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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My I'm-Geeking-Out Giveaway

So many things are making me happy today that I just had to celebrate with a giveaway. Before we get to that, though, don't you want to know why I'm so giddy today? Of COURSE you do (If you really don't, just scroll down to the bottom for the contest info).
  • It's still a million degrees here in the Phoenix area, but some of the bushes in my yard just popped out with some gorgeous colors. They're vibrant reds, purples and even white. "How can white be vibrant?" you ask. I don't know, it just is. Anyway, when we pulled up to our house this morning, my 4 year old gasped. "Mom!" he exclaimed. "Look at all those colors. Who made that?" At a loss, I answered, "Um, God?" In astonishment, he replied, "You mean God is our yard guy?" LOL. I'm still chuckling.

  • As of last night, I have read 100 books this year. I should be more than able to hit my goal of 150, but I'm wondering if I can get to 200. What do you think? Reviews of Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani and Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick are coming soon.

  • My oldest nephew (13) and my youngest niece (3) are both celebrating birthdays today!

  • I talked to David Boreanaz on live tv this morning! Well, not exactly, but I'm still geeking out. Let me explain: Rick D'Amico, a local reporter, often interviews celebrities on his morning show. The night before these chats, he sends a message to all his Facebook friends/fans (one of whom is my husband) asking which questions they want him to ask. So, last night, I was glued to something on my computer (probably one of your addicting book blogs) when I heard some white noise. It sounded something like this, "RickD'Amico'sinterviewingthatBonesguytomorrowWhaddayawannaaskhim?" When I came back to Earth, I realized this was my chance to ask Booth himself a deep, scintilating question. What I came up with was, "Has he read the books?" by which I meant the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs, on which Bones is based. The query came off the top of my head, wasn't all that intelligent, and didn't fully convey the depths of my lust for him, but, I was still interested in the answer.

    So, this morning as I was bathing the baby, my husband yells, "Hey! He's answering your question." And he was. David (see how we're on a first name basis now?) said that no, he hadn't read the books on which the show is "very loosely based" because he didn't want them to influence his performance. He wanted to make Booth into his own kind of character. Smart, no? I've wondered why the producers chose to bring Tempe's character to life, but not Detective Andrew Ryan's. Is it because female readers can handle seeing literary leading ladies brought to life but not their leading men? I can't imagine any actor playing Ryan to perfection, even Boreanaz.

    I do have the sinking suspicion that the very handsome Boreanaz might night be much of a reader. Even if he doesn't want Reichs' books to influence his performance, wouldn't he be too curious to resist? I would. Now, I could be wrong. Maybe he reads acres of books, but somehow, I doubt it. I'll ask Dave about it next time we chat :)

  • It's Book Blogger Appreciation Week. 'Nuf said. If all the bloggy love floating around isn't making you giddy, I don't know what can. Oh, maybe a giveaway ...

  • I've actually had this book for a while, but it got a little buried under mount TBR (To Be Reviewed). Now that I've unearthed it, I'm excited to give it away. Last year, Ted and Betsy Lewin visited my kids' school. I bought two copies of Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia, which the Lewins signed. Of course, my children got one copy, but the other will go to one lucky winner. Recap: This is a brand-new hardcover signed by the authors. You can check out the details on its Amazon page.

    To enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me what's making you happy right now. Each of the following will earn you one extra entry: Post about this giveaway on your blog or stick a blurb on your sidebar (leave me a link); mention it on Twitter and/or Facebook; follow me on Twitter (there's a link on my left sidebar); and become a Follower of my blog. Now, I have to say that this last one is very hypocritical, because I don't follow any blogs. I have you all on Google Reader and I can't handle another feed management tool. If you have similar issues, you can subscribe to the blog via your reader (just let me know). That being said, I love my followers. You will all be making an appearance on my sidebar very soon. Oh! If you're already a follower/subscriber, that counts! The nitty gritty: I will draw the name of one winner on Wednesday, September 23. It's a short contest, so sign up now. This giveaway is open to all of my readers, wherever in the world you may happen to be! If you don't have a public blog, please leave me a working email address. If I can't reach you, you can't win.

  • That's it. Have a happy day, everybody!


  1. I don't follow any blogs on blogger either and never will. I love google reader and that's the way I plan to keep it!
    What would make me happy? Right this second it would be air conditioning. I'm pregnant and it's hot out, need I say more?

  2. Now you know how I felt when Jason Castro answered my "what are you reading" question on his live web cast AND John Green answered... some question of mine (can't even remember what it was now) when he did one of his many Blog TV episodes! Fun stuff!

    I'm happy this very today because I survived the dumb dentist! AND because I'm starting up my book club tomorrow after a summer break and getting ready for that today!

    jenstusue AT yahoo

  3. I happy right now think of my daughters first day of sk tomorrow.
    reneetaylor at sympatico dot ca

  4. I follow on twitter as nicjosemm
    reneetaylor at sympatico dot ca

  5. What's making me happy is that my daughter has just blossomed as an absolutely fabulous writer. I'm so proud.

  6. Well now that you and David are on a first name basis, don't forget to mention your favorite sister!(does Darla read this?)

  7. What's making me happy right now is that my seven year old, who broke his leg last week, has managed to master the use of his crutches. And now he's asleep.

    This book looks good. Thanks for sharing it.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

  8. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. Right now my children make me happy!

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  9. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway. Right now two things make me is being able to have a chance at this book and the other is that I am off work and enjoying doing nothing today!

    kdhaney ((AT)) gmail ((DOT)) com

  10. What is making me happy right now -- I'm sitting here at the computer reading blogs with a chocolate milk and a big orange cat purring at me :-)

  11. I'm happy today because tonight is the season premeire of Bones! I have to comment on the Bones/Brennan books/tv series. I watched the TV show before I ever picked up a book, and I like the show better. I love the characters in the show, and couldn't get into the different version of Brennan in the books, even though I think the "book" version of Brennan is more realistic and plausible. I think I'll start reading the books once the TV show is off the air, so I can't compare the two all the time!
    wanlass6az at gmail dot com

  12. I'm happy today because I love where I work and the people I work with.

  13. I'm happy that it's finally cooled down enough to be comfortable to be outside during the day.

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

  14. I'd love to enter the contest! What's making me happy right now is that I've just got in touch with my cousin in England this week after 6 years of being out of touch.

    I'm already a Follower.

    Boreanaz = YUM! But he'll always be Angel to me.

  15. Thanks for the chance.

    simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

  16. I don't follow blogs either. I just don't have the time. What is making me happy right now is I college. I started last year (44 years old) and I'm doing great. I did very well on my tests this week too. My husband is so proud of me and this is making me happy too.

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  18. Books make me happy. Well there is a bunch of other stuff too but I still get giddy when I look at my shelf of books that were sent to me to review.

    AND my husband paid someone to come paint our bathroom. I was just dreading it, didn't want to do it myself. Now I can get a new mirror and towels, and a towel rack....

    I added your button to my side bar & linked you in my blog roll.

  19. Whats making me happy right now is that the dishes are all finished and I am enjoying a nice hot cup of coffee. I have my 4 month old son napping in his bed next to me and it's soooo quiet in here. If all goes right, I will be able to enjoy hopping around on the internet for about an hour. Yay for a little me time :))

  20. I tweeted!

    imsosweepy { at } gmail { dot } com

  21. I follow you on twitter!

    Thanks for this giveaway! My oldest son would really love this book. He loves horses!

    imsosweepy { at } gmail { dot } com

  22. I follow your blog!

    imsosweepy { at } gmail { dot } com

  23. At the being the weekend and having the day off tomorrow makes me very happy

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  24. tweeted

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  25. Hmmm...planning to make some banana chocolate chip muffins this afternoon. The thought of that makes me happy, even though it is a rainy day.
    pvilletoygirl at g m a i l dot com

  26. I'm happy because I've been discovering many book blogs this past week :D

    thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm a follower
    brigneti (a)gmail(.)com

  27. I'm happy right now because I just had my 16 month old granddaughter over for a few hours and I haven't seen her in almost a month. I cant get over how much she's changed. We had a wonderful time together. Cant wait to see her again.

  28. I follow you on twitter

    ID - iamcherdon

  29. tweeted

  30. Posted this giveaway on facebook

    ID - cheryl hodgkins

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