Saturday, October 17, 2009

Giveaway: Happy 100 to Me!

100 is my favorite number. Oh, wait... besides 7, which I consider lucky. And 14, my junior high soccer number. But today we're talking about 100.

Why the love for 100? If you want to start with my childhood, my nerdy self (I'm bragging, not apologizing) would settle for nothing less on my spelling tests in elementary school. In fact, I can remember the one time I did not get 100%: in the 2nd grade, I misspelled "tomorrow." I hate tomorrow.

More recently, Millie weighed in at 100% ideal weight for her height at her 4 month appointment. I'm so proud of my little rollie-pollie! Wait, how do you spell rollie-pollie?

And even more recently, this is my 100th blog post. I know, I know. This is a big deal. I actually stuck with it this long. I've only ever dated one guy this long... and I married him.

In celebration of my centennial blog post, I'm doing something I've never done before... something my friend Katie says everyone must do at some point on their blog. I'm hosting a giveaway.

Here's the loot:

A $25 gift card to Olive Garden. Also valid at Red Lobster and Bahama Breeze.

A copy of my favorite childhood book, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi.

A bag of my favorite candy, Peanut M&Ms. I eat them for my conscience, cause peanuts have protein. Don't they?


I'm curious who actually reads my blog. So if you leave a comment on this post, whether you've ever commented before or if you even know me, you're entered. BUT, let's see... in your comment you have to include something witty, like your favorite memory of us. And if we don't have any memories together (cause you don't know me... or hey, don't like me), then tell me how you got here. If you went by my past "comments," you've got some pretty darn good odds. I mean, I'm averaging, like, 2.

The contest ends on or about Wednesday, October 21. Cause if 7 and 14 were a series, 21 would be next. Winner chosen randomly. Friends and family of moi are absolutely eligible to win. Be sure to include some way to contact you in case you win.



Joni Marie Marshall said...

So I just saw your advertisement on Facebook and was curious enough to come & read up on your give away =). I totally read your blog (I just don't always comment). Your girls are beautiful by the way .... and I love how you write.

Ok, a memory .... where do I start? Well, I have 2 that I really appreciate you for (I always appreciate you but these 2 stick out ....) 1) While I had a loser job in LA and was always stressed, you were always there to listen to me ... and to help me talk my feelings out ... and you took me to get my first massage (and I LOVED it!). Ok, 2) I loved to go & stay w/ you while you were working on the MJ trial ... and I loved going to the rodeo with you ..... and every time I wear the 2 fun pair of shoes that I got with you (I wouldn't have bought fun shoes like that cuz I resort to being way to practical) I always think of you!

Ok, so there you go ..... ahhh, I got all warm & fuzzy thinking about you ...... I would LOVE to get together sometime if you would like to.

Even if I don't win, I LOVE YOU AL!!!

Laura said...

Oh gosh, there are so many. Basically by entire childhood. I'll just say the time when we were Adventurers at girls camp and we found a lone mountaineer girl wandering around Adventureland. We went up to her and said "We have to kidnap you now because you can't be here." Then she proceded
beat both of us up. What was up with that? That memory always makes me laugh.

Laney said...

I think my memory of you would be when we very first met on the 3rd St Promenade in Santa Monica and went to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. It was pouring rain in LA that day and you were wearing a cute little hat. I'll always laugh at that day because Matt asked Michael how he proposed to you, and Michael responded "What are you now, a chick?"

P.S. We had the same favorite childhood book!!

Tammy said...

Like Laura, I have TONS of childhood memories of us, a few of my favorites are when we went and saw The Jetson's in the theater (I think that was the first time I went to the theater with a friend instead of family; "photo shoot" at Shelby's house; kidnapping Laura; I could go on and on! We had some good times! I love taking a trip down memory lane!

Kelly said...

As you know, I never win anything so I am just posting because I love you! My favorite thing about you is your idealism and that you dream big! I hope we have many funny memories in the future, but for know, I think of Guitar Hero and game nights in Flaming Gorge. Also when I outed Elisa to you at bookclub...ooops.

JenSwen said...

I know I read that book when I was a kid but I can't remember what it was about. My favorite memory is when you got me addicted to Spoon Me when we were both in our first trimesters of pregnancy. It tasted so great at the time but I can't eat it anymore because it reminds me of pregnancy nausea!

King Lady said...

Hi, you don't know me from Adam, but I'm the favorite Aunty of that cute little Eleanor in your previous post. And though I would very much love to say that I bought her that darling outfit that she wore to the Garden's Village, I cannot. I just get to drool over her from afar.

Anyway, Marianne has you linked on her blog, and your giveaway title was very intriguing. When I saw you were offering a gift card to Olive Garden (among other lovelies) I thought I'd post a comment and see what happened. My husband HATES the Olive Garden, so I never get to eat there. (I pretty much only eat out on date nights.) However, I do happen to have a friend that would really appreciate a spontaneous lunch date as she's going through a difficult time right now.

I'm crossing my fingers!

King Lady said...

I should clarify my previous comment by saying that I'm the favorite Aunty on Eleanor's FATHER'S side. Just sayin'.

Janie said...

Oh man. Probably my favorite memory with you was in Riverside at our hotel when we gathered in the lobby for a drink because the lounge was too packed. We laughed ourselves silly after you knocked over the plant behind your chair trying to get up. And laughing ourselves into hysterics over how your and Tori's husbands both hid their tech toys from you!! :) Love you AL!

Megan said...

Al! I was never a big blog reader until I started college and a job where I usually get all my work done and have about 20 minutes to spare, so I have been a reader for about 2 or 3 months now!
Favorite memory...I seriously cannot pick just one! I still remember coming down to your apartment for girls sleepovers when you were going to BYU, that one weirds me out now, there is no way I am old enough to be going to YOUR school now -tear-! You have seriously changed my life, I don't know who I would be without you, you have taught me so much...ok heres the memory, Doc's pizza embarrassing!! Please tell me you remember!
I love you Al!

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Larson Love said...

You know I read and love your blog because I can not refrain from commenting on nearly every single post! You have such a way of writing and I love seeing pictures of what your family is up to. Favorite memory of you.... That's a tricky one.... I have lots. Here is a list of just some: Staring contest at Melting Pot (okay I was the only one staring, besides the point), watching Michael bring you through the veil with your mom, watching Michael find true love and sealing the deal with a kiss over the alter, spa treatments in Hawaii followed by a helicopter ride that I will never forget, watching you hike with Hummus 2 weeks after a C-section, your darling paper creations (birthday invites, valentines etc.), getting nearly half naked with your sister for your article (totally worth it for the great girls getaway!), how you shared your juice with Ri while in the hospital (totally selfless!), watching you have random dance parties with Soph when you think no one is watching, seeing you and Michael create the two cutest little girls on this earth, the list goes on and on. The best part there are so many more memories to come. Maybe this is to mushy for a comment, but I love you so much! I am so grateful that you are my brother's eternal companion and therefore we are hooked for life! You are an amazing woman with a huge heart. The more I get to know you the more I love you! Thanks for being you! PS. Peanut MM's totally have protein!!!

Marianne & Clayton said...

I've liked any time we've gotten to just chill at Jenni's. Eating treats and looking at cute kids doing adorable things. Recently though, I really liked when she did the photo shoot with you and Sophie when you were preggers with little Millie. You looked so pretty and I loved that dress. I keep thinking about it in fact. I just enjoyed the creative process of the day.

drewnels said...

Okay. In the interest of increasing our family's chances of winning, I'll lob one in here as well: My earliest memory of you is at a SM3rd ward FHE event, watching a certain un-named Laker flirt with you... Of course, that was before he and every other prospect got BOXED OUT by a certain all-star MBA from Pepperdine. Love it!

Katie said...

Eeeee! The only thing better than Olive Garden fettucini alfredo, is Olive Garden fettucini alfredo followed by a bag of peanut M&M's.

Memories...You are the bright highlight of my BYU broadcast experience. The MOST fun I had there was working with you. (As evidenced by my desperate attempts to marry you into the family)

Happy 100!

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Jenny said...

I had to repost because I repeated myself. I am a horrible writer!!!

I am not witty but I do read your blog and I love it! I don't know anybody who writes better than you. Let's see a few memories..... dinner with you, Michael and the Betas at Orbit Cafe, the engagement party at Michael's parents house, your fabulous wedding, the Flaming Gorge weekend getaways and the beautiful hike last summer.

My favorite memory is the time I walked to your house from Sugarhouse park with Will and we chatted forever in your living room. We had great conversation and I felt like I really got to know you.

Laura said...

Ok, I know that I already commented but I thought of another one. That time when you and I stayed at my grandparents house for a week when they had my swedish relatives over. We watched VH1's top ten countdown at least twice a day. Hearing Toni Braxton's "You Mean the World to Me", Ace of Base's "I Saw the Sign", and Counting Crows' "Round Here" still brings me back. We also spent some serious time that week writing a Seinfeld episode where Jerry gets Mono. You've got some connections now, maybe you can pass that along to a current sitcom!