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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

500

Hooray! I made it to 500 posts, each a new experience, peppered with the thrill of cake, the wonder of parenting, and the dorkiness that is me. And now, I will ramble on with 500 things about me!

Just kidding. I think you'd be bored after 12. But if you really want to know more, you could always read my 100th post. Make sure you have someone to wake you up, in case you doze off. So to celebrate my 500th post, I am going to make you read seven (or fewer) odd things about me. And to reward you for your diligence, I'm having a contest! Woohooo!! FREE STUFF!!!

But first, you have to prove to me that you want this prize...

1. I am one of those people who gets all uptight about how the toilet paper is placed in the roll. Over the top, people! Come on, it just makes sense! I'll even adjust it if the Man has put it in wrong. And while I'm tempted to do this at other people's houses, I won't. Unless I think you wouldn't notice. Or if I spend a large amount of time in your bathroom.

2. Baking is my stress relief. That's not so odd, I guess. But have you ever whipped up a batch of brownies at midnight because you're concerned about a family member? And if you happen to drive by my house late one night and my kitchen light is on, knock on the door. I may invite you in for ADCOMA cake or seven layer bars.

3. I have found a way to contain my paranoia: I make up stories - usually happy ones - about random people I pass. I'd list an example but they tend to be rather detailed. I find that if I am actively using my imagination, then it can't run wild and make me go all wacko-a-doodle.

4. I love to drive. No, really. I love it! When I was a kid, one of my favorite games was pretending to drive, using my mom's car keys and a wooden helicopter as the steering wheel (sorry about the lost keys, Mom!). And even though I've been driving for half my life, I still think it's fun! I wish the Man would let me drive more on the long-distance trip.

5. While at the University of North Texas, I had one of those professors that wants everyone to think that they are awesome. He liked me so I always got really good grades on my assignments. Once, about halfway through the semester, I was starting my homework, which consisted of reading several articles and then answering five or so questions with mini-essays. On question #3, the first sentence began to answer the question but the rest consisted of me saying that I didn't think he was really reading my answers and would he please prove otherwise by commenting here. He didn't comment, which I took to mean that he wasn't really reading. So for the rest of the semester, I did the same thing on every homework assignment for a couple of the questions. At the end of the class, he asked me to be his TA for the next semester. I declined.

6. Ummm...yeah, I can't think of anything else worth sharing. So consider this like those times when the teachers let you out of class early.

And now for the good part: The Contest!

I've learned a few things since my last contest (one of them being the discovery of a random number generating website), so hopefully things go a little smoother this time.

The Prizes:

One Grand Prize winner will receive what I'm calling "A Caribbean Cruise In A Box!" This is a collection of trinkets that I got while on my cruise, as well as some essential items. These may include:
A towel animal
Large bottle of sunscreen
Disposable camera
Key West Lime Juice
Jamaican trinket (although it's probably made in China)
Pearl earrings
Sea salt (for rubbing in your hair)
iTunes card so your iPod is ready for sunbathing
Recipe for Molten Chocolate Cake (the reason I gained four pounds on the cruise)
and a few other items that I'm keeping a surprise...

As a separate prize, I'll also give a $20 gift card to Target, an essential stop before heading to your cruise ship! And if I am feeling stressed, there might be a dozen cupcakes offered, too.

To enter the contest you can do any or all of the following (BUT EACH ENTRY REQUIRES A SEPARATE COMMENT, please! I'm an airhead and need to keep this as simple as possible!)
  • Comment saying one odd thing about you.
  • Follow me (and Google Reader doesn't count...I need proof of your devotion).
  • Blog about this contest (for three entries).
  • Bring me chocolate.
Also, please leave your email address in your comments or have it listed on your profile so I can contact you!

I should probably include a deadline...contest ends at midnight (MST) on July 29th.

50 comments:

Me said...

Only one odd thing? Hmm..which one to pick? Lets see...I ADORE office supplies. You want to make me happy? Send me to the office supply store! LOVE IT! I told ya I was odd!

Me said...

I'm a follower!

Kristina P. said...

So, my comment on every post doesn't count as devotion? Boooo.

Annette Lyon said...

Can I just say you unlurked on my blog at the PERFECT time?! Okay, I'm hereby a follower.

Annette Lyon said...

One odd thing about me. Man, there are so many to choose from.

I can bend my tongue so it looks like a three-leaf clover. Is that weird enough?

Annette Lyon said...

(Oh, and if I win, I do expect the cupcakes, being as I live in UT county. If I knew exactly where you lived, I'd totally bring over one of my chocolate experiments as another entry. Just sayin')

Lola....L..O..L..A....lo--oh--luh! said...

One odd thing about me is that I have decided that life is better as a musical, so I sing everything....mostly in an opera style. My kids hate it, but sometimes I catch them doing it too...heh heh heh.

I am already a follower.

Maybe someday we can work out a baking/ sewing trade????

Diane said...

I am a follower! (for real...thanks to your help)

Diane said...

How can I narrow it down to just one odd thing...hmmmm...I hate to use plastic plates, utensils or glasses. My family will set a completely different place setting for me at the table because they know I hate to eat with anything plastic.

Brooke said...

An odd thing about Brooke is she has a memory better than anyone wants to know, and is not afraid to use it (just ask the person I saw at Sundance last year who I knew breifly 9 years ago, yet could recall nearly every story he told--yes, I did talk to him, and yes, he did think I was quite odd. Lesson to self, next time skip talking to the person).

Brooke said...

I'm a follower!

Dru said...

You promised to share 7 things about yourself, but only listed 6 (and one of them wasn't anything really).

And by the way, over the top toilet paper makes no sense at all. Think about it. If you have a cat or a child that finds their way into the bathroom, all it takes is a little spin until the TP is all over the place. If you have the roll on the CORRECT way, that won't happen.

Amanda said...

I LOVE back to school time...when I taught I loved it and as I have stayed home I love it (b/c all the children go back and we get the mall and park to ourselves again:) This year I may not love it so much since P is leaving me:(

and yeah--I already follow you!

Amanda said...

please, please all I want is cupcakes....:)

pointsandpounds said...

Here we go! I'm a follower!

pointsandpounds said...

An odd thing about me... I'm kind of missing a knuckle. My pinky on my left hand is all screwy and while the knuckle is there somehow (it's gotta be, right? Or else my pinky wouldn't move) where there should be a bump for the knuckle there's an indentation and a little hole like it's missing. I know, I'm a freak!!

pointsandpounds said...

Linked you up! http://pointsandpounds.wordpress.com/2009/07/23/stuff/

pointsandpounds said...

Also... I really desperately wanted to send you chocolate in my swap package but NC summers and chocolate do not mix! It's a travesty... but I think that should count :) hahaha

arbee said...

Just one weird thing? Here goes...I sleep with socks on all the time, even when it is 100+ out. I literally cannot sleep with the sheets touching my feet!

Riddle Girl said...

I am seriously impressed that this is your 500th post. (I can't even thing that far ahead.)
One weird thing about me is that I "REALLY" like spreadsheets. I am a little obsessed with how everything...and I mean EVERYTHING can be organized on to a spreadsheet.

Riddle Girl said...

2nd Entry...I am a follower! (Have been since I found you via Mama Love Shoes.) And I'm on board with Annette. I live in Utah County so the cupcakes would be GREAT!!! :)

Jessica said...

I'm a follower.

Jessica said...

A weird thing about me: I can pop many joint in my body. Popping my hips are what really grosses out my husband. I do this daily.

Jessica G. said...

Dru - Seriously? You want me to ramble on about myself for a few more inane paragraphs? Wouldn't you much rather get to the contest instead? And if I ever come to your house, I am sooooo switching the toilet paper rolls.

Jessica said...

Okay, no worries about switching our toliet paper because I have the same pet peeve! A weird thing about me-I have to flip all of my frosted mini-wheats with the frosting side up and then eat them from least frosted to most!

Amber said...

Geez, you're high maintenance. :) One odd thing about me is that I love to eat garlic bread with strawberry jam (but I think you knew that)

Erin said...

That story about your teacher who never actually READ the assignments is crazy!

Something odd about me - I eat sandwiches and hamburgers in a circle. I have to eat the crust off of the sandwich and the perimeter of the hamburger, and save the middle for the very last bite.

MommyJ said...

Guess what? I followed even before I realized I could win something. Crazy. I know.:)

Tipi said...

odd thing....

I eat my hamburgers upside down.
This used to drive the OCD ones crazy :)

Tipi said...

haven't we discussed this?
I don't make a good follower.

probably not the best leader either...


I did click that link thingy on your page so it lists me as a follower...

but really, we both now the truth

Tipi said...

ummm.... does the book I sent you about chocolate count or do I need to try harder in that regard?

wait...
are family, co workers, and their spouses excluded from the contest?>

Tipi said...

I would like to point out to Dru that they are not correct in regard to children and cats being unable to unroll the tp when it is on the wrong way

they can



yes

yes, they can.

Tipi said...

I had a teacher once give me full credit on an essay question on a science test.
I eloquently stated how I was unable to answer the question due to an alien abduction that resulted in that specific information being removed...




they even left me a comment stating their hope that I would be able to regain that lost knowledge and so on.


Teachers are weird people.

really.

Tipi said...

ooohhh....
I read that wrong...

it's NOT one comment = 1 entry


sorry

Tipi said...

yeah... so I don't see a way to edit (and come on I'm on a roll!)

So you know
I Blogged about your Blogg!



ANOTHER ENTRY!
YAY!~

SO said...

SHUT UP! Your proffessor did that?? Where did you go to school??

Email me your address and I'll see if I can drop some chocolate by before I head out to Girls Camp next week!

A weird thing about me? I'm a saltaholic. I even like to eat rock salt.

Amanda said...

Congratulations!!!! 500 is so impressive! I made it to 100 a month ago and I was tickled with just that.

Okay, something odd about me: I have a small piece of a rock imbedded in my eye. Long story. Odd enough? LOL

Amanda said...

I already follow.

Mellisa - Chinook Jewelry said...

Hmmm, just one weird thing about me... I can't sleep unless my ears are covered, in fact, I prefer if most of my head is covered and just my nose and mouth are exposed! Probably ties back to something I saw in a scary bug related movie when I was young :)

Mellisa - Chinook Jewelry said...

Ok, just became a follower too- the moose in your earlier post convinced me!

Shauna said...

How fun! I would love to win this! The $20 gift card to Target would be AWESOME too :)

Shauna said...

I follow ;)

Shauna said...

Oh and here is my e-mail address also: tryingtostaycalm@gmail.com

Rupper Family said...

I can't believe I'm admitting this, but one odd thing about me is that I was afraid of vampires through my freshman year of college. No joke, I'd sleep with my back towards the wall and my neck covered with a blanket for fear of being bitten. I didn't ever tell anyone, but I was seriously scared of having my blood sucked in the night! Now, thanks to Stephanie Meyer, after reading Twilight I leave my neckmeat right on out there...do your worst Edward! Mmm hmm-you know what I'm talkin' about!
-Wendy

The Garretts said...

Somethings weird. I love to eat cottage cheese with frozen veggies mixed in. Its delic.

The Garretts said...

Im totally a follower, okay maybe it should say stalker but I love reading your blog and how much fun your cute little fam is having.

The Garretts said...

I don't/can't cook, I would feel inadequate bringing you chocolate, but I did find the coolest think to make with chocolate. I would love to share wit you if that counts.

The Garretts said...

so yeah check out my blog entries.

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

Let's see....I have double jointed thumbs...the toilet paper must roll over the top...I can't whistle, but my nose can. ;o)

The Garretts said...

man I was so hoping to win. Is this contest over?

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