* RELUCTANTLY, AS YOU ALL ARE KILLING ME WITH THESE HYSTERICAL CAPTIONS, COMMENTS ON THIS POST ARE NOW CLOSED. OFF TO WORK ON COBBLESTONE! STAY TUNED TOMORROW FOR THE EXCITING CONCLUSION OF BIRTHDAY BLOG-STRAVAGANZA!*
Nixon resigned. Patty Hearst was kidnapped. Ali knocked out Foreman. The string bikini was all the rage. And at exactly midnight on August 11-12, my mother babbled about how much she liked potatoes (she had the good drugs) and the doctor said, "Whoops!" as he almost dropped me, and I was born. Then my dad tried to have me circumcised. Seems he dabbled in the good drugs, too.
Thanks to all of you for the birthday wishes! It was both better and worse than expected. Among the things that made it better: my sister brought the baby up and took me to Origins for a mini-spree, I received a love letter from Mr. Frick, I collected many birthday greetings and e-cards and shout-outs from youse guys, and I had tacos for lunch. Among the things that made it worse: very little time to knit, raisin bran for dinner, and no cake. (I remedied this by making myself- what else- a pumpkin pie last night.)
Summer's bad for blogging and knitting- let's just admit it. But still, I've been overwhelmed as I've thought recently about how much having this blog, and through it getting to know you and becoming a part of this incredible community, has changed my life. You all make me laugh, and think, and wonder, and
buy try new things. You've sent gifts and good wishes and jokes and wisdom my way. And as a gal who was always uncomfortable in large groups and did better with just a few close friends, I suddenly feel surrounded by smart, funny, creative, quirky, like-minded souls and I'm loving every bit of this crowded house. I hope I've been able to give as well as I've received. And to that end...BIRTHDAY CONTEST AHOY!
Christy, who shares my birthday, and Ashley, who shares my brain, are running this Birthday Blogstravaganza contest with me. The prize packages, one offered on each blog, include one of Ashley's clutches (mine's the stripey one with a former Tar-zhey life), a custom t-shirt from Christy, two sets of Jenny Hart embroidery patterns and a pretty array of floss from yours truly, plus the sock yarn of that blogger's choice (mine's the chocolate cherry confection pictured in the post below). Four prizes in one box! Is your heart all a-twitter yet?
Here's what you gotta do to win one of the three Big Boxes: Identify who's who in the photos below. One's Ashley, one's Christy, and one's me. Though I know you're tempted to guess Karl Rove on #1, Ross Perot on #2, and Rush Limbaugh on #3. Ashley says: "The difference is that we grew up to be, well, us, and they stayed big fathead babies. Cuteness advantage: us."
Please, pretty-please feel free to include captions. It would make my day.
Good luck! I strongly recommend you visit all three blogs' contest posts before entering in order to ensure that you (a) enter for the prize you like best and (b) in the very likely case that the others have been clearer than I about what this contest entails. PLEASE follow these rules or we'll take you out behind the woodshed/disqualify your sweet behind:
Feel free to leave birthday wishes, comments, and general adulation on all three blogs, but please enter on one blog only. (Perhaps the one with the yarn or clutch offering you like best?) The contest will run August 14-16, and winners will be announced on the 17th. Each birthday girl will choose her own method of winner-picking. Because, as the old saw goes, you can pick your winner, and you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your friend's nose. Or winner.
Now go forth and win stuff!