Archives of Our Lives

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Friday, February 22, 2008


I was going to wait until Monday to announce the winners of the Great AOOL Giveaway, but I won't keep people waiting that long.

Firstly, the winner of the random giveaway (using the random integer generator at [ sounds like a good name for a new blog by me...too bad it's already taken]):

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2008-02-22 16:38:04 UTC

The ninth commenter just happened to be my older sister, Adell. Which means I have to give her a $15.00 gift card to wherever she chooses. Which makes me bitter because she didn't even try to be clever, and I know she is a clever person in all actuality. And moreover, she was kind of bugging me with all the begging and pleading not to re-post "Mayberry." But anyway, congratulations, sis. Let me know to which establishment you prefer your gift card.

And now, the moment we've all (well, maybe just me) been waiting for (okay, I've kind of been dreading it...this was hard!)...

The winner of the $25.00 gift card is...

Well, it would have been LettertoKayleen, because hers was really nice. But she didn't follow all the rules, and other people kept commenting, and she got beat out. Sorry.

Other contenders were Holly Janeen (the poem! Whoo-hooo!), and Kathryn, because she was amusing. I also liked Supercoolmom's reference to Emma by Jane Austen, which had been floating around in my mind ever since I deemed you all should try and make me laugh. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to check Holly Janeen's blog to see if she followed rule #2, and Kathryn didn't post about the giveaway either. So, oh well for you guys.

In the end, the comment that made me laugh the most was my mother's--all three of hers. However, she made it clear she was not interested in any prizes, and I didn't want to keep it all in the family anyway--too many people would accuse me of playing favourites. Therefore, the $25.00 gift card is being awarded to second-place, one Joel from Yates Forever.

Congratulations Joel! You can comment or email me at Let me know your gift card request, and your address, and I'll get it sent.

Thanks to all who commented and "played" to win--I think I have an inkling of how Oprah feels when she does a giveaway and only the people in the audience win, not all her viewers at home...I would love to be a millionaire and give something cool to every single person who validates this blog (i.e. reads and comments). But that won't happen until I sell my first book, I suppose. We'll just have to do another giveaway soon!


Blogger Holly Janeen said...

yay! you at least LIKED my poem... even though i didnt win.
you are right... i neglected the second rule, due to my misunderstanding of the rule, i suppose. but none the less... i feel happy that i participated in a contest sponsered by you, and got an 'honorable mention' on your page.
sorry you cant get access to my blog... i suppose i should figure out how to fix that thing. but alas, i fear my blog shall never be as awesome as yours, so dont have high expectations of me. I DO have you listed under sights i dig as "my inspiration of a blogger"... because like i said, you did, after all, begin my addiction to blogging. here is my blogspot so you can check it out (OR you can find it on my facebook page!)

February 22, 2008 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger LetterToKayleen said...

i want a recount.

i didn't follow the rules on purpose. if by chance i had won the grand prize, i would of felt like you were buying our friendship. and that makes me feel uncomfortable. i'm happy to have just been in the running.

February 22, 2008 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Joel said...

WOO-HOO! I won something! I may cry..... This means so much!!

It's okay, people that didn't win. 98 more posts until you get another chance!

February 22, 2008 at 5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. well. Maybe I didn't win, but I am VERY HAPPY for those who did. Congratulations. I am not bitter.

But you guys don't get to eat all the wonderful stuff Camille creates in her kitchen.

Nor do you get to gain 5 pounds in 4 short months.

Jealous? You should be.


February 22, 2008 at 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

am touched that I won the contest. I only want to read MAYBERRY, even if you won't re-post it. I am going to visit Melissa today to get a copy. It's sort of like a pornographic picture a person once had taken. You an destroy the evidence but the negatives linger and can pop up at anytime---like when you're running for an office (ask McCain about this one.)

The baby is gone---fled to the DUNES and I am having withdrawals and can hardly stand it. Dad and I ate at Wing Spot last night. I have decidedthat although the wings were delicious they are grossly overpriced. It is a much better deal to eat at Appplebee's during Happy Hour. There just isn't a great selection.

NOW--- I think you should have a poll to see how many people think you should repost MAYBERRY. Lis the pros and cons of so doing and let your audience decide. Each person only gets one vote and they have to list their name at the end of their vote so that a bunch of ANNONYMOUSES can't vote and then cheat and revote. Now, that would be a good contest. I might even offer a prise in a random drawing for entering---(a gift card to Mickey D's.) It would interest me to see what people would say to that contest.

Something to consider.

Hope you're O.K. I haven't hear from you personally in a couple of weeks.


February 23, 2008 at 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great idea granmama! you must be a pretty brilliant person:)

February 23, 2008 at 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'll take my reward in the form of an outfit for Preston when you come down.


February 24, 2008 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger theycallmeaft said...

wanna know what's funny? i was actually going to post in my comment something to the form of: "and let's not choose kayleen for the winner. that's such an obvious choice. i already know she's got it in the bag so how about we switch it up a bit." but then i decided that may be slightly rude to out rule my own loving sister just because she's more witty than i. and low and behold she was the obvious choice and only lost due to technicalities.

February 24, 2008 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger Lindsey Burnham said...

Congrats Joel!

It's funny, because I wanted to comment on that give away, but I wanted it to be REALLY good, so I just kept thinking about it and took too long... so sad. I mean I thought about a poem, but Holly beat me to that... I don't want people to have to miss out though on my amazing cleverness and humor, so I'll still post it here. I mean I MIGHT not have even won, so this is sort of the same, right...?

It was going to be a little something like this:

Eniee meenie minie moe,
Catch a blog my the toe.
If it hollers make it pay,
50 comments everyday.
my mom says to pick the very best one,
and Archives of Our Lives is IT!!!

(Camille, I'm sorry I ever made that comment about you not being an amazing blogger... you really are the best I know. And I'm not just saying that to win the give away... I mean it's already over...)

And as far as your blog only having 99 posts, it may as well be 100. I mean 99 ROUNDS to 100. It's only 1 away on the number line. It's SO CLOSE, and much more beautiful, so may as well call it 100... I mean these people out there called mathematicians and scientists who are are using this so-called number called 'infinity' and it can't even really be defined, or seen, or counted to... what that all about. If they're using that on a daily basis and in math problems when it's so vague and intangible then by ALL MEANS, call your 99th post number 100!!! That is totally and absolutely justified in my book!

February 24, 2008 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger SuperCoolMom said...

Thanks for the mention! I thought you might be an Austen fan. I came back to see what you've been up to - I was thinking that you should have let the old biddie at church know that the backscratching is just the foreplay and you plan to go home and have marathon sex as the lord commanded - so you can go forth and replenish the Earth. (She's obviously just bitter because she hasn't gotten any for several decades.)

March 6, 2008 at 9:59 PM  

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