Okay, it’s 8:30 in the morning, and I’m drinking Diet Coke because the coffee pot is buried under WAY too many dirty dishes, and I just can’t wash them or even move them to get to the carafe. Is there a 12-step program for what I have? Ennui? Laziness? Workaphobia?

But you don’t want to know about that–you want to know who gets yarn! I don’t blame you. So did I.

Without further ado (because you know me, I’m all about the ado).  I drew names and the following folks are the lucky winners of the Holiday Traditions and Memories contest (read aloud in Don Pardo voice)!

anemotis (aka Courtney): the lovely and only a little bit scary subduer of wax Santas and mommy-in-waiting!

Kathleen: second time winner!

and because Kathleen is a two-time winner, I’ll add another winner just for fun:


Woohoo! Okay Lisa, email me with your snail mail address. You other two, I gotcha. Putting yours in the mail this a.m, so I’d better run.

But a huge thank you to everyone who shared. I think this was my favorite contest ever because you shared from your heart–funny, poignant, and beautiful–all (well, the melted Santas are a little dubious–I’m not going to let you live this down, Courtney 😉

Now for another fun holiday thing–what’s your favorite holiday movie?   I’ll have some alone time this holiday (yeah, sounds pathetic, I know), so any recommendations for good movies? Which ones do you watch year after year?  How about new favorites?  My kids and I love Elf with Will Ferrel.  We watch it all year ’round.  Dish, girls and boys.

And favorite holiday songs?  You gotta love Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah song (thanks for the reminder, Kay, btw, I want a jelly donut injector).  What else?  I’m listening to Nat King Cole singing The Christmas Song as we speak.

I can’t believe it’s December 20th already.  I’m feeling betimes grinchy and  Tiny Timmish, but having you my bloggy friends is one of the things that makes me say, “God Bless us, everyone.”

Now, who’s turn is it to carve the roast beast?


Contest has ended!

December 19, 2006

Winners posted tomorrow.

Yarn! Prizes! Contest!

December 19, 2006

Yeah, those get your attention, don’t they?  They do me.

Judy‘s having a great contest to celebrate her 100th post.  She wants to hear your knitting resolution for 2007.

Cookie and Kristi are destashing to raise money for Stephanie’s favorite charity.  The Koigu’s gone (rats), but there’s still a lot of pretty yarn left for a Christmas gift to yourself!  Donating to Knitters without Borders will help reach the Yarn Harlot’s goal of $240, ooo, make you feel great, and maybe earn you some knitty prizes!

Last chance for the contest!

Thanks to my blog readers Redford Phyl and Anne for reminding me that just because there’s a video of it doesn’t make it true.  You’re keeping me honest, folks.  I guess that means that all my true facts about Elvis, Sasquatch and aliens will be scrutinized, won’t they?  😉

To reiterate my previous point–any instrument that doesn’t take requests CAN’T be all that great, so I guess I’m not surprised it’s computer generated.   But it is still cool.

Check out this most coolest of instruments.

This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between the
Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon Wick School of
Engineering at the University of Iowa. Amazingly, 97% of the machines
components came from John Deere Industries and Irrigation Equipment of
Bancroft Iowa; yes farm equipment! It took the team a combined 13,029 hours
of set-up, alignment, calibration, and tuning before filming this video
but as you can see it was WELL worth the effort.

It is now on display in the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the University
and is already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian

Yo! Gizoogle me.

December 19, 2006

This is funny, in a gangsta kinda way.

Props to Jen for the link.

videos from SNL. I have to confess, I’ve mostly stopped watching SNL because the median age of people who laugh at someone on TV referencing a female or male body part and then mugging for the camera about it is about thirty years younger than I am.

But these are cracking me up. And Justin Timberlake is hilarious.

See the rest here.

Christmas chaos

December 15, 2006

Looking for the contest?

Here’s the latest video from CCC and our Christmas Chaos series.

Knitting content soon to come!!

Looking for the contest?

Or does that offend you? It kinda does me. But it’s funny.

Here’s a lawyer’s take on Season’s Greetings sent to me by a friend.

A lawyer’s version of a Christmas greeting:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit our best
wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low
stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter
solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of
the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of
your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions
and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice
religious or secular traditions at all . . .
. . and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and
medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally
accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the
calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society
have helped make America great, (not to imply that America is
necessarily greater than any other country or is the only “AMERICA”
in the western hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed,
color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer
platform, or sexual preference of the wish-ee.

(By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This
greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely
transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies
no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for
her/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law, and is
revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is
warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of
good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a
subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is
limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the
sole discretion of the wisher.).

Holiday contest!

December 13, 2006

Okay, forgive my loserness in not mailing packages, all y’all that I owe prizes to. I have the yarn–it’s getting to the post office that’s killing me. It will come! Don’t send out the Without a Trace team yet. On second thought, send Agents Taylor and Fitzgerald, and I’ll pretend to be lost. Sigh.

I digress. Let’s have another contest!!!! A two parter. Tell me your (1) favorite or craziest holiday tradition and (2) your favorite holiday memory , and I’ll pick 2 winners to send some yarn to! Because what is a Christmas (or Hanukkah or any holiday for that matter) without yarn? Let’s go until December 18th, and I’ll get it in the mail–maybe even in time for Christmas? There are still miracles you know. And if you win and you are not a knitter, I’ll find something else as a prize. Candy? Something treat-ish.

And a huge THANK YOU to the sponsor of this contest–Laura. She donated yarn for contests. She’s an awesome SP9 gal. We love you Laura!!!!!!! And let’s pause to be totally jealous of her new car which is the exact car I want.

Edited to add:   You don’t have to be in sp9 to play.