Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Snortish Quiz—The Winners!

My sister, who knows me better than anyone else does, said my quiz was too hard. I blew it off because I thought it was easy and she was just being a whiner.

But, since there were only two takers, I guess she was right.

The answers are below (including links to where the answers could be found).

  1. What is Karlene's favorite April Fools Joke?
    Baby Burrito, aka Pilaf.


  2. Who did Karlene recently have to break up with?
    My dentist. (BTW, I wrote a nice letter. He's called to talk to me a few times, but I don't answer. I have Caller ID and I just don't want to have that discussion.)


  3. Which writer's conference did Karlene recently attend?
    LDS Storymakers—and it was fab!


  4. Where does Karlene wish she had taken her kids when they were younger?
    The Smithsonian.


  5. Which television show does Karlene never want to be on?
    Wife Swap.


  6. What very sad thing happened on May 16th?
    Provident Book closed.


  7. What event inspired the SNORT contest?
    Nothing. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, regardless of what anyone else says or what you might read elsewhere on this blog.


  8. What does Karlene collect?
    PIGS.


  9. Which love song reminds Karlene of her DH?
    Colour Everywhere by Deana Carter.


  10. What beverage is Karlene addicted to?
    Sobe Lean Cranberry Grapefruit. Yum! (Okay, this one might not have been obvious if you haven't read THIS post.)

So, there you go. Everything you never wanted to know about me and were hoping no one would ask.

And the winners? Well, I'm in a generous mood, so BOTH commenters get a prize.






Sandra and Suan, go HERE and pick your prize. Also, send me your mailing address.


Now playing on my iPod: Celebrate by Kool and the Gang
(I'm kinda' love songed out right now)

SNORT—Last Day! CONTEST CLOSED


How do you end a month long contest like this with a bang?

Hmmm. This will require some thinking. . .

Oh, I know.

Prizes for everybody! Maybe.

CONTEST CLOSED

Contest:
  1. Comment on THIS post and tell me what you liked best (or least) about the SNORT extravaganza and/or give me an idea for a future contest.

  2. One entry per person.

  3. Winners will be randomly selected from all commenters, until I run out of prizes HERE.

Deadline: You have until midnight TONIGHT, June 30th to leave a comment.

Prize: Your choice of any of the remaining prizes HERE.


Now playing on my iPod: It Don't Matter by Donovan Frankenwreiter

SNORT the Food Winner!


I was expecting all sorts of grossness from the SNORT the Food contest. I waited until my stomach was empty and I was emotionally prepared before I read any of the contents. And—

I hate to tell you all this, but none of you came up with anything weirder than what they were eating at the Chinese buffet. And my DH eats weirder things than you guys on a regular basis.

In fact, some of your weirdness sounded yummy. Elaine, I eat SF Oreo/banana sandwiches so you got no points with that one! And Annette, I've fixed tomato soup and tuna for my kids many times. (Didn't eat it myself because I don't like tomato soup.)

The only one that came close to grossing me out was the boiled eggs dipped in vinegar. Yuk!

So, my personally chosen weird food eater is. . .




The randomly selected winner from everyone else is. . .

Elaine!


Cindy and Elaine, go HERE and pick your prize. Also, send me your mailing address.

Monday, June 29, 2009

SNORT is winding down


Only two more days of SNORT contests (today and tomorrow) although there will be a couple of days to wrap things up after that.

There are still a few open contests. Check the sidebar immediately to the right for a list and go play the ones you haven't entered yet.

If you've won a prize and haven't received it, don't worry. I'll be getting them all shipped/delivered after the contest is over.

Also, I'm soooo sorry that my current playlist is on autostart. I forgot to deselect that. I went back and tried to adjust it but can't figure out how. :( But don't worry. The playlist will be taken off the blog as soon as the SNORT contest is over.

I'm Lonely (SNORT)—CONTEST CLOSED


The wedding is over.

Megan and Kendall are off on their honeymoon.

My parents have gone home, as have the other wedding guests.

Jim is back to work on a regular schedule.

Now it's just me and the dog in a very quiet house—and he sleeps all day and isn't much of a conversationalist.

[Sniff]

I need some friends to keep me company. So. . .

Today's contest is to Come Be My Friend.

CONTEST CLOSED

Contest:
  1. Sign up to be a Follower for my blog (see the Followers button over in the first sidebar)

    And/Or

    Sign up to Follow Me on Twitter (in the second sidebar, just below the Twilight-inspired Fragrance image)

    And/Or

    Be my friend on Facebook.


  2. Come back here and post a comment telling me which ones you've done. You get one entry for each place that your follow or friend.


  3. If you already are signed up as a follower or friend, just tell me in the comments and you'll get the entries.


Deadline: You have until midnight on Wednesday, July 1st to follow/friend and comment. The winner will be randomly chosen from all commenters.

Prize: Your choice of any of the remaining prizes HERE.



Now playing on my iPod: Ain't No Sunshine by Kris Allen

SNORT Those Nails Winner!

I absolutely love all those nail photos I posted for the SNORT Those Nails contest. I'm not due for a fill until the weekend, but I may go in early and have the America, I Love You design put on because July is coming up fast. Plus, Saturday is the holiday and the nail shop probably won't be open.

And then I might get The Phoenix (in reds) done at my next fill, in honor of the release of the new Harry Potter movie.

After that, I think I'll do my absolute FAV design. Are you ready for it?


Yep, that would be. . .

Guns & Roses.

My second fav would be Business Casual.

(It was really hard for me to pick between those two because I liked them both about the same, but I went with Guns & Roses because roses are my favorite flowers.)

(Cliché, I know, but there you go.)



The randomly selected winner from the two who guessed Guns & Roses is. . .




The randomly selected winner from everyone else is. . .

Morgan!


Sandra and Morgan, go HERE and pick your prize. Also, send me your mailing address.

SNORT Those Brows Winner!

Time to announce the winner of the SNORT Those Brows contest!

While I wish I had the courage to go with The Spock, I settled for something more conservative.

Sorry, I'm squinting into the sun. Here's a close-up:

I tried to take another picture of my own brows this morning, without the squints, but I couldn't get it right. Megan always did those types of photos for me. (Sob.)

And speaking of Megan, aren't her brows lovely? Maybe I should have gone for The Megan.


Now that you've seen my new brows, you may disagree with the outcome, but The Jessica is what I was going for.

For those of you who guessed something other than The Jessica, this was my thinking:
  • The Beyoncé brows look constantly surprised. Also, they are so distinct that everyone would know I was trying to be a 20-something music star.
  • The Brooke is too close to what my brows looked like BEFORE I tamed them. No one would even notice.
  • I don't have the face to carry off The Angelina. Plus, I've had thick brows my entire life. I'd feel naked if I went that thin.
  • The Anne—are you kidding me? I honestly thought no one would pick those for me. (So glad I had you guess what I did and not pick what I should do. IMHO, those brows are just not very attractive. [Sorry, Anne.] [And sorry to anyone who really likes that look.])

The randomly selected winner from those who guessed The Jessica is. . .


And no, that was not picked on purpose.

The randomly selected winner from everyone else is. . .


Jess and Annette, go HERE and pick your prize. Also, send me your mailing address.

Friday, June 26, 2009

SNORT/Pigs in Love THEME Song—CONTEST CLOSED


This is the last Pigs in Love/song related contest.

First we had the contest to suggest the songs for our CD.

Then we voted on those songs and narrowed it down to 10.

I added three songs to the 10, so there will be a total of 13 songs of the CD.

For this contest, we're choosing the THEME SONG.


CONTEST CLOSED

Contest:
  1. Listen to the songs on the Top 13 Playlist (scroll down to the very bottom).

  2. Click Here to take the survey. Select the song(s) you think should be the SNORT Theme Song. You can select as many as you want. The song with the most votes wins. (The person who suggested that song wins a Pigs in Love CD.)

  3. Come back here and post a comment telling me that you've taken the survey.


Deadline: You have until midnight on Tuesday, June 30th to vote and comment. The winner will be randomly chosen from all commenters.

Prize: Your choice of any of the remaining prizes HERE.

*This is seperate from winning a copy of the CD, as described here.

Now playing on my iPod: Everything by Michael Bublé
[I can't believe I left this off the original playlist! It's been added to the top 13 and will be on the Pigs in Love CD]

Pigs In Love CD (Phase Two) WINNERS!


We've got our list of songs for the Pigs in Love CD! Yea!

This post is to announce the winners of two more prizes.

The first prize is for winner #2 for the SNORT That Song contest. For this contest, you had to have suggested songs for the CD, and then your song(s) had to be chosen as one of the top 10 songs in this survey.

I'll post the winning songs in a minute, but those who suggested those top 10 songs were:

Donna, Kandis, Sandra and Suan.

And the randomly drawn winner from the top 10 song suggesters is. . .


Sandra wins a copy of the Pigs in Love CD.



The next winner was chosen randomly from the Pigs in Love CD (Phase Two) contest. To be eligible for a prize in this one, you had to take the survey and vote for the songs that you thought should make the Top 10 list.

The winner of this contest is. . .




Taffy, go HERE and pick your prize. Also, send me your mailing address.

SNORT The News Winner!


A BIG Thank You to everyone who helped spread the news about my SNORT contest.

This has been fun and we're going into the last week. Still have lots of prizes and contests coming up over the next few days.

The winner of the SNORT The News contest is. . .



Susan, go HERE and pick your prize. Also, send me your mailing address.

Guess the Dress Winner!

Time to announce the winner of the Guess the Dress contest! I actually decided which dress to wear the day before the wedding. (Yay me, for not waiting to the last minute!)


Without further ado, here's the photo:



Oops! I mean, this one:


Now, you may be thinking, that doesn't look like the midi:

That's what I thought too. That model must be over 6 feet tall for it to hit her at that length. I'm a smidge over 5'7".

And the reason I picked that one? Because I thought I might be chasing grandbabies and the short dress might embarrass me. And I was right. Glad I picked the long one.



And the winner is. . .



Jeri, go HERE and pick your prize. Also, send me your mailing address.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

SNORT That Quiz!—CONTEST CLOSED

What?! You thought that just because today was the wedding that I wouldn't post a contest?

Oh ye of little faith. (Or maybe I should say, oh ye who do not know that Blogger let's you schedule posts.)

While I'm off playing Mother-of-the-Bride, you guys can play here.

This is a quiz. How well do you know Karlene? (Answers can be found here on the blog between April 1st and today.)

  1. What is Karlene's favorite April Fools Joke?


  2. Who did Karlene recently have to break up with?


  3. Which writer's conference did Karlene recently attend?


  4. Where does Karlene wish she had taken her kids when they were younger?


  5. Which television show does Karlene never want to be on?


  6. What very sad thing happened on May 16th?


  7. What event inspired the SNORT contest?


  8. What does Karlene collect?


  9. Which love song reminds Karlene of her DH?


  10. What beverage is Karlene addicted to?

CONTEST CLOSED

Contest: Post your answers in the comments section.

Deadline: You have until midnight Monday, June 29th, to post your answer in the comments section.

Prize: Winner is the one who gets the most answers correct. Prize is your choice of any of the remaining prizes HERE. If there's a tie, I'll do a random drawing for the winner.


Now playing on my iPod: Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion

SNORT That Bee!—CONTEST CLOSED


My DH got stung by a bee yesterday. In the face. Less than 24 hours before the wedding!

Aaack!

But my mother came to the rescue with a remedy. It worked wonderfully—no sign of the sting this morning.


Guess what she suggested?

  • Calamine lotion
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Baking soda and water paste
  • Benadryl spray
  • Onion pack

CONTEST CLOSED

Contest: Leave a comment telling us your pick for the bee sting remedy.

Deadline: You have until midnight on Tuesday, June 30th to post your answer in the comments section. Two winners: 1) a random drawing from everyone that plays; and 2) random drawing from those who guessed correctly.

Prize: Your choice of any of the remaining prizes HERE.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

SNORT That Fragrance Winners!


Thanks to EVERYONE who voted so quickly to make the fast deadline. I really appreciate it.

This contest had two winners.

First, the winner randomly chosen from all commenters is. . .



Erika, go HERE and pick your prize. (I'll bring your prize to the reception tomorrow. Will you be there?)


Second, the winning fragrance is Spring Morning. Yum!



Chanté, you win a parfum spray in the Spring Morning fragrance. Send me your mailing address.

SNORT The Food!—CONTEST CLOSED


We're going out to eat tonight—our extended family and "the groom's" extended family. Meg & Kendall chose Chinese. I'm not a big fan of Chinese, but I am flexible and creative so I'll have a good time.

Which got me thinking—some people eat really weird combinations of things. About the weirdest thing I eat is mixing popcorn and sugar-free mint patties when I go to the movies. Or dip my bananas in chocolate pudding.

Or if I want to live really dangerously, I'll mix peanut butter cookies, bananas, vanilla bean ice cream, topped with hot fudge and Cool Whip (all sugar free, of course).

None of that seems very weird. Not like squirrel and dumplings or green beans and ketchup.

I'm sort of a plain-Jane type of eater, which is the polite way of saying that I'm really picky and really boring in my food choices.

What about you? What's the weirdest combination of foods that you eat?


CONTEST CLOSED

Contest: Leave a comment telling us what your weirdest food combo is. (This needs to be something that you actually eat and like.)

Deadline: You have until midnight on Monday, June 29th to post your answer in the comments section. Two winners: 1) a random drawing from everyone that shares; and 2) my pick of THE weirdest food combo.

Prize: Your choice of any of the remaining prizes HERE.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

SNORT That Fragrance!—CONTEST CLOSED

Oh, my goodness! I only have three open contests right now. That just won't do. No, no, no. So I'm adding a bunch today. (This is the last I'm adding; scroll down for two more.)



This one is the most important!


I need your input NOW!

24 Hour Deadline!


I need a Mother-of-the-Bride fragrance.

I've narrowed it down to three options and I love all three of them.



Spring Morning
A friend of mine made this at one of my Make & Takes and said I could copy it. It is a nice fresh, fruity fragrance—a blend of Pina Colada, Grapefruit and Spearmint. It smells delicious and reminds me of a spring morning.


Pink Daydreams
My sister made this one. It's a mix of Juniper (the only floral fragrance I like), coconut and white musk. It's as close to a floral fragrance as I'll ever get. Even though it's not my usual type of scent (I tend toward fruitys), I quite like it.


Enchantment
This one is a mix of Fig, Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Naked (green apple, pear and melon), and Egyptian Musk. It's more complex than the other two and harder to describe. It's got some lower notes, and is a good blend of fruit and spice—not too sweet and just a tad dangerous.


CONTEST CLOSED
Contest: Leave a comment stating which fragrance you think I should wear to the wedding. I'll wear the fragrance that gets the most votes.

Deadline: You have until TOMORROW, Wednesday, June 24th, at noon to post your answer in the comments section.

Prize: Two winners: 1) a random drawing from everyone that comments, winner gets your choice of any of the remaining prizes HERE; and 2) a random drawing from everyone who voted for the winner, winner gets a parfum spray in the winning fragrance.

Now playing on my iPod: You're Still the One by Shania Twain

SNORT Those Nails!—CONTEST CLOSED

I had my nails done. They've been really bad for months—they keep breaking and peeling, hangnails & overgrown cuticles. Ugh. I'd post a photo but you might be eating and I wouldn't want to spoil your appetite.

I'm going to go with a basic French Tip (to the right) for the wedding. I don't want to scare off my new in-laws by letting my personality shine through. But when I was trying to decide what to do with my nails, I came across some gorgeous images on the web. (And I would totally wear any of these designs.)

Which do you think is my fav?



Floral Rhinestone



America, I Love You



Luck O' the Irish



The Phoenix



Business Casual



Guns & Roses

CONTEST CLOSED
Contest: Leave a comment stating which nail art you think is my favorite.

Deadline: You have until midnight on Saturday, June 27th to post your answer in the comments section. Two winners: 1) a random drawing from everyone that guesses; and 2) a random drawing from everyone who guesses correctly.

Prize: Your choice of any of the remaining prizes HERE.

Now Playing on my iPod: Better Together by Jack Johnson

SNORT Those Brows!—CONTEST CLOSED

Remember when I said the eyebrows needed work? Well, I got them tamed. Guess which celeb I copied?

Or rather, guess which celeb I think I copied.


The Beyoncé




The Brooke





The Anne





The Jessica



The Angelina






The Spock

CONTEST CLOSED

Contest: Leave a comment stating which celebrity eyebrow style I copied.

Deadline: You have until midnight on Friday, June 26th to post your answer in the comments section. Two winners: 1) a random drawing from everyone that guesses; and 2) a random drawing from everyone who guesses correctly.

Prize: Your choice of any of the remaining prizes HERE.

Now playing on my iPod: Love Story by Taylor Swift

Monday, June 22, 2009

Secret Contest Winner!


I did a Secret SNORT contest the other day. I had an incredibly looong post and thought those who actually read all the way to the end of it ought to be eligible for a prize. So in small letters at the very bottom, I said to leave a comment if you read all the way to the end.

Amazingly, 11 people read to the end and commented! I love you all, and you're all my new BFFs. Which is a great prize in and of itself. But one of you gets an additional prize.

And the randomly chosen winner of that prize is. . .



Julie, go HERE and pick your prize. Also, send me your mailing address.

SNORT Those Piggie Toes Winner!

In the SNORT My Piggie Toes contest, commenters were asked to tell me what and where they might get a tattoo. I said I'd choose a random winner, unless one of them really cracked me up. Some of them are very funny.

I've decided to award two prizes—a random winner and a hilarious winner.

But first, someone asked me what I would get if I were to get a tattoo. Well, it won't happen because 1) Pres. Hinckley (the previous prophet of my church) said not to get tattoos, so I won't; and 2) I can't handle the pain.

But if I were to get a tattoo, I'd get two—one on each foot. On one foot, I'd get a new star for every grandchild (I wouldn't get the cupcake, but I'd have some big decoration in the middle with the stars surrounding it); on the other foot, I'd have a book as the large central piece, and get a new star for every published book I wrote (I'd have two).

Now, on to the winners.

The randomly chosen winner of that contest is:





The hilariously funny winner (I laughed so hard I cried) is:


MELANIE GOLDMUND!



Natasha and Melanie, go HERE and pick your prize. Also, send me your mailing address.

(Melanie, all the prizes are lightweight, so if you're not coming here this summer, I'm willing to mail it to you via slow boat.)



Now playing on my iPod: That's When I Love You by Aslan

[I can't believe I forgot this song for our Pigs in Love CD. It will definitely be added to those that win the vote. Oh, and GO VOTE!!!]

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Summer Reading Thing Update

I interrupt the SNORT contest for a few Summer Reading Thing reviews.

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

I love Janette Rallison. Her books are clever funny, with clean romance that I'm not embarrassed to let me teenagers read. (Not that I have any teenagers anymore, but Janette's been writing for a few years.)

In this book, Annika's little brother has cancer—and a boy-crush on Teen Robin Hood. His wish is that he could meet him, and Annika sets out to make that happen—by stalking the actor who plays that role.

Janette's usual humor shows up in this book, even though it deals with a serious, and often sad, topic. There were places where I laughed out loud at Annika's antics. The romance was sweet and clean with just a bit of kissing. I give it 4 stars.



The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum

Abby is a senior in high school, with her life all lined up. Then she meets Dante—and her world turns upside down. He's cute, mysterious, and odd things happen when he's around.

This is a paranormal romance—meaning that it mixes fantasy and reality into the love story and that one or more of the characters have paranormal powers/strengths. Immediate comparisons with Twilight come to mind. Dante is not quite as compelling as Edward, however, he's got more depth. His goodness comes from his character, and not simply from the fact that he doesn't eat people. (But he wouldn't because this is not a vampire story, and he's not a vampire.)

Abby is much more likeable than Bella, and she's not an idiot. She doesn't just change her entire life because she meets a cute guy. Abby has brains, and although not perfect, she tries to be a good person.

The love story is also more believable than Twilight's. It's based on shared experiences, communication, and you can see why Abby and Dante would like each other. Also, he doesn't watch her while she sleeps, nor does she keep trying to seduce him.

That said, if you liked Twilight, you'll probably like this one as well. The action is good. There are good guys and bad guys (really bad guys). It's intense and thrilling. And the ending sets up a great sequel. I loved this book. I give it 4.5 stars.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Heavenly Day


An explanation for my non-LDS friends. Faithful members of our church get married in one of our LDS temples. Before they get married (or go on missions, or when they become an adult), they go through the temple and make commitments to the Lord about the type of life they will lead from this point forward.

Today was a special day because I got to escort my daughter through the temple. It was her first time. It was a beautiful experience that I shall remember and treasure forever.

Now playing on my iPod: I'm Going to the Temple

Friday, June 19, 2009

What Items Are Most Essential to Me?


Part of Analyzing is determining what is most important to you, so you make sure there's a space created for the things that really enrich your life.

These are the things I love, that bring me joy, or that make me want to get out of bed in the morning (not necessarily in order of importance):

  • My Family—I love it when my family gets together. I love to take photos, but I usually forget or can't find my camera. I especially love the impromptu get-togethers and would love to do more of them. I also love spending time with my husband. And I also like to spend time with my friends. But I am so tired from the daily grind, the grindiness due in large part to the clutter and disorganization, that I rarely get to spend time just hanging with the peeps. Hopefully, a simplified and organized lifestyle will help remedy this.
  • Family Photos/Scrapbooking—I love putting together and looking at my family photo albums. I get a lot of satisfaction from the artistic expression of putting them together. I also feel really good when I remember things we did together that were fun and brought us closer together. It helps me not to feel like such a loser of a mother. I need a place to create these albums, a place to store my supplies, and a place to store and/or display the finished albums.
  • Church/Spiritual Life—This is very important to me and I never seem to get enough. I miss church too often due to health issues, brought on in part by my disorganized efforts at staying healthy. Sometimes I skip church because my lack of organization has put me behind the eight-ball on a project or I'm too exhausted from being overworked on a Saturday. (I tell myself the ox is in the mire, but that's a lie. It doesn't count when you've pushed your ox into the mire.)

    Also, it's hard for me to pray and feel the Spirit when I'm surrounded by a house that is not in order. (Example: The words that go through my mind when I step on a bead while standing up after a prayer do not invite the Spirit to remain with me!)
  • Grandchildren—I love having my Grandma Days! I need a place to keep their cribs and toys that is easy to access but doesn't block daily routines on non-Grandma days.
  • Heirlooms—I have some old furniture, decor items and collectibles that have been handed down to me from various family members. I love this stuff and the heritage that exudes from it. I need places to store and display them. I would really like a unique, character home that lends itself to an eclectic decor, but since that is not possible, there has to be a way to blend these beautiful pieces in with the functional pieces we need.
  • Books—I love books. I re-read books. I sleep with my books. I am committed to paring down my books, but pretty much, a room without books is a travesty in my opinion. I need bookshelves in every room. I need the books organized and accessible and catalogued.
  • Music—I like listening to my music but it's hard to do because I have CDs scattered all over the house and I can never find the one I want. I need a central, attractive, easy to access place for all my CDs, and I need my favs on my iPod.
  • Entrepreneur/Writing stuff—I really, really like starting new businesses. I really, really like writing and editing and anything to do with words. I really, really, really like it when the two are merged together. That is just hog-heaven for me. I need a work space, planning space, physical storage system for organizing and retrieving my ideas, as well as a time system for working on various projects, with ticklers for date-related promotions, articles, etc.

Pigs In Love CD (Phase Two)—CONTEST CLOSED


I was reminded by a commenter that I had forgotten to close phase one of the Pigs in Love/Theme Song contest.

Phase One was to submit suggestions for songs to be considered for the CD. If I was able to find your song on playlist.com (a few are by different artists), it's on the playlist at the bottom of this blog. (Scroll waaaay down.)

Now we're moving on to Phase Two—narrowing down the list to 10 songs. There are a total of 63 songs on the list and I like most of them. This is gonna' be tough. I can't do it myself.

So, contest time!




CONTEST CLOSED

Contest:
  1. Listen to the songs on the playlist that you're unfamiliar with.

  2. Go HERE and select all the songs that you think should be on the CD. You can select as many as you want. The top 10 songs with the most votes get on the CD.

  3. Come back here and post a comment telling me that you've taken the survey.

  4. If you email your friends or post about the Pigs in Love CD, let me know in your comment and you'll get an extra entry.

Deadline: You have until midnight on Wednesday, June 24th to vote and comment. The winner will be randomly chosen from all commenters.

Prize: Your choice of any of the remaining prizes HERE.

*This is seperate from winning a copy of the CD, as described here.

Pigs In Love CD Winner (Phase One)


A BIG Thank You to everyone who suggested songs for the Pigs in Love CD.

We had 84 suggested (some were duplicates), with 63 making it on the playlist at the bottom of this blog.

We have a huge variety of musical styles represented on the list. I promise, there's something for everyone there!

As promised, this is the first of three chances to win a copy of the Pigs in Love CD.

Here's how the winner was chosen:
  • I listed every suggested title in an Excel file, with credit given to the person suggesting it. If two people suggested the same song, they both got a spot on the list.
  • I sorted the list alphabetically to get them randomized really well.
  • I used random.org to generate a random number.

And the winner is:

DONNA

who suggested
When You Say Nothing at All by Alison Kraus

Donna, send me your mailing address. You will receive a copy of the Pigs In Love CD early in July.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

SNORT My Hair Contest Winner!


In the SNORT MY HAIR contest, the Short Shag was the winner, hands down.

You can see the actual haircut here.

The randomly chosen winner of that contest is



I got to meet Luisa at the Storytellers conference back in April.

Luisa, go HERE and pick your prize. Also, send me your mailing address.

Master Haircutter of the Universe—CONTEST CLOSED

Remember that contest we did over a week ago? The one about my hair? The one I said I'd post pictures of?

Well, according to KST (Karlene Standard Time), today is the day to post the results. Yay!

First, a little something you need to know about my hair is that it is really a pain in the neck. It used to be thick and manageable, and would air dry looking nice needing very little fuss and little to no product to make it look good.

Then I had babies. Then surgery and ulcers. Then lost a lot of weight—and lost over 1/2 my hair. (Fortunately, I had a lot of it, so no one but me and my hair dresser noticed.)

NOW, my hair just looks awful no matter what I do to it. But I've found one stylist who does a great job. The cut makes all the difference. I love her cuts. If I were rich, I'd put her on retainer and have her come do my hair every day.

But back to the contest. Number 1, the Short Shag, won by a landslide. (And the contest winner will be posted in just a few minutes.)

Last Friday, I went to visit Shalana at the Emporium Salon in American Fork. I was stressed because even though I know Shalana does a great job on my hair, I'm always a little nervous about it. And with the wedding less than two weeks away, well, I needed a Sobe to keep me sane.

This is my "Before" picture.
Geez, those eyebrows need some work too.



A side view of the "before". That's Shalana in the mirror.



Shalana gives the best shampoos ever!
Imagine the best pedi you've ever had, then put that on your head. Heaven!



Shalana and another stylist who was taking the photos
got a little carried away here.



What makes Shalana's cuts so good?
I asked her. "It's the cross cut. You have to cross cut so it
doesn't wing out all over the place. You don't need to cut a lot, but
you need to cut every hair. Every single hair on your head needs
to know it's place in the world."

Okay. Whatever. I have no idea what that means.
I told her she should video herself cutting my hair and post it on YouTube.
That way, when she retires, I can still get a good cut.



"Karlene! Your hair doesn't have enough trollop!
It needs more trollop!"

So here she is, adding trollop.

Uhmmm, I'm hoping she is referring to
the purposefully tousled look of the shag. . .



Almost done. She's doing the final little snips and tons
of cross checking/cutting to make it perfect.



Now we blow dry.
I tried to watch her do it so I could repeat it at home but without
my glasses I can't see much of anything.



Straighten. This is key to getting the oddball kinks out of my hair.

I've had to have Megan help me a few times. I asked her if she
would do my hair for the wedding and she just laughed.
Why would she laugh?



And here's the "After" —from the side.



From the back.



And ta-da! From the front.
That's Shalana on the left, Master Haircutter of the Universe.



And here is a sneak peek of the little boutique that will be opening soon
at Emporium Salon. It's the "Julia D Collection"—darling vintage gifts.
There were so many cute things!



Another peek.



Now, the bad news is Shalana is not taking any new clients. But there are several stylists in the salon who are—Brittany, Cierra, Haley, Jessica, Nicole—and they all do a great job.

The salon is open Monday through Saturday. You can call 801-492-3830 to make an appointment.





Now playing on my iPod: In My Dreams by Eels.
(Saw this guy on Letterman last night. He's kind of odd but I love this song.)

CONTEST CLOSED
This was an incredibly long post and if you read all the way down to the end, you deserve a prize. So here's a bonus contest. Leave a comment on this post—any comment about anything you want—before midnight on Sunday, June 21st. I'll choose a winner at random. (This is a secret contest. It won't be posted over in the sidebar like the other ones. It's only for my dedicated readers, who hang on my every word—and for whomever they tell about it.)