you missed it, but that will teach you to have things more important in life than reading my blog, right? ;)

Karen - Glad you like the prize! It'll be in the mail on Monday.

MaBunny - Thanks. I'm glad you aren't all laughing at my prizes. I was afraid they wouldn't be good enough. But that's the Catholic guilt in me....

Kellan - If you talk her into sharing, let me know. I'm guessing you're really coveting the jungle animal cup, but I could be wrong!

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