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>We Have A Winner!


The lucky winner of the $35 CSN Stores Gift Certificate is:

Abhishek Duggal!!!

Congratulations, Abhishek, and happy shopping!


>Contest Reminder


Happy Friday, Everyone!
These lolcats have nothing to do with the subject of this post at all.
They’re just cute, so I stuck them in here!
I just wanted to remind everyone that today is the last day to get your name into the drawing for the $35 CSN Stores giveaway.
A name will be drawn Saturday morning.
Good luck!

>Good Times? Kinda – Sorta – Maybe….


 Wow, I’m way behind! It’s been an eventful week so far….

Monday, our area was under a severe thunder storm warning and a tornado watch. Good times….

I’m sure you’ve driven through gusty winds and felt your car shift. Well, I felt my car get lifted! As I left work for home, I drove right through the storm and the wind was so powerful that I could feel my car being slightly lifted and blown to the left. I’ve never been so afraid while driving, wow! And the rain was blinding, but, fortunately, it passed quickly.

Mostly, we just had a lot of small debris all over the place and some very minor flooding. The storm did, however, knock out our internet for a whole day. It came back on early this morning. YAY!!!!

In other news, it’s March now. Duh! you might say. Well, in our daycare center, March is a super big deal. This is Dr. Seuss week, which means a week of funny stories, weird fashion choices, and a Jammies Day on Friday. And, since tomorrow, the 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we’re going to have a small celebration. I have to pick up something in the morning…..note to self….

March also ushers in my favorite ‘magical thinking’ holiday – St. Patrick’s Day. Our Director and Assistant Director play ‘leprechaun’ tricks in all the classrooms. And the fun has already started! I’ll do a post later, complete with pics of one of their new, um….concoctions: leprechaun boogers! CRAZY!!!! You know, I work with some truly disturbed creative and demented fun people =P

Tonight, everyone stayed after work because it was time for our re-certification in SIDS, First Aid, and CPR. Our public health nurse is a hoot and she totally knows her stuff, which means we learn and have a good time.

Hopefully, the rest of the week will be more normal and I’ll be able to get some things crossed off my out of control To Do List.

Till then, I hope you all are having a great week and don’t forget to stop and check out the giveaway post!

>Contest!!!!! $35 Gift Certificate To CSN!!!!

>Hey bloggy friends, I’m back!!!!

Yesterday was filled with much napping and general lying around. Bliss 🙂 Honey’s feeling lots better (minus his persistent back pain), which is a very good thing. In addition to all the obvious reasons, he was able to replace our router. Apparently, it was the reason behind our recent internet woes. Yay for Mr. Techno-Fix-It!!!

Moving on…..

Remember when I promised something exciting for today? Here it is…..

For the last several months, I’ve seen giveaways all over the blogging world for CSN Stores. Guess what? They contacted me and I get to offer a $35 gift certificate to all my US and Canadian readers!!!

I’ve entered a few of the contests hosted by other bloggers because they really do offer just about anything you can think of, from generators to cribs to kitchen sinks. This morning, I browsed through home decor, cookware, pets, pendant lighting and did you know they even have a whole selection just for daycares?!!!! I found some really cool stuff and I’m sure you can, too.

 These are from the home decor section. 
I do love maps and globes!
 This gorgeous lamp is from the lighting section.
You know how I love trees!!!
 I really need this roaster from cookware….
 Couldn’t you just see Kitty Boss and Roo having a blast on this thing?
And the kids in my class would adore this cool set of pattern magnets!
So, if you’d like a chance at the $35 gift certificate, here’s what you have to do:
1. Be a follower
2. Browse through the stores and leave a comment telling me your favorite item
That’s it. The contest will run through Friday, March 4. On Saturday, March 5, a winner will be drawn. Simple, huh?
Be sure to leave a valid, working email address so I can contact you and good luck!

>Highlights and Sidenotes

>I spent most of yesterday (Saturday) trying to get around to visiting all of you. There are still a few blogs I haven’t made it to, sorry. Working on it. Anyway, while on my trek through blogland, I came across a few things that I wanted to share.

My inspiration for doing this comes from all of you, and especially from Donna Hole. No matter how busy she is, she manages to scour the blogverse and gathers all kinds of important news and goings on, and posts the information in her weekly Flyby’s and Shout Outs posts. Seriously, she does an awesome job and you should always make a point to check her out.

You may have heard the awesome news about Roland. But just in case you’ve been super busy and away from the computer the last few days, (hey, I was gone nearly a month!) Roland has published an e-book. The Bear With Two Shadows is available on kindle at If you don’t have a kindle, like me, you can download a free app to your computer. Hopefully, this is only the beginning of good things to come for him! Congratulations, Roland. We’ve been waiting for this!!!

Michael from In Time……  has been so moved by the responses to his recent posts about earthly angels that he’s decided to do a weekly feature. Earthly Angels will be posted on Fridays and will consist of your comments on his blog. You tell him about someone who has been an earthly angel in the comments section (someone who performed a random act of kindness, for example), and on Friday, he will post the comments as a whole feature. What an inspirational idea! Keep your eyes open and your pens ready. Let’s make this an awesome showcase that focuses on the positive in our world!

I found that a couple bloggers are hosting contests and hoping to grow their reader-base/followers. The first one is JC Martin. Not only is she working on her MS, participating in blogfests and weekly memes (including a weekly post that focuses solely on one of her followers!), she’s in the process of getting married and making her own invitations!!!! Wow! The contest runs from March 4 to March 6, and involves writing a short story of no more than 300 words. The story should be about a race-literal, against time, for life, be creative! she says. For more details, click here. If she reaches 200 followers before March 4, there’s an extra mystery prize! (And she already has some really great prizes lined up for the winners!)

Lisa Claro from Writing in the Buff is having a February Blog Contest. Her goal is to reach 100 followers and she’s almost there. There are three great prizes up for grabs (I like all three!) and the rules are simple. The contest will end on February 25th and the winners announced on the 28th. What are you waiting for? Go check out this witty and clever writer and enter – there’s not much time left!

The lovely Hannah Kincaide posted Friday about several fellow bloggers who have been around for a while, but are still struggling to grow their reader base/followers. If you have a few moments, check out her post, Still Fly and Under 25. In Saturday’s whirlwind race through blogland, I managed to visit and follow a few of them. I’m completely surprised they don’t have more followers! The ones I found were funny, informative, and clever. Kudos to you, Hannah, for your blog love. Now, let’s the rest of us show some, too! Please, check out the post and visit them. Maybe mention some of the ‘fests coming up….

Lola Sharp is hosting a Lolapalooza Partay and Giveaway! There are some yummy and terrific prizes up for grabs and all kinds of ways to earn extra entries. It’s all about paying it forward, showing kindness – in blogland, in real-world-land, to each other…..all you have to do is total up your activities and post them in the comments section of her blog. And really, there’s a crazy list of things that will gain you points! Better hurry, though. The contest ends February 28th!

Don’t forget about DL Hammons’ amazing Whodunnit – 600 Follower Mystery/Celebration. There are clues that go with the short story/mystery all over the blogverse. You can take a guess early; you can gather clues/keep or share them, and make a guess; you can wait for the blogroll that lists the clues and guess….there are several ways to get your name in numerous times to win this mystery contest. How cool is this? It’s like a giant, interactive game of CLUE. Are you participating? Have you found any clues? Have you seen the grand prize? Here is the link to the story. Now, get busy!!!! So far, at least five people (the last time I looked) have correctly guessed the answer. So get your hat, your pipe, and maybe a good dog, and go hunting!

Okay, now, it’s time for a change of pace. My blog title isn’t a random thing. I truly love soft, rainy, cloudy, gray days. I think I’d be quite happy living in parts of England. Especially the parts that I see on this website. Tony Richards is a photographer, and he goes walking every day. On his walks, he takes the most amazing photographs. For me, they take me to long ago, and far away. They looks by turns mysterious, ancient, modern, sleepy, sweet…..and I want to visit every place I’ve seen. Can’t you just imagine woodland and fairy creatures meeting on these stairs? I want to buy some ‘wellies’ and go walkabout. Check out his webpage daily. Or, you can click on the link that says This Week On the Cam. Me…I gotta have my daily fix! (photo property of Tony Richards)

Now, I have a bit of a shocker. Maybe not to you, but it certainly was to me. Lately, as you know, I’ve not been well. I am, however, thankfully, on the mend (I’d say I’m at about 90%). I’ve done really pretty well with the low sodium eating. No caffeine whatsoever. And I’m catching up in the blogverse. I’m still behind in other areas, but that’s coming together, too. If you knew me really well, you’d think all that info was the shocker. It’s not. It’s this: I’ve joined the A to Z Challenge.

I wanted to do the Crusade, too, but I simply don’t have the time. And the A to Z, I can work ahead on it to a degree. So, yeah, I’m in. I have until April to prepare, as well as to move some things around. Kind of like Nano. I’m looking forward to it and already have some ideas. If you want to join, Lee from Tossing It Out is the official host. However, because last year’s A to Z was such an overwhelming success, Alex, and Jen, and Talli, are helping with the hosting duties this year. If you want to join, click on any of these blogs and linky up.

I’m going to put a button on the sidebar and see about linking it to one of the hosts. It’s been a while since I was a daily blogger. I think I went on a more relaxed schedule sometime in the summer. It will be good to do it again 🙂

That’s all I have for now. Hope your weekend has been wonderful!

OH!!! WAIT!!! If you didn’t make it by Saturday to pick up your awards, please see the previous post and do so!

>Theresa’s 400 Followers Fiesta!!!

>Most of you already know Theresa Milstein from Substitute Teacher’s Saga.. However, if by some chance you don’t, go over and check her out. Theresa posts about her adventures in teaching, writing, and life. Her writing is witty, humorous, insightful, and encouraging. AND, she’s having an awesome giveaway to celebrate 400 followers!

This is the Grande Prize!
query critique by Nicole Zoltack whose publisher is Desert Breeze Publishing!
Also up for grabs:
 A signed, hardcover copy of Alice Hoffman’s The Red Garden

A signed copy of Carleen Brice’s Orange Mint and Honey

 Across the Universe ARC by Beth Revis
With an Across the Universe Bookmark

 The Hating Game by Talli Roland
Your Choice:
The paperback version that will be released in March
The e-book version now
 A paperback copy of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief

A paperback copy of James Bradley’s Flags of Our Fathers

 A hardcover copy of Chuck Sambuchino’s How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack

 A paperback copy of James Woods’ How Fiction Works

 Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult
 The Hunger Games Bag Clip Keychain in a bag

Two Nicole Zoltack magnets – Knight of Glory and Woman of Honor
Here is how to enter:
Must be a follower (old 2 points, new 1 point).
Tweet, post on Facebook, put on sidebar (1 point each), or devote a post (5 points).
Leave a comment telling her:
lf you want the query critique.
Your top 3 picks between books and swag.
How you promoted the contest.
Total your points.
Provide your e-mail address.
The winner will be chosen on February 4th!
Good luck!!!

>Lydia’s 500 Followers Contest/Giveaway!


Lydia Kang over at The Word is My Oyster is celebrating reaching 500 followers with a sweet giveaway contest! Four winners will receive a $15 gift card to a book store of their choice. How cool is that? All you have to do is:

1. Be a follower of my blog (meaning Lydia’s)
2. Please leave a comment with your email address andthe name the local bookstore that you’d like to celebrate!

(copied and pasted from Lydia’s post)
For extra drawings:
+3 for blogging
+3 for Facebooking
+2 for tweeting
+1 for mentioning it on your sidebar

The contest is open to U. S. and Canadian residents only (sorry!) and will end on December 3.

This is just in time for Christmas, so what are you waiting for? Check out her wonderful blog and be sure to enter the contest! Also, for all of you writers, be sure to check out her Medical Mondays in which she will address a medical question for your characters. Sweet!