Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I'll Use My Powers for Good

Sorry all you los--I mean, non-winners.
You can still order one of these babies here.

With just one week left in July, summer is slogging its way to the final roundup. I say this mostly to keep the three voices that live in my head distracted long enough for me to finish the laundry. If I listen to them too much, they drag me into the petty squabbles that summer ennui has always sparked around here, and knowing that they're imaginary voices doesn't make it any easier to get them to share the remote.

Besides, there is still puh-LENTY to do to keep everyone happy or at least neutralized until school starts in four weeks, and I've got the power to completely transform the next month for you. What have I always said? That's right: I give and I give. Also, please hand me the Diet Coke. I've always said that, too.

The winner of the giveaway of my cute pal Lela's book is ... KASIA COOK! Miz Kasia, who made no secret of the fact that you were commenting SPECIFICALLY to win the giveaway, you need to email me with your mailing info so I can come to your house and sit in a tree and watch you sleep ... wait, that's the one voice in my head that thinks it's Edward Cullen.

Ignore that last part.

I need to know where to send this beautiful, autographed book. (At least I think it will be autographed. Now it will be for sure, because I will NOT tolerate Lela making me into a liar just because I promised something I wasn't sure I could deliver.)  And congratulations! My favorite essay is on page 67, where Lela thanks her mom for giving her child a very special variety of Barbie.

Now, on to MORE giveaways! I know! Who am I??



My good friend Jeff Parkin produced this uber cool web series called "The Book of Jer3miah," which was picked up by Deseret Book last fall and turned into a DVD. I've seen the series; it's well written, awesomely filmed, and has a twist that I did NOT see coming, even though I knew well in advance of the denouement that the killer was everyone in "Murder on the Orient Express."

Oops. Retroactive spoiler alert.

This is a thriller that is entertaining for everyone, and received rave reviews in the New York Times and on Amazon. And I'm giving away not one but TWO copies of the DVD!

Just comment on this post, telling me one way you've kept from locking your kids in the basement with a freezer full of Popsicles and a promise of release on the first day of school, and this DVD could be yours!

Can't wait for a giveaway? You'll find "Jer3miah" right here.

Stay cool, mah peeps!


14 comments:

Brittany said...

My lack of a basement has kept me from locking my kids in it. Sigh.

Andrea said...

Hanging out at the beach with lots of food and friends. They play and don't fight. It's glorious. Sadly it's rained the last 9 days. So we're getting close to the basement and popsicles. Although that's not a bad idea. They'd love it.

denae_l said...

I left for Europe for two weeks, sans husband or kids! Thus, I couldn't lock them in the basement. But also, we go on many hikes, small, medium, large. That's always good to tire them out!

Diana said...

what Brittany said. If there was a basement, of yeah, I'd have probably locked them in a few times. The popsicles are a complete no go because too many are red. I'd have to start digging a basement myself if Thing 1 gets too much red 40.

Jillybean said...

I don't have to lock my kids in the basement because that is where we have the good TV, Wii and computer.

Garden of Egan said...

I'd send you a diet coke, but it's against my religion to drink that swill. Pepsi can be delivered!

Sounds like a cute book.
Will check it out.

Enjoy your summer of bons bons and soaps.

Melanie Jacobson said...

I want this because I think James would dig the movie. And the way I've kept my kids from driving me and each other nuts is that I take them to the pool all day every day. And that's my super creative parenting solution.

LisAway said...

Hmmm, our school let out at the end of June, so summer still feels newish. Plus we had family for the first two weeks of it, which is the BEST solution for kids during the summer, I feel. Also, I would love to win the DVD!!

AS Amber said...

Have you missed your pool this summer? I recommend everyone gets an ex-husband. That way you can send your kids to him and you won't get sick of them. However, your littlest one will be so bored without his siblings, that he'll actually ask if he can go play at Scott's. Whereupon you'll answer that you'd all like to go to Scott's!!!

The end.

seashmore said...

Basement for a summer? Puh-lease. My kids would love that since they've been in my ovaries for decades already.

who? said...

Simply request that your children do their daily chores and practicing, and ironically, it will be at that very moment that they can no longer control their bladder, whereupon they will rush to the bathroom and sequester themselves behind locked door with a book, and you will not hear from them for at least an hour at a stretch, depending on how pre-occupied you are. Mention that company is coming and you desperately need their help to clean the house, and viola! they will disappear completely, thus saving you the expense of a bag of popsicles.

Rebecca said...

That has been a challenge for me since it's been hotter than Vegas here for the past month so my kids don't want to go outside. I can't really blame them. Luckily, our Wii works well and I can dream up lots of chores and in order to play Wii in the afternoon, they have to read for 30 minutes. That's when I nap...

Cyd B. said...

I just saw an article on this series followed by your giveaway! It's like I'm meant to win! ;-) (No, really.) I don't actually have any children, but I've got a whole passel of nieces and nephews (apparently my siblings all have well-developed cabbage patches). Having just spent a couple of years in school in England (massive student loan payments are another reason why it would be a HUGE service from YOU for me to win) I came home armed with paper crowns, glue sticks, and a pile of plastic jewels and glitter stickers - the kids have spent HOURS decorating their crowns, practicing waving at people, saying 'We Are Not Amused' (followed by giggles), and asking for 'crisps' and 'cloudy lemonade'. Their parents are getting tired of the Union Jack bunting everywhere, but I figured at least for the month of July the colors were appropriate, right? The kids are also working on truly terrible fake British accents (we Americans have a hard time with any other kind) and practicing 'real football'. I have to say, I don't mind the David Beckham posters everywhere. My brothers are starting to be concerned, though, that their boys are even more interested in covering their crowns with the fake gems than the girls are. Oh, well - as we saw in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics: British + shiny = summer fun!

Braden said...

I have survived the summer by basically not telling my children "no" to anything that was not either a mortal sin or had a great than 75% chance of causing a fatality. Other than that, pretty much whatever. I also managed by leaving the house to go to work but was very encouraging and empathetic to my wife. I need to go find her now....