I am realizing I have loose ends from the past few months that I, without intentionally doing so, have never properly tied. Here goes.
Bas Bleu Bountiful Basket of Books
Way, way, waaaayy back in October, I stumbled across Elizabeth's blog "As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves." She was celebrating her 100th post with a giveaway from Bas Bleu booksellers. Well, guess who won??
I know! I'd love to say that I never posted about it because I was too mad at her for causing me a new addiction (hello? The Bas Bleu catalog itself is delightful!), but the truth is, we started into birthday month (November) and Christmas month and by January I'd forgotten I had never posted.
So, let me tell you what happened. Elizabeth posted a book I had on auto-request at Paperback Swap (The Eyes of a King by Catherine Banner). When she mailed me the book, she PMed me to say "hi." How fun is it to be on the receiving end of good books from like-minded blogosphere buddies??
Anyway, I headed over to her blog, and it has a beautiful new (to me) red template, with swirls and curlicues - very fetching and elegant. So, go over and tell her I sent you.
Critique Group Apologies
Several of you volunteered to read the short story I wrote for the NYC Midnight Madness competition, and I never took you up on your offer. I truly, sincerely appreciate the sentiment, and I'm sorry I didn't send it to you. I didn't have anything to email by Thursday night, and by Friday night I knew what I'd written was crap and I totally started from scratch. I wrote frenetically for almost 24 hours, and submitted the story with minus two minutes to go. (They told me I qualified anyway.) I'm a chronic procrastinator and this is where it gets me. If you still want to critique, hit me!
Mostly for Sharon, I wanted to share pictures of the new members of my household, Heidi and Lucy:
They're three-month-old sisters, and strays from the shelter, and very sweet and playful, and I had no idea kittens pooped as much as babies do.
Prizes and Awards
What this guy is doing giving out prizes, I don't know, but I won one of them! Thanks, Trav! (For those of you who don't already, go follow Travis on Twitter. It's very fun to follow his trains of thought. Well, fun, in a run-for-your-life they're-going-to-collide kind of way.)
My darling Absolute Vanilla has been helping a woman named Angela and could use our advocacy. She's already drafted an email for you! In that same post, she awarded me the Premio Luz En El Alma ("light in the soul award")
(I tried to research this award a little bit and didn't find much - I think it's a pretty self-explanatory award - but I did stumble upon this gorgeous website by UK blogger Tessa.)
I'm charged with "passing on" the award, so I will give it to those who have helped encourage the light in my soul to burn brightly, and fed the flames when they were waning:
Amy at Life at the Riverbank
Katie at Tater's Tots
Tess at Arch Words
Merry at Mom and More
All right, a few more items on the way in Catching Up part 2, plus three book reviews I've let lapse!!