Post It Note Tuesday

Well, I’m in New Mexico visiting my sister, so I thought I’d bring you a very special Post It Note Tuesday, road-trip style!
Don’t forget to check out Supah Mommy’s blog to see what everyone else has to say, Post It Note style!
Happy Tuesday!

We Made It!

Well, we rolled in to Los Alamos, NM at about 8:30 p.m. last night.
We drove all day and made it before the sun went down.
It was so surreal to see sunlight after 8 p.m. Things just don’t happen like that in Tejas.
The trip flew by so quickly — I attribute it to the audio book we listed to: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. One of my all-time favorite books. My mom had never read it, so we were both entralled.
As we approached Los Alamos, we noticed the sky had turned a dark color.
On one side of the car, the sky was dark and foreboding.
On the other, it looked like this:
 Can you see the rainbow just barely peeking out at the bottom right?
That wall of smoke is from nearby wildfires that are raging in the mountains.
Yeah. They’re 0 percent contained.
But, they’re heading the other way, or so I’m told.
 Isn’t the smoke scary?
But the rainbow brightens it up a bit.
So pretty.
Check back throughout the week for details of our fun adventures while here.
Happy Monday!

Cac-a-lating a Winner

In high school, I was kind of a nerd.
One of my nerdier activities was the C-Team.
No, not like the ugly step-sister of the A-Team (that would be scary).
We were the Computer Team, coached by Mista Williams in Computer Science and Computer Applications U.I.L.
I was on the Apps team.
And the peeps in that pic above were my co-horts. That’s us having our congratulatory dinner.
We were good.
Can you tell which one is me? Betcha can’t…
There I am!
Essentially, I competed against other students in my knowledge of how to use Microsoft Excel and Word. We had a test where we had to cac-a-late (as Mista Williams would always say) some data and formulas, then do a Mail Merge with that data into a Word document, that we’d have to type.
The test was timed.
It was a lot of fun, and I was actually good at it.
So, when I recently decided to host my *signed* book giveaway, I knew my computer skillz would be put to the test.
I thought I’d show you all how I came to determine the winner in the contest.
Remember that form you all filled out?
Google Docs compiled it into a super-awesome spreadsheet for me.
I’d show it to you, but I’d have to kill you.
I took the number of entries for each person, and listed them out. Each person’s name was listed once for each entry he or she received:
But that list had every person’s entries in sequential order.
I didn’t think that was random enough.
So, I mixed it up:
This was totally random. I used the Random Between function in excel to add a random number next to each name. Then, I sorted the names by that number. And deleted the numbers to make it look good.
In all, there were 172 entries.
Then, I used Random.org to generate a random number:
And looked at the list to see the name:
Taaaa Daaa!
Congratulations, Lindsay!
Maybe it was a bit more complicated than it needed to be, but I wanted to be totally fair.
Thanks to everyone for entering the giveaway!
It was awesome and I’m looking forward to the next one!

Photo Walk Portfolio

I wanted to share some of my work from last weekend at the I *Heart* Faces Photo Walk.
Isn’t that shot of the three girls really fun?
I love the “in the moment” looks on their faces.
This lovely family let us use their three girls as a models for our photos.
Aren’t they adorable?
I love her outfit. So stylish.
She was so fun and full of life!
I love her green dress.
And her cowboy hat. So cute.
This shot made me feel like a super-chic photographer.
You know, with models and stuff.
Doesn’t she look like she’s contemplating something really profound?
And here she looks like she’s waiting on something to happen.
Do you want to see what the other (more awesome) photographers shot?
You can visit the I *Heart* Faces Flickr group here.
Thanks for looking!

We Have a Winner!

First, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who entered my *Signed* Dead in the Family giveaway.
You rock!
This was a fun contest and I’m excited to share the book with the winner.
Can you tell I’m stalling?
It’s a good one, promise.
Ok, ok…. the winner is….
**throws confetti**
Congratulations!
I’ve sent you an e-mail asking for your address. If I don’t get a response within 48 hours, I’ll choose a new winner.
If you want to see how I determined the winner from all the entries, check out the What I’m Geeking section of the blog.
Again, thanks to everyone who entered.
Happy Monday!

Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.
As for me, I did *not* shout “Hallelujah!” the minute it hit 3 p.m. Friday. Not me. I would *never* relish the thought of summer vacation that much.
And I did *not* convince my husband that I needed *two more* books on Saturday, as a “reward” for passing 100 followers on the blog. Not me. I know that I have waaaaay too many books that I haven’t read yet, and I would never add to that list willingly.
I did *not* wait until Sunday morning to pack for our trip to New Mexico. Not me. I’m way more organized than that.
So how about you? What did you *not* do this week?
Happy Monday!

Nanna and Reenie’s Infinite Playlist

Well, Nanna and I have hit the road!
I’m not sure how this post will turn out, as I’m writing it from my iPad.
We just stopped in Wichita Falls for a bite to eat and a brief respite.
We’ve been listening to The Hunger Games audiobook on the drive. It’s a bit emotional, but we’re enjoying it so far.
We’ll keep you updated as the journey progresses!
New Mexico or bust!

I *Heart* Faces Photo Walk

This is me and my friend, Christy.
She’s a professional photographer.
I am a *very* amateur photographer.
So, when I heard about the I *Heart* Faces Photo Walk, I knew it would be something I’d want to participate in. And I thought Christy would have fun, too.
A chance to learn from other bloggers and photographers?
Yes, please!
About 40 of us met up in downtown Dallas on Saturday morning.
We wandered around downtown, chatted and took photos.
It was a lot of fun.
This is Amy, a co-founder of I *Heart* Faces. She was taking a group shot of everyone.
As you can see, photographers are not afraid to get down on the ground for a good shot.
Here’s Christy taking a photo of one of our models. You’ll hear more about them in a later post.
There were so many cool places we found downtown to take photos.
But the *best* part? (Other than getting to hang out with Christy again…)
I got to meet Allie and Holly, two local bloggers I admire and follow.
Allie writes Fresh Confessions of a Screwed Up Texan, an honest, hilarious blog about life with her husband and boys.
Holly writes June Cleaver Nirvana, where she details her adventures trapping beavers, searching for Silly Bands and stopping chirping smoke detectors.
You seriously need to go check out these blogs. They’re *so* good.
I hope to be like them someday.
But for now, you just have to make do with my stories about dogs who walk like humans, fierce predators and my husband’s stinky feet.
Tomorrow, I’ll post the photos I took of our models. I hope you’ll enjoy them!
Thanks for looking!

A chance to get together with local bloggers and photographers and hike around with our cameras? Sign me up!

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.
It’s a chance to explore my mailbox and shopping bag each week to see what books I’ve acquired.
You can go to this post to see what other books other bloggers received this week.
For Review:
Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison
This book sounds very intriguing. It explores Twilight, the realm between life and death. It’s an interesting premise for a story and I’m excited to give it a read.
It goes on sale in July. This ARC was provided by Dorchester Publishing.
For My Collection:
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
I told you I was going to be a sucker and get it on its release date. So excited to read this!
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
I’ve heard great things about this book.
And I really want to read it and review it for the Blog With Bite June selection.
How about you? What did you get this week?


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